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CAB Diary 2019

cabOur next
events are:

CAB Contractual Awareness Seminar
‘What every Subcontractor needs to know’  
Reading Football Club, 25 September

CAB Regional Members’ Meeting
Imperial War Museum, Manchester, 24 October

CAB Contractual Awareness Seminar
‘Payment issue’  
Forest of Arden, Warwickshire, 12 November

For further details of any of the above events please contact Julie Harley here.


cabSENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS is launching a heavy-duty version of its Ali Fold aluminium door system. 
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cabA growing demand for large span patio doors has been highlighted by a nine metre wide installation by Co Durham fabricator and installer AC Aluminium using the KLS patio system from EXLABESA.
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cabAluminium windows, doors and curtain walling from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS have been specified for the Smokehouses, a new residential development.
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The grounds of the Tudor Gothic mansions Knock Castle and Knock Old Castle in Largs, on the West Coast of Scotland, have been enhanced with the addition of the Wizard’s House, a garden room featuring aluminium glazing from SIDEY.
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June 2019 sees a group of 18 men from the industry cycle through 12 countries in ten days “From Russia with Hope” with Brisant Secure as the event sponsor.
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cabThe JD47 non-thermal commercial door from JACK ALUMINIUM has been used to replace a ‘tired’ timber frame at the headquarters of Adullam Homes Housing Association in West Bromwich.
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CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has gained the award for Best Employment Initiative for Young People in the Skills and Training Academy Awards run by Scottish public-private development partnership hub South West.
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CERTASS says it has received more than 3,000 reviews for members since its new, free ‘Rate Your Installer’ online rating system was launched in November.
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BOHLE has gained GQA certification for its UV bonding course and status as an approved training centre.
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EMPLAS has added AluK’s contemporary F82 Luminia aluminium bi-folding door to its product portfolio.
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Peterborough-based CLEARVIEW GLAZIERS has added the Stellar aluminium system from Epwin Window Systems to the offering of its aluminium division.
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FK Group, the £100million-plus off-site building envelope provider, has purchased aluminium fabricator Premo Fabrications for an undisclosed sum.
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The Glass and Glazing Federation has appointed David Borland as Technical Officer. 
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Barbara Zogornik is the new Quality Assurance Manager at MILA.
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cabJACK ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS has appointed Karol Dabrowski as Technical Support Engineer.
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The Glass and Glazing Federation has co-opted Gaby Mendham, Director of Ecoglass Ltd, to the GGF Board.
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cabHardware supplier Caldwell has announced the acquisition of Mumbai-based distributor Archintex, which already supplies Cotswold hardware across the Indian subcontinent.
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WINLOCK SECURITY is launching its StrongholdSecurity Guarantee, which offers up to £3,000 worth of compensation if a burglary or break-in is down to a failure of the company’s security components.
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The Avia Apple HomeKit smartlock from MIGHTON is said to be the first of its kind to be awarded the Code of Practice for Consumer Internet of Things.
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cabWINDOW WARE has added hardware from GT Window Products to its range.
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KENRICK has launched a suited range of heritage hardware with the traditional aesthetics of 19th century ironmongery.
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The design of the ULTION WXM has been evolved with a new two-part plug that has increased engagement with a new curved cap.
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Fit Show

John Adams, aluminium category director at REAL ALUMINIUM, gave three seminars on the Customade Group stand at the FIT Show.
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EXTRUDASEAL said it received high levels of interest in its gaskets and ancillaries at this year’s FIT Show.
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Dave Thomas, Managing Director of HAFFNER MURAT says the FIT Show was its best ever in terms of interest and orders taken.
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Smart Ready, Sac Hardware and Hug Technology, which collectively promoted SMART READY certification at FIT, report ‘a hugely successful show that exceeded all expectations by a long way’.
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cabVBH (GB) launched 11 new products at the FIT show including the Q-Smart handle with fingerprint reader.
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The BRISANT team ‘connected’ with the industry at the FIT Show with its new connected system integrating smart technology with its Sweet handle and Ultion lock.
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cabSMART ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM displayed its Designer Door range at this year’s FIT show.
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There has recently been speculation that chrome free technology used in the pretreatment of architectural aluminium is not as robust as that of its chrome based alternative. QUALICOAT, the largest membership driven standard, specified across the globe, disagrees.
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The GGF is inviting fenestration companies to be a part of its UK Pavilion at Fensterbau Frontale in Nuremburg next year.
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CAB’s 25th Year celebrations highlight important projects and member resilience

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

CAB celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Carden Park in some style at the end of June.

