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Many within fenestration and construction will be glad to see the back of<br />

2021 – a year in which we saw material prices increase, skills shortages<br />

compounded, alongside regular Covid-19 struggles in daily life.<br />

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The survey also suggested that 38% would even be prepared to pay more for home<br />

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environment, so this is clearly a trend for fabricators and installers to keep an eye on.<br />

Positive news in the Business Pilot barometer (page 13) suggests that order<br />

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All in all, the industry outlook for <strong>2022</strong> seems to be one of slight optimism but<br />

as the last couple of years has shown, it’s wise to be braced for turbulence.<br />

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Contents<br />


22<br />


Total Fabricator hears from Rob McGlennon,<br />

Managing Director of Deceuninck, who explains<br />

how sustainability has become top of the agenda.<br />


Andy Holland of Rapierstar discusses how a<br />

cross industry collaboration can give<br />

homeowners the confidence in home security.<br />


Edgetech’s Managing Director Chris Alderson<br />

gives his thoughts on the UK’s transition from CE<br />

to UKCA marking.<br />



Sheerline’s David Wigley explains how a retail focus<br />

is increasing consumer confidence in aluminium<br />

products.<br />

48<br />

28 A BUMPER YEAR<br />

Total Fabricator hears from Distinction Doors, who reveals its<br />

big hitters for 2021 in the GRP composite entrance doors<br />

market.<br />

36 TIME TO PUSH ON<br />

Neil Parton, MD of Elumatec, provides reality, resolutions and<br />

tips to make sure <strong>2022</strong> is as productive as it can be.<br />

38 A KEY TO GROWTH<br />

Nuevo Home’s Amar Dhillon explains why the latest<br />

machinery investment will be key to a successful year ahead for<br />

the company.<br />


Dave Broxton, Managing Director at Bohle, explains why<br />

glass processors have a year to cash in on big tax breaks<br />

and make businesses fit for the future.<br />

48 LOOKING FORWARD TO <strong>2022</strong><br />

Pat Rice, Commercial Director at UAP, discusses the key<br />

hardware trends from 2021 and what lies ahead in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />


German hardware manufacturer Burg-Wachter explains<br />

how with the advancement in smart tech, fabricators can<br />

now expand their product offering.<br />




In Selecta Systems’ first regular feature,<br />

Extrusion Manager Kevin Smith provides an<br />

insight into the extrusion process.<br />


<br />

16<br />

Ben Aspinall reflects on the lessons of 2021, and<br />

what to expect with regards to trends within the<br />

door sector in <strong>2022</strong><br />



16<br />

DOORS<br />

26<br />



SWORD?<br />

9<br />

Emplas MD Ryan Johnson has written an open letter to<br />

the industry, discussing some of the opportunities and<br />

potential challenges that may lie ahead in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />


Haffner has confirmed that it has increased its FIT Show<br />

stand to 610sqm, plus further key names will be on show!<br />


36<br />

HARDWARE &<br />


46<br />

GLASS &<br />


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JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong> T F 5

News Roundup<br />



Suppliers to the home improvement market<br />

are said to have given their ‘resounding<br />

approval’ to a recent campaign designed to<br />

raise some of the challenges faced by the<br />

fenestration industry.<br />

Nine new companies have joined the<br />

founding 19 members of #unitedfront, taking<br />

the total number of firms adding their support<br />

to 28 and creating a collective voice that<br />

accounts for more than £600m of sales and<br />

over 5000 staff.<br />

Bosses from Central Window Systems,<br />

Donwood Group, Double R Glass & Roofing<br />

Systems, Garnalex, Modplan, Oakland Glass,<br />

Roseview Windows, Saveheat Group and<br />

Thermoseal Group are the latest signatories<br />

to highlight issues that the sector is facing as<br />

it attempts to meet the national appetite for<br />

doors, windows, roofing systems and glazing<br />

products.<br />

The businesses, which are based across the<br />

UK and span all the different specialisms<br />

of the supply chain, clearly lay out three of<br />

the main challenges currently facing them,<br />

including disruption with materials, rising<br />

prices/energy costs and significant labour<br />

shortages due to the pandemic and Brexit.<br />

They call for industry to show a #unitedfront<br />

of solidarity in that every supplier is<br />

weathering the same storm and that, by<br />

giving customers an understanding, they can<br />

quickly work together to provide solutions and<br />

get back to delivering continuity of supply.<br />

Ryan Green, Managing Director of Clayton<br />

Glass, said: “We have had such a fantastic<br />

response since we launched the campaign in<br />

October and the overwhelming reaction has<br />

been positive with suppliers in our sector.<br />

“As soon as the letter landed, we received<br />

calls from colleagues, social media support<br />

and debate about how we could all work<br />

more collaboratively to help ease the supply<br />

chain issues as soon as possible.”<br />


Following the emergence of the Omicron<br />

variant of Covid-19, Ryan Johnson, Managing<br />

Director at fabricator, Emplas, has written an<br />

open letter to the industry, discussing some of<br />

the opportunities and potential challenges that<br />

may lie ahead in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

He said: “Omicron. It’s the latest addition to our<br />

vocabulary.<br />

“We came out of the high of G-Awards at the end<br />

of November, into a return of face masks and<br />

growing concern as to how the new Covid-19<br />

variant, will impact on the UK.<br />

“For the window industry, it has the potential to be<br />

a double-edged sword.<br />

“It makes disruption of some form more likely<br />

in the new year. Staff having to isolate because<br />

they’ve picked up a positive lateral flow is<br />

something we’ve now lived with for two-years and<br />

I suspect, we’re going to have to deal with for a<br />

little while longer.<br />

“But it also makes it more likely that people are<br />

going to continue to work from home, and that<br />

demand in home improvement will remain high.<br />

“If it becomes more difficult to travel, to use<br />

services – it makes it more likely that we’re<br />

going to spend our money on ‘stuff’, including<br />

The government has confirmed interim changes<br />

to Part L of the Building Regs for England, ready<br />

for the implementation of the Future Homes and<br />

Buildings Standard in 2025.<br />

Discussing the changes, Nick Cooper, Technical<br />

Director at AluK, explained the new Part L means<br />

a reduction in notional U-Values for windows and<br />

doors with more than 60% glazing in new dwellings<br />

to 1.2, with limiting U-Values of 1.4 for all new<br />

windows (WER Band B minimum) and >60%<br />

glazed doors (DER Band C minimum) installed in<br />

existing dwellings.<br />

He explained the aim is to deliver a 30% reduction<br />

in carbon emissions from new homes and a 27%<br />

reduction from other types of building, whilst<br />

home improvements.<br />

“Retail leads have slowed a little at the end of<br />

2021. We need to remember, that that’s from a<br />

record high and the inflation of the market from<br />

the Stamp Duty holiday.<br />

“I believe the bigger challenge will be how we<br />

manage that demand, resilience in the supply<br />

chain and how we manage price increases.<br />

Upstream from us, it’s a seller’s market. PVC-U<br />

resin supply remains particularly challenging.<br />

Throw in energy surcharges and we need to be<br />

prepared for more price increases in the year<br />

ahead.<br />

“This is the balancing act that we’re going to have<br />

to get used to managing. Demand will continue<br />

but labour, shortages and energy surcharges<br />

mean that our costs will increase as will those of<br />

our customers.”<br />


there are also changes to Approved Document F which<br />

apply to trickle vents, and an entirely new Approved<br />

Document O which applies to glazing and overheating.<br />

The new Regulations come into force on 15 June<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, but there’s a six-month transition period for<br />

planning applications submitted before that date,<br />

providing the build work starts before 15 June<br />

2023.<br />

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News Roundup<br />



Trade show FENSTERBAU FRONTALE has<br />

been rescheduled and will now take place<br />

between Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th July<br />

<strong>2022</strong>.<br />

The show was originally due to take place<br />

from 29th March to 1st April <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

“Although we are allowed to continue to<br />

run exhibitions, our customers still have a<br />

strong sense of uncertainty,” explained Petra<br />

Wolf, Member of the Management Board,<br />

NürnbergMesse.<br />

“And given the dynamic nature of the infection<br />

situation, we unfortunately cannot rule out the<br />

possibility that legislation at a national and<br />

state level will have to be adapted or made<br />

more stringent at short notice.”<br />

The course taken by the Covid-19 pandemic<br />

and the postponement of other industry<br />

events in the first quarter of <strong>2022</strong> is said to<br />

have recently contributed to the uncertainty<br />

among the exhibitors of FENSTERBAU<br />


Elke Harreiss, Director FENSTERBAU<br />

FRONTALE, and Stefan Dittrich, Director<br />

HOLZ-HANDWERK, added: “By acting early<br />

to reschedule FENSTERBAU FRONTALE and<br />

HOLZ-HANDWERK to a date in summer, we are<br />

accommodating the wishes of many exhibitors<br />

to provide a meeting place for the industry<br />

where they can network and do business in a<br />

positive atmosphere in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

“To achieve this, we are relying on a hygiene<br />

and access concept that has already proven<br />

successful and combines our customers’<br />

needs for personal interaction with safety in<br />

the best possible way.<br />

“Together with our exhibitors and partners,<br />

we are looking forward to meeting again in<br />

Nuremberg between 12 and 15 July <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

with positive interaction between industry<br />

colleagues, profitable new business contacts,<br />

and all kinds of trends and inspiration for<br />

business!”<br />



More than two-thirds of UK homeowners<br />

(68%) would choose windows and doors with<br />

a higher recycled content over and above<br />

products which don’t, or which do so at a<br />

lower level, according to a new study.<br />

The findings of the survey by leading pollster<br />

YouGov also found that 63% of homeowners said<br />

that they would be more likely to purchase home<br />

improvements, which they saw as being more<br />

‘sustainable’.<br />

Commissioned by Deceuninck, the study also<br />

found that 38%, would be prepared to pay more<br />

for home improvement products that had higher<br />

recycled content and reduced impact on the<br />

environment.<br />

Rob McGlennon, Managing Director, Deceuninck,<br />

said: “Sustainability is going to top the agenda for<br />

the next decade – it has to.<br />

“That growing awareness about climate-change<br />

and the negative impact we’re having as a<br />

global society on the planet, is filtering into<br />

each purchasing decision that we’re making as<br />

consumers.<br />

“This includes windows and doors. Products<br />

which are seen as being more energy efficient,<br />

Certification body the British Board of Agrément<br />

has been given the green light to issue UK<br />

Technical Assessments (UKTAs) – the first<br />

organisation in the UK to gain this approval.<br />

The announcement comes at a critical time for<br />

UK-based construction product manufacturers,<br />

importers and distributors who have just a year<br />

to prepare their businesses for the switch from<br />

CE Marking to the new UKCA Marking regime<br />

for products placed in the GB<br />

market.<br />

As part of this process, European<br />

Technical Assessments (ETAs)<br />

will be replaced by UKTAs, with<br />

approved UK-based Technical<br />

more recyclable and which have a lower impact in<br />

manufacture, are increasingly important in driving<br />

the purchasing decisions of end users.”<br />

When asked to rank the importance of different<br />

factors which would impact on their decision<br />

to buy windows and doors, ‘security’ topped<br />

the billing, rated as important by 91% of total<br />

respondents.<br />

Energy efficiency was the next biggest driver,<br />

cited by 89% of those polled. This was followed<br />

by appearance and the match/fit to their existing<br />

property 86%. Sustainability was cited as<br />

important by 67% of those surveyed.<br />

You can read more about Rob and Deceuninck’s<br />

thoughts on sustainability and the opportunities<br />

for those throughout the supply chain on<br />

pages 22 and 23 of this issue.<br />


Assessment Bodies (TABs) such as the BBA<br />

required to assess products for the UK market.<br />

The news was confirmed by the Department for<br />

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).<br />

CEO Hardy Giesler, said: “We are delighted to have<br />

been approved as the first UK TAB able to issue<br />

UKTAs to our clients. This important milestone<br />

enables us to respond quickly to the urgent needs<br />

of our clients who have been<br />

waiting to progress their ETA to<br />

UKTA transition for well over 12<br />

months.”<br />

See page 54 for further comment<br />

on UKCA marking from Chris<br />

Alderson of Edgetech.<br />


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HAFFNER GOES EVEN BIGGER FOR FIT <strong>2022</strong>!<br />

Haffner MD Dave Thomas<br />

Drastic changes to customers’ ordering<br />

patterns gave rise to some head scratching<br />

at VBH’s sales and distribution centre in<br />

Swansea recently.<br />

The Swansea centre serves VBH’s customers<br />

in Wales and South West England, and it had<br />

become apparent that more stock needed to<br />

be held locally to help react most efficiently<br />

to the requirements of customers whose<br />

hardware uptake had rapidly increased or, in<br />

some cases, had become erratic.<br />

The focus was to ensure that sales orders from<br />

Welsh and South Western customers in <strong>2022</strong><br />

and beyond would be supplied complete first<br />

time from Swansea, without the need to ship<br />

part orders from other VBH sites.<br />

Floor area was at maximum capacity so Dave<br />

Prout, VBH Operations Manager - Swansea, and<br />

his team decided that the only way was up!<br />

They designed and installed<br />

high level picking spaces<br />

and pallet racking to take full<br />

advantage of the building<br />

height.<br />

The re-design has allowed<br />

for a deeper stock holding of<br />

VBH Swansea’s most popular lines, including<br />

those from the greenteQ brand, and has<br />

created an extra 120 pallet spaces with no<br />

loss of picking shelves for smaller, slower<br />

moving products.<br />

As part of the warehouse upgrade, VBH has<br />

also invested in a new high-level order picker<br />

to be used in the narrow aisle design layout.<br />

The picker is capable of reaching all levels of<br />

racking and is computer guided to allow for<br />

safe working in narrow aisles.<br />

Dave said: “The whole changeover was carried<br />

out in just two weeks and we are happy to say<br />

that disruption to the depot’s customers was<br />

kept to an absolute minimum.”<br />

Haffner’s stand at this year’s FIT Show<br />

was already set to be the biggest stand in<br />

the show’s history. But the company has<br />

confirmed that it’s just got even bigger – the<br />

new space will be 610sqm.<br />

Haffner took the decision to extend the stand<br />

because of a rapid increase in demand and a<br />

stream of orders for fully seamless set-ups.<br />

Dave Thomas, Managing Director of Haffner,<br />

commented: “Fabricators are increasingly<br />

looking to use the latest technologies to deliver<br />

outstanding quality that feature-rich products<br />

demand. The Graf Synergy range is the only range<br />

for this. It delivers world class seamless welding<br />

technology and patented welding techniques,<br />

increasing fabrication efficiencies and delivering<br />

superior product quality. By showcasing the entire<br />

range on our stand, we’ll be able to show more<br />

fabricators what it has to offer.”<br />

Haffner is the exclusive UK supply partner of Graf<br />

Synergy and its FIT Show stand will showcase<br />

machines capable of welding seamless corners,<br />

transoms, reverse butts, cruciforms and cills,<br />

showing how far the machinery has come.<br />

The FIT Show runs from 10th-12th May <strong>2022</strong> at<br />

the NEC in Birmingham. www.fitshow.co.uk<br />



Emmegi (UK) has announced that it will be<br />

back exhibiting at the FIT Show in May after<br />

three years away.<br />

Checkatrade is also set to make its debut at the<br />

show, which returns to the NEC between 10th-<br />

12th May <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Emmegi (UK) said it will be a chance for new<br />

