Friday, 30 November 2012

Dorma ED 100 Offers Proven Reliability in IceHotel's Sub-Zero Temperatures

Entrance to the IceHotel’s luxurious Royal Deluxe Suite
 
At the world-famous IceHotel in Sweden, ice is the key material. However, there are just some things that just can’t be made from ice, including doors and door controls.
 
For the entrance to the hotel’s luxurious Royal Deluxe Suite, a glass door and an automatic swing door operator were required but with this came the challenge of finding a product that would operate at sub-zero temperatures. DORMA market leader ED 100 door closer was up to the ice cold challenge.

Every year in Jukkasjärvi, 200km north of the Arctic Circle, the IceHotel is erected from 1,000 tonnes of snow with each unique suite created by a different designer from around the world. Faced with internal temperatures of -8°C, the IceHotel’s most luxurious suite needed intelligent door technology that would not be impaired by the climate and could still perform in the harshest conditions.

Delivering smooth operation and closing reliability at extreme temperatures, the ED 100 electromechanical swing door operator from DORMA proved ideal.

In low temperatures, the viscosity of the hydraulic fluid used in traditional swing door operators will rise. This can cause resistance and a decrease in speed which means the door may not close properly. As the ED 100 doesn’t use a closed hydraulic system, instead equipped with a multi stage gear, the operator requires only a small amount of high performance grease to continue to function at the highest standard.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

New low cost card acceptance service for small businesses shortlisted for 3 awards

Payatrader, the pioneer of the UK’s first fully integrated, low cost, multi-channel debit & credit card acceptance solution developed to benefit millions of small businesses has been shortlisted in 3 categories for the prestigious Cards & Payments awards, which seek to independently recognise customer service, excellence and innovation in the card and payment industry.

Payatrader has been shortlisted in the following categories:

•    Best Initiative in Mobile Payments
•    Best Technology Initiative of the Year
•    Best Industry Innovation of the Year

Bill Thomson, MD at Acceptacard Limited and co-founder of Payatrader comments:  

"To be shortlisted in three categories for this year's awards is a real honour and huge achievement for everyone involved in developing and supporting the Payatrader solution. We are also delighted to be shortlisted in all 3 categories which in itself is recognition of our contribution to the UK cards & payments market”
 

Payatrader developed and delivered the UK’s first card acceptance proposition truly dedicated to small businesses, as a fully integrated solution enabling users to view all transactions from all channels – online, telephone, mobile, email, contact centre and secure GPRS chip and pin terminal with electronic receipting - in a single account”.

Since launch earlier this year, Payatrader has recruited a diverse range of customers and are poised to grow rapidly with an already established a mix of partnerships with trade and other membership organisations.

The finalists’ event is being held in February 2013.

For more information contact:

Acceptacard Limited
Victory House
400 Pavilion Drive
Northampton
NN4 7PA

www.payatrader.com    

Email: enquiries@payatrader.com    

Telephone Enquiries: 0333 123 1243


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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Chris Lake is BWF Apprentice of the Year

18 year old Chris Lake, apprentice joiner at GS Haydon & Son Ltd in South Molton, Devon has won the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Apprentice of the Year Award 2012.

At a glittering dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground Pavilion on Friday attended by UK joinery industry’s most senior figures and business leaders, Chris was presented with his award by Stuart Littlefair, Specialist Manager from CITB-ConstructionSkills which sponsored the award. Chris also received a £150 cash prize from management consultants Lignum Associates.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Yale Follows Expert Advice for Doormaster™

Yale has introduced three new products to its popular Doormaster range. Two new 16mm faceplate composite locks and a smart new Gearbox Kit join the Doormaster portfolio, emphasising Yale’s commitment to satisfying customer needs.

Based on feedback from Yale’s customers, Yale has added to its popular Doormaster™ replacement multipoint lock product portfolio with two 16mm faceplate locks for composite or timber doors, offered with a 35mm or 45mm backset.

Yale has also unveiled a new Gearbox kit, providing a convenient and professional storage unit, which can be easily transported between site visits.

The new Gearbox kit has been carefully designed to enable the full Doormaster™ Replacement Gearbox range to be kept together.  There is also space to add three further Gearboxes of choice, and the kit also includes a Doormaster™ Overnight Lock and Universal PVCu keep, along with a T20 Torx driver. 

