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NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Soltech set for growth after announcing MBO

NEW PRODUCTS . . . . . . . . . . . . 66-74

Style Studio has new collections for 2022

Features and articles

PROFILES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-21

Harol has tailored solutions for the home

VERTICAL BLINDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Can the vertical blind be saved?

ENERGY EFFICIENCY . . . . . . . . . 26-28

Louvolite says that blinds can save energy

MARKETING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30-36

R+T will be physical and virtual this year

MOTORISATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-40

Motors are getting smaller as Blinds & Shutters finds out

FABRIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-44

New fabrics are being launched in 2022

ROLLER BLINDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-54

All that’s new in the roller blinds market

From the editor

Issue ONE 2022

Another year, another variant.

2022 seems to have kicked off like

last year and most of the year before

that, but it does seem there is some

respite for most people as the

vaccination programme seems to

have stopped the majority of people

becoming seriously ill.

Business is still suffering as people

still need to self isolate and this is

having a big knock on effect for many

industries. Hopefully after we get

through the winter months we will be

in a stronger position and we can

start to live normal lives again.

In this issue we have news of new

products and ranges for 2022, which

show the industry is continuing to be

creative and innovative. Consumers

are continuing to invest in their

homes, and long may this continue!

John Hatcher



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Blinds by Post

backs the Bantams

Shipley-based online blinds retailer Blinds by Post is

celebrating its partnership with Bradford City AFC with

the launch of a range of exclusive Bantams branded roller


The limited edition blinds will feature the

Bradford City AFC logo and will be available

to purchase on the Blinds by Post website.

Blinds by Post will be the first retailer to sell

official club merchandise outside of Bradford

City’s official retail operation.

The partnership agreement, which

commenced at the beginning of the

2020/2021 football season, saw Blinds by

Post become one of the club’s principal

partners and receive branding around the

stadium and inside the matchday

programme. The blinds retailer also worked

on the brand new players’ tunnel which was

installed at the Utilita Energy Stadium in


Oliver Hudson, director at Blinds by Post,

commented: “As a Yorkshire-based business,

we’re proud to not only sponsor our local

football team, but to celebrate our

partnership with the launch of our limited

edition roller blinds. There are many

passionate fans of the club across the city

and beyond, and we can’t wait to see how

our blinds are received.”

Founded in 2008, Blinds by Post is a

family-run business that operates out of its

factory in Shipley where every blind is handcrafted

to completion. The retailer hopes

that the sponsorship of the football club will

contribute towards investment and growth

in the Bradford district.

Davide Longo, commercial director of

Bradford City AFC, added: “We are

extremely proud of our partnership with

Blinds by Post, as with each of the companies

in our expanding commercial portfolio, and

are pleased to see the launch of these

personalised blinds. We are proud of our

heritage, and maintaining positive

relationships with local businesses is a key

area of the work we do away from the field.

“We are looking forward to seeing this

partnership continue to grow, and of course

can’t wait to see the blinds being put up in

homes across Bradford and beyond.”


A year ago, markilux's Corporate Design

was given a facelift. Last year it won the

"German Brand Award" for its new logo

which is intended to represent the

innovative force behind the business.

Christiane Berning,, who is in charge

of the marketing and business

development department, knows how

important an attractive awning design is:

"End consumers and specialist dealers

would like to feel confident that they are

investing in the right product. It's a

question of trust. By constantly

continuing to develop our solar

protection products, both visually and

technically and in the same top quality,

we are giving them that assurance. And

this is intended to help them understand

our corporate image better", she

emphasises. In order to check the

development of the company's market

presence, this medium-sized company

commissioned a target group analysis at

the renowned "Sinus Institute" in

Heidelberg at the end of 2020. The

result shows quite clearly that the brand

has become more well known since

2016. "We were able to score better in

other criteria, such as high quality, good

service, Made in Germany, timeless

design and innovative technology, too,

Ms Berning says, confirming that this has

corroborated the strategy of the

previous years. All the more because the

consumer now pays attention to such

things more than ever when making a

product purchase.

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NEWS NEWSDESK: tel: 01923 437 618 mail: j.hatcher@turretgroup.com

Soltech set for growth after

announcing MBO

Soltech Systems Limited, one of the UK’s leading suppliers

of blinds, curtains, control systems and associated window

treatments, has announced the completion of its

management buyout, backed by the managing director

Guy Simmonds and chairman, Robert Wilson MBE.

The MBO creates a platform for growth

with a clear strategic direction for Soltech

that will strengthen its position in existing

markets whilst expanding into nearneighbour


Founded over 25 years ago, Soltech

Systems is the industry leader in commercial

blinds, curtains, and automated solutions for

a wide range of clients. Its products have

been specified on some of the UK’s most

prestigious developments, including BBC

headquarters in Cardiff, Microsoft’s flagship

retail store on Oxford Circus, and

throughout the new development at 100

Liverpool Street.

Headquartered in Maidenhead, Berkshire,

the company operates its own

manufacturing facility in Milton Keynes, which

has a reputation for quality, design and

exceptional client care. Soltech offers a

supply and installation service backed up by

an expert team with decades of expertise in

taking projects from inception through to

delivery, and currently works with many of

the UK’s leading design practices.

“This MBO is a significant milestone for

Soltech, which has grown into one of the

largest and longest established brands in the

sector,” said Guy Simmonds, managing

director at Soltech. “Along with new

investment and our ambitious growth

strategy, the MBO represents the next

chapter for the Soltech brand.”

Guy added: “Soltech’s success as a

business so far is based on our highly

experienced and capable management team,

along with our dedicated workforce. We will

be using this talent to deliver our stated goal

of growing the business through earning the

lifetime loyalty of customers.”

For contractors, Soltech provides a

comprehensive supply and installation

service that has a reputation as the best in

the industry. All project partners need to

have the confidence that they will be

completed right, first time, and Soltech is the

trusted brand for doing this.

With an upsurge in building activity over

the last 18 months, Soltech has seen

continued demand for its products in core

commercial markets. The business is now

looking to expand its presence in other

market sectors as part of progress its

ambitious growth plans.


Designer Contracts has scooped a top

industry prize for sustainability in a

prestigious industry partnership awards


Along with Texfelt, a world leading

manufacturer of eco-engineered PU

foam replacements, Designer Contracts

– the UK’s largest flooring contractor –

took the Partners in Sustainability

category title in the PFM Partnership

Awards 2021.

The announcement was made at an

awards ceremony at The Brewery on

Chiswell Street in London, on

November 3 where more than 500

industry professionals gathered for the

facilities management event of the year.

Said Louise Walters, commercial

director at Designer Contracts: “We are

absolutely delighted to have won this

award which underlines our

commitment to environmental and

sustainability issues.”

Designer Contracts and Texfelt have

an exclusive arrangement to sell a

unique, fully recyclable underlay made

from single use plastic bottles to the

new build sector. To date Designer

Contracts has diverted over 750,000

bottles from the environment through

sales of Texfelt’s ground-breaking

SpringBond underlay.

SpringBond has the potential to save

the equivalent of 1,000 500ml PET

plastic bottles from polluting the oceans

and environment if used throughout an

average three-bedroom house.

Judges said the partnership had

proved extremely effective in having a

highly positive effective on the

environment through the reduction of

plastic waste by re-purposing it.

Said Louise: “The award is a testament

to the success of our partnership with

Texfelt – and the efforts of the team at

Designer Contracts in rolling out

Springbond to the new build sector

where home buyers are becoming

increasingly aware of their impact on the


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Tailor made

Harol says it can

tailor its solutions

for any home

Since 1946, Belgian-based family business

Harol has proved to be a well-respected

player when it comes to enhancing home

comfort. Its extensive range of innovative highquality

awnings, roller shutters, garage doors and

advanced solutions for outdoor living appeals to

both home owners and businesses worldwide.

With an eye for detail and outstanding

craftsmanship, all projects are finished with great

precision, down to the last millimetre.

Feeling at home. This has been the focus of the

products developed by Harol for many years now.

That feeling of being welcome in a house or

commercial property where the touch and feel is

agreeable and exactly spot-on. Our products which

help create cool or sheltered places, quiet spots in

and around a property or the right atmosphere in

a garden, are designed to achieve just that.

A good example of this is the Harol AIR, the

latest addition to our award-winning solar shading

outdoor concept, which uniquely combines

minimalistic design and ZIP technology in a solution

for outdoor living. Or the refined look of the

Versuz pergola. Or the super compact and

versatile vz080 or vz800 solar shading screens for

skylights and verandas to be used indoors or

outdoors, a perfect blend of design, comfort and

energy efficiency. Classic or modern? Elegant or

robust? Large or small? The possibilities are endless

and can be tailored to all building styles and needs.

We believe in natural cooling

Inspired by today’s environmental changes and

eco-friendly technologies and materials, Harol takes

great pride in developing sustainable, energyefficient

products that are good for your health and

overall wellbeing. One of Harol's most sustainable

solutions is the SC800-ZIP Solar surface-mounted

screen. A truly ingenious solar-powered screen

which provides an efficient and aesthetic solution

for glass façades. This fully integrated system

automatically activates the screen when sunlight

hits the windows. Interior spaces are protected

against the sun, excessive glare and they maintain

their coolness at exactly the right time. This

completely autonomous screen provides thermal

and acoustic insulation, while also keeping out

insects. The sophisticated mounting profile and

solar battery-system ensure that it can be installed

on existing buildings without requiring structural or

electrical adjustments. The ideal and flexible

solution for any home, office, hotel or restaurant.

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The future of the textile

industry is green

Sattler has a

strategy for a

sustainable future

Sattler is planning further sustainable changes

to promote even more environmentally

friendly product developments and


The corporate strategy of Sattler, is based, on

sustainable and qualitative products with a lifespan

and durability of at least 25 years. Sun protection

fabrics used outside intrinsically ensure energy

efficiency by reducing the heat input during the

summer and retaining heat during the winter.

According to a recent study of the European Solar

Shading Organisation, the CO2 saving potential in

Europe amounts to around 111 million tons yearly

and is 22 times more efficient than the savings

resulting from the EU light bulb regulation.

Additionally, all processes at Sattler are certified

according to the quality management norm ISO

9001 and to the environment management norm

ISO 14001. All processes are adjusted yearly. The

complete power consumption is fully covered

with 100% green energy and energy generated

during manufacturing processes, which is fed back

into the company’s energy cycle. By means of an

active suppliers management system we

undertake sustainable actions along the complete

value chain.

Further actions

Sattler invests in highly efficient photovoltaic

systems on its production sites in Austria. This way

we do not only use green energy, but additionally

produce our own energy. Once completed,

almost 10 % of the electricity demand is covered

and we save more than 600 tons of CO2 per

year compared to non-renewable energy sources.

