Monday, 29 February 2016

Debar Announce the Arrival of their DeWall Aluminium Bi-folding Door System


Debar are continuing to push the boundaries in the Bi-fold door marketplace by launching their new DeWall Aluminium Bi-folding door system at Fensterbau in Nuremburg Germany from the 16-19 March. The exciting new system has a number of exceptional features such as adjustable jambs and has achieved certification to PAS 24 for enhanced security performance requirements.

Bi-folding door specialists Debar are leading the way in bi-fold hardware development following on from the launch of their innovative Timber bi-folding door system. They are now launching a purpose designed Aluminium bi-fold door system which will offer new possibilities to their customer base.

The DeWall Aluminium system is an inline system offering above ground bottom running with multiple threshold options. It is available on Logikal software, can be constructed to a panel maximum height of 3000mm, 1200mm width and carry weight of 120kg per panel.

The hardware components and system are bespoke designed to give maximum carry capacity, whilst still offering slim sightlines, oversized doors and minimum profiles. The system is easily fabricated using punch tool technology or crimping, the doors can open in or out using the same profiles, the sash and outer frame are both the same depth and it gives excellent thermal values. Dual colour and special finishes are available and the system features a slim sash and an adjustable jamb option.

The system is document Q Compliant and includes the enhanced security requirements required to be certificated to PAS 24. BS 6375 Part 1 weather testing has also been achieved. It utilises the latest technology in the design of bespoke hardware resulting in a high performance and extremely contemporary looking door.

Debar Managing Director Graham Fawthrop commented:
“The system is state of the art and has the flexibility to incorporate a number of options. The DeWall system comes with complete assembly instructions with ‘off-the-shelf’ hardware components and full technical support. It also incorporates our high quality hardware such as; concealed shoot-bolt locks with cylinder option, colour matched handles and magnetic door holders.” He continued “We are very excited that Debar is now able to offer this real contender to the marketplace as an alternative to those products already available, we look forward to supplying satisfied customers both old and new”.

For further information visit www.bifold-hardware.com



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Sunday, 28 February 2016

Legendary ‘Minder’ Cars Under The Hammer – “Two Nice Little Runners”


When TV’s most famous second hand car dealer, Arthur Daley’s famous 1981 Daimler Sovereign goes under the hammer with H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford on Wednesday 20th April, it will be a case of life imitating art.

There will doubtless be many who will want to own this “nice little runner” which comes with the glamour of a TV series that endeared itself to its British audience over two decades.

The Daimler has recently been re-finished in its original livery as part of a recent bodywork restoration and benefited from £5,000 worth of mechanical fettling at the hands of a marque specialist. Its odometer displays just 43,990 miles. In the mid-1980s George Cole wanted to buy the car himself, and came close to doing so before it was given away in a TV Times competition. It is estimated by H&H to sell for £35,000 to £45,000.


Alongside the Daimler will be its automotive partner, a two-litre white Ford Capri driven by Terry McCann played by Dennis Waterman. The famous Ford was not only driven by Terry in the opening sequence but also at various times during the series. The Capri is believed to have come close to being crushed, but escaped and now rejuvenated shows 88,700 miles on the clock. Its estimate is a stonking £65,000 to £85,000 as Ford Capris are on the up and up. At this figure it would potentially be a new world record for a two litre model, clear indication of the power of celebrity and provenance.

The original Minder show ran for ten series between 29 October 1979 and 10 March 1994, and starred Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann, an honest and likable bodyguard (or minder) and George Cole as Arthur Daley, a highly unscrupulous used-car salesman and purveyor of anything on which a pound was to be made, whether inside the law or not.

James McWilliam, H&H Motorcar Specialist, who consigned the pair says:
“Both cars have been sympathetically restored and estimated to make allowance for their small screen history. We know from past experience that playing a major role in a TV series can have a big impact on value as witnessed by the 1976 Jaguar XJ12C that we sold last October which made a record breaking £69,440 despite needing total restoration due to its ‘New Avengers’ TV provenance. These cars are celebrities in their own right.” H&H is one of only five classic car auction houses to have sold a car for over $10m“.
TV’s most famous London car dealer and all-round spiv, ‘Arfur’ Daley became a national institution. As a result of his link with the Daimler George Cole became a fan of the marque and went on to own at least eight Jaguars.

