Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Allgood Gets To Grips With Ultrafabrics


Allgood recently launched an extensive choice of grip options for its Sembla range of lever and pull handles in partnership with Ultrafabrics. 

The high-performance fabric will introduce a wide variety of colours and textures into the ironmongery sector allowing a high level of customisation.

Adding to the inherent flexibility of the Sembla range, which consists of a central node, grip and tip that can be customised to suit individual design requirements, Ultrafabrics will provide almost limitless options with over 300 colours and textures to choose from offering a new level of flexibility. 

Options range from traditional black, brown and beige in synthetic leather to modern textures showcasing colours ranging from vibrant reds to cooler blues and green shades.

Widely used within the automotive and hospitality sectors, Ultrafabrics has been shown to provide ultimate performance in the most demanding of situations.

Franz Lorenschitz, Allgood Marketing Manager, said: 
“As the first ironmongery manufacturer to feature Ultrafabrics, we believe it has great potential, allowing architects and interior designs to mix and match colours and textures for a distinctive end result.”
Precision engineered from grade 316 stainless steel and manufactured in the UK by Allgood at its Birmingham factory, the Sembla range is ideal for the most demanding environments having been certified to BS EN 1906 grade 4 category of use.

For more information on Allgood plc, visit www.allgood.co.uk or follow @Allgood_plc on Twitter.




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Monday, 18 September 2017

Allegion encourages Locksmiths to embrace Keyless Access Control Technology


Allegion UK will showcase its flagship SimonsVoss MobileKey system at Europe’s largest exhibition trade show for locksmithing and security, the MLA Expo, in Telford from 6th-8th October.

Allegion UK’s experts will be at the MLA Expo delivering two training programmes on how to increase sales in electronic access control solutions and demonstrating what the SimonsVoss MobileKey can do at stand H2.45.

According to Research and Markets’s ‘Global Electronic Access Control Market, 2014 to 2024’ report, the global electronic access control market stood at US$ 4,673 million in 2015, and is expected to experience rapid growth expansion from 2016 to 2024. With the expected rapid growth, Allegion UK encourages locksmiths to embrace keyless access control technology and develop the skills necessary to work with it.


The SimonsVoss MobileKey roadshow by Allegion UK has been designed to give locksmiths, installers and contractors the chance to see and learn up close the latest in digital locking with the SimonsVoss MobileKey system developed in Germany.

Speaking about MobileKey, Allegion UK and Ireland Commercial Leader Pete Hancox said:
“The access control market is set to explode, and we’ve been hard at work pioneering affordable, smart and easy solutions for this moment.
“The MobileKey is our entry-level system from our flagship access control brand SimonsVoss, and locksmiths can make this technology a part of their main revenue stream in the coming years.”
Electronic access control and electro-mechanical hardware is redefining the locking industry. SimonsVoss’s MobileKey system can give scheduled access for up to 20 doors and 100 users. Control is also available straight from a facility manager’s fingertips via a cloud-based app.


Conventional keys will never be a thing of the past, but the introduction of ‘smart’ hardware means customers now have the ability to unlock doors with state-of-the-art remote control keys, transponders, PIN-code keypads or straight from their smartphones.

For installers, Allegion will also be demonstrating how to replace mechanical cylinders with digital ones in just a few minutes, with no wires, drilling or dirt.

To register for the training programmes, please visit MLA Expo’s registration site www.locksmiths.co.uk

For more on SimonsVoss MobileKey, contact Allegion directly on 0121 380 2400 or visit www.allegion.com/uk.




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Sunday, 17 September 2017

How France Helped to put Italy on Wheels


Historically significant Peugeot – the first car in Italy – to star on the 2017 London to Brighton Run

The very first car to have been driven on Italian roads is one of the special entries in this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox.

It was owned by wealthy textile industrialist, Gaetano Rossi. He ordered the car in 1892 and it was delivered to his home in Schio, Vicenza, in the north of the country in January 1893. However, the car was not Italian, but French, an early 2.5 hp twin-cylinder Peugeot Type 3 with chassis number 25.

When Rossi, a friend of Armand Peugeot, purchased a second Peugeot in 1896, he gave the Type 3 to a friend, Guido Lazzari. Lazzari lived in Aiello del Friuli, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire but lost to Italy in the First World War.