Additionally, packaging materials constantly

undergo controls in order to protect the

products as best as possible for the shipment on

one hand, and on the other to keep the disposal

costs per sales unit a slow as possible. Valuable

product components such as yarn and

impregnation agents are used efficiently through

precise planning, modern processes and

automatization, and when possible, they are

reincorporated into the production process. In

addition, we pursue very clear product specific

objectives. The company continuously carries out

research to develop new recipes, new

technologies and also to ban chemicals and nonrestrictive

ingredients in textiles.

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functionality of a blind.



A winning team

S:Craft has recently

picked up a major

award, as Blinds &

Shutters found out

The team at S:CRAFT is thrilled to be

recently announced as the winners at

Corporate LiveWire – Global Awards

2021/22 in the category of ‘Wholesale Window

Shutters Supplier of the Year’.

The Corporate LiveWire Global Awards

recognises excellence from all sectors and offers

the opportunity for leading professionals and

companies who have stood out for being results

driven, innovative, and service focused to

showcase their expertise, and highlight

developments in their industry. At S:CRAFT, we

work hard to deliver on each of these areas,

building our team and capabilities to constantly

deliver for our partners in the trade, sharing in

each others’ success.

S:CRAFT continues to innovate and evolve,

enhancing our existing ranges of shutters, adding

features such as motorisation and shutter and

shade, and complementing them with an

extensive range of blinds. We offer seven quality

shutter ranges from our Portchester aluminium

range of security shutters to ABS, MDF to 100%

hardwood – there is a range to suit every

budget, requirement, and taste.

We offer products that are unique to S:CRAFT -

such as Lioni, a distinctive and beautiful product

and unlike any other on the market. The

Portchester range of shutters are crafted from

architectural grade aluminium and are CE certified,

making them a popular choice for homes in need

of added security. We also offer AnyColour and

Digital Print in the Designer Signature collection of

blinds, delivering almost infinite possibilities!

Our experienced logistics team offer a firstclass

and professional service. Our owned fleet of

vans delivers nationwide, and we offer flexible

delivery schedules and updates. S:CRAFT offers

award-winning training with six individually

tailored training courses, designed from scratch by

training manager, Mark Duwell and each course

comes with their own exclusive training materials.

Mark holds over 20 years’ joinery experience, as

well as having worked with blinds and shutters

since 2006, gaining a wide range of technical

knowledge and valuable skills for surveying and

fitting. We recognise the need to impart this to

others, training at S:CRAFT will improve our

partners' technical product knowledge, and

consequently increase their sales.

Our enthusiastic team of six highly skilled

advisors are on hand Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5

pm helping our customers with product queries,

ordering platform and factory liaison. Our

proactive and dedicated account managers are

industry experts, offering business planning advice,

and helping our partners grow. The marketing

team here at S:CRAFT provides collateral to

support and complement our trade partners’

local marketing. We pride ourselves on industryleading

levels of service, and help to drive the

success of our trade partners.

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Always in control

Stuart Wilson,

owner of Semper

Blinds explains how

he has made the

most of his brand

It all started with an idea while driving to my

place of work at Barclays, were I had to think of

a name for our fledgling company. Trying to think

of a business name is as important as naming your

children, you want a strong name which is unique,

and in the blind industry this is even more

important to stand out with so many companies

having similar names you can get lost in Google

searches and the like.

Then as I was coming off Junction 20 on the

M62 I thought about really bringing the brand

name home by using a word from the Wilson

motto “Semper Vigilans”, Semper meaning “Always”

would be the name that our company would be

christened with and so Semper Blinds was born.

In the early years I made the decision to apply

our main product to the name to create Semper

Roof Blinds Systems, this in tandem with Semper

Blinds would give our business the unique name

and structure it deserved.

As our customer base grew, it was easy to find

Semper since a quick Google search would see our

company all over the first page and more. This was

helped further by constant promotion on blind

forums and even though we have been pushed out

of some, to this day you still see Sempers name

proudly promoted.

With Semper Blinds being a unique name, we

made the next step of protecting that name and in

2021 the name was trademarked. This meant that

the next step would mean we could stamp our

name on products so that not only will it put our

name in the spotlight to the general public, but it

also meant that if customers moved into new

homes and saw our name on the blinds, it created

a warm introduction to pass onto the closest

trader within our network. This has started to see

promising roots grow as we’ve already started

passing on jobs including TV work to some of our


After getting our branding right, we then went

one step further and made our own app. This app’s

main purpose was to create a streamlined service

that would make the Semper brand even stronger,

a free app to all our traders that would give them

instant information on outstanding jobs and a

quotation tool that can give you a price in seconds,

with more releases planned we want the app to be

the go-to for all our traders and the best thing is

that it will be completely free. In line with this and

to further push our brand we are creating a new

website which will have not just the usual

information as other sites, but a fully working

quotation tool, ordering tool and helpful videos all

in one place. Again, we want to make our traders

lives as easy and stress free as possible while

maximising their profits and free time, and with the

app, website and a few more ideas to launch in

2022 Semper will do just that.

Working in the banking industry for almost 20

years I’ve seen how brands can make or break a

business and it means more than just a name, it

means an ethos. I’ve always wanted our customers

to have one point of call regardless of the way they

communicate to Semper be it phone, email, fax or

carrier pigeon. This means that whenever you get

in touch with Semper you’re in contact with myself,

and while this means my workload can sometimes

be high it also means you won’t get frustrated with

speaking to numerous different staff members, but

with the introduction of our app, website and

bringing in more staff to cover other areas I was

dealing with in our factory, I’ve created more time

for my traders either to help them with a product

or help train them to sell using techniques I’ve

learnt from the banking industry like the Johari

window and the 666 plan or even just to have a

chat and get something off their chest.

With 2022 on the horizon, we’re looking to

stamp our branding even further on some new

products one of which will be our own motors, so

if you want to have a strong brand with a company

that will treat you like you deserve and not just a

payment, then make Semper your go to company

for all blinds pleated or cellular.

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Homes get smarter

Oliver Hudson,

director at


discusses how the

popularity of

motorised, roller,

roman and soft

blinds has changed

over the past year

Over the past few years, we’ve seen

numerous trends when it comes to

consumer behaviour in the blinds

industry. Each year certain blinds continue to stay

in fashion, while others peak in popularity

depending on interior trends and developments in


The ongoing impact of Covid-19 has

encouraged more people than ever before to

invest in home improvements or buy a new house,

leading to the industry performing extremely well

and some businesses experiencing their most

successful years to date.

The smart home

As smart technology becomes increasingly

common in people’s homes, we’re also seeing a

surge in the popularity of motorised blinds, with

blindsbypost experiencing an increase in purchases

of over 280%. These blinds are perfect for techsavvy

homes and can be raised and closed at the

touch of a button on a remote, or voice activated

through a home assistant. The latest Somfy

technology ensures motorised blinds offer

convenience, and unlike traditional blinds, no wires

or cords are on show.

Motorised blinds are available in a significant

variety of fabrics and materials, and so work well in

any room in the house.

The year of WFH

With a large proportion of the population

continuing to work from home in 2021, at least

part time, it’s clearly important for people to invest

in their surroundings. Blinds have therefore had to

be both functional and in keeping with the decor

of the house.

The popularity of vertical blinds remains

undiminished thanks to the blinds being so suitable

for home offices. Purchases of replacement vertical

blind slats have increased on average by over

300%1. With an easy glide single track that allows

for maximum control of privacy and light, they’re

versatile, economical and available in a huge range

of fabrics, colours and patterns.

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The average person continues to value

convenience when it comes to updating

their home. This is reflected in the growth of

Perfect Fit blinds which are designed to

simply clip into UPVC windows and doors.

This not only avoids damage through

screwing or drilling, but is quick and easy for

anyone to fit. The latest category statistics

reveal that certain ranges of Perfect Fit

blinds have generated the most revenue for

businesses, with some fabric choices in

particular growing by over 1,000%1.

Perfect Fit blinds are also a desired style

of blind thanks to being an easy and

effective way of bringing colour to a home,

offering privacy all year round, not taking up

space on window sills and being completely

child safe.

A touch of luxury

Investing in new blinds is a hassle free

way of adding a touch of luxury to the

home without breaking the bank. Roman

blinds continue to be viewed as the most

luxurious style of blind, and therefore

remain one of the most favoured on the


Whether it’s for a smaller window, or a

grand window dressed with coordinating

curtains, Roman blinds are available in a

vast range of fabrics such as silk, chenille

and faux velvet. The demand for the

luxurious finish and numerous fabrics

available is reflected in purchasing

behaviour, with some ranges growing by

over 700%1.

From the year of the home office, to

people looking to add a touch of luxury to

their home without breaking the bank,

blinds continue to be a valued addition to

homes within the UK home improvement

market. With more modern blinds, such as

motorised blinds becoming increasingly

popular, it’ll be interesting to see where

the next few years take us in terms of

consumer behaviour and new




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Saving the

vertical blind?

Martin Cairns, MD

at Blindtex asks

Vertex, could this

be the saviour of

the vertical blind?

To be honest, no. Verticals are going nowhere

fast, but there to some extent lies the

problem. It's still popular.

If ever there was a product battered by the

trade, its verticals. We've all seen those silly offers,

up to three, four, and five blinds for £99. It's a

product that has become a bit of a commodity and

profit margins for the retailer are squeezed down

due to high competition. I mean, do you know of a

blinds shop that doesn't sell verticals?

Truth be told, vertical blinds are just not as

fashionable as they once were, in addition to not

being rated highly by a discerning customer and

nearly never picked by an interior designer due to

outdated fabrics and designs. It’s clear that this

window covering needs a makeover.

For vertex the above is a good thing, for the vast

majority of customers it's something new, different,

something that their friends and families haven't

seen yet. It gives them a chance to lead the pack in

the race to have the most beautiful home.

They filter the daylight yet still offer a view to the

outside. They are made up of a combination of

sheer and soft textured fabric and look particularly

stunning on larger windows, bi-folding, and patio

doors; they could be described as a cross between

curtains and a vertical blind.

Our success in converting vertical blinds

customers to vertex customers has been

phenomenal. Over 90% of customers have opted

to change to this style on larger windows and patio

doors. As you would expect Vertex blinds do cost

more; but you can justify the higher price quite

easily. However, this product really needs to be

displayed. When customers feel and operate the

blind it's easier to convert them especially when

you have over 3 designs and a range of 32 colours

to choose from, principally designed to suit a more

modern home.

