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The use of glass continues to increase with transparent qualities incorporated into many projects - flooring, internal walls, under floor cellars as well as furniture and integral features. Toughened glass that has been tested and certified provides builders and installers with complete peace of mind that the end users will be safe. The safety guarantees and reliability that toughened and laminated glass provide gives designers and planners more scope, particularly as glass is becoming the main material of choice for many. For processors, the desire of architects to create greater and more stunning concepts with glass, this continues to be a growing arena with huge potential. As a construction material, glass provides many benefits that continue to make it a popular choice for commercial installations, as well as contemporary residential buildings. Thanks to innovation in glass manufacturing, there are now many options available energy efficient fenestration, with special coatings and techniques that reduce glare in glass. Here is where the benefits of Low-E Glass come into their own. This type of glass improves natural lighting as well as the thermal performance of buildings that have glass facades. Low-E coatings will counter solar glare and limit ultraviolet light. Glass skyscrapers provide striking architecture on the skyline that is hard to match and which cannot be achieved with other materials in the same way. These beautiful structures provide environmentally friendly and energy efficient benefits which improve overall well being of the occupants.

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Due to improved safety standards and the variety of glasses now available, glass has earned its reputation as a versatile product that will suit many housing concepts, and which can be used as a viable alternative to steel or timber in construction projects. A product that will bring excellent benefits to every day living. Structural glass balustrades provide a stunning option for any building with minimal or hidden fixings ensuring a gleaming finished look. This frameless, sleek option gives projects a modern feel and are a popular choice for incorporating into homes. As a product it can be sandblasted with patterns or logos and can be given a steady footing on staircases. Glass balustrades can also be used externally and are very low maintenance. As a product this makes it ideal for commercial projects such as walkways and balconies. This can add a really stylish appearance to any modern project. Glass stairs are often paired with frameless glass balustrades and they offer an ultra modern look in any property. As laminated glass can withstand heavy loads these types of stairways make an excellent alternative to traditional options and can really maximise the light.

S tronger, taller, and more beautiful structures are in demand not just with designers and planners but also the end user. Using market leading materials like glass curtain walls and striking glass houses is now answering the call. With the speed of product development and new inventions always around the corner to ease our busy lives we could soon be looking at robotics taking the place of entire construction crews. The good news is they will still need human intervention. Glazing installation and construction have been one of the least digital industries, however increasingly we are seeing AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning to deliver unparalleled options for the construction sector. With so many tasks being repetitive, robotics will provide the right support without losing the skill of the worker. Robots, drones, and autonomous vehicles such as the HEGLA AGV are now part of the solution to getting projects completed but they will still need some human supervision. Getting the right automation is vital if consumer demands are to be met in an increasingly demanding sector.

Bricklaying, loading and unloading, and haulage will no doubt, through the use of robots, also help to reduce work place injuries in dangerous working environments and they could easily start to redress the skill shortage issue.

Driverless vehicles, for example, can transport materials safely around a site.

With photographic drones so popular in corporate videos today they can also gather arial data on a future project and provide visual analytics of property or the ground on which a building will be constructed. There are so many options opening up. Robots could construct walls in disaster areas or in places that are not safe for humans. A whole new world awaits. In relation to the glass industry, as a material it retains its appeal within both the commercial and domestic sectors. Increasing daylight and improving well-being are now important aspects that architects and designers are incorporating into building design.

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Due to circumstance, this might be the very first time you are considering changing your sash window supplier. Or, perhaps you just want to try an alternative award winning sash window specialist to offer your customers a wider choice. Either way, we would like to help you to increase your VS sales. With 31 years focussed on manufacturing high quality timber alternative sash windows, we are true specialists and confident that our products will impress your customers. We have also earned a sound reputation for always providing an exceptional level of personal service and our entire team are committed to delivering this. Having just launched our new specification for 2019 featuring exclusive new Masterframe Systems, standard with patented Timberweld ® technology, we would welcome the opportunity to take you through the improved product offering and delighted to quote you within 24 hours. No matter the size or design of a home or project, if sash windows are required then we can help. If a specialist solution is required for a conservation area, modern development, school or historic building our sash windows add the right amount of authentic styling to either fit seamlessly into original settings or set the property apart from other new developments. FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US ANY TIME! Tel: 01376 510410 email: sales@masterframe.co.uk

