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Catering for an increasing urban population that has a larger disposable income will clearly inject greater interest in this type of product as the desire and demand will naturally increase. Life evaluations are changing potentially quicker than they have done for previous generations. The desire to have the best with improved living standards is altering how people are connecting, communicating and living with each other. Positive and negative influences are dominated by the new digital age and how people feel about the way they live. There seems to be more understanding about how communities develop together and the desire for happiness is now a priority, especially for the next generation. Builders and entrepreneurs are quickly catching on. Today architects and planners will have to give greater consideration to the science of well-being and mental health as they look to create a new living experience. Happiness and community go hand in hand, as the digital age demands better living standards all round to previous generations. As the world moves at what seems to be quicker and quicker speeds, the need to improve the standards of buildings for its occupants is becoming a priority. Workplaces, educational establishments, institutions and homes could well come with a happiness rating in the not too distant future.

Despite the relatively higher cost of smart glasses there will be a need to educate consumers on its benefits if it is to truly gain dominance in the sector. With the current Government’s desire to be carbon neutral by 2050 there will be a need for new generation products that can replace conventional building materials. Glass that can respond to seasonal changes is going to make glass a continued component in new architectural design. Creating buildings that can interact with people and those who choose to live and work in them are concepts that now are very much a reality. Adapting to the changing needs of a society that is digitally indoctrinated will become an essential requirement for future projects. Our ability to adapt to change and absorb the benefits of technological change will fundamentally provide people with the ideal living solution. As for the population, energy efficiency, sound insulation and green buildings are all attractive qualities for both new and existing homeowners - the flexibility of smart glass will prove very attractive to a consumer that is now focused on carbon reduction and energy consumption at the touch of the latest technology.

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W ith building land still at a premium the trend of urban regeneration will undoubtedly continue for a few years yet, despite some hesitancy to move by homeowners. Our regional cities are gaining huge benefits from massive overhauls with sales prices and the desire to live with everything ‘to hand’, now extremely attractive to millennials. As the route to homeownership continues to be complex and difficult there are incentives that will see traditional options being adapted to meet the needs of a country with a continuing housing shortage. Predominantly, these large scale developments incorporate high performance materials that are turning high rise living into an attractive commodity in cityscapes with a rapidly growing population. Potential buyers or investors are driving growth in the regions by providing London standards at affordable prices.

In terms of products for this sector, smart glass is predicted to dominate new architectural design. With many governments developing initiatives to introduce energy efficient products into new build projects for both commercial and residential installations this is now becoming a rapidly growing market. With prominent players in the glass industry having made vast investments in these new technologies, smart glass is the latest innovative concept that will continue to be a rising star for years to come. With its unique, switchable technology it is perfect for many applications in the design of corporate buildings, such as hotels and hospitals depending on the needs of the occupants. There is a lot of promise for the residential sector also, in terms of improving the appearance of a property. Functionality and privacy will be invaluable on larger scale commercial projects.

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CHANGES TO 2019 CAMPAIGN DATES SIGNAL START OF MAJOR UPDATE TO THE AWARDS S mall revisions have been announced by the National Fenestration Awards to the 2019 campaign, which is now in full swing. The people and companies with the most nominations will be put forward to the final

shortlists phase where the industry will then have the opportunity to vote for the overall winner in each category. As in previous campaigns, the winners of the 2019 campaign will be announced during Winners Week, which will commence on October 7th and run for a week. Each day a group of winners will be announced on social media and on the website. This has proved a unique and very successful, energetic way to announce the winners of what is the sector’s biggest awards by participation. These revisions to the timetable have been made to allow time to introduce something brand new and revolutionary to the awards that has never been seen by the industry before.

Here are the new dates of the nominations, voting and Winners Week phases to put in your diaries:

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There remains plenty of time in which to place your nominations and help decide who you believe deserves to make it to the final shortlists phase. There are 25 categories in total for the 2019 campaign. To find out more follow this link: www.fenestrationawards.co.uk/nfa19/

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NO DEAL BREXIT?…. WHAT COULD HAPPEN?

