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CLIPPINGS AND MUSINGS – NOVEMBER EDITION - HELEN DUVAL 2018 T here is a real concern that house prices could fall across the country next year, if the government fails to reach a Brexit deal, according to one senior economist. "We see this continuing to be the case over the coming months and we remain supportive of our 0-3% forecast range."

The average UK house price is now £227,869, but how does this relate to the north south divide? It has been suggested that the differences will narrow over the next five years with property values set to increase in Northern England by one fifth. Savills estate agent has predicted that British house prices will rise in line with average incomes from 2019 to 2024. Predictions are set to see house prices rise from 21.6% in the North West of England to 4.5% in London, with Scotland and Wales seeing property values rise by nearly 20% over the same period. The Head of residential research at Savills, recently stated that house prices in these areas were recovering more slowly than London. "Brexit angst is a major factor for market sentiment right now, particularly in London. But it is the legacy of the global financial crisis

Howard Archer, chief economic adviser to the EY ITEM Club, expects prices to fall "modestly" if there is no agreement with Brussels; however, “a negotiated deal could see prices rise by around 2%”. Meanwhile, the UK's largest mortgage lender, the Halifax, stated that prices rose by only 1.5% this year to October, which is the lowest annual rise since March 2013. Although supply of properties is still limited, the Halifax believes house prices will continue rising, by as much as 3%, over the coming months. "Further house price support comes from an already high and improving employment rate and historically low mortgage rates which are creating higher rates of relative affordability," Russell Galley, managing director of the Halifax commented in a recent article.



mortgage regulation in particular combined with gradually rising interest rates that will really shape the market over the longer term," he commented. The predictions by Savills suggests that, house prices will increase across the country by 14.8% over the next five years, which would add around £32,000 to the average value of a home. London is expected to see the slowest rise during this period although prices are still the highest and have increased by 72% over the past 10 years. Cities such as Manchester and Birmingham "have the capacity to outperform their regions” Savills have stated. So what of the potential for the new build sector? According to a recent report from the BBC, “About 400,000 people have left the industry since 2008,” Richard Steer, Chairman of Gleeds, a leading construction management company recently commented. Furthermore, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors issued a report recently which predicts that up to 27,000 construction projects will suffer from a lack of suitably skilled and qualified workers, which continues to be a very worrying concern all round. The report states that the skills shortage has reached its highest level since 1998, with the highest demand being for bricklayers and quantity surveyorsUninspired graduates and potential apprentices, seeing no future in construction, appear to have completely rejected the industry as a career with potential. So how can this be turned around? Over £1 billion has been invested into training and apprenticeship schemes, with colleges offering more technically based places. The long term is definitely in focus as construction projects are being carefully evaluated to guarantee that enough time can be given to train apprentices to the right level before work begins.

Industry and education are being encouraged to work closely with training colleges to ensure that trainees have the right skills to meet future construction skill shortages. Other schemes are also currently being devised and implemented to aid the situation with some companies ensuring that 1 in 50 positions are filled by an apprentice. Currently, highly skilled people are being encouraged to support training programmes as they can help to train school leavers and apprentices as they enter the sector. It would seem sensible to predict that apprentices will only stay and complete their training if they can see a good future for themselves once their training is completed. Advancement and a guaranteed career path, is the key to inspiring the next generation. What about projects? With the idea of an Oxford Cambridge Arc, already creating a flurry with environmentalists, mega developments are clearly in the controversial pipeline. More than a million homes and an expressway may be built in a bid to shorten journey times across the country from East to West. Questions are being raised about whether this type of development is necessary as Government advisers state that they are essential to ‘safeguard booming economies’. With the space in the south almost depleted now, this type of expansive development within greenbelt areas could well become increasingly possible. Chris Grayling recently commented "We see the development of the corridor for the economy and housing as essential. For the new build sector it is certainly a challenging and perhaps exciting prospect that would boost business as long as the skills are firmly there to build it. With Brexit looming, the next few years will be critical to the future development of the construction sector and there are tough decisions looming not just for apprentices but for business owners in general.



2018 NATIONAL FENESTRATION AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED M onday 29th October to Friday 2nd November was Winners Week for the 2018 National Fenestration Awards campaign and was once again a highlight of the year for the industry. All winners have now been notified by email and have their winners logos which will be seen on social media, printed marketing, vans, email signatures and any other place winners feel proud to display them!