Says Paul Deans, Technical Adviser at Yale: “Our customers increasingly asked for a 16mm faceplate composite lock and we were more than happy to oblige, enabling Doormaster™ to help replace failing multipoint locks in even more door types.

“The new composite locks, together with the new Gearbox kits are both clear examples of how we will continue to introduce new additions to our Doormaster™ range and meet the needs of our customers, quickly and efficiently.”


Multipoint locks are fitted to 70% of all new external residential doors and many older multipoint locks are reaching the end of their lifecycle. Over the coming months and years, growing numbers of multipoint locks are expected to fail, with over one million expected to require replacement this year alone.

The new Composite Locks and Gearbox Kits have been cleverly designed to complement the existing Yale Doormaster™ multipoint lock range and offer a genuine ‘one visit, one repair solution.’

The complete Doormaster™ range is available now from Yale and major distributors across the UK.

To find out more, please visit www.yale.co.uk/doormaster or email locksmiths@yale.co.uk.



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Monday, 26 November 2012

Fireco's door solution at University of London

Premier-Swing 85 automatic door
operators from Fireco safeguard
University of London's College Hall
undergraduate residence hall.
Fireco Ltd. has recently supplied and fitted automatic door operators for use at the University of London's College Hall undergraduate hall of residence to help ease disabled access in a number of locations, including the reception area, dining hall and laundry.

 The Premier-Swing 85, supplied and installed by Fireco, is a heavy-duty swing operator designed for today's busy entranceways. It is simple to install and has an easy setup procedure. It uses an innovative, user-friendly self-diagnostic system to identify faults, which ensures that installations and maintenance visits are as straightforward as possible.

The University of London, whose aim is to providing a welcoming, friendly and safe environment in which to study, allied to its commitment to equal access for all, said that, with their considerable door solution expertise, Fireco were able to offer a low energy automatic door solution that proved to be the most cost effective way of improving access and independence for wheelchair users.

The Premier-Swing 85 is ideal for new door systems or retrofitting to existing doors. The unit is housed in an attractive aluminium casing designed to complement all building environments. The unit has dedicated inputs for activation sensors or press pads, safety sensors and electric locks.

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Fireco Ltd. 0845 241 7474
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w: www.firecoltd.com  

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Fantastic, misty fogs

 
Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week he is advising motorists on how to drive safely through fog.
 
“Fog is one of the most difficult conditions to drive in. Ensure you are prepared so that you can carry out your journey safely, and allow lots of extra time for the trip.” commented Peter.
 
Here are some of his tips for driving in the fog:
  • Before setting off, clean your windows and windscreen and ensure all your lights are working.
  • When you’re ready to leave, switch on the dipped headlights. Use front and rear fog lights if visibility is less than 100 metres, but don’t forget to switch them off when visibility improves – leaving fog lights on when headlights would be adequate is an offence.
  • Use your windscreen wipers on an intermittent setting to clear moisture.
  • Switch the heater or air conditioning on and leave it running to keep the inside of the glass clear.
  • Slow down and keep enough distance between yourself and the vehicle in front - make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see clearly.
  • Fog is not the same density all the time – it may get thicker, slow down if it does.
  • Brake gently but earlier than usual so your brake lights warn drivers behind.
  • Be aware that other vehicles may be travelling without their lights on, so extra care and attention is needed. At junctions, wind the window down and listen for traffic.
  • Straining to see through thick fog will quickly make you tired – take regular breaks.
  • Take high-viz clothing in case you have to leave the car.
 
“Don’t underestimate the effect fog has on your visibility. Adjusting your driving to the weather conditions will help you to become a safer and more confident driver through the winter months.” continued Peter.
 
To help drivers stay safe this winter, the IAM has launched a winter driving campaign which includes a dedicated website, drivingadvice.org.uk, with traffic updates, weather forecasts and tips on how to drive safely in winter.

Tips cover rain, snow, ice, fog and wind – everything you can expect in a typically unpredictable British winter. Check it out before you travel.
 
About the IAM

The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. 
 
The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. 
 
The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland.
 
It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. 
 
Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.