This buff yellow saloon - the colour is officially ‘Portland Beige’ - was one of a string of Jaguar-originated cars driven by Arthur Daley, played by George Cole, but this Series III-based luxury model was one viewers will most associate with Daley in long-running series that ran from the late-Seventies to the mid-Nineties.

Daley’s wish to maintain a classy image was at odds with his mildly criminal activities and did the image of Jaguar no great favours one suspects. But for the new owner of this car it will be a great talking point.

For more information about the auction visit www.classic-auctions.com



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Saturday, 27 February 2016

IronmongeryDirect adds two new security products to its range

IronmongeryDirect has added two new security products to its range for securing against or restricting forced access through doors.

The first product is a door jammer, ideal as an additional or temporary security measure and the other a door restricter which stops forced entry whilst allowing partial opening of the door.

Door Jammer

This is a unique and innovative security aid that can be used to jam the door shut from the inside.

It’s easy to fit to most doors and release quickly in an emergency.

This one-off product is ideal as a temporary security measure if a lock can’t be secured by a locksmith, or even as just an additional security measure.

To view the product, please visit: www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk


Door Restrictor

The door restrictor is a great product for adding some extra security to a door, stopping anyone from being able to force their way in.

It’s really simple to fit and use and is ideal for the likes of elderly or even if you have children in the house.

It has been designed for use with multipoint locks and handles on uPVC and composite doors and frames.

To view the product, please visit: www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk



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Friday, 26 February 2016

New service office gives GEZE UK a head start

The new GEZE Service Midlands North team (left to right)
 Ian Gilby, Lee Coulton, Ste Hirst, Susie Perry, David Vesely and Matt Jenkins. 


To meet growing customer demand from across the midlands and north, GEZE UK has opened a new 1500 sq ft service office.

Based in Warrington, Cheshire, GEZE Service Midlands North will support customers across the M62 corridor, offering quotations, technical advice and faster response times.

As well as the large main office there is a meeting room and a training room, which will be fitted out with all the latest automatic door operators for engineer training.

The new office complements the service teams based in Glasgow, Newcastle, Bristol, Farnborough (London South), Leighton Buzzard (London North) and the Midlands South team based at the company’s head office near Lichfield.

Steve Marshall, service director of GEZE UK, said:
“I am pleased we are making this investment in service for our customers. From this office we will be able to service our full range of products including, automatic operators and natural ventilation systems as well as those manufactured by other companies. The team will support facilities managers in meeting the many and varied European and UK standards and legal requirements.
“A local office means that customers are able to benefit not only from our industry experience but from local knowledge, which is particularly helpful when planning engineer visits as they know the local area enabling us to offer faster response times and ensuring we have a local stock holding”.

Lee Coulton, who has 15 year’s industry experience, has been appointed as manager. In this newly created role, he will strengthen relationships with existing customers throughout the Midlands and North operating area, develop new business opportunities with public and private sector organisations of all sizes across the region and increase awareness of the GEZE brand along the M62 corridor.

Susie Perry who has been with GEZE UK for 8 years has been promoted from service co-ordinator at GEZE’s Midlands Service Office to assistant service manager. Lee and Susie will be supported by two service co-ordinators and eight field engineers.

Lee commented: “I’m delighted to be joining GEZE UK and to be given the unique opportunity to set up and run a major new regional operation for one of the key players in the UK entrance solutions sector.
“I am looking forward to forging closer links with existing clients based on attention to detail and providing excellent quality of service, while at the same time expanding the company’s customer base in the Midlands/North area in terms of both large regional organisations and local SMEs.”
Steve Marshall added: “I would also like to welcome our new colleagues to the business. They join our strong team of experienced service staff. From safety to energy efficiency, everyone is trained to the highest standards and is committed to delivering the quality service that our customers expect.”

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic operators, manual door closers and window technology products or service contracts call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk.


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Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Master Locksmiths Association partners with the Associated Locksmiths of Ireland


The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) – the UK’s leading trade body for the locksmithing profession – has partnered with the Associated Locksmiths of Ireland (A.L.O.I.). The collaboration will see the MLA share its resources and support the running of the Irish association.


The MLA, which boasts an impressive 50+ year track record of promoting and advising the locksmithing industry, will extend its support to the A.L.O.I., by handling all its communications and administering accreditation certificates.

The A.L.O.I. will continue to manage the day to day running of the association with the administrative support of the MLA.