After 6 weeks of hard voting, superb campaigns by many finalists pushing for the industry for their votes, and indeed thousands of all important votes cast by all members of the fenestration community, these are the #NFA18 winners in all 24 categories, with two additional Heart Of The Industry hand picked awards: That’s 25 categories in total, with 23 different winners. This year’s campaign has been the most extensive, most inclusive and most diverse. Although many companies were nominated in quite a few categories, the end results have produced an incredibly diverse group of winners. The voting this year has also been very close, perhaps the closest it has ever been. The 2018 campaign produced an incredible three categories with joint winners, with the majority of categories only being decided by a handful of votes. Even in the final hours category leaders were changing positions. Winners Week was also another successful venture on social media. Winners Week is the method in which the NFA winners are announced. Beginning on a Monday, a batch of winners are announced on social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook. The general spirit of those who won, came second and third was very positive indeed, and showed the industry in a light than is not often seen outside the industry.

Preparations for the #NFA18 winners event are already underway, with firm dates, location and marketing opportunities set to be announced soon. The NFA team would like to thank main sponsors: Kolorseal, GQA Qualifications, Masterframe, Sysneal, FrameXpress, Bystronic Glass/HEGLA and Morley Glass for their backing and support during the course of the campaign. Thanks also go to data providers Windowbase, category sponsors Brisant Secure, GQA Qualifications and Edgetech, as well as site sponsors Solidor. The NFA team would also like to say a massive thank you to all those who nominated, voted, tweeted, retweeted, posted on Facebook and spread the NFA message this year. Without the input from the industry during the various stages of this campaign these awards would fail to work. To keep up to date on all NFA news, including upcoming announcements on the 2018 Winners Event, visit Follow the NFAs on Twitter: @NatFenAwards or on Facebook:










M orley Glass & Glazing has done the Federation Awards last week. During the awards’ ‘Winners Week’, Morley was first announced as the winner of the IGU Manufacturer of the Year Award before also coming out on top in the Integral Blinds Company category. The business fought off stiff competition from seven other companies across the two categories, bringing its 20th anniversary year to a fantastic end. 2018 has seen the business double production, increase its delivery fleet, extend its apprenticeship programme and boost its ScreenLine spares service, all while maintaining record growth. New products release by Morley this year include the SL16 blind system, the first integrated blind system that is suitable for use in a 16mm cavity due to its slimline 10mm slats. double as it came out on top in not one but two categories at the 2018 National

Morley MD Ian Short has also been able to continue giving back to the community throughout the year, sponsoring over 20 charities including Variety, Community Action to Change Harehills (CATCH) and St Paul’s Church in Morley. Ian comments: “We’ve enjoyed celebrating out 20th anniversary throughout the year and to come out on top in not one but two categories at the NFA awards really is the icing on the cake. As always we’re very proud to have our hard work recognised and are already gearing up for what 2019 has in store!” Launched in 2013, the open platform National Fenestration Awards are run and decided completely by the participation of the industry. Instead of judges and panels, winners are chosen by the public. Winners of the awards will be invited to a special Winners Event by awards organisers in the New Year.

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B usiness Micros has cemented its status as the industry’s favourite Digital Specialist, having just won the title in the National Fenestration Awards for the second year in a row. The software specialist was once again voted top by customers, colleagues and supporters from across the industry who had registered to take part in the independent online poll. Sales Manager Chris Bailey said that the award probably means even more the second time around because the competition gets fiercer all the time. He said: “It’s great to know that our customers appreciate what we do so much that they have taken the time and effort to vote for us – not just once but twice. “We work incredibly hard right across the business on product development, service, support and innovation, so the award is for everyone and the trophy will definitely have pride of place here.”

From the Track IT retail management option, right up to the comprehensive EvoNET business management system, Business Micros prides itself on having a suite of products tailored for the needs of the market. Founded way back in 1979, the business has grown alongside the industry it serves and now has more than 40 programmers, technicians and administrators split between the head office in Penpont, South West Scotland and the sales and installations based in Newton-le- Willows, Cheshire. It currently serves over 2000 customers so there can be little doubt that it is the industry’s undisputed number one in software. Business Micros celebrates its 40th birthday in 2019 and is inviting all of the customers, colleagues and supporters who voted in the NFAs to share in the celebrations which will be taking place on the stand at next year’s FIT Show.






