Thursday, 31 March 2016

Allegion Upgrades Briton Outside Access Devices



Specialist security manufacturer, Allegion, will launch its eagerly awaited, upgraded outside access devices (OADs) by Briton this month.

The all-new design offers a host of innovative features, including return-to-door lever handles, anti-vandal design and full compliance with BS 8300, making this a valuable upgrade to Briton’s panic hardware range.

Briton OADs are an important and trusted product for buildings within a wide range of sectors, such as commercial, education, healthcare and transport, because of the simple and robust means they provide for allowing access through emergency exit doors from the outside without compromising the security of the building.

Fully compliant with current regulations, this new range has been designed around the needs of facilities managers, maintenance supervisors or other people who are responsible for a building’s security.

Listening carefully to the experiences of users and installers, the range now offers enhanced security with its key retention option, which can be configured to prevent the door from being left unlocked. Damage to the mechanism is also prevented by the clutching device, should the lever be forcibly abused.

Veeru Harrad, UK product manager at Allegion, said:
“Our new range of outside access devices provides a secure and compliant set of products that are perfect for any entry necessary within public buildings. We continue to update our products to ensure we not only meet all compliance regulations, but that we delight our customers and those that use our products once they’re installed.”
Briton products are renowned for being easy to maintain, and retrofit, meaning that the new upgraded OAD will retrofit with existing 1413E models, without leaving any holes behind, and require little maintenance over its lifetime.

The new devices are suitable for both single and double doors, when fitted to the first opening leaf of a pair. They can be self-handed or site reversible, and they are supplied with a euro profile standard differ cylinder (cylinders can be keyed alike or master keyed). The products are suitable for doors between 40mm and 100mm thick and are fully compatible with Briton 560, 570 and 376 Series devices.

You can contact Allegion for more information:

T. 01922 707 400




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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Spring 2016 Issue of the Door Industry Journal has been Published


A big welcome to all of our readers and to our 64th issue, which this time extends to a very commendable 120 pages.

Well, Spring has certainly sprung and everyone’s thoughts are turning to coming out of hibernation, planning holidays, travel, a bit of DIY and other outside activities.

With travel in mind, you could always take a trip to Germany and see the Teckentrup T30 all glass fire doors installed in Colditz Castle - see page 16 to find out more.

Alternatively, if you are in the Garage and Industrial Doors business, a trip across the pond to the IDA Expo in Las Vegas at the end of April might blow away the last cobwebs of Winter! See the schedule of events on page 112.

Turning to a bit of DIY, you may well have to do-it-yourself, because a survey by Ironmongery Direct has revealed that tradesmen were busier than ever during 2015 and are continuing to be as busy in 2016 – see page 10 for more.

Following on from the DIY theme, if you have concerns over the environment and steadily rising fuel costs, you could learn about building your own house. The Hormann feature on page 84 highlights in detail how Nick Cvetkovic built his own low carbon, energy efficient house in Leicestershire.

Finally, did you know that in addition to this magazine, which publishes three times a year, we also publish this daily blog and a weekly newsletter which summarises the previous weeks’ blog postings in one easy to read email?

You can sign up to receive our blog posts at www.doorindustryjournal.blogspot.com and subscribe to our weekly newsletter at this convenient short link http://eepurl.com/e4Yew or via the home page on our website www.doorindustryjournal.co.uk .

I trust our latest issue will provide you with an interesting and informative read, so until our next issue in late July 2016, I wish you an enjoyable Spring.

Derek Hibbart

Editor, Door Industry Journal



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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Garador Continues Success with Training Courses


Garage door manufacturer, Garador, has continued its series of product and installation training courses for 2016, with a new and expanded schedule of course dates. 

Operating from their purpose built training facilities at the Garador factory in Yeovil. They offer some of the most comprehensive training courses currently available in the industry for garage doors.

The product training courses are designed for sales staff, both new and experienced, to give them a great understanding of the Garador product range and how to accurately specify and price a garage door. The garage door industry is constantly changing and so attendees, who have been in the industry for a long time, will walk away with something new.