and existing customers to chat to the team and<br />

enjoy some classic Italian-style hospitality.<br />

Managing Director Ian Latimer, said: “Since<br />

the beginning, FIT has been a really successful<br />

show for us – not just in terms of generating<br />

enquiries for new machines, but as a great<br />

place to meet up with customers and friends.<br />

With momentum building for the <strong>2022</strong> event,<br />

we didn’t want to miss out.<br />

“Machinery is always a good draw for fabricators<br />

at exhibitions, so I hope the fact that there’s now<br />

another machinery company on the floorplan will<br />

encourage even more people to register.”<br />

Speaking about Checkatrade’s presence at the<br />

show, Event Director Nickie West said: “Checkatrade<br />

is a huge household name, and one that we are<br />

delighted to be able to bring to FIT Show <strong>2022</strong>.”<br />


JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong> TF 9

News Roundup<br />



AT Precision has doubled its turnover in the<br />

past 12 months.<br />

Sales Director Michael Hewitt commented:<br />

“In the summer, we’d seen a 342% sales<br />

increase since we opened our doors in<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 2020, but in the past six months,<br />

we’ve gone above and beyond to double our<br />

turnover, and I’m extremely proud of how far<br />

the business has come, despite the many<br />

difficulties across the board.”<br />

Michael attributes the success to careful<br />

investments, which includes a factory<br />

expansion to 18,000 square feet, as well as<br />

the introduction of two new extrusion lines.<br />

This has enabled the Durham-based<br />

company to increase both production and<br />

capacity, meaning they are able to store at<br />

least three months’ worth of stock on their<br />

premises at all times.<br />

2021 also saw the company further expand<br />

its product portfolio with a range of plastic<br />

ancillaries, including injection-moulded cill<br />

end caps and adapter caps, available in<br />

black and anthracite grey.<br />

In addition, the company also recently<br />

invested £60K in a new range of espagnolette<br />

window handles.<br />

Michael concluded: “We’ve enjoyed<br />

considerable growth in the past 12 months,<br />

and while favourable market conditions have<br />

of course played a role in that, our success<br />

would not have been possible without the<br />

ongoing investment in our products and<br />

services.”<br />

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Software company Tommy Trinder analysed<br />

more than 88,000 PVC-U casements using<br />

its Framepoint platform in 2021, and this<br />

data showed the decline of the smooth white<br />

window, with just 58% of PVC casements<br />

quoted unfoiled.<br />

Anthracite grey (8%) and white grain (6%)<br />

continued to prove popular colour choices in<br />

2021. But on the whole, Tommy Trinder’s data growing popularity for flush casements. In 2021<br />

reveals a fragmented appetite for colour.<br />

around a quarter (24%) of PVC-U windows<br />

quoted by installers had flush sashes.<br />

Chris Brunsdon, Tommy Trinder’s CEO, said:<br />

“Long gone are the days when windows were Smooth white was even less popular as a finish<br />

white and handles were gold.<br />

on PVC-U flush casements, accounting for just<br />

22% of all windows quoted.<br />

“The activity from Framepoint users in 2021<br />

suggests we have truly become a rainbow nation A quarter of all flush casements were foiled white<br />

when it comes to fenestration.<br />

or cream.<br />

“Over 1,000 different colour combinations were Agate Grey (13%) was almost twice as popular<br />

quoted on PVC-U casements during the year.” as Anthracite (7%) in the more traditional<br />

window form.<br />

According to the data, traditional woodgrains<br />

were largely in decline. Only Rosewood (4%) and “Use of the app is growing rapidly,” added Chris.<br />

Golden Oak (1%) made it into the top 10 most “We have around 1,150 active users of<br />

popular foils. Mahogany, a former favourite, was Framepoint from over 360 window firms so it’s a<br />

notable by its absence. Oaks such as Irish Oak, solid representation of the market.”<br />

English Oak and Natural Oak, whilst trending<br />

When asked for his thoughts on what colours<br />

upwards, also failed to make the top tier.<br />

would be trending in <strong>2022</strong>, Chris concluded:<br />

The Tommy Trinder survey also highlighted “That’s easy. The future is…Basalt Grey!”<br />


Carl F Groupco has successfully secured a Groupco, said: “I’m immensely proud of the team<br />

tender to continue full hardware supply to for their efforts over the past five years working<br />

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News Roundup<br />



Despite a challenging trading period for<br />

the industry, frame manufacturer Premier<br />

Arches has seen a 94% sales uplift in the<br />

past 12 months, making 2021 its most<br />

successful year yet.<br />

Managing Director Sean Greenall attributes<br />

this success to an increased demand for<br />

bespoke arched and angled frames across<br />

the country, matched with the unique and<br />

specialised service the company offers,<br />

taking the hassle away from the complicated<br />

and time-consuming process of profile<br />

bending.<br />

He said: “Demand for home improvements<br />

has skyrocketed in the past two years,<br />

with more and more homeowners wanting<br />

to transform their properties with bespoke<br />

arched and angled windows and doors.”<br />

Working with over 600 customers across<br />

the UK, the St Helens-based company<br />

manufactures and supplies the awkward<br />

products that others don’t want to make.<br />

This includes arched, angled, gable, circular<br />

and entirely bespoke windows and doors<br />

in a range of 7 stocked systems including<br />

Residence 9, plus another five non-stocked<br />

systems.<br />

Sean added: “Despite the continued<br />

challenges faced across the industry over the<br />

past two years, our products and services<br />

have been in high demand, and we’ve<br />

managed to maintain a high level of service<br />

across the board, providing outstanding<br />

products and a smooth and reliable sales<br />

process for all our customers. The hard<br />

work of everyone across the business has<br />

ensured that Premier Arches experienced an<br />

extremely successful past 12 months, and<br />

I’m incredibly proud of our whole team.”<br />


More than nine out of ten<br />

smaller housebuilders have<br />

said planning is the biggest<br />

obstacle to increasing their<br />

housing delivery, according<br />

to a recent survey from the<br />

Home Builders Federation<br />

(HBF), Close Brothers<br />

Property Finance and Travis<br />

Perkins.<br />

The survey, now in its second<br />

year, takes a deeper look at how<br />

the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the landscape<br />

for housing delivery via SMEs and includes an indepth<br />

focus group this year, which drills down into<br />

the key findings from the survey.<br />

The findings also showed that 78% of<br />

housebuilders see the supply and cost of materials<br />

as a major barrier to delivery, which was up 20%<br />

from last year.<br />

In recent months, global materials shortages<br />

and subsequent price inflation have proven to be<br />

another significant barrier for SMEs and it now<br />

features as one of the top three major barriers<br />

identified by respondents.<br />

It also showed that 59% see the supply and cost of<br />

labour as a major barrier (up from 19% last year).<br />

Yorkshire fabricator UK Doors Online has won<br />

two awards at the Northern Enterprise Awards<br />

2021, in the categories of Best Aluminium<br />

& Bifold Door Manufacturer 2021 and Best<br />

Emerging Yorkshire Trading Business 2021<br />

Now in its third year, the Northern Enterprise<br />

Awards celebrates the industriousness and<br />

dedication of businesses and enterprises from the<br />

north of England.<br />

Commenting on the double-win, Managing Director,<br />

Andrew Glover, said: “It’s fantastic to have our<br />

efforts and achievements recognised in this way.<br />

UK Doors Online was formed in July 2020, which<br />

was a challenging time for the industry, with<br />

multiple lockdowns, material and staff shortages<br />

Stewart Baseley, Executive<br />

Chairman of the Home Builders<br />

Federation, said: “Recent<br />

decades have seen a collapse in<br />

SME builders numbers and the<br />

survey shows the considerable<br />

challenges the sector continues<br />

to face.<br />

“Every single SME I speak to<br />

is suffering badly from delays<br />

to the planning process. SMEs<br />

are literally having to put their businesses on<br />

hold whilst Local Authorities delay the start of<br />

construction as their planning departments don’t<br />

have adequate capacity to process applications<br />

effectively.<br />

“Allied to concerns on materials and staff,<br />

planning delays threaten the demise of even more<br />

SME builders.”<br />

A positive to come from the survey is the<br />

significant growth in the number of apprentices<br />

employed by respondents:<br />

Just under 60% of respondents employ<br />

apprentices in their business, as compared to<br />

just 33% of respondents last year.<br />


and supply chain issues.<br />

“Despite this, we continue to beat our own sales<br />

records month-on-month, more than doubling<br />

turnover in two years and on track to do this again<br />

in year three. This is mainly down to the strength<br />

of our team and their ability to help with any<br />

enquiries.”<br />


Contract BP Barometer Talk<br />


Business Pilot has released its first Barometer of the year, and Senior Analyst Neil Cooper-<br />

Smith asks if Covid-19 has made the window and door industry better or worse off.<br />

Figures for window and door sales last<br />

month [December 2021] show a 38%<br />

fall in sales. That’s a substantial but not<br />

entirely unexpected drop: a lot of retailers shut-up<br />

shop early for Christmas, while December is<br />

historically also slower.<br />

That also goes for <strong>Jan</strong>uary. Leads in December<br />

were also down 44% – from 102 to 57 – which<br />

means that the start of the year will be quieter for<br />

many. Despite its size, the figure is unremarkable<br />

given that we lost much of the month to the<br />

holiday season.<br />

Average order values by comparison were up from<br />

£4,770 to £7,391 – an increase of 55%. Although<br />

we’re having to join the dots, we’d argue that this<br />

can, in part, be attributed to the pre-September<br />

Stamp Duty holiday deadline rush in housing<br />

completions.<br />

Although conjecture, it would make sense that<br />

a couple of months in, those who moved in<br />

September are starting on home improvements,<br />

and completing refurbishments.<br />

At the same time, discretionary spend on single<br />

(albeit bigger) ticket items, for example bi-folds,<br />

are likely to have been impacted by the holidays<br />

and lower seasonal appeal, increasing the<br />

average order value overall.<br />

What’s ahead in <strong>2022</strong>?<br />

At the start of <strong>2022</strong> Omicron continues to deliver<br />

a dose of uncertainty. While there were signs in<br />

December that supply chains were starting to<br />

stabilise, the prospect of COVID-related disruption<br />

continues to hang over the industry.<br />

This aside, a number of factors which drive<br />

increased consumer confidence, and therefore<br />

their willingness to spend, continue to point in a<br />

positive direction.<br />

Average house prices rose again last month,<br />

hitting a record average level of £254,822<br />

according to the latest data from Nationwide<br />

building society.<br />

This represents an increase of 10.4% in the<br />

12-months to December 2021 – an increase of<br />

£24,000 over the past year – giving homeowners<br />

more equity in their properties.<br />

The challenge is inflation, which the Bank of<br />

England predicts will peak at around 6% this<br />

April, from the 5.1% already seen in November.<br />

Analysts warn this is likely to be compounded<br />

if, as expected, Ofgem lifts its price cap on<br />

household gas and electricity bills in April,<br />

something which could see domestic energy<br />

prices increase by as much as 50%.<br />

In summary, confidence in the housing market<br />

means demand is going to be there in retail but<br />

affordability is going to be far more of an issue<br />

than it has been in the last 12-months.<br />

Has Covid-19 made the window and door<br />

industry more profitable?<br />

The answer is, we’re probably never going to<br />

know, but we think it’s worth considering that<br />

the window and door industry was on target for<br />

significant growth before the pandemic hit, at<br />

around 5% year-on-year through to 2023.<br />

The growth that has been seen in the last<br />

18-months has been exponential, but it is by<br />

definition going to be less sustainable.<br />

What we can see is that year-on-year sales<br />

December 2021 were down 23% on those for<br />

2020. Go back a year further to the pre-Covid era<br />

and December 2019, and they’re 60% lower.<br />

So, could the industry have done better if COVID<br />

hadn’t hit? It’s safe to say that the volume<br />

wouldn’t have been there without it or, perhaps<br />

more accurately, the Furlough scheme.<br />

But there would have been more control, and<br />

going into their year-end, we know there will be<br />

retailers who won’t have been as profitable as<br />

they expected, because of increased complexity<br />

and cost of doing business during a pandemic.<br />

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Behind the Scenes<br />


In a series of ‘behind the scenes’ features, we explore the inner workings of Selecta Systems. In<br />

our first feature, Kevin Smith, Extrusion Manager, provides us with an engaging insight into the<br />

extrusion process, from material mixing through to inspection and testing.<br />

“To some it’s just a window or a door. To a<br />

few it’s just a piece of plastic.<br />

To Selecta Systems it’s a precision<br />

engineered product!<br />

A product that undergoes a cycle of meticulous<br />

processes, a sequence of inspections, a series<br />

of rigorous internal and external tests to ensure<br />

it complies with a comprehensive range of<br />

standards and regulations – this is where the<br />

window and door journey starts.<br />

From powder to plastic<br />

So, what is PVCu or uPVC as it is often referred<br />

to? PVCu is Poly Vinyl Chloride, which is a<br />

lightweight and yet robust type of plastic<br />

used in consumer goods. The “u” stands for<br />

un-plasticised, meaning that the plastic isn’t<br />

softened in the manufacturing process, thus<br />

ensuring its strength is maintained. So how do we<br />

Selecta’s extrusion machines<br />

go from a raw material powder to a fully formed<br />

and robust window or door profile?<br />

Bulk tanker deliveries of lead-free raw materials<br />

arrive on site on a daily basis in the form of<br />

resins, stabilisers, impact modifiers etc. and<br />

are pumped into large storage silos and holding<br />

stations, where material is accurately weighed to<br />

Selecta’s formulation. Each raw material delivery<br />

is QC checked and tested to ensure that it is to<br />

our material specification before acceptance.<br />

The PVCu “ingredients” and ratios used in<br />

the extrusion of the Selecta window and door<br />

products are specific to a tried and tested Selecta<br />

“This is where the<br />

window and door<br />

journey starts”<br />

formula and colour.<br />

The precise proportions of resin, stabilisers and<br />

modifiers are transferred in to what is effectively<br />

a large “mixing bowl”, a high speed mixer. The<br />

computerised system allocates the volumes and<br />

blends the various raw material ingredients to the<br />

Selecta formula. QC checks are carried out every<br />

two hours and automated monitoring ensures the<br />

consistency of the Selecta formulation.<br />

The blended mix is assigned to a silo and<br />

recorded for traceability purposes, with all the<br />

production processes controlled and managed via<br />

the ISO 9001 quality management system.<br />

A window or door profile section tool consists of<br />

a main die and a sequence of tooling calibrators,<br />

whilst the extrusion machine is split in to<br />

sections, the die head, calibrator and cooling<br />

section, haul off, saw centre and tilt table, with<br />

each carrying out a particular process during the<br />

16 T F JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong><br />


Contract Talk<br />


“It’s not just a window<br />

or door or a piece of<br />

plastic to Selecta”<br />

extrusion of profile.<br />

The start up of a new profile section run<br />

begins with the extrusion machine set to the<br />

specification of the master setting sheet for that<br />

specific profile section.<br />

Dependant on the extrusion machine there are<br />

approximately thirteen temperature<br />

zones within the head of the<br />

machine and die zone, and<br />

each are set to a specific<br />

temperature to aid the gelation<br />

of the dry blend.<br />

Each profile section has specific<br />

settings for screw speeds, line<br />

speeds, pressure, vacuums etc. within<br />

the set up of a new run.<br />

Once fine-tuned and set-up, the dry blend of<br />

PVCu material is pumped in to the head of the<br />

extrusion machine from the silo, which in turn<br />

via the heat in the machine head and die zones,<br />

softens the material in to a PVCu gel.<br />

This softened PVCu gel is then forced through<br />

the tooling die to form the profile shape. The<br />

Above: A gasket being co-extruded into a profile. Left: Extrusion Manager Kevin Smith<br />