G lyngary Joinery, the bespoke timber window & door company, has had a busy year., servicing over 100 customers with over 16+ window types and endless door designs. In April this year, Glyngary were invited to Munich, Germany to visit the Moralt door factory, and was instantly impressed by the highly specified and tested entrance doors. It was decided that Glyngary would add these very impressive products to their portfolio, and the following months over the summer were spent launching the ‘Glyngary - Moralt Doorsets’, which they launched in October. More details on these products can be found at their dedicated webpage here: Glyngary also achieved indicative testing certification to PAS24:2016 standards on a casement window & entrance door, both produced in Accoya timber, in conjunction with Yale. Pas24:2016 is a security certification which involves rigorous testing to the products and the hardware that they use by way of pressure/load tests and manual attacks with tools that could be used by a burglar. Glyngary have continued to increase the amount of Accoya they use on their products, as opposed

to traditional hardwoods, and visited the Accoya processing plant and head offices in Arnhem, Holland this summer, further strengthening their relationship with this highly impressive company. To round the year out, Glyngary have incredibly achieved the ‘Timber Company of the Year’ award at the National Fenestration Awards for a record breaking 5 consecutive years! Managing Director Gary Yates said, ‘We have had a wonderful 2018, making new relationships with customers, and increasing our customer base. We have introduced a new product to our range with the GlyngaryMoralt Doorset, and continued to promote and increase the use of Accoya, which is not only a really high performing timber with regards to stability, but also a great product for it’s environmental credentials. Working with Yale on our PAS24 testing has been great, and we have more products to put through the testing process in 2019. Winning the Timber Company of the Year award again at the National Fenestration Awards just a couple of weeks ago has been the perfect ending to a great year, and we look forward to continuing with our business model into 2019, offering the highest quality timber windows and doors, with an equally high level of customer service.’





P romac Group and its’ global supply chain is at the forefront of innovation in PVC-U, aluminium and glass machinery. We find out that scale is key to access in a rapidly changing market. With supply partners including: FOM-GS Group, parent company of the hugely influential Graf SL4FF seamless welder; Forel, which has revolutionized IGU manufacture through its decision to switch production to the vertical; BDM, Mappi, Mistrello, MTL, Pegic, Pertici, Rapid, Soft Solution and Urban - Promac Group remains firmly at the front of UK machinery supply. “We’re delighted to have been nominated and then won the Machinery Supplier of the Year category in this year’s National Fenestration Awards”, says Promac Group Managing Director, Joe Hague. “There’s significant change taking place within the window and door industry, which makes the new and highly innovative machinery platforms that are coming onto the market pivotal in defining its future. “These include the shift to larger products, in aluminium and following that trend, IGU manufacture and the other is efficiency – the automation of process to deliver better and a more consistent product quality and at the same time to do it more efficiently.”

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This analysis is reflected in Promac Group’s platform offer. Supplied exclusively in the UK by the Promac Group, having pre-cleaned to exacting tolerances, the Graf SL4FF and SL4FF EVO, zip welds the corner joint whilst controlling the flow of sprue, delivering a seamless but incredibly strong corner joint. “The SL4FF not only delivers a higher quality product but it can also deliver a twofold increase in productivity compared to other traditional manufacturing processes because it eliminates any requirement for cooling tables and corner cleaning, also giving it a space-saving footprint of just 25 sq metres”, says Joe. He also points to the BDM FTB-100 EVO Cutting & Machining Centre, which brings rapid machining to PVC-U manufacture with cuts to size in just 9-12 seconds. Pitched as a solution for volume fabrication (700-800 frames and up), it combines precision manufacture with rapid processing of profile using a unique eight-axis machining module. The core platform is built around a 12-position infeed loading magazine, which is capable of handling bar lengths of up to 6.5m.