A cross the UK it seems as if we are all teetering over a precipice and trying to hold onto something to stop ourselves from falling, but we are not quite sure what that is at the moment. Whatever position held regarding Brexit it continues to dominate our working days and leave us baffled as to where we are actually heading and how we can plan ahead. The UK’s history is rich - industrial revolutions, medical achievements, technical pioneers, and a list of far too many success stories to list in this short article have all occurred here. Each and every one of them deserving merit. Diverse and flexible, the UK has established a position of strength in a time of great change and one of its great successes has been its ability to adapt and be strong. It has developed a congenial working relationship with European neighbours over the last few decades with our ports busy and relatively easy to navigate.

The Strait of Dover is still considered the busiest shipping lane in the world, with around 500+ ships passing through on a daily basis. Currently it is the dividing line between the English Channel and the North Sea, and it marks a boundary between the UK and continental Europe. As a new phase dawns, no-one is expecting the next chapter of the withdrawal from the EU to be easy. If a new deal on Brexit can be negotiated and accepted by a majority in the House of Commons, the terms will come into force, as long as all European governments also agree. In an ideal world the transition should be smooth for business - but if a deal is not agreed before October 31st then currently the country will feel the impact sharply.

businesses will need to conform and accommodate change exceptionally quickly. Free trade and free movement of people including employees trading with Europe will be changed overnight. There would need to be an immediate response as the tie to Europe would be immediately severed. A costly divorce that will leave absolutely everyone - businesses and consumers - completely in the dark as to how trading would continue. No doubt the UK and the EU would prefer a deal - it bodes well and keeps things convivial for future possibilities and new trade arrangements. While many UK businesses are keenly aware of the aftermath Brexit will cause, being prepared to implement alternative options will have to be at the forefront of most business leaders’ minds right now if ‘no-deal’ is on the cards.

only option. Manufacturers could well decide to evaluate new trade deals with other countries beyond the EU such as Japan, China and of course the US. This will obviously bring about different trading issues and new rules with the country then trading under the World Trade Organisation’s stipulations. Supply chains should be examined closely with any potential bottlenecks evaluated to minimise the impact of longer delivery times. Ensuring a business can be compliant with tax, new custom procedures and maintaining customer relations all a main focus moving forward. Already Boris Johnson as the new PM, is being urged by leading business owners and unions to avoid a no deal if possible, - surely finding a way to work with a solution for Brexit rather than against it would make the most sense?

Everyone will feel the ramifications across the UK in terms of everyday living, but for many,

Tax, tariffs and the movement of goods need to be planned in the eventuality that no deal is the

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EXCLUSIVE VS SYSTEMS FROM MASTERFRAME – NEW AND IMPROVED SPECIFICATION S ash window specialist Masterframe has developed its own bespoke PVC-U system to create three new window collections, making it easier for installers to choose the right sash window for the project. “The three vertical sliding sash products: Authentic, Heritage and Vintage, each offer unique design benefits for the trade, specifiers and developers,” explains Carol Slade, Managing Director at Masterframe. “Every product is available with Timberweld® corner design and white wood foil as standard to give a true timber look for any home.” With the exclusive sash window license to use Timberweld technology, Masterframe’s range offers a great opportunity for installers. The unique Masterframe profile is combined with a high strength welded joint for a perfect butt-joint effect both inside and outside the window. This creates the traditional look of a timber window for both refurbishment and new build installations. “The trend for replicating timber and preserving that authentic finish in homes is a growing market,” continues Carol. “And our new collections have been designed to make it easier for installers, specifiers, architects and developers to choose the perfect window for their projects.” All ranges have a different range of standard features and options.

external putty line sashes with Timberweld corner design as standard. The Heritage Collection has all this, plus PAS24/ SBD certification, bespoke furniture in a range of finishes and the unique London sash and frame option. The premium Vintage Collection comes with the additional benefit of a slim, integral mullion on multi-light windows and a 55mm deep GRP cill as standard for rigidity. The full house of authentic features offered on the Vintage Collection makes it the ideal choice for conservation areas. The whole collection also offers a 10-year guarantee, sprayed colour match options and arched or shaped heads. Carol adds: “The exclusive profile system that we’ve developed for the new collections offers beautifully engineered, high-performance windows for homeowners, ideal for retrofit projects and new residential developments.” For more detailed information on the new specifications, please call 01376-510-410 or visit the website at www.masterframe.co.uk.