When you sell a Vertex blind you can be

guaranteed a higher selling price whilst offering the

customer a unique and practical product with very

little competition helping your margins


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coverings require a qualified electrician to install 240V power wiring for the blind

motor, the QMotion UK solution requires no wiring at all. Now for the first time

the user has the ability to install a fully functional quiet motorised roller system

that provides a wire free system operated via remote control or by their smart

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Blindtex introduces Vertex blinds to the UK trade market. Suitable for larger windows and patio doors.

Vertex is now the fastest growing window treatment within our product range.


With Vertex blinds, you can achieve several

different privacy options;

• Clear view - Slide the soft fabric vanes to

one side to enjoy a clear outside view.

• Sheer view - Place the vanes into the open

position and enjoy a partial view with privacy,

ideal for daytime.

• Closed view - Rotate the vanes to the closed

position to enjoy total privacy, ideal for


Vertex blinds filter the daylight during the day yet still offer a view to the outside. Made up of a combination of

sheer and opaque textured fabric. Vertex blinds look particularly stunning in larger windows, bi-folding and patio

doors and could be described as a cross between curtains and vertical blinds.

0161 818 9915 0161 818 9915

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Available as full rolls, louvres only, louvres with header

and hanger, or entirely made to measure blinds.

Manufactured using hotwire cutting technology, we

ensure a fray free cut every time.

•Oval: Filter the light in style

Oval Ice Oval Pearl Oval Baby Blue Oval Teal Oval Cinder

Vertex Cutting Machine

•Classic: Create effortless elegance every day

Classic Snow Classic Ivory Classic Latte Classic Shiny Grey

Classic Dark Grey



Over three designs, you can

ensure your customers find

what they are looking for.

•Stripe: A timeless design, the perfect addition to any home

Stripe White Stripe Cream Stripe Mid Cream Stripe Dark Cream Stripe Beige Stripe Light Brown Stripe Brown Stripe Light Grey

Stripe Silver

Stripe Graphite

Stripe Gold Stripe Pink Stripe Purple Stripe Mint Stripe Forest Stripe Lilac Stripe Royal Blue Stripe Navy Stripe Red Stripe Black



White - Brushed Steel - Piano Black - Brown

Champagne Gold - Graphite


White - Graphite


Blindtex is a premium UK-UAE based window coverings’

firm. For over 25 years, our team has provided quality

products, exceptional brand experience and bespoke

window treatments to various business sectors in the

Europe, Africa and MENA region.


Our sales and service teams are here for you, with

direct access in a more personal way via video or

voice call directly from our website or even WhatsApp

for convenience.


Trade accounts will have access to our photo library for

your website and promotional material.

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sales@blindtex.co.uk www.blindtex.co.uk


Improve your winter

warmth and reduce costs

Louvolite says that

its blinds can cut

down heating bills

The majority of individuals will recognise

that appropriate window shading provides

a number of benefits; decoration, privacy,

light control and of course they can reduce the

amount of heat entering the home from solar


Perhaps it is not so widely recognised that the

other side of the coin to reducing solar gain is, in

fact, their ability to reduce thermal loss – in other

words they help retain heat in rooms that could

otherwise be lost through the windows.

Over the last few decades a lot of work has

been done to improve building standards, no least

of which can be seen in windows. The

performance of window glazing to reduce heat

loss is stated as the U value of the glazing, and for

glazing, the lower the U value the better the

performance of the glazing. That said, single pane,

clear glass windows might still have a U value as

high as 5.8 and as such have relatively poor

performance in reducing heat loss through them.

As the UK is still seen as a relatively cold

climate, it was no surprise that when double

glazing was first introduced to the consumer in

the 1980s, it started to take off and the major

selling benefit was that it would reduce heat loss

and help keep homes warmer. There were of

course additional benefits, but heat loss and draft

reduction were the primary ones. Indeed when

you compare the U Value of a typical double

glazed window today it would be classified as 2.9,

which is half of the U value of a single glazed clear

glass pane – showing a significant improvement.

Ok – but what about blinds? How do they fit

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into this scenario?

In tests carried out by Glasgow

Caledonian University in the late 2000s

using a variety of window blind types, when

the blind was fully deployed in conjunction

with single pane (sashed) glazing the

following information was established.

For a typical closely woven fabric roller

blind (such as one using Louvolite Carnival)

was used in conjunction with the single

pane (sash) e window, it showed a 40%

reduction in heat loss than the window that

was without shading.

When an equivalent honeycomb

(cellular) blind was used (similar to

Louvolite’s Halo honeycomb/cellular fabric),

the reduction in heat loss was seen to be


Now they calculated that changing the

single pane glazing to double glazing would

only provide a 58% reduction in heat loss,

so the benefits associated with “humble”

roller and cellular blinds is frankly staggering.

Ok, so the results seen in those

University tests were showing heat loss

reductions when compared to single glazed

windows, but the majority of the modern

UK home stocks have double glazed

windows. So how do blinds perform with

other glazing types?

We already know that the reduction in

heat loss of a freehanging closely woven

fabric roller (such as Louvolite Carnival)

blind can reduce heat loss by 40%. But

calculations show that even with double

glazing - when used in conjunction of a

freehanging closely woven roller blind - heat

loss through the glazing can be reduced by

an additional 25% over the performance of

the glazing alone.

Even with double glazed low e window

glazing - when used in conjunction with the

aforesaid blind type - a further reduction of

11% can be achieved and that rare beast

triple glazing can be improved by a further


It is also recognised that the closer the

blind is installed to the window, the better

the performance of the combination of

shade and window. Needless to say, that,

installation of products such as Louvolite

Perfect Fit must be done to satisfy the

requirements of Louvolite’s installation

instructions, but the reduction in gaps seen

around the edge of the reveal helps further

reduce heat losses.

If you go to the next step, take the

Louvolite Perfect Fit Universal installation

method with a Louvolite cellular fabric,

install this outside the recess of the window

and this would surely effectively create a

barrier to warm air in reaching the window.

If the cellular fabric was Louvolite Luna

that features an aluminium inner film, then

this helps reflect heat back into the room

and assists in reducing heat losses.

Now we are all affected by the increase

in rising energy bills with a number of

energy companies already going to the wall,

leaving those that remain desperate for a

further rise to the energy cap, which would

result in even higher charges.

It makes sense for the consumer to have

the additional – sometimes forgotten –

benefits of our industries products

explained to them at the point of

presentation to help them make the right

choice – a blind for all seasons!

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All on show

There is a diverse

programme at

R+T 2022,

featuring live

streaming on its

digital platform

It's almost time: R+T will be opening its gates

from 21 to 25 February 2022. Experts will

finally meet again in Stuttgart to discover the

latest products from the world of roller shutters,

doors/gates and sun shading systems live and in

colour. In addition, the varied accompanying

programme of R+T in Stuttgart invites visitors to

develop their know-how and expertise and

exchange information and ideas directly with

industry experts. "The entire team of R+T is really

looking forward to the big industry get-together!

After this long period without any personal

encounters, we are excited to offer our visitors

both tried-and-tested and new programme

highlights that leave nothing to be desired", says

Sebastian Schmid, department director of

technology at Messe Stuttgart. Special shows,

forums and workshops will share important

industry know-how, while providing information

about the latest trends and challenges within the

sector – both at the trade fair in Stuttgart and

online at www.rt-expo.digital/en.

Like at R+T 2018, this edition of the leading

world trade fair will also include the special show


Park. Well-known manufacturing companies such

as Bahama, CARAVITA, Corradi, EURO

MARKISEN, KE Deutschland, Leiner, Lucas

Outdoor, Markilux, MDT-tex, Mühlich GmbH,

SHADESIGN and WAREMA present their

innovative sun shading and weather protection

systems with a focus on outdoor dining: From

awnings to parasols and sun sails through to patio

or lamella roofs, as well as diverse accessories – all

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Tropical Blinds are a UK manufacturer offering the trade an independent choice of

custom blind collections designed for you and your customers.

Our Interior Shutters Collection are skilfully hand-made by quality craftsmen. Your

customers can select from one of our many paint or stain finishes or opt for a custom

colour to complement and enhance their home.

You can see all our product ranges and first class customer support systems at



this can be admired and tested directly on

site in real conditions at the special show


outdoor area of Messe Stuttgart.

The theme of this year's special show of

ift Rosenheim at R+T 2022 is "Climate

Protection!". The focus is on climate change

and its consequences. The special show in

Hall 7 shows what components and sun

shading systems can and must do today in

order to protect people against heat and

other climate extremes, as well as to reduce

CO2 emissions. The exhibits from heroal,

eyerise / Merck and MHZ Hachtel, as well

as the presentation of technology and

quality features of sun shading systems,

glazing, roller shutters and controls, take

centre stage in the promotional areas of the

special show.

The well-known Door/Gates Forum also

takes place again within the framework of

R+T 2022. The National Federation of

Door and Gate Manufacturers (BVT), the

German Federal Association for Door

Operator and Control Technology (BAS.T),.

and ift Rosenheim, as well as the

international associations ACMI – Italian

Door and Shutter Association, European

Door and Shutter Federation (E.D.S.F.) and

the Spanish Association of Automatic Door

Manufacturers (APA), jointly create the

presentation programme for this edition.

Association representatives and experts will

examine current challenges and technical

developments in the industry in short

presentations and discussion panels. "The

Door/Gates Forum will provide valuable

and varied insights into the topics of

doors/gates and automatic doors. And we

also want to make this content available to

our online visitors. Therefore, the

presentation programme of the Door/Gates

Forum will be streamed live on our online

platform", adds Sebastian Schmid.

In addition, there will once again be a

workshop by ES-SO, European Solar

Shading Organisation, on the future of sun

shading systems. "The seminar is a mustattend

event to obtain information about

the latest trends, developments and projects

of the ES-SO, which are presented by wellknown

members, industry experts and

academics", says Sebastian Schmid. The

seminar takes place in English on

Wednesday, 23 February 2022, from 9:30 to


Also at R+T 2022 there will be various

programme highlights for architects because

the leading world trade fair is a true source

of inspiration for everyone who wants to

expand their design freedom with new

materials, ideas and technologies. Apart

from the special marking "Architecture

Premium" of exhibitors with a special offer

for architects and planners, there will also

be presentations and workshops in

cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg

Chamber of Architects, as well as in the

"Textiles Architecture" area.

