Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Sentry Doors buys E & S W Knowles, expanding its markets


Sentry Doors Limited (Sentry) is pleased to announce its acquisition of E. & S. W. Knowles & Company Limited (Knowles), accelerating its growth and creating the UK’s leader in timber fire safety and security doorsets. 
 
Established in 1923, E. & S. W. Knowles manufactures specialist timber internal doorsets with fire-rated, acoustic and PAS 24 security certification. Operating nationally from a 50,000-square-foot facility in Birmingham, Knowles offers bespoke, sector-specific solutions that meet the exacting requirements of its commercial, healthcare, education and leisure customers. 


Its commitment to regulatory compliance and high manufacturing standards has resulted in independent third-party accreditations from both IFC and BM Trada1. Knowles employs approximately 100 people and in 2021, achieved revenue of £10m. 
 
This acquisition adds new products that complement Sentry Doors’ well-established product range, focused on the specialist fire doorset requirements of the social housing, public sector, commercial and residential markets. 


The combination of these two firms provides both companies with opportunities for further innovation and growth. They share a commitment to manufacturing the highest quality fire safety solutions, and are at the forefront of compliance and regulation but have minimal overlap in the industry sectors that they serve and their respective product ranges. 


Both companies will benefit from the possibilities offered by their new market sectors and an expanded range of products and finishes. The enlarged business continues to be headquartered in Doncaster. Steve Horner, Knowles’ Managing Director, will join Sentry’s senior management team, working with Ty Aziz, Sentry’s Chief Executive, to realise the potential that this partnership brings.


Ty Aziz, Sentry’s Chief Executive, said, 
“I am delighted to welcome Knowles to Sentry Doors – they have a fantastic manufacturing heritage, an exceptional team and a superb product range so we can learn a lot from one another.
“This partnership will help us to respond to the surge in demand for our products, as well as providing our customers with a fully comprehensive range of fire safety and security solutions, and a greater choice of features and finishes. It marks a key milestone in the growth strategy for our businesses and advances our collective ambition to be UK leaders in this sector.”

Martin Wright, majority owner of Knowles, added, 
“Next year Knowles celebrates its centenary and while I am extremely proud of all that we have achieved in the last 99 years, I know that the company has the capability to achieve much more in the future. I believe that this is the natural point for me to pass the company to new, trusted custodians who can deliver on its future potential. Knowles has a perfect partner in Sentry and together, the companies should achieve great things.”
 
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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Case Study: Reservoir Security Solutions


Jacksons Fencing specified to install rising arm barrier to provide pay-on-foot access control at Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire.


Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire is situated around 5 miles from Oxford. It is a crucial component of the water system, a special habitat for wildlife, and a well-liked fishing and sailing location. 

The reservoir, which is the largest body of open water in the county, is owned and managed by a long-standing customer of Jacksons Fencing. Like most of the reservoirs in the Thames Valley, it was not created by damming a valley.

There are three nature reserves on this site, together creating a popular destination for visitors who like taking excursions through the countryside. They offer a variety of activities including sailing, fishing, and birdwatching. Visitors can also enjoy the waterside café, which offers amazing views. 

Parking facilities are available on-site, and in order to prevent unauthorised vehicles and campers from staying at the nature reserve, a barrier was required. Installing a barrier also enforced a parking charge, so that contributions can help maintain the reservoir and support the upkeep of the area.

Wildlife crime on the rise

Unfortunately, during the pandemic, there was a disturbing rise in reports of crime against wildlife and nature reserves. Wildlife and Countryside Organisation report that these forms of crimes rose by between 35-90% in 2020. 

The report found that more nature reserves are witnessing an increase in people attempting to break into sites on motorbikes, picking locks, climbing gates, and cutting fences, for example. Nature experts and conservationists are calling for more action to prevent these incidents occurring. One way is by increasing security and installing barriers to prevent and control access.


The Project

In 2021, the main aim of the reservoir project was to install a robust barrier to prevent unauthorised access out of hours and therefore reduce the risk of criminal activity. An automated rising arm barrier-controlled pay-on-foot car park system was specified and installed to allow access for those wishing to visit the site. 

Visitors can pay at the machine inside the lot, which then permits the vehicle to exit the site when the parking has been paid.

Jacksons Fencing’s rising arm barrier has a boom width of 3.6 metres and raises when a car enters. Once the car has passed and entered the car park, this then closes.


