VEKA Group – the UK’s industry-leading PVC-U systems supplier – has added four vans to its Technical department as part of an ongoing investment initiative. These will assist Technical Service Engineers in visiting customers across the length and breadth of the UK.

Technical Service Engineers are employed and trained in house by VEKA, to ensure that their knowledge of VEKA and Halo products and tooling is faultless. While some suppliers might only have one engineer to cover the whole country, VEKA Group employs four specialists.

The four new vans provide extra storage space for equipment and tools to ensure engineers can assist customers no matter the issue; responding to support requests faster than ever before.

Dawn Stockell, Marketing Director for VEKA Group explains: “Customer satisfaction is at the core of everything we do here at VEKA Group, whether that be our direct customers – of VEKA and Halo product – or end users.

“We are proud to provide ongoing support to all of our customers to ensure a seamless process from fabrication through to fitting, and the knock-on effect of this service benefits everyone in the supply chain. Having four brand new vans that are even better equipped than before, means that our engineers can continue to provide exceptional technical support to customers all over the country. Their support includes everything from initial tooling, maintenance and workflow suggestions, to audits, training and more. Their knowledge of all things VEKA and Halo is second to none and we know our customers find their advice invaluable.

“We work with our clientbase to ensure as smooth a workflow as possible but we know our customers work hard, and so does their equipment. VEKA Group has to be on hand to solve any issues in a quick and stress-free manner so that there is minimal disruption for customers.

“The new vans have been liveried in a clever way that looks as though you can see inside. Showing high quality VEKA Group products and a Technical Service Engineer keen to get to work, the design reflects the professionalism you can expect from our TSE department.”

Established in the UK for more than 30 years, some VEKA and Halo customers have been with VEKA Group since day one. The ‘partnering’ approach that VEKA Groups takes with its customers relies on regular feedback in order for the system to continually evolve and meet the ever-changing demands of the market. The newly-improved fleet of vans marks the latest gear shift to make sure VEKA is always first past the finishing line, ahead of competitors when it comes to smooth and seamless service.


Exlabesa Building Systems Appoints New Area Manager

Exlabesa Building Systems, a global manufacturer of aluminium systems, has strengthened its sales management team with the appointment of experienced industry man, Dave Tanner, in the position of Area Manager (Midlands).   Paul Benn, Exlabesa Building Systems’ National Sales Manager, said, “Dave is well known in the industry and has a vast knowledge of the aluminium market.  We are delighted to find such a committed and experienced sales professional and Dave’s appointment will ensure we maintain our momentum as demand for our aluminium systems continues to grow.”

In his appointment, Dave will be responsible for developing sales opportunities for Exlabesa’s full range of aluminium products which includes curtain walling, casement windows, rebated thermal doors, tilt turn windows, bi-folding doors, patio doors, thermal and non-thermal shop fronts.

Commenting on his appointment, Dave said: “I am delighted to join Exlabesa Building Systems at such an exciting time. Following the rebranding from Kaye Building Products, the company and brand has grown in strength and now offers one of the most competitive and comprehensive aluminium packages on the market. I look forward to helping develop the business even further and I am delighted to be working with such a talented team.”

Dave lives in the Midlands and has over 40 years’ experience in the aluminium window industry, having previously held positions with Kawneer, Reynaers and latterly ALUK.


Opportunities Across The Supply Chain With New Skyforce Juliet Balcony

Bohle has added the highly innovative Skyforce Juliet balcony to its range, generating a new sales platform for glass processors, window and door fabricators – and installers.

With simple and quick surface mounting, the Skyforce Juliet balcony, provides fall protection for French balconies.

Where it delivers a distinct advantage over competitor systems is that it can be pre-fabricated as part of the door manufacturing process and secured directly to the frame, in addition to surrounding brickwork and masonary.

This means that it can be supplied as part of a French door or added at point of installation.

Dave Broxton, Managing Director, Bohle said: “Juliet balconies are on trend. Skyforce supports glass processors, window and door fabricators and installers in generating higher and added value sales opportunities throughout the supply chain.

“If you’re a glass processor, you have the pull through of core product and higher value laminate glass plus opportunities for installation. As a fabricator of French doors, Skyforce can be pre-fabricated and sold to an installer customer base as part of an added value offer.

