WINDOWS Magazine Autumn 2016 - Page 32

n e ws TigerStop Launches New Manufacturing Resource Weekly Tiger Shop blog aims to empower manufacturers to be globally competitive. T igerStop has launched Tiger Shop, a weekly blog that aims to empower manufacturers to be globally competitive. The new blog will include information and recommendations on ‘best practices’ for growth and efficiency and will include news, how-to-guides, industry insights and forecasts. Tiger Shop will be published each Tuesday following the inaugural entry posted on January 13, 2016. Tiger Shop will include articles on technologies that increase shop efficiency, guides for adding automation and lean principals, and it will include stories of successful practices from TigerStop customers in the wood, metal and plastic industries. Content will come from within the company as well as from some notable guest bloggers and will focus on building a successful business that can compete globally and source locally. “Now, more than ever, you need to be smart, and work more efficiently with what you have,” says Spencer Dick, TigerStop Founder and CEO. “We are here to share best practices, educational material, and advice from the front lines. And, most importantly, to learn with you.” Tiger Shop blog posts will be shared on multiple platforms including social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Future blog topics include, ‘How to cut costs from your supplier’ and ‘Wood cost projections for 2016’. For more information visit www.tigerstop.com 30 Australian Window Association Autumn 2016 uPVC Australian Industry Code of Practice Released SuperExpo2016: The Must See blind Industry Event For 2016 T F he Vinyl Council of Australia and AWA are pleased to announce the release of an Australian Industry Code of Practice (ICP) and accreditation scheme for the manufacture of unplasticised PVC (uPVC), or vinyl, profiles to be used in windows and doors in Australia. A committee brought together by the Vinyl Council including uPVC system suppliers, Vinyl Council and AWA staff have worked diligently over the past two years to create this document. The purpose of the ICP is to provide greater confidence to specifiers, builders and consumers in the durability of uPVC profiles under Australian climatic conditions and to reduce the concern that uPVC profiles will discolour. It sets specific composition, weathering resistance, colour and strength requirements for extruded uPVC profiles for use in windows and doors in Australian buildings. The ICP can be viewed at http://www.awa.org. au/resources/industry-code-of-practice-icp or http://www.upvcwindows.org.au/technical-info/ industry-code-of-practice ollowing the very successful joint event in 2013, two leading industry trade associations, the Blind Manufacturers Association of Australia and the Specialty Textiles Association, have again joined forces and are co-hosting the SuperExpo2016. Once again, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre will play host to this trade event held only every three years for three big days from 8-10 June, 2016. The response of potential exhibitors to date has exceeded our most optimistic expectations, with stage one of our exhibition space selling out in the first few months, and stage two nearly full. As a result, the 2016 event is likely to be the largest trade exhibition ever staged in Australia for the window furnishings, awning, marine and outdoor textile conversion. In addition, some members of the Textile Distributors Association, which represent the soft-furnishings sector, are also supporting the event. Based on SuperExpo2013 attendance, we are e