Sunday, 30 September 2012

The ‘Nemesis’ smashes UK electric car land-speed record

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The first electric super car – the Nemesis – designed and built entirely in the UK, broke the UK electric car land-speed record – reaching 151 mph on Thursday 27th September 2012.

The previous record – 137mph – was set by the grandson of legendary speed-merchant Sir Malcolm Campbell.

The Nemesis is the brainchild of Dale Vince OBE, who founded the world’s first green electricity company, Ecotricity, in Stroud Gloucestershire, and was driven by 21-year-old Gloucester racing driver Nick Ponting at Elvington Airfield near York.

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 The Motor Sport Association was on hand to officially verify the record, with the ‘Nemesis’ needing to complete two runs in opposite directions along the runway within 1 hour to account for prevailing winds – the average speed of the two runs provides the official time.

Mr Vince said: “This is brilliant. We built the Nemesis to smash the stereotype of electric cars as something Noddy would drive – slow, boring, not cool – and I think we’ve done exactly that today.

“Hopefully this will further stimulate debate about the future of transport in Britain and how we’ll be getting around when the world runs out of oil.


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 “What we’ve been able to demonstrate is that wind-powered cars are not just feasible, but can be a load of fun.”

Powered entirely by 100% green electricity made by Ecotricity’s network of 53 windmills around the UK, the Nemesis was designed and built in less than two years by an ‘A-team’ of leading British motorsport engineers in Norfolk.

Unlike a combustion engine, electric cars have 100% torque from a standing start and in initial speed tests last year the road-legal Nemesis did 0-100mph in 8.5 seconds.


Nick Ponting after the run
 The Nemesis completed two runs along Elvington Airfield over a one mile distance, with Nick Ponting breaking the record on the first set of consecutive runs with an average speed of 148 mph.

Ponting further extended the record later in the day, to 151 mph.

Ponting said: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet that we are in the record books. It was nice to break the record once and then smash it again – which proved a point really. They’ve done such a good job with the car. It’s an amazing result.”

The Nemesis can travel from 100-150 miles between charges depending on driving style and can be charged from empty in under 30mins using rapid-charging infrastructure.

Last summer the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell, Don Wales, attempted to break his own 137mph UK land speed record for an electric car – but ran into trouble on the beach at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire.

Some background information:

Nick Ponting
Nick was born in Cheltenham, lives in Gloucester and works for an estate agent in Stroud. Starting in go-karts at the age of 12, Ponting received his race licence at 14 and the now 21-year-old has experience across a range of racing cars from Formula BMWs to Formula Fords.


Nick Ponting and Dale Vince OBE
Building the Nemesis
The Nemesis team were involved in developing some of the most inspiring sports cars of this century - the McLaren F1, the Lotus Elan, the Corvette 2R1, the Jaguar XJR15 and the De Lorean. They also problem-solve for the world's top motor sports teams, yet not one of them had ever worked on electric cars before the Nemesis.

The ‘donor’ car - a second-hand Lotus Exige - was bought on eBay and rebuilt from the ground up to become the Nemesis. The engineers lengthened the chassis by 90mm, lowered and shifted the centre of gravity forward, fitted a cluster of 96 lithium-ion polymer cells that sit in a carbon-fibre and Kevlar fire resistant coating with ceramic fire suppression system, two brushless motors, a completely new transmission, and a lot of electronic wizardry. Several patents to protect the unique design have already been applied for.

Technology Strategy Board
The Nemesis is part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board under its Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles Demonstration Programme, which aims to carry out real world testing of British-designed & built ultra-low carbon electric vehicles.

The Nemesis carried out an ‘on-the-road’ demonstration and testing period until April 2012, where every aspect of its performance including a variety of drive cycles was monitored by an on-board ‘black box’.

About Ecotricity
Britain’s leading green energy company, Ecotricity, was founded in 1996 with a single windmill that started the UK’s green electricity market. Ecotricity now powers over 66,000 homes and businesses from the wind and sun, while developing technology that harnesses wave-power and green-gas.  A ‘not-for-dividend’ business, Ecotricity invests more per customer in building new green energy generation than any other UK energy company.

Find out more about the Nemesis and Ecotricity on their website www.ecotricity.co.uk





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Saturday, 29 September 2012

BWF launches guide to the EU Timber Regulation

A new BWF publication and technical briefing at Timber Expo on 25th September 2012 sought to help joinery and woodworking firms prepare for 3 March 2013, the date when new European regulations on timber will come into force across the EU.