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Saturday, 24 November 2012

British high street is the “show room” for online and mobile shopping

Research from Skrill shows over one third of Brits window shop before buying on mobile or online, indicating a future shopping experience with the physical and digital integrated

One in three Brits use the high street just to window-shop, using mobile phones to compare prices, save details for buying online at home or make purchases, according to research commissioned for digital wallet provider Skrill as part of its Future of Money campaign. The research uncovers an evolving shopping ecosystem, where the high street, online and mobile co-exist to deliver an all round experience.

Although 82% of British adults bought online in 2012, the Skrill research reveals the high street is still playing a role in driving today’s behaviours. When out shopping, 22.8% of Brits have compared prices on their mobile, while a third have saved the details of an item in store in order to complete check-out on the web (33.6%) or have seen something in a store but ordered it online at another time (33.8%). A small, but potentially significant, 7.4% of high street shoppers have even used their mobile phone as an alternative check-out and purchased goods whilst in store, a figure that rises to 10.1% for those aged 25-34 years.

Siegfried Heimgaertner, Skrill CEO commented: "Our research has uncovered an emerging generation of shopper, one who is combining their mobile device with the internet to reach an alternative retail check-out process.

While we see cries of the ‘death of the high street’, consumers continue to leave the house for shopping inspiration, even if they then make the purchase via a smartphone or at home on the computer. As a result, we see an opportunity for high street retailers to turn browsers into buyers whilst in-store.

We expect this trend to continue as people look to remove traditional cash and card transactions, replacing them with online and mobile payments such as Skrill 1-Tap, for added speed and convenience. It will be fascinating to see what’s in-store for the future of shopping, with physical stores, online and mobile all incorporated into the retail experience.” 


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Friday, 23 November 2012

Highly demanding refurbishment of Georgian gem wins BWF technical award

The UK joinery industry’s highest technical award was announced at the annual dinner of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) at Lord’s Cricket Ground last Friday.

Following a keynote speech about the London 2012 Olympic legacy by Dr Peter Bonfield, Chief Executive of BRE, the BWF’s 2012 award for technical excellence and innovation in joinery manufacture was given to Icklesham Joinery for its outstanding renovation of the Robert Adam designed RSA House off the Strand in London.

This Georgian masterpiece, first built in 1774 and now one of the most exclusive business, social and film location venues in London, has been the home of some of the greatest thinkers and social activists of the past 200 years. Its Great Room has a famous glass domed roof allowing daylight to illuminate the celebrated paintings ‘The Progress of Human Knowledge’ by James Barry which adorn the upper walls.

Family-owned Icklesham Joinery in East Sussex was tasked with supplying the specialist joinery items for the House’s refurbishment including air conditioning unit housings, fire-rated doorsets and shutters, roof lantern mouldings, oak wall panelling, oak speaker enclosure units, cloakroom storage and the double entrance doors into the Great Room which also had to incorporate a hidden projector.

Marc Horsman, Contracts Manager, Ross Horsman, Purchasing Manager, and Joint MDs Robert and Jim Horsman, collected the award trophy from Wendy Trott, MD of Timbmet which sponsored this year’s award.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

DORMA SPECIFICATION IS FIRST CLASS AT KING’S CROSS REGENERATION

 
At the redevelopment of London’s King’s Cross Railway Station – viewed as part of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe – an extensive range of automatics, door closers and ironmongery from DORMA has been used to help transform this historic facility into a transport hub fit for the 21st Century.
 
Originally built in 1852, the new-look King’s Cross Station combines old and new architecture and includes refurbishment of the Grade I Listed Western Range to be used by station staff, train-operating companies and their management teams. Designed by John McAslan & Partners for Network Rail, the new Western Concourse – including atrium, offices, retail units and the Western Range building – will form a contemporary gateway for millions of visitors.
 
At the historic station, it was a prerequisite that the Western Range’s internal and external doors provided safe, secure and reliable access. Used by hundreds of staff members every day, it was vital that door components were robust and met the latest fire legislation, so proven performance was essential. Provided by architectural ironmongery specialists Scott Beaven Radius Ltd, a large number of DORMA automatics, door closers and ironmongery was supplied – with the company’s products renowned for elegance, reliability and long term performance.
 
