Pro Installer December 2020 - Issue 93 - Page 6

6 | DECEMBER 2020


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Aluminium fabricators could save themselves a small fortune by changing their hardware buying habits and going direct to the manufacturer – this is the view of Michael Hewitt , sales director of Durham based AT Precision .
“ Most aluminium fabricators buy their bi-fold hardware from either their systems company or a distributor . Buying profile and hardware from the same source is probably quite convenient , but
it ’ s by no means the best value for money ,” comments Michael .
“ An aluminium fabricator making 10 bi-folds per week could save themselves £ 1,200 per week – or £ 60,000 per year – by sourcing their hardware from AT Precision . We do the math as part of the AT Precision sales pitch , and fabricators are often staggered when they see the savings they could be making .
“ Our products are manufactured using cast aluminium , which is much better quality than

a real ‘ win win ’ for aluminium fabricators

the zinc-based components you find on the market . Our products are at the premium end of the market , but our prices are much lower , which is a real ‘ win win ’ for aluminium fabricators . We offer next day delivery as long as you place your order with us by 1pm . The window industry
supply chain is really creaking at the moment , so we ’ re finding this element of our service is really appreciated by our customers .”
AT Precision bi-folding hardware is compatible with Smart Systems ,
and they will soon be offering solutions for other aluminium systems ; plus a range of gaskets and plastic components to follow .
www . atprecision . co . uk

Solid roof system sweeps the shortlist

Deceuninck ’ s virtual showroom gives customers the edge

Deceuninck has launched a virtual showroom tour to help customers adapt to remote selling and boost their online presence . The software lets users tour Deceuninck ’ s state-of-the-art showroom , zoom in on products and learn more about the windows and doors on display . Designed to be embedded in fabricator and installer websites , this user-friendly virtual tour also includes informative videos and beautiful installation images .
Deceuninck MD Rob McGlennon explains : “ Our fabricator and installer customers have seen huge demand post-lockdown , with more meetings taking place through virtual channels . They ’ ve adapted well to the challenges of social distancing and we developed this virtual showroom to give customers ’ sales pitches and websites a competitive edge . Feedback has been fantastic so far .” Deceuninck ’ s virtual showroom was officially unveiled this at Fenex , the UK ’ s first virtual fenestration exhibition for the trade , specifiers and homeowners . The first took place Friday 27th – Saturday 28th November ; showcasing the latest innovations in windows , doors and hardware . The main virtual event will be Wednesday 21st – Saturday 24th April 2021 .
www . fenex . co . uk
www . deceuninck . co . uk
The Ultraroof and Livinroof solid conservatory roof systems from conservatory and extension specialist , Ultraframe , feature on four out of five projects shortlisted for Best Use of a Solid Conservatory Roof System at the Pitched Roofing Awards .
The Awards , which are aligned with Roofing , Cladding and Insulation Magazine , acknowledge and reward excellence for all those working within this dynamic sector and will take place virtually in February of 2021 .
Commenting on the company ’ s shortlist success , Ultraframe Marketing
Director , Alex Hewitt , said : “ We feel extremely proud to be so well represented in the shortlist for the Best Use of a Solid Conservatory


As construction of the company ’ s new purpose-built Wellingborough headquarters site nears completion , VEKA Recycling Ltd has made two key appointments .
Alex Hamilton takes the reins as Head of Sales & Marketing , joining from the waste management industry . Alex says “ I have always been intrigued by the use of advanced technology in waste management processes ,” says Alex , “ and the ground-up build by VEKA Recycling incorporates all of the latest processes . It will be rewarding to share this with all of our stakeholders .”
Alex is joined by Paul Smith who becomes Head of Logistics , another role crucial to the slick operation of a plant that has been designed and built from the ground up . A senior manager with over 25 years in the waste and recycling sector , Paul offers experience in sales , operations and logistics , having
Roof System for the 2021 PRA ’ s and would like to offer huge congratulations to our retail customers who designed and built these stunning projects . While the team here at Ultraframe are already incredibly proud of Ultraroof and Livinroof , it ’ s fantastic to see them , and the skill of our customers recognised on a national scale by the Pitched Roofing Awards . We would like to wish all of our customers the best of luck for the ceremony .”
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been a successful Depot Manager for many years . Paul was also attracted by the prospect of having a pivotal role in an operation that sets out to redefine recycling .
www . veka-recycling . co . uk