The EU Timber Regulation prohibits the “placing on the market of illegally harvested timber or timber products derived from such timber”, and states the obligations that those who buy and sell timber and timber products on the EU market will be required to have in place in order to comply with the regulation.  It covers a broad range of timber and timber products including solid wood products, flooring, plywood, sheets for veneering, pulp, and paper. It is the first piece of legislation in the EU to prohibit the trade in illegal timber, although the Lacey Act takes similar steps to ban such timber from the US market.

The implementation of the regulation will be enforced by bodies such as the National Measurement Office (NMO) in the UK, which will undertake checks and ensure the enforcement of the regulation, with penalties for non-compliance.

Matt Mahony, BWF Policy Executive, says:

“If your joinery company buys and sells timber and timber products from within the EU market or imports such products into the EU market, then you will be affected by this new regulation. However, how much of a burden this will become will depend on what role an organisation plays in a transaction. For some transactions, complying with the regulation may simply be a case of keeping records of sale and purchase, for others, more complex systems will need to be put in place to minimise the risk of illegal timber being sold.

“BWF members are urged to familiarise themselves with the regulation and be aware of what their responsibilities might be in any given situation. The next few months should see further clarification of the requirements for business as new information from competent authorities and monitoring organisations comes to light. We will be working hard to keep members in the loop.”


The BWF’s six-page guide is free to members and gives answers to many of the frequently asked questions on the regulation, including the extent of products affected, compliance requirements and the penalties for non-compliance.

It can be downloaded from: www.bwf.org.uk/publications/general-business-support

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Friday, 28 September 2012

NEW 3-POINT SECURITY FROM SECUREFAST

The latest new product from Leading Fire, Safety and Security company Securefast is the launch of 3-Point Locking Panic Bolt.

Complimenting Securefast already popular, traditional range, of Panic and Emergency Exit Hardware, the introduction of the three point locking option has been driven by customer requests for a product that provides increased security, whilst retaining the features, functions and quality associated with Securefast’s stylish suite of Panic and Exit Hardware products.

Ideal for single door applications, the new SED 912 three point panic bolt has been certified to EN1125: 2008, CE Marked for safety and fire tested for use on timber and steel doors. The new product has also successfully undergone 240-hour salt spray testing, making it an ideal emergency exit solution for humid environments such as health spa’s, sport centres and indoor pool facilities. Where external entry points are required, Securefast’s Outside Access Devices offer a choice of either lever or knob options.

With all Securefast products, the company strives to ensure that installer and user friendly features are incorporated into the product design. With the SED 912 features include, ± 5mm of adjustment for top and bottom shoot bolts, allowing for possible door warp or movement over time. The universal latch keep can be morticed into the frame or alternatively it can be surface mounted to suit steel doors. There is also the option of packers designed to offset the unit away from the door in the eventuality of the bolts interfering with the inside section of a steel frame application.

The SED912 3-Point Panic Bolt has been purposely designed for simple and straightforward universal fitting for either left or right hand doors. As part of Securefast’s drive to provide helpful information across a range of fitting applications, the video below provides a practical and easy to follow video commentary explaining in detail how to reverse the handing of the Panic bolt, if required.


For further information on the SED912 3-Point Panic Bolt, please call the Securefast sales line on 01543 501600, email: sales@Securefast.co.uk or visit the website: www.securefast.co.uk





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Thursday, 27 September 2012

ASSA ABLOY INVITES CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

ASSA ABLOY has introduced an interactive update to its latest website development.

As part of an initiative to celebrate its full specification solution across its innovative and award-winning brands, ASSA ABLOY is inviting customers to engage via social media and leave feedback that will be posted on its latest websites.

Visitors to reasons.assaabloy.co.uk can visit the ‘Join the Conversation’ section and post their own reasons on why they believe ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, via Twitter or Facebook.

Head of Marketing for ASSA ABLOY UK, Tina Hughan, said: “ASSA ABLOY is proud of its achievements, and launched the campaign to demonstrate just some of the many reasons that make it a global leader. Our success is based on the way we do business at every level, and the creativity and imagination of its people, as well as the customers it collaborates with.

“That’s why, we want to hear from our customers on what they have come to expect from ASSA ABLOY and why they consider us a partner and a provider they can trust.

“Social media offers a great and truly interactive forum to engage with our customers and invite feedback. We've already had a great response and hope to this continue as the campaign grows.”

For further information, please visit http://reasons.assaabloy.co.uk.





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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

ATB LAUNCHES NEW ENHANCED SECURITY DOOR FOR HOUSING ASSOCIATION PROPERTIES

The new aluminium door suite from ATB Secure is ideal for use in Housing Association properties where a robust, anti-vandal aluminium security door or screen is required.