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Closer to home the firm is currently fulfilling a £210,000 contract with Ward Homes (Yorkshire) to manufacture and install uPVC windows and composite doors on new-build houses in Holme- on-Spalding-Moor. Other contracts include working for Mid Contracting & Consulting Ltd to supply new windows, doors and screening at a new-build school in Dagenham, working for Proici Associates on the refurbishment and renovation of offices in Bristol and supplying and installing windows, double doors, curtain walling and aluminium doors on a new care home in Cambridge, for McGoff Construction. Commercial Director Steve Swallow said: “It has been a pleasing run for us in terms of securing contracts which have given us a healthy order book and workload over the summer months and into the latter stages of 2019. “Although we have picked up a number of very large and specialist glazing contracts in recent years at new hotels and accommodation complexes, we have also seen a steady but continual increase in the number and percentage of contracts valuing between £600,000 and £1m. “That is a reflection of how we have established ourselves in the market for handling this kind of contract, as the combination of our products, expertise and experience delivers great value for money for developers. “On many occasions our advice and knowledge has led to significant savings being made for our customers, who have benefited from using alternative, better-performing products because of our advice. “We have a great track record on developments of this size and specification, and it is great to see the EYG name spreading into new areas. “With a number of other small contracts we are currently working on, we have taken on about £1m of new business over the summer alone.”

To ensure continued strong performance, EYG has added a number of new faces to the management team, including new Aluminium Factory manager Emlyn Hughes, Commercial Operations Manager David Ward and Group Operations Manager Mark Hughes. Richard Rutherford has re-joined as part of the company's Commercial Sales team after a successful spell at Granada Secondary Glazing and returns to focus on driving new business opportunities. Morris Jones, a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, has also been appointed as a Commercial Draughtsman in EYG's Commercial Technical department. He brings a wealth of experience in the façade industry, having worked for APA Façade Designs, Solinear Ltd (solar shading), Fendor Ltd (aluminium curtain walling) and Drawn Metal Ltd (windows, doors and curtain walling). Matthew Addison has also joined the firm as a trade sales rep, helping meet demand after the firm sadly lost Pete Skipper, who died suddenly in April. “We’ve added some really strong industry expertise to the team who we feel can only help us reach the next level as we move on,” added Mr Swallow. “We’re expecting to be able to announce some more significant contract wins in the very near future, and a couple more key appointments, so we are looking ahead with a lot of positivity.” The EYG Group of businesses had a turnover of more than £25m in 2018, increasing its staff numbers across domestic and commercial operations to close to 300. In recent years it has secured work including a £5.13million glazing contract with the St Monica Trust, at one of UK’s biggest care homes in Bristol and at two major hotel developments at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4.

EYG COMMERCIAL ADDS TO MANAGEMENT TEAM AS STRING OF SIX-FIGURE CONTRACTS ENSURE BUSY SUMMER A string of new six-figure contracts has ensured a busy summer of work for manufacturing and installation staff at a Hull-based commercial glazing specialist. Now, new members have been added to the commercial operations management team to ensure the firm continues to deliver on its promises to an ever-increasing list of clients.

Teams from EYG Commercial have headed to development sites across the country as it works on new residential, educational, healthcare and office projects for clients. Part of the long-established national EYG Group, which also has a successful domestic home improvements business, all its products are manufactured and distributed from its headquarters in Wiltshire Road, Hull.

