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The GGF has announced changes to its board of directors, a new president and the launch of a new trading name, The Helix Group” which will act as the umbrella company for all the GGF’s subsidiary commercial companies.


Through the home improvement executive (HIE), GGF members have voted for Alan Burgess of Masterframe to be president-elect and Stephen Payne of Britelite Windows to be the new chairman of the HIE. Both join the GGF board with effect from 1st September.

The GGF Board also ratified two other new Board Members on 1st September, with Alex Gray of Supaseal Glass and chairman of GGF Scotland and Stephen Forbes of the Nicholls and Clarke Group joining the board.


On the new additions, Brian Baker, Chairman of the GGF Board and Immediate Past President commented, “I am pleased to welcome all four new Members to the GGF Board. With their individual and collective experience the new Board Members will add a great deal to the GGF going forward at a time of considerable change and new challenges for our industry.”

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Alan Burgess, president elect
Heritage solution

How to consistently incorporate 21st Century glass technology into aesthetically appropriate double glazed units for traditional and historic or listed properties is an issue the industry has grappled with for decades. The problem was recently highlighted by the GGF which draw attention to the lack of specific test evidence available to date for IGUs constructed with an edge depth seal less than that usually seen in standard units.

Peterborough-based glass and glazing specialist SafeGuard has found a solution and has announced that it is the first company in the UK to achieve EN1279 Parts 2 and 3 across a range of heritage IGUs. Released recently by BSI, the results show the company’s Clarity Classic range of slim units sailed through the moisture penetration index, and gas loss rate tests.

Nick Welsh, managing director at SafeGuard says: “This is a significant milestone for the fenestration industry as a whole when it comes to heritage glass units and I’m proud that SafeGuard is leading the way.


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Rehau achieves ISO 50001

Rehau has announced that it has achieved the ISO 50001 Energy Management Certificate for all of its UK manufacturing and warehousing facilities.

This is a key element in the fenestration and renewables specialist’s ambitious energy policy which is focused both on reducing energy losses and using and producing energy efficiently. It extends not just to the company’s manufacturing processes but to the design and application of REHAU’s products and to its buildings, infrastructure, purchasing policies, machinery and energy.

The UK plants covered by the ISO 50001 certification are in Blaenau and Amlwch in North Wales, where Rehau produces its PVC-U window and door systems and district heating pipework. It also covers the company’s UK warehouse in Runcorn and its headquarters in Ross on Wye.

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Union supports security month

Union, an ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions company is supporting National Home Security Month 2016 to create awareness around home security for the third consecutive year.  

The nationwide initiative that runs throughout October 2016 was launched by Union’s sister brand Yale, in order to offer tips and advice for keeping families, homes and belongings safe during winter.

Eryl Jones, managing director at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, says: “We are proud to be supporting National Home Security Month once again. Throughout October 2016 our experienced product managers will be offering advice on product testing, quality control and Union products.”

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Reynears thinking big for FIT

Reynaers Aluminium says it is ‘thinking big’ for its first ever stand at The FIT Show at the NEC in May next year. Promoting the company’s diverse range of high quality aluminium bespoke window and door products, Reynaers promises to make an immediate and lasting impact on The FIT Show showcasing products that will set a new benchmark for the industry..

“We intend to make our mark at the 2017 FIT Show,” says Reynaers marketing manager Rebecca Cope, “with brand new products developed by a design team regarded as one of the best in the world, from a company that has helped shape the urban landscape for more than half a century. And we will do so on a stand that will allow us to show our products in a style visitors might expect from a design-led company.”

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GGF annual report 2015


The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has launched its Annual Report 2016 for the year ending 31st December 2015


In the Report the financial section shows the GGF has remained financially stable throughout the year with the number and the value of Members’ subscriptions remaining fairly constant. The Report also highlights the political, technical, marketing and legislative work the Federation has undertaken during the period.

Nigel Rees, GGF Chief Executive says: “I thank all our Members for their support and can assure them that the Federation will continue to do its utmost to deliver the benefits and customer service to help our Members cope with the challenges ahead.”


The Editor writes
Well, here we are, the referendum has come and gone. Not the way some us would have liked it to have gone but the sky did not fall and we are still here. All of the reports about the economy seem, after a short blip, to be positive.
Construction in particular seems to be pretty bouyant. Last month the CAB State of Trade Survey for the second quarter showed construction companies active and looking confidently forward. A report in this issue (page 20) tells us that the window companies, if a
little concerned about the present, are confident for the future strength of the industry. Of course I could put on my cynic’s hat and say “when weren't they?” but I feel that would be a little churlish in the
present climate.
And about that climate: after the shock of the Brexit result everyone, including quite a few people who voted out, expected the world to end or at least our economy to collapse. But after a bit of panic, the pound plummeting, that sort of thing, we got up the next day to find that nothing much had changed and we just had to get on with things.
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