The installation training courses are setup for novice fitters and those new to fitting doors, with expert guidance and hands-on training from Garador’s experienced technical team. Attendees will learn how to fit Up and Over, Sectional and Roller doors.

Aside from the learning aspect, the courses are a great opportunity to socialise and meet others from the garage door industry. For more information about Garador, visit www.garador.co.uk or call us on 01935 443701.



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Monday, 28 March 2016

Jewers Doors Supplies Fast Acting Swift Doors for Nine New London Fire Brigade Stations



Jewers Doors have just completed the installation of forty six Swift fast acting, bi-fold doors for nine new London Fire Brigade (LFB) stations under a £51.5 million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project constructed by Blue3 consortium, comprising Kier and DIF Infrastructure.

Mark Jewers, Director of Jewers Doors commented:
“LFB have been specifying bi-folding doors to all new and refurbishment projects for over 25 years, and Jewers have been supplying a large proportion of those projects, so Swift doors were first choice for Kier on this 28 year PFI project.”
“The Swift door opens fully in less than 7 seconds, making them ideal for fire stations where appliances need to exit rapidly under ‘blue light’ emergency response conditions. That’s less than half the time it takes for typical vertical lifting doors to open.”

Swift doors are designed with safety and security as standard. Leading edges of the door are fitted with full height pressure sensitive edges, so if a door meets any resistance during closing, it immediately stops and reverses. In addition, photocell beams inside and outside, create a safe area around the door which greatly reduces the risk of an impact ever occurring. In the event of power failure, each door can be instantly and effortlessly opened by hand in around 2 seconds.


Mark Jewers added: 
“The sideways opening action and the large vision panel within each door leaf provides the fire appliance driver full visibility of the door position and the street outside, to exit the bay safety at all times. With vertical lifting doors, it is difficult to judge when there is sufficient height clearance, and in an emergency situation, it’s not unknown for the appliance to hit the bottom of the door before it’s fully open, resulting in downtime, costly repairs to the door and often the fire engine.”

Manufactured as a single piece construction, Swift door panels are fully insulated with CFC-free foam materials to optimise thermal efficiency and reduce noise pollution by 25dB. Options for partial or fully glazed doors are available.

The new fire stations at Mitcham, Old Kent Road, Plaistow, Orpington and Dagenham are now in full service and the remaining four stations at Leytonstone, Shadwell, Purley and Dockhead are due for completion in early 2016.


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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Around the World in a Ford Model T



A 100-year-old Ford Model T is on a challenge to drive around the world. 

Dirk and Trudy Regter from the Netherlands have owned their 1915 Ford Model T since 1997, and began their journey in the summer of 2012. 

The couple, both retired, have so far covered almost 50,000 miles, visiting and supporting various projects run by the international children’s aid organisation: SOS – Children’s Villages.



The Ford Model T covered 14,000 miles in 180 days during the first leg of the drive in 2012, which took them from their home town of Edam, to Cape Town in South Africa.

In 2013 the couple drove through the USA and Canada, crossing 22 States during their 17,000-mile, 180-day road trip. In 2014 they ticked off another 16,000 miles through South America in a further 180 days.



Sadly, the Model T was involved in an accident when it returned to Europe. However, the couple plan to continue their journey through New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, and India, crossing the Himalayas to China, through Mongolia and back to the Netherlands via Central Europe during 2016 and 2017.

Dirk previously owned a 1923 Ford Model T and a 1928 Ford Model A, inheriting his passion for vintage Fords from his father and grandfather.



Ford built 15,000,000 Model Ts between 1908 and 1927. Production started in the US but quickly expanded worldwide, including assembly plants in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain and at Trafford Park in the UK. 

The Ford Model T helped put the world on wheels, and owed its mass appeal to its affordability, reliability and ease of maintenance with standard, interchangeable parts.

The Regters’ Ford Model T is powered by a 3.0-litre petrol engine and is unaltered from its standard 1915 factory specification. The single exception is larger tyres for the wooden-spoked wheels, making the ride softer for long journeys.