When Italian troops entered Aiello del Friuli, parts of the car were taken and the pioneering Peugeot was laid up. The car lay forgotten for some years until, in 1955, the Lazzari family – Guido died in 1953 – offered it to the Turin Automobile Museum in exchange for a then-brand new Fiat 1100.

Partially restored in time for the museum opening in 1963, the Peugeot was initially thought to be a later model but its true provenance was uncovered in 1999 by Fabrizio Taiana of the Club Storico Peugeot Italia. Until his detective work revealed the truth, the honour of being the first car on Italian soil was held by a Panhard et Levassor, which was driven in Florence in 1894.

Since then, the Type 3 has undergone a further full bodywork restoration in 2007 and, this year, its engine and other mechanical parts were reconditioned in preparation for its debut on the world-famous London to Brighton Run.

With the 2017 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox having a French theme, it is appropriate that the ‘Italian’ Peugeot will be taking a starring role: as the oldest car on this year’s Run. It has been given start number 1 and will be the first car away. It is officially entered by the Museo dell’Automobile di Torino but will be driven by Count Alessandro Rossi di Schio – a direct descendant of the car’s very first owner.

Peter Read, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Committee, said:
“This is a genuinely fascinating car. One of the earliest Peugeots in existence, it is also one of the most significant and will come to London in November with an intriguing back story. It is absolutely fitting that it will be driven to Brighton by a member of the original owner’s family.” 


The 2017 Veteran Car Run will be held, as ever, on the first Sunday in November – this year, it falls on the 5th – and is organised by the Royal Automobile Club. 

As dawn breaks, a red flag will be ceremoniously ripped up and the 400 entries will start their journey from capital to coast: the Run celebrates the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act in November 1896, also known as the Red Flag Act, and refers to a time when these new-fangled machines had to follow a man holding a red flag.

More than 400 veterans have entered this year among which are a large contingent of cars constructed in France. While Germany is generally considered to be the birthplace of the motor car, it was the French who accelerated the concept of the horseless carriage and was by far the biggest automobile producing nation as the 19th century turned into the 20th century. This year’s Run has adopted a French theme in honour of the country’s contribution to motoring.


The Run is just one element of the Royal Automobile Club’s London Motor Week. A full week crammed with motoring happenings, popular events include the free Regent Street Motor Show. Held on Saturday 4 November, it turns London’s premier shopping street into a motoring showcase that puts the spotlight on veterans, classics and moderns alike.

Auction house Bonhams will be holding its annual Veteran Car sale on Friday 3 November while other events in London Motor Week include a motoring art exhibition at the Mall Galleries, which is open to the public, as well as invitation-only lunches, receptions and functions at the Royal Automobile Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse.

For more details of the event and access to registration forms visit www.veterancarrun.com.





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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Redrow selects Urmet to provide access control for large-scale London parkland development

Nationwide house-builder, Redrow PLC, is installing Urmet’s IPervoice IP
 door entry system at Colindale Gardens, a large mixed-use parkland
development  of residential units and commercial premises
 covering 46 acres in north-west London. 


Nationwide house-builder, Redrow PLC, has chosen Urmet’s IPervoice IP door entry system for Colindale Gardens, a large mixed-use parkland development of residential units and commercial premises covering 46 acres in north-west London.

Urmet has already supplied its open-platform solution to an initial stage of over 300 apartments in what will ultimately be a community of 2,900 new homes to be completed by 2025. Residents will also benefit from Urmet’s access control system, which is an integral part of the installation.

Urmet’s Elekta steel and Elekta glass IP PoE entry panels were selected by Redrow and were fitted at entrance points in the initial phases. Visitors will use the panels to communicate with residents and the concierge. The panels feature a 3.5-inch colour display and enable the recording of both audio and video messages if no one is at home.

When completed, there will be 24 blocks of apartments and townhouses within the landscaped gardens. The site is set in extensive grounds and the panels provide a valuable feature as the display is able to show the visitor a route map to the selected residence. Urmet’s IPervoice also combines door entry with access control. At Colindale, the Elekta panels feature integrated Wiegand 13.56 MHz RFID proximity readers, which allow entry to residents and staff on presentation of a key fob or card.