For its virtually silent, smooth operation, a series of DORMA ED 100 low energy swing door operators were supplied. These were installed to enable the doors to be opened under power when required and used as a conventional manual swing door at all other times.
 
Opening the door at precisely controlled speeds and forces, the ED 100 assures safety for all users and removes the barrier of physical ability.
 
Designed as part of DORMA’s elegant Contur range, the dimensions are kept to a minimum and the product styling co-ordinates with other DORMA automatics, manual door closers and ironmongery to seamlessly blend into any interior.
 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

FULHAM BRASS GOES KEY FREE WITH YALE

Fulham Brass has become the latest architectural ironmonger to sign up as a stockist of Yale’s innovative digital door lock range, to offer customers all the convenience of digital door locking, without compromising on security.

Fulham Brass has shared a partnership with Yale since its opening, incorporating many of the home security specialist’s solutions into a comprehensive security offering.

Fulham based, the specialist architectural ironmonger now presents the innovative Keyfree digital door lock to offer convenient and flexible home security to its prestigious homeowner clientele, alongside the new Keyless rim lock for composite and timber doors.

Both allow homeowners access and to secure their home using a personalised PIN code, with no need for a traditional key.

Fulham Brass Owner, Conrad Sandler said: “There is no denying that electronic locking is now part of everyday living, so we have no doubt that our customers will quickly see the benefits of a key free lifestyle.

“At the same time, the aesthetics of hardware and also the security factors have to remain at a very high level to accommodate the bespoke requirements of our customers. Yale’s digital door lock collection meets these objectives to offer total peace of mind and an innovative approach to high security.”

Yale’s Keyfree digital door lock allows keyless entry either through a push button remote keyfob or by entering a combination code into the lock. Battery operated, the standalone unit is fitted to almost any type of new or existing door and comes with a voice guide that advises users when the door is secure and a built in alarm to prevent tampering.

The new Keyless rim lock allows consumers to access and secure their home using a personalised PIN code, with no need for a traditional key. The PIN code can be set via a keypad to any 4 to 12 digit number of the user’s choice and can be reprogrammed at any time. For added convenience, users can also set up a separate visitor code to provide access for family, friends or tradesmen.

Clive Seakens, Key Account Manager for Yale commented: “We are delighted to have Fulham Brass on board as a stockist of our innovative digital door lock range, as a prestigious company that Yale has worked with for many years.

“The introduction of Keyfree and Keyless is testament to our commitment to developing digital solutions for homeowners, whilst never losing cite of our need to offer the ultimate security. Customers such as Fulham Brass who adopt these products continue to offer complete home protection and together, we can grow and work together in partnership to ensure our customers know they are in safe hands.”

For more information on Yale’s Keyfree, Keyless or digital door lock range, please visit www.yale.co.uk. For Fulham Brass information or contact details, please visit www.fulhambrassonline.com.


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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Success of fire door scheme prompts recruitment of general manager

Neil Ashdown has been appointed General Manger of the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS).
His recruitment comes in response to the increasing number of people registering for the FDIS Diploma and the launch later this year of the official qualification for certificated fire door inspectors.

Neil has worked in the door and timber industries throughout his career, most recently running his own businesses focussing on the sales of timber doors, joinery, loose timber and allied products, and the supply of non standard fire doors. He is a long-time member of the British Woodworking Federation and the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme. He has also achieved the FDIS Diploma in Fire Doors earlier this year – the diploma which he will now oversee.

He says: “It is good to be part of the contribution that FDIS can make to saving lives and property through creating a better understanding of the critical role of fire doors.  I passed the FDIS Diploma earlier this year and was very impressed by the online education it offers. I’m now looking forward to helping individuals and companies in the industry, as well as those responsible for building safety, to benefit from this new industry resource.”

The UK’s Fire Door Inspection Scheme is the first such scheme in Europe, providing professionals with online learning leading to a Diploma in Fire Doors, and a route to become a certificated fire door inspector.

The scheme is designed to help improve safety and save lives through creating a new pool of expertise and competence to help those with legal responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. It provides a vital new resource to help the ‘Responsible Person’ complete fire risk assessments for the premises they manage. It also raises awareness of defective fire doors and the potentially tragic consequences of leaving these unchecked.

