New products unveiled at conference

Aluplast launched three new products at its series of International Innovation Days aimed at sharing knowledge and best practice among its fabricator base worldwide.

Held recently in Cardiff, the unveiled products were: Woodec, Aluplast’s next generation PVCU foil; Smart-Slide inline sliding door, which combines “ultra-smooth operation with self-closing technology”; and a new slim-sightline and modular PVCU flush casement, developed specifically for the UK.

Ian Cocken, director of sales and marketing, Aluplast, said: “The decision by Aluplast globally to stage it’s international innovation days in Cardiff, reflects its commitment to the UK and the importance and regard in which it is held, as the second largest market in Europe for PVCU products after Germany.

“The global launch of Woodec, at the event and the unveiling of Smart Slide for the first time in the UK, plus our new UK flush casement, is testimony to that and the cutting edge innovation that Aluplast is delivering worldwide.”

The innovation days also included a series of guest presenters including, Haffner’s Mike James and Dave Thomas, who discussed the latest innovations in machinery and timber-type/traditional 90° welds in PVCU flush casement manufacture, and Graeme Bailey, Businessmicros, who argued for a shift in the industry to deliver increased value throughout the supply chain through optimisation.

Other speakers included James Clayson, DGlass, who made the case for ‘up-selling’ PVCU; Keith White, managing director of Aluplast in the UK, who charted the growth of the UK heritage market for this largely international audience, plus Maco’s Craig Bryant on hardware innovation.