Dr Steffan George, development director of the MLA, said:

‘We are delighted to be working with our Irish neighbours, the A.L.O.I. and hope that by sharing our resources, experience and knowledge, both the associations will go from strength to strength. 
‘We are passionate about raising awareness of the locksmithing industry and work hard to promote high standards of conduct in the profession, whether that be nationally or abroad. We are also the largest and longest established locksmiths association in the UK and are therefore in a great position to offer advice and support to both individuals and growing businesses.’

The partnership with the MLA presents many opportunities beneficial to A.L.O.I. members. As of February 2016, all A.L.O.I. members will become personal members of the MLA, allowing them access to the MLA’s technical support network, forums and magazine – all of which are valuable resources for those working in the profession.

Michael D’Arcy, Chairman of the A.L.O.I. said:
“Over many years a mutual respect and strong bond has built between both our Associations. For some time now, A.L.O.I. have been working closely with the Private Security Authority which is our state agency for the regulation of security services in Ireland. To this end we hope to be one of the first European countries to have government licensing of companies and individuals providing locksmith services and should see its introduction by early 2017.
Our alliance with the MLA will strengthen our position as the leading locksmith Association in Ireland and we look forward to working together on all of the exciting opportunities ahead.’

If you are a locksmith and are interested in speaking to the MLA regarding business advice then please visit www.locksmiths.co.uk.

Follow @MLA_locksmiths on Twitter


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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Steel Windows and Doors add Style to south London Home


Creating a striking aesthetic, steel windows and doors were chosen by a homeowner in South London to form the rear ‘walls’ of both a new basement area and ground floor extension during the year-long renovation of their 1900 house in Fulham. 

The windows and doors were supplied and installed by Steel Window Association member, Steel Window Service and Supplies.

The semi-detached, brick-built house was purchased some eight years ago and, as the homeowners three children grew up, they decided they wanted more space. A basement was dug under the house and a conservatory was demolished to make way for a rear extension. In previous properties, the couple had bi-fold doors but, having never been totally satisfied with the design, they knew that for this project steel windows would provide the look they wanted.

Steel Window Service and Supplies produced drawings before being commissioned to manufacture the two identical screens, each measuring nearly 5.4m by some 2.8m. Both screens have two sets of double doors that open out and two bottom-hung opening lights in the top set of panels to provide ventilation.

Manufactured from W20 sections, the windows were hot-dip galvanised and then finished with a factory-applied polyester powered coating in RAL 7021 black grey matt. They were installed on site by Steel Window Service and Supplies into openings prepared by the contractor, Noble Structures, and fitted with 16mm double glazing units. The product, therefore, meets current part L building regulations.

The narrow profiles of the steel windows ensure that the maximum amount of light is let into both the large ground floor kitchen dining area and the TV and games room in the basement. They also provide a good connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces.


The homeowner comments:
“The steel windows are probably the feature that people notice most - we’ve had lots of wonderful comments about them. From start to finish, Steel Window Service and Supplies were excellent and they were incredibly thorough. I couldn’t fault them; the guys were great and I was really impressed. We’re really happy with the windows and they’re a very good product and exude quality; the doors feel weighty and substantial; even the handles are nice.”
Fursey Costello, quantity surveyor, Noble structures, comments:
“Steel Window Service and Supplies issued drawings and we worked to those drawings when we created the openings. When they came and fitted the windows, it was quite straightforward and ran very smoothly. They’re a good company with a very good product”.
For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 0844 249 1355.



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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

J.Banks set to impress at the FIT Show 2016



As anticipation starts to grow in the trade for what’s in store at the 2016 FIT Show, leading UK hardware manufacturer J.Banks has announced a number of exciting, not to be missed features, for this year’s stand.

Focusing on the company’s renowned manufacturing expertise and an industry reputation for problem solving and product innovations, the emphasis for this year’s J.Banks stand will be centred on the theme, DESIGNED, DEVELOPED, DELIVERED.

On display will be a practical insight into some of the company’s comprehensive R&D facilities employed in the design and development of new and unique hardware solutions, specifically manufactured to meet the challenging and ever changing demands of the door and window market.

With a reputation for being 1st in the market for UK manufactured cable restrictors, bi-fold door hardware and window gear operating systems to name just a few, J.Banks works closely in conjunction with many of Europe’s major door and window manufacturers and distributors, delivering a wide range of standard and bespoke products designed to meet and often exceed the clients expectations.

In addition to the company’s well- established and highly specified range of standard products on display at the show, visitors to the J.Banks stand will also discover the introduction of a number of new, next generation, door and window hardware products, ensured to prove of interest to buyers looking for the latest hardware solutions.

