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CAB Diary 2017

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Thursday 29 June 2017

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Mila has launched a new version of its ProSecure two star security handle in Supa stainless steel.
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A 26m double, cornerless sliding door set, designed and fabricated by ALUMEN LTD, is being created to complete one side of a new swimming pool extension to a property in Essex.
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cabHueck UK has added a new aluminium system, Lambda SA (silent air), a modular soundproofing system based on its Lambda 090 window system.
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cabCombining a robust design, excellent acoustic properties and some of the lowest U-values available on the UK market, Senior Architectural Systems’ innovative PURe® range of aluminium windows has been specified for use on several new projects in the student accommodation sector.
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cabThe industrial look of the partitions in Fred Perry’s new head office in London has been created by IDF Aluminium, in a clever application of Jack Aluminium’s JD47 Shopfront system.
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cabHUECK UK has added to its commercial offering with the launch of Trigon GSP.
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Dudley’s Aluminium has secured a contract with ISG Construction to install the aluminium glazing and exterior fixtures on Two Central Square, the latest office development in Cardiff’s city centre.
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EXPRESS TRADE FRAMES the first fabricator of Exlabesa’s new Xlafold aluminium bifold door system, has completed its first installation, for EFL League One football team Fleetwood Town FC.
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cabArchitectural aluminium glazing systems by KAWNEER were specified for a landmark office building in the Edinburgh New Town Conservation Area.
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The creation of a new corporate headquarters and customer interface facility for York based insurance company Hiscox has seen systems from WICONA used to help achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.
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CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has been appointed by North Lanarkshire Council for its window and door replacement framework with a contract, worth at least £7m.
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FIT Show

Smart home security was the focus for YALE at the FIT Show on the stand, which also scooped the award for ‘Best Stand Under 80m2’ at the FIT Show Awards. 
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BOHLE says the specification of larger IGUs and their onsite handling, prompted high levels of interest in its LiftMaster B1 manual lifting device at the FIT Show.
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Experts for windows, doors and more, Stevenswood received a fantastic response to its debut FIT Show appearance.
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Independent window and door distributor Sealco has booked again for 2019 after enjoying a fantastic FIT Show, with real interest from a record number of visitors looking for cost-effective, reliable hardware packages.
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Glasstech Asia 2017, the 15th International Glass Products, Glass Manufacturing, Processing & Materials Exhibition, will take place from 22 – 24 November 2017 at Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
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Trade Window and Door Manufacturer, Lister Trade Frames of Stoke on has launched a fully customised financial and business management system as part of its ongoing programme of developing its IT systems.
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cabPowdertech Corby Ltd, the architectural powder coater, is proud to announce that one of the company's Directors, Giles Ashmead, has been appointed President of the Aluminium Federation (ALFED).
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The newly-expanded GLASS SYSTEMS GROUP, said to be the largest producer of IG units in the UK, has appointed Steve Laing to manage the Scotland and North of England area.
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Door & Hardware Federation has appointed Mike Lee as a full-time trainer in a new post created as a result of the unprecedented uptake of the federation’s training courses.
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The GGF this week announced the retirement of Brian Baker, most recently its interim Chief Executive but with connections to the Federation since 1983.
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THE WINDOW OUTLET has collaborated with North West Bifolds to supply AluK’s premium BSC94 patio doors to Cargo.
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cabAÏR has added the Ultion cylinder lock as standard to its bi-fold and lift & slide doors.
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cabCDW SYSTEMS has upgraded its quality management system, ISO 9001:2015 following a revision made by BSI for its ISO 9001:2008, which will no longer be valid from September 2018.
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cabThe new sliding folding ‘MB-86 FOLD LINE’ is the latest addition in a wide range of sliding doors systems from Aluprof.
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Two-week lead times on a full range of SBD products, including commercial doors, is available from AluFoldDirect.
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VBH has unveiled the Alpha 2-Star security door handle set as the latest addition to its greenteQ range.
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Guests were given a first-hand view of how windows and doors are tested at an open event held by ERC Testing at its Leigh, Lancashire base this week.
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Staff at West Bromwich-based hardware supplier KENRICK are celebrating 230 years since the company was founded by Archibald Kenrick.
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Training is well underway for the all-female team taking part in this year’s Paddle2Pedal challenge – the first ever ‘Ladies Only’ event organised by GM Fundraising.
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Curtain Walling

