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The government is undertaking an investigation into the fire door industry following concerns about the consistency of flat front entrance fire doors against the required performance standards.

Where doors that have failed tests are installed, building owners should speak to the contractor responsible for installation or the supplier that produces the doors to get further information about the nature of failure and potential action required. They should also review their building fire risk assessments to determine how quickly these doors should be replaced.

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  Fire door test at Cambridgeshire Fire Research
Bernard Lowe retires


The GGF is bidding farewell to one of its longest serving members and greatest technical contributors, as Dr Bernard Lowe has decided to retire after 58 years in the industry.

lowe started his career in the industry in 1960 working for Bostik where he was responsible for developing sealants for insulating glass units. His 28 years  with Bostik saw him gain a doctorate in adhesion science and become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry as well a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

He was active with the Glass and Glazing Federation from its very start in 1977 and worked on the GGF’s original technical documents including the glazing manual.

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EAPFP: new board


The European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP) launched a new business strategy and appointed a new board of principal officers at its general meeting in Antwerp in November 2018.

Miroslav Smolka, of the Slovak Association for Passive Fire Protection (APPO) has been appointed as president for the next two years, taking over from Joric Witlox of Brandveilig Bouwen Nederland (BBN), the Association of Fireproof Building Netherlands, who held the position from 2016-18.

Niall Rowan of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) in the UK takes on the role of vice-president.


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New glass training courses


Glass Technology Services has extended its training programme and introduced new courses for 2019 due to increasing requests from clients throughout the glass supply chain. The diary for 2019 includes new introductory courses as well as technical courses aimed at technologists within the glass industry and those working in technical quality assurance and specification roles across the supply-chain.

Glass appreciation – an introduction to glass - this one-day course introduces glass processes, products, properties and environmental considerations – enabling students to understand the material better and work with it more effectively.

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Vintage year for G18

More than 600 of the industry’s top people helped to make 2018 a vintage year as they applauded the best of the best at the 15th annual G-Awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday Nov 30.

Every year, the standard just goes on getting better,” said organiser Tony Higgin, who first launched the awards on the same stage 15 years ago. “The people and companies with G-Awards in their trophy cabinet are the same ones that have driven most of the innovations that have shaped the industry over those 15 years and the future will prove that this year was no exception.”



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Thermoseal G18 win


Following a year of investment in its infrastructure Thermoseal Group won the award for customer care initiative at the G18 event at the Hilton on Park Lane on 30th November.

2017-18 has seen the installation of a new order tracking and delivery system at Thermoseal Group which is the final stage of its five year plan to achieve paperless sales order processing and a system which, as well as doing its bit for the environment, ensures a first-class service to customers.

This system included a centralized production control system, then a bar coding system as well as an earlier-installed customer e-order confirmation system, so that customers now receive continual order and delivery updates and all without any paper involved. This series of new systems, as well as investment of £100K-plus to reclaim and recycle almost 100% of its waste plastic, will help Thermoseal Group to reduce its carbon footprint.


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The Editor writes
Well, a happy Christmas, though probably not if you are a member of
parliament.Yesterday I read that the prime minister is threatening detention for all the MPs who vote against her deal with the EU. (Due tomorrow as I write.) The Grinch is cancelling Christmas and they can stay in and keep voting until they get it right. It is a pity she won't give us the same opportunity. Of course if she did there is a  chance that we might change our mind and she will have her chums in the European Research Group up in arms not to mention Farage fuming and starting new political parties.
There seems to be a general assumption that the whole country has moved to the far right – not my impression – along with all of the politicians. Also not true. A few, perhaps very few, members of the Conservative Party have shown their true xenophobic colours and insist that we should have nothing
to do with Johnny Foreigner.
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