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A NEW WAY TO EASE FINANCIAL BUSINESS TENSIONS BY HELEN DUVAL

Interest can also be claimed on outstanding debts that were not paid within an agreed period, but that have subsequently been cleared. In terms of past projects, and current debts, the process remains the same but for future projects, Secure Trade Payments can provide the whole construction sector with better financial standards and improved business relations. NEW THINGS AFOOT The new system from Secure Trade Payments is now available which will undoubtedly minimise issues related to late or non payments and which may well take the industry by storm. Getting paid on projects is a significant issue for ‘sole trader’ or SME businesses. Where work is quoted against time, many can ill afford the time spent chasing money from previous jobs in order to fund the current or next project. The idea behind Secure Trade Payments is that it helps to solve future problems by providing a simple quote, funding and control solution. “Being paid is a significant issue for the construction industry, especially for smaller companies that suffer from cash flow issues within the supply chain. Our system solves the problem by providing a simple solution. Similar to an escrow account the platform interfaces between the trader and the client, providing standard terms and conditions and project control in order to allow the job to run smoothly.” Now this new fiscal option has been launched it will allow both jobs and businesses to run smoothly - call 0121 352 1226 to learn more. Stay tuned! Ivan Yardley, Senior Management at STP comments:

Drawing up credit control procedures is important as they ensure that customers can know what to expect regarding notification and the subsequent recovery process. Unless otherwise agreed, a payment is legally classed as late after 30 days. Other measures are now possible without having to wait to be paid. IT’S GOOD TO TALK Negotiation is an integral part of the entire process and the longer the business relationship has existed then the easier this should be for people to put in place a solution that will work for both parties. Discussing customer’s individual situations is important, and trying to evaluate the reasons behind late payment has always been key. Currently, having a full grasp of the circumstances ensures that there are roads that can be followed to allow them to make suitable methods of payment or instalments. The new solution from Secure Trade Payments provides a simple, flexible option that will help to maintain a good business relationship and keep

E valuating business strategies is always a key focus, particularly at the start of a new year and every business will from time to time, encounter issues regarding late payments. Often, business owners will feel uncomfortable about the idea of confronting bad debts directly, particularly if this relates to a long-standing customer. Too firm an approach and there is a risk of losing a valued client. Then again, too soft, and the business relationship could be taken for granted with the debt not taken seriously enough by the customer. Late payments can cripple a business and yet a lot of companies shy away from taking legal action to avoid losing the customer. For most people avoiding the final legal step is always the preferred route. The sector has had its fair share of ups and downs and there are many who will undoubtedly have some horror stories, particularly from the dark days of recession.

For SME’s it literally can be a crushing experience with financial stress and worry overriding the business as a whole, especially for sole traders and installers who rely on subcontractors. Overdue payments can often be avoided however with a clear system in place similar that introduced by the Secure Trade Payments company. This is a new deposit and stage payment process that will seriously help to reduce risks. STAND AND DELIVER Currently, a clear set of terms and conditions of business lets everyone know where they stand, with many customers acknowledging that it gives safe passage in terms of any potential misunderstandings regarding payment. Simple contracts clearly communicate conditions for both parties to deliver on their respective sides of the deal.

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Interest, costs and in some cases the cost of collecting a debt can be claimed under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Interest Act. At the moment it is possible to claim statutory interest at 8% over base rate, along with £40 - £100 for each invoice, depending on the invoice value.