warm and soft PVCu profile growth and an automated system douses<br />

section then goes through chemicals in to the water chamber to maintain a<br />

a series of calibration dies to safe closed loop water system.<br />

maintain the profile shape, whilst<br />

Once cooled inside the seven-metre-long<br />

chilled water is sprayed over the profile<br />

calibrator and cooling chambers, the profile<br />

during the cooling process.<br />

section’s rubber gasket is co-extruded in to the<br />

An underground water chamber holding<br />

gasket channel and the profile section is printed<br />

thousands of gallons of water pumps water to upon, every one metre, with the company name,<br />

the extrusion machines via large chillers, which reference to standard EN 12608-1, our climatic<br />

ensures that the water is preserved to a set zone classification, our resistance to impact<br />

temperature.<br />

by falling mass classification, wall thickness<br />

classification, product code, date and shift<br />

The water is regularly checked for bacterial<br />

identification.<br />

The mixing plant operation<br />

This aids traceability of the profile section<br />

throughout it’s journey.<br />

The next stage is the haul off, which is<br />

reminiscent of two large tank tracks, that pulls<br />

the profile along the extrusion machine before the<br />

protective tape is applied, and the computerised<br />

saw cuts the section at six metres before hitting<br />

the tilt table for packing.<br />

During the profile section’s journey along the<br />

thirty-metre-long extrusion machine, on-line<br />

dimensional, operational and visual QC checks<br />

are carried out and recorded every couple of<br />

lengths.<br />

QC lab checks are carried out every two hours<br />

Continued on page 18<br />


JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong> T F 17

Behind the Scenes<br />

Continued from page 17<br />

QC testing provided by Selecta’s Carl Hillman<br />


root cause of the failure, and corrective and<br />

preventive actions applied to ensure the issue<br />

doesn’t happen again. Passed profile is packed<br />

within stillages and transferred to the storage<br />

warehouse, ready for order picking.<br />

of extrusion, with full dimensional, colour and<br />

operational checks with associated profiles,<br />

reinforcements, accessories and ancillaries.<br />

Upon the start-up and then every two days of a<br />

profile section’s production run, physical property<br />

tests are carried out within the QC lab. This<br />

consists of a series of tests that simulate adverse<br />

climatic effects to ensure that the profile section<br />

continues to perform to a high standard when<br />

subject to these extremities.<br />

“There’s so much more<br />

to the whole extrusion<br />

process, going from<br />

that initial powdered<br />

raw material to PVCu<br />

window or door profile<br />

section”<br />

This is done for the ten samples and recorded.<br />

The test simulates a cold winters night / day and<br />

the consequence of an object making contact with<br />

the profile section.<br />

Two further QC lab tests are carried out, one<br />

for determination of appearance (heat ageing)<br />

after exposure at 150 degrees celsius and<br />

determination of heat reversion. The latter<br />

determines the deterioration of a profile section<br />

after three 250mm section samples are placed<br />

in a conditioned oven at 100 degrees celsius<br />

for a minimum of one hour. The reversion, or<br />

deterioration, is measured as a percentage<br />

change of the final length relative to the initial<br />

length.<br />

If a failure is identified, stock is quarantined<br />

and an investigation is carried out to find the<br />

All of the extrusion processes and QC testing<br />

is carried out in accordance with our product<br />

Kitemark licence, standard BS EN 12608-1:2016<br />

and our ISO 9001 Quality Management System<br />

requirements. Company processes, procedures<br />

and testing are externally audited by British<br />

Standards Institute (BSi) every 6 months, with<br />

further audit test sampling carried out at BSi<br />

UKAS accredited labs based on the same criteria.<br />

There’s so much more to the whole extrusion<br />

process, going from that initial powdered raw<br />

material to PVCu window or door profile section.<br />

This behind-the-scenes feature will give those<br />

of you who are unfamiliar with the process a<br />

quick overview and insight in to the methods and<br />

A finished profile extrusion<br />

practices involved. It’s<br />

not just a window or door or a piece of plastic to<br />

Selecta.<br />

It is that precision engineered product that we<br />

envisaged from the start.<br />

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A finished profile extrusion<br />

To simulate extreme cold conditions, cold impact<br />

testing consists of ten profile section samples<br />

cut to 300mm and conditioned to -10ºC for a<br />

minimum of 1hr. Selecta, condition sections<br />

above the requirements with the freezer set to<br />

-13ºc and for a minimum of 2 hrs.<br />

Each one of the ten samples is taken out of the<br />

freezer, once conditioned, and placed in a jig<br />

where a 1kg weight is dropped on the profile<br />

section from 1.5m in height. If the sample breaks,<br />

it fails and if the weight ‘bounces’ off, it passes.<br />


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Aluminium<br />


Sheerline’s Head of Marketing, David Wigley, talks about how retail-focused products are<br />

leading to an increase in consumer confidence for aluminium products.<br />

Consumer attitudes toward aluminium<br />

windows and doors have changed steadily<br />

over the past decade, driven by the growth<br />

of more retail friendly systems that pay more<br />

care and attention to aesthetics and thermal<br />

performance, rather than simply repurposing<br />

products designed for the commercial sector.<br />

That’s according to David Wigley, Head of<br />

Marketing at aluminium window and door<br />

manufacturer Sheerline.<br />

“Traditional steel and aluminium window and<br />

door products have historically been plagued<br />

by issues surrounding energy efficiency, and a<br />

general lack of aesthetic choice, making them<br />

less desirable for homeowners. Consumers<br />

looking for systems that offered the slimmest<br />

sightlines were often forced to compromise in<br />

other areas, such as security and finish.” David<br />

commented.<br />

“However, with the development of new<br />

innovative technologies and the introduction of<br />

retail-focused brands such as Sheerline, the<br />

industry is starting to experience a rise in demand<br />

for aluminium as customer trust in this next<br />

generation of aluminium grows.”<br />

Designed from scratch, the Sheerline’s Classic<br />

range incorporates many features and benefits<br />

demanded by discerning home-improvers, selfbuilders,<br />

and housebuilders.<br />

David continued: “In contrast to other window<br />

lines, our Classic window system was designed<br />

from scratch and not adapted from an existing<br />

system. We wanted to create a system which<br />

revolutionised the way consumers think about<br />

aluminium windows and doors, while still<br />

ensuring we provided trade customers with an<br />

easy-to-manufacture and easy-to-install range.<br />

“The Classic system presents a whole new range<br />

of features and benefits to allow fabricators<br />

and installers to meet the needs of the most<br />

demanding consumer.”<br />

David added: “Sheerline Classic is an ideal<br />

solution for homeowners looking for a tasteful and<br />

elegant way to improve the look of their homes.<br />

Even the smallest of apertures will benefit from<br />

the ultra-slim beadless system. When fitted,<br />

Sheerline Classic windows provide a stylish look<br />

that maximises light and views – with slim 59mm<br />

sightlines on windows using the small outer<br />

frame.”<br />

The Classic window range uses Sheerline’s<br />

patented corner cleat construction method,<br />

A classic<br />

aluminium<br />

sash window<br />

“Aluminium windows<br />

are no longer a<br />

one-style-fits-all<br />

commercial hand-medown”<br />

resulting in almost invisible mitred joints, while<br />

also allowing the system to arrive on site already<br />

pre-glazed.<br />

“Our corner cleat system is used across<br />

all Sheerline ranges to reduce fabrication<br />

misalignment and create exceptional strong and<br />

secure corner joints. This eco-friendly system<br />

also greatly reduces waste by lessening the<br />

need to crimp corners, leading to less scrappage<br />

if elements of the window need replacing mid<br />

manufacture – all made possible by Sheerline’s<br />

easy to use corner cleat”, David commented.<br />

To allow for quicker and more efficient<br />

installations, Classic sashes are pre-glazed<br />

during fabrication, and use cleverly designed<br />

corner and run-up ramp mouldings to self-locate<br />

hinges. This allows sashes to be hung quickly,<br />

with the hinges held securely, the sash is fixed in<br />

place. It also eliminates the need to fit gaskets or<br />

beads on-site.<br />

David added: “To help reduce installation time<br />

and associated cost, the Classic system is preglazed<br />

with the glazed unit securely encapsulated<br />

within the sash prior to going on-site. Not only<br />

does this add higher security for the window with<br />

Sheerline created a white finish fitted to a stone coloured<br />

property<br />

20 T F JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong><br />


Contract Talk<br />


no beads to attack, but it reduces the likelihood<br />

of glass breakages occurring during transit and<br />

fitting. Discovering you are missing a key glass<br />

unit on-site is also a thing of the past.”<br />

Designed to provide optimum weather<br />

performance, while also ensuring good energy<br />

efficiency, the Classic range combines highperforming<br />

co-extruded weather seals, including<br />

across its cills and ancillaries, with Thermlock,<br />

Sheerline’s patented, multi-chamber technology<br />

used across all products.<br />

This has been designed to make sure cold<br />

bridging is reduced and ensure homes are kept<br />

warm and energy bills low, an increasing concern<br />

for homeowners against the looming prospect of<br />

spiralling energy costs.<br />

David explained: “Classic also uses less silicone<br />

for sealing due to Sheerline’s cills, inbuilt<br />

weatherseals. This saves cost, while also being<br />

faster and more convenient – the best bit is it<br />

helps ensure a better performing installation for<br />

the end-user.”<br />

The system has been designed to be exceptionally<br />

secure, featuring specialised hardware that is<br />

complemented by the Classic system’s design<br />

to provide high security levels on windows and<br />

Unobtrusive clean sightlines on a<br />

recent project<br />

Sheerline’s Seamless clean corner finish<br />

doors, an achievement acknowledged by the UK<br />

police initiative, Secure By Design accreditation.<br />

“The window’s excellent security performance<br />

is a fantastic achievement especially taking into<br />

consideration its slim construction,” said Dave.<br />

Classic offers two sash options; ‘Stepped’ or<br />

‘Contemporary’ and a choice of either ‘Standard’<br />

or ‘Flush’ outer frames, resulting in a variation<br />

of choice for consumers to match the aesthetics<br />

of their home or extension – all available from a<br />

stocked range of 12 colours.<br />

“The Classic range is becoming highly sought<br />

after by homeowners. We have seen growing<br />

interest in this slim-looking system through our<br />

website and media channels more recently.”<br />

David said: “Homes look fantastic fitted with<br />

Classic windows, and I’ve recently chosen them<br />

for my own home, replacing tired externally glazed<br />

PVC-U windows.<br />

“Aluminium windows are no longer a one-stylefits-all<br />

commercial hand-me-down, the latest<br />

generation can now claim to be the perfect<br />

combination of timeless style, energy efficiency,<br />

and choice; available in the widest range of styles<br />

and finishes to suit every home.<br />

“Add these elements to minimal maintenance<br />

requirements and enviable sustainability<br />

credentials, and products like the Sheerline<br />

Classic system will continue to see growing<br />

consumer demand in forthcoming years as<br />

homeowners look for an alternative eco-friendly<br />

solution,” David concluded.<br />

Contact Sheerline:<br />

01332 978000<br />

www.sheerline.com<br />

@SheerlineSystem<br />


JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong> T F 21

Sustainability<br />


Total Fabricator hears from Rob McGlennon, Managing Director of Deceuninck, who explains<br />

how targets to cut carbon emissions and shifting consumer expectations has put sustainability<br />