It feeds the 8-axis CNC module which automatically adjusts to profile dimensions,



using two servo driven control modules and automatically interchangeable Ø 5mm and 8mm router tools, guaranteeing optimum performance and high speed precision. The FTB-100 EVO cutting centre features three 550mm saws, two opposing 45° units and one 90° unit with automatic waste extraction. Typical cycle times are 11 seconds per cut to size angular pieces and 25 per second per end milled mullion or transom averaging at 13.5 seconds per piece. The BDM FTB-100 can also be specified with automatic reinforcement insertion station featuring single or dual bolt stations and 2 or 3 axis reinforcement processing centre; v-notching and recess milling modules. This focus on efficiency and volume is also evident in FOM’s LMT65 platform which enshrines many of the same defining principles of PVC-U manufacture – in this case developed to support high volume and automated manufacture of aluminium products. The highly flexible aluminium cutting and routing line features a multi-spindle preparation unit with 360° variable angle access to all four sides of the profile. This is automatically linked to the sawing unit which features a 650mm diameter blade with electronic tilt control. A bar feeder and pick up system with adaptive rotating gripper, means that the LMT65 has the in-built flexibility to handle different profiles with ease. Equipped with the latest FST 3D software, it’s also user-friendly and requires just a single operative. This collectively contributes to its exceptionally high output - the LMT65 has the capability to cut and machine a three-pane bi-fold in less than 12-minutes. “The LMT, delivers the flexibility to manufacture using more technical processes but to do it as part Automated volume aluminium manufacture

of a single cycle. It’s geared up to high-precision, highly automated and volume manufacture”, says Joe. This also rings true with LMX650, which was launched by FOM at Fensterbau in March. The fully automated machining and cutting centre draws on many of the same design principles as the LMT65 – efficiency and automation of manufacture – but up-scales it to allow aluminium fabricators to meet demand for ever larger products. This includes movement across four axes and up to 50 NC controlled motorised axes, offering exceptional flexibility in cutting applications, including end-milling and notching, in a single production cycle. It also exploits the same electro welding technologies that define FOM’s machinery offer, which remove tension from steels during the manufacturing process, delivering core bed stability, guaranteeing performance regardless of profile weight. With automatic pick-up and feed, precision manufacture is also guaranteed by two sets of vices upstream and downstream of the electro- spindles. These exploit pneumatic systems to lock the profile immovably in place during the machining phases. Configurable to include up to 18 electro-spindles, the LMX650 also features a swarf-extraction system and automatic label printer, which applies labels while the bar is in motion, minimising cycle times. “The LMX delivers the flexibility to manufacture larger products as part of a single cycle. That’s important because the market is shifting towards larger products. You don’t need to be manufacturing curtain walling to need to handle larger profiles. “Aluminium and inline sliding and lift-and-slide doors, in particular are placing increased demand on fabricators for manufacture at bigger scales.



“The LMX can handle larger profiles but still as part of a single cycle. You’re not compromising on efficiencies or increasing manual handling, to manufacture larger products”, says Joe.

The ATS ECO 4.0 delivers against these objectives through a newly refined multi-zonal and intelligent heating systems. This delivers significantly increased product quality and efficiency in the tempering of the latest generation of low-e glass, while also doing it at scale, with the capacity to temper glass of up to 2700 X 6000mm. Hitting tempering temperatures within an hour, this includes Mappi’s Multizone Heating System, which exploits a network of electronically controlled sensors to apply constant and highly focused heat only where glass is detected. Energy consumption is reduced through its Energy Saving System, which uses a computerized ventilation system to optimize fuel consumption. This is further enhanced using a technically advanced 350mm insulation. The ATS Eco 4.0 also uses a patented roller mechanism, which synchronizes the movement of ceramic rollers providing perfect glass flow without the requirement for use of sulphur dioxide in the heating process. A smart cooling system also introduces more precision to the cooling process, reducing iridescence. Each production cycle is automatically recorded and stored providing an automatic report simplifying the CE Marking compliance process. “The direction in which the market is moving makes capacity to deliver against these key criteria – innovation, scale, efficiency and continually improving product quality – exceptionally important. “As recognized by the National Fenestration Awards, innovation in machinery platforms exerts a massive influence on the window and door industry, supporting fabricators and glass processors in developing new and better products but also underpinning its long-term sustainability.” Promac Group is Forel’s established supply partner in the UK. For more information log on at www. email or call 01788 577 577.