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GREENTEQ OVAL PULL HANDLES ADD A TOUCH OF STYLE

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A ward winning hardware specialist VBH has expanded the greenteQ Coastline range of stainless steel pull handles with the addition of two new Oval profile designs. The stylish new Oval products offer an attractive alternative to the standard circular profile pulls that are already very popular on contemporary entrance doors. VBH advise that Oval pulls are manufactured from hard wearing grade 304 austenitic brushed stainless steel and, as with all the products in the Coastline range, benefit from VBH’s 25 Year Coastline guarantee. There are Straight and Offset options. As its name suggests, the Offset version’s bar is mounted on angled legs to offset the pull handle by 72mm from the fixing points.

team presented a number of proposed designs to a sample set of fabrication and installation companies last year. “The overwhelming opinion was that, whilst they wanted something different to the traditional tube, they still preferred a pull that had a soft feel and appearance. The new bars certainly fit that bill as the oval tube is very comfortable to hold, and looks very stylish. Initial sales figures are backing that up.” The pulls are available in four lengths and can be fitted on their own or back to back. Fixings are available to suit composite, aluminium, timber, PVCu and glass doors. For more information on greenteQ pull handles or any other product, visit vbhgb.com, Tweet @vbhgb or @vbhgreenteQ, or call 01634 263300.

Shape Cutting of Laminated Glass as a Compact Unit More possibilities to cut shapes and free forms on laminated glass. Can be integrated into an existing line, or as stand-alone machine. This compact machine uses synchronised turning cutting heads, providing precise results that match the cutting plan. • Automatic cutting of free forms in laminated glass • Can be used as part of a cutting line or as stand-alone machine • Laser foil separation can be installed at a later date

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NEW YORK SETS NEW HEIGHTS THAT KEEP YOU ON THE EDGE

And the glistening beauty of it all is glass! Manhattan’s West Side is making a bold new statement with the conversion of Hudson Yards into the latest hot spot for visitors. This houses a monumental public art installation that fundamentally incorporates a copper and glass art installation. Called The Vessel, 2,500 steps with 80 landings, spread out with connecting platforms on a 15 storey circular staircase that all lead to, ….well, the top. This striking design already is popular and will become more so as the centrepiece of a new park - transforming the previous construction crater into one of the largest real estate developments in the US. This huge piece of art has been made from glass, concrete and copper and was created by one of Britain’s most significant designers, Thomas Heatherwick. His previous creations include the 2012 Olympic Cauldron as well as London's new Routemaster double-decker buses. The idea of living and working at height is now ‘the norm’ in so many cities, which seem to appear more aesthetically attractive with every new glass clad landmark that is created. Perhaps one of the more brazen developments, which is due to open any minute now, is the Edge - a new contemporary skyscraper viewing platform set again in New York’s Hudson Yards. Healthy and extreme seem to have been brought together in this Manhattan development spot which includes houses hotels, apartments and bars at a high rise level. The Edge is stated as being the tallest man- made outdoor viewing platform in the Western Hemisphere at 1,131 ft. high.

Taking things to ‘The Edge’ seems to be the theme behind this bold glass and concrete design which extends 80 feet out from the south and east sides of the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards. Increasingly architects are looking to push the boundaries and the Edge does not fail here, with a 200 sq. ft glass bottom incorporated into its structure. Absolutely nothing restricts the views with 79 x 9 ft. glass panels in position, each of which weighs 1,400 pounds and this streamlined glass wall has been angled outwards by 6.6 degrees. This new observation tower has been designed to dare, with the glass panels available to lean against to be able to view Manhattan below.

This type of design is exciting for companies too, who grasp the attraction and publicity gained from being ‘part of’ this new developing glazed construction. WarnerMedia and KKR are just a couple of tenants already in place. The glass floored observation deck will be accessible via the shops and restaurants located on the 4th floor of Hudson Yards. There is a tunnel here that will take visitors to two elevators, one of which sits on top of the other. Once there, the panoramic views of New York are available for all to see from above, around and below and all thanks to the skill and craftsmanship of those in the processing, manufacturing and machinery sides of the glass industry.

A s a bustling city, few can beat New York. The epitome of skyscraper living can be overwhelming to see but the designs have mostly been world leading. They set benchmarks for others. Think Chrysler Building or the Woolworth Building which still draw the crowds.