After visiting, guests can pay at the provided machine which is user-friendly and can be used for cash and card payments, catering to all visitors. If needed, there is the option to call a remote help centre if any assistance is required. The machine dispenses a card once paid which is used to exit the car park.


Results

The barrier-controlled system has been installed for over a year and the customer is very pleased with its reliability and the fact that several problems of risk and security have been addressed.

As with all of Jacksons’ products, everything comes with a 25-year service life guarantee. Being able to provide safe, secure solutions that are reliable and sustainable is really important, and in doing so this installation has helped to protect and preserve the nature reserve.

Peter Jackson, Jacksons Fencing Managing Director, comments: 
“It was an honour to be specified for this vital project which aimed to secure and protect the popular nature reserve. Providing them with a robust access control solution allows the site to continue to be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.”
He continues: “We hope the solutions we’ve installed will ensure that it continues to be a popular destination, and it can carry on being a crucial component of the water system for the area. Investing in long-lasting, high-quality products ensures these critical services are fit for purpose now and for years to come.”
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Monday, 8 August 2022

SWS UK Continues to Make Strides with its Sectional Garage Doors


When it comes to garage door innovation, northern manufacturer SWS UK continues to be at the top of its game. 

Already renowned for delivering some of the best roller garage doors on the market, it appears that the quality-conscious company is now also becoming a big player in the sectional garage door sector.

Exclusive Vertical Rib

Most recently, SWS UK has given the industry a major shake-up with the introduction of a brand-new panel design. The stunning Vertical Rib adds a contemporary twist to traditional timber door designs and is certain to be popular with homeowners and garage door installers. 

In stock and ready to order, the new panel comes in a Smooth White as standard, free of charge finish or can be painted to any of SeceuroGlide’s classic colours, or even colour matched to any RAL or BS colour!

This head-turning design will be of particular interest to homeowners who are looking for an alternative to traditional timber doors, especially those who live in conservation areas or where planning and building regulations apply. 

Many councils specify that new garages built within conservation areas must be wooden in appearance and with a vertical design to protect historical or architectural interests. 

The Vertical Rib and SWS UK’s growing selection of woodgrain finishes should satisfy the planning department, meaning even more homeowners can enjoy the luxury of a fully automated SeceuroGlide Sectional Garage Door.
‘Garage doors have come a long way in recent years and we’re proud to be at the forefront of design innovation once again’ says SWS UK’s Commercial Director, Martin Fletcher.
‘Sectional garage doors are becoming an increasingly popular choice for British homeowners so we’re delighted that the introduction of our brand-new vertical panel will offer even greater choice.’
Bold and beautiful, yet classically understated, it’s an exciting addition that’s available across SWS UK’s entire range of SeceuroGlide Sectional Garage Doors.


Bigger Choice, Better Value

What’s more, customers are now benefitting from even better value with SeceuroGlide. SWS UK has recently increased its standard, free-of-charge sectional colours from 4 to an impressive 7! This includes some of the industry’s most popular colours; black, white and anthracite in smooth or embossed finishes – all available at no extra cost and delivered within as little as 2 weeks.

Even Better Value with Standard Heights

For ultimate value, customers can now choose a sectional garage door from 13 standard heights. Available to order online, customers who choose a door with a standard height benefit from a reduction in the cost of the order. While this won’t detract from SWS UK’s standard offering of made-to-measure craftsmanship, it does provide a better choice, particularly for budget-conscious customers looking for a better value option and rapid lead times.
‘We employ some of the sectional garage door industry’s biggest experts, and we’ve really pulled on their experience to develop the SeceuroGlide Sectional range’ says Martin. 
‘More and more distributors are recognising the benefits of choosing SeceuroGlide Sectionals and we’ve seen significant growth in this area. However, we’re not finished yet. As with our other brands, we’ll continue to develop and grow the range, ensuring SeceuroGlide Sectional Garage Doors are the number one choice for quality, spec and design.’
For more information on SWS UK’s sectional garage doors, visit their brand-new website seceuroglide.co.uk or telephone 01524 772400 to speak to a member of their team.






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Sunday, 7 August 2022

Drivers and Riders from Almost 30 different Championships to Race at Goodwood Revival


Goodwood Revival is delighted to share details of the drivers and riders who will be making an appearance at the 2022 event. Goodwood has long brought together competitors from across the spectrum of motorsport and this year is no exception, with almost 30 different racing championships due to be represented at Revival.