Bigger and better IGUs

This shift to larger installations has had a knock-on effect on the glass sector, placing new requirements on glass processors and IGU manufacturers to handle bigger units. Having turned glass processing on its head (or at the very least on its side) with the launch of its vertical laminate cutting table, the global glass machinery specialist has now brought unparalleled scale to production. It’s new IGU line draws on Forel’s heritage glass processing and IGU machinery manufacture but again up-scales production to meet increasing demand for bigger and over-sized IGUs. Unveiled at Vitrum last year, it’s ‘No Limits’ range includes an IGU line with the capability to process panes of up to 15m long and 3.3m high with a load capacity per linear metre of 350kg for a single pane and 600kg for the assembled unit. This features Forel’s newly refined Art VC Laminate Cutting Line which is geared up for large scale processing and is capable of handling sheets of up to 6000mm x 3300mm. It also delivers exceptional cut-to-size accuracy to within + - 0.2mm / linear meter, while the square cut is guaranteed by revolutionary cutting bridges that pivot 15 mm in either direction to adjust automatically to glass that is out-of-square. “The important thing to recognize is that these platforms don’t simply deliver increased scale but also increased efficiency. It’s about identifying and mitigating the longer-term cost increases that have significant potential to impact on manufacturing overheads, while also driving continuous improvement in quality”, says Joe





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R ENOLIT are delighted to have won the 2018 NFA award in the Colour Specialist category and would like to thank everyone who voted for us. RENOLIT signifies colour choice within the uPVC window market. As the original inventor and market leader of exterior grade films with more than thirty years’ experience, the company has been at the forefront of the colour growth during recent years. Our customers rely on RENOLIT to keep developing the next generation of woodgrain designs, modern textured surfaces and popular architectural colours and improving the products’ technical properties. “We have always been proud of our product and strive to support our customers as best we can, so we are delighted to have won the NFA Colour Specialist category award, which is, of course, right at the heart of our business.” stated Janette Rowland, Marketing Services Manager.

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The customised paint plant, commissioned at our factory in Witham makes it possible to manage and improve the service provided to our customers and allows greater control over the quality of the product that we bring to market. For enhanced durability, a two part paint, which is a combination of colour pigments supported in a mix of polyurethane resin and a hardener is used in the plant. This is far harder wearing than water based paint. The paint is more than a surface covering and with correct preparation and application, the solvents within the product allow for the paint to bond to the surface molecules of the composite material rather than just sticking to the surface. This bonding process makes for a far more long term adhesion. In marine and coastal environments, salt corrosion must always be considered, however we apply a durable clear lacquer on all paint finishes to protect the paint from UV and pollutants, regardless of exposure to ensure that the risk of any visible signs of aging is reduced.

In addition, this two part lacquer is mixed with a greater percentage of hardener than the paint itself, making it a more durable, hardwearing surface, especially important for sliding sash windows and allowing our company to continue to provide the 10 year guarantee with complete peace of mind. Usually the entire window is sprayed, however different colours externally to internally and contrasting colour combinations from sash to frame are also offered. A black frame with white sashes is quite popular, whilst we have also sprayed combinations of blue and white, cream and maroon and other more unusual colours. When the outside of the window is a different colour to the inside, the balance chambers are masked up and sprayed to the desired colour so that only one colour is visible from either side when in the closed position. Your customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting coloured windows to complement their décor or to match existing quality casement windows or doors. There is a colour matching service to all the leading brand paint suppliers such as Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, RAL colours, British Standard Colours (BS) and Dulux.

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F ollowing upon winning Timber Alternative Company in 2017, the team at Masterframe Windows are delighted to have won two top National Fenestration awards in 2018. The first award was top spot along with Listers in the most prestigious of the NFA awards, Fabricator/ Manufacturer 2018.According to the National Fenestration website “This award had the longest voting list by far. It was also the category that we had the most nominations in and is the most populous part of the industry and perhaps the most competitive. “ Carol Slade, Sales & Operations Director said “It was a very competitive category and we were nominated alongside 23 big names in the fenestration industry. As a relatively small family business, who only manufactures PVC-U sash windows, we are extremely proud of this achievement. The second award received was Best New Product for Timberweld®, the patented method used by Masterframe to create perfectly sealed timber effect corners. Carol added “Masterframe is the only sash window manufacturer licensed to use this technology. We consider it to be one of our