Typically doors found in social housing specification are a mixture of different types of security additions, but the ATB door combines all the requirements to conform to DD171: 1987, but with bespoke extrusions. This bespoke security door features a heady duty extrusion design incorporating a 12SWG grade 304 stainless steel continuous hinge, anti-leverage door profiles and security beads, coupled with perimeter weather strips and DDA complaint threshold.

For further enhanced security, ATB Secure’s door can be fitted with either regular glass or Hammerglass, the unique ‘new generation’ polycarbonate sheet, 300 times stronger than glass and almost unbreakable or ATB’s unique anti-vandal protection mesh. All can be easily replaced or added as required, without the door having to be dis-assembled, saving time and money for the housing association.

The door suite also has an integrated anti-tamper electro-magnetic lock door post to offer controlled access holding force of over 700kg, as well as a surface mounted LCN4111 Cush-N-Stop closer.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dorgard creates the right effect at St Katharine's

Dorgard wireless fire door retainers from the Effects range have been installed at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine in London's East End.


St Katharine's, a charitable foundation dating back to 1147 and enjoying Royal patronage, is situated just minutes from the City and Canary Wharf and provides an unparalleled sense of peaceful seclusion as a venue for meetings, receptions and personal reflection. A spokesperson for St Katharine's said that 'the Dorgards are an excellent solution as they allow us to keep our fire doors open legally and safely. They were easy to fit, and blend in perfectly with the Foundation's elegant interiors.'

The Dorgard Effects range, available in a range of ultra high gloss finishes, including Mahogany, Beech, Oak and Ash devised to blend into a fire door, are designed for the more discerning architectural interiors market to enhance the most sophisticated interior.

Market leading Dorgard, already installed in thousands of hotels, restaurants, offices, schools and care homes throughout the UK and Europe, enables fire doors to be legally and safely kept open as it allows the door to close when the fire alarm sounds, preventing the spread of fire and smoke. Installed on to the bottom of the fire door in under 5 minutes, Dorgard listens for a continuous fire alarm of 65dBA or higher.

Features include:  Wireless unit with fail-to-safe technology; improves access throughout buildings in line with the Equality Act 2010; Complies with BS EN 1155 and accepted by the Fire and Rescue Service; automatic night-time release.

For more product information please call Fireco Ltd.on 0845 241 7474
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Monday, 24 September 2012

Laidlaw Interiors Group Completes Acquisition of Timbmet Door Solutions Ltd

Laidlaw Interiors Group Ltd, backed by the leading private equity fund, Rutland Partners has completed the acquisition of Mansfield based door manufacturer Timbmet Door Solutions Ltd (TDSL).
 
Following the conditional agreement made in July, the parties made a voluntary submission to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to ensure that there were no competition issues arising from the merger. The OFT has carried out a thorough review of the market and has concluded that the merger will not result in any lessening of competition in the market. Consequently the transaction has now been cleared and was completed on 17th September 2012.
 
TDSL is a major supplier of performance doorsets for the non-domestic internal timber door market. The company employs around 200 people in the UK with offices in Leicester, London, Manchester, Mansfield, Shrivenham and Stockton and operates a modern production facility in Mansfield. It also has a manufacturing facility in India supporting international building projects.
 
Laidlaw Interiors Group is the UK’s leading supplier of integrated interior products. Its brands include office fit out and partitioning specialist Komfort, door manufacturer Leaderflush Shapland and ironmongery, doorsets, access control and balustrading supplier Laidlaw Solutions. The Group also incorporates Cubicle Systems washrooms and Tufwell Glass.


On a related matter, since the acquisition of Leaderflush Shapland in August 2011, Laidlaw Interiors Group have carried out a comprehensive review of its door manufacturing operations in Barnstaple as the site had been sold for development and previously scheduled for closure by its former owners. Following this review, it has now been confirmed that the Barnstaple factory will cease to operate at the end of November 2012. It is envisaged that this will result in the loss of approximately 75 jobs. Laidlaw have commenced appropriate dialogue with the Employee Representatives as part of a consultation process with employees affected by this decision. Such discussions include opportunities for alternative employment at other sites and businesses within the Group. We will however continue to have a commercial office in Barnstaple to support our wider business and look forward to continuing to be an employer in North Devon.

Laidlaw intends to invest further in its combined door business and to exploit its scale and expertise to deliver world class products, technical support and, above all, customer service. They will utilise their manufacturing flexibility both in-house and with existing supplier partners to provide market leading products at best value to its customers.