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SHELFORCE BOOSTS MANUFACTURING EFFICIENCY AND QUALITY ASSURANCE WITH RAPIERSTAR F astener specialist Rapierstar is providing extensive support to window and door manufacturer Shelforce to streamline its production lines are configured in a way that enables operatives to clearly identify which fasteners to use for each part of the window or door’s construction.

has established a market-leading proposition, complete with a clear audit trail to give customers complete traceability and peace of mind. Howard Trotter, Business Manager at Shelforce said: “The process changes that Rapierstar have helped us to implement have enabled us to further improve manufacturing efficiency and optimise quality, while at the same time multi- skilling workers so they are able to work on any part of the production line as required. This ensures we remain competitive in the market with a range of windows and doors that offer significant quality benefits, supported by technical documentation and test data that satisfies client audit requirements, which our loyal and growing customer base really values.” Mark Calpin, Technical Sales Consultant at Rapierstar added: “We’re delighted that Shelforce have chosen Rapierstar as their supply chain partner for fasteners and we look forward to supporting them wherever we can as they develop and grow. Bringing fresh insights to their fastener usage, our technical support is designed to help Shelforce maintain its reputation for consistently high quality finished products, whilst at the same time delivering important productivity benefits.”

As the window and door sector’s specialist fastener supplier, Rapierstar is uniquely positioned to support manufacturers like Shelforce to implement a fastener strategy that ticks all the boxes. In addition to the corrosion resistance benefits that austenitic stainless steel fasteners offer, the products used by Shelforce are also all CE marked and every batch is tested against numerous performance criteria at Rapierstar’s in- house test centre to maintain quality consistency. Rapierstar is also supporting Shelforce’s development of its aluminium window and door range, including a bi-fold door option. Operating from its 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse and distribution centre near Macclesfield, Rapierstar works with customers across the UK and Ireland to provide a complete product range, competitively priced and delivered next day. The Rapierstar service is backed by industry- leading technical support team with a collective experience in the fastener market of more than 150 years, helping hardware and systems manufacturers and fabricators to deliver safe, secure, high performing finished products. To find out more visit www.rapierstar.com or call 01260 223311.

fastener usage and ensure its workforce is fully supported to achieve the highest quality finished products. The Birmingham-based manufacturer, which specialises in the supply of windows and doors to the social housing, new build and schools sectors, is already benefiting from a 25% reduction in the number of different types of fasteners it uses following a Rapierstar fastener ‘Health Check’. This identified instances where a single fastener type and size could be used for multiple purposes throughout the assembly, a move that has reduced fastener stockholding, made ordering easier and simplified manufacture. Given the unique nature of Shelforce in its provision of employment for people living with a wide range of disabilities,

Here, Rapierstar has helped by not only reducing the number of different types of fasteners being used – and thus the scope for selecting the wrong one – but also by producing colour-coded charts for every workstation so fabricators have a quick and easy-to-use fastener reference guide in front of them at all times. Rapierstar is supplying Shelforce with an all- austenitic stainless steel suite of fasteners for the manufacture of PVCu windows and doors using Eurocell systems. By correctly applying these premium quality fasteners, which are designed to offer the highest level of resistance to corrosion, Shelforce

