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CAB Diary 2017

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CAB Aluminium in Building Conference
The Slate, University of Warwick Science Park, Coventry,
4 October 2017

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


BOHLE has announced the launch of its new EasyMount Vario balustrade system for use across domestic and commercial applications.
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cabThe flagship distribution centre for Trilanco, one of the UK’s leading agricultural, equine and pet product wholesalers, has benefited from an attractive fenestration package from Senior Architectural Systems.
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cabThe New George Green Library at the Nottingham University Campus has been extended and refurbished with a new curtain wall facade supplied by
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cabHueck has supplied its products for a project known as East London’s ‘Mini Manhattan’.
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Dudley’s has completed a contract, in excess of £550,000, to install the aluminium façade and key structural fixtures, including curtain walling, windows and doors at new £25m Islwyn High School, Caerphilly. This project also represents the first collaboration between Dudley’s and AluK aluminium systems.
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G 17 Awards

Have you got what it takes to be judged the best of the best? Has your company done something to make it stand out above the others? A product …an initiative …a campaign …maybe an individual who deserves to be crowned Unsung Hero?


CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has helped Glasgow’s Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice nearer to its goal of creating a new £21million palliative care and support facility with a donation of over £30,000.
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GM Fundraising has declared this year’s annual Golf Day the most successful yet, raising nearly £15,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospices.
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cabCDW SYSTEMS reports group turnover has increase by 19% in the last fiscal year, taking it over the £10m mark for the first time.
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ALUFOLDDIRECT says more than 200 installers and builders have come through the doors of its Aluminium Glazing Design Centre in Blackburn in the first few months since opening.
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cabEVERGLADE reports another successful annual Customer Conference where customers and prospects gathered to hear about the latest trends in glazing from architect Emily Osler.
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The British Safety Council will hold its Annual Conference ‘Health and Safety: preparing for the future’ on Wednesday, 4 October at The King’s Fund, London.
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cabALUK has announced two significant changes in the structure of its commercial management team with two appointments to newly created directorships in Marketing and Sales.
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cabJack Antosch, 18, has joined the team of LogiKal software technicians at BM ALUMINIUM as a trainee.
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cabFabricators of the Jack Door, from commercial systems supplier
Jack Aluminium
, can now use the same PAS 24-certified, multipoint locking system – whichever type of commercial door they are making.
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cabThe key performance features of the CP 130 sliding door from aluminium systems company Reynaers extend far beyond its attractive exterior.
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cabPURe Fold aluminium bi-fold doors from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS, fabricated and installed by Dortech Architectural Systems, have helped add character to the Yorkshire home of USA Today best-selling novelist Susan Stephens.
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VIRTUOSO has unveiled Virtu-Al, said to be the UK’s first non-woodgrain composite door aimed to look and feel like aluminium.
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316 Marine Grade stainless steel window and door hardware manufacturer BLU has added a new commercial pull handle, the blu HAB21 Offset ‘D’ commercial pull handle.
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Hardware distributor Sealco has announced it is now the exclusive UK stockist of the clamp-on GU Uni-Jet C-Concealed tilt and turn system for aluminium windows.
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Curtain Walling

cabSAPA is responding to increasing demand for 60mm curtain wall systems with the launch of the Technal MY.
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“Derby is the UK’s capital of manufacturing. It’s home to Rolls Royce, Toyota and Bombardier – or as locals like to say – planes, trains and automobiles,” says Nigel Leviers, Director of window and door fabricators
Frame Fast UK
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CMS Window Systems, designer, manufacturer and installer of windows, doors and curtain walling, has been included in the Top 1000 ‘Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2017 report published by the London Stock Exchange Group for a second year in succession.
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The GGF has formed a new Government Advisory Panel (GAP) that will be part of the GGF’s Political Strategy Committee, in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy as well as recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.
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Alan Burgess has stepped down as President of the GGF with immediate effect, saying “It is with real regret that I feel unable to continue in this role and to step down prematurely.”
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The GGF is supporting the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s (CIM) new qualification, “The Foundation Certificate in Marketing for the Construction Industry”.
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Some 150
installers attended a one day customer workshop at Customade Group’s headquarters in Stonehouse.
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Confidence still
exists but mixed
picture for Q2

Justin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)Justin

Despite slower UK economic growth in the first half of 2017 and ongoing uncertainty relating to Brexit and domestic politics, CAB members reported continued growth in Q2 in the quarterly State of Market Survey. The quarterly survey showed 57% net balance (down from 86% net balance in Q1) of respondents expecting sales to increase over the next 12 months and a similar figure over the next quarter. Once again the figures compare favourably against the overall Construction sector (29% and 7% respectively) which did still manage to deliver a seventeeth quarter of growth.

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Members’ cost pressures remained elevated in Q2, reflecting the ongoing effect of Sterling’s depreciation in the post referendum period. An 8.5% drop against the Euro (in annual terms) marked a sixth consecutive quarter of decline. This was best highlighted by the fact that members’ cost balances reached multi-year highs with raw material increases being reported by 93% net balance. In addition, 86% net balance reported rising wages and salaries. Given the recent rise in global commodity prices fuel and energy were also reported as key pressures by 50% and 43% net balance respectively.
In contrast to recent Markit/CIPS data, inflationary pressures continued to intensify in 2017 and 71% and 100% forecasted rising unit costs over the next quarter and year respectively.

Senior Aluminium Systems

Demand was still considered the key constraint on sales growth (40% net balance) over the next 12 months with raw materials (20%) and labour availability (13%). A further 27% of CAB members however, believed there to be no constraints on activity in the year ahead (up from 10% in Q1). Read More


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This Month's News

Roto buys Union Ltd of China

Roto Frank AG has announced the acquisition of Union Ltd, a family-owned Chinese manufacturer of components and semi-finished parts for window and door hardware, in a move that the group describes as ‘supporting free trade instead of isolation’.

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‘Strong economic headwinds’ towards Brexit – Palmer

The UK window industry faces strong economic headwinds and the dual challenges of a tougher second-time replacement market and wider economic uncertainty as the UK exits from Brussels, according to Robert Palmer of Palmer Market Research.

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Residential leads construction bounce-back

Residential building contracts soared to £2.5billion last month after dipping to £1.7bn in May, leading an overall 12%increase in all construction contracts.

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The route to glory!

Owing to industry demand the entry closing date for the G17 Awards, has been extended by a further two weeks to midnight on August 14th.

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Get set for P2P

Twelve fenestration females are limbering up for the last few weeks training before they start the Paddle2Pedal Challenge to try to raise over £50,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospice.

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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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