Included in the firm’s ongoing work is a £258,000 contract with North Midland Construction, for which EYG is manufacturing and installing 260 windows across three school sites in Leicester, one of which is a newly-developed college. A £267,000 contract with Carter Lauren, due to start later this month, will see EYG install curtain walling, windows and doors at a new care home facility in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

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T he Boing Boing Group is pleased to report that its recent FIT Show debut was a complete success. The fast-growing, Midlands-based fabricator was at FIT showcasing ‘Everything Central’ with all that Central RPL and Central ASL has to offer and visitors to the stand were not disappointed. Amy Jansen, the Boing Boing Group’s Marketing and Projects Manager explains: “Being part of the 2019 FIT Show was a real pleasure. We set out to use our debut at the show to showcase the new products and services Central RPL and ASL have to offer, spend time with our existing customers as well as making new and meaningful connections and I am proud to say we are thrilled with the outcome. “As was evident throughout the show, technological innovation is becoming a major focus for our industry and at Central RPL we are ready for Smart; we believe being on the forefront of the Smart wave is essential. As the only registered fabricator to be producing both Smart Ready® doors and windows, we have partnered with Sac® Hardware and Smart Ready® to ensure that our customers have the opportunity to include Smart in their offering. The Smart Ready® window we were displaying on the stand drew an astounding amount of positive attention, and this only confirms to us that our industry and our customers are also ready for Smart.

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“As part of our FIT Show debut, we also launched our marketing portal, Central Hub, exclusive to our customers. The development of this portal comes from the desire to offer our customers as much marketing collateral as we can, all in one central location. It was gratifying to have such positive feedback from those exploring the Central Hub for the first time with many commenting on the portal’s user-friendly layout, easy navigation, and the diversity of the collateral we have been able to make available. The relationships we have with our customers is an integral part of the way Central RPL and ASL operate and to be able to make it easier for them to market the work they do is a great pleasure.” Gary Morton, CEO of the Boing Boing Group concludes: “It was a big decision for us to invest in exhibiting at FIT 2019, but it’s a decision that I’m pleased to say has paid off. As a group we had a number of exciting things to talk about this year, with new products and initiatives for both our PVCu and Aluminium customers, and the FIT Show provided us with an excellent platform from which to have those conversations. It was great to meet with customers and industry peers and see all that is great and good within our industry.” For more information on PVCu products from Central RPL visit www.centralRPL.co.uk or for aluminium visit www.centralASL.co.uk

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known to senior management with previous investments having been made which have shown their worth and resulted in the substantive investment. Two high-speed Galactic glass cutting lines from HEGLA have been installed with automatic double sided loading carriages as well as an integrated laser system and auto X breakout. This will enable the company to simplify production by stamping standards and dimensions onto the glass, with the laser also used for toughened logo marking on high performance glass coatings. A HEGLA Optimax and EcoLam Plus laminated cutting line with Rapidstore has been installed to simplify the old glass warehouse system, which could take operatives hours to find the right glass type for a special project. Regency can now store 22 different glass types as well as standard bulk products that can be accessed easily, giving operatives in the cutting department an easier way to select lower volume specialist glass types when required. From a health and safety point of view this also ensures greater protection for people working on the production floor.

of room for Regency Glass to grow. With more glasses, customers will be supported in their own business development and diversification strategies.

A n investment in machinery and equipment from three of the UK’s leading machinery suppliers, will take one the industry’s foremost IG unit manufacturers to a next generational level. HEGLA, Glaston and Bystronic Glass recently completed a state-of-the-art installation at Regency Glass, which firmly places the company as a main player in the sealed unit supply industry. Based in the Northwest of England, the specialist glass manufacturer has made a firm commitment to customers through this investment. This has enabled Regency Glass to both future proof the business and reinforce the qualities associated with the Regency brand. For an installation of such a high calibre the planning had been meticulous with CAD drawings and discussions with suppliers beginning back in early 2018. Subsequently, all new systems have

now been successfully installed in the new 100,000 sq.ft. production facility that was originally bought in 2017 and is three times the size of the old manufacturing unit. Located in the heart of Leigh, the state-of-the-art facility has been developed to replace the existing premises as space and power were at their full limit at Regency’s Butts Street site in Leigh. The new premises incorporate contemporary offices and modern facilities to meet the needs of Regency’s growth strategy for many years to come. With a workforce that is highly regarded by management, this new location is easier to access and has all the best that a new corporate building can offer to staff. For Regency Glass customers it demonstrates strength and security in what can be a volatile market. The superior capabilities of the HEGLA, Glaston and Bystronic glass brands were well

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Darren Beazant, Managing Director, Regency Glass, comments, “The cutting tables from HEGLA and Bystronic IG lines and auto arrissing are a big part of our future and will feed the factory’s growing volumes for many years, providing an excellent capacity level moving forward.” The increased cutting capacity means that glass storage has also been increased, which at current values allows for a full stock complement of 6–8 weeks.