most important product developments, allowing us to manufacture authentic timber alternative windows, complete with perfectly sealed corners inside and out. The Vintage Traditional sash window, available to trade comes standard with Timberweld ®butt joints and is delivered stickered with the Timberweld® mark of authenticity.” Special thanks must go to all our loyal customers who took time out of their busy days to cast their vote which made it possible for us to win these awards. We are also grateful to all those that organised the awards this year. The ‘winner’s week’ where winners were announced each night at 9pm was a very exciting time and the National Fenestration Awards have become a highly recognised, credible force in the industry.” Read more about the Vintage Traditional sash window and Timberweld technology in the brochure here.

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W arm-edge experts Edgetech are gearing up for future innovation with the opening of a new research laboratory. Situated at the company’s Coventry headquarters, it’s been built to enable Edgetech to develop new products, assist customers in meeting accreditation and compliance requirements, and generally distribute technical expertise more widely throughout the company. Thanks to parent company Quanex, Edgetech is already blessed with world-class testing facilities in Akron, Ohio – but this is the first time the firm has had the capacity to develop products independently in the UK. “The demands placed on IGU manufacturers are growing all the time,” comments Technical Development Manager Gary Shoesmith. “They’re caught in a squeeze between the increasingly stringent standards demanded of them by governments and regulators, and their customers and end-users wanting exceptional performance for ever-more competitive prices. “On top of that, we’re seeing more and more volatility in the supply chain. Raw material prices have risen, sometimes quite substantially, in the wake of Brexit – and, most pressingly of all at the moment, the silicone shortage is causing headaches throughout the industry. “At Edgetech, we take these issues extremely seriously – and now, thanks to the new laboratory, I’m spending a significant amount of time and resources on helping our customers respond.

“At the time of writing, I’m evaluating no less than five potential new products, capable of delivering the same outstanding performance the industry has come to expect from us, using materials that are more readily available.” Managing Director Chris Alderson comments: “This is a major milestone for Edgetech – and with it, we’ll be able to help our customers face up to the challenges of the modern marketplace better than ever before.”





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We are delighted to have been announced as Best Hardware Company in this year's National Fenestration awards. The award means so much everyone here at MACO, due to it being voted by those working in the industry and those we work with on a daily basis. We always strive to work alongside our partners providing them with not only the best in hardware but also a complete service so we can all grow together year on year. A big thank you to everyone who did vote for us and your continued support and partnership. This year we have seen record users on our website, our social media channels double in following and seen MACO highlighted more in the industry press too. As well as this we have had a continued high amount of partners that we have helped in testing at our head office in Sittingbourne, Kent. The testing conducted in our state of the art test centre has been across windows and doors in all material types (PVC, Timber, and Aluminium) which shows the scope of which MACO hardware can be used but also how we can help and work with our partners from all corners of the industry. This has included a mixture of security, Air and water as well as letter plate weather testing. We look forward to all our continued partnerships and aim to create many more in the near future.

As 2018 comes to a close ending it on a high with the NFA winners logo and the stories of success from our partners across the industry we look to 2019 with even more excitement. 2019, of course, will be a FiT SHOW year, which we are very excited to be exhibiting at. We have been part of the FiT SHOW since the very first one and it has always provided the perfect platform to connect, or as we would say MACOnnect with everyone across the industry. We will be showing new products at FiT SHOW 2019 which really will shake up the industry. As well as this we will also be bringing some concept projects we are working on, for the future designs of window and door hardware which is really exciting. Once again a big thank you to everyone involved in the NFA awards as well as all our partners across the industry, we were thrilled to have won and could not have done it without you all.




C hris Coxon, Head of Marketing at Eurocell plc, says that the fenestration sector has to start acting to improve sustainability With the Government’s ambitious 2006 pledge to make all new-build homes zero carbon by 2016 scrapped in 2015, the UK still has a long way to go when it comes to sustainable development. Despite this, the construction trade is aware that they are serving an increasingly socially aware and environmentally conscious public. This has led to the sector talking about ways that it can meet the growing demands of its customers. From reducing its levels of waste, to how it can recycle more materials and do more to reduce its impact on the environment, it's a conversation that has been going on for the best part of a decade. Yet still, in light of the 2006 pledge being scrapped, the sector is slow to actually take action.