“If you’re an installer, you can source it independently through us as part of a retail proposition – it generates opportunities across the board.”

Skyforce is suitable for use with all aluminium French doors and PVC-U and wooden French doors dependent on the type of reinforcement used or type of wood. Available with specialist fixing anchors for each,  fixings are also available for installation directly to masonary, concrete and stone.

Tested to General Building Inspection Test ABP and BS6180, it accommodates single glass width of up to 3000mm using one complete two-part aluminium fixing and glazing system, available from Bohle in anodised aluminium, anthracite grey and mill-finished options.

FACTBOX Installation in five easy steps

Step 1: Profile is pre-applied or drilled and fixed on site to a suitable French Door Frame or masonary using suitable fixing anchors

Step 2: Glass is offered up to and sat on base of profile/frame

Step 3 : Aluminium fascia clips and slides into place to conceal fixings and secure glass

Step 4: End/weather sealing caps applied to the the top of each profile

Step 5: Gasket applied using glazing tool

Skyforce is supplied in three pre-assembled profile sets for glass heights of 900, 100 and 1100mm. These can accommodate multiple glass thickenesses from 12-21.52mm  depending on the rubber glazing set selected.

“There’s no glass processing required, you don’t need to drill it to install it. But the real benefit is that you can fix into the frame offering simplicity with great aesthetics”, continued Broxton.

“From the end-user perspective, they get a completely uninterrupted sightline – there’s no requirement for a top-rail, which with the invisible fixing system creates a very sleek and contemporary aesthetic.”

For more about Bohle’s product and service offer visit website www.bohle-group.com/en-gb  email info@bohle.ltd.uk or call the customer services team free on 0800 616151 for more information.

Window Tech Removes Requirement For Glass Bonding In R9 With Promac And Urban

R9 specialist trade fabricator Window Tech, has begun Residence 9 frame-only supply, freeing up installers to source glass locally.

It comes following the Essex-based fabricator’s new Urban millers and welder from machinery specialist Promac Group.

This allows the manufacturer to fabricate window and door sashes using Timberweld®technology, emulating the appearance of a traditional 90°tiimber-type joint but also by welding rather than mechanically jointing sashes, delivering a far stronger joint and eliminating the requirement to glass bond IGUs.

Bob Wallis, Managing Director, Window Tech Trade, explained: “Manufacture of R9 is almost always mechanical but that means that glass units have to be glass bonded into sashes because the glass performs a structural role. That’s time consuming and can cause problems down the line.

“Our investment in a new Urban welder and millers means that we can recreate that traditional timber joint but weld it on the sash. That gives us a far stronger joint over screwing and gluing the joint and that means we don’t have glass bond.

Bob Wallis, Managing Director, Window Tech Trade

Bob Wallis, Managing Director, Window Tech Trade

“That’s a clear advantage to us and our customers. We can manufacture sashes more quickly but we also don’t need to glass bond and installers who buy from us can source glass separately as they would for any other trade frame.”

Supplied by Promac, Window Tech invested in Urban AKFU 250 and 330 millers and an AKS4310 welder at the end of last year. This has allowed it to cut production time per sash from anywhere between 15 and 20 minutes to just eight, within most cases, no requirement to glass bond.

According to modelling by Promac, a line with two-millers, a welder and two operatives trim manufacturing time per sash back from 15-20 minutes to just eight. This it says can be shortened to 3.5 minutes with six millers, two welders and two operatives.

“Timberweld® won’t necessarily allow you to eliminate the requirement for glass bonding in every sash you make but it will in the majority. It also won’t work for every system as R9 has 10mm greater depth than comparable systems”, explained Lee Marriott, Sales and Marketing Manager, Promac Group.

“If, however, you’re doing sensible numbers and you want an absolutely premium finish inside and out it’s an exceptional solution, allowing you to manufacture sashes far more quickly, increase joint strength to a level comparable with a standard 45° PVC-U mitre in 90° timber-type joint.

Window Tech is currently fabricating just short of 100 R9 doors and windows a week and expects to hit around 150 fpw by the summer, moving almost exclusively towards the 90° welding of sashes.