To discover just what J.Banks can offer look out for the DESIGNED, DEVELOPED, DELIVERED logo and pay a visit to stand 111 in hall 1, opposite the main entrance to the exhibition.

For further information visit  www.jbanks.co.uk  or  www.fitshow.co.uk



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Monday, 22 February 2016

Toolfix Delivers The Durable Versatile Beauty Of Solid Pewter Hardware

Solid pewter is beautiful, robust and low maintenance.
It will not corrode or rust like cheaper powder-coated alternatives.

Pewter – a malleable alloy of tin, copper, lead, antimony or other metals for durability and strength – has been used in the home in the UK since the days of the Roman Empire to create domestic items including cups, spoons, candlesticks, door knobs - in fact almost anything. 

Since the 17th century pewter has been recognised for its beauty and versatility. It is still used in cutting-edge interior design in 2016 to produce high quality architectural ironmongery and features.

Pewter is a safe, non-toxic material which nowadays contains no lead. It is primarily made from tin (91 to 95 per cent) with up to eight per cent antimony, 2.5 per cent copper and 0.5 per cent bismuth.

Hardware items produced from pewter can be made in a variety of ways including centrifugal casting using silicon moulds, turning on a lathe or by pressing, rolling or hand forming. The surface can be polished, darkened, engraved, etched, stamped or hammered. The surface can also be painted, enameled or decorated.

As interior design, particularly in kitchens, moves away from the stark minimalism of white gloss, natural materials and quality joinery are becoming more sought after. What better way to complement the natural beauty of wood and be on trend in terms of design than by using solid pewter hardware?

Not all pewter hardware is actually made from pewter. Often, an iron or steel cast is ‘finished’ using special powder coatings to give the item the patina of solid pewter. It is important to check this when sourcing pewter hardware.

Solid pewter is low maintenance and will not corrode or rust like cheaper powder-coated alternatives. It is easy to maintain a factory finish by washing with soapy water and buffing dry every three to six months. Pewter’s durability makes it a sound choice for interior and exterior applications where long life and ease of maintenance are required.

Finesse Pewter Hardware has been professionally and independently tested and complies with BS EN ISO 11997-1:2006, a 168-hour cyclic corrosion salt spray test.

Anthony Burt of Toolfix said:
“Pewter is a durable, high-quality, versatile and beautiful material. All the hardware that we offer is manufactured to the highest European standards and complements any building or refurbishment or architectural project from heritage work to cutting-edge modern interior design.”
“Our range of solid pewter hardware has been designed and manufactured using only the finest lead-free pewter, blending modern production techniques and processes with a unique hand-crafted finish to highlight the natural beauty of pewter. It includes everything from cabinet hardware to door levers – including pewter 92 mm multi-point locking handles – to provide the perfect finishing touches to high quality joinery,” added Anthony.
Toolfix can supply hardware for heritage projects, traditional designs or ultra-modern interiors. Call 08001 613 613 or visit their website www.toolfixservices.com to find out more.




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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Donington Historic Festival timetable is announced


The action-packed timetable for the 2016 Donington Historic Festival features 17 races showcasing competition cars from the 1920s to the 1990s, as Donington Park drives back in time over the Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May & Monday 2nd May.

With three full days of racing, each featuring a mix of grids across a range of eras from pre-War to the 1990s, the Donington Historic Festival offers something for everyone.  Die-hard World Sportscar fans have a whole 180 minutes of racing to revel in with Saturday’s ‘1000km’, while lovers of early Grand Prix racing have two HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy races to look forward to.

Touring Car, sports car and GT enthusiasts have some stunning grids awaiting them, Jaguar purists have the Jaguar Classic Challenge, and those who believe racing cars are best with just one seat can enjoy two HSCC Historic Formula 2 races as well as the aforementioned Nuvolari Trophy.

Special track parades and demonstrations, including historic Formula 1 cars on the Saturday and Sunday and tyre-squealing Group B and Historic Rally Car Register and period karting displays on all three days, add to the non-stop action, while spectators can also visit the open-access race and rally car paddocks or soak up the fabulous racetrack views while wandering around the car club displays in the infield.


Not all the action is reserved for Donington Park itself. On the Saturday evening, a selection of some 30 world-class competition cars head to Castle Donington village, where they will entertain thousands of locals and visitors, parading round the local streets before parking up to form a highly photogenic display.