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With uncertainty over Brexit and the changes that may ensue, this has future-proofed capacity and will override any supply issues that Brexit could cause. In addition to the existing Bystronic glass IG line installed a number of years ago, Regency management commissioned the installation of two 2.7m high-volume production lines complete with tandem gas presses and automatic pad applicators. The twin press system is combined with a high speed sealing robot which has increased product volume by 40%. A 2.7m high edge seaming line from Bystronic glass will now feed the new toughening plant. Together with the 6m x 2.8 m new toughening furnace, this will allow the company to diversify its range significantly and will give Regency a 25,000+ unit production capacity per week. Since machinery and equipment installation was completed, output has already increased and given customers a greater choice. Steve Goble comments, “The challenge was to supply a system capable of holding a large range of glass types whilst automating the cutting process to achieve greater throughput and reduced cutting time.” LONG HISTORY IN GREAT TEMPERING Another essential component of this major Regency Glass investment included the Glaston FC Series tempering line. The toughening furnace is twice the size of the existing furnace at the old production site. What took 24 hours to manufacture previously can now be completed in one shift. The furnace has greatly simplified production and given Regency Glass the ability to speed up orders to meet customers’ requirements. The Glaston brand is not new to the company. Regency’s first Glaston furnace was Tamglass HTF installed in 1997. It gave the company nearly 17 years of good service. Then in 2014, the new Glaston FC500 tempering furnace was selected as a replacement. At that time, the new machine doubled the company’s tempering capacity, whilst significantly boosting its glass quality.

Darren Beazant continues, “With the new equipment we can further strengthen our market position. Training from the specialist engineers proved invaluable and has ensured a smooth transition from initial installation to the recent final handover. It is a very special project that is focused on being able to adapt to market demands for many decades to come. Satisfying customer demand and giving them further confidence in the Regency brand has been a priority throughout the development and installation phases. The investment in only the best equipment on the market today reflects our position of commitment to our customers and gives us more in terms of quality control and production capacity.” The expansion has a new confidence throughout the company which spreads from the boardroom to the production floor and beyond, with customers evidently inspired by the latest investments. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION Darren Beazant considered technical investment at the company of vital importance because of the increasing market demands in product specification, quality and potential developments with European markets. Wishing to remain competitive and offer customers total reassurance, the company has taken a leading position in the sector. The level of investment was substantiated by the design, engineering and product performance of the machinery suppliers ranges. Darren comments, “As one of the largest installations of its kind, we know we have expanded our horizons dramatically. Quite simply, the equipment was chosen because of the superiority and reliability of the brands. Regency has developed a reliable standing in the commercial sector throughout the UK and with this installation we intend to further raise our standards. We approached our machinery suppliers because of the formidable reputation

they have in the market, knowing we could achieve excellent results.” Steve Brammer, Managing Director, Glaston UK, comments, “It is an honour for us to support Regency Glass once again in a project of such a scale. The latest Glaston tempering machine order is a great indicator for us that this technology satisfies our customer’s needs, as well as their customers’ needs, driving sustainable and profitable growth.”

“Based on our experience with Tamglass, we knew what we were getting. There’s really nothing better. The FC500 furnace is the best on the market. It toughens faster and allows us to serve customers better by suiting their volume requirements as well as providing them with a wider range of glass products,” Steve Massey, Director of Sales and Marketing for Regency Glass, commented at the time of the previous investment. This time, the newest FC Series 2860 tempering line is set to bring the company’s glass strengthening capabilities to an even higher level, supporting its overall growth strategy. GREATER BUSINESS SCOPE The HEGLA system provides the fastest, fully automated cutting capability of its kind on the market today, with the tables working together to cut a variety of coated and sized glasses faster than ever before. The technical benefits and cost savings provided by HEGLA, Glaston and Bystronic glass were evident given the companies’ combined history. For Darren Beazant the payback advantages are already proving beneficial. He comments, “There is complete synergy in respect of all new equipment, so we are now realising the potential of our investment in our machinery and system suppliers.” As a project, the HEGLA, Glaston and Bystronic glass solutions enable Regency Glass to achieve excellent results and lead the sector moving forward.

