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CAB Diary 2018

cabOur next event is:

CAB Aluminium in Building Conference 2018:
‘The Facade as Protection against Fire and Flanking Acoustics’
Jaguar Visitor Centre, Birmingham
Wednesday 16 May
Book tickets here (Members £135 + VAT/Non Members £250 + VAT)

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


Fensterbau saw the launch by ORGADATA of the latest version of its LogiKal aluminium processing software, LogiKal 11.2, which is distributed exclusively in the UK by BM Aluminium.
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BOHLE has expanded its balustrading offering with the addition of the EasyMount 6020, said to give significant hardware savings.
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cabERA has launched its Extreme shootbolt locking system, offering up to three versions of window security.
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cabSome 770 windows from SAPA BUILDING SYSTEM feature on Newcastle’s latest student accommodation addition, Verde.
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Windows and doors from WICONA were specified, as part of a fenestration package by Glassolutions, for The Fulmar, a mixed use residential project in Greenwich Peninsula.
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CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has landed a contract worth over £10m for the Atlantic Square development in Glasgow.
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cabBelfast Harbour Studios, the latest asset to Northern Ireland’s burgeoning film industry infrastructure, features curtain walling, window and door systems from leading aluminium systems manufacturer, Metal Technology.
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cabCSI Aluminium has chosen a Tekna TKE 944-7 four axis heavy duty machining centre supplied and installed by EMMEGI (UK) for its Hull factory.
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PROMAC GROUP says it saw high levels of interest and brisk business at this year’s Fensterbau Frontale, the event’s 30th anniversary, which reported record numbers of both exhibitors and visitors, including a large UK contingent.
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Sash window fabricator ROSEVIEW is to make its third appearance at the FIT Show at next year’s event on May 21st - 23rd.
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Edgetech and Hodgson Sealants are the latest sponsors to sign up to the GLAZING SUMMIT, the new conference for the UK fenestration industry.
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BENNETT ARCHITECTURAL has been chosen to provide glazing solutions for the refurbishment of Jaguar Land Rover’s showroom on Manchester Road, Knutsford.
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Swansea-based AB Glass has been appointed by Kier Construction to provide curtain walling, windows and doors at Ysgol Carreg Hir, a new primary school based in Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot.
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Meeting rooms for QUALICOAT UK and Ireland member events continue to get larger as more member companies are attending.
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cabPamela Wilson, Regional Sales Manager for
in Scotland since 2001, has been given an extended sales remit which now includes Ireland.
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cabCustomade Group has appointed Simon Jarman as managing director of its Fineline Aluminium division based in Weston-super-Mare.
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Jon Vanstone, who last year stepped down as CEO of the Helix Group and Director of Fensa amid a number of high profile departures from its GGF parent body, has today been announced as Chairman of rival certification body Certass.
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Synseal Group this week named Matthew Mycock as CEO in a permanent capacity, succeeding Deborah Kemp who stood in the role after the departure of David Leng last September.
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MILA has received a 100% score in its most recent ISO9001 BSI audit, enabling it to transition immediately from the 2008 version of the standard to the revised 2015 version.
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cabHardware supplier CALDWELL has unveiled the Sinidex security window lock with floating mushroom technology by the firm’s Cotswold subsidiary, said to be suitable with sash drops of up to 6.5mm.
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cabDoor hinge manufacturer SFS reports a successful four days at the Fensterbau 2018 exhibition.
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Brisant Secure, with its Ultion and Lock Lock products, has seen customer numbers increase by 36% and deliveries by 75% over the last year, the company has announced.
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Door and window hardware supplier WINDOW WARE, last month celebrated 1,500 days without a lost-time accident!
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JACKLOC the Queen’s Award-winning restrictor supplier has declared its debut appearance at Fensterbau Frontale a success.
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cabThe Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, including Kawneer systems by Bennett Architectural, has been shortlisted for the RIBA West Midlands Awards, with winners announced on Tuesday 22nd May.
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ALUFOLDDIRECT has been named Manufacturing Business and Medium Business of the year at Lancashire Business View’s Red Rose Business Awards.
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MRA MARKETING and BRISANT SECURE have won the 2018 Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Award for Innovation – New Product/Service SME for Brisant’s Ultion Key campaign.
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The redevelopment of Glan Clwyd Hospital, including aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling by Bennett Architectural.
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cabMetal Technology, has been accredited to the BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing of construction products. 
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YALE DOOR AND WINDOW SOLUTIONS has gained BBA certification for its Shootbolt and Encloser window locks and Revolution window hinge have passed the - a symbol of product quality.
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CAB Survey Q1, 2018: Confidence in growth for aluminium in building despite rising costs

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

The latest Q1, 2018 CAB State of the Market Survey highlights that confidence in the future remains in terms of expected sales volumes increasing for the next quarter, 80% net balance (47% in Q4) and the next 12 months, 79% net balance (same as Q4). This is despite weather-related disruption in the last quarter and ongoing economic and political uncertainties relating to Brexit.
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Construction growth over the past year has been driven by private housing, infrastructure and private housing RM&I which has benefitted most product manufacturers. 43% of CAB members reported significant rises in sales (rises of over 5%), compared to a year earlier and 29% reported that sales had increased by up to 5% over the same period.

Senior Aluminium Systems

Demand was again reported as the key constraint on sales growth over the next year. 80% of members reported that demand was likely to be the key constraint compared to 63% in Q4. The other constraints, both under 10% net balance were labour availability and raw material prices. 7% claimed that there were no constraints. Read More


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Is Zero Carbon back on the agenda?

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

The European Parliament has now given its final approval on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The new rules are intended to make buildings in the EU smarter and more energy efficient, accelerating the rate of building renovation, saving money and creating jobs in the renovation and construction sector. Read More


This Month's News

Residential keeps construction strong

Residential housing kept construction buoyant last month with a seven-month record £2.4billion contract value accounting for almost half the entire sector’s value, according to the latest figures from industry analyst Barbour ABI.

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‘Pay subbies or else’
– new government threat

Slow-paying main contractors could find themselves barred from major public sector contracts as part of a new package of government measures to support small businesses. 

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CEO Pluck leaves GGF

The GGF confirmed that its chief executive Phil Pluck has left the organisation – the last in a line of senior management departures that has also seen two presidents, a chief executive and both a chief executive and MD of the body’s major subsidiaries all leave in the space of less than two years.

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Windows come fifth in
lead-time league

Windows have come fifth in a league table of long waiting times for building materials – with some having to wait over a year, according to a new survey of Federation of Master Builders members.

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Glazing Summit – first speakers announced

Organisers of the Glazing Summit have announced the first speakers to be booked for the May event, including Customade Group CEO David Leng, Sean Parnaby of West Port Windows, Window Ware MD Samantha Nuckey and Business Micros MD Graeme Bailey.

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cabUnitised Systems for All

More specifiers in the UK are becoming aware that Unitised systems are becoming more affordable and available through UK fabrication specialists.

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The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) was formed in 1994 by the
bringing together of three existing trade associations, the Architectural
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
architectural aluminium industry by encouraging the increasing use of
aluminium products in architecture and the construction industry as a
whole, to encourage quality and best practice, to set new technical
standards and protect members' business and contractual interest. In
addition we are driving forward the development of a national training
structure for the sector and have received major grants from the DTI to
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