cabMetal Technology supplied a comprehensive suite of architectural aluminium systems which complemented the creation of a futuristic look to the world class educational facility for Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock.
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cabCurtain walling and doors by Kawneer were specified for their cost-effectiveness on the £11 million Nelson Health Centre in Merton, Wimbledon, South London.
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cabAluminium curtain walling, windows and doors from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS have been specified for use on the new West Yorkshire History Centre in Wakefield.
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cabArchitectural aluminium glazing by KAWNEER was chosen by Halliday Meecham Architects for the £65 million new flagship Spire Hospital in Manchester.
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Company News

cabTo deal with a growing number of facade specifications calling for Aluprof’s high performance architectural aluminium systems, the company has recently opened a London office.
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The GGF has published an updated version of its health & safety guide, including, for the first time, advice to installers as well as the flat glass manufacturing sector.
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STERNFENSTER is offering eight videos designed to showcase certain products.
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A tale of two halves

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

While the following observations are based on my perceptions rather than a scientific study, so I stand to be corrected, there were signs at the FIT Show that awareness of Part Q1, concerning security in new dwellings, is increasing. On the other hand, it was harder to find any references to BIM at the show.

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Perhaps this is a reflection of a residential focus to the event, given that Part Q1 only applies in relation to new dwellings (at least for now). Perhaps this is a reflection that despite the government’s mandate for all centrally funded departments to provide Employer’s Information Requirements from April last year, this is yet to filter down to all parts of the supply chain.

Senior Aluminium Systems

Of course, awareness is one thing; understanding is another, and the fact that there are different approaches to compliance with Part Q1 was in evidence at the NEC. Choice is no bad thing and one size will not fit all, but it can sometimes create confusion when trying to determine the “best” approach for your situation from all the available options. Read More


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CAB Hails Pavilion at the FIT Show 2017 ‘Great Success’

Justin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)Justin

CAB has hailed the FIT Show 2017 as a great success overall with 34 member companies exhibiting and 15 of those supporting the vibrant 518m2 CAB Pavilion which boasted some exciting product launches. Just under 10,000 unique visitors attended over the 3 days and it was clear that an excellent cross section of the aluminium in building residential supply chain had come out with the consensus that exhibitors had really ‘gone large’ with their stands. The CAB Pavilion proved to be an excellent meeting point with considerable interest in the benefits that the Association could offer both Fabricators and Installers.

One of the key talking points on the Pavilion was the new CAB Skills Card offering essential 1 day training courses in Fabrication or Installation which incorporated 3 NVQ Level 2 Units. Read more

This Month's News

Nearly 10,000 make
biggest FIT by far

Just a handful short of 10,000 ‘unique’ visitors ensured the FIT Show lived up to expectations as the biggest by far, with a footfall that was nearly 17% up on last year – and more than 60% more than the previous year.

A big showing by the aluminium sector helped to swell the figures, giving what organisers say was the first significant showing of its kind in over three decades.

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Growing influence of rental market – Palmer

A booming private rental market was highlighted by Robert Palmer of Palmer Market Research as one of the major factors driving long-term change in the window and door industry.

Speaking to a FIT Show seminar audience, he said a drop in home ownership from its 2005 peak had seen private rental more than double to 4.5million properties in the same period – a market he said was tougher and more price-driven.

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cabFour launches

AluK unveiled four new products at FIT, three in AluK’s Luminia range.

The Luminia F82 bi-fold – with sightlines of 97mm at the frame, cill and jamb and 122mm at the interlock, claiming a higher glass to frame ratio than other doors on the market. It can achieve U-Values of 1.34 W/m²K with a double-glazed unit.

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New window group combines PVC, ali, timber and glass

A new £16million-sales window group claiming to be the first in Scotland to manufacture, timber, aluminium, PVCu and glass products for trade and commercial customers was announced this week.g director and Colin Torley, Sales and Operations Director.

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Construction slump in April as medical & health work reaches a five year low

The positive start to the year we have seen for construction came to a halt in April, as pre-election jitters may have got the better of the industry with the value of new contracts commissioned decreasing by 16 per cent when compared to March.

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GGF Delight at “Best Ever” FIT Show

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) was delighted to be part of the FIT Show held at Birmingham’s NEC from 23rd - 25th May. The show attracted a record number of almost 10,000 visitors and over 250 companies exhibited over an incredibly busy three days that showcased the best of the industry.

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