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FIRE-RATING FIRST FOR MORLEY GLASS & GLAZING

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NINTH ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT L eeds-based Morley Glass & Glazing is once again saying ‘cheers’ to charity as it prepares to sponsor the ninth annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival. Organised by The Rotary Club of Roundhay, and returning to the North Leeds Cricket Club, this year’s festival will encourage visitors to ‘Drink Yorkshire’ while raising money to fund worthwhile projects both locally, nationally and even worldwide. The two-day event will feature the very best Yorkshire has to offer including 36 beers from nine Yorkshire breweries as well as a variety of Artful Pour gins, distilled in the heart of Yorkshire. Prosecco will also be on the menu, with additional drinks available to purchase. Sticking with the Yorkshire theme, locally sourced Setchfield pork pies served with peas will be served from the kitchen at all sessions of the beer festival, alongside homemade samosas. And since no festival would be complete without a little music, the festival is pleased to offer a full line-up of local Leeds talents to entertain visitors, with the full programme to be revealed closer to the date. The festival will be open from 6pm on Friday 3rd and from 12pm on Saturday 4th April. On Saturday everyone is invited to the fun family afternoon, with free entry for children accompanied by a paying adult, a dedicated play area for children and child friendly snack bags.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass says: “We are delighted to be able to sponsor the 9th Annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival. This is exactly the type of initiative we like to be involved with as it perfectly reflects our ethos of giving back to local communities. “I personally will be rolling up my sleeves and helping alongside the Rotarians and I am very much looking forward to the event. I wish NLBF and the Rotary Club of Roundhay every success.” Since it began in 2012, the North Leeds Charity Beer Festival has raised almost £50k, enabling Roundhay Rotary to support charity projects in the local community and further afield. These have included installed defibrillators outside local health centres, sponsoring Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and providing help and equipment to those affected by natural disasters around the world.

M orley Glass & Glazing has become the first company in the UK to achieve a fire-rating accreditation for its insulated glass units with integral blinds inside. The fire-rated Uni-Blinds sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside now comply with the performance criteria set out in the EU 305/2011 Construction Products Regulation, and have been independently verified by TUV UK, a UKAS accredited third party testing house. Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing said: “There are more than 300 fire- related deaths and more than 200,000 fire alarms raised in the UK every year. With recent high- profile incidents such as Grenfell Tower, it’s more important than ever that the correct building materials are specified. Our sealed units with integral blinds inside are manufactured in the UK using fire-glass from Pyroguard and can deliver 30 to 120 minutes integrity and insulation fire-resistance.”

This latest innovation from Morley Glass & Glazing gives architects and specifiers design flexibility and peace of mind that glass partitions, facades, doors and windows that require fire protection, can now feature integral or “between glass” blinds, without compromising safety or aesthetics. Used widely in schools, hospitals, hotels, offices and other commercial buildings, as well as multi- let residential premises, the fire-rated integral blinds can be manufactured in sealed units up to 2m2 in size. The integral blinds are available in a choice of manual or motorised control options, and are popular due to the fact that the blinds, which are housed between the panes of glass, are protected from damage, remain clean and hygienic, are low maintenance, provide privacy and shading, and are available in a wide range of colours.

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VICTORIAN SLIDERS NAMED BEST LARGE MANUFACTURER I t’s always been a proud Welsh business – and Victorian Sliders, Europe’s biggest sash window manufacturer, has got its 15th anniversary year off to a flying start by winning a prestigious regional business award. The Ammanford-based firm was named best large manufacturer at the West Wales Business Awards, an annual event that exists to honour the area’s most passionate, innovative and exceptional companies. At a glamorous black-tie gala dinner on January the 24th, attended by key members of the Victorian Sliders team including Chief Executive Scot Starkey, the award was presented in front of an audience of local VIPs. “What a way to kick off our 15th birthday year!”, comments Group Managing Director Andy Jones.

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“It’s incredibly rewarding to be recognised by the region that’s given so much, and consistently supported us as we’ve grown to become the biggest sash window manufacturer in Europe. “I want to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated staff, and our fantastic customers, without whom none of this would’ve been possible.” This isn’t the Ammanford firm’s only cause for celebration, however. It’s also been named a finalist in the Manufacturing Business of the Year category at the Swansea Bay Business Awards. Winners will be announced on Friday 6th March at a glamorous ceremony held at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall. For more information visit www.victoriansliders.co.uk or call 01269 846200.