Site awareness for optimum decision-making


Redrow has also specified Urmet’s switchboard software, which allows concierges to manage calls, receive and create alarms, and send messages on a global, group or individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting concierges with a simple-to-use screen menu, giving them awareness of the whole site, which contributes to overall resident safety.

As the development progresses, the installers will be able to move the switchboard management software from one building to another, thereby delivering considerable cost-savings for the developer. Using an IP-based system such as Urmet's IPervoice enables multiple apartment blocks to operate from a single software platform on a site-wide network.

Unified solution

Redrow also specified a requirement that the property management software should be able to administer resident services. The respective features of the door entry system and property management software were compared to see how this would be made possible. By using the Max Pro IP touchscreen monitor, Urmet was able to combine both services on one platform. The Max Pro IP touchscreen is powered by Android and allows Urmet to work with other manufacturers installing third-party apps on the device.

Urmet’s MAX IP Android-powered touchscreens have been installed in each apartment. This is a seven-inch tablet-style device that employs the same swipe movements as a smartphone. The MAX IP has a 2-megapixel camera and a 1024x600 pixel 16:9 screen.

Current trends are app-driven says 
Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales & Marketing Director:
“Tablets and smartphones with multiple apps are in use every day, which makes the Max Pro Android environment familiar to residents. Redrow understood that app-based technology could help simplify a number of the resident services it wanted to achieve. It’s exciting to work with developers who are leading the demand for resident services such as video entry, alongside parcel and facility management and who are willing to quickly adopt innovative manufacturers such as Urmet, who invest in delivering technology solutions.”
He continued: “Having truly integrated door entry and access control, plus the switchboard units at Colindale Gardens, means we can make efficient use of the network. Administrative staff have a seamless solution with one point of management and one front-end software set. By providing residents with a touchscreen device that works like a tablet, we have achieved the aim of providing a product that is intuitive from day one.”
Due for completion in 2025, the project will eventually encompass 24 blocks of apartments, townhouses, a health centre, school and neighbourhood centre. Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have designed buildings that feature mainly brick elevations, with some of the houses built as three-storey terraced structures. Residents will benefit from walkways, cycle paths, indoor and outdoor gyms, fitness trails, cafés, retail spaces and a four-acre central park.

For further information, please visit www.urmet.co.uk or email marketing@urmet.co.uk



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Friday, 15 September 2017

Majority of tradespeople believe customers need to improve home security


A survey conducted among customers of IronmongeryDirect, and in support of National Home Security Month, has revealed that the majority of tradespeople think their customers need to improve security on their properties.

Of the 733 tradespeople surveyed, a significant 86% said they thought customers’ premises could be better secured, and another 86% stated customers only purchased security products after a break-in.

This is a matter for concern considering that research by the National Home Security Month campaign shows a home is five times more likely to be broken into if no security is in place, compared to at least some measures being taken.

Also worrying is that most respondents (67%) said they did not feel that confident when offering customers advice on how to better secure their homes, with only 33% being “very confident”.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, said:
“We urge tradespeople to encourage their customers to invest in the safety of their properties. Also, by arming themselves with more knowledge on traditional security methods, which provide an effective and affordable approach to preventing burglaries, tradespeople can give the public an even more valuable service in addition to fitting products.”
When tradespeople are fitting security products for customers, they said that door locks, window locks and security lighting are the top three preferred security options among customers. Also, almost two thirds (64%) of those surveyed believed that door locks are the most effective way of securing a building.

Fitting high security locks and other forms of security is essential, especially in light of ONS research, which states that forcing door locks is one of the most common methods of break-ins.

When it comes to security matters, tradespeople said that customers are concerned about a lack of alarm systems in their homes. Also, with 43% of respondents saying they are either regularly or occasionally asked to fit smart security products, it is clear that modern security products play a key role in keeping properties safe.

The UK's largest supplier of specialist ironmongery products, IronmongeryDirect, offers a range of security products – both traditional and hi-tech – which are suitable for both homes and businesses, and a variety of budgets. The masters of their trade are available by phone or online to provide customers with advice or technical support should they need it.

www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk



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Thursday, 14 September 2017

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors Revamp Trade Partnership Programme


ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, have revamped their Trade Partner Programme to deliver a host of benefits and practical support to participating businesses, and facilitate closer working relationships.