The provisional timetable is as follows:

Saturday, 30th April 
09:10-12:50 - Qualifying
12:50-13:50 - Lunch Break / Parades and Demonstrations
13:50-14:15 - HSCC Historic Formula 2 International Series, Race 1
14:30-15:20 - Historic Touring Car Challenge for pre-91 Touring Cars
15:35-15:55 - HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy for pre-50 Grand Prix cars, Race 1
16:10-19:10 - ‘1000km’ for 1964-71 World Sportscar Championship Sports, Touring and GT Cars


Sunday, 1st May 
09:10-10:50 - Qualifying
11:05-12:35 - GT & Sports Car Cup for Pre-66 GT and Pre-63 Sportscars
12:35-13:35 - Lunch Break / Parades and Demonstrations
13:35-13:55 - HGPCA Nuvolari Trophy for pre-50 Grand Prix cars, Race 2
14:10-15:10 - U2TC for pre-66 under two-litre Touring Cars
15:25-15:50 - HSCC Historic Formula 2 International Series, Race 2
16:05-17:05 - Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-56 sportscars
17:20-17:40 - HSCC Super Touring Car Trophy for Touring Cars from the Group A and Super
                       Touring era, Race 1
17:55-18:55 - Pre-80 Endurance for sports racing, GT and Touring Cars

Monday, 2nd May
09:10-12:00 - Qualifying
12:00-13:00 - Lunch Break / Parades and Demonstrations
13:00-13:45 - HRDC ‘Touring Greats’ for pre-60 Touring Cars
14:00-14:40 - Jaguar Classic Challenge for pre-66 Jaguar cars
14:55-15:55 - Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-61 sportscars
16:10-16:30 - HSCC Super Touring Car Trophy for Touring Cars from the Group A and Super
                       Touring era, Race 2
16:45-17:25 - ‘Mad Jack’ for pre-War sports cars
17:40-18:25 - HRDC  ‘BTCC Celebration 1958-1966’

Advance discounted tickets
A single-day advance discounted ticket for the Donington Historic Festival costs £21 and a two-day ticket £34, while a three-day weekend ticket costs just £48 (on-the-gate prices will be £28, £45 and £65, respectively). Children aged under 16 are admitted for free.

Advance discounted tickets can be bought via www.doningtonhistoric.com and through the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 873 7355*.

*calls to the 24-hour ticket hotline are charged at 7p per minute plus your network access charge.


Images courtesy of Peter de Rousset-Hall


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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Golden Houses Developments project a staggering £80 million turnover by 2020

Golden Houses Developments, the UK-based construction business specialising in high-end residential projects, is expecting to triple its turnover throughout the next five years and exceed £80 million by 2020.

Building the impressive foundations from 2014, where the turnover was £4 million. This year, the projected figure is £11 million - remarkable for a business that was formed just four years ago and has grown year on year ever since.

Nothing is subcontracted at Golden Houses Developments, which is key to the company’s growth. With a team of 105 loyal employees, they understand each other and work closely together to solve problems as they arise. Golden Houses Developments needs only four people to manage its sites. This results in lower costs, making the company’s homes a more attractive proposition for the client.
Reflecting on yet another busy year, Monika Slowikowska, founder of Golden Houses Developments, said, “Housing is a big driver of the UK economy. When businesses like ours do well, it’s a good sign for the country as a whole. Even better, we’re expecting further growth in the months and years ahead.”
One of very few construction companies led by a woman, Golden Houses Developments focuses on solutions, not problems. It brings unrivalled skill, professionalism and integrity to its work and simplifies the building process through clever design and attention to detail. The company’s can-do attitude, ability to solve problems during construction and exquisite final product has earned Golden Houses Developments an unmatched reputation among clients and architects.

Monika’s unique approach was recognised by the 2015 Women in Construction & Engineering Awards. She was named as a finalist in the Best Woman Contractor category.

In 2015, Golden Houses Developments worked with George Clarke, presenter of Channel 4’s hit television show, Amazing Spaces, taking on the challenge to build houses and flats in seven weeks.

For more information, visit www.goldenhouses.co.uk, like on Facebook and follow on Twitter. 



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Friday, 19 February 2016

Brits need to do more to protect their homes from burglars


More than half of the UK population are very concerned about their houses being burgled, but Brits are only taking very basic measures to protect their properties, according to new research.

53% of Brits said that they were worried about their homes being broken into, with 47% of these saying it is a regular concern and 6% admitting that they worry about it all of the time.

