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              The Power of One
Romford-based Glazefix is the latest fabricator to sign up with Eurocell.
MD Lewis Mayer explains: “We primarily work with trade, with a smaller proportion of retail, but we can see the potential for more commercial work and the Eurocell range of foil products will support our move into that sector, particularly because it is very keenly priced. It’s also important that all the ancillary items such as trims can be supplied in matching colours.
“Eurocell has a great range of ancillary products that is growing all the time and that’s available through all their branches so we could be working on a job as far away as Cornwall and still get everything we needed, from sealants to conservatory roofs”.
Established in 2011, Glazefix operates from a unit in Havering-atte-Bower on the outskirts of Romford in Essex, where it fabricates around 150 frames per week and employs up to seven staff. Since signing up with Eurocell, the company reports that it has already seen considerable growth already and is planning to acquire new machinery and build a further 56m2 of office and warehouse space. i
FIT Show’s ‘Installation of the Year’ competition is back for 2018. The hunt is now officially on to find the industry’s best glazed installations.
New for 2018, entries are being invited across two installation categories; ‘residential’ and ‘commercial’. Whilst the actual FIT Show will not run until May 2019, Show organisers have responded ot the industry’s enthusiasm for the ‘Installation of the Year’ competition by making it an annual fixture.
Entries can be made via Twitter by posting a picture of an installation to @FITShow and utilising either the hashtag for #Commercial or #Residential - to identify the relevant category - accompanied by a short description of the project.(Last years winner Üni_Slide, partnered with Barc Architects, pictured right)
The competition is open now and will run until June. Each month entries will be showcased on the brand new FIT Show website, with one winner selected for both categories by FIT Show’s official judging panel made up of industry experts.
Monthly prizes will be awarded ot the winners in both categories, with the 6 monthly commercial and 6 monthly residential winners fighting it out to take home the overall ‘Installation of the Year’ crown in each category when it goes to public vote.
Overall winners will be announced at the 2019 FIT Show Gala Dinner and, alongside the honour of having the ‘Installation of theYear’,winnerswillreceiveatrophyandatwo-nightstayatagolf/spahotelwithdinner. i
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                  Trade News
Three major UK house builders have signalled their support for vertically integrated materials sourcing with a switch away from multiple roofline supply partners to GAP’s Power of One model. In September, Taylor Wimpey committed exclusively to GAP for three more years and the following month Persimmon moved its entire roofline supply contract to GAP in a ground-breaking new two-year solus agreement. In early November Redrow handed ht e GAP Nationals team joint responsibility for its PVC-U fascia, soffit and ancillaries supply.
As well as the three major players, GAP’s end-to-end manufacturing, logistics and 12-Depot distribution system is already the building materials source of choice for Lovell Homes, Miller Homes and Keepmoat.
Paul Sowerby, GAP’s Director of Group Sales & Marketing says: “As a Board, we felt it was time to demystify the whole process and give buyers what they say they most want. One negotiation. One brand. One fixed price. One point of contact. And one simple invoice.
“For house builders, the chance to engage quickly and effortlessly with every stage of the supply chain via a single point of contact is obviously important, but the big difference is the commercial transparency and financial clarity that come with it.
Following the cash acquisition of the SIG Building Plastics and SIG Windows businesses in August 2017, Blackburn-based GAP became the UK’s largest distributor of PVC-U roofline, cladding and rtim products to the UK’s new home building sector. i

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