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CAB Diary 2018

cabOur next event is:

CAB Regional
Members’ Meeting

SS Great Britain, Bristol,
Wednesday 17 October

For further details
contact Justin Ratcliffe, Chief Executive
or Julie Harley,
Events Manager at the CAB office on
01453 828851


cabSapa has launched its C160S sliding door. The system includes 50mm glass fibre reinforced polyamide strips to reduce thermal conduction.
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Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer 
P C HENDERSON has launched a new Twinbolt locking system for use with its Securefold exterior door hardware system.
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cabERA has introduced a new patio door hook locking solution.
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TECHNAL, Working with BAM Construction North East and Glasshus, supplied its MX Visible Grid curtain walling, PY 55 doors and FY 65 windows for the £19m construction of the Sarah Swift Building.
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Aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling by CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has helped to create the £52m, 2,000-student Largs Campus in North Ayrshire.
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cabSevendials, a contemporary private residence in the village of Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, uses an array of window and door products from Reynaers and Cheshire-based installer Altitude Aluminium.
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BENNETT ARCHITECTURAL has completed work on the new £30 million John Taylor Free School in Burton on Trent.
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cabThe new Clydeside Distillery, which has brought Whisky production back to the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow for the first time in 100 years.
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cabCDW SYSTEMS has added the Smarts VS 600 vertical sliding window to its range.
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DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM has invested over £200,000 on a new storage and offtake facility, as well as a second Combilift multidirectional forklift, to double storage capacity.
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CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS reports profits up by over a third on the back of a record turnover in excess of £36million, the company announced this week.
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Aylesbury-based aluminium trade fabricator GARRARD WINDOWS has seen sales grow by more than 15% year on year with the help of its hardware partner Kenrick.
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AluK Optimo fabricator CENTRALASL is now contributing more than 20% to the group’s overall sales in just over a year since its launch.
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cabKawneer is claiming ‘the strongest aluminium door construction available’ with the launch of its corner-welded AA190 TB commercial entrance door.
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SLIDERS UK reports that sales of its Ultimate Evolution have gone from a standing start to an average of 100 frames per week in less than two-years and is now its biggest selling aluminium bi-fold.
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REAL ALUMINIUM has added composite doors from Virtuoso Doors to its range.
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VIRTUOSO DOORS is claiming a first in the composite door arena with the announcement that its composite doors are now available in an aluminium outer frame from Real Aluminium.
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cabNeil Parton joins ELUMATEC as Sales Director after a long career in the cleaning machinery sector.
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Rob Saunders is announced as the new Business Development Manager the GGF Borough IT division.
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BOHLE has appointed three new starters; Anna Swider joins its Finance team and Jess Tooth and Elizabeth Frost, who join its Customer Services team.
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STEVENSWOOD is introducing Yale security products at ten of its trade counters throughout the UK.
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Sales of the greenteQ Coastline suite of Grade 304 stainless-steel hardware from VBH have increased by 30% over the last 12 months, with the letterboxes in particular doubling in sales.
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cabERA has boosted the Fab&Fix Heritage range with the addition a number of new pulls and escutcheons.
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WINDOW WARE has enhanced its bi-fold hardware offering with Yale’s new Lockmaster slim 28mm backset multi-point lock.
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cabThe Simon Sainsbury Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School has been voted overall winner in the fifth annual Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation.
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BOHLE has given its support to the Building Our Skills campaign, also signing up as sponsor of the Best New Glass Processing Operative category in the associated Recognising New Talents Awards.
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cabThe new, 350,000 sq ft ALUK headquarters in Chepstow, said to represent the largest single investment in a manufacturing facility in Wales, has been named Workplace Design of the Year at the Insider Wales Property Awards.
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HOPPE (UK) is congratulating its marketing manager, Jessica Roberts, who has been announced as winner of the Top Student Award at her recent graduation ceremony. 
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Listers Central has unveiled its new bespoke online ordering portal – Easy Connect, after guests were given a preview at the fabricator’s recent Customer Day at its Stoke-on-Trent base.
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cabMore than 100 guests joined EVERGLADE WINDOWS for its 12th trade customer conference earlier this month.
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FIT Show

