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CAB Diary 2020

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MILA has added a left- or right-handed universal friction stay to its Hero range in response to feedback from fabricators over broken right or left stays.
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cabSENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS has added Ali Slide, a new mid-range slimline aluminium sliding door to its existing Ali Fold aluminium bi-folding doors and Ali Vu aluminium window.
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cabCOMAR has launched ECO LT, a lightweight version of its ECO aluminium window and door system, designed for the trade and installer market.
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Exeter-based ASPECT WINDOWS is now offering the Ultraline slim aluminium sliding door from Greenways Architectural.
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COTSWOLD WINDOWS have helped transform a derelict barn into Tower Barn, a visitor centre, retail area and bar alongside the Broadway Tower landmark.
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cabCDW SYSTEMS has partnered with commercial installer Hazlemere Commercial to help transform Colchester’s historic Dutch Quarter with more 300 Smart VS 600 vertical sliding windows.
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Easymount Vario balustrading from BOHLE has been installed in the Beach Houses, a development of two-bedroom, two-storey properties built on the site of the former Royal Sea Bathing Hospital, Margate.
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cabFrequent KAWNEER specifier Atkins has used the manufacturer’s architectural aluminium glazing systems again, on a unique building which forms a new £27 million gateway to Bournemouth University.
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Fensterbau organisers have been quick to set a new date for the 2020 show in the wake of last week’s announcement that it was to be postponed from later this month in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, due to be staged at the NEC later this month, has been postponed until the summer, organisers said in an announcement earlier today.
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Bohle AG says it has cancelled its plans to take part in Glasstec as well as GlassBuild in Las Vegas in a decision that it says will also impact on any postponed Fensterbau event. 
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The GGF has launched a new consumer PR campaign called “Think Glass” aimed at increasing awareness of the lifestyle benefits of glass among homeowners. 
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Sheerline Classic, the new residential aluminium window system from Garnalex has passed the PAS24:2016 security test designed to test the strength of windows and doors.
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Everglade Windows is celebrating its score in the latest Plimsoll Analysis report, showing a 21 percent growth rate and rating.
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cabJACK ALUMINIUM announces that its TD68 thermal commercial door has passed the STS202 test.
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GARNALEX has invested in three Combilift multidirectional forklift trucks for its aluminium extrusion factory in Nether Heage, Derbyshire. 
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Warren Services are the latest architectural powder coat applicator to join QUALICOAT UK & Ireland.
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GQA Qualifications has boosted its team with the addition of two new Technical Officers and a new Quality & Compliance Executive.
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Andrew Glover, former GGF President and co-founder of West Yorkshire Windows along with brother Matthew, has left the company after 27 years.
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Stephen Hillier has been appointed as Head of Customer Services at swing and slide door manufacturer PANORAMIC DOORS.
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The Institute of Architectural Ironmongers has appointed Deborah Cannon as its new national chair.
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The YALE Lockmaster AutoEngage multipoint lock will now be available in stainless steel as standard, the company has announced.
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cabCARL F GROUPCO has announced that the Roto FRH UNI outward opening reversible window system, which is its biggest selling range, is now available as a consolidated set.
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cabArchitectural ironmongery manufacturer HOPPE (UK) has joined the Council for Aluminium in Building.
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EVERGLADE WINDOWS has taken home the trophy for Manufacturing Business of the Year in the West London Business Awards for the third year running.
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CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has gained the ‘SME award' in the Partnership Working category of the Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards 2020.
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cabSENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS has been named the winner of the Manufacturing Innovation category at the Made in Yorkshire awards.
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Internet / I.T.