The upcoming R+T will be a hybrid

event, i.e. it will take place on the trade fair

grounds in Stuttgart and in digital format

using the new online platform. This digital

enhancement can be reached using the

known URL www.rt-expo.digital/en. "We

want to enable all visitors, regardless of any

travel restrictions or pandemic limitations, to

take part in R+T and make information

available to them up to R+T 2024", explains

Sebastian Schmid. "For this purpose, we will

set up an "R+T Stage" at R+T in Stuttgart

from where we will live stream the

presentations relevant for our target group

and then make them available as ondemand

videos. This way all visitors will also

have the opportunity to obtain information

about the trends and product innovations in

the industry."

Visitors of the leading world trade fair

can find this and other exciting programme

highlights either on site in Stuttgart or

online at www.rt-expo.digital/en.

All information about the accompanying

programme of R+T 2022 is available online

at www.rt-expo.com/accompanyingprogramme.

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All change

at the office

Workplaces have

had to adapt since

the pandemic.

Here are five key

trends from


envy” is one of the

most unexpected outcomes of


the pandemic, as firms invest in

their office environments to entice employees back

following long periods of working from home. As a

result, interior design and refurbishment projects

are increasingly turning to textiles for flexibility,

sustainability and a softer feel to what some

consider to be the harsh reality of the office.

Here are some of the key trends we expect to

see from specifiers in 2022.

1. Flexible Workspaces

Offices are becoming more flexible. With teams

rotating, smaller spaces are the norm. However, the

occasional meeting or conference means those

walls must be pushed back to give each participant

as much room as possible given continued Covid


Curtained-off booths are proving the answer for

many, as shown at the Panagram building in

Camberwell and Bureau’s coworking space in

Greenwich Design District.

2. More sustainable materials and


Half of all curtain and blinds specifications now

come with sustainability criteria. The London Plan is

setting a standard likely to be followed by other

cities. Developers and architects must ensure every

aspect of the building exceeds expectations. So

they require materials made from recycled content

and simple-to-repair forms which can themselves

be recycled.

‘No VOC’ stipulations are commonplace, which

means PVC-free fabrics such as Verosol

Enviroscreen are increasingly being specified. As the

top developers tackle scope 3 emissions, they are

probing further back into the supply chain.

Waverley’s access to locally sourced materials and

multiple European manufacturing plants has helped

secure contracts as specifiers put environmental

considerations up the agenda.

Ben Vowles, specification manager,


3. Automation

The UK has been a little slow to the party when

it comes to automating blinds and curtains. This is

changing as the benefits of reducing solar glare

while retaining connection to outside and natural

light are recognised. Employee wellbeing and

performance is improved by ensuring the right

level of natural daylight reaches into office


It is standard to have floor to ceiling glazing in

buildings across London and, while natural daylight

is one of the most important elements of any

office, solar glare can dazzle occupants and make it

impossible to read screens. When buildings, like 22

Bishopsgate, have 3m high ceilings, such levels of

natural daylight bring challenges of managing solar

heat gain and glare. Solar heat gain has a significant

impact on building efficiency, whilst glare has a

detrimental impact on employee comfort and

productivity. High performance screen fabrics

provide good through vision while their metallised

backing reduces glare and solar heat gain. The use

of such fabrics combined with automation ensure

that working conditions remain at optimum levels

in terms of natural daylight and temperature.

4. Home from home

As many employees have benefited from

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working from home, amid

comfortable, warm

surroundings, their

employers have had to

transform the office space in

order to tempt them back.

Waverley sees much greater

uptake of curtains in office

buildings as a result. At Alpha

Bank and Regent’s Place,

curtains add a softer feel

and improve acoustics which

makes the office space more

human and homely.

Curtained off areas at 88

Wood Street facilitate

conversation, which is one of

the main reasons workers

want to see their colleagues

face to face. One other

aspect has taken off during

Covid – the antimicrobial

properties of some fabrics

further reassure employees

that it is safe to return.

5. Better Acoustics

Many designers are breaking up the

open-plan office. They can curtain off a

soundproofed area within the open-plan

environment and it becomes almost as

effective a soundproof barrier as a glazed

partition – and twice as attractive.

Systems such as Création Baumann

Vario feature layers of rubber membrane

between acoustic fabrics. They reduce

noise by up to 16dB – to absorb sound,

rather than just dampening acoustic


Drop ceilings are also in vogue to

improve acoustics in open plan spaces.

Products such as Kvadrat soft cell acoustic

ceilings and wall panels dampen noise

which can otherwise be detrimental to

productivity. The panels are clad in many

different fabrics so integrate into the

interior design.

Expect to see more examples of all

these trends in Britain’s commercial

property refurbishment and new

developments during 2022.












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Sometimes less is more

Louvolite says that

a small motor can

pack a punch

Whilst many people see them as

traditional or even a thing of the past,

bay windows are still incredibly

popular and often used to create that extra little

bit of space within a special room. In earlier times

these windows helped elevate a “normal” home

into a more desirable one that could stand out

amongst those with standard window systems.

The recent re-emergence of modern bay

windows would indicate that they are being reinvented

and rediscovered as architects and

building designers go back to the future for


Of course, such elegance can also command

special measures in window furnishings and

occasionally these special measure introduce

limitations to how and with what such windows

can be furnished.

Roller blinds have become a ‘go to’ product for

bay windows. They have the flexibility to allow

many combinations of blind position with all of

the panes being shaded equally, or any pane being

shaded at any level at any time to allow total

flexibility for shade, privacy and outlook.

Of course this also requires consideration as to

the operating system that the consumer chooses.

Louvolite’s roller blind programmes offer a

combination of operating systems including spring

operated systems, chained systems with

appropriate breakaway devices and cord tidy

items for consumers who prefer cooperating

chains firmly and safely secured.

There is now, however, a further option

available for those customers who seek a

different path – Louvolite’s delightfully named

“1200 Short“ motor. Operating within Louvolite’s

System 35 and 40 programmes, this super motor

unit features a significantly reduced length to

allow it to be used in those narrower than normal

windows that are such a feature of bays.

In order to allow for such a reduction in length,

the battery unit is separate to the motor unit. The

neat battery pack can be housed easily behind

the cassette or fascia, out of sight with a discreet

connection to the motor that it then powers. The

battery pack features a suitable, simple

connection port for recharging to ensure this

infrequent requirement won’t create problems.

This latest entry into the growing family of

Louvolite motorisation products will no doubt

find a special place in the heart of bay window

loving homemakers.

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Upgrade previously sold

blinds for safety and profit

Louvolite says that

simple upgrades

can impress


Blind supply companies work tirelessly to

ensure that the service levels experienced

by their customers is second to none. Apart

from the satisfaction they get from doing a great

job by giving the level of service that, hopefully,

exceed expectations, they also secure any

recommendations and any future work from the

customer, be it domestic or commercial.

Receiving calls from an existing satisfied

customer brings its own reward in the knowledge

that they are again going to entrust you with their

business – that said, it can also provide further

opportunities to satisfy needs the customer didn’t

even know they had.

Often, revisiting a home not only leads to

discussions regarding how to satisfy new window

furnishing needs, but it also includes conversations

about the previous products purchased and how

well they have operated and indeed, continue to

operate. It is at this stage that conversations could

take place regarding how such a product could be

upgraded or modified.

For example, Louvolite’s System 32 roller blind

programme is without doubt one of the most

widely used systems available today. The system

features a relatively simple way of being upgraded

by replacing the fabric to either to a new solid

colour to match refreshed décor, or one of

Louvolite’s fabulous designs.

Another way to achieve a simple but very

effective upgrade is to change the manual

operating system into a motorised unit – this can

be done by introducing Louvolite’s all new 500

Series lithium powered motor. All that would be

needed would be for the existing side control unit

to be removed from the System 32 tube and the

motor unit inserted – no need to change the

brackets or anything else - a simple plug and play

system to use the common vernacular.

Of course, this doesn’t have to be seen purely as

a decorative or technical upgrade. Changing from a

manual operating system to a motorised unit such

as the 500 Series automatically (no pun intended)

makes the blind completely child safe. Peace of

mind at a very reasonable cost.

So think of these opportunities to make your

customers’ Louvolite blinds even more satisfying

whenever you are invited back into their home. Of

course another option would be to mailshot/eshot

all previous customers and make them an offer to

upgrade their existing blinds by using Series 500.

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Launching this January, our latest collection of Wood Venetians. The range features

a host of contemporary colours and stains, all of which are made from paulownia wood

– which is recognised as one of the most sustainable wood sources.

Choose from timeless whites, stylish greys or beautiful stained oak, walnut and more.

Give your customers even more choice for their windows.

For more information, speak to the Arena team sales@arena-blinds.com 0800 389 7281


New fabrics launched

Softcell by the

Fabric Box has a

range of benefits,

as Blinds &

Shutters found out

Softcell, by the Fabric Box couldn’t have

launched at a better time as consumer

interest and demand grows for this product.

Cellular fabrics offer a profusion of benefits, the

delicate linear form and angles of each Softcell

fabric cell are delicately woven to offer a selection

of translucent, dimout or blockout properties.

Following the unprecedented reception of the

Softcell collection in June 2021, 5 new fabric ranges

are being introduced totalling an impressive 57

fabrics across 10 ranges. This enhanced Collection

offers additional fabric properties; Tribeca presents

two contemporary printed textures with a dimout

and blockout waterproof finish, enabling these

fabrics to be perfect for area of high moisture.

Soho, a blockout FR will service the contract

market, whilst Bowery, a stunning crushed cellular

fabric, exclusive to Softcell boasts a delicate

textured finish to both sides of the cellular

construction. Artisan, a cellular voile facilitates

consumers to obtain optimum light control for

those seeking privacy during the day and blockout

properties at night.

Softcell is the perfect choice as we enter the

cooler Winter months, the delicately constructed

25mm cell structure creates a pocket of air which

acts as an additional insulation layer. This natural

insulation pocket offers excellent energy efficiency

properties in the cooler months whilst reducing

heat gain in the Summer. Consumer demand has

never been as focused for energy efficient blind

solutions with the constant and escalated cost of

home heating bills.

In addition to the new cellular fabrics, Softcell

will offer a combination collection book in January

showcasing a comprehensive range of the 57

cellular fabrics with the addition of 88 pleated


The pleated collection is presented by colour

showcasing a range of plains, textured weaves and

printed fabrics with a mix of dimout, SPC and

blockout properties.

The Softcell cellular and pleated Collection can

be manufactured with multiple operating systems,

bottom up and top-down bottom up; both suitable

for corded or for free hanging operation. The

25mm cells make Softcell the ideal fabric for

Perfect Fit frames. The patented frame adds further

insulating properties creating an additional barrier

from heat loss.