Available in bronze, silver or gold partnerships, the programme will result in mutual growth for both ASSA ABLOY Security Doors and its partners.

Benefits of becoming a trade partner include discounts up to 30 per cent, a dedicated account manager and personalised product drawings. All partners can also take advantage of bespoke product training, and have access to the company’s image library, e-catalogue and customised product data sheets. 

Furthermore, partners are eligible for reduced delivery costs on consolidated orders, and specialist technical support for door orders.


Trade partners can also receive free product samples and have the option for co-branded AASD literature as well as further point of sale tools and assistance.

Included within all trade partner packages is Design4Doors, ASSA ABLOY Security Doors’ innovative online application that enables users to design their own door solutions. With a friendly interface, users can select and adjust numerous features to create an overall doorset that meets bespoke project requirements.

For further information, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk/tradepartner.


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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

National survey shows worryingly low awareness of fire door safety

Fire doors are a critical part of the passive fire protection
 of every commercial, public and multi-occupancy building.

A major survey of 2,000 UK adults in support of Fire Door Safety Week, 25 September – 1 October, has shown an alarming lack of general public awareness of the essential role of fire doors, which are a legal requirement in all commercial, public and multi-occupancy buildings.

The research, carried out by IronmongeryDirect which supplies fire door hardware and accessories, revealed that a quarter (25%) of people are unaware that fire doors must be kept shut at all times and that 49% of those surveyed say they have seen a fire door propped open.

The results also showed that over a third (36%) admit that they would prop a fire door open at certain times, such as when needing to regularly pass through a fire door protected doorway, needing fresh air or when moving heavy objects.

According to the British Woodworking Federation, the organisation behind Fire Door Safety Week, three million fire doors are installed each year and IronmongeryDirect – a supporter of the campaign – supply a wide range of critical fire door components such as intumescent seals, closers and accessories.
“Our survey was carried out just a few weeks after the Grenfell Tower fire in June, so it is disturbing that a significant proportion of the general public seem to lack basic fire door knowledge”, said Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect. He added: “We would urge people, especially trade professionals, to use our online fire door checklist to help assess whether fire doors in buildings they occupy or are responsible for are legally compliant.”
Following the Grenfell tragedy, the company reported a sharp rise in the sale of intumescent door seals, door closers, smoke alarms, and other fire related products.

The survey also highlighted that nearly six in ten people (59%) do not know how to identify a fire door and that 13% of people who do would either take no action or be unsure what to do if there was an obvious problem with a fire door.

In previous research among its customers, IronmongeryDirect also discovered that most of the tradespeople surveyed (73%) had noticed fire doors without correctly fitted seals, and 74% had seen a blocked or obstructed fire door.

The safety campaign says that fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire and their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants. However, they remain a significant area of neglect, can often be the first thing to be downgraded on a specification, and are too frequently mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly maintained.

For a comprehensive guide on fire door compliance, visit www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/fire-safety.



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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Have Your Say at The CITB NVQ Meeting


A meeting has been called on the 5th October 2017 at the Yew Lodge Hotel, Packington Hill, Kegworth DE74 2DF for all employers to discuss the current NVQ/NOS and its content and to find a way forward.  

The meeting will start at 10:30, and is scheduled to finish at 14:30 a lunch will be provided.  An agenda for this meeting will be distributed during the week commencing Monday 18 September 2017. CITB will pay for your travel expenses.

Who will be there?

On this occasion, the Associations and Federations have been invited to the meeting as well as employers and members of the associations.

Why you need to be there.

As you may already know The ADIA BS EN16005 course and exam, accredited by City & Guilds, has been audited by CITB and CSCS.

It has been deemed by these representative bodies to be the equivalent to the NVQ Level 2, Skilled Workers Card for the Installation/Service and Repair of Automatic Doors. However, there has been opposition regarding our course receiving this partnership with CSCS. This is because it is believed that the ADIA BS EN16005 CSCS card is unnecessary due to there being an NVQ.

The ADIA are of the belief that our CSCS cards are a necessary requirement to show the skills of engineers who work on automatic doors. It was created because it is believed the NVQ Level 2 doesn’t fulfil that potential or demonstrate the required knowledge as set by the BS EN16005. Which is why the ADIA created an alternative and improved the BS EN16005 to include various assessments and skill demonstrations.

