PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS Making a statement at The Fabricators’ Forum » » VEKA GROUP representatives took part in the inaugural Fabricators’ Forum, hosted by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC). The event, held at The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Reading, welcomed a large number of attendees from across the industry, as part of the BFRC’s initiative to make more people aware of the benefits of adopting the ‘rainbow rating’ for energy efficiency. The day consisted of five unique presentations – tailored towards fabricators – followed by open forums in front of five professional panels; the debates of which were as colourful as the BFRC logo. It was a question from host Paul Godwin however that prompted Neil Evans, VEKA Group Sales Director, to take to the mic... FIT Show Director Paul had posed a question to the audience about the current state of the industry and whether companies were always totally honest about how well they were doing. Neil had this to say: “At VEKA, January genuinely has been excellent, with no slowing down from 2018. To back this up, we have customers who say they’re booked up until at least June as well. It’s not always easy to say exactly why the industry is doing better or worse at any given time, but for us, we believe that the commercial side of business is playing a huge role in our current success – particularly after the devastating events of Grenfell has been – quite rightly – a cause for large buildings to be refurbished and renovated, in line with legislation and regulation. “Secondly, when the recession that hit a while ago recovered, the companies that were left generally had more money and were ready to spend it. They are also after quality product, which of course is what we excel at, at VEKA. The profile we are producing and supplying is as good as it gets, and this will always be in demand.” After the event, Neil said: “Events like this help to ensure that everyone in the industry is ‘up to speed’ on the latest developments, and that can only be a good thing. Much like with our own Independent Network events, it’s good for companies to get together and learn with (and from) each other.” www.vekauk.com GGF SET FOR EUROPE’S BIGGEST FIRE SAFETY EVENT » » THE GGF IS LOOKING FORWARD TO FIREX International (18-20 June 2019) at London Excel, where it will be taking residence at FX715. At the Europe’s largest show for fire safety, the GGF will be displaying live before and after exhibits showing how glass reacts under heat and fire conditions, video demonstrations showing fire resistant glazing in operation, and a special fire safety presentation by Adrian Blaydon, GGF Technical Officer, in the seminar area. Whether you are a manufacturer, supplier or installer, FIREX International provides you with fire safety solutions and knowledge to help keep your property and people safe. This is what else to expect at this year’s show… access to 25+ hours of free conference sessions in the Expertise and Guidance Theatre and FPA Infozone, you can also book to attend the co-located Tall Buildings Conference. GUIDANCE AND TRAINING The complimentary seminars and workshops offer invaluable insights into key development areas in the fire safety industry, including the ongoing Grenfell Inquiry and the forthcoming review of Approved Document B. Over three days you will have LATEST TECHNOLOGY Meet global manufacturers and local distributors such as - InproEurope, TBA Protective Technologies Ltd., The A1S Group, Xylem Water Solutions UK Ltd, HSI Fire and Safety Group LLC - for a full overview of the market. It is a chance to get face time with 12 » A PR 2019 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M innovators and source and compare the latest technologies. Understand how the different products integrate and get your questions answered by technicians wearing ‘Show Me How’ badges. The BRE Group will also host the LPCB RedBook Pavilion, a high-profile destination where visitors can speak with manufacturers of quality certified products. BESPOKE NETWORKING FIREX provides a complimentary matchmaking tool which enables visitors and exhibitors to connect and book meetings ahead of the show, allowing you to efficiently manage your event schedule. FIREX International takes place 18-20 June 2019 at ExCeL London. Register for your free ticket: FIREXInternational.co.uk/GGFI All GGF Members and companies operating in the Fire Resistant Glazing sector are invited to visit the GGF stand #FX715 at this trade show and receive free technical guidance and a free hard copy of the GGF Fire Resistant Glazing Guide.