From the world of endurance racing, a total of 15 iconic drivers who have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans an astonishing 44 times between them will take to the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit. The Revival will also host drivers from the World Endurance Championship, IMSA Spa 24 Hours, World Sportscar Championship and the European Le Mans Series. 

Among them are “Mr Le Mans” himself, nine-time winner Tom Kristensen, triple champion André Lotterer, Henri Pescarolo, who holds the record for the most Le Mans starts, and three-time winner and two-time World Endurance champion Brendon Hartley.

We are delighted to be hosting three Formula 1 World Champions - Jenson Button, Damon Hill and Sir Jackie Stewart - who hold a spectacular five World Drivers’ Championships between them. 


Also joining us from the high-octane world of Formula 1 drivers who have raced at the very top, including Max Chilton, who set a new Hill record in the McMurtry Spéirling at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022. Also attending from the world of single-seater racing are Formula E driver Stoffel Vandoorne and two-time Formula E Champion Jean-Éric Vergne.

Joining us on two wheels will be iconic riders, winners and champions from the Isle of Man TT, World Superbike Championship, British Superbike Championship and MotoGP. Three renowned Isle of Man TT winners - Peter Hickman, Gary Johnson and John McGuiness will be racing at Revival - who between them boast an incredible total of 34 wins.

Representatives from American motorsport series including IndyCar, NASCAR and IMSA, will also be in attendance. Further to our announcement in May, five former and current IndyCar drivers - Max Chilton, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Jimmie Johnson (who is also a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion), and Simona de Silvestro - are set to join us at the Goodwood Motor Circuit over the weekend; Dixon and Franchitti boast 10 IndyCar Championships and four Indy 500 wins between them.

Making an appearance from Touring Car racing will be, drivers, winners and champions from the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), European Touring Car Championship, World Touring Car Championship, Italian Touring Car, Super Touringwagen Championship, Bathurst 1000 and the DTM. We will be hosting five BTCC Champions with an impressive nine wins between them, including Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal.

To see the full list of drivers, riders, winners and champions attending Goodwood Revival Friday 16 - Sunday 18 September please download the list here.



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Saturday, 6 August 2022

UK Distribution Operation Benefits from Warehouse Impact Protection and Safety


Improved levels of industrial workplace safety and impact protection will be provided at a major warehouse and distribution hub in the Midlands thanks to a new package of bespoke safety equipment from Brandsafe.

The move has seen the impact protection specialists design and supply a comprehensive range of safety and protection products and integrated systems to a major provider of prepared meals at its 230,000 sq. ft. distribution centre.

In a collaborative approach to project management and delivery, Brandsafe has been working in close cooperation with the customer’s in-house team to deliver modular designed industrial safety solutions. This will improve access and ease of movement for warehouse operatives and manual-handling equipment such as loaded pallet trucks.


This installation includes dozens of highly impact-resistant goalposts to protect external load doors and bays from impact damage along with ImpactSAFE bollard bases for increased strength protection. 

Vulnerable equipment and doorways at the site are also protected thanks to a number of Polymer sleeved protection posts for added impact resistance and visibility, while Armco safety barriers have been added to protect caging from accidental and costly forklift truck collisions and impact damage.

Products have been manufactured by Brandsafe to meet the client’s exacting standards and also incorporate a range of safety cages designed to protect electrical panels and IT systems among other vulnerable systems and parts in a demanding industrial environment.

The work is the latest high-profile success contributing to Brandsafe’s rapidly growing position as a leading provider of industrial workplace safety solutions for major warehouses, distribution centres and logistics hubs.

Paul Roehricht, UK strategic account manager, said: 
“Through careful system design, planning and installation, we have improved all round site safety and protection of the customer’s workforce and its UK distribution operations.
“It also vindicates our continued investment in building our resources, capabilities and expertise to ensure we can deliver time-critical, complex and high-profile contracts using the very latest high-performance products.”

Part of IWS Group, Brandsafe specialises in bespoke designed impact protection systems and solutions for distribution centres, warehouses, and manufacturing and production facilities. 

The company’s product range combines the versatility and high visibility of polymer with the inherent strength and cost-effectiveness of steel. Its unparalleled project and consulting expertise offer an unrivalled solution for companies looking to put safety first. 