FDIS is a joint initiative developed by the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme and the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers.

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Review of the 60th ARGE General Meeting held in Helsinki, Finland - 13 to 15 September 2012


The European Federation of Association of  Locks & Builders Hardware Manufacturers

ARGE would like to welcome a new executive to the board: Mr Hans Weissenboeck. Hans is from Austria but represents the Swiss Association. He attended his first ARGE Conference in Budapest in 1993 when he was general manager of Grundmann GEGE (Austrian manufacturers of cylinders and locks). He continued as general manager after the merger of Grundmann with Kaba in 1997. For a number of years Hans has attended numerous ARGE congresses as a member of ARGE’s Working Group C and also, as convenor of TC33 WG4 TG4 on cylinders.

Resignations
The delegates attending the General Meeting were informed of the official resignation of two board members that occurred earlier in the year.

Mr Guiliano Modesti who had been a board member for eight years, resigned in April 2012 to focus on his work as Chief Executive of Dorma in Italy. And also Gerhard Wenger, who resigned in January 2012 after four years of service. Wenger relocated to Singapore, to become Head of Division (Access and Data Systems for Asia-Pacific) for Kaba.

 Both the Chairman, Jorma Siren, and General Secretary, Joachim Kieker, wished Modesti and Wenger well, and thanked them for their years of commitment to ARGE.

The General Meeting in retrospect would have benefited by being given more than an hour’s time. The Chairman ran through a list of what ARGE has achieved over the last year. Which included:-

  • The 5 meetings of the executive board
  • Development of the Business Plan
  • Cooperation with EDSF
  • Lobby work with KELLEN and ORGALIME 
  • The quarterly technical reports produced
  • The numerous marketing communications created and distributed via website news stories and press releases.
  • A review of the three active working groups and the single sub-group of WG C.

Further detail of ARGE’s mission, aims and objectives are available in the 2012-13 Business Plan available from the General Secretary - j.kieker@arge.org

Sustainability
 The theme of the 60th Annual Congress was Sustainability, and this was emphasised in the review of the Business Plan. ARGE’s commitment to Sustainability was further addressed with an action plan on this topic that was written by Paul Browne of Assa Abloy. Unfortunately, at the last minute he was unable to present it himself. Stephan Schmidt from FV S +B came to the rescue and was the perfect understudy yet again.

Pierre Vilian presented his report on Standardisation. And Arjen Koole presented his report on the lock and hardware market, with graphs and forecasts.

All reports from the General Meeting will be available for members only on the website by the end of November 2012.

New Website
Zoe Quinlan, Marketing Executive, unveiled the new design of the ARGE website. This was very well received with some delegates jesting that it was too impressive to be British!  It has been produced by web design company, Hullaballoo and was launched on the 29th October 2012.

Review of the Lectures
A detailed review of the lectures held during the Conference will be published in our printed and digital magazines in early December. The digital version will be available at www.dijonline.co.uk from the 5th. 

For next year’s 61st Congress, Dublin has been put forward as a possible location


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Sunday, 18 November 2012

28 MINI FANS CRAM INTO THE RECORD BOOKS

A team of gym members from East Sussex smashed two Guinness World Records™ last Thursday for the number of people inside both a classic Mini and a 2012 MINI.

28 flexible ladies crammed their way into the MINI Hatch at Potters Fields Park, London as part of the eighth annual Guinness World Records day. The team broke their own previous record of 27 people, which they set in Eastbourne last year.

The ladies made full use of every inch of space available in the MINI, including the dashboard, the footwells and they even managed to squeeze four people in the boot.

As soon as they celebrated their first record the ladies dashed off to the ITV studios to attempt the second record live on This Morning, where by squeezing a staggering 23 ladies into a classic Mini, they managed to beat the previous record by two people.

On the same day more than 400,000 people around the world are took part in record-breaking events for the eighth annual Guinness World Records Day, which commemorates the day in 2004 when Guinness World Records became the world’s best-selling copyright book.

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You can watch a short video below which summarises some other events held on the day and also you can see how they crammed all of the girls into the MINI.



