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Despite the shocking tragedy of the Grenfell fire in London last summer, an online poll has revealed that 50% of tradespeople don’t feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety.

 

Despite extensive media coverage about the dangers of inadequate fire protection in offices and homes since the disaster, less than 20% of tradespeople polled have seen an increase in demand for fire safety products or parts such as replacement intumescent strips for fire doors.

The results are published in support of Fire Door Safety Week (24 September – 30 September) which aims to raise awareness of the importance of fire doors in saving lives.

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Obituary: Maurice Anders

 

Maurice Anders of T A Anders and Co, has died aged 91. T A Anders was a founding member of the Glass and Glazing federation federation.

Anders had worked in the glass industry all his life. He went straight into the business after leaving school and following the death of his father. Anders senior founded the company in 1931 after leaving Pilkington Glass.

The family were from St Helens and it is believed there were members of the Anders family working at Pilkington Bros since the 1840s. When Maurice joined, the business was located in Rusholme, Manchester.

Maurice met his wife to be, Jean, whilst an apprentice at R H Armstrong in Salford in 1944 and together they moved the business to railway arches in Manchester city centre in the early 1950s and then to Liverpool Street, Salford in 1959.                  

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Exhibitors go for glass

 

The flat glass industry is throwing its weight behind FIT Show’s newest event feature, with a number of key brands signing up for Visit Glass in recent weeks according to event director Nickie West.

Dubbed FIT Show’s ‘show within a show’, Visit Glass is brand new for 2019 and will provide a dedicated area for the UK’s rapidly expanding flat glass sector, showcasing both products and machinery.

Leading brands to have signed up for the inaugural event include the likes of HIRD, Bohle, Saint-Gobain and Intermac who have all taken prominent stands on the floor plan.

Intermac marked the first machinery brand to sign up to Visit Glass and has exciting plans for their debut, where they will show their latest machinery in float and laminate glass processing.

 

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DIY Grenfell

 

Senior Architectural Systems donated a range of aluminium glazing systems for two new community buildings that have been created as part of the BBC’s recent DIY SOS Grenfell Special programme.

Presented by Nick Knowles, the two episodes were broadcast on BBC1 on Wednesday 5 and 12 September. The programme  took on one of its biggest and most important challenges ever in order to help the local West London community which was affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017. Tradespeople from across the UK, including Senior’s supply chain partners Soundcraft and CMS, came together to construct two new buildings in just a few weeks.

 

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Pilkington  at Glasstec

 

The NSG Group, owner of the Pilkington brand, will be exhibiting new products for energy-efficiency, solar control and decorative applications at Glasstec in Dusseldorf from 23 – 26 of October.

Its stand will feature Pilkington Super Spacia, the latest addition to its range of ultra-thin energy-efficient vacuum insulated glass unit (IGU) products, popular in heritage applications. The product has the lowest Ug-value (equal to 0.7 W/m2K) of all Pilkington Spacia products.

The NSG Group will also be demonstrating a range of new solar control glass. This includes Pilkington Suncool Dynamic, a thermochromic laminated safety glass, which adapts to the changing weather outside, powered by Suntuitive.

         

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Morley at Moortown

 

Morley Glass & Glazing’s continued sponsorship of a Yorkshire rugby club has allowed it to complete some desperately needed improvement work to its pitches.

 

Moortown Rugby Union Football Club, which is currently home to four senior teams, ten junior teams and three female teams making it one of the biggest clubs in Yorkshire, has been able to repair holes, remove stones and other debris, create drains and sow new grass. Morley Glass & Glazing has also sponsored uniforms for the club’s 1st XV team.

 

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The Editor writes
That wasn't a bad summer, as summers go. Heading into autumn we can start thinking about next year. There are a couple of quite important things happening in 2019.
First of all it is a FIT Show year. Already press releases from the organisers are hitting the desk (well, these days they just arrive, silently into the email box but that doesn't sound so dramatic) and registration for tickets started in July.
This show should be interesting.The second year at the NEC and it is already, almost, a sell out. One of the great things about this exhibition is the range of interests. It is not just about PVC products; aluminium is a big item in the industry right now and the show reflects that. One new introduction to the event that I, for one, am particularly looking forward to (as much as I ever look forward to exhibitions, but that is a whole other article and I promised this month I would stay positive!) is the introduction of a glass section.
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