at the top of the agenda in the coming year.<br />

are very few things which we can<br />

be certain about but the importance of<br />

“There<br />

sustainability in construction, in home<br />

improvement, in each and every aspect of our<br />

lives, is one”, says Rob McGlennon, Managing<br />

Director, Deceuninck.<br />

“Pretending it’s not happening isn’t an option” he<br />

continues, “companies that can’t evidence – and I<br />

mean evidence – their green credentials are going<br />

to be locked out of new build, and very soon, home<br />

improvement.<br />

“And that’s something progressive window and<br />

door companies should, and are, embracing.”<br />

Commercial window fabricators have had to<br />

be able to demonstrate their environmental<br />

commitments as a key element in winning<br />

business for decades – but that’s now something<br />

which should also be part of the pitch for trade<br />

fabricators and installers, according to the<br />

Deceuninck boss.<br />

“I was recently at an event with a group<br />

of installers, and they were talking about<br />

Rob McGlennon<br />

“This legislative<br />

‘stick’ has been met<br />

with increasing enduser<br />

awareness and<br />

expectation”<br />

sustainability. One of those installers dismissed its<br />

importance.<br />

“It was one of those tumble-weed moments and<br />

no one said anything, other than I said that I was<br />

surprised that it didn’t resonate with consumers.<br />

Ian Cocken says consumers are now much more<br />

aware of the options available to them when<br />

considering new or replacement windows.<br />

Pretending sustainability isn’t there is<br />

not an option, says Rob<br />

“Later that day a couple of installers grabbed me<br />

and said that they hadn’t wanted to contradict the<br />

guy who had been speaking but that they were<br />

regularly asked by homeowners about if products<br />

were manufactured sustainably, and were using<br />

the recovery and recycling of old PVC-U windows<br />

as a way to win business.<br />

“That sums up neatly where we find ourselves.<br />

There are companies who don’t and may never<br />

see the opportunity and those that will, are and<br />

who are quietly already levering a commercial<br />

advantage from it.”<br />

Rob argues that there are two factors that are<br />

converging to bring a certain amount of inevitability<br />

to proceedings.<br />

The first is the state of the UK’s notoriously energy<br />

leaky housing stock.<br />

Around 75 per cent of the residential properties<br />

that will be occupied in 2050, already exist.<br />

This makes improving the energy efficiency of our<br />

existing housing stock key if the Government is to<br />

reach its own targets to cut UK carbon emissions.<br />

“This is the backdrop that we need to set<br />

December’s changes to Part L against”, continues<br />

Rob.<br />

“New requirements for U-values are a direct output<br />

from Government targets to cut carbon emissions.<br />

“If it’s going to have a hope in getting anywhere<br />

close to the targets that have been set, it’s going to<br />

have to address the energy efficiency of homes.<br />

“This includes not only new ones but those that<br />

already exist – something reflected in the new<br />

1.4W/m 2 K (or WER B rating) for replacement<br />

windows and doors (introduced alongside the<br />

1.2W/m 2 K introduced for new build) last month<br />

[December].<br />

22 T F JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong><br />


Contract Talk<br />


Research shows two-thirds of UK homeowners would choose<br />

windows and doors with a higher recycled content.<br />

“Yes, price is a factor and will be a determining<br />

factor for some but for others, and critically, those<br />

who are prepared to pay more, the sustainability<br />

of the product or service that they are purchasing,<br />

is key.”<br />

This is backed up by new research commissioned<br />

by Deceuninck and conducted by YouGov,<br />

which shows that more than two-thirds of UK<br />

homeowners (68%) would choose windows and<br />

doors with a higher recycled content, over and<br />

above products which don’t contain recycled<br />

content, or which did so at lower levels.<br />

The study also found that 38% would be prepared<br />

to pay more for home improvement products that<br />

had higher recycled content and reduced impact on<br />

the environment.<br />

“Everyone knows what they should be doing”, Rob<br />

says. “This isn’t an epiphany moment, we know<br />

how important sustainability is.<br />

“People expect the products that they purchase<br />

from electric cars to windows, to deliver an<br />

environmental benefit”<br />

“What’s different is that now there is a very clear<br />

and tangible connection between running a greener<br />

business and fitting a more sustainable product<br />

and making more money.”<br />

Deceuninck is an<br />

advocate of being<br />

more sustainable<br />

This legislative ‘stick’ has been met with<br />

increasing end-user awareness and<br />

expectation. Energy prices, already high,<br />

could jump by 50% when the energy<br />

price cap is reviewed in April, put<br />

energy efficiency in even sharper<br />

focus.<br />

It is, however, the shift in<br />

consumer expectation that<br />

Rob argues is becoming the<br />

greater driver.<br />

“People expect the products<br />

that they purchase from<br />

electric cars to windows, to<br />

deliver an environmental benefit.<br />

“What they buy needs to deliver<br />

a ‘carbon benefit’, helping them to<br />

reduce their individual footprint”, Rob<br />

continues.<br />

Deceuninck has invested more the 15million<br />

Euros in one of the world’s most advanced PVC-U<br />

recycling and compounding facilities.<br />

This gives it the capability to reprocess up to<br />

45,000 tonnes of post-consumer and postmanufacturing<br />

PVC-U per year – the equivalent of<br />

preventing 3million windows from going to landfill<br />

annually.<br />

Use of recycled material also delivers a reduction<br />

in CO 2 emissions of 90,000 tonnes compared to<br />

virgin feedstocks as well as a 90% energy saving.<br />

“It’s about doing the right thing for the environment<br />

but also recognising the commercial opportunities<br />

and sales platforms that sustainability and strong<br />

green credentials deliver”, Rob concludes.<br />

Contact Deceuninck:<br />

01249 816 969<br />

www.deceuninck.co.uk<br />

@Deceuninck<br />


JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong> T F 23

Updates<br />

St Helens-based company Premier Arches manufactures and supplies the awkward products that others<br />

don’t want to make.<br />

This includes arched, angled, gable, circular and entirely bespoke windows and doors in a range of seven stocked<br />

systems including Residence 9, plus another 5 non-stocked systems, offering a full service to fabricators.<br />

Established in 2015 by three brothers – Sean, Thomas and Daniel – who were frustrated by the ‘messiness’ of<br />

the arched frame sector, Premier Arches has grown significantly in the past six years, and today serves over 600<br />

customers across the UK.<br />

Managing Director Sean Greenall commented: “My brothers and I saw a real gap in the market when it comes to<br />

arched frames and profile bending – most PVC fabricators simply don’t have the tools or the expertise for it, and so<br />

our goal with Premier Arches is to transform an often daunting market into a simple and pain-free process.”<br />

www.premierarches.co.uk/<br />


For further updates, visit www.total-fabricator.co.uk<br />


L-R Premier Arches founders Daniel Maloney, Sean<br />

Greenall and Thomas Greenall.<br />


Systems provider profine and specifically its KÖMMERLING brand, will remain on the Mainz 05 shirt<br />

chest until 2024 after renewing its partnership.<br />

The KÖMMERLING brand has been on the shirts of the team since 2015 and it is the longest commitment of<br />

a partner as main and shirt sponsor in the history of professional football at Mainz 05.<br />

Dr. Peter Mrosik, owner and CEO of profine, said: “Our cooperation with Mainz 05 is a very important<br />

component in the strategy of our KOMMERLING brand and has been extremely successful to date. The<br />

response from our partner companies to this end customer marketing is also very positive. Like Mainz 05,<br />

KOMMERLING stands for sustainability, and we are also united by values such as responsibility, authenticity<br />

and team spirit.” www.kommerling.co.uk<br />


Senior Architectural Systems has supplied the full aluminium fenestration package for a<br />

new retirement village in the West Midlands, which comprises 261 one- and two-bedroom<br />

apartments for the over 55s.<br />

The scheme features Senior’s SPW600 aluminium windows, SPW501 doors and thermally enhanced<br />

SF52 curtain walling; all fabricated and installed by supply chain partner Acorn Architectural Aluminium<br />

for main contractor Vistry. The Solihull Retirement Village is the latest contract to be completed by<br />

Senior in the care residential sector, with the manufacturer previously supplying aluminium fenestration<br />

solutions to other large-scale developments such as the Harrison Extra Care Home scheme in Hull and<br />

Fern House in Bingley, West Yorkshire. www.seniorarchitecturalsystems.co.uk<br />


Vertically integrated UK manufacturer, recycler and distributor of window, door, and roofline PVC-U<br />

products Eurocell has reported strong sales across 2021, reflecting continued good levels of underlying<br />

trade and consumer demand for its products.<br />

Sales of both extruded profiles and building plastics have grown over the past twelve months as the repair,<br />

maintenance and improvement market, house building, and consumer-driven outdoor living trends have continued<br />

to fuel demand for the company’s products.<br />

Other 2021 highlights showcase further evidence of the company’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable future,<br />

as well as the allocation of significant investment that has expanded current warehouse and manufacturing<br />

capacity to better support fabricators and installers in the future. www.eurocell.co.uk/<br />


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The Doorco Column<br />

WHAT'S IN STORE IN <strong>2022</strong>?<br />

In this month’s Door Trends column, Ben Aspinall, Marketing & IT Manager at DoorCo,<br />

reports on a different view of the market – reflecting on the lessons of 2021, and what to<br />

expect from DoorCo and the market in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Doorco had two successful product launches with GRiPCORE and FLiP in 2021 despite a diffuclt year for the window and door industry<br />

<strong>Jan</strong>uary is often the time we take stock, put<br />

the previous year behind us and start to<br />

action the plans made for the year ahead.<br />

It’s particularly poignant this year as 2021<br />

was a tough time for everyone involved in the<br />

fenestration industry.<br />

For DoorCo, it was quite the rollercoaster ride! So,<br />

in this first column of the new year, we will reflect<br />

on where we are today, share what we’ve learnt<br />

and what we think is to be expected in the world<br />

of composite doors in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Highs and lows<br />

Against the backdrop of a turbulent market,<br />

with component price increases hitting from all<br />

sides and global supply issues, DoorCo actually<br />

enjoyed quite a few positives last year; we had<br />

two successful product launches with GRiPCORE<br />

and FLiP, both of which had a significant impact<br />

on the trends we discuss in this column; we’ve<br />

gained new customers and grown our market<br />

share; and, finished in a relatively good position<br />

with stock on the shelves and our first G Award<br />

for Best Promotional Campaign.<br />

All in all, we have emerged stronger than we<br />

could have expected but there have certainly<br />

Ben Aspinall<br />

been lessons learnt along the way, which we will<br />

take forward with us this year:<br />

Commitment<br />

Despite everything, DoorCo remained committed<br />

to the long-term business development plans.<br />

While many backed down, we pushed forward<br />

with our plans to launch the new products we’d<br />

been developing, and this paid dividend as, for<br />

example, we delivered FLiP as a solution to the<br />

glazing cassette supply issues faced last year.<br />

Furthermore, the product launches have<br />

positioned DoorCo as the only UK manufacturer to<br />

supply two types of composite door and our own<br />

glazing cassette system.<br />

Continuing our commitment to delivering a<br />

conscientious approach to manufacturing and<br />

supply, with our customers and their customers<br />


Doorco’s company brand values<br />

Compass values<br />

always in focus, we conducted a production<br />

efficiency overhaul and made big machinery<br />

investments, including additional CNC machines<br />

and paint lines.<br />

This allowed our service offering to flex and<br />

evolve to a multi-level, hybrid service that<br />

supports the customer as they need, whether<br />

that is a fully comprehensive prepping service,<br />

additional fabricator manufacturing support with<br />

painting or prepping, or a Just In Time distribution<br />

delivery proposition – all which is underpinned by<br />

integrated IT systems with zero paperwork.<br />

As we look ahead, commitment remains a priority<br />

for <strong>2022</strong>; we don’t know what’s going to happen<br />

with Covid, let alone consumer spending, so those<br />

that will succeed will be those that are prepared<br />

to keep moving forward, being flexible, adaptable<br />

and constantly striving towards the targets and<br />

ambitions set.<br />

Communication<br />

When you are operating on code red as many of<br />

us have been, it’s imperative to communicate<br />

with customers, suppliers and internally across<br />

the business.<br />

Open and honest communication is the only way<br />

to manage expectations – good and bad – so that<br />

everyone knows where they stand.<br />

It is fundamental to customer service, which<br />

is going to be even more important in the<br />

competitive market we face.<br />

Collaboration<br />

Working together is key, with your team and the<br />

supply chain. DoorCo’s team have really pulled<br />

together to navigate the business through the<br />

pandemic, and more than just communicating<br />

with customers and suppliers, we worked closely<br />

with them to ensure the decisions we made didn’t<br />

negatively impact their businesses or undermine<br />

those relationships.<br />

This shows loyalty and respect, something that is<br />

going to be paramount in surviving <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Working closer and sharing information on<br />

forecasts for example, will only strengthen these<br />

relationships and the intel we’re all party to,<br />

helping everything to run smoother.<br />

Core values<br />

It’s good business ethics that drive all of the<br />

above. DoorCo has a series of values that<br />

underpin the business; the fundamental beliefs<br />

and behaviours set by the directors back in the<br />

early days that remain the cornerstones of the<br />

business today.<br />

In <strong>2022</strong>, DoorCo will concentrate on delivering<br />

these values – Conscientious, Committed,<br />

Collaborative, Considered, Connected, Consult,<br />

Complete, Communicate and Committed – and<br />

what the brand promotes, particularly in the early<br />

part of the year when we are focusing on our<br />

service proposition.<br />

When the market is competitive, customers will<br />

be looking at what’s over and above product and<br />

price. They will be looking for suppliers that are<br />

committed, communicate well and are prepared<br />

to collaborate.<br />

We think this is the only way to ensure customers<br />

are satisfied, and acknowledge we have work to<br />

do on defining our service offering ahead of the<br />

much-anticipated FIT Show.<br />

Connecting<br />

Our aim for FIT Show <strong>2022</strong> is to connect. Our<br />

award-winning marketing campaign has put<br />

GRiPCORE and FLiP at the forefront of our product<br />

portfolio but there’s much more to DoorCo.<br />

All our brands will be there in all their glory,<br />

including what DoorCo stands for with our core<br />

values.<br />

We plan to be there in force, with a full team<br />

ready to connect with customers to help them<br />

understand not only what they can expect from<br />

DoorCo, but also who delivers it.<br />

We look forward to seeing you there on stand Q11.<br />

Contact Doorco:<br />

01625 428955<br />

www.door-co.com<br />

@DOORCO_Official<br />


JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong> T F 27

Door Trends<br />


Total Fabricator hears from Distinction Doors, who reveals its big hitters from the past 12<br />

months in the GRP composite entrance doors market, which could give an indication of<br />

what to expect in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

2021 was reportedly a strong year for glass<br />

reinforced plastic (GRP) composite entrance<br />

doors.<br />

The most popular door style for 2021 was Esteem<br />

(ES02), the continuing option for a traditional<br />

front door. Palma is said to be the number one<br />

glass design, combining geometric shapes in<br />

transparent and stippled glass with zinc calming.<br />

And finally, topping the Distinction bespoke colour<br />

chart was Anthracite Grey.<br />

Door Styles<br />

Traditional door styles dominated Distinction door<br />

sales in 2021. Doors from both the signature and<br />

nxt-gen collections ranked highly, with Esteem<br />

and Elegance (EL01) featuring multiple times.<br />

The remainder of the top ten continued the<br />

traditional theme with both Rustic Renown<br />

(RR02) and Rustic Renown Diamond (RR03)<br />

included. Cottage (RE01), Classical (CL01), and<br />

The nxt-gen Esteem door<br />

Traditional doors like Elegance was<br />

one of Distinction’s top sellers<br />

Eclat (EC01) came in at places six, seven and<br />

nine, respectively.<br />

Glass Designs<br />

Customers chose to complement these traditional<br />

door styles with classic glass designs.<br />

Diamonds with linear shapes in stippled and<br />

obscure glass dominated the top three – Palma,<br />

Kara and Lunna.<br />

Aspen and Trieste also featured and offered a<br />

flavour of the arts and crafts movement, said<br />

to be an ideal choice for properties dating to the<br />

mid-19th to early 20th century.<br />

Accents of colour also made it into the top ten<br />

with Kara offering four colour options for its<br />

diamond detail and the more elaborate Edwardian<br />

featuring red and green elements.<br />

Colours<br />

With Anthracite Grey reigning supreme in the<br />

number one slot, it’s certainly not the only shade<br />

of grey in the Distinction top ten of bespoke<br />

colours.<br />

In fact, 50% of the chart was grey, five of which<br />

were in the top six.<br />

Tonal variations of blue and green followed closely<br />

behind - Steel Blue; Chartwell and Azure Blue.<br />

While Ruby Red and Black Brown injected some<br />

drama, two classic shades for traditional door<br />

styles.<br />

Commenting on its popular products, Bethaney<br />

Larkman, Marketing Manager for Distinction<br />

Doors said: “It’s always interesting to find out<br />

which products and colours our customers favour.<br />

“We’re not surprised by the enduring popularity of<br />

grey but what is striking is the combination of a<br />

modern colour palette with classic entrance door<br />

designs and decorative glass.<br />

“It’s a mix that works well for older and new build<br />

properties and has universal appeal.<br />

“With new door designs and cassette options<br />

launching in <strong>2022</strong>, alongside a refreshed paint<br />

offering, we’re excited to see what our customers<br />

will choose this year.”<br />

Contact Distinction Doors:<br />

0345 2000 816<br />

www.distinctiondoors.co.uk<br />

@DistinctionDrs<br />


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Door Security<br />


Andy Holland, Technical & Marketing Manager at Rapierstar discusses how a cross industry<br />

collaboration can give homeowners the confidence in the security of their homes in the<br />

