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Support and strength
The Conservatory and Window Company has taken advantage of REAL Aluminium’s comprehensive aluminium package and reckons it has upped turnover by at least 20% in less than two years. Aluminium now accounts for around 40% of the Bristol-based installer’s work.
The Conservatory and Window Company predominantly offered PVC-U products and decided to expand by introducing aluminum into its range to make the most of growing demand. Since working with REAL Aluminium, the firm says it has gained access to a wealth of fenestration products including windows, bi-folding doors, sliding doors, French doors, residential doors, flat rooflights and lantern roofs.
  Kevin Bray, managing director ofThe Conservatory and Window Company, says: “PVC has always been our bread and butter, but we wanted to expand and future-proof our operation by tapping into new opportunities with a company we could rely on. Aluminium represents an enormous growth area in this industry and we saw the potential for it to enhance our business. It has, however, been historically challenged by lengthy lead times and unpredictable service, which had deterred us from making the move earlier. When we heard REAL Aluminium had the support and strength we needed to enter the lucrative world of aluminium, we naturally took notice.” ❐
 Bringing together more than eight decades of technical industry experience, fire door and window partition systems specialists Aluprof and fire glass experts Pyroguard, have completed an ambitious testing programme for a new, cost-efficient, non- insulated, slimline fire-resistant glazing system for the UK and European market.
Following two years of collaboration, the new MB-
45EW framing system has been developed and
tested for applications where non-insulated screens
and doors are required.A first for the UK market, the
slim system exceeds the current ratings of E30 and
EW requirements with additional radiation
reduction. Suitable for internal applications, the
framing system also offers a smoke-proof screen
arrangement with doors, compliant with EN13502-2.
Pyroguard Integrity Plus glass is the first fire glazing tested and certified for the new system delivering El 15 and EW30 fire performance along with 1B1 impact protection.
Wojciech Brozyna, managing director at Aluprof UK, says: “As we’ve strived to deliver a solution which is effective, cost-efficient and aesthetically pleasing to suit the needs of specifiers today, we’ve had to overcome several challenges.The expertise of Pyroguard has been nivaluable and by combining our efforts throughout the testing phase we have created a solution which exceeds current safety requirements to deliver advanced protection.” ❐
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