Clearview Midlands April 2014 - Issue 149 - Page 14

INDUSTRYNEWS Clearly Superior Career Choice In Apprenticeships The theme of National Apprenticeship Week in March was ‘Great Apprenticeships’ -‘great businesses are made by apprentices and apprentices lead to great prospects’. The Cornwall Glass Group recognises the strength that apprentices bring to the team. Matt Prowse, who joined the company at 16 as an apprentice has built up his career learning every aspect of the industry. Matt’s story illustrates how the best apprenticeship schemes can be successful for both apprentices - and the possibilities which open up to them - and for the company and how both the company and apprentice can continue to grow and develop together. Matt’s extensive knowledge has been crafted through his experience from beginning his career in the glass factory where his talents led him to production supervisor and further onto managing the team at Cornwall Glass & Glazing Ltd. Utilising his experience and understanding of the industry he is now embarking on his newest position within the company’s sales team, where he will be serving trade customers throughout the South-West region specifically representing Westcountry Glass at Saltash as well as the branch in Highbridge M5 Glass Centre. Tel: 01726 66325 GREAT DANE COUP FOR HURST PLASTICS The Faroe Islands have become the latest destination for the growing export department at Hurst Plastics. Hurst dispatched dozens of door panels to a distributor on the Danish group of islands, around 650 miles away from the company’s Kingston-upon-Hull HQ. And demand was so high for Hurst’s doors that the customer immediately placed an order for a second shipment. Tony Appleyard, Hurst Plastics’ Export Sales Development Manager, said: “Door panels may be a maturing product but there’s still plenty of demand for them, both in the UK and overseas. We supplied a number of different door panel and glass designs to the islands and, judging by how quickly they’ve been snapped up, they have been a big hit with the locals!” Hurst’s dedicated export team distributes the company’s Definitive Collection of decorative door panels to more than 20 countries globally, including locations as far flung as Australia, the Middle East, and the Bahamas. The Definitive Collection includes a wide choice of door and glass designs, many exclusive to Hurst. It also features the Modern Collection of contemporary styled continental door panels in coloured, white or woodgrain PVC-u. Foils drive increased growth for Kolorplas Emplas has reported the continuing growth of its specialist spray painting service Kolorplas, driven by a growing volume of installed foiled products. Kolorplas offers a dedicated trade service offering a full range of component painting services including a dedicated service for fabricators and installers manufacturing or fitting the Profile 22 range, carrying ancillary products in stock, speeding up turnaround times with a 10-day service. The Emplas State of the Market review published in January, revealed that 80 per cent 14 APR 2014 of installers polled, expected colour and foils to be the basis for growth in 2014. To give installers the flexibility to exploit this market, the Koloplas ‘in-stock’ range includes all Emplas windows and doors as well as a full spectrum of Profile 22 cill end caps, components, flat and molded panels, composite door panels, vents, handles, hinges, astragal bars and architraves. Kolorplas offers a match to 15 Profile 2 foiled colour options plus a full spray paint service available in any RAL colour. The range features smooth and textured finishes, while all sprayed products come with a 10-year guarantee. To read more, visit