“On the border of South Africa and Botswana we met a farmer who had an old Ford Model T in the shed”, Dirk said. “He gave us a tyre off it as a gift to help us on our way.

“In Africa we had to weld a broken front wheel at the local blacksmith. “I’m pretty handy, and a screwdriver, hammer, some duct tape, tie wraps and tensioning straps go a long way.”

Watch Dirk recount the highs and lows of their amazing journey so far in the video below or at this link: https://youtu.be/hhwVjJvEjAs



You can help with the cost of rebuilding this car to enable it to complete its world tour by making a donation or sponsoring a specific part at - www.tfordworldtour.org


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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Lincoln Security Trade Counter Promotes Assa Abloy Security Solutions


Lincoln Security has opened a new trade counter that showcases products from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions. 

The new trade counter stocks a range of ASSA ABLOY UK products including door closers, UNION’s popular StrongBOLT® mortice locks, as well as panic and emergency device exits from the Eximo® range.

Paul Tapfield, Trade Counter Manager at Lincoln Security, said:
“At Lincoln Security we are trusted to protect some of the most critical national infrastructure sites in the UK, so we need to be assured that the products we provide offer the quality our customers need.
 “Having worked with ASSA ABLOY for over thirty years, we have confidence that their strong product portfolio, with heritage brands such as UNION, will provide quality security solutions to protect buildings, contents and personnel.” 

Sean Falkinder, Regional Sales Manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said:
“We have a longstanding relationship with Lincoln Security and have worked with them extensively on a range of projects over the years, from specialist hospitals to supplying the Canal and River Trust.
“This year has seen a renewed focus on our trade customers so we are delighted that Lincoln Security have chosen our products for their trade counter.” 

The trade counter also stocks UNION’s Optimus3 and 2C2 lock cases and J1000 furniture.

To find out more visit lincolnsecurity.co.uk  or assaabloy.co.uk



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Friday, 25 March 2016

Securikey Picks Master Lock


Leading UK supplier Securikey is proud to be able to offer a range of Master Lock security products following The Master Lock© Company’s recent acquisition of Sentry© Safe.


When it comes to security, choosing the right product is key and Securikey’s range of Master Lock© products extends the options for customers looking for durable, high quality, security equipment.

For over eighty years, Sentry© Safe has been the world leader in priceless peace-of-mind protection for the important and irreplaceable and their range of fire and water-resistant security solutions are in safe hands with Securikey.

With over forty years of experience in the sector, Securikey has the knowledge and skill to offer expert advice on its comprehensive range of security products which include combination padlocks, safety lockout, key safes and the best-selling Master Lock© portable safe. 

 To complement the range, a selection of Master Lock© assemble tools, spares and extras are also available specifically for locksmiths and these can be found on the Locksmith Padlock Accessories section of the Securikey website.

The Master Lock© Company is the authentic, enduring name in security products in the USA and has further secured its reputation with the acquisition of award-winning security storage brand Sentry Safe. 

The Master Lock© Company’s President, Terry Horan, says: 
“We are pleased to add Sentry© Safe to our portfolio of brands. Both companies are a natural fit, each representing the strongest brands in their respective consumer categories and with a combined history of more than 175 years.”
With such an extensive selection available, the security ranges from Securikey offer reliability, durability and high functionality and are designed to meet the exact needs and standards of the UK market. To aid in selection, a product guide and a selection of infographics are available to download from Securikey’s website.

For more information, please contact Securikey on 01252 311888, email enquiries@securikey.co.uk or go to securikey.co.uk



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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Introducing Dorma’s New Muto Manual Sliding Door System


DORMA has launched its latest manual sliding door system for glass and timber doors. MUTO is easy to fit with the ability to access all functional elements through a removable front cover. 

In addition, DORMA’s new Clamp & Glue technology allows for the installation of laminated safety glass (LSG) without the need for glass preparation. These features result in a time saving for installers of around 25% compared to previous sliding door systems.

Engineered for a range of applications, the MUTO is suitable for glass or timber door applications, with a capacity for panel widths of up to 2500mm and weights from 50kg to 150kg.