However, when asked what forms of home security they have in place, the majority of home owners admit they only use basic security measures such as locks (87%) and security lights (52%).

Burglar alarms are the third most common form of home security (40%) but when it comes to more advanced technology such as CCTV only 16% have this installed.

The study of 1,000 people, conducted by IronmongeryDirect, was undertaken to find out Brits’ views on home security and investigate how secure their homes really are. It found that over a third of people (34%) have had their home broken into in the past five years, with 9% having been a victim more than once. And nearly half (43%) knew someone else in their neighbourhood who had been burgled.

London has come out as the top spot for burglary as 56% of people living in this area have had their home broken into.

Despite these figures, the study found that two-thirds of the population (62%) actually felt safe and secure in their homes, with those living in the North West claiming to feel the safest (93%). The area where people felt least safe was the West Midlands, with just over a quarter of people admitting they felt safe in their homes.

Despite the research indicating a somewhat lax approach to home security, perhaps because many people feel safe in their homes, the majority of homeowners (68%) said they would consider installing smart security products such as Smartphone alarms and CCTV. And 62% would be willing to spend more than £100 on home security products.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said:
“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own home, and it’s saddening to hear that so many people are concerned about the threat of burglary. 
“To ensure a home is secure, it’s really important that property owners take measures to properly protect it, and invest in a range of quality security products to prevent the risk of burglary. There are a number of security solutions that can provide high levels of security and give property owners peace of mind. There is certainly demand from our customers for high security products such as wireless alarm kits that are simple to install, door viewers which make it easier to identify visitors, secure gates and fencing to protect the grounds of the property, windows bars, and CCTV camera systems.” 
For more information visit www.IronmongeryDirect.co.uk/home-security



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Thursday, 18 February 2016

EasyGates launch upgraded EasyGates Direct V2.0 Trade Website


Easygates, Nationwide electric gate automation, access control and safety supplier, will be launching a new and improved version of their trade only website next month, EasyGates Direct V2.0.

Over the last 12 months the trade dedicated site has seen over 800 companies register and continues to grow week on week.

The site will continue to offer tailor made options to trade only customers on over 2,000 products, ranging from barriers, automation kits, safety edges, spares and specialist components. Stocking products from all the major automation manufacturers, it will offer next day delivery to your premises or directly to site.

New additions to the site include the new “Access Points” reward system that will enable users to receive products and perks when purchasing at our already very competitive prices.

A live chat option will also be available so that technical queries can be answered in real time online.  Improved mobile and tablet versions of the site, major brand ‘stores’ to make specific product ranges easier to find, increased product range and enhanced search engine will also be part of the upgraded site.

Managing Director of Easygates, Tony Daniels-Gooding said:
‘We have been really pleased with the registrations and usage of the Easygates Direct site over the last year. The benefits of 24/7 purchasing on a huge selection of items has been really well received.
‘The additional ease of accessing manuals, datasheets and product guides makes the site an invaluable resource as well as a store. 
‘We have actively requested feedback from customers and hopefully the new improvements in V2.0 will show our dedication to the customer’s experience.”
Easygates have over 25 years’ experience in the industry and specialise in gate automation, safety solutions and access control. As ASO Safety Solutions UK competence partners, the company supplies a number of core safety products to the marketplace and is renowned for supplying quality, safety and technical service to a wide range of customers.

The upgraded website will officially launch in March.

www.easygatesdirect.co.uk



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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Yale launches TS007 2 Star Cylinder Pull


Yale Door and Window Solutions has launched a TS007 2 Star cylinder pull, designed to improve traditional door style aesthetics and provide superior security.

The stainless steel, finger pull escutcheon is suitable for use on timber and composite doors and can help to create an authentic ‘period feel’, visually replicating the look of a traditional Yale rim latch, when used in conjunction with other door hardware.

The cylinder pull is 2 Star accredited, meeting the TS007 standard for protection against the latest forms of attack, and can be used as part of a PAS 24 door set. This enables fabricators and installers to comply with Approved Document Q, requiring that all residential doors meet or exceed British Standard PAS 24.

For maximum security, the cylinder pull is recommended for use alongside Yale’s 1 Star Superior cylinder or the 3 Star Platinum cylinder, which launches soon.

Additionally, the TS007 2 Star cylinder pull is compatible with the LOCKMASTER KeyTurn multipoint door lock, and together can achieve a traditional townhouse door style on a modern door set for improved aesthetic and security.

