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CAB Diary 2019

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events are:

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Forest of Arden Hotel, Warwickshire
11 November

CAB Contractual Awareness Seminar
‘We’ve done the work – now how do we get paid?’  

Forest of Arden, Warwickshire, 12 November

For further details of any of the above events please contact Julie Harley here.


cabSenior Architectural Systems has developed a new aluminium curtain wall system that allows architects to create sleek and expansive fenestration designs.
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HWL TRADE FRAMES has launched a new offering of aluminium bi-folds, patio and lift/slide doors foiled to colour match its R9, R7 and R2 frames from the Residence Collection.
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ALUPLAST will showcase its expanded product range including a new range of aluminium-effect foils among innovations for the UK at Fensterbau Frontale 2020.
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cabA rare combination of architectural aluminium window, door and curtain walling product applications from SAPA have been brought together in the design of a contemporary five-bedroom private house in Cheshire.
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TECHNAL MX62 curtain walling system was specified when Dortech required a curtain walling system for the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Engineering Innovation Centre in Preston.
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cabSENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS, working with main contractor Buckingham Group and supply chain partner Elite Aluminium Systems, has delivered the façade package for the new Welcome Building at the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley.
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cabAluK was host to the latest IFO Academy training course at its base in Chepstow.
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The GGF has rebranded GGFi, its IBG provider as INSTALLSURE.
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cabGloucester-based aluminium fabricator CDW SYSTEMS is now to manufacture fully-fabricated Crown and Dualframe door sets from Sapa.
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cabJACK ALUMINIUM has partnered with Geze UK to create what it says is the first PAS24 approved automatic sliding door system, designed to fill a gap in the healthcare and care home sectors.
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cabA 17-strong team of runners from VERTIK-AL will be taking to the streets of Birmingham later this month to complete the 13.1 mile Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. 
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Now we know that Christmas must be just around the corner – the GM Fundraising Christmas card is out.
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CUSTOMADE GROUP has announced the appointment of Tom Allen as senior product manager with responsibility for the group’s Real Aluminium brand.
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Aperture, the vehicle formed for the acquisition of Synseal from administration, has announced the appointment of former Masonite UK MD Robin Baker as managing director.
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cabERA has appointed Sumier Foster-Shah as Customer Support Manager for Smartware.
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cabVBH GB, is adding more choice to its own-brand greenteQ Suite with new 3” high Kappa numerals and letters A-D. 
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Door Hardware manufacturer UAP Group on October 14th announced it has completed the acquisition of Intelligent Hardware Ltd.
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cabSMART ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM has come top of the Building Research Establishment’s Responsible Sourcing league table for suppliers of aluminium products in the UK.
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Seventeen CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS employees have successfully trained as mental health first aiders by completing the Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) course.
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FENSA has been announced as a finalist in the G Awards Promotional Campaign of the Year category
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cabVBH (GB) is celebrating seven award nominations including three shortlistings for the G19 Awards.
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cabAluprof UK is again sponsoring the Building Awards, to takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on the 5th November. 
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Business Micros is celebrating its 40th anniversary by returning as one of the main sponsors of the G19 Awards.
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cabIndependent hardware distributor WINDOW WARE is celebrating two nominations at the 2019 G Awards.
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cabEMMEGI has become the sole machinery partner of Cork-based aluminium systems house AMS, following a relationship  more than a decade.
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cabPROMAC has marked Vitrum 2019 the glass machinery expo by unveiling four new supply agreements as well as a series of new strategic associations agreed at.
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cabREYNAERS is offering a new RIBA-accredited CPD course, “Accessible Solutions for Aluminium Windows and Doors,” aimed at architects and other construction industry professionals.
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The work done by the industry’s Employers’ Trailblazer group in developing a brand new suite of apprenticeship standards specifically for the fenestration industry has been officially recognised by Sir Gerry Berragon, CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
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Positive Q3 2019 for CAB Members

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

After a volatile first half of the year distorted by Brexit stockpiling it was extremely positive to see the CAB Q3 2019 State of Market Survey results showing 43% net balance of CAB members forecasted growth in Q4 and 57% net balance, growth in the year ahead. The results announced at the CAB members’ meeting in Manchester last week showed that in Q3 a sizeable 50% of members saw sales volumes up by more than 5% on Q2. Capital investment in the year ahead still clearly remained a priority with 65% net balance forecasting an increase in spend on product improvement closely followed by 55% net balance for plant & equipment.

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28 New Members in 25th Anniversary Year
Echoing the positive vibes emanating from the latest survey, 2019 has seen one of the highest levels of increases in approved membership in CAB’s 25th Anniversary year.  To date, we are delighted to have been joined by 258 new members across the aluminium in building supply chain: 3D Aluminium; Acorn Aluminium; Allied Glazing Systems; Aluminium Shapes; AOV (UK); Azon (UK); BSI Assurance UK; Contrasol; DUCO Ventilation & Sun Control; E P Consultants; Epwin Window Systems; Fentrade; Glasshus Facades; Hoppe (UK); Kestrel Aluminium Systems; LP Window Controls; MBE Glazing Systems; OnLevel; Presstek; Promac ; Prosale Automatic Doors; Safeguard Glazing Supplies; Saint-Gobain Glass; Soft Tech (England); The Design Solutions Business; The Rooflight Company; United Anodisers and Window Ware. Read More

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This Month's News

Kairos group confirms closure

Brian Kennedy’s £75million-sales Kairos Group, with brands including Zenith, Weatherseal, St Helens Glass, St Andrews Glass and Penicuik Home Improvements, has this week broken its silence with a statement confirming earlier reports that it is closing and an administrator is expected to be appointed in the next few days.

Companies House also reports that as of yesterday, the Indigo Products fabricating subsidiary was also in the process of appointing an administrator. Another business Install Base t/a Job Worth Doing is the sole installer for the retail brands. Its phone number is today redirecting calls to the Kairos recording that the offices are closed.

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GGF’s Brexit ready

The Glass and Glazing Federation says its Brexit Readiness Campaign is now well underway following its recent £50,000 government grant, and has now unveiled its new GGF Brexit Hub as well as producing a new guidance brochure and implementing digital marketing including social media and search engine marketing. 

The new “Brexit Hub” on the GGF website  is entirely free and available to members and non-members, with no log-ins required.  It consists of key information, expert opinions, potential scenarios and the latest news on the issues affecting the industry, as and when the UK exits the European Union.

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UAP threatens action on fake Fullex resellers

Fullex parent company UAP has issued a threat of legal action against anyone reselling counterfeit Fullex branded locks after discovering the fakes openly on sale at a security exhibition.

CEO David Jennings warned that the low-spec fakes not only compromised the integrity of the genuine product but caused a serious risk to the security of anyone using them.

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Construction down again
– is it Brexit paralysis?

Construction contracts awarded last month were 15.6% down on September 2018, including a 2.5% drop on August 2019, according to the latest figures from Barbour ABI.

Both the number of contract awards and the values dropped in August and September. 

June and July were both positive months, but these reflected values held up by a few big-ticket projects.

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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
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