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Phil Pluck, group chief executive of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) left the organisation suddenly on 12th April after less than a year in the post.

Pluck joined the organisation in May 2017. He has introduced a substantial change programme at the GGF bringing together the commercial companies of GGF and its membership side. He also brought in a new senior management team as part of a complete re-structure programme In a statement Pluck said: "The GGF Group is now in the best shape it has been for years and is ideally positioned to grow its influence and value to its members and customers. A new management team is in place and has the skills and commitment to realise the potential of the GGF Group for the benefit of its customers, members and the industry. I am immensely sad to be leaving such a great organisation and its people but for personal reasons this is the right time to be departing. The GGF Group is a fantastic organisation and I wish it the very best for the future.”


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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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Beware the consultant

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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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
I confess to being a bit confused. Looking at a few trends: car sales
down, businesses going under – not particularly in our sector. I have
input from grocery and believe me it's a mess. Major food wholesalers
are being taken over and going bust in droves. Watch the prices next
time you are shopping! Some of the decline in car sales is being blamed
on the diesel problems but the industry is relating much of the blame to consumers worried about Brexit.
As far as our industry is concerned, in this month's marketing article
Andrew Scott refers to “This current world of acquisitions, mergers and closures – especially in the fenestration industry...” And Andrew is pretty plugged in to what is going on.
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