Steve Powell, Bystronic Glass UK, stated, “This project has been a labour of love for the engineering teams, working hard to ensure that deadlines could be met and staff subsequently trained to the highest standards.” Paul Gibbs, HEGLA UK, comments, “Regency is now in a position to increase production and attain consistently high standards for their customers. This investment reflects the excellence of the engineering put into HEGLA, Glaston and Bystronic glass ranges and it adds many more dimensions to our customer’s business.” Steve Goble, Managing Director, HEGLA UK, concludes : “HEGLA provides customers with efficient, tailor-made solutions. We look forward to continuing our working relation-ship with Regency as their corporate position strengthens and their key target sectors expand.”

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The Rapidstore eliminates the need to stop production to search for the right glass type for a particular project, less manual moving of glass means less damage. It keeps the cycle times running rather than shifts having to be stopped to select the right glass from separate storage areas.” For high volume manufacturers with a large product range, there are key advantages to HEGLA’s Rapidstore. For some manufacturers storage can be outside the working areas of the cranes or even adjacent to the cutting line. There are many installation combinations that are possible. Regarding jumbo sized glasses, the Rapidstore can be installed in combination with the gantry loading systems, although this is dependent on space. typically when they move into a factory, the Rapidstore can operate outside this typical crane line in space that would not normally be considered for auto glass storage. HEGLA is skilled in creating layout designs that will suit business needs as a company grows.” This fully automated system from HEGLA provides efficiency for companies that wish to diversify and is ideal for glass processors who want to grow as market trends develop. Steve continues, “A crane is positioned based on a company’s needs at a particular time obviously

Steve Goble continues, “Quick and efficient production is now vital to the smooth operation of factories in the UK or anwhere in the World. Machines must have higher output with a minimum of the same manpower, preferably with less manpower. The new generation of glasses require precision engineering to guarantee the quality of the glass on all sized projects. Specifiers, designers and end users are demanding more from products today and processors need to be able to keep pace with them.” The HEGLA team works closely with key industry decision makers and customers then carefully strategises plans in order to develop systems that will improve automation standards across the sector. Accommodating customer needs is a priority for the HEGLA group, who work hard to accommodate customer needs and ensure that reliability and increased productivity will guarantee exceptional results. To improve manufacturing efficiency or to discover more about the Rapidstore system and other products in the HEGLA range please call Steve Goble or Paul Gibbs on: 01908 261933

EXCEPTIONAL GUARANTEES FROM HEGLA’S RAPIDSTORE T he pedigree of the Helga brand is well recognised both nationally and internationally with glass processors With more glass coatings being used and different types of specialist glass now required for commercial and domestic projects, being able to supply a variety of glazing options.

who make investments in reliable machinery and quality standards. The experience of the engineers ensures that a business can stay ahead in challenging economic times. Increasing efficiency and output remains a priority for manufacturers, particularly in the light of a current, ‘uneasy’ business climate regarding uncertainties with the Eurozone. There are many companies who are strategising in preparation for a potential shift in conditions that could come about later this year. HEGLA regularly evaluates market trends and production requirements for processors with the team focused on providing complete, tailored solutions that can be fully integrated into existing production lines. The Rapidstore automated storage system is just such a product as it simplifies manufacturing methods and gives business owners greater business growth.

For many companies one of the biggest issues during production is being able to supply multiple glass types to the cutting table. With the Rapidstore,in combination with a standard double sided loader glass can be held in bulk such as 4mm float and soft coat in the double sided loader, and slower glass types as well as patterned glass can be held in multi positions in the Rapidstore. In this way multiple products are quickly and efficiently incorporated into the production run without the need to slow down the manufacturing process, warehouse software assures a smooth transition between products. Steve Goble comments, “A glass processor could need to use many specialist glasses for a variety of customer’s projects. Typical Rapidstore configurations have 20-30 or more glass types in a limited area.