Find out more at www.brandsafeprotection.com






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Friday, 5 August 2022

Sliding Steel Doors Provide Stylish Link Between Interior Spaces


Members of the Steel Window Association (SWA) supply and install internal sliding doors (pictured) in a wide range of sizes and styles to suit all types of interior schemes. They create a stylish link which maximises light transmission while cutting draughts and noise transmission from adjoining spaces.


The single glazed doors can be specified as bi-parting and can be installed with discreet wall pockets to hide the running mechanism from view. They are ideal for zoning off a dining room or children's playroom from the kitchen, for example, but will work equally well in other locations such as spa complexes and restaurants.

Sliding doorsets are not fire-rated. They are, however, glazed with toughened or laminated glass for safety and can be lockable. They are also available with many different types of handles and in bespoke as well as standard RAL colours.

The specification of the sliding mechanism itself will be determined mainly by the overall weight of the door, as Darren Lloyd of Govette Windows explains: 
"These sliding/pocket doors are available across the membership, though each company may have their own way of manufacturing the doors utilising different sliding mechanisms and makes of ironmongery.
"Our internal doors are single glazed with 6.4 mm laminated glass, while the sliding mechanism is a 'Henderson' product. We recently manufactured and installed a single sliding pocket door that was 2150mm wide x 2700mm high.
"We also use a 'blanking off' plate to the visible door and fixed light jambs that SWA members specifically designed to cap off profiles, so that they look neater when used on an internal application. The meeting stiles can further feature a draft strip, included within the blanking plate, to reduce air movement and sound transmission."

The SWA's membership provides UK-wide coverage for the manufacture, installation and repair of all types of steel framed doors and windows, from heritage situations to ultra-modern apartment buildings and commercial developments.

For further information on the Steel Window Association or if you're interested in becoming a member, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk






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Thursday, 4 August 2022

Timeless elegance with Garador’s Georgian doors


Add timeless elegance to your property with Garador’s Georgian style garage doors.

These stand-out garage doors have been beautifully designed with deep, crisp panel pressings to add exceptional quality and style to the overall look. The more formal, traditional design will instantly enhance both modern and traditional properties in a variety of surroundings from suburban cul-de-sacs to period country homes.


Each of Garador’s Georgian styles has been precision engineered with rivet-free panelling to ensure the smooth, clean outlines of this special door. Available in a range of smart durable colour finishes, these doors stand head and shoulders above other panelled garage doors currently on the market. 

They are available in an array of standard and made-to-measure sizes for both single and double doors and for some Georgian-style models, like the Beaumont, the door design can be personalised with the option of windows to allow natural light to flow into the garage.

“For a steel up & over garage door at a reasonable price point, these doors offer exceptional quality and styling that lifts them above all competitors,” said Neil Discombe, Managing Director of Garador. 
“This gentle elegance of the Georgian design fits in perfectly with all types of house and as with all our up & over garage doors, it can be operated manually or automatically with one of our GaraMatic operators.”
Garador’s elegant Georgian garage doors are manufactured at the company’s Somerset factory here in the UK. 

Find out more about Garador’s Georgian garage door designs at www.garador.co.uk or ask your local Garador distributor.






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Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Stabilising Supply and Minimising Risk


As the global supply chain continues to face vast challenges, Daniel May, Director at Consort Architectural Hardware explores its relationship with the construction infrastructure and its potential impact on fire safety and security.

Since early 2020, the volatility of the global supply chain has plagued industries far and wide. The construction industry has felt the full force of it, with a lack of materials and long lead times inflating construction costs and placing constraints - and unavoidable delays - on projects large and small.


Despite many predicting economic recovery to stabilise, new challenges such as a surge in consumer inflation and HGV driver shortages (to name a few), means construction is still facing a disparity between supply and demand. As a result, year-on-year costs for building work rose by 24.5% from March 2021 to March 2022, with raw material costs for work involving steel, concrete, timber and glass rising by 23% in the 12 months to September 2021, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

This cause and effect looks set to continue throughout the remainder of this year, with a substantial rise in costs and a decrease in production output documented as recently as February 2022. This follows predictions from the Builders Merchants Federation and the Construction Products Association who raised concerns that the demand for construction products would exceed supply well into 2022.