event of a fire or break in.<br />

A<br />

technical collaboration involving<br />

Winkhaus, Rapierstar and major door set<br />

manufacturers is helping to ensure endusers<br />

can have total confidence that the doors<br />

installed in their homes will stand-up well in the<br />

event of a fire or burglary attempt.<br />

At the heart of the doorset solution is the<br />

Winkhaus FireFrame, a door outerframe system<br />

which has raised the bar in terms of its fire,<br />

smoke and security performance capabilities<br />

since it was launched in 2017.<br />

Since then, the development team at Winkhaus<br />

has been working to ensure the system enables<br />

door manufacturers to reliably replicate the<br />

performance characteristics across different<br />

types of door slab, with no margin for error.<br />

Designed to work with 44mm thick timber and<br />

composite fire doors, FireFrame is constructed<br />

from materials that have been successfully used<br />

in Europe for over 30 years.<br />

Its design allows for frames with visually<br />

appealing slim internal sight lines which assist<br />

wheelchair access, plus multiple glazing options<br />

and compatibility with industry leading low<br />

thresholds. FireFrame is a mechanically jointed<br />

system, allowing damaged individual frame<br />

members to be replaced as necessary.<br />

It enables doorsets to be created that have<br />

manufacture and installation audited by the<br />

independent third-party Q Mark certification<br />

scheme to ensure consistency in respect of fire<br />

and security performance.<br />

That means a completed doorset built with<br />

FireFrame will exceed the requirements of a 30-<br />

or 60-minute fire test and the PAS24 test which<br />

“It is a powerful combination<br />

that has unsurprisingly attracted<br />

strong interest, particularly<br />

from social housing specifiers<br />

seeking to maximise safety for<br />

their tenants” – Andy Holland<br />

demonstrates enhanced security and compliance<br />

with Approved Document Q of the Building<br />

Regulations for England and Wales.<br />

It has attracted strong interest, particularly from<br />

social housing specifiers seeking to maximise<br />

safety for their tenants.<br />

No longer do specifiers need to make a one or<br />

the other choice, with twelve leading doorset<br />

manufacturers already providing a dual-certified<br />

FireFrame based solution to customers across<br />

the UK.<br />

How Rapierstar assisted development<br />

Anyone who has witnessed independent fire,<br />

smoke and security testing will know that they<br />

subject doorsets to the toughest conditions in<br />

order to replicate real-world situations.<br />

As a result, these tests will quickly reveal the<br />

weakest point in any window or door construction.<br />

All too often, that weak point is a fastener, usually<br />

because the wrong type or size has been used,<br />

undermining the strength and durability of, for<br />

example, the hardware attachment to the door.<br />

It is an issue that the Winkhaus team were fully<br />

prepared for and took proactive steps to avoid,<br />

including by collaborating with Rapierstar.<br />

The glazing detail of the FireFrame solution<br />

Our technical team worked closely with Winkhaus<br />

to assess the requirements for every fastener<br />

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Door Security<br />

Continued from page 30<br />


Birmingham window and door<br />

manufacturer Shelforce is looking to<br />

increase its capacity to cope with the<br />

demand for its Fireshel 30-minute fire<br />

resistant door.<br />

From a standing start, Shelforce was<br />

manufacturing 70 fire doors a week from its<br />

headquarters in Erdington – and projections<br />

for <strong>2022</strong> mean the company is set to be even<br />

busier this year.<br />

Howard Trotter, Business Manager at<br />

Shelforce, said: “With the projects we have<br />

booked in this year, plus the enquiries we<br />

are getting, we will have to increase our<br />

production capacity to cope.<br />

Illustration of the Winkhaus FireFrame with a white composite door<br />

used in the FireFrame’s construction.<br />

This included scrutinising the selection of<br />

fasteners for the outerframe joint assembly<br />

and extensions, fixed glazing, lock keeps and<br />

thresholds.<br />

The doorset had to withstand the toughest of test<br />

conditions for a residential product of this kind.<br />

Winkhaus sought to ensure it would comply with<br />

the MHCLG requirements for fire doors, including<br />

30- and 60-minute fire door tests to EN 1634-<br />

“The doorset had to<br />

withstand the toughest<br />

of test conditions for a<br />

residential product of<br />

this kind”<br />

1:2014 and smoke control to EN 1634-3:2004, as<br />

well as PAS24 Enhanced Security Performance.<br />

Successfully demonstrating fire, smoke<br />

and security compliance has enabled us to<br />

compile a Recommended Fastener Manual<br />

(RFM) specifically for FireFrame which doorset<br />

manufacturers can use to ensure they do not<br />

deviate from the tested specification.<br />

This RFM details the exact fastener types to use<br />

throughout the assembly, including the head<br />

design, thread type and sizes, plus the location<br />

for fixing into the FireFrame.<br />

“With almost 35,000 fire doors to replace in<br />

Birmingham, demand is set to remain both<br />

high and constant for local authority projects<br />

both this year and into the future.”<br />

The Fireshel is said to provide the perfect<br />

solution for local authorities who need fully<br />

EN tested 3rd Party Accredited, replacement<br />

Fire Door sets, which are compliant<br />

with the latest 2020 MHCLG Annex A<br />

recommendations.<br />

Fire and smoke tested from both the inside<br />

and outside and PAS 024 Security tested,<br />

the door set, complete with fanlight glazing<br />

panel, achieved 49 minutes fire resistance<br />

when EN1634-1 tested.<br />

The Fireshel offers the end user assurance<br />

that all the components used in its<br />

manufacture have been tested and approved<br />

against the new 2020 Q Mark Fire and<br />

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Composite door manufacturer Vista Panels has helped on a £9.8 million<br />

development in South Ayrshire, Scotland’s largest social modular housing<br />

development to date, helping to deliver much-needed new affordable housing.<br />

Working with Riverside Scotland, the UK’s largest social housing landlord, and Connect<br />

Modular, part of The Wee House Group, Vista supplied its high-quality GRP composite door<br />

for all of the factory built homes.<br />

“We are thrilled to see our door used in this growing sector, and I feel it will really help<br />

tackle both the housing crisis and the environmental one,” commented Ian Smith, Vista’s<br />

Business Development and Marketing Manager.<br />

The investment – which includes Scottish Government funding of £4.7 million – begins<br />

with the delivery of 63 brand new affordable homes, the first phase of a 250-strong<br />

property development located at the site.<br />

Ian added: “The UK’s housing crisis and reducing our carbon footprint are both very important issues to us, and we’re therefore very excited to be partnering with<br />

companies that share the same values.” www.vistapanels.co.uk<br />


When Mila launched its new Kitemarked SupaSecure and ProSecure letterplates, the response from the<br />

market was said to have been exceptional, with both high and low volume customers making the switch to the<br />

SupaSecure stainless steel version in particular.<br />

One typical fabricator is the Altrincham-based trade specialist Nova Group, which is now fitting the new Mila<br />

SupaSecure letterplate as standard on all its Secured by Design accredited residential doors.<br />

For Nova’s Managing Director Simon Felstein, the decision to choose Mila was easy. He said: “What’s clear from the<br />

design of the letterplate is that it’s got the fabricator firmly in mind.”<br />

The Mila TS008 letterplate is a patent-pending design featuring anti-fishing fins which open with a smooth concertina<br />

action to allow mail to be posted through. Crucially though, the fins restrict the internal flap opening to 80° and this, in<br />

combination with an angled postal ramp which deflects items upwards, is what makes fishing impossible.<br />

“The product obviously meets the Door and Hardware Federation’s TS008: 2015 security standard, and the updated<br />

PAS24:2016 required for SBD accreditation, which is a big USP for our trade customers, but it doesn’t have any of the bulky cowls or cumbersome add-ons that<br />

we’ve seen in SBD letterplates from other hardware companies,” concluded Simon. www.mila.co.uk<br />


The British Antarctic Survey has continued to use and maintain a Research Station located 67º south on Adelaide Island which was established in<br />

1975 with the help of a window and door system from Aluprof.<br />

Known as Rothera, the busy station is used as a hub for other countries working in the area, offering a landing strip and wharf. The site has continued to<br />

develop over the years and in 2018 work began on the new Discovery Building<br />

The MB-86 ST window and door system has been designed to offer outstanding insulation<br />

properties. Offered in three varieties, ST, SI and AERO the MB-86 was the first ever aluminium<br />

system to employ silica aerogel, a nano-porous material that has a very high proportion of free<br />

void volume compared to conventional solid materials.<br />

Since setting up the Aluprof Office at the Business Design Centre in London, the company has<br />

rapidly grown their specification influence in the UK with its architectural aluminium systems.<br />

Further expansion of the company’s headquarters in Altrincham now provides specifiers with<br />

meeting facilities and an extensive showroom of commercial systems to view.<br />

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Planning for <strong>2022</strong><br />



Neil Parton, Managing Director at machinery provider Elumatec, provides reality, resolutions<br />

and tips to make sure <strong>2022</strong> is as productive as it can be for businesses.<br />

<strong>Jan</strong>uary is the month for fresh starts and<br />

resolutions. Unfortunately, towards the end<br />

of <strong>Jan</strong>uary, many resolutions are abandoned<br />

amid a big dose of reality. The antidote to this is<br />

straightforward: expect reality and be prepared to<br />

deal with it.<br />

But what is reality? What should we expect to face?<br />

Hard to say, isn’t it? The last couple of years have<br />

been different and very disruptive, and we’re not<br />

out of the woods yet. There are many problems in<br />

global supply chains. Prices are rising and delays<br />

in sourcing are now commonplace. Attitudes<br />

to employment have changed. Individuals and<br />

businesses are rethinking their priorities.<br />

But while recent events have been extraordinary,<br />

uncertainty itself is a constant. Tomorrow, everything<br />

may change again, but if we sit around waiting until<br />

everything is settled, nothing will get done. Every<br />

amazing feat – whether it’s in science, exploration,<br />

sport, the arts – has been achieved because<br />

someone decided to put aside their uncertainty<br />

and press on. It’s the same in business. Results<br />

are harvested when a venture matures, but first,<br />

someone needs to get out there and plant seeds.<br />

Resolve to push on<br />

Although failed resolutions are something of a joke,<br />

the new year is, I believe, a suitable time for pushing<br />

on. A lot of us will have spent the tail end of 2021<br />

planning. The festive season is behind us and we’re<br />

still months off the peak holiday season.<br />

What’s more, the glazing industry’s customers are<br />

waiting for us to act. If we sit around waiting for<br />

supply chain issues to resolve themselves, we’ll go<br />

backwards, not forwards. Let’s give those plans a<br />

quick review now and make things happen.<br />

Tips for making progress in the real world<br />

Don’t dither. Do.<br />

Elumatec’s Neil Parton<br />

Fresh starts are often accompanied by something<br />

like a spring clean. Whether practical or symbolic,<br />

don’t make the mistake of keeping on cleaning and<br />

tweaking. It’s a form of procrastination. At some<br />

stage, you need to commit and make progress with<br />

the work.<br />

Use your plans but don’t let them rule you<br />

Many people believe that to achieve something you<br />

must stick rigidly to a plan, but what if that plan<br />

is no longer relevant? You could be achieving the<br />

month-on-month planned increase in output of a<br />

product you cannot sell. Plans should be flexible and<br />

kept under review.<br />

Address problems<br />

Don’t put up with things that are holding you back.<br />

If a machine can’t operate at the rate you need, look<br />

at replacing it. Delaying won’t solve the problem<br />

and throwing extra shifts at it might cause extra<br />

unnecessary complications.<br />

Stop doing the things that don’t work<br />

Persistence and determination are admirable<br />

qualities. So is knowing when to quit. If it doesn’t<br />

work and it can’t be fixed, don’t exhaust your energy<br />

and finances trying. Find another way.<br />

Keep learning<br />

Don’t think you know everything. Keep an open,<br />

curious mind. When you look at a process, question<br />

whether there might be a better way to achieve it. If<br />

you have a problem, the answer might come from a<br />

team member, your industry peers or an unrelated<br />

source but don’t give up.<br />

Follow tech developments<br />

The pace of technological change presents<br />

challenges, but you need to embrace it. Without<br />

technology, businesses will be reduced – at best – to<br />

being niche suppliers with limited potential.<br />

Think about automation<br />

While automation may seem a step too far for some<br />

businesses, it can bring many benefits including<br />

precision, productivity and safer working practices.<br />

Use your people for the skilled jobs machinery can’t<br />

handle, and where possible leave repetitive tasks to<br />

robots.<br />

Make sustainability more than a buzzword<br />

Following COP26, there’s been a lot of talk about<br />

sustainability being a throwaway term routinely used<br />

by all sorts of organisations. It needs to be more than<br />

that. Legislation and consumer demand will make<br />

it so. You’ll have to do it soon enough, so embrace it<br />

and enjoy the potential savings.<br />

Be realistic but get on with it<br />

This is the real world. You will make mistakes. You<br />

will miss targets. You might have to change track,<br />

but when you keep going, working towards your goal,<br />

you’ll also enjoy successes, make discoveries, clinch<br />

deals, and eventually, you’ll nail it.<br />

Good luck and happy New Year.<br />

Contact Elumatec:<br />

01908 580 800<br />

www.elumatec.com<br />

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Machinery<br />



Amar Dhillon, Director at glazing supplier NÜEVO HOME shares why the company’s latest<br />

machinery investment is the key to a successful year ahead.<br />

In today’s climate of increased demand,<br />

extended lead times and material shortages,<br />

automation is key to saving both time and<br />

money.<br />

That’s why bespoke glazing supplier NÜEVO<br />

HOME has invested half a million pounds in new<br />

machinery in order to improve its manufacturing<br />

capability, product quality, and overall customer<br />

offering.<br />

Built in Italy, the company’s new Axel cut and<br />

divide 5-axis processing machining combines<br />

advanced cutting capabilities and high-speed<br />

part processing with integrated automation,<br />

maximising machine productivity and facilitating<br />

unattended operation.<br />

Saving time and money<br />

The Axel cut and divide 5-axis processing<br />

machine offers high performance FOM electrospindles<br />

designed for heavy duty metal working,<br />

full interpolation on 5-axis and wide range angle<br />

ranges, independent automatic clamp positioning,<br />

rotating support rollers to avoid scratches on<br />

materials and automatic correction of extrusion<br />

tolerances by a probe system.<br />

In addition, it boasts flow-drill and heavy duty<br />

milling operations, as well as 3D FOM software.<br />

NÜEVO HOME Director Amar Dhillon commented:<br />

“Since opening our doors, we’ve prided ourselves<br />

on manufacturing the highest quality products.<br />

“Due to steady year on year growth combined<br />

with increased demand in the past 24 months,<br />

we needed to increase our production.<br />

“The machine is already having a positive impact<br />

on the business and its automation features<br />

have made a massive difference by increasing<br />

production.<br />

“Due to the increased output, we’ve also been<br />

able to eliminate overtime, which serves to save<br />

even more money in the long run.”<br />

A wide product range<br />

As long-time partners of Schüco, Cortizo and<br />

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bi-fold door, a product designed to merge home<br />

and garden.<br />

Allowing for over 94% glazing areas, EvoFold has<br />

a fully integrated flush threshold and high thermal<br />

insulation thanks to an integrated polyamide<br />

thermal break.<br />

NÜEVO HOME also has the EvoSlide sliding door<br />

– with 20mm interlock sightline available and<br />

two to six panels of up to 2.5m wide and 3m high,<br />

multiple track as well as threshold options, these<br />

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wall cavity when fully opened.<br />

