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County Windows (Winchester) has acquired the business and assets of Apple Home Improvements (‘AHI’), for an undisclosed sum.

AHI, which was headquartered at Aviation Business Park, Bournemouth and had showrooms in Parley and Hedge End, collapsed just before Christmas 2018 with the loss of over 100 jobs, and numerous uncompleted orders.

Following the acquisition, the enlarged group will trade as County Windows from its existing head office in Winchester. Both AHI’s showrooms in Bournemouth and Hedge End will be rebranded and begin trading as County Windows. The group will have a geographic catchment from Weymouth to Chichester, and north to Guildford.

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  County Windows chairman Peter Hall  
Developments in industrial safety

 

Industry 4.0 is a name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution.

Increased productivity is not the only benefit of Industry 4.0. The focus on real-time monitoring and connected technology has allowed plant managers to place greater emphasis on the health and safety of their staff. Jonathan Wilkins, director of obsolete parts supplier EU Automation, explains three ways that technology can improve industrial safety.

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Hurst rebrand

 

Hurst has kicked-off the new year with a major re-brand to strengthen its position as a manufacturer of composite doors and PVC-U door panels. As part of the launch, the company has unveiled a new identity to capture its pedigree and appeal to a new generation of customers.

The launch heralds the next phase of development for Hurst. Marketing manager Hayley Barker says: “This launch marks the beginning of what will be a pivotal year for Hurst as we embark on another period of rapid growth. We have a punchier name and a fresh new look, but our core company values remain the same – they are the trademark of Hurst.

 

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30 year offer

To celebrate 30 years in business, supplying and manufacturing resin and bevel adhesives, J&S Adhesives is offering a free 200g bottle of bevel adhesive!

John Jackson, managing director of J&S Adhesives says: “we are delighted to have reached our 30th year in business, and we would like to celebrate by offering new customers the opportunity to try our award winning bevel adhesives.

We began 30 years ago manufacturing windscreen repair resins and then evolved into a glazing adhesive supplier and more recently into glass construction adhesives. It would be difficult to estimate how many millions of bevels have been bonded over this period with our range of products worldwide”

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Vintage year for G18

Walki is launching a new flame-retardant membrane. WalkiWall Tight FR G A2 is a vapour barrier that ensures fire safety for construction assets and people in case of rescue or evacuation operations.

 “We identified the need for a more flame-retardant material a few years ago. Then the terrible fire accident at the Grenfell tower happened in the UK, and fire regulations were intensified”, says Pierrick Girard, business line manager, construction membranes at Walki.

The building regulations amended by the UK government, that came into force in December 2018, bans the use of combustible materials in the external wall of buildings. The construction of the external wall, along with specified attachments, must be investigated by the Local Council Building Control...                                       Read more

    

 

Iso seminar for architects

 

A free seminar for architects and designers on airtightness in construction sealing joints and improvement options, is now available from form tape sealant specialists ISO-CHEMIE.

 

The move advances architectural knowledge and understanding of airtightness and related issues, enabling specifiers to improve the design and construction of buildings and boost their technical and product expertise.

Delivered onsite within the practice and contributing towards formal CPD training, the one-hour long programme covers advice on effective window installation techniques, and how to identify and rectify air leakage.

The seminar also covers ISO CHEMIE’s ISO-TOP WINFRAMER thermal insulating and load bearing bracket system for the rapid installation of windows, which has been fire rated to E30.

ISO-TOP WINFRAMER can protect the entire window area from fire for a minimum of 30 minutes, guaranteeing the retention of structural integrity, as well as supporting at least 200kg/m and providing an air-tight cavity support.

 

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Comment
The Editor writes
January and we have given The Fabricator a new look.The aim is to give you more in depth articles, not just about the industry but on topics that are relevant to fabricators and manufacturers.
On the news page Andrew Fowlds, chairman of the Association of
Composite Door Manufacturers, reports that the industry has resumed the supply of fire doors and there is comment from the Fire Sector Federation on Dame Judith Hackitt's review of building regulations.
On the subject of manufacturing we look at reducing machinery
maintenance costs by using vibration analysis to monitor the health of bearings.
In this issue there is more about health and safety. Following the successful prosecution of a landlord and a building contractor over the release of asbestos fibres caused by the demolition of a conservatory, our regular contributor, GGF health and safety director Phil Pinnington writes about the proper disposal of asbestos.
And continuing the 'fire' theme Jane Embury of Wrightstyle talks about accidental fires in the workplace. Did you know that 75% of all of the aluminium mined since 1880 is still in use? Another regular contributor, Justin Ratcliffe, CEO of CAB, writes on the benefits of recycling.
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