Cut Above

AluFoldDirect was crowned Fabricator of the Year at last Friday’s G-Awards, while Double R picked up the award for Glass Company of the Year. AluFoldDirect also took home the Training and Development award.

AluFoldDirect was recognised for its Aluminium Installer Training Academy where installers can learn to fit the Everything Aluminium range, become an accredited Infinium installer, or just have a skills refresher. Installers can also use the Aluminium Glazing Design Centre as their own showroom to show customers what they can achieve with aluminium glazing. Meanwhile, Double R has concentrated its efforts on continuing to supply quality to drive industry standards forward.

It has also launched more new initiatives to achieve substantial growth in the last 12 months. For example, it has re-launched its 20-year warranty on all sealed units made with Super Spacer, providing what it calls a strong downstream sales tool for its fabricator and installer customers.

Elsewhere: Deceuninck won the New Product award for its Linktrusion technology, the result of a 4 million euro investment and over two and a half years of extensive product research, development and testing; The Window Company (Contracts) won Installer of the Year, in part for achieving record scores of 9.9/10 on the KPIs set by its biggest customer; and Worcester Trade Frames was the first winner of the Trade Counter of the Year award in recognition of its impressive growth over its eight years in business.

VBH beat off stiff competition to take home the Component Supplier of the Year aware, while Virtuoso Doors was recognised as having produced the Promotional Campaign of the Year thanks to its ‘Crafted Precision’ campaign, which was instrumental in helping the brand to achieve year-on-year growth of more than 50% in 2018.

Finally: 6 St Andrew Square in Edinburgh helped Pilkington UK secure the Commercial Project of the Year, where 4,000m2 of glass was used across the whole facade; Thermoseal won the Customer Care category for its new order tracking and delivery system; Epwin Group won the Sustainability of the Year award, in part for being one of the first companies to achieve VinylPlus Product Label; and Aluk’s Anna Plesniar was crowned Unsung Hero of the Year in recognition of her work on the company’s new FOX flash anodisation plant and for becoming a national authority on the chemical processes involved in the pre-treatment and powder coating of aluminium.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to Tony Higgin for organising a fantastic evening.