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May 25th sees a new EU Regulation come into force, the General Data Protection Regulation, and it’s already causing confusion and panic within the business community. An army of consultants, advisors and groups have jumped on the band wagon, organising seminars and events that are often ill-informed, sometimes misleading and all-to-often designed to generate significant fees.


Andrew Scott, managing director of Insight Data, says: “Despite the barrage of information, courses and so-called experts that have emerged, there is no official certification or accreditation for GDPR. Anyone with limited knowledge can put on a seminar and offer advice, but our experience is that many of these simply get it wrong."

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Coming to the conference


Edgetech  is the latest big-name sponsor to sign up to the Glazing Summit, a major new conference for the leading lights of UK fenestration.

Coming to the St John’s Exhibition Centre in Solihull on May 22nd, the event will bring together senior figures from the industry to discuss new product developments, emerging opportunities, and the future of the sector in the wake of Brexit.

Coventry-based Edgetech is known for its pioneering role in the development of warm-edge technology. However, it’s also widely respected for its willingness to tackle the biggest issues affecting glass and glazing, and as one of the driving forces behind the popularisation of window energy ratings.

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Allen joins Alumen

Aluminium fabricator Alumen has strengthened its trade supply operation with the appointment of David Allen as trade sales manager.  Alumen made the appointment following its recent expansion to a new 15,000 ft2 facility in Kettering.

Alumen’s managing director, Alan Robinson, says: “Trade supply is an important market for us. As part of our commitment to our trade customers, we’ve brought in David as the key point of contact, managing existing customers and building new relationships, and making sure they’re all well looked after.

“David has more than 20 years of experience, both in the fenestration industry and with trade account management,... 

Morley business award shortlist

Morley Glass & Glazing, manufacturer of Uni-Blinds integral blind units, has been shortlisted in the medium sized business category at the 2018 Yorkshire Business Masters Awards.
Organised by business news website, the annual awards are one of the key events in the region’s business calendar, honouring everyone from major innovators, to excellent SMEs, overperforming exporters and upstanding professional services businesses.
Now in its twentieth year, Morley Glass & Glazing sees the shortlisting in the Medium Sized Business category as confirming its position as a valuable part of Yorkshire’s business community.

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Seamless sills

One of the first fabricators to use Graf weld technologyon its Infinity range of seamless PVC-U windows and later with the Residence Collection, Dekko Window Systems has now made a £150k investment in the new, Graf sill welder. The new sill welder means the firm can add a high-end, premium finish to its window cills as standard, manufacturing 95mm stub cills and both 150mm and 180mm cills with a completely seamless weld. Eliminating potential dis-colouration by removing the need to sand or polish the cill, the advanced machine achieves a more accurate, cleaner finish as it digitally sets the angles to weld.


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Architectural ironmomgery awards

Innovative product design will be recognised in a new category at the next GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards.

 Organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards are designed to identify and reward excellence in the specification of architectural ironmongery.


The ‘Best new product: design and innovation’ category has been created to celebrate new door and window hardware product, allowing advancing technologies to be fully showcased and recognised.

 Products using new methods of manufacture, a new design concept or displaying originality of thought would be eligible. They could also show a unique way of using a material, a new solution or a new design. 


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The Editor writes
It isn't very often you see the industry get a mention in mainstream news. Consumer programmes, sure, they are forever bashing the 'double glazing' industry but this was the BBC news website. So I was a bit surprised to see a mention of Manse Masterdoor and then Synseal in a report on the Grenfell Tower. Let me say here and now that Synseal was an innocent bystander in this. It acquired Manse
Masterdoor (along with LB Plastics) in 2014. The doors mentioned in
the report were installed in Grenfell Tower in 2011/12.
Now the controversy starts.The door recovered from a lower floor
in Grenfell Tower was sent for test by the Metropolitan police.We do
not know where it was tested but most likely at the BRE. It was rated
as having 30 minutes integrity but failed after 15 minutes.

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