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Following the of Nigel Rees Brian Baker has been appointed interim CEO of the Glass and glazing federation. Seven applicants were selected for interview, of which three were shortlisted, however the GGF board could not arrive at a consensus to appoint any of the candidates. The GGF will now go through the full recruitment process again in the first quarter of 2017.

In the circumstances, the board has unanimously agreed to appoint Brian Baker, former GGF President and current Chairman of the Board to act as interim chief executive until a new permanent chief executive is appointed.

Alan Burgess, GGF president-electsays: “Finding the perfect replacement for Nigel is, perhaps, the single most important appointment we as directors are likely to make. Being a significant appointment, all directors were focussed upon finding the right candidate, but equally, not at any cost. It was agreed early on that if agreement could not be reached, then the harder decision to rerun the process had to be made.



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Customade has been named the aluminium company of 2016 in the National Fenestration Awards.

The NFA win comes just five months after Customade launched its industry-leading aluminium solution, ‘REAL Aluminium’. REAL Aluminium was created by the Gloucestershire-based fabricator to cut aluminium lead times to just two weeks and make pricing, quoting and promoting aluminium easier than ever before.

Customade beat off competition from other well-known aluminium fabricators to take the title in the annual independent awards.

Claire Miller, Customade Group’s marketing manager, says: “When we launched Real Aluminium earlier this year, we set out to really shake up the industry and revolutionise the supply of aluminium. We are thrilled to win this award, which celebrates the terrific impact that Real Aluminum has had on our industry in such a short time.

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Addison introduces bending

Addison Tube Division, the specialist tube bending technologies arm of Addison Saws, has been appointed as the sole UK distributor of PBT AG’s CNC profile bending machines.

Swiss-based PBT is a leading name in high-performance profile bending technologies for aluminium, stainless steel and steel profiles. Its machines are used across a large number of sectors, including automotive manufacturing, construction, aerospace, the windows industry, and furniture making.

We are extremely pleased to have secured the UK distributor rights for PBT’s internationally recognised profile bending technologies,” says Addison Group managing director, Gary Knight. “In appointing us, PBT identified closely with our ethos of helping customers find the very best solutions to their manufacturing challenges, through technologies sourced from the global market place, and all supported by the highest levels of customer service...  

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Kombimatec orbits Planet

Hurst Plastics has topped off a year of rapid growth and ambitious investment with the appointment of a materials manager to accelerate further development and drive even greater efficiency for the business in 2017.

Neil Dibnah has joined Hurst in the newly created role. His appointment will help Hurst to achieve sustainable growth and steadily improve efficiencies throughout the business whilst building on its capability to deliver a consistently high quality product and service to customers.

Kevin Wheatman, Hurst Plastics’ director and general manager, says: “The last 12 months have been tremendously exciting for us with a number of key investments helping to increase our manufacturing capabilities...

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Edgetech winner

Edgetech UK has been named spacer bar manufacturer of the year in the National Fenestration Awards for the second year running.

Head of marketing at Edgetech UK, Charlotte Davies says: “A National Fenestration Award is a real badge of honour for us, because the awards are voted for by customers, suppliers and glazing industry peers.

“To win the title of spacer bar manufacturer of the year for the second time confirms that we are delivering the best support for our customers. Our unrivalled technical and sales support teams are backed up with our helpful customer service team and proven product quality that customers can rely on.

“IGU manufacturers are having increasing performance, application and cost saving requirements placed on them, so we are developing our systems to meet these demands and to continue delivering value and innovative solutions for the UK market.”

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Education project for Dudley


Aluminium fabricator Dudley’s Aluminium has secured a new education sector contract in South Wales to support the construction of John Frost School, in Newport.


The company has secured a contract in excess of £750k with BAM Construction to install the secondary school’s aluminium façade, with work beginning in the spring of 2017.

Engineers from Dudley’s Aluminium will install Metal Technology System 17 capped curtain walling, Metal Technology System 4-35 HI+ window system and manual and automatic doors at the site.

The contract is part of a multi-million-pound transformation at John Frost School, with a new Welsh medium secondary school being developed on part of the existing site. The upper and middle blocks of the existing school will be retained, with portable buildings currently housing four learning zones and linking corridors to be demolished. These will be replaced by a three-storey building sited between the upper and middle blocks.

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The Editor writes
'May you live in interesting times'. So runs an ancient Chinese curse.And boy, has 2016 been interesting!
First of all we were beguiled and bamboozled by a bunch of disingenuous, self-seeking politicians into voting to leave the EU. It was probably the worst decision we the people have made about our country, ever. The whole proposition was based on half truths, downright lies and disinformation seasoned with a heavy sprinkling of racism. An associate of mine, who I otherwise regard as intelligent, thought that voting to leave would “stop all of those Syrian refugees who keep coming here”. She seemed horrified when I told her that the only people it was likely to stop were other Europeans.
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