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CAB Diary 2016

cabOur next event is:

- CAB Regional
Members’ Meeting:
Wednesday 12 October, Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge

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


cabA multi award-winning building dubbed “the future of further education” in Wales features glazed elements by Kawneer.
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THE WINDOW OUTLET has been chosen to provide its aluminium products to the construction of a new visitor’s centre at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.
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cabThe UK branch of aluminium window, door and façade systems supplier HUECK has helped rebuild four London fire stations that were no longer fit for purpose.
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cabArchitectural glazing systems by KAWNEER feature on the £19 million redevelopment of an integrated public transport interchange.
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Steel and aluminium glazing systems supplier WRIGHTSTYLE has been appointed to supply and install glazing systems as part of a £49.8million redevelopment to link two buildings.
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cabA winning team of products from Senior Architectural Systems has been installed by Anders Glass as part of the ambitious redevelopment of the training ground at Fleetwood Town Football Club.
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cabArchitectural glazing from systems supplier Kawneer features on a multi award-winning building which sets a blueprint for next-generation healthcare.
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CMS Window Systems has secured the contract to provide glazing solutions for the redevelopment of the ferry terminal at Brodick Harbour on the Isle of Arran.
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cabPANEL SYSTEMS has launched Alupanel GP, a new insulated aluminium panel with a grooved face as an infill panel for glazing applications.
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GLASSPEX and GLASSPRO to be held at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida next year.
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The FIT Show has launched its new digital marketing brochure, outlining facts and figures from 2016’s show.
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Gloucester-based MERCURY GLAZING SUPPLIES LTD has added to the growing aluminium representation next year’s FIT Show with the announcement that it too is bringing a range of aluminium windows and doors to the event.
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The Build Show, part of UK Construction Week, has released details of its seminar programme taking place in The Home Building Theatre.
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The Glass and Glazing Federation has announced the launch of a new “Triple Glazing Guide”.
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Qualicoat members have been told it will be ‘business as usual’ after the exit from the EU.
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SURTEC is one of the latest recruits to Qualicoat.
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Yale has brought together its range of hardware components to launch the ‘Yale Door and Window Package’ that is backed by a ‘Yale Lifetime Guarantee’.
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MACO has announced its further improved Secure Plus programme with enhanced benefits for the homeowner as well as a new logo and marketing materials.
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Birmingham based Kestrel Aluminium Systems has appointed Les Maros as Area Sales Manager for the South West Region.
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UNIGLASS has appointed George Stirling as Regional Sales Manager for the South of the UK.
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BRISANT SECURE has announced that Nick Dutton has become joint CEO, along with Steve Stewart, and is now focussing his attention on the company following the successful sale of Polyframe last month.
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cabWe regret to record the death of Robert (Robbie) Bright, Sales Director of Hueck UK.
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cabAluminium systems company Reynaers has outgrown its existing office and warehouse facilities in Birmingham, thanks to significant growth over recent years.
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The move to a much larger factory allowed Prefix Systems (UK) Ltd, conservatory roof system manufacturers further investment in machinery.
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Essex based fabricator THERMASEAL WINDOW SYSTEMS has re-entered the aluminium market by taking on the WarmCore system from Synseal.
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Commercial installer The Window Company (Contracts) has opened another extension at its Chelmsford HQ less than two years since it last expanded.
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Bristol fabricator The Window Outlet has further expanded its aluminium range with Schüco’s bonded panel doors.
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cabCARL F GROUPCO, a supplier of Trojan products, is offering the manufacturer’s coloured hardware range of flag and composite door hinges in any RAL shade.
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cabROTO has responded to the growing trend for coloured aluminium windows by making handles and externally visible components from the aluminium window and door hardware range available in 200 different RAL finishes.
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cabA series of short video animations have been produced by WINKHAUS to showcase its automatic multipoint locks, the AV2 and its variants.
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AluFoldDirect is seeing a significant trend towards aluminium windows, and a growing percentage are large or unusually shaped windows.
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cabArchitectural aluminium manufacturer METAL TECHNOLOGY has launched System 26 Bi-fold doors within its Thermal range.
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cabADAMS RITE, part of Assa Abloy Security Solutions, has worked with Total Glass to test an aluminum commercial swing door to PAS24 standard.
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Tables are now on sale for GM Fundraising’s bi-annual Gala Dinner, with a Witches & Wizards theme.
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The 14th GM Fundraising Golf Day, held at Mottram Hall last month, raised record amounts for Hope House Children’s Hospices.
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cabBUSINESS MICROS ALUMINIUM has introduced what it says is a cost effective way for customers to give new employees the training they need on the company’s LogiKal aluminium processing software.
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CAB Q2 Forecasts for Growth and Investment defy uncertainty post Brexit

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

The latest CAB Q2 State of Market Survey (undertaken 4 weeks after the EU Referendum vote) encouragingly highlights that there appears to have been no drop off in overall confidence within the aluminium in building sector. 60% net balance of members expected increasing sales in the next quarter (44% in Q1) and 47% in the year ahead (50% in Q1). These figures were significantly better than the UK construction sector as a whole. Construction Products Association members responded with minus 13% net balance for the following quarter and only 17% for the following year. Crucially there was a significant increase in firms who forecasted capacity utilisation of over 90% in the year ahead from 12% in Q1 to 38% in Q2. On a further positive note, capital investment for Customer research, R & D and E-business was forecasted to be higher over the next 12 months than the previous year.

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CAB, like many other Associations, is calling on government to help create stability in the economy and welcomes the recent announcements about an increassed commitment to house building and re-confirmation of a number of infrastructure projects around the UK. However, the house building pledge will be challenging – the UK is behind its target of around 250,000 new homes per annum. Not since 1977 have we reached 300,000 new homes per year!

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Since the Referendum result, CAB has confirmed that Professor Noble Francis, Economics Director, Construction Products Association will provide a key presentation on the ‘UK Construction industry following Brexit’ at the CAB Regional Members’ meeting at Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge on 12 October 2016.


With many commentators calling for continued fiscal stimulus we await to see whether in reality there will be ongoing delays in projects which would lead to a lack of visible pipeline for the future. We must recognise though that businesses and households are better funded than in 2008 and most of all must try to avoid talking the market down. We need to wait until the Autumn Statement and further economic forecasts before the bigger picture can be seen but CAB’s Regional Meeting in October will certainly be topical!

For more information on CAB’s Members’ event at Mercedes Benz World on 12 October, contact Justin at or ring the CAB office on 01453 828851.


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This Month's News

Darker homes are bigger energy users – report

Houses with a shortage of natural light are more likely to be high energy consumers, according to a new report produced for the Government by Loughborough University.

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FMB backs Shelter on SME builders

The Federation of Master Builders has backed the homeless charity Shelter in urging the Government to support SME housebuilders.

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Million homes target unrealistic, say housebuilders

Nearly three quarters of housebuilders think the Government’s aim of building a million homes during the current parliament is unachievable, according to the latest survey by the Build Show, as part of UK Construction Week, and Housebuilder magazine.

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New homes down, offices up in first Brexit month

The Government’s new targets for housebuilding saw a less than optimistic start with orders for 2,000 fewer new houses in July over the month before.

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