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GGP March 2014

Editor’s Comment Controlled free circulation: Glass & Glazing Products is available free of charge to personnel who come within terms of control. Copies are available on subscription to persons who do not qualify. Subscription Rates: Annual UK: £35 Overseas: £50 Single Copies: UK: £3.50 Overseas: £4 Glass & Glazing Products is published by Unity Business Press, a part of Unity Media Communications Plc. Publisher of 18 titles including: Conservatory Magazine; Heating & Plumbing Monthly; Roofing Cladding & Insulation; and the RCi Annual Directory. 4 March 2014 Printers: William Gibbons & Sons, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV13 3XT. Direct input by Unity Media plc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic of mechanical. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy the publishers do not accept liability for errors, printing or otherwise, appearing within this publication. Some of the colour pictures used editorially are provided and paid for by suppliers. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher. Editor Luke Wood 01732 748000 lwood@unity-media.com Deputy Editor Sophie Stevens 01732 748036 sstevens@unity-media.com Advertisement Sales Director Andy Dunn 01732 748065 Advertisement Sales Manager Dawn Tucker 01732 748060 dtucker@unity-media.com Acting Advertisement Sales Manager Sarah Knight 01732 748061 sknight@unity-media.com Area Sales Manager Norman Setra 01732 748060 nsetra@unity-media.com Classified Sales Executive Katie Hayes 01732 748062 khayes@unity-media.com Production Manager Lisa White 01732 748049 Fax: 01732 748006 lwhite@unity-media.com Acting Production Manager Jo Claydon-Smith 01732 748064 Fax: 01732 748006 jclaydon-smith@unity-media.com Production Assistant Debbie Marsh 01732 748050 dmarsh@unity-media.com Circulation 01732 748084 Reprographic Controller Gregg Foster Finance Director Helen Lawson To subscribe call: 01732 748084 Head Office Becket House, Vestry Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5EJ Tel: 01732 748000 Fax: 01732 748001 © 2012 Unity Business Press Est 1985 ISSN: 0269-0659 * Average net circ Jan 2012 - Dec 2012: 10,546 I’ve come to the conclusion that I live in the wrong part of the country. I’ve always known that the South East is over crowded and over priced but, as the last few weeks have highlighted, it has also come to my attention that it’s about as far away from the majority of companies associated with the glazing industry as possible. The only solution, therefore, is to move to the Midlands, buy a house that’s twice the size for half the money and save myself some stress in the process. Of course if I did relocate, then I would make sure that I had sufficient cash left over in order to splash out on new windows and doors – especially as my recent excursions have revealed a whole raft of exciting new products that are about to hit the market. Some of these, such as Ultraframe’s new Loggia Prestige, are described in detail within the pages of this month’s magazine while some are still in the first stages of their unveiling, such as the PR campaigns from Truly and Air that are designed to whet our appetites ahead of their official launch into the highly lucrative composite/folding/sliding door sector. Others are being kept firmly under wraps for the time being, with Rehau waiting until Fensterbau before announcing its latest development and Avocet (now thoroughly invigorated after its acquisition by the Jain family) aiming for even later in the year, post FIT Show, to do the same. Some are being even more tight-lipped. Eurocell, for instance, is currently laying the groundwork for a major announcement at the FIT Show, although while it has already furnished the industry press with full details ahead of the event, I’m not actually allowed to mention anything specific at this stage. What I can say, is that Eurocell has invested millions into its R&D and as a result, it’s promising to deliver one of the most significant products to the fenestration industry for a decade. The phrase ‘game changer’ was used extensively in the somewhat secretive press briefing and while this could be mistaken for typical marketing hyperbole, I for one am confident that Eurocell is going to make a major impression at Telford this June. In the meantime, welcome to the March issue. This month does of course include our Conservatory Plus supplement and, in addition to the regular industry news and features, we also have a number of exclusive interviews for you as we turn the spotlight on Technoform’s Simon Rawlins, Swisspacer’s Vic De Costa, Synseal’s Steve Musgrave and Fensterbau/Frontale’s project manager Elke Harreiß – not to mention comment from our regular columnists Andy Jones (Edgetech), Danny Williams (Pioneer), Kevin Hill (Yale) and Sue Davenport (Liniar). Enjoy. Luke Wood Editor


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