Paul Atkinson, Sales Director for Yale Door and Window Solutions, said:
“The UK has a huge amount of older housing stock that people want to complement with ‘period feel’ high performance composite doors. 
“When used alongside the LOCKMASTER KeyTurn, the 2 Star cylinder pull can help to create a distinct ‘townhouse’ style with its chest height, finger pull escutcheon.”
The external pull has a sacrificial break point which snaps under attack, meaning it cannot be removed from the door and cylinder remains protected.

Available in chrome, brass and satin chrome finishes, the 2 Star cylinder pull is Yale branded on both the internal and external escutcheon. This recognised mark of trust signifies superior strength and provides a visual deterrent to potential thieves.

The cylinder pull is backed by Yale’s 10 year guarantee and has been tested to 500 hours of natural salt spray to deliver extensive corrosion resistance, meeting the BS EN1670 standard.

For further information on the TS007 2 Star cylinder pull and the rest of Yale’s cylinder range, please visit www.yaledws.co.uk or call 01902 366800.



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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Bolton Gate demonstrates its commitment to gate safety training



Bolton Gate, the nationwide industrial door and gate company, has seen its 30th powered gate engineer pass the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) powered gate safety diploma training course.

Andrew Whistle, who joined the company last year, earned his diploma after attending the recent two-day training course held at Scunthorpe.

Bolton Gate, a member of the DHF, believes training is the key to raising safety standards in the industry and expects more than 40 of its powered gate engineers to attain DHF diploma status by the end of 2016.

Since the DHF Powered Gate Group set up the diploma training course two years ago, almost 600 personnel involved in the safety of automatically controlled powered gates - including installation engineers, inspectors and those responsible for gate maintenance - have successfully gained their gate safety diplomas.

The two-day training course ensures they are trained to provide and install fully compliant gates in all environments. It is recognised as one of the most comprehensive powered gate training schemes in Europe.

During each course, delegates complete a number of training modules - covering all aspects of gate safety from initial risk assessment through to force testing - in order to obtain their coveted DHF gate safety diplomas. Topics covered include law and regulations, use of standards, risk assessment, testing and inspection, documentation, repair and maintenance.

Bolton Gate group health and safety manager Dave Brook said:
“We’re totally committed to training our engineers to the highest standard of knowledge and compliance to meet current regulations, so enhancing our reputation as a reputable repair and maintenance provider.
“We recognise the importance and high standard of the training that is delivered by the DHF. It was developed to give engineers a very good understanding of the levels of safety and quality of work required on powered gates.”
He also noted that the DHF has developed a diploma training course for industrial door engineers which is due to commence shortly.
“Our engineers are competent in a vast area - not only powered gates but also industrial doors, automatic doors and entrance systems. I anticipate this new training course will be of the same high standard as the powered gate course and our engineers will be undertaking this training also.”
The powered gate training scheme is available to all individuals who are responsible for the installation, assessment and inspection of powered gates. The next training courses will be held on March 16 and 17 in Sutton in Ashfield; and April 13 and 14 in Stockport.

For further information on DHF training courses, and to book places, visit www.dhfonline.org.uk .



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Monday, 15 February 2016

New Safety Locking Restrictor from ERA the best on the market



Once again, ERA has gone well beyond minimum standards to develop a universal Safety Locking Restrictor that offers Grade 3 impact resistance. 

 Until now, families wanting to protect their children from open doors and windows have been limited to using standard locking devices, which fall short of the Grade 2 Impact Resistance minimum requirement for Child Safety.

With its ‘push to open’ cable lock design, which comes with cut key locking for security, the Safety Locking Restrictor has been ergonomically developed for easy operation.

Will Butler, group marketing and innovation director at ERA explains:
“We were determined to offer a compliant child resistant locking device for windows and balcony doors in accordance with BS EN 16281:2013. Our Safety Locking Restrictor is ideally suited to homes with families and gives reassurance to parents that their children will be safe around open doors and windows in the home.”
Available in White, Brown, Polished Gold and Polished Chrome finishes, the Safety Locking Restrictor is suitable for both domestic and commercial applications and for PVCu, Timber and Aluminium windows and doors up to 2100mm high x 1000mm wide. 

Also compliant with BS EN 13126-1:2011 Grade 3 impact resistance for building hardware restricted devices on windows and doors, you can confidently recommend ERA’s new Safety Locking Restrictor to homeowners looking for the best protection for their families.