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HEGLA LAUNCHES MODERNISED WEBSITE

L eading systems solutions provider HEGLA has launched a new, modern website to give customers faster access to information on the company and its range.As an international platform that reflects the highest standards that are synonymous with the HEGLA brand, the new online site is customer oriented and reflects the company’s international presence. Within the HEGLA Group, all core competences are now presented on an equal footing to demonstrate their expertise and relevance for today’s and tomorrow’s markets.The highly recognisable HEGLA branding has been maintained to ensure existing and new customers can easily identify the company and its broad range. Technical information as well as corporate news and product developments will be accessible via a variety of pages and the easy to use search tool. Respective international contacts are listed with easy access to relevant global contacts and their numbers. Steve Goble, Managing Director HEGLA UK comments, “This is an extremely userfriendly site that has been developed to help customers understand our range and its potential.”

The site's content includes excellent search functionality, with optimization for mobile devices also included to allow visitors to better interact with the company online and to explore the corporate brand. Key features including easy search, navigation and download areas with website analytics incorporated that will give the company a better understanding of customer preferences, whilst also extending its reach to a larger target audience. recognised that customers need a website to keep pace with changes and developments, not just at the company but in the market sector too. We hope this will be an extremely useful resource for them. Also, as an e-commerce option it is now essential to provide potential investors with an online platform to explore.” Steve Goble concluded: “With e-commerce now considered the primary route to research and evaluate goods, it is vital we introduce improved online avenues to promote our range and support our customers." For more information on the HEGLA group, please visit the website www.hegla.com Bernhard Hoetger, COO HEGLA Group commented“As we have grown, we have

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U ni-blinds(r) sealed units manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is celebrating a significant milestone alongside glass company Saint-Gobain Glass and distributor GLASSOLUTIONS. Over one million pieces of Saint-Gobain glass have been supplied to Morley Glass & Glazing by GLASSOLUTIONS in the last 10 years mainly for use in the company's Uni-Blind double-glazed sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside. Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing was presented with a glass wall plaque to mark the milestone. He said: "We pride ourselves on manufacturing high quality sealed units, the majority of which are supplied with integral blinds inside for the bifold door market, as well as a wide range of other doors and windows for the residential and commercial markets. "The quality of our products relies on the quality of the component parts and we have worked hard to achieve a supply chain excellence.

The quality of the glass is paramount, and we are very satisfied with the range of Saint-Gobain glass from GLASSOLUTIONS. The Planitherm range offers superb comfort qualities such as thermal efficiency and solar control, as well as noise reduction, furniture face protection and security properties. For added solar control we have also been impressed with the SGG COOL-LITE range. I'm honoured to receive the plaque which will take pride of place in our showroom. David Evans, site manager at GLASSOLUTIONS Dudley said: "It's great to see our glass helping one of the industry's most respected sealed unit manufacturers go from strength to strength. We would like to congratulate Morley on this fantastic achievement, and we look forward to seeing further success as our partnership continues."

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EDGETECH REGIONAL MANAGER RIDES THE RETRO RUN I t’s a pub crawl with a difference – it takes place in broad daylight and there’s a 7-mile cycle involved. At the time of writing, the event has raised over £8,000 for the charity, £5,700 of that from Just Giving alone.

Over nearly a decade, the Retro Run has raised thousands of pounds for deserving West Midlands charities. And this year, as on many previous occasions, Edgetech’s Northern Regional Manager Karl Jones was one of the hardy cyclists taking part. What began back in 2011 as a nostalgic bike ride for twelve friends has since ballooned into an annual event involving more than 200 riders, beginning and ending at the Nailers Arms in Bournheath, Bromsgrove, and passing three other pubs on route. In the past, the Retro Run has supported the Birmingham Children’s Hospice, Acorns Children’s Hospice and MacMillan Cancer Support among other extremely worthy causes. This year, however, the organisers’ chosen charity was the Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm, which, since 1950, has provided farmyard getaways for disadvantaged and disabled children.