The weakened supply of key building products becomes even more problematic when you consider life safety and security. Whether a new project, or the upkeep of an existing building and its hardware, the stable supply of quality materials, components and hardware products must remain a critical priority, albeit one that is currently met with several setbacks. Yes, external factors can create uncontrollable circumstances, but the industry must continue to focus on quality control, so to not lose the progress that’s been made towards a safer construction infrastructure.

Daniel May of Consort Architectural Hardware explains:

“From a construction standpoint, a supply chain begins with raw materials, contains up to thousands of companies, and ends with finished goods for the industry and end user - of which many are vital components to the way our buildings safely and securely operate. Amongst many things, the coronavirus pandemic taught us how fragile the supply chain can be, with various cogs in the machine being caught off guard by the circumstances. In turn, this has created a backlog and led to a surge in demand for key materials and products which supply hasn’t always been able to keep up with.

“As a manufacturer, two core elements have encumbered the fire safety and security hardware sector, those being cost and production output. Crucially, almost all organisations possess links to an international supply chain and regardless of where products are manufactured, the scarcity of raw materials has had a knock-on effect, especially when you consider pricing.

“The cost of raw materials has surged and so too has the cost of transportation, where a shortage of containers and increased freight times has fallen short of demand. In turn, and when paired with a disjointed production output, we have seen a backlog of orders leading to project delays that can incur additional penalties for those involved.

“Ironmongery for example is a key ingredient to fire safety, and despite time pressures, decision makers must continue to recognise the necessity of trusted solutions. For time critical projects, those who face delays may fall into the pitfall of opting for cheaper, substandard products to move projects along and avoid any subsequent late penalties. This is where the future safety of projects may falter. Meticulous decision making is now more important than ever, choosing the solutions that provide greater quality and therefore predictability, as opposed to inferior products that are chosen out of convenience and that may cause issues later down the line.

“Keeping this in mind, the global supply chain must be met with caution and advanced planning to safeguard the integrity of the built environment moving forward. As we encounter these issues, it’s vital to recognise the significance of decisions and how they may directly impact construction projects and ultimately, the safety and security of our buildings and the people within.”


On the future of the supply chain and responsible resolutions, Daniel continues:

“Realistically, there are several reasons why the supply chain may continue to alter for some – even after costs and material production has stabilised. The Building Safety Bill is set to pass this year and will change the way many projects are run, starting with product procurement. Similarly, new frameworks such as the Environmental Act 2021 and Net Zero targets will also change how some consider sustainable construction, and thus the onus to source responsible solutions will deepen.

“Throughout this period of instability, for hardware manufacturers, it is now imperative to plan inventory well in advance in a bid to remove any potential stock issues for customers later down the supply chain. Doing so will help to support customers, ensuring they have access to hardware products that meet the necessary strict levels of safety standards - therefore removing the risk of using inferior solutions.


“However, maintaining life safety and security standards is a collective effort, one that must be met with a collaborative approach. From industry innovation to decision makers making safety conscious choices, we all have a part to play, even when the external environment presents us with difficulties. Although economic decision making plays its part in the construction process, fire safety, security and sustainability will always remain key, recurring ingredients to successful building projects - and the risk of using an unsuitable product far outweighs any obligation for quick turnarounds.”

About Consort Architectural Hardware


For over 50 years, Consort has continued to deliver in its mission to provide highly engineered, quality ironmongery that adheres to the most stringent of industry certifications and standards. As an international, family-owned business, Consort is proud to operate as a single source solution, delivering the best in hardware to markets in the UK, US, Middle East, Asia and South Africa.

For more information, visit: www.consort-hw.com






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Tuesday, 2 August 2022

The Future of Sectional Garage Doors


Forward-thinking garage door supplier, JDUK, will now be offering sectional garage doors from innovative Polish manufacturer, Wisniowski (pronounced vish - noff -ski) - see the official announcement

This new introduction will guarantee customers a consistent supply of a market-leading product at a competitive price and includes unique features designed specifically for the UK market.

In mid-July, JDUK unveiled Wisniowski sectional garage doors to enthusiastic installers in a series of open days at their West Yorkshire showroom, where the product can be viewed by those interested in the UniPro series of sectional garage doors. 


The series of doors, which are new to the UK market, includes side sprung, front mount torsion and rear mount torsion options and comes in five popular panel designs comprising L Ribbed, M Ribbed, S Ribbed, Georgian and Microwave.