The amount of waste simply makes all the talk of sustainability appear to be little more than hollow words. The reality is that it is simply a matter of identifying achievable targets. Take for instance window frames; 7 million of these are replaced every year with 80% being made from PVC-U, a material that is perceived as non-recyclable. As such, the vast majority of these discarded, non- bio-degradable frames find their way to landfill, contributing a hefty amount to the industry's overall waste levels. This is the result of the misconception that PVC-U, like many plastics, is non-recyclable, when actually it's a construction material that can have its lifetime significantly extended to help reduce waste.



This means that PVC-U can be re-processed and used to manufacture products of equal quality, creating an ‘upstream’ recycling process. This recycling process is one that every PVC-U product can go through up to ten times, meaning that the lifespan of the average PVC-U product can be extended from 35 years to 350. What's more, this isn't a case of PVC-U being recyclable in theory - it can and is being done. Over the past ten years Eurocell has invested approximately £10 million in developing PVC-U recycling capabilities and now has a state-of-the- art recycling plant. We’ve also put in place a logistics operation to collect units for recycling. This includes a free pick-up service that utilises the existing fleet to return end-of-life frames to the recycling plant in Derbyshire.

Headed up by industry influencers and experts, we have launched our Rethink / Recycle campaign to share our efforts and encourage more people to get on board the recycling train. As a result, in 2017 alone, Eurocell recycled over 1 million PVC-U post-consumer window frames, meaning that since 2009 it has stopped 61,500 tonnes of end-of-life PVC-U ending-up in landfill. What's more, we've developed eight new product lines that are produced from recycled plastic that have played an integral role in us growing our turnover and profit. It’s a shared responsibility and it’s up to all of us to get our recycling processes in line. From production, to housebuilders who should demand nothing less than the most sustainable products, we all need to act with a sense of duty and a respect to the environment.





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C arbon neutral products and manufacturing methods are a real focus for this sector, with eco-friendly products being a key area of development, and we thought we would look at ways that this philosophy can be incorporated into Christmas planning. For those who tend to leave things to the last minute, there may be a few useful tips that will help to make life a little easier and greener over the festive season. One of the biggest choices to be made at Christmas revolves around the type of tree to buy. Some people get feverishly excited about putting up the ‘family’ Christmas Tree that has been around for generations, while others prefer to have a ‘real’ Christmas tree in their home. This presents a dilemma for some, for while choosing the tree is always exciting, particularly for those with younger families or grandchildren, the idea of getting it back to the house is another matter. Here is where the or CHRISTMAS TREES can help! The perfect tree delivered right to your door….all you then have to do is decorate it! For those where maintaining it and then coping with needles dropping from it presents a real bone of contention then again this company can help, by renting you a tree which can be delivered, in a pot, to your home! Buying a live tree that can be replanted is also an excellent way to show any children in the family that recycling is important. If replanting isn't an option and you buy a cut tree then don't throw it out with the rubbish. Visit which details when and how your local council works regarding tree recycling. FESTIVE FEASTS If the supermarket dash fills you with utter dread then it may be an idea to try out the local farmer’s market or associated farm shop. You can place



your meat and vegetable orders early and then you can either collect, or if they run a delivery service, that’s even better! The vegetables tend to be slightly larger than those found neatly packaged on the supermarket shelves anyway and although they may not be scrubbed quite so cleanly, they give more value for your £s spent. To keep your food really healthy, it is probably better to buy free range and organic turkeys or chickens, but remember to head down to the local butcher or farm shop early to place your Christmas order. TIPPLE TIME Whilst we all have our favourite, beer, cider, lager or bottle of fizz, there are some great organic options available that may make any potential hangovers a little easier to bear. For those wanting to learn a little more about the benefits of organic wine visit this website and the great news is they deliver straight to your door! For anyone thinking of beginning a detox after Christmas as they head towards a healthier new year, then there are some excellent homeopathic solutions that can help with curing hangovers.

Milk thistle is recognised to enhance liver function and is available from most health food stores.