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: connect@s-craft.co.uk

The Team at S:CRAFT are so proud to be

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Pushing the boundaries

This year sees the

launch of the new

Fabric Box

collection, as

Blinds & Shutters

found out

The Fabric Box has been at the forefront of

the UK window blind market since its

initial conception in 2010. From its infancy,

the Fabric Box has always been renowned for

pushing the boundaries and creating trend led,

quality and extremely practical fabrics for roller

and vertical applications.

January 2022 sees the much-anticipated launch

of the new Fabric Box Collection.

As homes continue to transition into a Zen

state of wellbeing, creating a more sustainable

lifestyle and home is evident. With today’s

volumes of plastic waste being at the fore of

news headlines Arona is a sustainable roller and

vertical fabric produced from recycled PET

plastic bottles from the ocean. Skilfully crafted,

Arona helps build a greener home while

embracing sustainability.

Renowned for being industry leading with

designs, the Fabric Box has made a conscious

effort to ensure the selection of designs serve all

consumer tastes. Building on an accumulation of

trend based research, industry knowledge and

experience, the new designs present a desirable

offering which will not only look stunning in a

showroom presence but in any home.

Maintaining the reputation of the variety and

quality of print base cloths, the Fabric Box

presents a mix of soft botanicals, watercolour

print effects, texture prints and clever injections

of colour that portrays perfectly balanced and

future proof designs.

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The desire for peace and harmony in

the home is stronger than ever.

Consumers are creating their own

sanctuary with their home, and the

interaction they have with it has been


Tropic Lima encompasses outside

elements, adding a natural highlight to the

home, the perfect balance between style

and tranquillity. The palm leaf simulated in

uniform lines forms symmetry, and works

perfect as a roller blind, creating a relaxing

and calming equilibrium.

Texture has been a core focus of the

book; each new weave has been designed in

the UK through collaborations with

experienced textile designers to emulate

sophisticated weaves blending multiple yarns

to create stunning multi textured finishes.

Merging new look texture fabrics with

enhanced fabric properties sets The Fabric

Box apart from its competitors. This focus

and investment into texture development

meets consumer demand, over the last 3

years the demand for textured fabrics has

increased significantly. Sophisticated weaves

resonate quality and comfort that

consumers desire. Textured fabric adds

depth and richness to a room without

invading or conflicting with current design


Expanding Blockout textures, Hayworth

is presented with a colour matched

backing, designed to merge functionality

without compromising style. Innovative

fabric designs have been selected with

creativity and flexibility in mind,

contributing to a collaborative collection.

Sirocco is a unique addition to the

Easicare section, offering horizontal

textured PVC.

The consumer journey has also been

enhanced throughout the Fabric Box. All

texture fabrics are displayed by colour

making their fabric selection hassle free.

Perusing through the textures highlights

the sheer level of choice available within

The Fabric Box; each page sees a plethora

of new and existing best sellers.

The New Fabric Box presents innovative

fabrics and expertise that add a harmonious

flow and inherent connection to the natural

world. The perfect balance of existing and

new skilful, artistic fabrics, The Fabric Box

has advanced and is designed to replenish

and refresh, providing desirable qualities to

interior spaces.

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Ultimate protection

Curtain walling can

protect from heat

and be a pleasing

aesthetic choice

according to

Raynaers and


Avoiding overheating – especially in terms of

the large glass surfaces of curtain walls –

was the catalyst that inspired Reynaers

Aluminium to team up with Renson to search for

the ultimate product combination of curtain walls

and sun protection. These two Belgian businesses

joined forces on the Reynaers Aluminium

ConceptWall 50 and Renson Fixscreen Minimal

Curtain Wall 50. The result is an exhaustively

tested Belgian total solution that makes life easier

for everyone involved in the construction process,

from architects to installers to clients.

An aesthetic total solution

Combining these innovations coalesces them

into an aesthetic total curtain walls solution that is

easy to install, but doesn’t lose sight of the details.

They come together seamlessly due to the perfect

alignment of the façade and sun protection profile

detailing. The combination is simply finished with

the preferred Reynaers ConceptWall 50 cover

profile.. This joint development reduces the total

number of required profiles to only 3 pieces

instead of 5, i.e. the Reynaers Aluminium cover

profile and base couple guide and the Renson

coupling side guiding channel.

Thoroughly tested and easy

to install

This product combination was subjected to

extensive testing procedures (including pressure

tests) by the Renson and Reynaers Aluminium

Research departments. The co-development was

also assessed and tested backwards and forwards,

e.g. in terms of mutual fixations and profile sagging

under extremely high pressure. Based on these test

results, both the system guarantees and the

possible applications were coordinated, ensuring

the highest quality and warranty. In terms of wind

resistance, this combination also retains the

Fixscreen Minimal’s wind guarantee of up to 130

km/h. What’s more, this total solution is quick and

easy to install. Not only is there less screwing with

just 3 profiles instead of 5, but now that everything

is perfectly matched and has been tested as a

consolidated solution, the installer is no longer

forced to hunt for a suitable solution.

Fixscreen Minimal Curtain

Wall 50

With its minimalist look, the Fixscreen Minimal

Curtain Wall 50 is a perfect match for curtain wall

design. This solution takes thermal expansion into

account and is infinitely joinable as a result. The

coupling side guiding channel of only 50 mm (as

wide as the ConceptWall 50 window profiles)

guarantees central fixation to the curtain wall,

preserving the integrity of the curtain wall.

Reynaers Aluminium

ConceptWall 50

Concept Wall 50 is a façade and roof system

that guarantees unlimited design freedom and

maximal transparency. As an innovative solution, it

meets all the technical and design requirements of

contemporary architecture using large, thick and

heavy glass panels weighing up to 700 kg in

combination with parallel opening windows, pocket

windows or tilt & turn windows.

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Eve MotionBlinds motors, developed by

window covering specialist Coulisse in

collaboration with smart home specialist

Eve Systems, work with Apple HomeKit

technology directly from the iPhone, without

a bridge or any cloud dependency.





World in motion

Coulisse and Eve


availability of Eve


motors for early


Global window coverings specialist

Coulisse and smart home specialist Eve

Systems announced that MotionBlinds,

the smart technology for window coverings by

Coulisse, will add Eve MotionBlinds motors with

Apple HomeKit technology starting from early

2022. Eve MotionBlinds are the first motors on

the market to support Thread, drastically

simplifying installation, automation and control of

motorized blinds. Starting with roller blinds, Eve

MotionBlinds will be distributed through a

network of Coulisse resellers from early 2022. Eve

MotionBlinds motors for curtains, Venetian blinds

and cellular shades will become available later.

Future-proof thanks to


Because Eve MotionBlinds does not require a

proprietary bridge and supports Bluetooth and

Thread, setup is completely intuitive: just scan the

HomeKit setup code with the iPhone's

camera. When HomePod mini or the latest

Apple TV 4K are present as border routers, Eve

MotionBlinds automatically join the fast and

reliable Thread network.

“With the integration of Thread, Coulisse and

Eve take a head start on the connected home

future that awaits the blinds industry”, says

Christiaan Roetgering, owner and CEO of

Coulisse. ”By enabling installation, automation and

control directly on the iPhone, Eve MotionBlinds

are the perfect complement to our fully integrated

window coverings offering.”

Jerome Gackel, CEO of Eve, adds: “Not only is

Thread the third native protocol used by Apple

HomeKit, complementing Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it

will also be a cornerstone of Matter, the smart

home standard of the future that is currently

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being developed by Google, Amazon, Apple

and numerous IoT manufacturers. Thread is

sure to become the new standard in lowpower

home networking. And as every

Thread-enabled Eve accessory can support

the Matter standard, our new Eve

MotionBlinds motors are a future-proof

choice for consumers.”

Eve MotionBlinds


Simplicity is the main driver behind

MotionBlinds, and blinds powered by Eve

MotionBlinds motors perfectly exemplify

this value. As they don’t need a

proprietary bridge and support both

Bluetooth and Thread, setup is super easy:

Simply scan the HomeKit setup code with

your iOS device. If a Border Router is

present, which for HomeKit over Thread is

HomePod mini or the new Apple TV 4K,

Eve MotionBlinds will join the Thread

network automatically.

Putting the blinds on autopilot is

effortless, thanks to on-device, networkindependent

schedules that can be created

in the Eve app. And through HomeKit

Scenes and Rules, the blinds seamlessly and

securely interact with other HomeKit

accessories, like light bulbs, thermostats,

motion detectors and other sensor-based


Just like any Eve accessory, Eve

MotionBlinds are designed to safeguard user

privacy. Instead of relying on a cloud, like

most applications, all data and intelligence

are stored locally on the motor.

Availability &


Roller blinds powered by Eve

MotionBlinds motors will become available

from Coulisse resellers in early 2022. Eve

MotionBlinds motors for curtains, Venetian

blinds and cellular shades will become

available later.

Eve MotionBlinds require an iPhone or

iPad with the latest version of iOS/iPadOS

14 or later. Controlling HomeKit-enabled

accessories automatically and away from

home requires a HomePod or an Apple TV

(4th generation or later) as a home hub.


Matic M1

- Automatically cuts on four sides

- Fast and Accurate

- Athenea Software links to

your Order System

- Utilises part rolls or pieces

- Automatic Nesting

- Minimal Waste

- Users report over 25%

material savings and increased


Matic M1-PC Cutting Tables


Matic Impulse Welders

All Matic machines are Industry 4 compatible


Matic Welders

- Automatic fold and weld

- Perfect for vertical blinds

- 3 - 8m welding widths

- Weld Zips, Pockets, Splines

and much more

- Seamless welding, no shine

- Weld fabrics with welding


- Semi or Fully Automated

- Simple to use


Essence of motion

Cruze motors can

keep you in control

of your blinds

Modern living celebrates simplicity and

ease of use. Cruze Roller Motors have

been developed to present a smart

window covering solution to that enhance and

enrich our living experience. Controlling you

window shading solutions simply with a touch of

a button is the essence of the Cruze motor

brand. The recently launched roller motors have

proven immensely successful to date as they can

be retro fitted enabling current chain operated

blinds to be motorised. This facilitates the perfect,

smart technologically led home improvement

allowing homeowners to filter light and manage

privacy at the touch of a button.

Underpinning the creation of Cruze motors

was the focus from conception, to combine

precision engineering with simplicity and function

for smarter living. The battery powered motor

has been designed to fit industry standard 32mm

or 40mm roller tubes enabling easy installation

without the need to stock additional

components for manufacture. The retro fit option

facilitates already manufactured roller blinds to

be motorised with ease with the added benefits

of quiet and smooth operation.

