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CAB Diary 2016

cabOur next event is:

CAB Pilot
Training Day

Grimstock Country House Hotel, Coleshill, Birmingham,
Thursday 1 December 2016

Look out next month for our major events 2017 programme.

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


cabGloucester Gateway Services, with TECHNAL systems forming a key element to its visible face has won numerous awards.
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cabREYNAERS has launched a new variant of its CS 77 window for Accessible Homes to help specifiers and contractors meet the requirements of both the Lifetime Homes Standard and categories 2 and 3 of Document M.
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cabKAWNEER has introduced a phase of enhancements to its AA100 curtain wall system.
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cabLeeds City Council has recently undertaken a £13.7m refurbishment of Kirkgate Market.
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A new development of student accommodation in Bristol city centre, the New Bridewell project, was completed in collaboration with aluminium manufacturing and installation company, AB GLASS.
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cabALUPROF has supplied an enhanced version of its MB-SR50N curtain wall system on a new mental health unit.
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An engineer who has completely rebuilt, extended and refurbished her family home chose aluminium bi-fold doors from ALUFOLDDIRECT.
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The University of Birmingham Chamberlain Hall Student Accommodation consists of two linked tall towers at 17 at & 21 storeys and five “finger” blocks.
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cabThe development of a sustainable education facility in Flintshire, intended to support courses for students age 16-19, has made extensive use of glazing by SAPA BUILDING SYSTEMS.
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Wrightstyle has fabricated, supplied and installed glazed systems in arches in Bridgemaster’s House, part of Tower Bridge.
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Curtain Walling

cabArchitectural glazing systems from Kawneer feature on a new building that is key to the regeneration of a city and was built using a hybrid of traditional and modular construction methods.
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cabThe refurbishment of a Grade II Art Deco building in Newcastle to create a new Premier Inn hotel included PURe aluminium windows from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS.
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G 16 Awards

The MILA marketing team were once again in the spotlight at the G-16 Awards when their campaign to launch the GRIP espag handle was named Trade Marketing Campaign of the year.
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The GGF won its first ever G-Award when it was presented with the Derek Bonnard Award for Excellence.
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cabJude Knowles, Operations Manager at BUSINESS MICROS, was named the Unsung Hero at the G-Awards, in recognition of her ‘remarkable ability to organise, support and motivate everyone she works with.’
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UK Construction Week attracted more than 30,000 trade visitors and over 650 exhibitors at the NEC, Birmingham.
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Qualicoat’s close work within the architectural aluminium supply chain continued with their presence at the International Aluminium Institutes’ (IAI) symposium ‘Towards Sustainable Cities’.
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TWR Bifolds has added Synseal Stratus to its range.
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The Technic-AL RD1, is a new residential door range from ALUFOLDDIRECT.
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Organisers of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week have declared it the most successful to date with almost double the reach of last year and four times the supporters it has at its launch in 2013.
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The SPITFIRE DOORS S-500 Series of residential aluminium entrance doors has been launched in ten new design partner showrooms throughout the UK in the last 12 months.
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PolyFrame Composite Doors has invested in a new Fom Adir C CNC Machining Centre supplied by the PROMAC GROUP.
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Express Bi-Folds, the Leeds based manufacturer of aluminium bi-folds and sliding doors, windows, entrance doors, curtain walling and roofing systems has invested in a new high volume EMMEGI Quadra L1 sawing and machining centre to keep pace with growth.
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cabAluminium systems house EXLABESA has appointed two new Regional Sales Managers: Lyndsay Elliott for the South East and Simon Dorney for the North West.
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PROMAC GROUP has promoted Spares and Consumables Manager Rob Hopper as National Sales Manager for aluminium machinery.
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MILA has appointed Steve Johnston to the newly created role of Head of Global Sourcing for its parent company Arran Isle Ltd.
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cabMike Davis has been announced as the new Managing Director of Gloucester-based aluminium fabricator CDW SYSTEMS LIMITED.
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COASTAL GROUP has appointed of James Powell as Technical Sales Manager.
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cabAshley Chambers has joined TECHNAL as Account Manager, covering Technal’s customers in the South.
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Norwich Aluminium has called on machinery manufacturer KOMBIMATEC for a third time and acquired one of its AMC308 Automatic CNC Machining Centres.
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Hardware company TROJAN MANUFACTURING GROUP has added two new door knockers, the Slim Urn and the Contemporary to its Stainless Steel range.
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Brisant Secure joint CEO Nick Dutton has hit back in the debate over post-Brexit price rises by promising price cuts.
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COASTAL SPECIALIST IRONMONGERY has extended its Hollodeen threshold range to incorporate standard door thresholds.
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Window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has been named a winner at the European Business Awards for the Environment.
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Cardiff-based aluminium fabricator DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM has secured a contract in excess of £900k to help develop the new One Canal Parade office development in the city.
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cabGlazing systems manufacturer KAWNEER has published ‘THE architect’s guide to aluminium in building’.
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IRONMONGERYDIRECT online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products, has partnered with Stone Productions to create its first animated TV advert.
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The busiest, biggest and best year yet for GM Fundraising closed on a high at Halloween weekend as more than 300 supporters attended the Witches & Wizards Gala Dinner in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Internet / I.T.

cabCheshire based fabricator KAT has invested in the BUSINESS MICROS EvoNet business management software as it strengthens its back office systems to keep pace with demand.
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Nearly a quarter of all installers still use pen and paper to produce quotations for their customers, according to a survey conducted for software provider Windowlink.
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QUALICOAT members are reporting a significant increase in enquiries in specifications calling for higher level powder classes.
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FIT Show

