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The industry’s top business leaders, directors and senior management will converge near Birmingham for a major industry conference and debate in May.

The 2018 Glazing Summit is a powerful forum for fabricators, installers, glass companies, distributors and material suppliers to come together and discuss key industry issues and trends.


A line-up of experts will debate the ‘new landscape’ as opportunities and threats emerge across the industry; from the impact of Brexit and the housing crisis, the latest marketing trends, new developments in products and materials and disruptive technologies.

The Summit promises to tackle current issues head-on, including fire regulations and safety, implications of employed and self-employed rulings for salespeople and fitters, and new legislation such as GDPR.

Those attending will discover how the industry is evolving following a string of mergers and acquisitions, and get the inside track on why some of the established big players in the industry could disappear in the years ahead.

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Andrew Scott
McAllister joins GGF

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has appointed Shaun McAllister as managing director. McAllister has over 30 years’ experience in the home improvement industry.

He has been worked for a number of home improvement companies including G.F Kite, Weatherseal, Mumford and Wood, and the Anglian Group.

McAllister entered the industry in 1983 as a fabricator and subsequently worked as an installer, surveyor, installation manager, divisional operations manager, regional sales manager. From 2007 to 2016 he was conservatory director at the Anglian Group.

McAllister says: "This is truly an exciting industry and it is a privilege to able to represent the GGF membership as managing director. I am thoroughly looking forward to working with the GGF staff and current members to help improve the GGF services and membership benefits.”

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Liz Truss visits Xtralite

The Rt Hon Liz Truss MP visited Xtralite, the rooflight and structural glazing manufacturer based in Blyth, Northumberland and discussed measures the business has taken to ensure its continued growth and prosperity.

During the visit she said: "I am really impressed by the craftsmanship and innovation I've seen at Xtralite. It is fantastic to see hardworking businesses and their employees defying the critics and giving Northumberland something positive to shout about.

“By backing free enterprise, investing in infrastructure and giving people the skills they need, we're supporting the North East economy which is so vital to our country's success.”

Over the past 12 months Xtralite has expanded its operations with its structural glazing division moving to new premises and the addition of a further production line for its modular skylights and automatic opening vents. The new premises also includes a dedicated visitor centre.

Fire and acoustic solution

A multi-million pound project to create an exclusive residential development in a Cheshire conservation area, which has given a new lease of life to a beautiful unused Victorian church, has demonstrated how Promat UK’s high performance, fire-resistant glass range represents the assured choice for developers.
The Trinity development at Bowdon near Altrincham by Hale Estates has created nine luxury residences in a variety of configurations and sizes from one to three bedrooms. The project has converted the former Trinity United Reformed Church, which dates from 1872 but was last used as a place of worship in 2004.

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Third version of historic building


Scandic Continental Hotel is a building which appeared on the map of Stockholm  as early as at the end of the 19th century. Nowadays, the multi-functional building situated in the very heart of the city, holds a hotel, an underground station, an apartment block and a conference centre. Continuous extension of the city did not allow the original building to survive until modern times. We can now see the third version of the buildingwith a total of about 38,000sq ft of high quality façade glass manufactured by Press Glass. KG Constructions was the main contractor doing external glazing.

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Obituary - Jon Skinner


We regret to announce the death of Jon Skinner who died on Friday 29th December, 2017 age 63.


He had worked in the glazing industry for more than 40 years and spent his latter years as commercial director of Epwin Window Systems, a role which he was proud to have and thoroughly enjoyed before ill health prevented him from continuing.
Jon Skinner began his career serving an apprenticeship for BKL Alloys and soon found himself working in one of their newly formed companies, Scope Aluminium, which became a market leader in the aluminium home improvements sector at that time. Over the following years he worked with some of the industry leaders and helped to build some highly recognised brands in the industry, at the same time making some life-long friends.

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The Editor writes
So, the Brexit deal's done.The terms dictated by a minority political group and based entirely on doctrinaire self interest. But we can move onto a trade deal.
Or can we? The minute there was agreement the Brexit lobby started its cant. Gove told us that if we don't like the deal we can change it at the next election. One presumes he means that he and his buddies could bring down the present government, triggering the election, with himself as prime minister leading the country to sunny, Europe free uplands. He and Boris then both laid down the law as to the kind of trade deal we want and David Davis has suggested that if we don't get what we want we would welch on the 'divorce' agreement. It rather concerns me that those who we appoint to lead us live in such fantasy lands. Though then I suppose that in politics these days there is really
little but fantasy.
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