The ADIA know there are members who disagree with the NVQ/ NOS. It is understood there are issues regarding outdated content which needs to be improved. The association are asking for your support for the ADIA CSCS card scheme and show that the NVQ is currently not relevant to the industry of today.

If you are unable to attend this meeting then please go to the CITB website and use the following link to have your say – www.citb.co.uk

Please email the ADIA to let them know if you are attending this meeting so they can give numbers to the organiser at CITB.

It is really important that you do have your say in the future of the automatic door industry.

The NVQ Titles are: Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation / Repair Occupations Door and Shutters  QUA800 / QUA800

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Comelit VIP Securing Sheffield Children’s Hospital

A children’s hospital is benefitting from enhanced new levels of security
thanks to the installation of an IP video entry system from Comelit.

A children’s hospital is benefitting from enhanced new levels of security thanks to the installation of an IP video entry system from Comelit. The ViP system at Sheffield Children’s hospital has been integrated with the hospital’s existing unified Cisco infrastructure network.

As part of a £40 million redevelopment, the advanced Comelit video entry and access control system has been installed in a new section of the hospital, which is home to a new outpatients’ department and three wards, featuring more single rooms with en-suite facilities for parents staying with their children. The new building also includes priority car parking, a main reception area, an iconic play tower and an inner courtyard play area.

The entrances to the wards have been equipped with ViP Ikall and ViP vandal-resistant video entry panels, which allow staff to control the access of visitors. The entry panels transmit calls to ten Icona monitors at nurses’ stations, where staff can communicate with visitors and allow or deny access. If the nurses’ station is not staffed, the call is automatically routed to the paging system to alert staff.

The Ikall panels enable audio and video communication with visitors via a built-in colour camera and a two-way speaker. Sporting clean, attractive lines the panels have LED backlighting and screen characters, offering optimum visibility for users and featuring touch-sensitive keypads. The panels can also be set up to include options such as numerical pushbuttons, digital name directory and proximity RF readers as part of a bespoke configuration to suit the needs of the installation.

The Icona monitors have a 4.3-inch colour screen and are equipped with sensitive touch technology, a hands-free function, audio ringtone (which can be selected from a range of polyphonic ringtones) and colour/contrast adjustment. The full duplex audio monitor is fitted with an SD card slot.

Two Comelit help points – which connect to the new building’s reception area – have also been installed on the network to help visitors and others with general queries or calls for assistance. One is situated in the internal staircase, the other at the internal car park.

Nick Stevens, Comelit’s Business Development Manager, Northeast said:
“The most striking aspect of this installation is that it resides on the hospital’s existing unified network, rather than having the inconvenience of installing dedicated cabling. The hospital’s IT department was very positive about having our equipment on its network and the installation shows that our IP equipment is suitable for integration with enterprise level networks.”
Having an IP-based system enhances the performance of video intercoms and is versatile and easy to install. It can be integrated with existing networks or installed using dedicated cabling. The system can accommodate multiple users (in theory, an unlimited number) with simultaneous audio and video conversations. There are no distance limitations and the Comelit ViP system allows for remote connection and diagnostics.

www.comelitgroup.com




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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Unique LaFerrari Aperta on auction to benefit Save the Children


Ferrari is pleased to announce that to mark its 70th anniversary, it will auction a one-of-a-kind LaFerrari Aperta to benefit the charity Save the Children.

The auction will take place on Saturday, September 9th during the “Leggenda e Passione” sale organized with RM Sotheby’s. The event, which will be held on Ferrari’s Fiorano track,  is expected to be the most important single marque collector’s car auction in history.


The LaFerrari Aperta is the  limited-edition special series model launched to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the company. Designed for Ferrari’s most passionate clients, the LaFerrari Aperta is the open-top version of the acclaimed  LaFerrari hybrid supercar, combining extraordinary performance with the unique exhilaration of open-top driving.


For the auction Ferrari has designed a one-of-a-kind livery in stunning metallic Rosso Fuoco and featuring a metallic Bianco Italia double racing stripe on the bonnet and rear.  The interiors have been conceived in black Alcantara and shiny black carbon fiber with red leather inserts on the seats and red stitching.