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Saturday, 17 November 2012

COMPUTER SAYS ‘NO’ - New research shows frustration induced by PC problems is reaching new levels

Suzi Perry takes out her PC frustrations
 Be Friends with your PC is a campaign that encourages people to think about the performance (speed and stability) of their PCs. Most people experience frustrations with their PCs every day – such as slow start-ups, freezing, crashing and clutter – and this initiative aims to educate users on how they can solve these issues and become friends with their PCs again.

Slow, poor-performing PCs are making Brits increasingly frustrated. According to research released this week, the issue has become such a pain point that some Brits would much rather visit the dentist, queue for hours or be put on hold by a call centre for more than 10 minutes, than face a snail-paced computer.
Whether it’s a slow start-up or the loss of precious files and documents, the annoyance caused by PCs letting us down has sky rocketed.  Over a third of those surveyed find a slow PC just as aggravating as an airline losing their luggage and as infuriating as finding fraudulent charges on a credit card. For almost one in three Brits, the frustration is on par with losing a mobile phone.

‘Frustration Zone’ launched to help release PC irritations
 
To help ease the pains of computer annoyances, a ‘Frustration Zone’ has been set up to release pent-up stress and help users be friends with their PCs again. Fed up PC lovers can smash plates, hit out at punch bags and thump a boxer punch machine in a bid to tame tempers.

Gadget Expert, Suzi Perry, who officially launched the Frustration Zone, commented: “There’s nothing more frustrating than a slow PC. We’ve all suffered from sluggish computers at one point or another – we’ve missed deadlines, lost work and been driven to despair by machines grinding to a painful halt. Although it can be frustrating, the key is to resist the urge to smash something as there are lots of simple and effective ways to get your tech back up to speed. If you can’t resist the rage, the Frustration Zone is the perfect place to vent that pent up fury.”

The Frustration Zone has been set up by Be Friends with your PC, a campaign that encourages people to think about the performance (speed and stability) of their PCs.

For tips and tricks to speed up your computer, visit: Be Friends with your PC - http://bit.ly/TOKJQd



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Friday, 16 November 2012

Sales appointments support Carl F Groupco customer focus

Emanuela Catanese, newly appointed as a
Sales Co-ordinator for Carl F Groupco (left)
pictured with Carlia McGowan
who is promoted to Sales Office Manager
Focus on customer service at Carl F Groupco has been supported with the promotion of Carlia McGowan to Sales Office Manager and the appointment of Emanuela Catanese as a new Sales Co-ordinator.

Carlia McGowan has worked for Carl F Groupco for nine years in Sales Administrator and Co-ordinator roles. Sponsored by Carl F Groupco, she has gained NVQ levels two and three in Business and Administration plus levels two and three in Customer Service. Her studies and practical experience working for the hardware distributor mean she is ideally suited for management of the company’s internal sales team.

Emanuela Catanese has worked in sales positions for ten years with previous experience of account management backed by business and customer service qualifications. With a passion for service, Emanuela enjoys building relationships with customers and ensuring they receive a high standard of support.

The appointments reflect Carl F Groupco’s belief in the need for continued investment in people, backed by training, to ensure high service quality.
 
For more information, contact Clare White at Carl F Groupco Limited on 01733 393330 or by e-mail: clare.white@carlfgroupco.co.uk


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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Sunray’s SR5 high security door can now incorporate louvres and vision panels

The introduction of Sunray’s independently certified Security Rating 5 high specification, high security steel doors, announced earlier this Autumn, has been exceptionally well received by customers demanding ever higher levels of physical security to protect their employees and property.

Constantly striving to always move forward, Sunray is now proud to announce that in addition to achieving the LPS 1175 (issue 7) SR5 rating for this doorset, it has taken its innovative development and testing even further and can now also meet this exacting security standard when either a VisionPanel and/or an ExcluVent are incorporated in the door.

ExcluVent provides a minimum of 53% free airflow when incorporated in a door and can be positioned in either the top or bottom sections, or both as required, without compromising integral strength and security. Constructed using reinforced welded steel, each ExcluVent louvre measures 400x400mm, is electro-zinc plated for increased corrosion resistance and includes an anti-vermin mesh at the rear of each panel.

Sunray’s VisionPanel offers discreet observation by natural surveillance where vision is important but without compromising security. Meeting the requirements of all security-conscious markets, the 200x300mm robust viewing area is constructed using a toughened glass sandwich system and is fabricated to the same exacting standards as the SR5 rated Sunray steel high security door.