MILA says it will be back at the FIT Show in 2019 following its appearances in 2013 and 2016 and, is promising a stand ‘packed with new products and innovations.’
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INSIGHT DATA is the latest company to announce it will be exhibiting at The FIT Show 2019, showcasing its range of products and services and has hinted at possible surprises for visitors.
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Jon Vanstone, chair of Certass as well as the newly launched Certass Trade Association, has explained the reasoning behind the formation of the new body.
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CORGI Fenestration is claiming its first end-to-end glazing supply chain following the registration of installer Heathfield Windows alongside existing registrations of system house Liniar and fabricator Whiteline.
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Confidence in growth and capital investment for aluminium despite rising costs

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

The much anticipated Q2, 2018 CAB State of the Market Survey highlights that despite continuing expressions of concern post Brexit next year, there is still confidence in the aluminium in building sector. Results show that 59% net balance of members expect sales growth in the next quarter (80% in Q1) and 76% see growth in the next 12 months (79% in Q1). The period was characterised by manufacturers, buoyed by the good weather, catching up on lost production from Q1.

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24% of CAB members reported significant rises in sales rises of over 5% (43% in Q1), compared to a year earlier and 35% reported that sales had increased by up to 5% (29% in Q1) over the same period.

Senior Aluminium Systems

Demand was again reported as the key constraint on sales growth over the next year for 53% compared to 80% in Q1. The other constraints were equal at 12% of respondents: capacity, raw material prices; material supply and no constraints.
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This Month's News

cabAluK set to launch UK’s
first integrated inline vertical FOX plant

AluK says it is at the final stages of testing the only Flash Oxidisation (FOX) plant run by any aluminium systems supplier in the UK and could be only weeks away from putting it into full production.

The EUR6million unit, based at the company’s Chepstow HQ, was unveiled to trade journalists in a special preview last week prior to a full-scale launch.

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Need more time on
G18 – you’ve got it

For anyone rushing to get their G18 award submissions in by the July 31st deadline – don’t panic, the organisers have given you an extra three weeks to get your entries completed and in.

“We have a great crop of entries this year,” said organiser Tony Higgin. “But even more are still coming in, right up to today’s original deadline.

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Lords call for more off-site manufacture to tackle housing crisis

Off-site manufacture has been hailed as one solution to easing the UK’s housing crisis by in a report by a House of Lords Committee published this week.

However, the report goes on to say the practice is being held back by ‘outdated and unsustainable business models’ in the construction sector, which at present cannot meet the UK’s need for housing and may struggle to meet the need for infrastructure.

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Nine in ten councils breach
late payment rules

Nearly nine out of ten local authorities(89%) are failing in their legal duty to monitor whether contractors are getting paid within 30 days for construction work, according to data obtained by Freedom of Information requests by two trade bodies, it was revealed this week.

The figures further show that almost half (49%) do not have – or don’t know whether they have – a built in contractual requirement for 30-day payment and almost one in five (18%) say they have no intention of building-in such requirements.

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GAI guides respond to new BS revisions

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers has published three new technical guides in response to a raft of revised British Standards on safety, security and accessibility issues.

GAI technical manager Douglas Masterson said: “Architectural ironmongery companies play a crucial role, working with architects, contractors and others to schedule and specify the hardware for every door and window in a building and to produce a full fixing schedule of hardware items, so it is important that our members are up-to-date with the latest standards.”

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The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) was formed in 1994 by the
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Aluminium Association, the Patent Glazing Contractors Association and
the Aluminium Window Association, all of whom had been established for
well over 25 years. Our mission is to support the interests of the
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