Blind operation with Cruze can be integrated

with your home further when paired with a

Somfy home integrated solution hub. The Somfy

connectivity kit allows users to control their

blinds from a smart phone, whilst connecting

Cruze motors through a Tahoma hub can enable

the user to link other smart home devices

including voice assistants, set timers to enhance

your home security if there is no one at home

along with the ability to set scenarios for

different rooms.

A further benefit to Cruze roller motors is it’s

competitive pricing making the smart home

more attainable to all homeowners. Combined

with its ease of installation and effortless

programming, through the Cruze 4 channel RTS

remote motor set up can programme a single

blind or group different blinds, enabling users to

control multiple blinds simultaneously.

2022 will see the Cruze motor brand extend

to service other window blinds offering a

comprehensive modern living window covering


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32MM & 40MM MOTOR.

Soft closure at end limit, bi-directional wireless controls, smooth 21rpm and 40rpm

motor speeds, up to 300 complete open & close cycles per charge.

Control from your smart device with the Home Hub.




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Doubling up

One bracket, two

shading solutions –

The R20D double

roller blind from


Yewdale manufactures premium quality

products for commercial and public

environments. The R20D double roller

blind, the latest made to measure addition to their

YewdaleDefiant blind system range, are here to

make life a little easier. The design is attractive and


Double roller blinds are easy to install and ideal

for multi-functional environments. The system only

requires one fixed metal bracket to which both

barrels are mounted. One blind is installed in front

of the other and are both easy to use using their

individual metal control chain. A child safety device

secures the chains to the wall to prevent them

from becoming hazardous or getting in the way.

The Yewdale double roller blinds are durable

and maintenance-free. They, like all their blinds,

come with a lifetime warranty. The R20D

incorporates reduced friction, enhanced hold,

long-life properties, and advanced chain loading.

These features ensure their blinds operate

smoothly and are resilient.

The R20D double roller blind comes as

standard with a metal chain and white universal

brackets to install top fix or face fix depending on

the installation. The barrels can be 40 or 45 mm

to suit different blind sizes and fabric weights, with

the fabric locking into a groove in the barrel. An

enduring white plastic bottom bar with a fabriccovered

front completes the apparatus.

Yewdale has some fantastic optional extras if

the standard R20D double roller blind system

doesn't suit your needs. These include alternative

fully fabric-covered, aluminium, or plastic bottom

bars. You can opt for wire or channel side-guiding

systems, and they offer geared mechanisms for

more extensive and heavier blinds.

Order as made to measure blind system or buy

as individual components for your manufacture.

The YewdaleDefiant R20D system has a minimum

width of 200mm, a maximum of 2650mm and a

drop of up to 3350mm.

Their double roller blinds offer better

protection for a variety of situations. They are

perfect for environments such as hotels or student

accommodations that require blinds to suit day

and night. Our R20D system allows you to choose

whichever two fabrics best suit the building at


Choose a screen fabric if the building struggles

with direct sunlight as it can be left down all day

to protect against solar rays. This fabric improves

privacy by preventing people from looking in, yet it

allows occupants to see out. Daylight fabrics

further enhance privacy while permitting natural

light to shine through. Dimout fabrics darken

rooms but let some light seep in, while our

blackout fabrics are the best option for total

darkness with 100% light exclusion. (Please note

light will still seep around the edges of a roller

blind so, a cassette blind is a better option for a

complete blackout). There's a fabric for every

situation. You can choose blinds that offer shade

from harsh sunlight to enhanced privacy.

Our fabrics come in a range of colours so you

can create the best visual effect. You can choose

between different fabric styles but with the same

colour for consistency or mix the colours for

something different. Each has the characteristics

we know you value. Some of our fabrics have

solar reflection, offer UV protection, or are

antimicrobial. Others are Greenguard certified to

have low chemical emissions. All of our fabrics are

fire-retardant. If you want something safe, durable,

and attractive, Yewdale is here to help.

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A warm reception

Climate change

means that awnings

are becoming more

popular according

to Caribbean Blinds

The last 18 months have seen the demand

for external shading systems (in particular

house awnings) skyrocket – a trend that

shows no signs of slowing down. A national

lockdown paired with some of the best weather

the UK has ever experienced has resulted in

people spending more time in their gardens and

outdoor spaces than ever before.

The warmer weather has also spread across the

channel to our neighbouring countries, with

research from Copernicus (the European Union's

Earth Observation Programme) revealing that

Europe is warming up faster than any other

continent and at a higher rate (roughly 0.9°C)

than the global average.

As temperatures continue to rise and society

begins to adjust to the ‘new normal’, outdoor

living is certain to remain in full swing, with the

increasing popularity of outdoor shading products

expected to grow with it.

What is a house awning?

Put simply, a house awning is a retractable fabric

canopy that attaches to the side of a property and

extends and retracts using spring tensioned

folding arms which keep the fabric taut at every

position. Typically, motorised operation via a

handheld remote control or app on your

smartphone allows for maximum control and

convenience, while manual operation using a gear

box and detachable crank handle provides a more

cost-effective solution for those who may only use

their awning on an occasional basis.

A recent report carried out by Fact.MR reveals

that outside the US, Germany boasts the biggest

market for ‘haus awnings’ in Europe, followed

closely by the UK and then Italy. According to the

report, the retractable awnings industry is

projected to continue growing at a consistent rate

until 2028, at which point demand for this type of

shading will be at its peak.

The benefits of house


House awnings are so popular because not only

do they offer additional privacy (particularly in

built-up areas) and add a striking new dynamic to

any façade, but they serve two main functions

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Our clic bead-fit system’s ultra slim design has been developed to fit perfectly onto any double-glazed

window but is particularly suitable for bi-fold doors and tilt-and-turn windows.

With clic, there is no need to measure the window’s bead depth as this system has been carefully

engineered to fit all window frame depths with a single bracket type.

It’s clever, fold away handle makes it ideal to use on bi-fold doors where it is important that the blind

does not protrude further than the window frame.

Please contact your Area Sales Manager to see a sample of clic along with the beautiful collection of

venetian slat finishes and pleated and honeycomb fabrics, that are available with this blind.



essential for a healthy living environment.

Firstly, they provide instant shade from

sunlight; both heat and glare (bright light),

outstanding UV protection (typically 95%

minimum UV block) and shelter from

unexpected rain showers. This particular

type of shading allows all types of outside

spaces to be utilised throughout the seasons

– even more so when equipped with

additional accessories such as LED lighting

and infra-red heating.

Secondly, house awnings provide a muchneeded

cooling effect to the indoor room

adjacent to where they are positioned, both

during the summer and winter months. As a

result, they ensure a comfortable indoor

living space, eliminating any bright light to

prevent glare, all whilst filtering damaging

UV rays to stop fixtures and furnishings

from fading.

Why is the demand for

awnings on the rise?

The multiple lockdowns and restrictions

enforced on the UK and the rest of Europe

since March 2020 have presented many

homeowners with the perfect opportunity to

renovate or remodel their properties, with

research* showing that at the start of

summer 2020, 49.2% of Brits planned to

invest the money they had saved by not going

on holiday to upgrade their garden specifically.

In addition to this, the hospitality sector

has been doing all it can to welcome

customers back with open arms since the

official lifting of lockdown back in July, whilst

still adhering to social distancing rules where

necessary. With the ability to provide a

quick, easy and affordable solution to

transform any outdoor space, awnings are

not only ideal for residential properties but

commercial, too. Both practical and stylish,

retractable awnings provide instant shade

and shelter and can be designed and built to

each application’s exact requirements.

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Becker Motors Ltd

Becker Motors Ltd specialises in the manufacture and supply of motorised curtain tracks, Roman

headrails and sun protection hardware.

Offering the latest in Smart Home, Radio and Hardwired Technology.

Call us today for expert advice and a friendly, prompt, service. Tel: +44 (0)1283 536700

sales@beckermotors.co.uk www.beckermotors.co.uk

Bloc Blinds

Bloc Blinds are a leading designer and manufacturer of simple, clever roller blinds. The Bloc Out offers

unmatched levels of darkness, giving customers a better nights sleep. Offering a range of safe by design

products, order safely online via our Portal.

For exceptional service and UK produced blinds, sign up today.

info@blocblinds.com www.blocblinds.com


Since 1992 Coulisse has been developing window coverings for the residential and the

commercial market. The extensive range of Coulisse window covering solutions stands out

for its innovative design, appeal and great functionality, and includes systems, fabrics and

motorization. Visit our website to discover our products and services. Be inspired by our

world of window coverings.


Dickson Constant

Innovative textiles for your world. Five words that attest to our powers of innovation and global

reach. Innovative in textiles is what drives Dickson to conquer the markets of the future and meet the

challenge of improving people’s living space.

kwild@dickson-constant.com www.dickson-constant.com

Don Smith Blinds

We offer a Survey, Manufacture and Fit service for Perfect Fit International Roof and Gable blinds (including

motorised) - you get the sale, we do the rest, under your company name with full after sales support.

Or, supply only Perfect Fit Blinds (Pleated, Roller, Vision & Venetian), standard Pleated, Roller, Vision, Vertical, Allusion,

Panel blinds and Retractable Insect Screens.

info@donsmithblinds.co.uk www.donsmithblinds.co.uk

East Anglia Blinds Limited

E. A. Blinds can supply you with a fantastic range of pinoleum blinds, pleated blinds, roller blinds, roof roller blinds,

venetian blinds, vertical blinds and Vision blinds.

Offering a national and international service to the blind and conservatory industry.

enquiries@eablinds.co.uk www.eablinds.co.uk


Ellard is the UK’s largest supplier of drives and controls used to automate industrial doors, shutters,

garage doors, blinds and gates. Over the course of the last 67 years and through our acquisition of

NRG Automation, we have developed some of the very best market-leading products supported by the

largest technical and customer service teams in the UK.




BLINDS AND ROLLER SHUTTERS. ISOTRA is the Czech producer of interior and exterior blinds, fabric roller

blinds, plisse blinds, Japanese panel blinds, pre-window exterior roller shutters, insect screen, awnings, screen blinds

and pergolas. ISOTRA has its own development workplace, design center, modern tool shop, pressure unit for

thermo-plastics and wide manufacturing operating units.

dvorsky@isotra.cz www.isotra.com


Lienesch is specialized in decorative, functional and technical fabrics for interior window coverings. Tailored for use

in the home market, project market and all objects on the move. In our UK warehouse we have selected products

available, allowing a next day service for full rolls or cut lengths.

Ask for the possibilities and let us inspire you!

info@lienesch.co.uk www.lienesch.com

Morley Glass & Glazing Ltd

Superior Uni-Blinds® double glazed units complete with ScreenLine integral blinds.