Laidlaw Interiors Group CEO, John Jefferies said:

“TDSL brings to LIG an excellent product range, access to international markets and wider customer reach, backed by an exemplary approach to service. The combined businesses will greatly enhance the value we can provide to our customers through a more integrated and flexible supply chain. Throughout this process we have looked at all options to keep the Barnstaple manufacturing operation open as the commitment of the team there has been exceptional. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a commercially viable solution and as such we expect manufacturing will cease at the end of November 2012. We have commenced consultation with the work force to ensure the impact of this decision will be minimised. We will however continue to have a commercial office in Barnstaple to support our wider business.” 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, 23 September 2012

SUPER-RARE 1926 BROUGH SUPERIOR SS100 ALPINE GRAND SPORTS TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER AT LONDON AUCTION

Offering headlined by award-winning 1926 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports, one of a handful of surviving matching-numbers, early JAP-Engined SS100’s supported by a works record card from the Brough Superior Club.

Sale also features a delightful, fully restored, matching-numbers 1952 Vincent Series C Black Shadow

RM Auctions is to offer a 1926 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports, one of the world’s rarest and most collectible motorcycles. The machine, frame number 820A, was despatched by the Brough Superior works on 21st January 1926 to Frank Hallam, the Brough Superior agent in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and it was first registered on 22nd August 1926. Its ownership is well-known, and it was listed in the inaugural Brough Superior Club register in 1964. The bike will go under the hammer at RM Auctions’ upcoming London sale at Battersea Evolution, 31st October 2012.

The early SS100 Alpine Grand Sports model is internationally celebrated as the motorcycle made famous by the legendary British soldier T. E. Lawrence, better known as “Lawrence of Arabia”, an avid Brough Superior collector, owning more than five examples in his lifetime. Indeed, the two bikes—Lawrence’s 808A and the example on offer—are only twelve frame numbers apart, almost certainly making frame number 820A the nearest surviving matching-numbers example to T. E. Lawrence’s bike. Totally correct and fully documented, it boasts a complete recorded history from the 1930s and was the recipient of a recent, professional restoration by marque experts, the quality of which was recognized via the Baragwanath Trophy for the Best JAP-Engined SS100 at the 2010 annual Brough Superior Club Rally (Estimate: £250,000–£300,000).

“RM is fast building a reputation for offering some of the world’s most significant and rare motorcycles to the market”, says Dylan Miles, Motorcycle Specialist at RM Auctions. “This Brough Superior SS100 is arguably one of the most desirable, correct, and original examples extant and would undoubtedly be the centrepiece of any serious collection”.

Another significant bike to be offered alongside the Brough Superior at next month’s London sale is an enormously desirable 1952 Vincent Series C Black Shadow. Frame number RC 11466 B/B is a matching-numbers machine, first registered in October 1952 and has enjoyed just four owners from new. Much like the SS100 in period, the Black Shadow was considered the “king of the road” when it was introduced, representing British motorcycling at its finest.

The bike has been subject to a full photographic restoration and has been the focus of a magazine feature, as well as being twice voted the Best Twin at the Vincent Owner’s Club rallies. The estimate for this wonderful British bike is £65,000–£75,000.

For full event details on RM’s upcoming London sale or to view a frequently updated list of auction entries, visit rmauctions.com or contact RM London at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070.

Image: Tim Scott Fluid Images (c) 2012 courtesy RM Auctions. 





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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Reach around 250,000 senior procurement managers, budget holders and managers across the public sector

SourceUK are in the process of setting up partnerships with companies and organisations to deal with purchasing enquiries for goods and services from all related departments within the UK public sector.

They are an official provider of procurement channels currently used by government and the UK public sector on a regional and national basis.

Approx 250,000 senior procurement managers, budget holders and managers across the public sector have access to services via our procurement channel.

They are currently in the process of finalising the partners and would like to hear from interested parties as soon as possible to discuss the provisions you may have and also any indication of previous experience working within Public Sector.

From there they hope to ascertain what level of involvement you could assist with and go through all the related costs.

For further information please contact Tim Livesey at Source UK.

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Friday, 21 September 2012

UNION’S UK MANUFACTURING HOLDS THE MASTERKEY

Manufactured in the heartland of the British lock and key industry, masterkey systems from UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY, are helping to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

ASSA ABLOY’s factory, based in Willenhall has been undergoing a lean manufacturing programme, as well as implementing plans to reduce its carbon footprint. The production of UNION’s two leading masterkey systems - keyRETRO™ and keyULTRA™ at its UK site, not only helps to reduce the environmental impact of overseas importing, but also ensures high quality and strict security standards are maintained.

