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CAB Diary 2016

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CAB Regional Members’ meeting

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Thursday 16 March 2017

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


KESTREL ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS has launched a new Flat Rooflight System.
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cabCDW SYSTEMS has added Reynaers Aluminium to its product range with the Reynaers aluminium lift and slide patio door sets.
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cabArchitectural aluminium systems from KAWNEER were specified for the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse.
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WRIGHTSTYLE has installed complex systems in a historic London building that will become the creative HQ of the Jamie Oliver Group.
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cabUK manufacturer of architectural aluminium systems Kawneer has opened a new London office.
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cabMETAL TECHNOLOGY has contributed to the Leeds College of Building Campus designed by Fuse (Leeds).
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cabThe award-winning and BREEAM Outstanding Engineering Building at Lancaster University features a range of architectural aluminium glazing systems from TECHNAL.
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cabOrgadata creator of the LogiKal aluminium processing software, was at BAU along with the team from BUSINESS MICROS ALUMINIUM.
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cabThe new TD68 Jack Door brochure from Jack Aluminium is now available to download.
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Aluminium fabricator THE WINDOW OUTLET has been named Start-up of the Year at the annual awards organised by Business Leader Magazine.
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YALE DOOR AND WINDOW SOLUTIONS is claiming a UK first with BBA certification for its window product range.
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cabThe newly launched steel replacement window suite from aluminium systems house EXLABESA has achieved PAS 24 security accreditation.
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cabSCHUECO UK, has announced that, its AWS 70 SC casement window has been awarded Q Mark Product Certification by Exova BM Trada.
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WARMCORE aluminium window systems now meet the testing standards set by Secured by Design.
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cabSchueco UK is seeking entries for the 2017 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation.
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cabSophie Whytock has joined the team at Business Micros in its Penpont office, providing admin support to the programming and support teams.
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DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM has strengthened its commercial department by hiring two new faces to its team.
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cabCALDWELL UK has made several key appointments as it rolls out its plans for the year ahead.
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Aluminium and PVC-u manufacturer TWR GROUP has appointed former Smarts Area Sales Manager Jason Loftus, 44, as Area Sales Manager for Scotland.
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Lauren Snape has joined YALE DOOR AND WINDOW SOLUTIONS as marketing assistant.
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ASTRASEAL has multiplied its aluminium capacity five-fold with a move to a new 25,000qsft factory dedicated to fabricating the material.
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cabAluminium fabricator CDW SYSTEMS says group turnover is up by 19% year on year, putting the company on course to hit its first £10m turnover.
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Two glow-in-the-dark Night Bright colours have been added to Brisant Secure’s Keycap and Keyring range for ULTION keys.
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Telford-based door and window hardware supplier Winlock Security reports volume increases across all areas and production sectors in 2016.
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MILA has extended its new Heritage finish across a broader range of hardware so that customers can now mix and match on any traditional style window or door.
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Staff from CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS joined an army of volunteers, including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, to help provide a Christmas boost for hundreds of Fife families struggling to make ends meet.
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FIT Show

cabFIT Show organisers have announced that Adrian Toon, Immediate Past President for the Council for Aluminium in Building, has been named as judge for this year’s Installation of the Year Twitter competition.
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YALE DOOR AND WINDOW SOLUTIONS will be on stand C8 at this year’s FIT Show.
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December’s FIT SHOW Installation of the Year winner has been won by south west-based aluminium specialists Nordic Installations.
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cabSenior Architectural Systems is making itself at home in the residential sector as demand for the manufacturer’s new range of Ali FOLD aluminium doors continues to soar and more and more trade customers ‘Ask for Ali’.
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DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM has secured a contract in excess of £750k with BAM Construction to install the aluminium façade at John Frost School, in Newport, South Wales.
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Joining up the dots

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

Amongst all the excitement of President Trump taking office and the UK Supreme Court judgment on whether Parliament or ministers have the power to begin the Brexit process, you may have missed the publication on 23 January of the government’s Green Paper: “Building our Industrial Strategy”.

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While the words “government” and “industrial strategy” do not sit together easily with those old enough to remember the 1970s and the millions poured into firms like British Leyland (and before you ask, no I can’t, well OK not quite), her foreword makes it clear that the Prime Minister recognises the opportunity presented by the vote to leave the European Union and the need for a Plan.

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Some of the statistics cited in the Green Paper put the current UK position into sharp focus. For example, while we had closed the productivity gap before the 2008 recession, workers in France, Germany and the United States now produce around as much in four days as UK workers do in five. Despite having the most prosperous local economy in Northern Europe – central London – we also have twelve of the twenty poorest among our closest neighbours. Read More


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BAU 2017 – An inspiration

Justin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)Justin

The English exodus to BAU 2017 in Munich this January was as large as I can ever remember. The queuing to get in, the general buzz from 250,000 visitors (80,000 from abroad) and the overriding positive vibe and comments made about the UK market left much for many of us to consider on the popular Friday night return flight to Birmingham.

While we will never match the scale of this huge ‘Euro- Hub’ show in the UK, we can definitely look to be inspired by the spirit, ambience and positivity of the whole exhibition. The awesome scale of so many of the aluminium and glass products definitely made visitors ‘think big’. This happens to be one of the key strap lines for the UK’s FIT Show, but despite only filling 3 Halls of the NEC, the exhibition still has very good reasons for using these words. Read more

This Month's News

Lords begin debate on housing crisis

The House of Lords has commenced its debate on the ‘ Building Better Places’ Select Committee Report on National Policy for the Built Environment.

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Home building and planning both up in 2016

Domestic construction showed strong growth in 2016, with an 11% upturn in contract value, according to the latest report from industry analyst Barbour ABI.

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GGF set to celebrate 40 years

2017 is a special year for the Glass and Glazing Federation as it prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a year-long programme of events and initiatives.

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Don’t ‘bank’ on good advice, says survey

Nearly half of all SME owners say their business has suffered a negative impact from a piece of advice given by a mainstream bank in the last year, and one in six say their business in in a worse position as a result, according to figures published this week by one commercial lender.

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Machinery investment shows sustained market confidence

Low interest rates and availability of finance are enabling continuing investment by fabricators and glass processors, according to Promac Group, which reports near record installation activity throughout last year.

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