DORMA’s new Clamp & Glue technology offers a reliable solution for the application of laminated safety glass without any need for glass preparation. With the use of the LSG gasket set the roller carriers are glued to either side of the glass surface providing a safe lasting hold.

Flexibility and functionality are key benefits. The system is suitable for wall, glass or ceiling mounting, while a special interconnecting profile also allows for fitting to false or suspended ceilings.

In addition to the standard single panel and two panel systems MUTO is available with a Synchro option enabling the opposite door panel to open or close as the first one moves.

To enhance the portfolio, a manual Self-Closing sliding door system is also included in the range, whilst later this year, a Telescopic system configured for wide openings and small panels, will be introduced.

Once installed, MUTO systems are subtle in their application. Through the use of DORMA’s DORMOTION damping device, doors are gently decelerated when approaching open or closed positions. Further user-friendly options for MUTO are a wireless battery-operated electromagnetic lock and a door status indicator - capable of connecting to building management for premises requiring professional facility management.

For ease of installation and maintenance, the removable front cover also means that all parts can be reached from the front face to allow adjustments to be made to features such as the dampening function, while additional features can be retrofitted to upgrade the system at a later stage.

Archie Teagle, Product Marketing Manager at DORMA said:
“The introduction of the MUTO range highlights the development in sliding door systems. This latest product combines increased functionality with a simplified installation process, to offer our customers a stylish, contemporary solution tailored to their needs, delivered with minimal disruption.”
For further information on DORMA’s range of access control solutions, please visit: www.dorma.com or follow @DORMAUK




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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Vital safety advice from DHF for custodians of England's finest stately homes

 Leeds Castle has benefited from the installation of a wide range of automated
security systems supplied by Solar Gates UK Ltd, included barriers, automated
swing gates, solar powered gate automation and door and gate entry systems.

A leading heritage consortium called in the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) when it put the spotlight on security and safety at their conference. Treasure Houses of England represents Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and Chatsworth and many other much loved stately homes, palaces and castles.

It says the security and safety of staff and visitors is a vital concern to them, which is why they hosted the best practice conference. Over the two day event, security specialists from Treasure Houses of England were given presentations by the police, CCTV and alarm providers, insurers and specialists in asset management.

The DHF's Neil Sampson, who is managing director of Solar Gates UK Ltd, spelled out the safety risks posed by incorrectly installed and poorly maintained automatic gates and barriers.

Powered gates and automatic perimeter access control systems are an increasingly common sight at large heritage sites. But many older installations are not compliant with current safety standards and pose a serious risk to human life, Sampson told delegates.

"In recent years, three children and three adults have been killed in powered gate accidents in the UK. There are more than 500,000 automated gates in service in car parks, commercial buildings, schools, apartment blocks, public buildings and heritage sites like yours. Yet it's estimated less than 30 per cent of these are safe to use.

"The young and the infirm are the most vulnerable to dangers posed by unsafe gates. It's vital that installed gates and barriers are checked for safety and that all new installations are carried out by competent companies who abide by the industry code of conduct and employ trained engineers".

These gates installed at Leeds Castle by Solar Gates UK Ltd are safe.
This is because they have been correctly installed, incorporate obstacle
 detection technologies and other safety devices and are subject to regular
 inspection and maintenance.

Sampson, who is chairman of the DHF Powered Gate Group, which represents the leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment, added:

"Properly installed and maintained automated gates are perfectly safe to use. Our industry will not tolerate unsafe automated gate installations being carried out by unskilled installers, or gates that are dangerous due to lack of testing and maintenance. It is to the credit of Treasure Houses of England that it wants to be aware of the potential risks posed by unsafe gates and understand how that risk will have no place on their estates."

In his presentation he outlined the legislation governing gate safety. He pointed out to delegates that it was the legal duty of building owners and landlords as well as gate installers, maintainers and repairers to ensure the safe operation of automatic gates.

He then described how Leeds Castle, one of the member properties of Treasure Houses of England, had benefited from the installation of a wide range of automated security systems supplied by Solar Gates UK Ltd. These included barriers, automated swing gates, solar powered gate automation and door and gate entry systems.