As well as the traditional manual operating<br />

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sliding door, a modern and practical automatic<br />

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automation.<br />

And finally in the range is the Nüminium entrance<br />

door. These come in panel heights of up to 3m,<br />

with a maximum panel weight of 220kg while<br />

The £500,000 machinery investment Inset: Amar Dhillon<br />

exceeding building regulation requirements for<br />

energy efficiency.<br />

The company also supplies a range of Nüminium<br />

casement and tilt and turn windows, as well as<br />

the EvoWall curtain walling system.<br />

Consistent construction<br />

Amar continued: “By investing in the Axel cut<br />

and divide 5-axis processing machine, we can<br />

achieve market leading construction, finish,<br />

production flow and efficiency. This enables us to<br />

deliver the consistent, best quality products and<br />

services that our customers are used to.<br />

“The machinery’s automation features have also<br />

set us up to produce high-quality products while<br />

saving both time and money, which in the current<br />

trading climate, is an important consideration for<br />

all our customers.<br />

“This will enable us to maintain high-quality<br />

standards as we grow, while boosting productivity<br />

and production, setting us up for a successful<br />

and prosperous year ahead.”<br />

Contact NÜEVO HOME:<br />

01753 505 125<br />

www.nuevo-home.co.uk<br />

@NuevoHome<br />


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Suppliers of FOM, Comall, Urban, Pressta and Graule machinery and stockists of a wide range<br />

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Customer support<br />



As more fabricators offer aluminium alongside PVCu, Chris Bailey, Business Development<br />

Manager at Kall Kwik Machinery, explains how the company can offer increased support for<br />

customers when they’re developing their offering...<br />

The rise of aluminium glazing over the last<br />

10 years or so has come as no surprise to<br />

anyone.<br />

After PVCu dominated home improvements<br />

for years, aluminium made a comeback, with<br />

quicker turnaround times and increased thermal<br />

performance, making it the preferred option for<br />

homeowners<br />

The increased market share of aluminium started<br />

with bifold doors and homeowners then began to<br />

choose aluminium windows to match their doors<br />

to the rest of their property.<br />

We’ve seen the knock-on effect that this change<br />

has had all the way up the supply chain.<br />

Whereas PVCu and aluminium fabrication was<br />

traditionally seen as an either / or situation, more<br />

manufacturers have expanded their range in<br />

recent years to include both PVCu and aluminium<br />

options to offer more choice to customers.<br />

Developments at Kall Kwik mean we can<br />

now support customers with both PVCu and<br />

aluminium machinery, through new partnerships<br />

with major suppliers FOM and Graf, providing a<br />

huge range of benefits for our customers.<br />

Aluminium<br />

With homeowners being given more choice by<br />

manufacturers who offer the best of both by<br />

supplying aluminium and PVCu, we’ve also<br />

decided to improve the level of choice on offer for<br />

our customers.<br />

Consequently, this means they can now be much<br />

more flexible with their processes and get a<br />

greater range of machinery from Kall Kwik.<br />

After previously only offering PVCu machines, our<br />

partnership with FOM means we have expanded<br />

into a new side of the market, enabling us to<br />

also offer a comprehensive range of aluminium<br />

Chirs Bailey (left) alongside Technical Director Danny Jones<br />

machinery and allowing us to extend our services<br />

to a wider selection of customers.<br />

PVCu options<br />

The partnership with Graf gives customers more<br />

choice within their PVCu production, as we can<br />

add to our already impressive portfolio of Urban<br />

machinery with another established window<br />

machinery supplier.<br />

Our Technical Director, Danny Jones, has worked<br />

with practically every PVCu machine on the<br />

market, meaning the knowledge we can provide<br />

for Graf customers will continue to be of the<br />

highest standards, helping new customers find<br />

the right machinery for their business as well as<br />

the best possible level of support and aftercare.<br />

Being able to offer PVCu and aluminium options<br />

means our customers can get a wider selection of<br />

window machinery from one place.<br />

It’s not only about the initial products on offer<br />

though, it also benefits fabricators by meaning<br />

we can offer aftercare on a wider selection of<br />

machines.<br />

Extended level of support<br />

As part of our business model, we place a great<br />

emphasis on service and aftercare.<br />

We know the job doesn’t stop at installation and<br />

there is a lot which goes into ensuring that the<br />

machines we provide are running smoothly and<br />

working as best as they can for our customers.<br />

The expansion of our range also means<br />

customers can benefit from our support and<br />

aftercare service across a greater selection of<br />

their machinery.<br />

It’s not just new customers though, we can offer<br />

support and service packages to those customers<br />

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place.<br />

Your machinery partners<br />

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of window machinery and support in one place.<br />

We provide a comprehensive level of machinery<br />

options and aftercare solutions to help make your<br />

window manufacturing process as efficient as<br />

possible.<br />

Whether you’re looking for new aluminium<br />

machinery or PVCu machinery, or if your existing<br />

ones need service or maintenance work, then<br />

choosing Kall Kwik is an arrangement which<br />

satisfies all parties.<br />

As we see it, our job as machinery suppliers is to<br />

clearly explain all the available options and how<br />

each one can benefit your manufacturing process,<br />

enabling you to make an informed decision.<br />

Contact Kall Kwik:<br />

0161 486 1911<br />

www.kallkwik.uk.com/<br />

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Roseview Windows has invested in a second SBA-4 VS PVC-U Profile Machining Centre<br />

from Haffner to support continued growth in its manufacturing.<br />

The company has grown year-on-year since it was established over 40 years ago and has<br />

reportedly witnessed a sharp upturn in demand in the past 18 months as a result of the<br />

continued popularity of feature-rich sash windows.<br />

To help meet the growth in demand, Roseview ordered its first SBA-4 VS PVC-U Profile<br />

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support its growth strategy.<br />

www.roseview.co.uk/<br />


Lumi has made a significant investment in its latest range of ‘frameless’ windows and doors,<br />

with the addition of new machinery to its Ballymena factory.<br />

Setting out to expand manufacturing capacity for Lumi Aluminium products, a £61K Emmegi CNC<br />

machine was delivered in early December, followed by a further £5K expenditure on an Elumatec 223<br />

End Miller, which was installed later the same month.<br />

Lumi MD, Asa McGillian, said: “Our latest investment in automation has been made to satisfy<br />

the steady growth in demand for Lumi Aluminium products since we launched the range at the<br />

start of this year.”<br />

https://lumiwindows.com<br />


As seen on page 38, NÜEVO HOME has invested half a million pounds in new machinery in order to<br />

improve its manufacturing capability, product quality, and overall customer offering.<br />

Built in Italy, the company’s new Axel cut and divide 5 axis processing machining combines advanced<br />

cutting capabilities and high-speed part processing with integrated automation, maximising machine<br />

productivity and facilitating unattended operation.<br />

Working from a 85,000 square foot manufacturing facility just outside London, NÜEVO HOME specialises<br />

in manufacturing and installing luxury aluminium home improvement products within a variety of high-end<br />

domestic settings.<br />

As long-time partners of Schüco, Cortizo and Raynaers, the company supplies the EvoFold bi-fold door.<br />

www.nuevo-home.co.uk<br />

Above: The new Emmegi Comet X6HP at<br />

Senator Windows<br />


Senator Windows has chosen Emmegi (UK) to supply its new Comet X6HP CNC machine.<br />

Senator Windows, a member of the Gowan Group, has been crafting windows and doors since 1985 at a<br />

manufacturing facility in Wexford.<br />

The machine is a large scale 4-axis CNC designed to maximise volumes and optimise efficiency. It has a<br />

pendular mode which allows for profile to be machined in two independent work areas and two supplementary<br />

axes to position the vices and reference stops. This means Senator can potentially work on up to four separate<br />

pieces at the same time, maximising throughput. The investment is part of the company’s ongoing expansion in<br />

aluminium, with sales of its Sensations range of windows, bi-folds, sliders and front and rear doors all seeing<br />

sustained growth. www.senatorwindows.ie/<br />


Investments & Tax-breaks<br />


Total Fabricator hears from Dave Broxton, Managing Director of Bohle, who says glass<br />

processors have a year to cash-in on big tax-breaks and make their businesses green and fit<br />

for the future.<br />

It’s almost a year since the Government<br />

introduced its super-deduction tax break, which<br />

means glass processors also have one year left<br />

to save tens of thousands of pounds on efficiency<br />

gains and green investments.<br />

Dave Broxton<br />

“Glass processors have a unique opportunity to<br />

build increased efficiencies into their operations”,<br />

explained Dave Broxton, MD Bohle.<br />

“There are massive tax breaks which reduce the<br />

cost of capital investments. It’s an opportunity<br />

for manufacturers to invest, to build a better<br />

and more sustainable business, and at far lower<br />

cost.”<br />

Dave argued that sustainability has been critical<br />

in doing business with large corporates for some<br />

time.<br />

They recognise the value it delivers to their brand<br />

and the potential threat, weaknesses within their<br />

supply chain can create.<br />

Most businesses now also have environmental<br />

declarations in place, the obligatory ‘commitment<br />

to minimise the impact of their operations on the<br />

environment’.<br />

“We all want to be greener, at home and in<br />

business. That is shifting things. It makes<br />

sustainability a prerequisite to doing business<br />

and if you aren’t able to evidence what you’re<br />

doing you’re going to lose out.<br />

“Glass processors now have a year to tap into<br />

a major tax break that can be used to support<br />

them in improving efficiency, making more profit<br />

and becoming greener, while also saving on tax”,<br />

Dave argued.<br />

The super-deduction scheme was launched by<br />

Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 1st April 2021 and<br />

allows companies to access a capital allowance<br />

“Glass processors now have a year to tap into a<br />

major tax break that can be used to support them<br />

in improving efficiency, making more profit and<br />

becoming greener”<br />

of 130% on qualifying plant and machinery<br />

investments.<br />

This means that in practical terms, as a glass<br />

processor, if you commit to spend £100,000 on<br />

plant and equipment, you can deduct £130,000<br />

from your taxable profits.<br />

With Corporation tax currently at 19%, that<br />

equates to a saving of £24,700.<br />

Prior to this this capital investments would<br />

either fall within a company’s annual investment<br />

allowance and produce relief of only £19,000 or<br />

alternatively be tax-relieved at 18 per cent of the<br />

cost per annum. The scheme will run until the<br />

31st March 2023.<br />

“The idea is that it will encourage businesses to<br />

invest in equipment and productivity, which they<br />

might otherwise have delayed”, Dave continued.<br />

“It applies to a range of capital investments.<br />

It doesn’t have to be green but in going down<br />

that route, you’re future proofing your business<br />

and depending on the investments you make,<br />

making significant long-term efficiency gains and<br />

increasing your profitability or capacity, as part of<br />

that process.”<br />

He argues that wastewater is a case in point<br />

adding significant cost to production, either in<br />

the form of management or lower product quality<br />

because of contamination.<br />


“You’re saving money,<br />

increasing production<br />

capacity, improving<br />

product quality while<br />

saving a stack of tax”<br />

This includes significantly reducing the lifespan of<br />

tooling and concretion of glass finings within the<br />

machine and tanks.<br />

The cost of cleaning or changing coolant also<br />

quickly adds up.<br />

According to Bohle, using just 400 litres of<br />

water as part of your weekly cleaning cycle<br />

equates to a yearly water consumption of<br />

approx. 20,000 litres as well as high cost for<br />

its disposal.<br />

“There is a business cost but also an<br />

environmental cost”, Dave said, “that is going<br />

to become dearer, not only because wastewater<br />

disposal is going to cost more but because not<br />

being able to demonstrate what you’re doing to<br />

minimise your environmental impact will preclude<br />

you from the market.”<br />

The glass processing industry has traditionally<br />

Thousands of pounds can be saved by making greener<br />

investments in a company<br />

relied on centrifugal water cleaning systems,<br />

however, according to Bohle, these can’t filter<br />

glass particles < 5 µm.<br />

This is something which, it argues, can over time<br />

contribute to lower product quality and a build-up<br />

of concretion in the machine and its tanks.<br />

It gets over this problem through an alternative<br />

system.<br />

Suitable for a wide assortment of grinding, drilling<br />

and sawing glass equipment, Bohle sedimentors<br />

use a sophisticated and automated, multi-stage<br />

process to remove contaminants from coolants<br />

and water.<br />

This includes filtering of glass particles of < 5<br />

µm or less but doing so using far less energy.<br />

Another key feature of Bohle’s range is that it<br />

uses a ‘bypass system’ for batch cleansing.<br />

This isolates water, coolant and flocculant, from<br />

the line during the cleaning process, completely<br />

eliminating the potential risk from flocculant<br />

contamination and tool damage – creating a<br />

closed system.<br />

“You can deliver significant tax savings, while<br />

guaranteeing access to markets and giving<br />

yourself a great environmental story, at the same<br />

time as making your business more efficient”,<br />

Dave argued.<br />

“You’re saving money, increasing production<br />

capacity, improving product quality while saving<br />

a stack of tax – but you need to act now because<br />

you only have a year to do it.”<br />

Bohle is offering a free 60 to 90-day trial of its<br />

sedimentor. It’s also offering glass processors,<br />

advice and support on accessing the Super-<br />

Deduction Scheme.<br />

Contact Bohle:<br />

0800 616151<br />

www.bohle.com<br />

@BohleLtd<br />

Bohle is offering up to a 90-day trial of its<br />

sedimentor machine<br />


JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong> T F 45

Certified Products<br />


Daniel May, Director of Consort Architectural Hardware, explains why, now more than ever,<br />

