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12 T R A D E N E W S Fabricator, Tradesmith, is celebrating 25 years of manufacturing – and says that it has been with hardware supplier, VBH, from day one. Mark Hutchinson, managing director of Tradesmith, explained: “It’s been a very successful relationship from the start. VBH has the same ethos as Tradesmith – quality products, reliable service and delivery and close attention to the needs of the customer. As soon as it came out we took on VBH’s own greenteQ range as it’s the perfect fit. It’s now our standard furniture option. Our fabricators find it easy to work with and our customers appreciate the quality.” Tradesmith is based in Hailsham, not far from the Sussex coast. Mark commented: “Our customers require hardware which performs well in harsh conditions, so we turned to VBH for help. In response to feedback from us, and other customers, VBH has come up with the greenteQ Coastline range - perfect for seaside installations. The stainless-steel material means it’s passed every test thrown at it. Installers love it – the 25-year guarantee means they don’t face hassle from homeowners, and the designs and overall quality are very popular.” www.vbhgb.com Solidor reveal new NDP Prefix Systems has announced a ‘significant’ investment in a new state of the art colouring facility, which includes a mix on demand paint system, at its head office in Blackburn. Prefix says it is now supporting the recent increase in demand for coloured products with a facility to manufacture conservatory and lantern roofs, along with Verandah glazing bars and end caps in ‘literally hundreds’ of different RAL colours. Heritage colours, urban influences and even one-off projects can now reportedly be embraced by the company, with stocks of black and anthracite grey being held across several product ranges. For conservatories and glazed extensions, Prefix says it can colour any extrusion, injection moulding, or vac formed product. Greater quality control, consistency of supply and new sales opportunities have been the rationale for this important investment. Co-director, Chris Cooke, commented: “Colour is one of the biggest talking points in the glazing and fenestration sectors. The days of just a few woodgrains and colours are now long gone and we are now able to produce fully manufactured products in a vast array of colours and with a 10-year finish guarantee. “Our new colouring facility will provide customers with consistent supply, quality finish and with a quick turnaround from all four branches. We have a reputation for customer excellence and so this latest investment will again be testament to our commitment to service.” www.prefixsystems.co.uk In Brief • Snickers new body-mapping micro fleece jacket is said to take working comfort and good looks on site to ‘a whole new level.’ According to Snickers, it’s advanced workwear is made from a stretchable micro fleece fabric with an advanced bodymapping design. Said to be warm, light and flexible, the jacket is made from a quick-drying material, which is ideal as a warm first layer garment or lighter second layer protection. The jacket reportedly delivers an effective balance of insulation and ventilation; a checked fleece lining for enhanced breathability; mesh fabric in armpits for extra ventilation; a zipped arm pocket and a high collar for extra warmth and protection. www.snickersworkwear.co.uk Celebrating Investment 25th anniversary for colour Solidor has launched a new Network Development Programme for 2018. First up is an upgrade of the installer search engine on solidor.co.uk. Designed to offer consumers complete transparency when selecting a door supplier, the aim of the new initiative is to promote the facilities of their nearest Solidor retailer via a postcode driven search. Trade partners are no longer categorised as ‘premium’ and ‘recommended’ and have instead been replaced by a series of icons which represent a number of business criteria and standards. These were assessed, following a trade audit carried out in 2017, and cover a variety of relevant measures, such as the nature of any showroom, what product they offer, and even whether they have FENSA or CERTAS certification. There is also a further icon for those companies that manufacture their own Solidor using a different frame, hardware and accessories. According to Solidor, it is all designed to inform the consumer and give them a better understanding of the business that they are potentially working with. Another part of the Network Development Programme is an award for ‘Showroom of the Month’, which will reflect those companies that provide an outstanding sales environment for consumers. In addition, new Solidor owners will be encouraged to allow their door to be professionally photographed and included in the ‘Lifestyle Brochure’, with the incentive of a £100 Amazon voucher. There will also be a number of other initiatives launched throughout 2018. Gareth Busson, head of sales and marketing at Solidor Group, commented: “The new Network Development Programme has been carefully structured, after a full audit of the way in which we engage with trade partners and consumers. The first stage has already been implemented and the feedback has been enthusiastically positive.” www.ggpmag.com February 2018 • South-East fabricator, GJB Window Systems, has added The Residence Collection to its product offering. Made available through GJB’s strategic partnership with new sister company, Listers, The Residence Collection combines three authentic, highperformance window systems. “We are really pleased to add The Residence Collection to our offering at GJB, providing our customers in the South-East and across the UK with a powerful new route to market,” commented Roy Frost, managing director of GJB Window Systems. “Residence joins the range at a time when installers are needing to diversify and explore new ways of gaining greater margins – tapping into consumer demand for premium products. With a full range of valuable, high-end products, Residence will undoubtedly help installers do just that.” Gareth Busson


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