The DHF is the UK's leading authority on powered gate safety. Training is compulsory for member companies' personnel. Members comply with a rigorous and binding code of conduct and comply with, or exceed, all current safety standards. 

For information and guidance on gate safety, visit the DHF's extensive guidance document library www.dhfonline.org.uk .





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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

CLIQ™ at Loughborough University


ASSA, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, has supplied its CLIQ™ electromechanical locks to the engineering suite at Loughborough University.

Loughborough University’s campus has miles and miles of electrical cabling, gas piping and data communications, which demand a responsive engineering team to safely and securely maintain the day-to-day requirements of the university.

The engineering suite’s master key system is the most expansive on site and required a high security solution that would also deliver a level of convenience, to ensure that administrating and managing the large number of keys and cylinders is as easy as possible.

ASSA’s CLIQ™ Remote system was installed, providing a simple and intelligent electromechanical locking system to improve security, despite restrictive budgets.

The CLIQ™ Remote system allows only those with the necessary authority to obtain access to private areas, without inconveniencing others.

CLIQ™ Remote has the functionality to create time defined user keys, allowing access for a specified period of time. This is a useful feature for maintenance workers and contractors who may need to access the engineering suite outside normal working hours.

Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager – CLIQ™ Remote, at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said:
“Having worked with Loughborough University on a number of high profile projects, it was an honour to help the university make the right decision for their key management.
“ASSA’s CLIQ™ Remote delivers the highest level of security from a key solution, whilst enabling the convenience of access control. CLIQ™ is an investment that could safeguard Loughborough University’s vital services, which will result in long term cost savings.”

Phil Sheppard from Loughborough University, said:
“ASSA ABLOY have provided a multitude of trustworthy security solutions across our campus over the years. Consequently, we turned to ASSA’s expertise to deliver an easy to operate electromechanical solution, that would provide both high security and convenience of use - CLIQ™ was our preferred choice.
“CLIQ™ allows us to easily overview what happens in the lock system, through providing an audit trail archive. It also has a strong patent that will protect our keys from being illegally copied throughout the time that the patent is valid, making it an optimal security solution for us.”

www.assa.co.uk



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Monday, 21 March 2016

Alpro Architectural Hardware Secures New Library and Community Building in Seaford


Deadlocks and paddle handles from Alpro are securing Warwick House, a new £6m library and multi-user community building in Seaford, East Sussex. The library building, which includes nine supported accommodation residential units, is on three storeys and also offers day services for older people.


Several sets of powered pedestrian sliding doors within the curtain walling at Warwick House are using Alpro’s Europrofile deadlocks. The doors give access to library, community and clinical facilities with much attention been paid to the needs of wheelchair-users.

The Alpro deadlocks (available in both barbolt and hookbolt variants) are specified extensively across the public sector, retail and leisure destinations. The locks can be used in a variety of aluminium door applications including swing mechanisms. 

The hookbolt is made from stainless steel and is a five-ply laminated construction with the centre core case-hardened and a hardened roll pin to resist hacksaw attack. All of Alpro’s deadlocks are designed to accept standard profile cylinders or thumbturns and there is a range of backsets.

Facilities at Warwick House are extensive and the day care centre features medical provision, a canteen and recreation activities. The library has a café and there are meeting rooms for clubs and societies. Local authors frequently address library-users and aspiring writers. 

Over £100,000 was spent on new books alone after construction. The architect is R H Partnership Architects Ltd whose vision has been to create a continuous wall of glass to the library’s ground floor façade.

Single street-facing doors at the perimeter of Warwick House employ Alpro’s 459 paddle handles which are commonly used with deadlatch locks. The handles ideally suit 44mm-thick doors, are cam plug non-handed and reversible in the field. The design is exceptionally ergonomic and makes for easy installation.

Additional security at Warwick House comes from Paxton Access proximity fobs and door readers. The doors featuring Alpro units are compliant with the Equality Act (formerly the Disability Discrimination Act) and form part of a structure by the fabricator Veranti Systems with whom Alpro has also collaborated for Farnborough FIVE, organisers of the Farnborough International Airshow.