Commenting on the importance of UK manufacturing, Tina Hughan, Head of Marketing for ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “We’re very proud that our leading masterkey suites are produced at our Portobello site, and their wide use throughout various industry sectors is testament to their quality and heritage.

“Our factory is a genuine asset, not just because of its historical significance but because of the importance of British manufacturing, especially in the current challenging financial climate. Not only does it stimulate the local economy and ensure unique trade skills are not lost, it also stands for quality, whilst helping to reduce our carbon footprint and improving supply chain efficiency.

“In the past we have received awards, such as the National and Midlands Awards for Innovative Working Practices at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards and the Manufacturer of the Year accolade at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards. Plus, we are currently one of the only security product companies to operate a lean manufacturing programme, proving UK production is both innovative and sustainable.”


Amongst the products produced at the West Midlands site, is the keyRETRO™ masterkey system, which allows existing traditional UNION systems to be extended as security requirements change, and eliminates the need to install a new system as buildings are redeveloped.

Plus, the 16-year patent protection on key and cylinder assembly, combined with personnel restrictions for key cutting, greatly reduces the risk of a system becoming compromised. 

Also manufactured in the UK, the 6pin masterkey system, keyULTRA™, has received the highest grades for key related security and attack resistance in relation to BS EN 1303:2005 when used in conjunction with a security escutcheon – reaching security grade 6 and attack grade 2.

keyULTRA™’s extended patent, lasting till 2028, based on its DuraPIN™ technology, prevents the unauthorised copying of keys on the high street, whilst its durability, provided by self lubricating materials, means it has been successfully tested to 500,000 cycles.

UNION Architectural Hardware supplies an extensive range of locks and architectural hardware used in many applications through professional locksmiths and ironmongers. UNION is part of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions.

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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Ian Firth Hardware attain TS007 accreditation on their Kitemarked Cylinder

Ian Firth Hardware Ltd are proud to confirm they have recently had final confirmation that their Kitemarked cylinder has passed the 1* rating under TS007.

The Gridlock M4.56 & 57 Kitemarked Euro Profile Cylinder features:

  • Tested to EN1303 and kitemarked by BSi, and meets 1* rating of TS007:2011
  • Includes a sever point that is designed to snap off when attacked before the cam leaving the lock secure
  • Minimum of 100,000 differs
  • Tested to over 100,000 cycles for durability
  • Drill resistance tested
  • Corrosion tested to 96 hours salt spray
  • Available as double, and cylinders with thumbturn
  • 35/35 size available from stock, other sizes available on request.
  • Supplied with 3 keys per cylinder and standard
  • Available in brass and nickel finishes
 The Kitemarked Cylinder, along with their new Gridlock Protector 5-Lever BS3621 lock range, will be launched soon.






 You can download a data sheet from here and for more details visit www.ianfirth.co.uk or call Ian Firth Hardware on 01924 438112












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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Securefast unveils ENTRA

With a reputation for taking the lead in new innovations, Securefast have introduced the new ENTRA Access Control system, which is being promoted as simply the best value access control product on the market.

Hi Spec reader panels
Launched at the IFSEC international security exhibition back in May, the UK designed and manufactured ENTRA offers an on-line access control system that is easy to program and comes complete with free software that is compatible with Windows7, XP Business or server 2003. The system incorporates SQL sever database with scheduled automatic backup and archiving.

The controller has an Ethernet interface and can be assigned an IP address so that the server PC can communicate directly over the LAN/WAN, allowing doors in remote locations to be incorporated into the system.

Facial recognition reader
Securefast are confident that any competent installation engineer will be able to install the equipment without the need for special training. The wiring has been greatly simplified reducing the number of both cores and cables, whilst the Hi Spec Reader mounts onto standard UK single gang back boxes, making first fix possible.

ENTRA offers a number of reader options, including the exclusively designed Hi Spec reader with a stainless steel front panel ideal for either internal or external mounting. This reader incorporates a Blue illuminated backlight that changes to Green when the door is released.

Iris recognition reader
 There are also Biometric reader options available with the ENTRA system, Iris and facial recognition, each reader has been specifically designed and developed to integrate effortlessly with the ENTRA Access Control system. The Iris Reader offers the latest technology as a fraction of the cost of compared to its competitors. Designed in the UK and exclusive to the ENTRA system the Iris recognition units are simple to use with a read time of 0.5 seconds.
   
For further information on the ENTRA Access Control system please contact the Securefast sales line on 01704 502801. Technical support on 01704 502815 or visit the web site www.securefast.co.uk






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