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FENSA, the Government authorised self-certification scheme for windows and doors installers launches the new FENSA member ID Card.


Following engagement with FENSA members and consumer groups alike, it was found that both were keen for there to be a more credible ID card. Installers wanted to demonstrate their trustworthiness and reliability, with customers wanting greater peace of mind.

Jon Vanstone, director of FENSA, says: “It is a really exciting time for FENSA and the new card marks the first of a number of initiatives and changes in 2017 that will deliver more value to members and help them have better engagement with their customers.                                                Read more


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SBD for stable door

Solidor’s stable door is the first stable door to achieve a Secured By Design (SBD) license.
The laminated-hardwood timber core in a Solidor makes it structurally strong and secure. As a result it can be split into two sections and easily supports the improved functionality of a stable door, whilst still keeping homes safe from intruders whilst still keeping homes safe from intruders.
SBD works on behalf of police forces around the country to reduce crime by creating secure environments for the public. Part of this is ensuring products like windows and doors meet robust physical security standards.
SBD senior development officer Mick Reynolds says: “To achieve SBD status these stable doors have had to pass a series of rigorous physical tests by independent laboratories.”

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New move for Kombimatec

Bedfordshire-based window machinery company Kombimatec Machines has moved to premises due to an increasing demand for its machines.Relocating to a new factory three times the size of its existing premises,
Kombimatec move just down the road from Luton to Dunstable with easy access to its new HQ when exiting junction 11 of the M1 motorway.

Suppliers, customers and staff will benefit from the new location,” said Derek Parsons, Kombimatec’s managing director. “One benefit in particular is we expect greater efficiencies as a result of the larger manufacturing area that has been kitted out with all the services we require for manufacturing machines.”

Since 1984 Kombimatec has delivered over 10,000 machines for working PVC and aluminium profiles worldwide. Designed and manufactured to the highest standards, the machines are easy to use, simple to maintain and with CAD experts on hand to assist with factory planning the company’s technical expertise has built over 30 years of serving the industry.

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Dekko steps out to FIT


Dekko Window Systems is marking the latest stage of its expansion with a debut at this year’s FIT Show. The manufacturer of PVC-U and aluminium windows has spent the last decade investing millions in infrastructure and new products. In recent years, it’s built a new factory and added no less than ten new products to an already extensive range.
K Greatorix 110Now that groundwork has been put in place, Dekko has decided to take the stand at the industry’s biggest trade event. Sales director Kurt Greatrex says: “We’ve made massive strides in the last few years – expanding and refining production, developing and launching high-end products and laying the foundations for future growth. Now, we’re heading to the FIT Show with a lot to shout about – and it provides us with the perfect platform to showcase the fantastic range we’ve been able to develop.”



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Acquasurtech back at FIT


It’s been a busy 12 months for the North American company AquaSurTech. After launching its products to the UK market at The Fit Show in 2016, the company has now secured premises and launched its European M breul 110operation based in the UK.

Its signature product ‘D200’ is high performance 1k water based coating system designed for direct application to exterior PVC-U, composite and powder coated aluminium windows and doors.

Available in a wide range of finishes, such as textures, metallic and wood grain and in a large selection of colours (including colour matching capability) , D200 is fast drying and suited to both in factory and onsite application.

Ultra Low VOC’s and NMP free, make this water based coating system the most environmentally friendly product available in the market and will insure your start up investment is small.

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AluFoldDirect’s design centre


Architects and specifiers looking for Secured by Design, thermally efficient commercial doors should visit the new AluFoldDirect aluminium glazing design centre in Blackburn to see examples of Jack Aluminium’s Jack Door system.

The new showroom and advice centre gives visitors the chance to seAlufold 110e, touch and feel precision-made aluminium doors and windows and speak to in-house experts about their project. The inclusion of the Jack Door in the centre reflects AluFoldDirect’s success using the system to fabricate its commercial doors, which are popular with customers for their high quality finish and robust long-term performance.

The AluFoldDirect aluminium glazing design centre contains several examples of the Jack Door with different hardware and colour options. There’s even a Jack Door at the main entrance to the AluFoldDirect factory, where the design centre is based. In addition, the building’s exterior curtain walling is also fabricated from the Jack Aluminium system.

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The Editor writes
This time last year I wrote about the FIT Show's imminent move from Telford to the NEC. Well, here we are. In a couple of months an apparently enthusiastic window industry will gather at the NEC for the biggest exhibition the industry has seen in years.
No one can fault the organisers for
the effort that they have put into the event. If Glassex had had even half of the marketing effort that has gone into FIT 17 it would possibly still be with us. But then the organisers of FIT are part of the industry and understand what is going on in the market and what the industry needs.
The NEC is now under different management. It claims to be more customer focused – not something, I think, that the NEC could ever have been accused of in the past. Parking is still paid for but there is a lot of it and if you are on good terms with a supplier that you plan to visit at the show, who knows, he might even give you a free pass.

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