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HEGLA INTRODUCES THE NEXT GENERATION IN EDGE DELETION

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F or many years edge deletion on machinery in the glass industry has been in its current format. Previously standard soft-coated glasses were mixed with hard coated products, the switch to soft coated has been market led and is now probably at its maximum. However other market demands have changed there are now new expectations for processors to consider, for example protective coverings or film on high performance products. Steve Goble, Managing Director, HEGLA UK discusses the potential of the next generation edge deletion options from the leading system supplier. “It has always been important to remove debris from the Edge Deletion Process and has as fast a process as possible, standard soft-coated products simply did not create the problems that we are seeing today with vastly improved coatings, multiple silver layers and surface protection before the toughening process. Over the last few years glass suppliers have developed a broad range of high performance toughenable products that are coated with different protective membranes/polymers which must be ground through to edge delete during the glass cutting process. By its very nature this has become a problematic issue for processors across the UK. Today edge deletion requires the removal of many more types of protective coatings during production. The amount of debris created by this is enormous by comparison to a few years ago and has slowed down the process, machines

that were not designed for these coatings. With a focus on marketled needs and the requirements for processors to supply larger volumes of glass in multiple coated formats, HEGLA recognised the need to address the issue. Consequently, a new generation of machinery designed specifically to combat issues associated with debris caused by edge deletion has been developed. Steve continues, “Physically the commercial market has been transformed, while glass performance requirements are now unrecognisable to even 10 years ago. Having identified the issue, the HEGLA team has designed a new solution that is a complete change to system that has served the industry for ca 25 years with single edge deletion as well as Hegla’s unique Twin Edge Deletion. Technical redevelopments and alterations to software have been quite considerable to improve the edge deletion process to the point where standard soft coated glass can now be edge deleted faster than before as well as coping with the new products. The UK market is now recognising the problems that older systems generate, with leading glass processors now looking at the next generation edge deletion machinery that can cope with multi coatings and surface protection. For more information on the HEGLA Group’s range of automated systems please call Steve Goble or Paul Gibbs on 01908 261933.

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GQA Qualifications is the only issuer of CSCS cards for the Glass and Fenestration industries

G QA Qualifications has boosted its team with the addition of three new members of staff. Two new highly experienced Technical Officers and a new Quality & Compliance Executive with a strong relevant field-based background have now joined the fenestration industry’s leading awarding body.

Building Our Skills is a strategic campaign designed to help bridge the growing skills gap in the Fenestration Industry

The new recruits are testimony to the rapid expansion that GQA has enjoyed over the past twelve months. Chief Executive Officer, Mick Clayton, comments:

“I am very pleased to welcome our three new recruits in the technical and compliance teams. The new staff will help to ensure that GQA is robust and future-proof. I fully expect that we will continue to grow over the coming months with the continued expansion of our approved centre network, and our continuing commitment to providing industry relevant qualifications.” GQA is also a major supporter of practical training for the industry to underpin the many hands-on roles that employees undertake and the new technical team members have been directly involved using their experience and knowledge of the Fenestration Industry in helping to develop the new Building Our Skills practical training academy.

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EDGETECH’S SUPER SPACER BRINGS SUSTAINABILITY TO ONE OF THE WORLD’S TALLEST WOODEN BUILDINGS E dgetech’s world-renowned Super Spacer has helped make one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings a beacon of energy efficiency. elevators and supply shafts, and prefabricated solid wood structures are arranged around it. The wall and ceiling elements made of spruce wood remain unclad to retain their natural character. Its exceptional environmental performance has seen the project receive two highly prestigious

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accolades – a gold LEED certification, and a gold award from the Austrian Sustainable Building Council. “We were delighted to be involved in such a fantastic, forward-thinking project”, comments Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson. “Pair Super Spacer’s exceptional energy efficiency with an ingeniously-designed, sustainably-constructed landmark like HoHo Wien, and you’ve got a template for the architecture of the future. “We hope to work on many more developments as ground-breaking and ambitious as this one in years to come!” For more information please call +44(0)476639931 or visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

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NEW AGB ARTECH TILT & TURN SYSTEM FROM VBH

H ardware specialist VBH (GB) has added a new tilt & turn system from Italian hardware manufacturer, AGB, to its extensive range of third-party branded products. ArTech gear is protected by the Activeage finish that exceeds 2,000 hours neutral salt spray testing to EN ISO 9227, making it ideal for coastal regions and areas with higher levels of pollution. The ArTech system has been developed for fabrication lines of all sizes, and comes with various hinge options including surface fit, rebated, jigless and the ‘Plana’ concealed hinge system. The gear is connected via either a ‘Crop & Punch’ connection system, or can be easily assembled on a manual line by utilising ‘Crop & Cover’ connector plates, which enable manual cropping of the hardware without the need to punch a hole in the cropped faceplate.

