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GGP December 2014

News Giles Wilson is Freeman at last Sales grow for Swisspacer 16 December 2014 How to get a slice of the £3bn home improvement boom Hymans Robertson, a leading actuary, has responded to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement earlier this year that people will be given the legal right to take out as much of their pension as they want and spend it as they see fit – a rule that is scheduled to come into force in March 2015. The firm has forecast that a spending boom among the over- 55s will be triggered by a relaxation of these pension rules, and has predicted that £3billion will be spent on luxuries such as kitchens, cars, windows, doors and conservatories – boosting the UK’s total spending by 0.6% in 2015. With the home improvement market poised to experience growth, Stoke based trade fabricator, Hanley Trade Frames, believes this is an excellent time for installers to start selling added value products such as PVC-U bifolding doors, PVC-U vertical sliding sash windows and composite doors. Managing Synseal acquires LB Plastics and Manse Masterdor Giles Willson, GGF deputy chief executive and director of technical affairs has been awarded Freedom of the City of London, as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. He now can become a Liveryman of the Company. The title of Freeman is thought to have begun in 1237 and came with several traditional privileges, such as driving sheep over London Bridge, being drunk and disorderly without fear of arrest, or, if sentenced to death, being hanged with a silken rope. The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass is one of the UK’s foremost Livery Companies and dates back to 1328. They are dedicated to the preservation and skills associated with stained and painted glass. Warm edge spacer bar, Swisspacer, reports that sales have increased for the third consecutive quarter in 2014, up 6.6% in the 12 months to August 2014. Vic De Costa, Swisspacer marketing and sales manager (UK and Ireland) said: “Swisspacer has grown every year since our launch in 2008 and sales have continued to grow in 2014. “Swisspacer is the best for thermal efficiency, and is the only warm edge spacer bar that can be substituted for any other. Fabricators and installers ask for Swisspacer because it is tried and tested to give long-lasting results.” Synseal has acquired the trade and operating assets of the Litchfield Group’s UK window and trade extrusion and door businesses, trading as LB Plastics Ltd and Manse Masterdor Ltd, for an undisclosed sum. Based at Nether Heage in Derbyshire, LB Plastics pioneered the use of PVC-U windows for the British market back in the 1970s and the company has been synonymous with high performance thermoplastics for the UK building industry ever since. Operating production facilities registered to ISO.14001, LB Plastics predominantly supplies lead-free extruded PVC-U products to approved fabricators and installers, along with custom-designed extrusions to other building component suppliers. Product sales are backed by extensive technical support and in-house design and testing services, including a dedicated team focussed on delivery of housebuilding projects. In addition to Sheerframe PVC-U windows, doors and curtain walling, the Litchfield Group’s UK window and trade extrusion and door product portfolio includes a broad range of solutions such as Hometrim cellular cladding, roofline and trims, Sheerline fencing and decking products, Thermlock thermally-enhanced window and door reinforcements and an extensive range of Masterdor residential door sets and Suredor GRP composite doors. David Leng, Synseal’s chief executive, said: “LB Plastics boasts a proud tradition having served the UK fenestration industry for more than 35 years offering established and proven products that have stood the test of time. This acquisition is a good fit to expand the scope of our business, as LB Plastics primarily supplies commercial market sectors with a full range of specification products which complement our marketleading Synseal solutions for residential and home improvement market applications. We will continue to invest in the Sheerframe and Masterdor brands and, replicating business integration achievements following our acquisition of K2 Conservatories, we will support the on-development of LB Plastics and Manse Masterdor product offerings and service logistics to strengthen these businesses for future success.” director, Steve Thomas, believes they will prove pivotal in helping installers get their slice of the extra £3bn that will flood the UK economy. Steve said: “When the new pension rules come into force in March, suddenly, thousands of people will have disposable income burning a hole in their pocket and they will be looking for ways to spend it. Windows and doors will be high on the agenda and with price not being much of an issue, installers that have premium quality products in their portfolios will be the ones that benefit most from this opportunity. Steve continued: “Bi-folding doors, vertical sliding sash windows and composite doors are all ‘in fashion’ at the moment and proving popular with consumers that have ‘Grand Designs’ aspirations. I would encourage installers to team up with a supplier that can offer these products at competitive trade prices so they’re ready to take advantage of this spending boom.”


GGP December 2014
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