modern building projects can benefit from the use of certified products.<br />

The needs of modern building environments<br />

have evolved. Throughout the construction<br />

process, decision makers are more<br />

commonly deliberating on themes such as<br />

innovation, accessibility and sustainability. And<br />

that’s not mentioning the renewed focus on<br />

building safety and performance, following the<br />

Hackitt Review.<br />

As the collective commitment towards these<br />

topics grows, it’s as vital as ever for design<br />

professionals to deliver reliable, quality materials<br />

and hardware on their projects.<br />

Architectural hardware, for example, is one of<br />

the most heavily used elements within a building<br />

environment, and a typical busy door can be<br />

used 150 times each day. Door hardware plays a<br />

pivotal role in a building’s operational network<br />

and its fire safety, and so the application of<br />

certified hardware solutions shouldn’t be<br />

undervalued.<br />

Daniel May of Consort explained: “While<br />

it’s important to deliver on aesthetics and<br />

innovation, there is always a clear responsibility<br />

to provide safe and secure building environments.<br />

“The latest in reforms – think the Building Safety<br />

Bill and the regulations that has introduced – will<br />

continue to raise the standards associated with<br />

building design and with that, the benefits of<br />

certified hardware will shine.<br />

“Along the supply chain, the durability of<br />

hardware products is key, and this is in no<br />

way more assured than with independent<br />

certifications. For example, for fire doors to<br />

operate as intended, they rely on fitted hardware<br />

to perform – opening and closing upon demand<br />

to ensure the compartmentalisation of smoke<br />

and fire.<br />

“Fire door hardware products should, at a<br />

minimum, be CE marked, showing they comply<br />

with the minimum in regulatory requirements.<br />

However, to emphasise the highest levels<br />

of performance and durability, product<br />

manufacturers will often look towards third-party<br />

certifications such as the commonly recognised<br />

Certifire – a certification scheme that assures the<br />

performance, quality, reliability and traceability of<br />

hardware products.<br />

“For architects, specifiers and end users alike,<br />

product certifications such as Certifire boost the<br />

dependability of hardware choices and make for<br />

an easier, less time-consuming selection process.<br />

Design teams will sometimes face a choice between using<br />

certified products versus less reliable but cheaper options<br />

“The time has come for decision<br />

makers to do their part to limit<br />

the consumption of construction<br />

resources” - Daniel May<br />

“They provide additional confidence that the<br />

chosen product will perform when called upon,<br />

remaining safe and high performing throughout<br />

its lifecycle.<br />

“A building is a network of design choices, all of<br />

which must work in tandem for the infrastructure<br />

to operate as intended. Should one area fail, for<br />

example, the mechanisms of a fire door closer,<br />

the infrastructure becomes compromised –<br />

heightening safety and security risks for the<br />

building’s occupants and visitors.<br />

“It’s critical that only the most durable products<br />

are used in these scenarios and whether using<br />

non-standard or standard arm applications,<br />



hardware must be compliant - with various<br />

areas considered, such as meeting DDA<br />

requirements by paying close attention towards<br />

the opening forces used in public spaces. And<br />

while manufacturers have a responsibility to test,<br />

label and supply the highest standard of product,<br />

decision makers must then also choose to apply<br />

hardware that meets the requirements of the<br />

building in question.”<br />

Hardware can also gain environmental certifications to<br />

make sure it is safe to put into a building<br />

Avoiding costly errors<br />

In some cases, design teams will face a choice<br />

between the initial costs of certified products<br />

and their less reliable counterparts. Although<br />

economic considerations are often part of the<br />

construction process, durable hardware will<br />

continue to perform long after its initial supply<br />

period, whereas cheaper hardware alternatives<br />

can become counter-intuitive, failing to offer that<br />

same quality and durability and leading to costly<br />

consequences.<br />

Later in a building’s lifecycle, where less durable<br />

products have been used, complications can<br />

arise. With this, the costs associated with future<br />

maintenance and replacements can quickly begin<br />

to add up and work against the original decision.<br />

Not to mention the expense to building safety.<br />

More recently, sustainability continues to grow<br />

into the conversation, fairly asking questions<br />

about the environmental impact buildings omit.<br />

Building design will benefit from<br />

raised standards, says Daniel.<br />

As was referenced at the recent COP26<br />

conference, the built environment and<br />

construction sector accounts for 38% of the<br />

world’s Carbon Emissions.<br />

For the UK specifically, it’s said that 45% of<br />

the total UK carbon emissions are associated<br />

to the built environment and changes must<br />

now be made to avoid both environmental and<br />

reputational costs.<br />

Daniel added: “The time has come for decision<br />

makers to do their part to limit the consumption<br />

of construction resources too, and certified<br />

architectural hardware can play its part here too.<br />

“Hardware can also gain environmental<br />

certifications, such as ISO 14000, which is a set<br />

of standards designed to reduce environmental<br />

waste and damage.<br />

“Similar to Certifire, BREEAM is a third-party<br />

sustainability assessment method focusing on<br />

infrastructure and buildings. Hardware products<br />

can become recognised under independent<br />

standards – providing users with peace of mind<br />

that products are more durable, ethically sourced<br />

and environmentally resourceful.<br />

“The aim is to reduce replacement hardware<br />

and the amount of packaging that is associated<br />

with replacements. And extended durability –<br />

represented through certifications – is the way<br />

forward.<br />

“The benefit of using certified architectural<br />

hardware is now clearer than ever. From<br />

performance benefits to dependability, all<br />

hardware – even the often-overlooked lever<br />

handles and flush bolts – should meet the<br />

requirements of their building, and there’s no<br />

better way to ensure this than with certified<br />

products. Building design will benefit from raised<br />

standards, and right now, decision makers can<br />

benefit from certification-led design.”<br />

Contact Consort Architectural Hardware:<br />

0121 3598189<br />

www.consort-hw.com<br />

@Consort_HW<br />


JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong> T F 47

<strong>2022</strong> Trends<br />

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR IN <strong>2022</strong><br />

Pat Rice, Commercial Director at hardware manufacturer UAP, discusses the key trends<br />

from 2021 and what lies ahead for the industry in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

This time last year, all the talk was about<br />

adjusting to the ‘new normal’ as the<br />

construction sector braced itself for<br />

continued uncertainty in 2021.<br />

UAP’s Kinetica+ K4<br />

It’s clear now that the goal should be old<br />

normal+: business as usual with the added<br />

benefits of embracing the lessons we have<br />

learned during the pandemic.<br />

Supply chain challenges<br />

For UAP, those lessons began right at the<br />

beginning of COVID-19.<br />

Accepting weeks before the UK locked down that<br />

the issue would be global and the impact on<br />

supply chains would be immense, we invested<br />

in manufacturing products ahead of time and<br />

increased stockholding capacity.<br />

As the situation has evolved, companies across<br />

the delivery chain have continued to battle with<br />

supply challenges.<br />

It’s an issue that has followed the industry<br />

throughout 2021 and looks set to continue in<br />

<strong>2022</strong>.<br />

And, of course, because demand<br />

is outstripping supply for so many<br />

commodities – including the transport<br />

needed to get them from A to B – price rises are<br />

inherently linked to supply chain shortages too.<br />

The only way to address supply chain issues is<br />

to acknowledge them and develop a strategy to<br />

counter the difficulties.<br />

Over the past year, we have invested in our<br />

warehousing and logistics systems to translate<br />

our stockholding advantages into efficient<br />

order picking and short lead times, helping the<br />

fenestration sector to access the products they<br />

need with reliability and accountability.<br />

Customer-focused<br />

Choice and flexibility will continue to play a key<br />

role in serving customers in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

High levels of demand look set to remain, so<br />

there is a need to be able to offer alternatives and<br />

ask the right questions about what the customer<br />

really needs.<br />

Understanding the customer’s needs is<br />

embedded in our culture at UAP, through market<br />

“The only way to address supply<br />

chain issues is to acknowledge<br />

them and develop a strategy to<br />

counter the difficulties” - Pat Rice<br />

insight, feedback from our sales team and our<br />

annual customer survey.<br />

We use that knowledge to approach our<br />

operational management with a continuous<br />

improvement mind-set, and to drive product<br />

development.<br />

It has been very clear to us at UAP that one of the<br />

outcomes of the pandemic is people’s focus on feeling<br />

safe, comfortable and secure in their own homes.<br />



UAP has invested in packaging<br />

equipment to be more sustainable<br />

As a result, our focus on safety and security<br />

innovation, with products like the recently<br />

launched Kinetica+ K4 3* cylinder from our<br />

Fullex range, has been more important than ever,<br />

and is driving our R&D investment for <strong>2022</strong> and<br />

beyond too.<br />

The Kinetica+ K4 not only combines an array of<br />

security features to make it virtually impossible to<br />

break-in, it also comes with a Bio+ key, which is<br />

impregnated with an anti-viral and anti-bacterial<br />

agent to safeguard against infection.<br />

It seems likely that the new consciousness<br />

about health and wellbeing will prompt further<br />

innovation.<br />

Another key feature of Kinetica+ K4 which we<br />

see as an example of a continuing trend in <strong>2022</strong><br />

is ease of installation.<br />

Time pressures, squeezed margins and rising<br />

labour costs all mean that the market needs<br />

products that are faster and simpler to install.<br />

Escalating trends<br />

Some of the trends we have seen emerge over<br />

the past year have been escalated rather than<br />

prompted by the pandemic.<br />

The use of technology is one of those trends,<br />

thanks to the way tech-resistant consumers<br />

have been forced to embrace the use of apps and<br />

online systems during lockdowns.<br />

There is now a much wider and more enthusiastic<br />

acceptance that tech can enhance lifestyles.<br />

It’s a trend that has led to the development of<br />

the smart door hardware from our Intelligent<br />

Hardware brand and our new range of electronic<br />

locks.<br />

Looking ahead, we can see real opportunities<br />

to tap into tech-enabled products and address<br />

operational challenges with digital systems.<br />

Finally, a look at what we’ve learned and where<br />

the market will go next would not be complete<br />

without noting the growing importance of<br />

environmental considerations.<br />

It is clear that both public awareness and<br />

increased compliance will drive more ecoconscious<br />

purchasing decisions.<br />

For companies like UAP, that means considering<br />

how we package products to minimise waste.<br />

We’ve invested in packaging equipment<br />

that enables us to use marine reclaim and<br />

biodegradable materials, enabling us to be virginplastics<br />

free.<br />

Looking ahead, we are continuing to examine<br />

how we can reduce our emissions, as well as<br />

offsetting with our tree planting programme –<br />

50,000 at the last count!<br />

Embracing opportunities<br />

The fenestration sector ended 2020 with the hope<br />

that the turmoil of the pandemic would all be a<br />

distant memory by the end of 2021, and here we<br />

are, as <strong>2022</strong> begins, still braced for uncertainty.<br />

But what we’ve learned is an important part of<br />

our toolkit and top of the list is that embracing<br />

opportunities is just as important as responding<br />

to the challenges.<br />

Contact UAP:<br />

0161 796 7268<br />

uapcorporate.com<br />

@UAP_Limited<br />


JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong> T F 49

Smart Tech<br />



Burg-Wachter explains that whilst the way we secure our homes has remained constant for<br />

years, the advent of smart technology has changed all that, giving fabricators an opportunity<br />

to expand their product offering.<br />

With homeowners now wanting the<br />

previously unattainable levels of<br />

convenience that only smart home<br />

technology can deliver, smart security technology<br />

represents not only an excellent profit opportunity,<br />

but also the chance to deliver the products and<br />

services customers will increasingly demand.<br />

A growing market<br />

The market is huge and is growing – it is<br />

estimated that the smart home security market<br />

will be worth in excess of $140 billion by 2026.<br />

Everyone can benefit from the previously<br />

unattainable reassurance and convenience that<br />

smart home products - including smart alarms<br />

– provide. In particular, the elderly and those<br />

living with disability can gain real peace of mind<br />

knowing that they are protected but more than<br />

that, their families and friends can be alerted if<br />

necessary thanks to the smart technology; it’s<br />

like being guarded 24/7.<br />

Opportunity for fabricators<br />

Mark Pearson, Commercial Director at Burg-<br />

Wächter, Germany’s security experts, said: “Now<br />

is the ideal time for fabricators to get on board<br />

with the latest developments in, and the many<br />

benefits of, smart home security. In addition,<br />

since smartware works harmoniously with<br />

existing security products, there is no need to<br />

abandon traditional security products, in fact,<br />

they are interdependent.”<br />

Smart technology – how to choose?<br />

Mark continued: “With the important components<br />

hidden, it is difficult, if not impossible, to look at<br />

a piece of smartware and ascertain its quality<br />

and reliability – so how do you choose the right<br />

smartware?<br />

“Look at a supplier’s reputation – do they<br />

supply quality products? Is there a good back-up<br />

service? Can they advise me if required? Good<br />

products, that are simple to fit as well as reliable,<br />

come from trusted brands, so look out for those.”<br />

With over 100 years’ experience in the design and<br />

manufacture of security products, Burg-Wächter<br />

offers BURGprotect, a smart alarm system that is<br />

quick and easy to install.<br />

Operated via an intuitive free app, once installed<br />

the property is always protected and aware of<br />

potential issues at home, no matter where the<br />

user is or what time it is. If a sensor detects<br />

movement, a notification is sent to the user’s<br />

smart phone and action can be taken, putting you<br />

very much in control.<br />

With additional window & door contacts and a<br />

water sensor also available, the easy to set up<br />

BURGprotect alarm starter kit is said to be the<br />

smart way to protect.<br />

Mark added: “We acknowledge that, with<br />

technology moving at such as fast rate, there may<br />

Smart technology is being manufactured and used in homes more and more every year.<br />

be some concerns about a product’s longevity.<br />

However, smartphone-controlled products<br />

benefit from the latest updates because, as iOS<br />

or Android update their software, a product’s<br />

firmware is similarly automatically updated with<br />

a notification which is simply accepted by the<br />

user.<br />

“We are working tirelessly to make sure our<br />

smart home security products are both reliable<br />

and robust and we’re here to provide as much<br />

support as we can to help our customers feel<br />

comfortable with the new developments in smart<br />

home security.<br />

“In fact, later this year Burg-Wächter will be<br />

announcing some exciting news about its new<br />

generation of smart home security, offering an<br />

even greater degree of convenience for both<br />

installers and their customers alike.”<br />

Contact Burg-Wächter:<br />

01274 395 333<br />

www.burg.biz/uk<br />

@burgwachteruk<br />


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WHAT'S IN STORE FOR CARL F GROUPCO IN <strong>2022</strong>?<br />

Managing Director of hardware distributor Carl F Groupco John Crittenden discusses what the<br />

company has planned for the following 12 months.<br />

“Moving into <strong>2022</strong>, the goal at Carl F Groupco remains the same – maintaining our OTIF targets, serving<br />

our customers and exceeding expectations.<br />

“While predicting what’s in store over the next 12 months is almost impossible, it’s vital that our<br />

businesses are prepared for further challenges by managing stock, production planning and empowering<br />

our work forces to react quickly when required.<br />

“We are carrying our highest levels of stock to safeguard supply and have recently launched our biggest<br />

digital development ever; combining three of our brands to make browsing our hardware range online even<br />

easier. <strong>2022</strong> remains the same, we have recruited a new Regional Sales Manager and will be launching a<br />

new edition of hardware catalogue in early <strong>2022</strong>, our largest to date.” www.carlfgroupco.co.uk<br />


The greenteQ Omega letterbox range from VBH has evolved to include both a remodelled standard<br />

sized box and a completely new 56mm Slim version to suit ultra slim transoms.<br />

The opening on Omega Slim is offset towards the bottom of the box’s frame. The greenteQ design team has<br />

calculated that this maximises the available aperture whilst ensuring that the letterbox doesn’t overhang the<br />

bead on even the slimmest sections.<br />

Omega letterboxes feature convex curved metal flaps that open to near vertical both inside and outside,<br />

ensuring that relatively thick packages can be put through the door without putting stress on the letterbox’s<br />

springs.Omega has been tested to BS EN 13724 with a classification of 4241. This calls for 25,000 full<br />

‘closed – fully open – closed’ cycles. It is available in nine finishes of the greenteQ Suite. www.vbhgb.com<br />


Just a few months after hardware specialist Mila announced that it was adding the Ingenious<br />

range of multipoint door locks to its product line up, Alutech Systems has already adopted the<br />

Ingenious Duplex Professional lock as the default lock on its range of aluminium door systems.<br />

Alutech previously offered its aluminium systems with a three-hook multipoint lock as standard but<br />

has upgraded to Ingenious’ clever five-hook option Duplex because it offers higher levels of security,<br />

combined with better value.<br />

It is providing its fabricators with a USP by branding the lock Alulock and focusing on it being<br />

the only model on the market to come with two pairs of high-security cast zinc hooks which work<br />

together in a pincer movement to protect against lifting. www.alutechsystems.co.uk/<br />


