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The new industry body for installers, Certass Trade Association (CTA), has been launched to give installation companies and tradespeople the chance to make their views heard and get practical support to help grow their businesses.


Jon Vanstone, Chair of CTA says: “Our industry is faced with many issues – a lack of reliable support, an ageing workforce and poor perception from consumers. Speaking with installers and tradespeople we understand the extra pressures they have to contend with. As well as staying competitive and professional in a changing market there is also a severe lack of available skilled labour."

He told The Fabricator: "As a competent persons scheme Certass is restricted in the advice that it can give to its members. We can only point them at the rules as they stand. As a trade association we have much more flexibility to advise members and to discuss the options.

"We are can take a position on things such as proposed legislation or standards, and advise our members on the best ways to deal with these...


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Hackney civic refurb


A member of the Steel Window

Association which specialises in the restoration of old metal windows has successfully completed a phased, five-year involvement with the refurbishment of an East London landmark.

Hackney Town Hall is a Grade II, art-deco

style building and one of the capital's most recognisable municipal properties, whose painstaking repair and modernisation has taken nearly a decade since planning permission and listed building consent were obtained. 

The design and build project has been carried out by Geoffrey Osborne Ltd with Hawkins

Brown being the architectural practice involved.  Croydon-based Associated Steel Window Services (ASWS) was the specialist sub-contractor tasked with removing, repairing and reinstating the 80-year old Universal Suite section windows, as well as producing new W20 doorsets for new function areas.

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Hartshorn to quit Flamstead Group


Roger Hartshorn is to step down as CEO of the Flamstead Group, the owner of HL Plastics, the Liniar brand and Avantek Machinery. Hartshorn wil leave in October, he says that he wishes to spend more time on other personal and business interests.

Hartshorn founded HL Plastics and created the Eurocell brand which he sold to the  Tessenderlo Group in 2003.  Two years later, along with his partner Mike Bosworth, he aquired HL Plastics and used it as a platform to crate the Liniar  window system.

Hartshorn says: I am incredibly proud to have been a part of the success that HL Plastics has achieved over the last 41 years. I feel that now is a good time to move away, safe in the knowledge that the Group will be left in a superb position under the guidance of a stable management team.”


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Stevenswood stocks Yale

Stevenswood, which is part of the Customade Group, has introduced Yale security products at a number of its trade counters throughout the UK.

Stevenswood offers top quality windows, doors and conservatories through its growing national network of trade counters. Ten of these counters now stock the Yale Doormaster range of repair and replacement multi-point locks, along with the innovative Yale Conexis L1 smart door lock.

Joe Truman, chief operating officer at Stevenswood. said: “Yale is a household name and a trusted brand, and we are thrilled to be adding its Doormaster and Conexis L1 security solutions to our trade counters.

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Dudley's investment


Dudley’s Aluminium has expanded its facilities following a period of strong growth.

Cardiff based Dudley’s has invested more than £200,000 on a new storage and offtake facility, as well as a second Combilift multidirectional forklift, to ensure smooth and efficient operations, and improved productivity of its materials handling at its manufacturing facility and storage unit.

The recent expansion means that Dudley’s storage capacity has doubled and also freed up space within the main factory, giving a net increase in fabrication space of over 50%.

The investment in the new facility follows a period of growth for the company which has won a number of high profile contracts over the last 12-months.  

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Thermoseal in Track 200


The ninth annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table ranks Thermoseal Group no.41 in the league of businesses with fastest-growing international sales.

Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table was published ranks Britain’s mid-market (total sales of £25m+ and international sales of £1m+) private companies with the fastest growing international sales over the past two years.  The 200 companies include well-known names from sports car manufacturer Aston Martin and fashion retailer White Stuff to coffee house chain Caffé Nero and craft beer maker BrewDog. Thermoseal Group has achieved annual international sales growth over two years of  79.46% increase (the average was 62%) supplying to over 27 countries in five continents.


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The Editor writes
A recurring theme at the recent Glazing Summit was the number of
builders merchants that stock windows; or at least offer the service to source windows.The other side of that particular coins is that builders are getting in on the act too.
According to Insight Data's Jade Greenhow there are some 15,000
builders who actively sell directly to homeowners. While this puts pressure on the installation sector of the window industry it can only
be good news for fabricators.At a time when the manufacturing sector
is shrinking, Greenhow put the number of window manufacturers at
4,850, this trend, of course, opens up market opportunities for those that are still there.
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