Inspections and auditing body RISA, part of the GGF Commercial group, has launched a new website, with enhanced functionality and performance.
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FENSA has announced its new partnership with Business Pilot with its CRM systems tailored for the fenestration industry.
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Ali fabricator 6 DAY DOORS has launched its new website including an interactive online door builder.
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cabEPWIN WINDOW SYSTEMS is launching Brand Hub 360, its new marketing portal to a range of Stellar marketing collateral including the new Stellar colour brochure.
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YALE has announced that it is to be a sponsor of the People in Glazing Society again in 2020.
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A Training Academy with courses tailored specifically for the fenestration industry has been launched by Fensa in partnership with accredited training company Total Support.
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CUSTOMADE GROUP has signed what it says is the widest ranging Secured by Design agreement ever, with now 31 of its aluminium and PVCu windows and door systems recently achieving an SBD licence.
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Titan Trade Windows has opened a new 4,300 sq ft aluminium windows doors and bifold factory in Derby.
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Commercial PVCu and aluminium supplier UK Glazing Group says it has saved £350,000 and boosted output by 25% in its first year since ceasing manufacturing and choosing CUSTOMADE GROUP as its fabricator.
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ANGLO EUROPEAN has backed up its claims of economies for fabricators buying-in cut-to-size reinforcements, with new calculations indicating savings of up to £240,000 a year can be achieved.
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We’re all in this together!

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

Once again this Thursday, we will be acknowledging many incredible real-life heroes with rapturous applause ringing around neighbourhoods for the incredible work of our NHS. Their inspirational bravery has been a key factor in 750,000 + NHS Volunteer Responders coming forward to support those who are highly vulnerable to Coronavirus - so many in fact that the process was temporarily paused on 29 March to process applications.

So, what is construction doing? Businesses can support in a variety of ways. Earlier today, CAB joined sister trade bodies within the Construction Products Association and amongst the heavy discussions about economics, supporting members with updates it was warming to hear some remarkable stories about sector organisations turning production lines to producing sanitiser and providing support vehicles and PPE. A key theme of the meeting was the need for greater clarification on so many issues surrounding the pandemic. Today’s letter from the Secretary of State to the UK Construction Sector is a step towards this.

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This Month's News

cabTechnal – Sapa brand
merger complete

Hydro, owner of the Technal and Sapa architectural aluminium systems has announced that the merger of the two brands is now complete and all the products in the UK will now come under the Technal brand.

All existing products from both brands are retained and available for specification and fabrication. The legacy Sapa product names stay the same but will simply be prefixed Technal, for example, Technal Elegance 52.

The company says this ‘one offer’ range of aluminium curtain walling, windows and doors, as well as specialist solutions for blast and bullet resistance, provides access to a complementary and expanded product offer, adapted to UK requirements and legislation.

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Aperture to be broken up
– more jobs go as no takers found for group

Aperture Trading, the collapsed former Synseal buyout vehicle, is to be broken up and offered for sale in parts after administrators announced that no buyer could be found for the group in its entirety.

The group had been offered for sale as a going concern, with many staff retained to continue production but that has now been halted and almost all the workers made redundant.

Tim Bateson, restructuring director at administrators KPMG, said: “We have continued to trade the business since our appointment to enable time for a sale of business process to take place. Unfortunately, no acceptable offer has been received following this accelerated marketing process and as a result, trading will cease immediately.

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Closures, clarity and confusion

As ever-tighter restrictions on work and social life came into force, many in the industry were still unsure about their choices and obligations in the face of the near-total lockdown.

At least two organisations, the FMB and British Safety Council (BSC) were calling for greater clarity of advice from the government on construction workers, while the BSC went further in pressing for a shut-down of ‘non-essential’ construction sites.

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GGF tackles Govt on
five key issues

The Glass and Glazing Federation says it is lobbying the government on five key issues to support and protect the industry in the face of the current crisis.

In the last week, the organisation says it has communicated with government departments on the issues and will ‘step up the engagement campaign even further’ to press for the required confirmation and clarification, to support members and the industry in these unprecedented times. 

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Fensa tunes in with
radio campaign

Fensa is turning to the radio to take its message to homeowners following the success of its ongoing TV campaign.

The radio ads will run from now until December and will be heard nationwide on stations including Heart, Talk Radio, Capital, Magic and many others. At the same time, the TV advertising has been extended into 2020.

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cab'Stick Curtain Wall and Building Movement’
by Wojciech Brozyna - MD of Aluprof UK
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