"We constantly strive to meet our customers' physical and practical security needs as well as meet their aesthetic requirements when it comes to the design, manufacture and installation of security doors,” stated David Evans MD at Sunray. “Being able to offer a choice of ExcluDoors, certified to SR3, 4 and SR5, with the option to include VisionPanels and ExcluVents in each means they can select with confidence a product that exactly meets their particular demands.

“Add the fact that they can also be specified in a wide range of BS or RAL powder coatings colours to meet existing décor requirements and the fact that they all feature high quality locks, furniture and fixtures as standard - it is easy to understand why Sunray is increasingly being selected as their supplier of choice for individually fabricated security doors and other security solutions.”

For more information on the inherently strong ExcluDoor range of security doors or for information on ExcluVent or VisionPanels visit www.sunraydoors.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1233 639039.



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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

UNION’S RELIABILITY DRIVES THE FUTURE

UNION is set to transform its current product range to more closely match its customers’ needs.

Having grown out of a family business set up in the heartland of the British lock-making industry, UNION is back to lead the market with innovative new mortice lock products, amongst other developments, that celebrate the heritage of this well loved brand.

With an unrivalled heritage in the locking industry, UNION is looking to strengthen its offering in mortice locks, masterkey suites and panic exit hardware, as part of its continual product development policy, as well as maintain its dependable core offering for its customer base that has come to rely on it.

Tina Hughan, Head of Marketing for ASSA ABLOY UK, said: 

“At the heart of the product launches, UNION has focused on quality, reliability and expertise, forming part of our “promise” to commit our resources to developing products which in turn supports
our customers’ future in the market.

 “The product launches represent an exciting time for both UNION and its customers. The main aim of the first product launch – the mortice lock range - is to broaden the range providing customers with a full product offering to match project specifications purchased from a single source, reducing cost and complication and providing clearly defined ranges.

“For many years UNION has been offering consistent and dependable products. It has been a sleeping giant. These exciting product launches are about unlocking UNION’s potential to the benefit of our customers – both existing and new – and for us to grow together as businesses. We are UNION.”


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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

DHF membership grows as it raises the quality bar

The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has seen its biggest increase yet in membership numbers as more door companies embrace the DHF’s new quality standards.

In the last 12 months, 30 new members successfully applied to join the DHF, the trade body representing all the key players in industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates and building hardware.

The federation now has 229 members and expects many more companies to join its rank in the coming months. These companies want to benefit from the Quality Assurance initiative that only DHF members can offer their customers. The companies are also looking to the DHF for help in complying with new legislation coming into force next year.

All member companies must adhere to the DHF’s Quality Assured standards of capability, customer service and quality. The DHF scheme follows the introduction last year of a strengthened Code of Conduct governing members’ standards of workmanship, quality, training safety and business integrity.

Said DHF executive chairman Bob Perry:  

“Adherence to the DHF QA standards by companies involved in the manufacture, supply, installation and maintenance of doors and shutters gives them the competitive edge in the market.

“In addition, on July 2013, it will become a criminal offence to place any non-fire external doorset or non-fire industrial or garage door on the market without a CE mark. Companies are realising they need the backing and support of the DHF to enable them to comply with all the procedures they have to go through before they can apply the CE mark. 

“The significant increase in membership we are currently experiencing shows we are achieving our aim of driving up quality levels throughout the industry and delivering commercial benefit for our members.”


For more information about DHF membership, the DHF QA scheme, and CE marking visit www.dhfonline.org.uk .


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Monday, 12 November 2012

Euro hotel fire safety ‘not good enough’

Arlene McCarthy, MEP for the North West
A call for the fire safety industry to heighten awareness of the dangers created by hoteliers who fail to follow the Fire Safety Regulatory Reform Order (2005) has been issued by Exova Warringtonfire supported by North West European MP Arlene McCarthy.

An expose by BBC Inside Out South West revealed shocking failings in a number of hotels where one elderly lady found herself trapped and fire doors with seals missing, without panic bolts or emergency push pads.