LINIAR AND QUANEX TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT THE NYSE 1 6 January 2020 was a day to remember for Liniar and Avantek Machinery's Group Managing Director Martin Thurley. That particular Thursday marked the occasion Martin visited the New York Stock Exchange to take part in the ceremonial ringing of the bell to signal the start of trading. The reason for the momentous occasion was that January 2020 marked parent company Quanex's 55th year being listed on the prestigious New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NX). Martin joined the Executive Management Team of Quanex Building Products to ring the bell as one, cohesive team. The day was also special for George Wilson, recently announced as succeeding Bill Griffiths as Quanex President and CEO.

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Of the events in the Big Apple, Martin commented:

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In showrooms, product videos will give consumers in depth understanding of products or it can pro-vide greater insights into product quality standards on a factory tour - it can explain in detail the ad-vantages of specific benefits provided by a company. In order to highlight the values of a company the Video Production 4 options will help businesses to achieve a greater reach. Thanks to new technologies and the reach of social media which helps to spread the message of a vid-eo, marketing, in this way, gives a business a much larger audience than ever before possible. For Video Production4 there are many new opportunities out there for business owners who are looking to build the presence and brand of their companies. Creativity combined with clever editing and new animation techniques will ensure a message is made that will be remembered. The investment lasts and at sensible costs. People sell to people but video can ensure that a message or benefit is retained for a long time. Getting creative with a product or service is a very clever way to build upon the reputation of a business.

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Video Production4 has now been launched and works in conjunction with trade publications to give customers’ videos a much broader reach into untapped audiences. Headed up by Alan Tisch, who has over 20 years TV and digital production experience, the company has seen a niche in the market in terms of online marketing and its subsequent distribution. Alan Tisch comments, “Creating targeted videos in specific industries with affiliated trade sectors, will allow for greater business scope in respect of the initial corporate video. We have worked with many businesses in the manufacturing sector so have a proven track record and examples of video working for our clients. We have also embraced new technologies such as virtual tours, bringing a business’s factory to life, giving their clients the opportunity to freely “walk” around their premises and see just what makes them a great business and really create that ‘wow factor’ on line ”.

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L eading hardware specialist VBH has created a new 6 page brochure to help explain the benefits of their greenteQ Coastline range of stainless steel entrance door furniture. The range includes pull handles, lever and knob handle sets, letterboxes, door knockers and butt hinges, all in hard wearing stainless steel. All products are available in brushed stainless steel, with the levers, knockers and letterboxes also available in polished stainless and PVD gold finishes. VBH Marketing Manager Gary Gleeson says ”Following market feedback, we’ve just introduced two new oval profile pull handle options that are proving really popular with fabricators and installers. The Coastline range has expanded to such an extent that it now warrants its own stand-alone brochure. This makes it easy for our

customers to keep track of what’s available in our premium furniture range.” Coastline lever handle sets, letterboxes and knockers are interchangeable with their counterparts in VBH’s standard greenteQ Suite of door, window and patio furniture so it is easy for fabricators to upgrade to stainless steel, with its 25 year surface guarantee, when required. Gary concludes “With so many of our customers manufacturing doors for installations near the coast or in polluted areas, it’s important that we offer furniture that will keep their reputations intact. Our new brochure gives customers a great overview of the Coastline range.” For more information on the Coastline range or to request a copy of the brochure, visit vbhgb.com, Tweet @vbhgb or @vbhgreenteQ, or call 01634 263300.

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