For more information please contact:

Alpro Architectural Hardware
T: 01202 676262





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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Lord Mountbatten’s long-lost Rolls-Royce being offered at Bonhams Goodwood sale today


A 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, with bespoke features designed for Lord Mountbatten – uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and second cousin once-removed of Her Majesty the Queen – is now offered at Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale, taking place today.

The vehicles modifications included a raised, streamlined bonnet, a novel mechanical headlight dipping mechanism, and, much to Rolls-Royce's chagrin, he also instructed that its trademark 'Spirit of Ecstasy' mascot be replaced with the figure of a naval signaller.

The alterations were designed by Lord Mountbatten himself, who, whilst enamoured of the marque, believed he could improve upon the Rolls-Royce design.

After Mountbatten’s ownership, the Ghost changed hands several times, disappearing from public record from 1939 to 1966. It reappeared after an Oxford dental surgeon, Captain Ralph Symmons, purchased the Silver Ghost in the South of France. He returned home with the motor car, removed the French number plates, and made an incredible discovery – a London registration that traced the Silver Ghost back to Lord Mountbatten’s ownership.

Lord Mountbatten (driving), with Capt. Ralph Symmons aboard the
 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Captain Symmons restored the Rolls-Royce, which had survived in remarkably original condition, and after its completion drove the car to Lord Mountbatten's home at Broadlands in Hampshire, where its first owner was reintroduced to his old car.

Years later Captain Symmons decided to sell the Silver Ghost and offered it to Lord Mountbatten. It is documented that Lord Mountbatten arranged for the car to be purchased by a friend (the current vendor). Dated 9th November 1978, one of his letters states: 'Although he will be the legal owner of the car, it will, in fact, be on permanent loan to me until such time as my family and I are in a position to repurchase it from him at the price he is paying for the car.'

Sadly, Lord Mountbatten got few opportunities to enjoy his old Silver Ghost; on 27th August 1979 at Mullaghmore, County Sligo he was assassinated by the Provisional IRA, who had placed a bomb aboard his boat, the Shadow V. The explosion also killed his grandson, Nicholas, and two others.

Bonhams Members’ Meeting sale takes place today, Sunday 20 March 2016 at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester.




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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Membership Services Boost for Architectural Ironmongers

Davina King
The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has appointed two new Membership Services Officers to work at its head office in London as part of its ongoing commitment to provide additional support and services to its 200 plus members.

Harry Evans
Harry Evans has been appointed as a Membership Services Officer focusing on the Guild’s extensive education portfolio, and to support the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) branch meetings and administration.

Davina King is the other Membership Services Officer, with particular responsibility for the management of the GAI and IAI’s subscriptions and membership database, the issuing of membership certificates, for the distribution of the Guild’s quarterly magazine, the AIJ, and for all financial matters.

Gary Amer, chief executive of the GAI, said:
“We now have a team at full strength, and Harry and Davina have already made a significant impact on improving our responsiveness to our members’ needs.
“We are the UK’s only trade body solely dedicated to promoting the interests of the whole architectural ironmongery industry, including architectural ironmongers themselves, and the manufacturers and wholesalers of door hardware products. Our commitment is to provide members in the UK and across the world with a highly rated education programme, technical advice and support, publications and networking opportunities.
“It is great to have Harry and Davina’s additional expertise and energy within the Guild, and I’m sure members will be pleased to meet them at our events throughout the year.”
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Friday, 18 March 2016

Teckentrup TV passes 20 episodes

Episode #20 Jim's perfect bottom profile

When the idea for Teckentrup TV came up, Jim Rodger, Teckentrup’s Managing Director saw the possibility to do something different but wondered if the industry would really take an interest. Jim also wondered if his screen persona might attract some “comments” from his customers…

Having just passed 20 episodes, it’s proven to be a real winning formula for getting across Teckentrup’s product messages in an informal way.

Jim Rodger said: “We have a lot of fun coming up with the episodes and they are great vehicle for getting across useful tips, features and benefits to help consumers understand the strengths of our garage doors and our garage door specialist customers sell more doors.