Venetian and pleated options with 5 operating systems to choose from, including a magnetic slider and

smart-home compatible motorised blinds from the UK’s market-leader. Wide range of colours available

– reliable, maintenance-free and perfect for bi-fold and sliding doors.

sales@morleyglass.co.uk morleyglass.co.uk

Sattler SUN-TEX

Sattler SUN-TEX - technical textiles at the highest level

Sattler SUN-TEX has developed to become a leading supplier for technical textiles, manufacturing fabrics for sun,

antiglare and privacy protection for residential and commercial buildings, as well as boat cover fabrics and

weatherproof outdoor upholstery fabrics at our state-of-the-art facilities.

mail@sattler.com suntex.sattler.com

Semper Blinds

Semper Blinds is a family run business with over 30 years’ experience. Specialising in a UK survey & fit service for

PFI conservatory roof blinds, we aim to give you a service that is hassle free for you and your customer.

We make all things cellular and pleated in manual and motorised formats in our Manchester based unit.




Innovation, expertise and heritage are at the heart of SHY’s shading solutions. Embracing challenge,

we design and manufacture commercial roller blinds for windows of all ages, shapes and sizes that

incorporate a wide range of manual, electric and ZIP® options.

info@shy.co.uk www.shy.co.uk

Supa-Shade Blinds & Awnings Ltd

Supa-Shade offers Dutch Blinds in Kit form or complete, covered ready to fit. Also an extensive range of Extrusions

with Nylon Components to match.

Our computerised Bending Machine enables us to bend most shapes in the design and style to suit your needs.

Telephone us on: 01803 522887

tony@supa-shade.co.uk www.awningsdevon.co.uk


Knowing when to fold

The folding-arm

cassette awning

MX-3 by markilux

has met the taste

of the end


The MX-3 has been on the market since

2019 . The company had invested many

years of development into the product. So

expectations were correspondingly high as to how

the awning would score with the end consumer.

This seems to have borne fruit as after the first

two years the MX-3 is in the process of writing

history in all the important European markets,

according to the manufacturer.

Michael Gerling, director of R&D and

Production at markilux, is highly satisfied with the

introduction of the MX-3 into the market. The

investment made in the development of the

product, including far-reaching market analysis, has

paid off in his opinion . "The awning has far

exceeded our expectations. In nearly all our core

markets, it has managed to take off from being a

new product to one that's selling really well. And

with very strong sales figures nearly everywhere."

Entry into the market at just the right time

He puts the enormous popularity that the MX-

3 has found with customers down to its modern

design and to the fact that it can it can be

personalised with different colours. That is possible

by way of the front styling profile, the fabric

pattern and the "Selection MX" colour range. Mr

Gerling adds that both design-orientated

trendsetters and the more demanding of

customers, who tend to appreciate a classical style

more, have found this product attractive. The

more so because the awning suits many

architectural styles. Numerous optional

accessories and the latest technology have met

the demands of the target group precisely

according to Mr Gerling. He emphasises: "We

introduced the awning into the market at exactly

the right time. Now we have yet another

successful model amongst our range of foldingarm


The broad choice of colour options is, in his

opinion, a key factor in stimulating sales. Even

though the trend continues to lean towards grey

and non-colour shades. Simply having a choice at

ones disposal seems to engender a feeling of

security. In addition, there are also very designorientated

customers who are looking for

something exclusive, of course. And, he says, the

MX-3 was able to offer this through the "Selection

MX" range of finishes. This combines highly unusual

colours and surface finishes with special metallic

effects applied to the front styling panel of the

awning. Consequently, this model does not appeal

only to home owners. It is also an awning that is

suitable for businesses, if the cassette and front

styling profile are matched to the façade of the

building. According to Michael this means, the MX-

3 is a genuine allrounder: "We will exploit the

success of this model in the years to come and

continue to develop it in line with the wishes of

the customer ", is his aim.

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/hav-ren/ Welsh


A legendary Welsh Princess who was

drowned in the River Severn by her stepmother.

Hafren is the Welsh name for the River Severn.




A modular electrically-operated retractable canopy.

Utilises highest quality Makefast sliding roof


Canopy retracts to the rear at the press of a button.

Marine-grade 316 stainless steel roof frames.


Module width up to 4m

Module projection up to 6m

All modules can be linked

Marine-quality waterproof fabrics

Proudly designed and manufactured in Wales


01686 629010



Contemporary control

Caribbean Blinds



shading solution to




Whether you live in a new build or a

more traditional property, a modern

contemporary awning could be the

perfect solution to transform your outdoor

space, allowing you to utilise it in all weathers,

and with the added bonus of extra privacy.

In June 2021, Caribbean Blinds delivered a

highly effective and stylish shading solution in the

form of a modern motorised awning to

complement a traditional country garden setting

in Maidstone, Kent, proving that the external

shading specialists cater for every need and

every kind of property.

When was the project


After receiving an initial enquiry from the

client at the beginning of April, Caribbean Blinds

carried out a detailed site survey and

consultation (with full quotation) later that

month. After the order was placed in May, the

team got to work designing and manufacturing

the bespoke Cuba Awning which was later

installed on the first official day of summer in


What was the original

customer brief?

The client required a quick and effective

solution that would provide adequate shade and

shelter to their outdoor terrace without

obscuring the view out into the rest of the

garden, and without the use of any unattractive

framework or obtrusive fixtures.

With ‘ease of use’ high up on the list of the

client’s priorities, the main objective was to

install a motorised awning (fully operational by

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Focus BO

remote control) that also complemented the traditional style of

the countryside property.

Stuart Dantzic, managing director of Caribbean Blinds, explained:

“After carrying out a detailed site survey and consultation where

we ran through all of our different model options, hardware and

fabric samples, we shared photos and videos of similar projects so

the client could envisage their desired end result. The client chose

the Cuba Awning in Anthracite Grey with a flush fitting cassette

and simple clean rectangular design, so it would not look out of

place when not in use.”

“This project is proof that our modern contemporary awnings

work well on even traditional countryside properties. The client

now has an outside space that they can fully utilise in all weathers,

with the added bonus of extra privacy from any nosey neighbours.

We are thrilled to have swiftly provided a sleek and effective

lifestyle solution that appears fully integrated with the property.”

Taking just a day to install with minimum fuss and maximum

attention to detail (followed by a full demonstration and run

through on how to operate the awning) the Caribbean Blinds team

successfully met the client’s brief and transformed a major focus of

the property to allow for comfortable, enjoyable living all year

round, no matter the weather.

Caribbean Blinds’ retractable awnings provide instant shade and

shelter, offering full protection from the elements and resulting in

the ultimate al-fresco living space. Compatible with both single and

two-storey façades and with the ability to design and build bespoke

brackets, they have been designed with every application,

requirement and budget in mind.

fabulous fabrics

Lienesch-Style is specialised in technical

fabrics and hardware for the project market.

We have a comprehensive screen,

roller and hardware collection.

In stock and available from our UK warehouse

allowing a next day service for full rolls or cut lengths.

Quoting for a contract? Please contact us.

delivery from the UK

Lienesch Ltd

Unit 2 - Hunslet Trading Estate,

Severn Road, LEEDS, LS10 1BL United Kingdom

Tel. 0113 8681066



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A world of potential

markilux drives

digitalisation in

production forward

Thinking about tomorrow today: that is the

markilux maxim. And, that is why the

awning manufacturer is investing heavily in

the expansion of digital structures and in

automation. This is particularly important in

production as it enables the company to meet the

demands of the market and the growing order

situation. In other words, there has been

considerable change within the company over the

past few years.

Today, digitalisation has been established in all

departments at markilux. It is the basis for further

growth as it requires well-networked, efficient

working practices within the company. This is

particularly important in production. That is why

many processes are now software-controlled.

“We’ve already come a long way in this respect

in technical cover manufacturing. In assembly, on

the other hand, a considerable proportion of the

work is still manual. But here too, we are in the

process of successively developing procedures

further," explains Michael Gerling, director of R&D

and production. For example, the company has

added a tool to its CAD software that can be

used to visualise design drafts and simulate

assembly processes. Assemblies and components

are specified on the computer as are suitable tools

and technical instructions that need to be

followed. A further new software product makes

it possible to automatically create production

drawings from design drafts much faster than was

previously the case. The data is then sent to the

corresponding machines by entering the order

number in order to process profiles automatically.

Such projects will help make production even

more efficient and safe. In this respect, the

company’s employees make a significant

contribution with their ideas and experience.

Digitalisation also makes it possible for sawing

processes, bespoke orders or component picking

to run parallel to other routines. At the same time,

according to Michael Gerling, the “driverless

transport system” ensures regular replenishment

from the magazines to avoid down time. He

stresses: “It is essential that interrelated working

steps are timed precisely throughout the entire

production chain. Because after production, it only

takes a few hours until the finished awnings are


In view of the momentum that both

digitalisation and automation have undergone in

recent years, Mr Gerling is certain that this

development will continue. Currently, for example,

the company is working on changing all assembly

instructions and initial training documents for new

employees into a paperless format. Another

possibility is the use of collaborative robots, socalled

“cobots”. In the future, they could be

working hand in hand with the specialists at the

plant. The awning expert also sees further

potential in virtual reality technology being used

more than it has been to date and in the

optimisation of drive technologies with digital

processes and the better coordination of staff

absences through digitalised shift schedules with

stored employee qualification profiles. The

company is also planning an app which will target

the workforce at the plant with a wide range of


Digitalisation in the company is a multifaceted

concept and links different departments and fields

of expertise with one another. Its success is very

clearly demonstrated by more efficiency and a

lower error rate. A decisive factor in this ongoing

process is to involve the employees at an early

stage, to listen to their concerns and to take those

into account. “Today, we have a young team that

secures know-how, transforms it into a digital form

and drives the process forward. Consequently

there is a lot happening in the company. And that

is really fun to see. Especially because there is still

plenty of potential for development, meaning that

things will stay exciting in the company in the

future too,” explains a satisfied Michael.

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Wipeable and easy to maintain • Consistent high quality finish without Knots or Graining

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For more information contact 0800 681 6076 or visit customwest.co.uk


Looking for

something new?

Hive fabrics are a

unique selling

point, as Blinds &

Shutters found out

As fashion and lifestyle becomes more

interchangeable, consumers are always on

the hunt for something new, exciting and


Hive is a cellular structured fabric, giving increased

insulation as well as a contemporary, sharp look. The

fabric is anti-static, with heat blocking and sound

absorbent properties; Hive really is the superior

fabric choice for blinds.

It’s unique structure means there are no visible

holes. Unlike pleated blinds which can have small

holes to allow for the cording to hold the pleat in

place, the cords in cellular fabrics are discreetly

hidden within the cells giving it that elegant, clean

finish. Although the fabric is light, the structure is so

innovative that it holds its shape firmly and doesn’t

falter, creating a strong statement in the window over

a standard roller or vertical blind.