All proceeds of the auction will be donated to Save the Children for an international program focusing on education.

The event is by invitation only, and is part of a three day program of festivities in Maranello. Interested bidders can register at: www.rmsothebys.com





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Saturday, 9 September 2017

At 18 storeys, Mjøsa Tower in Brumunddal to take title of world’s tallest wooden building


When completed in March 2019, Mjøsa Tower in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal will be the world’s tallest wooden building. 

The construction, which started in early April this year, is an example of how wood can be substituted for concrete, which is considerably heavier and less environmentally friendly. The building will stand over 80 metres tall, and its 18 storeys will house offices, a hotel and apartments.

Wooden buildings are the solution to the high demand for new housing and offices, urban densification, and stringent environmental demands. Using wood as the main building material produces lightweight and cost-effective buildings that are quick to build and have minimal environmental impact. This also applies to load-bearing elements.

Environmental concerns are perhaps key


This high-rise is being built using glulam, CLT, and Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber). To ensure the required load-bearing capacity, cross-bonded veneer panels called Kerto-Q LVL will be used for the flooring between the storeys. The panels are extremely strong and durable.

3D View
Wood is an environmentally friendly building material. As a raw material, it is renewable and abundantly available in the Nordic countries. 

The material absorbs more carbon dioxide as the tree grows than the quantities emitted in the manufacture of this construction material. 

The wood’s light weight means less transportation and lighter foundations of the kind required for concrete buildings.

Construction time slashed by half

Using wood as the main construction material, even in high-rises, is key to shortening the construction time and, consequentially, cost. Modern technology enables us to prefabricate all components in a factory with a very high degree of precision. Compared to cast-in-situ concrete, wood makes it possible for construction time to be slashed by half. In addition, it’s relatively easy to make adjustments or corrections on-site.

Roof Terrace

“The floor structures, which consist of massive beams with Kerto panels on top, are assembled in our factory, just 15 kilometres from the construction site. Obviously, that’s a huge advantage if you have something that needs to be adjusted at the factory. The work is progressing at the rate of one storey a week, which has shortened our construction time by approximately 35 to 40 per cent compared to using cast-in-situ concrete. And since the wooden components are so lightweight, we don’t need the machinery to be as heavy,” says Rune Abrahamsen, Managing Director of Moelven Limtre AS, a general subcontractor in the Mjøsa Tower project.

Using wood means greater fire safety
Fire safety is not a weak point in the wooden Mjøsa Tower. Untreated solid wood creates its own fire-resistant surface because the outermost layer chars when exposed to fire, protecting against further fire damage.

In fact, wood is a fireproof material despite the commonly held belief that it isn’t. 
“Fire safety rules state that buildings must be able to withstand a full fire for at least two hours without collapsing. When you have a building made of steel and concrete, the steel melts and the building collapses,” says Erik Tveit, Project Manager at HENT AS, the general contractor for the site. 

Nevertheless, concrete will be used between the floors of the Tower’s top seven storeys. Using concrete has nothing to do with the load-bearing capacity. There's a simpler explanation: the swaying that increases the higher you get in a building built of wood or concrete. The weight of the concrete in the upper storeys makes the swaying slower and not as readily perceivable.

Metsä Wood is supplying Kerto LVL to Moelven Limtre AS, which is constructing the wooden frame for the general contractor HENT.

For more information, please visit www.metsagroup.com or call +358 40 554 8388.



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Friday, 8 September 2017

Abloy UK at MLA Expo 2017


Security expert Abloy UK is showcasing its range of compliant security solutions at MLA Expo 2017, and highlighting the importance of fire and escape door standards in saving lives.

Taking place at the International Centre, Telford, between 6th-8th October 2017, MLA Expo is Europe's largest exhibition trade show for the locksmith and security industry.


Products presented on Abloy’s stand include a wide range of mechanical and electromechanical systems, some of which can be integrated with smart technology.

Standards expert Pat Jefferies will be hosting an interactive training session on compliance for escape and fire doors, and visitors to Abloy’s stand H2.27 can also get a hands-on demonstration of the company’s new products – eCLIQ and the Escape Door System (EDS).

eCLIQ is a completely electronic locking solution, which uses the mechanical precision and microelectronic modules of the PROTEC2 CLIQ system.