“What it means is that our customers can source glass in exactly the same way as they would for any other window. Supplied as un-glazed product, it also makes our product far easier to handle on site.”

For more information log on at www.promac.co.uk email sales@promac.co.uk or call 01788 577 577.

For more on Window Tech Trade visit www.windowtech-residence.co.uk email info@windowtechtrade.co.uk, or call 01708 707 750.

Investing in local apprentices

Birmingham-based specialist glass processor and manufacturer, MiGlass, has taken on two full time apprentices as part the company’s commitment to nurturing new talent.

Harry Weston has joined as a full-time engineering apprenticeship following successful completion of a one-year level two Intermediate Modern Apprenticeship with MiGlass. Brandon Knight, 19, has also been taken on full time following completion of his Modern Apprenticeship and is now employed in production.

These two apprenticeship schemes have been so successful for MiGlass that they have also taken on two more apprentices in other parts of the business, in accounts and commercial.

All the apprentices have worked at MiGlass to ‘learn their trade’ and then spent time at Walsall College to secure their qualifications. Harry will also complete his engineering apprenticeship with Walsall College, which will see him become fully qualified to Electrical Engineer and enable him to undertake MiGlass’ factory engineer role.

Alan Taylor, MiGlass Managing Director said: “Glass processing is a fast-changing industry with increasingly sophisticated machinery changes being introduced each year. At MiGlass we are committed to bringing ‘new blood’ into the industry to ensure that we are always at the leading edge when it comes to people and products.

“As a progressive Midlands manufacturing business, apprenticeships make great business sense for us and support young people in their future direction.”

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Profile 22’s Optima system was developed with unique features to give installers an edge over other systems from both a sale and an installation perspective.

For example, Optima offers greater rigidity, improved weathering and U values as low as 0.8 W/m2K with argon-filled units. It’s all thanks to its six-chamber outer frame (or eight with RCM thermal inserts) plus five chamber sash, which means Optima has more thermal chambers than rival systems. Plus the outerframe and sash are manufactured with an additional centre seal position that other systems don’t have.

There is a wide range of coloured and foil finishes to allow installers to upsell the benefit of colour to the homeowner. Many colours are available from stock or on an express service too, which makes selling colour a much easier proposition.

The system is also packed with benefits for the installation process. It has deeper legs than alternative systems, which means that if the survey was incorrect, on site trimming can be done. There are three fixing lug positions, which makes installation on new builds and extensions much easier and an increased wall thickness in critical areas provides greater screw retention. Optima has a single leg bead location which means there’s no need for security glazing clips to pass security tests and future proofs the system against proposed enhancements to PAS24 requirements. There is a weather cover of up to 10mm, which not only improves weather performance but also makes it more forgiving for the installer because the sash has a greater overlap with the frame.

Optima is supported by of the widest range of ancillaries on the market plus a comprehensive suite of complementary products in the Epwin portfolio to add further value to an installers’ portfolio. And with all the support that Profile 22 offers, together with the Excellence as Standard membership programme that drives standards and helps to generate leads, it all adds up to an impressive offering that adds value at every turn.

So, if you’re looking for a system that’s been developed from the ground up to offer today’s installers what they need to compete, look no further than Optima.


One Handle, Multiple Openings – Meet Multisky

Gone are the days when you would need to go and find a rod to open a fanlight window, use a complex and unsightly drive rod system or stretch and strain to reach the opening handle. This system allows all users to achieve ventilation via a top level tilting sash. Full operation of the remaining system is controlled by keyed locking points meaning security and full opening is still limited by the key holder but the key holder is not required to achieve ventilation.

The one handle on the lower window allows the top sash to be tilted using our very own Tilt and Turn hardware, however in contrast to conventional fanlights the fanlight sash can still also be fully opened. Due to this innovative design not only does it maximise air exchange for ventilation when tilted by allowing the warm air under the ceiling to escape. The Multisky system also allows the cleaning of the outside glass to be made easier and safer when the windows are fully open. With cleaning in mind the system also has no protruding visible surface mounted parts making the maintenance of this system easy durable.