As well as riding the route himself, Edgetech supported Karl to contribute a special prize for the fundraising raffle. He requisitioned an Edgetech-branded presentation box from the company’s marketing department then filled it with the kind of tools and accessories that any cycling buff would love Kelly Broadfield, Manager at the Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm, commented: “We are so happy the Retro Run decided to support the charity, and I would like to thank the organisers and everyone who took part, donated raffle prizes or bought tickets.” The event’s Just Giving page is still active, and if anyone would like to contribute, they can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ retrorun9.

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HANDLE TRADE JOINS UP WITH BUILDING OUR SKILLS

B arnsley based Handle Trade has become the latest company to give its support to the Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice campaign. The specialist handle and hardware supply company operates throughout the UK and is headed up by well known industry figure Ian Miller. The company has made outstanding customer service the key to its success. Speaking after signing up to support the Building Our Skills Inspiring Talent campaign Ian commented, ‘I am delighted to get behind this campaign; bringing new people into our industry is so important and for those of us who have been in the industry for a long time it is great to be championing such an important cause’ ‘We have made outstanding customer service the key feature of our business, so for us to have the opportunity to support young people to get an understanding of how important great service

is as a part of the Inspiring Talent programme is perfect’.

‘Our business is based around providing a quick response to short notice needs from fabricators and installers in the industry, and the key to that is great service’. Ian is pictured below with John Ogilvie the Building Our Skills ambassador and he echoed Ian’s views ‘It is great news that so many people who have been in the industry for a long period of time are seeing the importance of the Building Our Skills campaign and getting right behind it. We are delighted that Ian and Handle Trade are the latest to have done so’. For more information about Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice visit www.buildingourskills.co.uk

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OLD AND NEW ARCHITECTURE CREATES BRAVE NEW BUILDING DESIGN

Looking at Barcelona as an example, the vibrancy of this city can be captured in the variety of architectural styles - designs which keep it in a world class league of its own. The hidden aspects caught within the walls of traditional, historical and contemporary buildings sit alongside each other and are awe inspiring. This encourages visitors to the city to look at the architecture with new eyes, where they can fully appreciate the designs from yesteryear alongside modern stylised buildings. This type of modern and traditional mix has increased awareness about combining old and new architecture, in many cities. In the UK listed buildings are incorporated into modern concepts that keep historical ideals and modern possibilities alive. For example pubs such as the Eagle and Ball have been incorporated into the redesign and redevelopment of inner city regeneration areas, to keep old and new alongside each other to reflect on the history of cities as they begin the next generation of urban living. In London there are many areas that are being redeveloped as part of major infrastructure changes that will make the Capital more accessible and appealing for urban living.

Buildings do not need to be knocked down to create a stunning architectural impression that will inspire people to embrace urban regeneration. Cities can be transformed through creativity with brave and bold designs inspiring investment in a new dynamic urban landscape. Suburban areas have more recently appeared more limited in their appeal with a lack of investment in redevelopment and infrastructure leading to economic decline. Cities constantly evolve to cope with change and are limited to architectural styles - a multitude of designs reflect the success of an area and its capacity to adapt to the next generation of architectural requirements. Architectural styles will adapt to incorporate the old with the new as urban living evolves to show the history of its occupants. Over the centuries a city will undoubtedly represent many decades of history and success as a renovated environment that reflected the ideals of many past generations.

W ith so much urban redevelopment many of our ever-evolving cities are creating a new visual land-scape. Mixed use buildings in certain city quarters are restricted by Grade listing status which can create issues for large scale redevelopment projects. Trying to blend old and new together to work in terms of design and practicality can prove architecturally difficult. Creating vibrant, energy efficient and diverse building design that meets the structural and cultural needs of a bustling city that has ambition for growth it would seem is today’s challenge. A lot of historic architecture is rightly preserved but also it must make way for changing lifestyles which means incorporating newer materials and structures.

Glass is the material that binds the history of a city together with tomorrow’s design. Glass does not have to be flashy in its overall final appearance but it can help to create a stunning finish to a project that will meet the needs of a diverse population, who all have different living desires and very varied interests. Historic and contemporary buildings all can co- exist as they meld together to offer a diverse composition that we can associate with success. Renovation and regeneration restore the architectural hidden space within the original structure of these buildings which gives a restoration project new depths.

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