The locks within the range are secure and reliable, with a compact waterproof design allowing for the strongest possible security.

The system also takes advantage of the core benefits of the PROTEC2 CLIQ solution, as each key is individually programmable. This solves the problem of lost keys and allows for access rights to be easily amended or deleted as required.

The EDS allows Read In / Read Out on Escape Doors without compromising safety or security, it complies with BS EN 13637 and it enables delayed egress as well as controlled egress with just a turn of the key.

Other products showcased on the stand include Abloy’s range of compliant and energy efficient Electric Locks, EffEff Electric Strikes, Door Cylinders, Super Weatherproof Padlocks, Rim and Mortice Locks and Door Closers.

Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK,
“We know the MLA Expo is the key event in locksmith’s diaries, and are keen to meet with visitors to discuss a range of topics including fire and escape door standards. 
“Abloy not only has a wide range of compliant high security products, but we’re also renowned for our expertise when it comes compliance, and we’re pleased to offer training on this and other topics at our Academy, to help make sure the right products are fitted in the right applications.  
“So, stop by stand H2.27 to chat with myself or one of our expert team, and see how we can help you and your business.”


For further information on products and services available from Abloy UK, visit www.abloy.co.uk, call 01902 364 500, or email marketing@abloy.co.uk.




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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Pass Door Systems: Major Growth leads to Investment in a Brand-New Factory

Durapass Side Entrance Door

Over the past few years Garage Door Systems (GDS) have seen major growth in the demand for its quality secure Pass Door Systems. GDS started producing external pass doors 3 years ago winning several significant UK contacts to manufacture steel doorsets. 

Such has been the growth within this sector, Garage Door Systems have now made a major investment into a new dedicated factory for various kinds of hinged door products. Innovative and quality controlled manufacturing processes, combined with a solution focused business model, has opened doors to various industries including:

• Prefabricated Concrete Buildings
• Steel Buildings
• Garages
• Cabin & Modular Buildings Industry

ERA locking used on Durapass Doors

Pass Door Systems - A Dedicated Brand

The Garage Doors Systems brand has always remained determined to provide quality secure Garage Doors and Pass Doors throughout the UK and Ireland. Now as part of a major focus, to grow the Pass Door division they have rebranded this sector of the business under the dedicated brand “Pass Door Systems”. 

The Pass Door Systems logo itself continues to retain strong synergies with the Garage Door Systems logo, which illustrates how much Pass Door Systems will carry the same Garage Door Systems seal of approval.

The Oval Racing Weekend of the Year: 
National Hot Rod Team "Wilson Racing"
sporting the Garage Door Systems
 and Pass Door Systems logos
Pass Door Systems – The Product

Pass Door Systems provides a solution focused external steel door, recognised for its innovation and exceptional finish quality. 

The move to a dedicated factory will facilitate the space required for future growth of this now key product area for the company. From there, in keeping with this extension of their brand, a highly experienced and professional team will continue to develop the hinged door products.

GDS has already partnered with ERA locking systems which has enabled them to build doors which are secured with an ERA multipoint locking as standard.

Pass Door Systems

• have 7 colours as standard,
• are Pre-framed
• come in 4 designs
• open in & open out

The Oval Racing Weekend of the Year:
National Hot Rod Team "Wilson Racing"
sporting the Garage Door Systems
 and Pass Door Systems logos
Pass Door Systems – The Future

From their new location at the Woodside Road Industrial Estate in Ballymena, the team are very excited for the future of Pass Doors Systems. 

Currently there are many imported steel doors coming into the UK and Ireland that can obviously compete at a price point, but are more restricted in terms of a solutions focused approach. 

It is the company’s belief that their build quality, flexibility of design and ordering makes Pass Door Systems a genuine partner to consider for any external doorset project.

Pass Door Systems will offer a higher quality door with more flexibility for the end user and from this new base they plan to continue to innovate and develop the range of hinged door products such as commercial emergency exit doors.

Under the new Pass Door Systems brand, the company will ensure, as done already within Garage Door Systems, that they will provide customers with a product that continues to demonstrate quality and security.

For more information contact Garage Door Systems

T: 0870 242 3242
W: www.gdsdoors.eu
E: info@gdsdoors.eu





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