After a highly competitive golf day with nearly 100 players, the evening AGM Dinner supported by over 200 members and their guests was entertained by comedians John Maloney, Josh Howie and impressionist Kevin Connelly with music provided by London rock/pop band ‘The Capricorns’.

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CAB President, Mo Panam reflected that we were living through a period of both economic and political uncertainty. He noted that in London this year, 76 tall buildings would be completed, a  threefold  increase  on  2018 and that further  north  in  Manchester,  a 2019 Deloitte Crane Survey had revealed that the City was outpacing that of Los Angeles. Leeds, Birmingham and Belfast were also enjoying a rise in property development. Following this trend, it was announced that CAB’s next large Regional Members’ meeting would be held at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester in October.

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This Month's News

Housing secretary says government is looking at ‘quality requirements’

Housebuilders may be forced to sign up to a code of conduct that would mandate a certain quality of build if they want to benefit from the rejigged Help to Buy initiative.

In a recent interview, James Brokenshire, the housing secretary, said the government was looking into “codes of practice” or “quality requirements” that housebuilders would be required to meet to access the revised scheme.
The new look Help to Buy scheme is set to start in 2021.

Brokenshire said: “The thinking is still developing around this, so I can’t give you complete clarity, but there is thought that is being applied as to how we can make this work effectively with the refresh of Help to Buy post-2021 – to ensure that there is that focus, and people will know that there is the right for redress and equally to ensure that we are dealing with some of these quality standards upfront.”

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cab'Fenestration that Offers Fire and Smoke Protection'

Aluminium remains the most widely specified material for commercial windows, doors and curtain wall so it should come as no surprise that leading European systems company, Aluprof, offer a comprehensive range of fire rated systems.

Until a few years ago, material choices were limited to timber and steel systems, but with advances in design and materials, aluminium framed products are now quickly becoming the specifiers choice. Aluprof have designed each of their fire rated products to perfectly complement their standard systems.  So, for any part of any screen, window, door or curtain wall aluminium framing can be fire rated and can still retain the slim sight lines of standard systems.  Some solutions are unique to the industry and available only from Aluprof such as the fire rated, capless silicon joint curtain wall system, MB SR50NEI EFEKT tested to EI60 class.

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Mandatory licensing
taskforce launched

Trade and consumer organisations, including the GGF, Fensa, TrustMark and the Federation of Master Builders have come together to look into a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK companies in the construction sector.

The Construction Licensing Taskforce was formed following independent research detailing the benefits of such an all-industry scheme and in the light of FMB statistics showing 77% of UK SMEs and 78% of consumers would welcome mandatory licensing for all companies involved in construction.

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GGF shares insights on
Govt energy policy

The GGF has gained further insight into Government plans on energy efficiency policy after attending the British Energy Efficiency Federation’s Plenary at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Members are due to be given a full report of the meeting, where BEIS directors and senior civil servants updated delegates on areas including Carbon taxation implications for companies and consumers.

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The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) was formed in 1994 by the
bringing together of three existing trade associations, the Architectural
Aluminium Association, the Patent Glazing Contractors Association and
the Aluminium Window Association, all of whom had been established for
well over 25 years. Our mission is to support the interests of the
architectural aluminium industry by encouraging the increasing use of
aluminium products in architecture and the construction industry as a
whole, to encourage quality and best practice, to set new technical
standards and protect members' business and contractual interest. In
addition we are driving forward the development of a national training
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