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GGP December 2014

‘Game changer’ is here Eurocell has launched Modus, described as ‘the UK’s first fully integrated window and door system’, available with three ‘stunning’ sash design options. With a contemporary style that is said to be ‘distinctly different’ from existing chamfered and ovolo profile systems, Eurocell’s £3m investment in Modus has created ‘a new aesthetic which offers a higher specification window and still delivers significant cost savings for fabricators’. According to Eurocell, the UK’s first 75mm six/seven-chamber profile delivers ‘optimum energy efficiency’. And 28mm and 44mm bead options enable a wider choice of both double and triple glazing specifications to be used. The result is a ‘U’ value of 0.7 from a standard argon gas filled triple glazed unit, without the need for expensive, esoteric-specification glazing units, and a 1.1 ‘U’ value achievable from double glazed units. Eurocell claims that enabling lower specification glazing units for equivalent performance means fabricators can reduce their glazing costs by up to 27%. www.modus75.co.uk Conservatory ‘Bible’ Prefix Systems has launched its latest trade brochure, dubbed ‘the conservatory Bible’, which has been extended to 28 pages to cover a number of new products. As the market for extended living becomes broader, Prefix has developed a single brochure for the trade that covers conservatories, glass, ancillaries, GardenRoom, the newly launched and contemporary UrbanRoom and some of Ultraframe’s latest offerings, including Loggia. The brochure also details the 11 foiled finishes on offer and the latest Residence 9 window and door system, as well as a range of aluminium windows and doors from Smart Systems. The company’s inhouse development of the Multibeam, Retro-Fix and Bi-Span products are covered, along with details of Prefix Structures, the company’s specialist large span division manufacturing and supplying portal frames for both domestic and commercial applications. The Retro-Fix post has been specifically developed for the replacement conservatory sector, in which the company operates the RefurbishMyConservatory brand, which is generating leads for Prefix’s customers. www.prefixsystems.co.uk Painless admin app New Wave launch Web access on the go December 2014 69 Trade fabricator Glazerite Windows has launched the New Wave slide and swing patio door system, said to ‘combine the best of bi-folds, patio and French doors’ because each leaf can be independently swung open, slid sideways or both, giving ‘unrivalled versatility and ease of use’ in openings up to 6m in width. Glazerite is equipping the New Wave doors with Maco CTS door locks, SFS 2D hinges and Fab & Fix hardware. The frames are based on the acclaimed Veka 70mm fully sculptured system, combining ‘superb looks with technical excellence’. The door mechanism at the heart of the range uses the patented Magnaline slide and stack technology, which gives less visible hardware for a more ‘streamlined’ finish. New Wave from Glazerite is available for openings sized from 1,200mm to 6,000mm, using anything from two to seven door leaves, and in 36 colour combinations in all foil or foil on white options from the entire Veka Variations range. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n1jj51l_D4 Rehau has launched a mobile version of its consumer website at www.rehauhome.co.uk in response to the huge growth in the number of potential customers using smartphones and tablets to access the web. According to Rehau, recent figures show that 17.4% of all web traffic comes through mobile devices excluding tablets, with more than 50% of local searches now carried out on smartphones. The consumer website generates enquiries for members of Rehau’s Authorised Partner scheme and scheme coordinator, Sheila Normington, says that the new website will ensure that members don’t miss out on leads from customers who are using a mobile device. She said: “Our research shows that bounce rates for websites which are not mobile friendly can be very high. We have therefore developed a mobile version of www.rehauhome.co.uk which is designed specifically to be viewed on a smaller screen and which has simple, mobile-friendly navigation. It is still very much designed to generate enquiries of course and has a built in geo location function which automatically registers where the user is located when they search for a Rehau Authorised Partner in their area and generates results based on that.” www.rehau.com Does admin give you a headache and steal your free time? Try the Powered Now business administration app for iPads and iPhones. It takes the pain out of paperwork for glaziers and other trade professionals who are often at customers’ premises and working from vans rather than offices. The app covers all aspects of the job. It lets you: Take notes and photos of a job; email estimates that the customer can accept with oneclick; manage your worksheets; invoice and take payment (by card/PayPal). All information is held securely and automatically backs up to the cloud whenever there is a Wi-Fi connection, so even if you damage or lose your device, just download everything to the replacement, or access it via a browser. Powered Now reportedly lets you spend more time making money and ‘gives you your life back’. www.PoweredNow.com BESTPRODUCTSOF2014 Sponsored by ERA: www.era-security.com


GGP December 2014
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