The Safety Locking Restrictor is available from a number of nationwide distributors and independent hardware retailers.

www.erahomesecurity.com



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Sunday, 14 February 2016

The World’s Finest Long-Term Preserved Jaguar C-Type


A closer look at the ‘time machine’ Jaguar headed for Monaco - Bonhams forthcoming Monaco Sale on May 13th will feature the world’s finest as-original, running, long-term preserved 'time-machine' Jaguar C-Type, UK road-registered ‘POV 114’.

On January 14, 1955, this outstanding example of Jaguar's double-Le Mans-winning XK120C design was registered under chassis number ‘XKC 011’, and was sold ex-works to the Dunlop Rubber Company. It survives today in essentially identical specification.

The preceding history of Jaguar’s works team car ‘XKC 011’ embraces the 1952 Le Mans 24-Hours, the 1953 Mille Miglia and Targa Florio, plus a race win at Goodwood, when driven by such Jaguar stalwarts as Sir Stirling Moss, Major Tony Rolt and Peter Walker.

The Jaguar world at large has long accepted a contemporary works team anecdote that a subsequent body swap saw chassis ‘XKC 011’ fitted with the body from sister car ‘XKC 047’, which had itself been campaigned by the Belgian Ecurie Francorchamps team during the 1953 Sports Car World Championship season.


As works prepared, and tended by Jaguar factory team mechanics, ‘XKC 047’ competed in two 1953 24-Hour races – at Le Mans and at Spa-Francorchamps – plus the ADAC 1,000 Kilometres classic at the Nürburgring in Germany. ‘XKC 047’ finished 9th overall in the great French race, co-driven by its formal owner Roger Laurent / Baron Charles de Tornaco. At Spa Laurent shared it with future Ferrari personality Jacques Swaters and at the Nürburgring with Ferrari’s great future three-time Le Mans-winner Olivier Gendebien.

Bonhams' comprehensive investigation of ‘XKC 011’ (aka ‘POV 114’) to be offered at Monaco, initially revealed evidence identifying its chassis as having been the works team car which substituted at the last moment as the Ecurie Francorchamps entry in the 1954 Le Mans 24-Hour race. After our attention was drawn to other features of the car, further inspection now indicates that such participation is in fact debatable.

It is therefore probable that ‘XKC 011’ as now offered by Bonhams is not really a split-identity car at all. Present opinion is that it is likely the 1953 car, chassis ‘XKC 047’ - still bearing its original, complete ‘K 1047’ body - subsequently re-stamped ‘XKC 011’ at the factory before delivery to Dunlop in 1955.

POV 114’ continued to be maintained by the factory when it served as a test car for Dunlop, and during its club-racing days in the hands of owner-drivers Mike Salmon, Gordon Lee and Robin Sturgess into the 1960s.


It was acquired by the Griffiths family in 1963 and it is to be offered at Monaco direct from this self-same ownership, 53 long years later.

Most significantly, it has been preserved virtually untouched in wonderfully well-patinated ‘time machine’ condition to this day.

James Knight, Group Motoring Director of Bonhams, commented:
“Bonhams has been assisted in its investigation regarding this famous Jaguar C-Type by a wealth of experts, and tremendous thanks are due to British Jaguar authority Den Carlow, motoring writer Marc Noordeloos, Jaguar enthusiast Jeremy McChesney, Chris Keith-Lucas of CKL Engineering Ltd, Gary Pearson of Pearsons Engineering, Australian Jaguar authorities Les Hughes and Terry McGrath, and Andrew Tart of Andrew Tart Motor Engineering.
“While officially sold by the Jaguar factory as 'XKC 011', the histories of ‘011' and ‘047' - which became intertwined during the preceding 1954 Le Mans race period – have baffled any number of Jaguar enthusiasts and historians over the years. These recent collective efforts - most notably with the total support of the long-term owner - are getting closer to unlocking this exciting mystery in this gloriously-preserved old war-horse’s very early life.”
Bonhams inaugural Monaco Sale will present an exclusive auction of just 40 hand-picked, exceptional motor cars. Timed to coincide with the Monaco Grand Prix Historique, the Sale will take place on 13 May 2016.

The venue for this grandest of motoring auctions is the prestigious Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel, overlooking the Grand Prix circuit’s famous ‘Station’ hairpin, scene of so much motor sporting drama.

For further information on Bonhams motor car department visit: www.bonhams.com/cars



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