The FIT Show has launched Big Tuesday for next year’s event, with an extension to 8pm with a relaxed ‘after hours’ atmosphere.
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FENSA is once again sponsoring the Master Fitter Challenge at the FIT Show next year and is urging fitters to try for their share of £10,000 in prizes.
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TV presenter Nick Knowles has been announced as compere for next year’s FIT Show Gala Dinner at the NEC.
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The FIT Show is calling on all installers, manufacturers, system companies and suppliers to show off their best work for its newly-launched ‘Installation of the Year’ competition.
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The FIT Show’s Master Fitter Challenge, now in its fourth year, will once again be overseen by the industry qualifications body, GQA QUALIFICATIONS LIMITED.
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ALUWOOD WINDOWS LTD, manufacturer of aluminium clad timber windows, is featuring its aluclad window system.
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cab‘Thermal Design Choices for Aluminium Fenestration Systems’ is a new RIBA approved CPD from commercial systems supplier, ALUPROF.
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Suits you sir

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

In response to the question: “What is the worst job you’ve done?” the celebrity being interviewed in the weekend paper said: “Selling double glazing.” While there are bad employers in every walk of life and while sometimes people are simply not suited to their job, why does the cliché of the dodgy double-glazing salesman persist? In a business that deals with highly technical products that are affected by a plethora of standards and regulations and that directly affect the end user’s quality of life and the quality of probably their most valuable asset (i.e. bricks and mortar), why is the role so often denigrated?

While there is little doubt that we Brits love a deal, witness our enthusiastic adoption of Black Friday, is it time for our industry to further improve how we sell, particularly to homeowners? In an era where we all have smartphones and tablets with more computing power than an Apollo space mission, we should be able to provide tailored advice for each building based on both the science and on the specific needs and preferences of the building owner. Windows are made to measure, why not the information, advice and guidance that is needed when deciding which ones to install? Read More

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Busy November for CAB

Justin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)Justin

The highlights of a busy November for CAB have been updating members on contractual issues and the launch of a huge Pavilion at the FIT Show 2017.

Our latest contractual awareness seminar held in Basildon, Essex last week was again well attended and well received. Together with the other seminars held in Birmingham and Sheffield during the year there has been a near 100% attendance. Presenter Geraldine Fleming, Executive Director, Knowles has covered ‘20 Top Contractual Nightmares’ and ‘Pre & Post Contractual Awareness’ which has featured a number of topics including: Tender issues; Liquidated damages; Defects; Variations and Payments; Damage; Collateral warranties; Claims and Insolvency. The seminars been able to resolve a number of member queries, suggest new and improved internal processes and highlight best practice. We are planning to run at least three more in 2017 and would be delighted to supply further information to any fabricators who are interested in attending the event which is for CAB members. Read more

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This Month's News

Housebuilding booms after Brexit lull

Contracts to build homes rose by more than a third in value to £2.3billion last month over September, according to the latest Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analyst Barbour ABI.

The residential sector monthly contract value increased by 34 per cent in October when compared to September.

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…and ‘Change of use’ upturn adds even more homes

New homes created in England by change of use, such as from offices and shops, rose by nearly half in 2015/6 over the previous year, with 30,600 new residential units, a substantial contributor to the 189, 650 new dwellings added to the total housing stock.

Figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), reveal that traditional new-build properties rose by 8,860 units to 163,940. But the most marked increase was ‘change of use’, with 30,600 new units compared with 20,650 the year before. Of these, 12,824 were offices converted into flats.

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Simply the best

It was a night to remember when a near-record 630 guests gathered to applaud the industry’s brightest and best in the G16 Awards at the Hilton, Park Lane, on Friday 18th November.

Thirteen winners came away with the coveted trophies at this, the thirteenth annual event and, say the judges, the choice of winners was down to anything but luck, with every single category proving a tougher decision than ever in choosing the best.

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FIT set to be ‘biggest UK ali event’

FIT Show organisers say next year’s event is set to be “the biggest gathering of aluminium suppliers ever assembled at a UK fenestration trade show.”

More than thirty companies are expected to feature aluminium framed products on their stands. However, they say, the standout feature at the 2017 FIT Show is the large number of window and door systems suppliers that are launching new products specially developed for the UK residential market.

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Roof-Maker founders sell for £30million

Rachel Owen and Scott Nicholas, co-founders of rooflight, skylight and bi-fold business Roof-Maker, today announced the sale of the company for £30million to funds managed by Next Wave Partners LLP (“NWP”).

The two have re-invested alongside NWP and banking partner, Pricoa, along with members of the existing management team. The business will continue to operate from the facilities in Leicester and Scott Nicholas will remain in the role of Chief Design Officer.

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Window surveyor sentenced after ‘Double Glazing Taskforce’ swoop

A former window surveyor, who failed to declare his earnings to dodge over £59,000 in Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions, has been sentenced.

Andrew Overton, 55, was paid £255,000 in commission over a six-and-a-half-year period on the sales he generated for a national window company but he didn’t complete Self Assessment tax returns. The fraud was discovered as part of HMRC’s Double Glazing Taskforce, which targeted individuals working in the industry suspected of not paying enough tax.

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Emmegi and Elumatec owner acquires Camäleon

Cifin Group, owner of a number of manufacturing companies including Eliumatec and Emmegi, has signed to buy shares equal to 100% of the share capital of CAMäleon Produktionsautomatisierung GmbH of Dettenhausen, Germany.

CAMäleon, with sales around EUR 750,000, specialises in the development and distribution of software for multi-axis machining centres under the Puma System brand.

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