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Deceuninck has reported its strongest performance in a decade with net profit up €1.8m despite difficulties in the Turkish market.  Its 2018 annual report shows that Turkey was balanced by strong growth in North America and emerging markets.


Deceuninck UK managing director, Rob McGlennon,says: “These are great results, and I’m pleased to say that continued strong growth from the UK not only contributed positively to sales and profits, but consistent year on year growth has moved us up the group rankings so that the UK is overtaking some core countries. January sales were up 12% year-on-year in the UK. This follows a record-breaking 2018 which finished 21% up on the previous year. February sales to date are 25% ahead of February 2018. We are expecting further strong growth in 2019 on the back of product launches and the development of existing initiatives and strategy,”

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Vivalda buys to beat ULEZ


Vivalda, the UK’s largest distributor and fabricator of architectural cladding systems, has acquired six new ULEZ-busting HGVs to ensure it meets tough new emissions laws due to be introduced in London from April this year. Investing more than £300,000 in five Mercedes Benz Actros 2532L models and a DAF CF330 truck, the business has acted decisively to ensure unhindered access to sites across the capital.

All the vehicles in Vivalda’s new, fully liveried fleet are Euro VI compliant, meaning that they will be exempt from tough new emissions fines levied on all cars, vans and lorries that fail the newu ultra low emission zone standard for central London.

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Considerate recycling

The Considerate Constructors Scheme

has launched its industry-wide campaign ‘Spotlight on...plastics and packaging’ to raise awareness and showcase best practice in how the construction industry can reduce, reuse and recycle plastics and packaging.

The launch of the campaign - which features on the industry’s Best Practice Hub - comes in response to startling findings from a scheme survey of over 900 people working within the UK and Irish construction industries.

The survey discovered that although over 95% of respondents said the industry needs to be doing something to reduce its consumption of plastics and packaging, over half of respondents (51%) have little understanding of the rules and regulations...

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Walker joins Hoppe


HOPPE has appointed Jonathan Walker as ARRONE product manager.

Walker has over 25 years’ experience in the door and window hardware industry, specialising in new product development and market research. He has previously worked for Paddock Fabrications and Yale, and joins HOPPE (UK) from Avantis International where he was group sales and marketing director. 

Walker says: “In the short time I’ve been with HOPPE, I’ve seen the wealth of experience and the volume of knowledge that the technical teams have. They are a real authority on what they do. I’m looking forward to tapping into this, and talking to customers to find out exactly what they want and need from ironmongery products to ensure that we tick all right boxes.


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 Most approved planning permissions

Recent research conducted by Hiscox found that 15% of homeowners are deciding to improve instead of move, whilst among millennial homeowners it is more than 1 in 4 choosing to renovate, rather than splashing the cash on a new home and incurring more debt.
Considering the unpredictability of today’s housing market and factoring in the true cost of moving, improving an existing property has become even more popular and affordable.
Extensive changes to a property or the building of a new dwelling requires planning permission from your local planning authority. According to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, 116,700 planning permission applications were submitted across England between January to March 2018, of which 88% were approved.
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Turning the screw


Andy Holland, Technical and marketing manager at Rapierstar explains why poor quality fasteners could be putting window and door makers at great risk of injury.

The fenestration sector and UK manufacturing as a whole has taken huge steps forward in recent decades to improve health and safety in the workplace. The religious enforcement of PPE usage, careful management and control of hazardous substances with comprehensive, audited training programmes are now the norm in the best window and door factories. Nonetheless, the cost of workplace injury in manufacturing to the UK economy was estimated to be £1.1bn in 2016/17 (HSE), and many operatives are still being put at risk of injury every day because of the screws that they are using.


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The Editor writes
Well, soon in three months time, we will know. No! Not what a disaster
Brexit is going to be for the country, that is pretty much a foregone conclusion. I mean THE Fit show.This will be the first event in the series that is under new management.That was what finally, did for the late and not much
lamented Glassex.The move from an organisation with deep associations with the window industry and glass trade to one that was simply running exhibitions eventually was its undoing.
Initially it bloomed but that was on a tide of a booming PVC-U industry.
Systems companies were hungry to recruit fabricators and there was a lot of redundancy money about as firms came and went Today's sacked sales manager became tomorrow's start-up entrepreneur. It just didn't survive the downturn that came with consolidation as the industry settled down.
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