What are these ‘heat-blocking’ qualities? Hive takes

the crown as one of the best at energy-saving of all

fabric types, each honeycomb cell in the fabric traps

air helping to keep your room cooler in summer and

warmer in winter. This means they are suitable for a

wide range of rooms and window types, appealing to

a variety of customers.

Style Studio’s Pleated and Cellular collection

boasts an offering of plains, blackouts, textures and

designs, some of which have fire retardant properties.

Hive fabrics are versatile, with the standard option

allowing for soft, beautiful light to penetrate through

the fabric, coming in an array of bright and neutral

colours, as well as subtle prints to add something

extra, without feeling overwhelming. For those

consumers who require extra light control, Hive

blackout is an excellent option.

The popularity of cellular and honeycomb fabrics

has significantly risen over the last few years. Once

considered to be an exclusive luxury, Hive is now an

affordable product making its presence known in the

consumer market.

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Venetian & Vertical ALL SHAPES




Tuesday 22nd &

Wednesday 23rd February 2022

Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa

• Bespoke manufacturer of shaped

vertical and shaped venetian

window blinds

• Manufacturing handmade

blinds Since 1986

• Only using the highest quality


• International sales

Blindshapers Ltd

Festival Works, Spragg Street,

Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1QR.

T: 01260 297976

F: 01260 297515



Blindshapers Ltd are trade suppliers only and direct all non


trade enquiries to our nearest trade partners.

• From individual blinds to

large projects


On the beach

Junkers & Mullers

has a new ‘Beach

Club’ collection

newly available

Junkers & Mullers invites you on an enticing

discovery tour with its new roller blind print

collection "Beach Club".

Four travel stages lead into variously inspiring

theme worlds. "by the sea" is the name of the first

stop. Ethno patterns in boho style unfold a maritime

atmosphere here. The designs are available in both

classic navy blue and purist white-white. The

structured woven base fabric makes them

particularly homely.

And it continues under the motto "go north!"

with cool graphic designs entirely in Scandinavian

style. Fine lines or generous brushstrokes - the

prints with their naturally pastel colors conjure up

Nordic lightness in the room.

The next stage takes us right into the heart of

nature, because "we love it naturally". And not just

because of the naturally floral designs and colors.

Junkers & M llers is committed to nature and the

environment at the same time, which is why we

also use recycled materials in our UPcycling


With "perfect glow", the journey comes to a

glamorous end. Metallic shimmering print designs in

classic floral and ornamental motifs spread a touch

of luxury.

The new collection book presents the prints in

combination with selected JM plain fabrics. Beach

Club" is a true trend book that is full of ideas for

redesigning your own four walls.

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New collections for 2022

Style Studio has

introduced new

roller and vertical

collections for


Style Studio is excited to introduce to its

brand-new Roller & Vertical Collections for

2022. We have developed each range to be

full of colour, patterns and textures. The collection has

been developed with interior trends in mind to

ensure it is on style and current.

Both the Roller and Vertical collections have an

extensive range of colour options from modern

nudes to bold statement colours. The company has

also been working hard with designers to create

bespoke patterns that are sure to make your

customers go WOW.

The weaves won’t disappoint either. From subtle

nature inspired textures to modern woven patterns,

there is something for every room in the home.

Style Studio has been working hard to develop a

wide range of eco recycled fabrics. All of the fabrics

in its eco ranges are made with 100% recycled

polyester. They are all made from post-consumer

recycled PET bottles which allows us to repurpose

waste, reduce energy and water consumption,

reduce our carbon footprint and it is also a versatile

yarn which gives us a high-quality product. Not to

mention it’s a great story for the consumer!

Brand-new look!

The launch of a new collection is exciting for our

design team, because it means we get to create

brand-new pattern book. This book is like nothing you

have seen before!

The new books made a statement with their

contemporary grey colour complemented by a gold

marble foil design. Look out for our new gold corner

edges, gold foil inside and gold mechs to complete

the look.

The company listened when you said our book

was heavy, so it has reduced the size and weight of

the Roller book. The reduced book size has allowed

the company to add in our Palette and Banlight Duo

FR ranges as colour waterfalls at the start of the book

in both Roller and Vertical. This lets customers see the

full range at a glance and makes it easy to browse all

the options.

The company has dedicated children’s and blackout

sections without our Designs side of the book with

tabbed pages, allowing customers to easily browse

these areas if they have a specific requirement for

these fabrics. Also refreshed are the Children’s ranges,

softening the colours and bringing them in line with

the styles you currently see in soft furnishings.

Textures are an ever-popular product type in the

market. The company has a range of new subtle,

tactile textures to the collection in both Roller and

Vertical to offer customers a wide choice.

Patterns are a great opportunity to showcase

something different and catch the consumers

attention. Look out for the new eye-catching designs

for this Collection. From stylish stripes to bold florals,

inspire your customers to make a statement.

The wide range of colours, textures and patterns in

our new Roller and Vertical Collections are set to

help you step into 2022 in style.

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The perfect way for bonding your vertical

blinds, quick, very easy to use, with a superb

neat finish and no unsightly holes!

Available with a 3 sided weld attachment.

Great alternative to a sewing machine.

Tel: 0116 2611055 / 0116 2611066 Email: sales@micropneumatics.co.uk

Micro Pneumatics Ltd

1 Palmer Street

Leicester LE4 5PT




Wire free partners

Waverley and

QMotion bring


motorised shading

to commercial


An innovative hybrid-power shading solution

has been launched which brings all the

benefits of motorised blinds with none of

the costly power supplies and electrical works to

occupants and designers of commercial buildings.

Waverley, which specialises in improving the

performance and aesthetics of public and working

spaces, and automated window treatment experts

QMotion have partnered to bring a completely

wireless and near-silent shading solution to the

commercial market, called the ShadeTech RBL-QM

Hybrid Roller Blind.

The system works from a patented, hybrid

counterbalanced spring and D cell replaceable and

recyclable alkaline batteries concealed within the

tube of the blind system.

As the batteries work in conjunction with the

counterbalanced spring, they only require a small

amount of charge to operate the blinds, which

means they have an extended life and can last for

up to 3 years. The system is more effective and

sustainable than traditional battery-operated blinds.

Daniel James, managing director of Waverley says,

“It’s not often in the solar shading industry that a

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Semper Blinds

At Semper Blinds we are a

trademarked family run company

with over 30 years combined

experience, where we offer a range

of pleated and cellular blinds, in a

manual and motorised format. All

of which are made in house by our

team in Rochdale, Manchester.








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What we do?


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in pleated and cellular fabrics.

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Perfect fit (pleated, cellular and venetian)

Venetians (metals and woods)


new roller shade disrupts the market, but

ShadeTech powered by QMotion does just

that. Wire-free control and high performance

at a highly competitive price.”

The maintenance and replacement of

batteries is simple with easy access due to

their central location within the roller tube.

In addition, the alkaline batteries can be fully

recycled which helps towards environmental


Users can operate the versatile motor via

wall switches, remote controls and even

manually, with a tug on the bottom of the

blind. The multi-channel remote controls up

to 5 individual blinds or 5 groups of blinds or

a separate ‘control all’ function with one

remote control. Each channel can have an

unlimited number of blinds programmed to it.

Ideal for Any


ShadeTech RBL-QM is the perfect retrofit

solution as no electrical cables are required

to provide power to the blinds, so the

existing decor is not affected. It is equally a

great solution in new buildings, offering

savings on cabling costs and concealment,

whilst still providing all the aesthetic and

functional benefits of a mains powered blind.

With a maximum size of 3.8m by 4.5m,

RBL-QM fits most standard glazing sizes in

traditional and contemporary spaces. It can

be combined with the comprehensive range

of ShadeTech performance and decorative


Features & Benefits

• Entirely wireless

• Powered by long-life, fully recyclable D-

Cell batteries that last up 3 years

• Concealed, easy access battery change

• Near-silent operation (38dB)

• 20-year guarantee

• World-first manual override technology

• Qbasic Plus gives you the opportunity to

upgrade a manual system to motorised

• Sustainable – in other battery-powered

blinds, motor performance deteriorates over

time and cannot be recycled

• Safe by Design – completely cordless

Ian Claxton, managing director of

QMotion UK says, “There is a huge

opportunity to bring the convenience,

comfort and aesthetic benefits of automated

blinds to workplace, education and

healthcare applications. Our patented

technology combined with Waverley’s

expertise and experience in these markets is

a winning combination. We’re looking

forward to bringing the advantages of

ShadeTech powered by QMotion to endusers

and occupants.”

With today’s push for sustainable,

convenient shading solutions, ShadeTech RBL-

QM is a serious contender across all sectors.

In the next issue:

Digital technology


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Awning fabrics

More contemporary

New range of stripes

A pallet of harmoniously

toned colours

Material effects through


More natural aspects

Changing plains

the art of weaving by Dickson ®

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Contact Luxaflex

Distributor for Dickson awning fabrics

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Everything you need to

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supplied to the best of the

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When you want a

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speak to Stuart

at Semper.

We’re here to provide

you with a full survey

& fit service across

the UK for PFI

Conservatory roof

blinds in both pleated

and cellular fabrics,

manual or motorised.


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Window Blind Motorisation

Battery and hardwired solutions

Home Hubs • Solar Panels

Remotes and wall switches

Control your home from any device,

anytime, anywhere


For more information call a member of

our team on 0161 945 4561



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Perfect Fit Blinds

Everything you need to

manufacture Perfect Fit

blinds using Louvolite

fabrics & components

Customer Services

0161 882 5050








Roller Blinds

Everything you need to

manufacture Roller

blinds using Louvolite

fabrics & components

Customer Services

0161 882 5050


Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

• Wooden

• Aluminium

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Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

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Vertical Blinds

Excellent Quality, Unbeatable

Service & Competitive Prices

• Wooden

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ROLLER E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk


T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2

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Everything you need to

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E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2

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In the April 2022 edition,

features include:

n Security shutters & insect screens

n Vertical blinds

n Digital technology & social media

n Awnings & terrace coverings

n Conservatory, rooflight & shaped blinds

n Fabric technology

n Wood & pinoleum blinds

n Sustainability

To submit your editorial article,

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Advertising Opportunities:

n Display Advertising

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n Company Profiles

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n Blinds & Shutters Year planner

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n Inserts (either loose inserts or bound-in)

For all advertising enquiries,

please contact:

Julie Saridakis, Sales Manager

E: j.saridakis@turretgroup.com

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