ORIGINAL GIFT IDEAS We are probably all familiar with that conundrum of what to buy particular people in our family and Red Letter days aren’t always the gifts for everyone. For some people learning a new life skill that is associated with healthier living may be just the answer. Keen gardeners could enjoy the benefits of membership to Garden Organic which is the UK's leading organic growing charity, and runs courses, talks and workshops. Discover more here: If energy and technology would be more suitable as a gift, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) also runs courses and and produces really useful books and publications on energy, gardening, building and all things sustainable. They can be found at We all know one the petrol heads who just love the speed and feel of the open road. With car manufacturers swiftly moving towards cleaner driving ethics, then it may well be opportune to look at some of the tips and products available on the website.



Also for those, about to launch their children into driving lessons there are a number of driving schools which run courses on eco driving and safer travel. and offer great advice. MAKE A DIFFERENCE If you know that someone has strong views on environmental issues then membership to a club or or trust could be just the type of present that they would really appreciate. The Woodland Trust protects and manages woods across the UK in a bid to protect ancient woods under threat. It also creates new woodland and to date has planted more than 38 million trees over the last 10 years. By becoming a member a number of trees can be dedicated to someone or virtual gifts can be given to reinforce that green ethic. Visit for more details. With so many businesses now focussing on clean manufacturing and producing eco-friendly products, an excellent gift could be membership to groups who are looking to help the planet regarding climate change and biodiversity …all big

issues that manufacturers are looking at today. Friends of the Earth and the Rainforest Action Network could be just the thing for someone who holds these issues close to their heart. WASTE MANAGEMENT Recycling is a massive issue at Christmas and reducing the Festive Footprint by recycling seasonal waste is always a recurring problem. Whilst wrapping paper and plastic recycling is now a priority for most people, knowing what to do with old computers, iPhones, or electrical goods that have been replaced at Christmas can sometimes be a real nuisance to resolve. Electrical waste tends to be worse at Christmas, with landfill sites being inundated with this type of refuse. The easiest thing to do is take unwanted or broken electronics to your local recycling centre, which can be found by visiting the site : Generally, most manufacturers now offer recycling advice on their websites …alternatively, if the product is still in good working order , then this could make a great present for someone less fortunate.




Y es! Of course they are! While some may consider that there seems to be awards cropping up in just about every sector and service industry, they are an exceptional way to recognise excellence whilst also being a great morale booster to nominees and winners alike. Today, awards are very highly valued and even though there are some who feel events are biased the great thing about the NFAs is that the votes are done by the sector itself. Peers praising peers and recognising the best in the industry. Awards create motivation across a company, and this boosts morale. Being part of a team that is nominated is a big incentive and instills pride in a workforce. Potential leads can be generated from the publicity that surrounds a national event. Winning awards can give a business prestige. Not just the winners but the nominees alongside. These companies have been recognised as the best of the best. Winning an award helps with branding credibility and this gives massive potential for greater recognition in terms of accomplishments and customer service. Public relations goes into overdrive with people happy to be part of the association. Feeling great after a win is natural and when this has been achieved through peer recognition there can be no greater reward, adding to the prestige of winning the accolade Customers too love to be associated with ‘winners’ being connected to them in business helps to raise their corporate profile in the process. Participating in award shows such as the NFAs really is worthwhile particularly if a company

wants to profile a brand and expand a network. People look at nominees and winners as industry leaders so this will increase opportunities for sales leads and ultimately investment. The Award events themselves can be exceptionally valuable opportunities to further build on reputations and network to a bigger audience. Getting behind the whole ethos of an award programme is a super way to boost a corporate image. With Social Media and networking online growing at a phenomenal pace, the impact this has on nominees and winners is massive. Industry experts acknowledging excellence has now been overtaken by peerled news that moves inordinately quickly via the internet. This gives rise to greater recognition at a faster pace than ever before. Awards matter in every sector they recognise commitment, quality and excellent teams behind a product or service consistency seems to be the key to success. This type of recognition attracts the right type of customers and the right type of people to be part of award winning teams. This year the NFAs has created a real buzz in the sector with more categories and even more nominations made by people within the industry. Quality counts and recognition of this by peers is evidently what the business leaders of this industry want to see more of as the voting results attest this year. Well done for getting there ….to all the nominees and very many congratulations to all the worthy winners!


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