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CAB Diary 2017

cabOur next event is:

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


cabEXLABESA has launched the Xlafold bifolding door.
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cabCOMAR ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS has launched the Comar 10 window range.
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By the end of the year Cardiff-based fabricator DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM will have installed the majority of the aluminium façade, glazing and entrance doors at the new BBC Cymru Wales Headquarters.
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cabWhat is said to be the largest single office development in the Channel Islands uses multiple aluminium glazing systems from
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Curtain Walling

cabArchitectural aluminium systems from TECHNAL have been installed at Nine Bond Court in Leeds.
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Curtain walling,
window and door fabricator and installer GLASSOLUTIONS has completed an extensive project for Kier Construction as part of the latest transformational development on east London’s Greenwich Peninsula.
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QUALICOAT UK & IRELAND is to exhibit at this years 'Surface World Live' at the NEC on March 22nd and 23rd.
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The Glass and Glazing Federation is supporting Materials 2017, a new conference and exhibition focused entirely on material solutions for architecture, construction, and design.
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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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cabHardware supplier CARL F GROUPCO is featuring over 7,000 product lines in its new 248 page catalogue, said to be its biggest to date.
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FIT Show

Nearly 90% of the floor space for the FIT Show 20127 is already booked up more than three months before it opens in at its new NEC venue in May.
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BOHLE will highlight its architectural glazing systems including balustrading, glass partitioning and internal doors, at this year’s FIT Show, 23 -25 May Stand L25.
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Charly Venn has joined the award-winning marketing team at MILA to head up its digital activity.
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YALE DOOR AND WINDOW SOLUTIONS has welcomed Brett Evans as its new Technical Director for Door Hardware.
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More than 65 REAL ALUMINIUM installation firms say their aluminium sales increased by an average of 281% after switching to Customade’s REAL Aluminium range.
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cabALUPROF has announced that windows and doors made with its MB-104 system can be specified as the system has gained the Passive House Institute Darmstadt certification.
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ALUFOLDDIRECT has launched the Aluminium Glazing Design Centre as part of its new factory premises based in Blackburn.
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Macclesfield based fabricator KAT has placed an order for an Emmegi Quadra sawing and machine centres.
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COTSWOLD ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS saw its export sales continue to increase during 2016.
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VBH has added a new range of stainless steel door hardware to its greenteQ range, branded ‘Coastline’.
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MILA has made it easier for customers to choose the right product for any application with a new set of design icons to show what is included in every guarantee.
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Yale has launched the Conexis L1 smart door lock.
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BRISANT SECURE has moved to a new building with over 12 times more warehouse space than its old premises.
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cabAluminium systems company ALUK (GB) LIMITED has joined Qualicoat UK & Ireland.
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The Glass and Glazing Federation officially welcomed its new President, Alan Burgess, in front of more than 80 invited guests at the President’s Reception at The Building Centre, London, this week.
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THE TROJAN GROUP has extended its heavy-duty Athena Door Hinge range to include a version suitable for composite doors.
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Aluminium manufacturing and installation company AB GLASS has been awarded a contract in excess of £500,000 by Kier Group.
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Technology bears fruit, mostly

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

Much has already been written about the rise in high-rise, by which I mean our apparently insatiable desire not only for more towers but for taller towers as well. But the numbers never cease to amaze me. In 2000, there were 215 office towers worldwide above 200 m high, but only three residential towers were as high.

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Today, just 17 years later, there are 255 residential towers above that height across our planet with, according to a recent article in the Guardian Weekend magazine, a further 184 under construction. The article goes on: “The Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, due to be completed in 2020, will be the first to break 1,000 m. Its highest apartments will be on the 156th floor”. Let’s hope the lifts are reliable, as that is one walk you don’t want to take with your weekly shop.

Senior Aluminium Systems

Having said that, it is advances in lift technology that go some way to explaining the trend for taller towers, as they help to make high-rise living and working practicable. By using high strength to weight ratio carbon fibre ropes in place of steel ropes, lift shafts of several hundred meters are now possible. Read More


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Last call for the CAB Aluminium Pavilion – FIT Show 2017

Justin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)Justin

With a matter of weeks until FIT Show 2017, there is limited space left on the CAB Aluminium Pavilion in Hall 8 of the Show which takes place 23-25 May at the NEC Birmingham. The well attended Exhibitor Day on 16 February highlighted just how seriously the industry the whole industry, including CAB, is taking the enlarged event which has the strap line ‘Think Big’. CAB for its part will have a total area over 300m2.. Read more

This Month's News

Martoccia returns with plan for new ali window system

Joe Martoccia has stepped back into the industry spotlight, heading the acquisition of a UK-based aluminium extruder, and today he told Aluminium in Architecture of an eventual plan to create a new aluminium window and door system.

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Phil Pluck is new GGF Chief

The Glass and Glazing Federation has announced the appointment of Phil Pluck as its new Chief Executive.

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Business rate rise feared
– survey

Business Rate Revaluation in England and Wales as well as wage inflation and the effect of weak Sterling on raw materials prices are highlighted as the main concerns in the latest State of the Trade Survey by the British Woodworking Federation.

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Strong start for house building …and more to come

Housebuilders have signalled a bullish start to the year with January’s contract values almost doubled year on year, with much of the growth coming from the private sector, according to the latest figures from industry analysts Barbour ABI.

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White Paper sets out to ‘fix the broken housing market’

The government has introduced its plans to ‘fix the broken housing market’ and build more homes across England.

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Industry value down 2%
in ‘challenging landscape’
– Plimsoll

The UK’s top window and door companies have decreased in value by 2% in the last 12 months, 379 out of 1308 have lost a third of their value in that time and 229 – over a sixth of the total – are said to be in financial difficulties, according to the latest Plimsoll Report.

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