“I also regularly make an idiot of myself, which can only be a good thing! We keep things light, short and useful and they are a great reflection of our business ethos – great products backed with people and service that gives that little bit extra to make all the difference.”


Take a look at Jim's perfect bottom profile video below:


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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Vufold introduces matching windows to its Ultra and Supreme range of Bi-fold doors

The Vufold Ultra range with matching doors and windows

Vufold, the leading British manufacturing retailer of bifold doors is radically transforming its offer to customers and the building trade with the addition of matching windows to its hugely popular Ultra and Supreme range of external bi-folding doors.

The windows will be manufactured in the UK to the same high standard as Vufold’s doors, and the company is sourcing its timber from the same suppliers so as to maintain consistency of quality.

Windows matching the Ultra range of aluminium clad doors will come in a choice of a grey or white aluminium external finish with an oak veneer finish to the interior that has three coats of clear polyurethane finish allowing the beauty of the wood grain to be shown through to give a warm look within the home. The Ultra windows also come complete with a powder coated aluminium clip on window cill and a choice of internal handle.

The Supreme range of windows are constructed from thermally broken aluminium frames set in a double glazed unit and come in a choice of contemporary grey or stunning white aluminium powder coating. The Supreme windows also come complete with a powder coated thermally broken aluminium cill, and come with a brushed graphite handle as standard.

The external aluminium surfaces on both ranges are guaranteed against defects for 15 years.

Customers will be able to choose from a range of 13 different windows including single, double and triple paned sets. There will also be a choice of fixed and various opening options from left, right, bottom and one third top of the frame. Widths will vary from 620 to 1720 centimetres, and heights from 1040 to 2090 centimetres. The windows will only be available in double glazed units.

Marketing Manager for Vufold, Kerry Murphy-Kaytan said:
“The introduction of the windows is the next step towards Vufold providing the full package for doors and windows when it comes to house renovation, upgrading or new extensions.
“For quite a while now we have been aware of the discerning nature of our customers and how they value aesthetics and quality when it comes to installing new doors and windows. With Vufold now manufacturing our own windows to the same high quality standards as our bi-fold doors, customers will be able to have total confidence that their homes look great, have a consistent style and will be insulated to the best possible specifications.”

As with all Vufold products, the windows come complete with everything needed for installation, including fixing kit and easy to follow instructions.

To discover more about Vufold, visit www.vufold.co.uk



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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Assa Saves Willmott Dixon 40 Hours a Week in Void Properties


ASSA, solved access problems that Willmott Dixon were experiencing within void properties using CLIQ Remote. Working closely with Willmott Dixon’s void properties team to explore a solution to improve security and protect empty buildings’ assets, whilst using budgets more efficiently. 

ASSA’s CLIQ Remote system was selected and installed, providing an intelligent electromechanical locking system to allow only those with the necessary authority to obtain access to the private buildings. ASSA’s CLIQ Remote allows controlled key and access management without the complexity and cost of a hard-wired solution.

Richard Perry, Void Manager at Wilmott Dixon, said:
“CLIQ Remote is saving us approximately 40 hours a week, as it has eliminated the need for our employees to share keys, consequently this has led to huge cost savings. 
“Since we’ve installed the CLIQ Remote system all of our employees have been commenting on how much time it has saved them. I would recommend CLIQ Remote to anyone with key management issues.” 



Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager – CLIQ Remote, at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said:
“We were pleased to be able to supply Willmott Dixon with a simple solution for their key management issues. Crimes against empty properties are on the increase, partly due the rising value of metal and thefts of fixtures and fittings. 
“The management of keys for access is not only time consuming but also intensely laborious too and the associated costs can become very high. CLIQ Remote enables easy key management and helps alleviate these high associated costs, whilst delivering a 100% key controlled environment. Improving security on a void property also helps keep the neighboring environment in good condition - meaning happy and healthy neighbourhoods.” 

To find out more about how Willmott Dixon benefit from CLIQ Remote, watch this video:


For further information on the full range of CLIQ products from ASSA, please visit www.assa.co.uk



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