Unipro side sprung doors are available up to 5m wide, with a 4-panel arrangement for doors up to 2375mm high and offer 100mm headroom, including the tolerance required for the automation. 

A unique header/fascia has been designed specifically for the UK, to provide the rigidity and strength for in between and under installation.


Each Unipro 40mm panel is filled with Freon-free polyurethane foam for outstanding thermal performance, with a heat transfer coefficient of 0.48 W/m2K and 1.3 W/m2K thermal transmittance factor on doors of 2500mm x 2125mm. 

Panels are also sealed at the panel joints. Unipro comes with installation-friendly features too, such as the pre-installed cable bracket, cable wheel and plate.

Wisniowski offers the largest range of standard RAL colours currently available in the UK market, with 34 colours, including white RAL9016. Available in 4 attractive textures comprising Woodgrain, Smooth, Sandgrain and Smoothgrain. 

Also the largest range of laminated/foiled finishes available, with over 40 finishes including wood effects and coloured. The Home Inclusive 2.0 range offers a suite of matching products.

To request a brochure, visit the showroom, or for more information, please call 01924 472924, email sales@jdukltd.co.uk or visit www.jdukltd.co.uk.


 



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Monday, 1 August 2022

Sales and Customer Demand Grows at E. & S.W. Knowles


E. & S.W. Knowles – the Birmingham-based manufacturer of internal doors - is reporting increased sales and customer demand for its fire safety doors.


The company has a history dating back nearly one hundred years, to 1923, and offers fully customisable bespoke joinery to clients across the UK. An extensive range of quality products includes fire doors and non-fire rated doors, acoustic fire doors, hospital doors, and PAS 24 security doors.

It is the firm’s range of fire doors and timber doorsets that has played the biggest part in a recent surge in sales and demand. E. & S.W. Knowles offers a wide range of standard internal fire doors, with bespoke options also available. 

All of them are fully tested and are third-party accredited under the IFC Certification and BM TRADA ‘Q’ Mark Fire Schemes, with fire protection ratings that range from 30 minutes (FD30) right up to 120 minutes (FD120).


Accompanying timber doorsets are also increasingly popular with clients. These are very effective in terms of fire safety and mean that the buyer receives a compatible door, frame, hardware, seals and glass from one quality and trusted supplier. 

All doorsets are supplied as a complete package ready for installation and can be fully machine prepared for hardware, providing a precision fit that maximises performance and simplifies installation.

All fire doors and timber doorsets in the E. & S.W. Knowles range comply with building regulations.


The timber doorsets can be supplied with varying door thicknesses from 35mm, 44mm, 54mm and 59mm.

Supplied with solid hardwood or softwood frame these can be integrated with intumescent seals and smoke seals, hinges, latch hardware, and an inbuilt door closer to ensure the door closes automatically after someone has passed through.

All fire doors and fire-rated doorsets are delivered with an IFC (tamper-evident) label and/or the appropriate BM TRADA fire door plug, which identifies the fire rating and status of the door manufacturer.

Steve Horner, Managing Director at E. & S.W. Knowles explains:

“The presence of a well manufactured, correctly installed fire door can literally be the difference between life and death – it gives occupants the vital time that’s necessary to escape from a burning building and reach safety.” 
“But, of course, a quality door that’s been properly tested is essential if it’s to fulfil its purpose and keep people safe in the event of a blaze.
“So, companies are understandably looking for a trusted fire door supplier and – thanks to our experience and excellent reputation – an increasing number of customers are looking to us to help with their requirements. 
“Our ability to provide tailored timber doorset solutions is also attractive, as we can provide extensive finishes and bespoke sizes to suit particular specifications and projects.”

This increasing demand for fire doors has been a cornerstone of the firm’s continued growth, which has been achieved despite the challenging trading conditions faced by the whole industry.


“The last couple of years have obviously been tough for us, as they have for everyone in the door industry, but we have all pulled together and gone above and beyond to look after our customers and continue to offer quality products with accredited certification, backed up by excellent customer service,” continues Steve Horner.
“It’s this company-wide dedication to quality and service that has seen us continue to prosper even in tough times, so I’m very confident for the future.”

To discover more about fire doors and timber doorsets from E. & S.W. Knowles, you can access an online brochure at www.knowlesdoors.co.uk/brochure/


 

 


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