Of course being MACO our system is not only creative in design and implementation, security is still paramount thanks to the systems multipoint locking system with our MACO i.S. security cams and striker plates. The multipoint locking system closes and seals all point. This enables better security as well as weather performance, air permeability and acoustic resistance unlike traditional single point fanlight locking systems.

The advantages to this system continue beyond its design and security features too, the system can be applied to timber as well as PVC profiles. No widening of the frame is needed either as no space is required for the surface mounted operating elements making fabrication simpler too, as well as this the system is made of familiar components allowing fabricators and the end user to have an easy understanding of system operation.

The Multi Sky system works particularly well in buildings such as schools and hospitals for example who could utilised the safe and secure ventilation of the top fanlight window. This would allow the ability to be able to offer easy and safe ventilation for all users from the easy to reach window handle. The lower sash remains locked and the top sash tilted unless both are opened by the key holder, only accessible via a lock.



Industry’s Top Leaders Come Together For The Glazing Summit

Over 150 people have already registered for the Glazing Summit, the new conference for the window, door and conservatory industry.

Directors and senior management of the industry’s top systems companies, fabricators, installers, glass and component suppliers will come together on 22nd May for the one-day event which includes key-note speakers and debates.

The Glazing Summit aims to tackle some of the industry’s biggest issues and discuss the latest trends and developments including the PVCu vs aluminium debate, skills shortage, the impact of new technology and legislation, and Brexit.

Insight Data’s Jade Greenhow will give an analysis of the UK market and how new competition is impacting fabricators and installers.

One of the hot topics is the current round of mergers and acquisitions, speakers will debate how this could affect the supply chain, why some of the biggest names in the industry could disappear, and discuss why now could be the perfect time to sell your window company.

Andrew Scott, managing director of Insight Data commented: “The window, door and conservatory industry is evolving fast. This conference will give delegates the inside track on what is really going on and equip industry leaders with the knowledge and tools to confidently plan for the future.”

The Glazing Summit will be held at St Johns Conference Centre in Solihull, 5 minutes from the M42 motorway. The conference will take place between 9:30am and 4pm and includes refreshments, lunch and networking.

To find out more or to book tickets visit www.glazingsummit.co.uk


Lack Of Major Projects Slows Construction In January

Image Above: figure 1.1

After a volatile 2017 for construction, the year hasn’t begun much better for the industry in January, with the value of new contracts awarded at £5.4 billion, 10.6 per cent lower than the same time last year, as a lack of major projects has hit growth prospects.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, highlights levels of construction contract values awarded in 2017 across Great Britain. Residential housing and infrastructure both dominated the construction sector across January, with contract values at £1.9 billion and £1.7 billion respectively, which combined, is more than 65% of the total value of construction in the month. The largest project in January was the £800 million Spire London Hertsmere House development at West India Quay in London (see figure 1.1), more than four times larger than the next biggest development.

Eight of the biggest ten projects in January came from the residential housing or infrastructure sector, albeit smaller in value than the ‘big ticket’ projects regularly seen. These included the £200 million Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro Extension and the £100 million Waste Water Treatment Works in Blackburn.

Across the industry, education and hotel, leisure & sport sectors both saw monthly decreases in value in January, which could be seen as particularly concerning due to December being traditionally a quiet month. The remaining sectors of residential housing, infrastructure, commercial & retail, industrial and medical & health all saw increases on the previous month but overall below the levels of January 2017.

Regionally, it was London that led all regions with contract award value at 32% of the UK total, largely thanks to the aforementioned £800 million Spire London Hertsmere House development at West India Quay in London. This was followed by the North West with 13% of contract awards and Scotland with an 11% share.

Commenting on the figures, Michael Dall, Lead Economist at Barbour ABI, said: “The recent collapse of Carillion has not done much for confidence in the sector, which is already facing a number of headwinds. Mainly due to a lack of major projects, construction has been held back in January. Nevertheless, encouraging figures from the residential housing and infrastructure sector is pleasing, but other sectors now need to help pick up the slack, such as hotel, leisure & sport which produced its lowest figures in January since October 2015.”

For more information, go to www.barbour-abi.com or follow on Twitter @BarbourABI for all the latest construction data news.