At the same time, startling new figures released by Fire and Rescue Services show that 46 per cent of public buildings, 42 per cent of care homes, 42 per cent of schools and 37 per cent of hospitals were found to be ‘unsatisfactory’ when inspected.

Arlene McCarthy, Member of the European Parliament for the North West, has been a campaigner for improved safety in hotels.

She said:
“As former Chair of the European Parliament’s Consumer Protection Committee, I have been calling for tougher enforcement of fire safety in hotels for a number of years.

“Working alongside the Federation of European Fire Officers I have heard first hand of terrifying examples of negligence; sprinklers without a water supply, covered smoke alarms and blocked fire exits. The European Commission needs to take action to drive up standards to cut the fire risk and it is a shame that it is failing to make such progress.”
 

Chris Hughes, an Associate at Exova Warringtonfire, said: “You don’t expect to have to check the safety of fire doors and escape routes when you check in to a hotel but this is where it is going.

Chris Hughes, Exova Warringtonfire
“Good fire safety management is important in hotels where large numbers of people find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, reliant on the hotel getting it right.

“Professional accurate fire risk assessment, selection of products and installation are paramount to rectify any remedial works identified by the assessor.


“Good management of fire safety will become more and more important over the next 12 months as the government tries to reduce regulatory enforcement across all areas.”


Arlene McCarthy
Arlene McCarthy was elected to the European Parliament in 1994 and has been Labour Euro MP for the North West region since 1999. Arlene is currently Vice Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and continues to campaign on consumer issues affecting North West residents.

Exova
Exova is the world’s largest dedicated testing group, trusted by organisations to test and advise on the safety, quality and performance of their products and operations. Their capabilities help to extend asset life, brings predictability to applications, and shortens the time to market for clients’ products, processes and materials.

With over 40 years’ experience, Exova specialises in testing across nine key sectors from food and pharmaceuticals to aerospace, oil and gas, fire, engineering and construction. They operate 110 permanent facilities in 22 countries and employs more than 3,500 people throughout Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East and Asia/Asia Pacific.





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Sunday, 11 November 2012

A fascinating look into the world of music and what those great musicians have tucked away in their garages.

It is a perfect gift for anybody that loves cars and music - a new book that is about to hit the shelves just in time for Christmas. 

Cars and rock ‘n roll have always gone hand in hand. Whether it’s a garage band piling into some decrepit rig to get to the next gig or a killer guitar riff blasting from a Mustang, rock ‘n roll keeps us moving when we’re behind the wheel.

It’s no surprise, then, that some of the music from the UKs greatest musicians are featured in this new title. 

Names famous for their musical talent also are serious car guys.

The likes of Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Chris Martin, Brian Johnson (ACDC) and Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) are all featured along with many other great musicians such as Jimmie Vaughn (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Billy Joel, J Geils, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), and others.

All as passionate about their motors as they are about music Rockin Garages illustrates the incredible collections that these rock stars keep in their garages. Hot rods, customs, muscle cars, motorcycles, race cars, and sports cars—the variety of vehicles is as eclectic as rock ‘n roll itself.

Rockin’ Garages showcases top performers, their cars, and their garages. Authors Tom Cotter and Ken Gross profile each musician after spending hours and days with each one to reveal an in-depth story behind their moto-lust and what drives their car collecting. Each profile is complemented by Michael Alan Ross’ top-notch photography. Rockin’ Garages puts you behind the wheel with some of your favorite musicians. 

Authors: Tom Cotter & Ken Gross
Photographer: Michael Alan Ross
Format: Hardcover, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780760342497
Illustrations: 217 color & 3 b/w photos
Price: £20.00 or £17.00 from Amazon - see below
Published: Mid November 2012 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tom Cotter (Davidson, NC) writes regularly for Road & Track and is the author of The Cobra in the Barn, The Vincent in the Barn, and The Corvette in the Barn.

Ken Gross (Hamilton, VA) was Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, in Los Angeles, California, for five years following a career in advertising. His car, travel, and motorcycle writing has appeared in Playboy, AutoWeek, Rodder’s Journal, Robb Report and many others.

Michael Alan Ross (San Rafael, CA) has the ability to see what turns enthusiasts on about cars. His work has been featured in advertising, auto magazines, and corporate photography collections in the United States and in Europe.


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