Bohle has increased the volume of product it holds in stock, strengthening its supply network and<br />

enhancing its ability to support customers with fast delivery times of 24-48 hours on standard orders.<br />

Bohle now has 2,500 items available from stock. Customers can place orders online, 24/7, for a comprehensive<br />

range of hardware, glass handling, cutting, glazing and consumables, including popular products such as the<br />

VetroMount balustrading system, MasterTrack internal sliding door system and Veribor lifting equipment.<br />

Dave Broxton, Managing Director, Bohle, commented: “We have managed to reduce our lead times from 3-5<br />

days to a maximum of 48 hours on standard orders with the option of next day deliveries if required. That has<br />

proved vital in managing consistent high levels of demand throughout the pandemic and means our customers<br />

are well placed to respond to ongoing high levels of activity in <strong>2022</strong>.” www.bohle.com<br />



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UKCA Marking<br />


Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson gives his thoughts on the UK’s transition from<br />

CE to UKCA marking.<br />

We might be suffering through the<br />

worst supply chain disruption in a<br />

generation, with huge knock-on impacts<br />

for businesses around the globe, but here’s<br />

something to be grateful for – it was nearly a lot<br />

worse.<br />

Managing Director of<br />

Edgetech Chris Alderson<br />

When the UK voted to leave the EU, it effectively<br />

voted to remove itself from a vast and<br />

complicated web of regulation on everything from<br />

working hours to environmental protections.<br />

However, untangling itself from those regulations<br />

was always going to be a long and painful<br />

process – as our sector almost discovered last<br />

year in relation to CE marking.<br />

Crisis averted – for now<br />

As I’m sure everyone reading this is aware, for<br />

decades the CE mark has been what indicates<br />

whether a product complies with EU health,<br />

safety and environmental protection regulations.<br />

Now we’ve left, we need something to replace it –<br />

and that’s how the UKCA mark came into being.<br />

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark is<br />

designed to cover most of the products that the<br />

CE mark currently applies to.<br />

It sounds very simple, and in theory it is – replace<br />

one standard with another. But in practise,<br />

unfortunately, it’s anything but.<br />

Each of the tens of millions of products currently<br />

covered by the CE mark will have to be retested to<br />

comply with the new UKCA standard – a process<br />

which, realistically, could take literally years to<br />

complete.<br />

It would be a huge task even if the country had a<br />

healthy number of test centres able to issue the<br />

marks. But it doesn’t – there’s a severe shortage<br />

of testing capacity in the UK.<br />

This left tens of thousands of British businesses<br />

on the edge of a very scary precipice – the<br />

government deadline for complying with the new<br />

mark was <strong>Jan</strong>uary <strong>2022</strong>, and there was no way<br />

that all the products that needed retesting would<br />

get the stamp of approval on time.<br />

Given the huge supply chain difficulties the<br />

country is grappling with already, having millions<br />

of products suddenly declared illegal on <strong>Jan</strong>uary<br />

1st <strong>2022</strong> would’ve caused chaos.<br />

Thankfully, after a lot of lobbying from industry<br />

groups representing a whole range of different<br />

sectors, the government relented, and that<br />

scenario was prevented – for now.<br />

Ministers have extended the deadline for a year,<br />

meaning that to be eligible for sale, all products<br />

must have UKCA marking by <strong>Jan</strong>uary 2023.<br />

It’s an extremely welcome move – but personally,<br />

I wonder if it’ll be enough.<br />

Test centres don’t spring up from nowhere.<br />

Establishing them is a long and complicated<br />

process – and I struggle to see how we’ll have<br />

enough even by next year to allow businesses to<br />

comfortably comply with changing standards.<br />

In the UK, for example, we currently don’t have<br />

a single approved test centre capable of testing<br />

IGUs to EN1279 Part 4 or WA17/1 for thermal<br />

testing.<br />




Everyone loves a room with a view, and they<br />

don’t come much more striking than an<br />

uninterrupted vista of a fjord.<br />

Further concerns<br />

That’s not the only potential problem that<br />

concerns me. Sixty percent of the UK’s<br />

construction imports come from the EU.<br />

“Untangling itself from<br />

those regulations<br />

was always going to<br />

be a long and painful<br />

process”<br />

At the moment, EU suppliers only need the one<br />

certification, the CE mark, to trade both here and<br />

in mainland Europe.<br />

From <strong>Jan</strong>uary 2023, if those businesses want<br />

to continue operating in the British market as<br />

well as the EU, they’ll have to UKCA mark their<br />

products too.<br />

On this front, my main concern is this – will<br />

European suppliers go through the long and<br />

expensive process of getting certification that’s<br />

only valid in the UK?<br />

I’m certain that many will. The UK is a major<br />

market. But I’m also sure that some will conclude<br />

that it’s not worth the hassle – potentially<br />

constraining supply even further.<br />

The situation is even more complex for Northern<br />

Irish businesses.<br />

As things currently stand, if they want to service<br />

the mainland UK and Irish market as well as their<br />

home market they will be required to conform to<br />

no less than three standards – the EU’s CE mark,<br />

the UKCA mark, and the territory’s own UKNI<br />

mark.<br />

Ultimately, the biggest issue is the lack of a<br />

Mutual Recognition Agreement between the UK<br />

and the EU, which would allow test evidence from<br />

Approved Bodies in one region to be accepted in<br />

another.<br />

Time for pragmatism<br />

Compromising on quality and safety isn’t an<br />

option. We need products sold in this country<br />

to conform to the very highest standards, and a<br />

robust system of certification is vital to ensuring<br />

that.<br />

But to deliver and maintain those standards<br />

during this period of transition, I think we need<br />

to take a pragmatic approach. Safety isn’t<br />

something that can be rushed.<br />

I think ministers need to be ready to extend the<br />

deadline again if it becomes clear that thousands<br />

of businesses are going to be unable to meet<br />

it – and possibly even be prepared to allow a<br />

transitional arrangement where both CE and<br />

UKCA marks are valid in the UK for a limited time.<br />

Rather than meeting an arbitrary deadline, I<br />

think the most important thing is that we get<br />

the UK’s post-Brexit accreditation regime right<br />

– and ensure that millions of products don’t<br />

compromise on the vital standards that keep<br />

consumers safe.<br />

Contact Edgetech:<br />

02476 639931<br />

www.edgetechig.co.uk<br />

@EdgetechUK<br />

So, when the owner of Summer House in<br />

Norway was discussing designs for the<br />

building with their architect, maximising sight<br />

lines to make the most of its stunning setting<br />

was top of the list of priorities.<br />

That’s what led the designer to specify a wall<br />

of Pilkington Planar structural glass along the<br />

outward-facing side of the property’s main<br />

living space.<br />

The wedge-shaped window is more than 10<br />

metres wide and almost five metres high at its<br />

tallest point, creating a panoramic scene of<br />

sea and sky.<br />

And, to maximise the vertical aspect of the<br />

view – as well as the amount of natural light<br />

entering the building – the window is topped<br />

by a 90cm-deep section of roof glazing.<br />

These allow the toughened vertical glass to<br />

stand up to significant wind loads while also<br />

supporting the roof glazing, which is able to<br />

resist large snow loads as a result.<br />

The units that make up the roof glazing also<br />

feature a laminated pane to lend further<br />

strength, being made up of an outer 12mm<br />

layer of toughened glass and an inner layer<br />

formed of two 6mm-thick sheets sandwiching<br />

a polyvinylbutyral (PVB) interlayer.<br />

The whole system is bolted together with<br />

low-profile Pilkington Planar stainless steel<br />

fittings.<br />


JANUARY/FEBRUARY <strong>2022</strong> T F 55

Updates<br />

Pyroguard, part of the Technical Fire Safety Group, has kick-started <strong>2022</strong> with the launch of its new<br />

website.<br />

Boasting a fresh, modern look and designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience, the new website<br />

allows visitors to easily browse and research products from across Pyroguard’s comprehensive portfolio.<br />

The new website is designed to serve as a one-stop resource for visitors wishing to learn more about<br />

Pyroguard’s range of fire safety glass solutions. The site is also now available in Spanish, German and Italian, as<br />

well as English, Dutch and French.<br />

In addition to the new, modern look and available languages, the website has been revamped to include a<br />

whole host of user-friendly features, offering improved navigation and functionality.<br />

Visitors can also benefit from having quick and easy access to Pyroguard’s online resources, with dedicated<br />

‘Downloads’ and ‘Resources’ zones. www.pyroguard.eu<br />





Mackenzie Glass increased its capacity to offer cut-to-size product with a six-figure<br />

investment, in a new automatic Boterro cutting line and table.<br />

The investment will include a new Bottero 630CBM-R automatic loading machine; a Bottero<br />

343BCS-R automatic float glass cutting table and Bottero 103BBM-R air floatation breakout<br />

table.<br />

Its purchase of a new Bottero cutting line, represents the largest and latest in a series of<br />

investments.<br />

This includes the addition of a new Sagertec Horizontal Washing Machine to its toughening<br />

line, plus Adelio Lattuada Gamma Straight-line Bevelling Machine and Delta M4 C Radius<br />

Corner Machine in June 2021. www.mackenzieglass.co.uk<br />

Super Spacer T-Spacer SG from Edgetech has helped revitalise three historic features of the<br />

New York skyline.<br />

Glass manufacturer AGC INTERPANE supplied around 25,000 square metres of insulating glass,<br />

equipped with 20mm T-Spacer SG, for use on 660 Fifth Avenue.<br />

The 450 tonnes of insulated glass used in the refurbishment was manufactured with light-grey<br />

T-Spacer SG, and sealed with grey silicone.<br />

Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson commented: “Edgetech spacers have been used in<br />

landmark buildings all around the world. It’s hugely gratifying to see our products incorporated<br />

in outstanding projects as a permanent part of the New York skyline, and with them, these iconic<br />

buildings will go on to offer exceptional performance for decades to come.” www.edgetechig.co.uk<br />


SageGlass, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, has been chosen by IQHQ, a life sciences real estate<br />

development company, to create one of the largest smart glass installations in the world.<br />

SageGlass will provide 150,000 square feet of SageGlass Harmony electrochromic glass, controls, and<br />

software for IQHQ’s Research and Development District (RaDD), a 1.7 million square foot life science<br />

development on the waterfront in San Diego, USA.<br />

Electrochromic glass – also referred to as smart glass or dynamic glass – uses advanced intelligence to<br />

automatically tint throughout the day, reducing glare and regulating temperatures while letting natural light<br />

in.<br />

SageGlass’ Bright Silver exterior finish will provide a vibrant and uniform glazing to complement RaDD’s<br />

coastal setting. www.sageglass.com/eu<br />



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Derby-based aluminium systems company,<br />

Sheerline Aluminium Windows and Doors, has<br />

strengthened its customer support with Robert<br />

Bell, Stephen Thomas and Aaron Housley<br />

appointed to its technical team.<br />

No strangers to the fenestration industry or<br />

aluminium products, each brings with them a<br />

wealth of industry experience having worked<br />

closely with fabricators and installers for many<br />

years. These new roles will deliver technical<br />

support, training, and advice on a variety of<br />

window, door, and roof lantern related matters.<br />

Robert started out as a PVCu window fitter in<br />

the 1980s and gained experience as a surveyor,<br />

Contract Manager and Production Manager,<br />

before joining Sheerline to provide technical<br />

training and support to fabricators based in<br />

Ireland.<br />

Additionally, Aaron Housley joins to provide first<br />

line support for manufacturing software enquiries<br />

from Sheerline customers, being appointed as<br />

Manufacturing Software Support Engineer.<br />

Andy Russell, Technical Services Director for<br />

Garnalex, said: “Technical support is pivotal<br />

to our success. As a proactive company, we<br />

consistently ensure our customers’ needs are<br />

met, even before a problem arises.<br />

Above: Sheerline’s new technical employees<br />

“The new appointments are just the first of<br />

many planned over forthcoming months, and<br />

with our anticipated growth I’m expecting to see<br />

more colleagues joining us in our manufacturing<br />

facilities and internal departments during <strong>2022</strong>.”<br />


Dressing for<br />

the cold is like<br />

building a house<br />

– start with a<br />

good foundation.<br />

The Snickers<br />

Workwear<br />

Baselayer clothing<br />

for professional<br />

tradesmen and women uses high-tech<br />

breathable fabrics for ventilation and body<br />

moisture transport for sustainable warmth<br />

and comfort. The Base-, Mid- and Toplayer<br />

clothing combines to keep you working dry,<br />

warm and comfortable wherever you are on<br />

site. With sustainability at the forefront of<br />

Snickers Workwear’s clothing philosophy,<br />

garments are available in recycled polyester<br />

and merino wool, as well as the 37.5<br />

technology ventilating fabric to suit different<br />

types of work in a variety of cold and wet<br />

weather conditions.<br />

The AllroundWork, FLEXIWork and LITEwork<br />

designs and fabrics will keep you warm<br />

and dry. All the garments are made from<br />

quick drying fabrics that come with special<br />

ventilation features to control and regulate<br />

the heat from your body.<br />

www.snickersworkwear.com<br />


CNC Recycling has appointed a<br />

Business Development Manager to<br />

strengthen the sales team.<br />

Kate Riley (pictured) joins the UPVC<br />

window recycling company to support its<br />

substantial growth over the course of the<br />

last 16 months.<br />

Kate previously worked for Ecoplas, (now Eurocell<br />

Recycle) as Commercial Manager for just<br />

over eight years managing and developing the<br />

procurement, logistics and customer service for<br />

UPVC window recycling.<br />

Dressing right and staying<br />

comfortable when it’s cold and wet<br />

demands the best in Climate Control<br />

working clothes from Snickers<br />

Workewear.<br />

Snickers Workwear’s body-mapping<br />

Mid-layer working clothes help<br />

deliver advanced ventilation to<br />

control and regulate the heat from your body.<br />

Made to last from sustainable fabrics such as<br />

micro fleece and recycled polyester, they’re<br />

said to be great for both work and leisure<br />

activities. These garments insulate and keep<br />

Managing Director Melanie Reid, said:<br />

“Kate is a highly respected person<br />

within our industry and brings a<br />

wealth of experience and success in<br />

leading sales teams and delivering<br />

results. We have a strong strategy<br />

for further growth in <strong>2022</strong> and Kate<br />

is absolutely the right person to both consolidate<br />

and deliver new business into our operation as<br />

she is someone who truly understands window<br />

recycling. This is part of our ongoing commitment<br />

to be the trusted and reliable recycling partner to<br />

the Fenestration Industry.”<br />


heat around your body by effectively<br />

creating an air pocket inside your<br />

clothes.<br />

They complement Snickers<br />

Workwear’s FlexiWork Base-layer<br />

undergarments that combine<br />

sustainable, animal-friendly Merino<br />

Wool with polyamide for warmth<br />

and ventilation. The Top-layer or ‘outer shell’<br />

AllroundWork and Flexiwork Weatherproof<br />

Jackets and Trousers will also keep you warm,<br />

dry and comfortable all day long.<br />

www.snickersworkwear.com<br />


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