Monday, 16 September 2019

Yale bucks trend with UK manufacturing investment despite Brexit uncertainly


With Britain’s manufacturing industry reporting all-time lows in outlays amidst Brexit uncertainly, Yale is bucking the trend by investing heavily in its UK manufacturing offering.

According to a survey by industry trade body EEF, investment by UK manufacturers in new plant and machinery slowed to 6.5% of turnover from 7.5% in 2016 . This is a trend that has continued into 2019, with uncertainty over the UK’s exit from the EU holding back planned investment in many cases.

Yale Door and Window Solutions, however, continues to invest in UK manufacturing to the benefit of its customers. The company has continued to invest in automation at both its Willenhall and Cheltenham sites, allowing it to bring product manufacturing back to the UK from overseas.

The move brings with it the close quality control measures that Yale prides itself on. With both sites accredited to EN ISO 9001:2015 for quality management, the sites will contribute to the rising quality standards in UK industry.


Yale is also in the process of expanding its warehouse to 254,008 ft2, approximately four times the size of the previous building, and moving it to a more UK central location to help provide best-in-class services, all in time for winter 2019.   

As well as these investments, Yale is also introducing a new CRM system across the business that will enhance customer service, communications and account management, improving the customer experience.

The CRM system will put customer experience at the heart of the business, helping to maintain strong relationships with both new and existing customers. With a single client focus throughout all units, each new offer, product and service will be immediately visible and available. The automated system will also ensure a greater alignment in project and trade sales processes.


Paul Atkinson, Sales and Commercial Director of Yale Door and Window Solutions, comments: 
“We have always been passionate about maintaining and building on a UK manufacturing base, especially with the current uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the EU. There are multiple benefits to manufacturing in the UK; being closer to the market we operate in means we are able to respond to customer requirements and fluctuations much quicker. 
“There are also research and development benefits for our customers when it comes to new products. For example, we recently announced that we were upgrading to stainless steel on all of our multipoint lock faceplates as standard, with the whole manufacturing process taking place solely at our Midlands head office.
“We also see a benefit in supporting the local and UK economy; by maintaining and growing manufacturing at our Willenhall and Cheltenham sites we believe this will help contribute to the UK job market. In a similar vein, Yale is proud to be an official member of Made in Britain, which aims to bring together the entire British manufacturing community.”

For more information on Yale DWS, please visit www.yaledoorandwindowsolutions.co.uk.






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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Gotcha! Police Car from Noel’s House Party up for Grabs - Now wait till I get it home!

1992 Ford Sierra XR4X4 Ex-Noel Edmonds House Party Car

The CCA sale on the 5th October at the Warwickshire Event Centre will be selling one of the props from Noel’s House Party, the famous BBC One TV show, an Ex-Garda Police Car.

Among other lots, there are some lovely British classics, a Sunbeam Tiger, a series 2 Jaguar E-type and two classic Jaguars, a Mk 2 and a 340 from the same owner.

All the puns will be coming out for this lot, now is your chance to Grab a Police Car that featured in the famous BBC television show Noel’s House Party. This 1992 Ford Sierra XR4x4 as shown in the documents was originally an Irish Garda car which was purchased for the tv programme.

In full working order after being recommissioned, it retains its Police livery and working flashing lights. Powered by the 2.9-litre V6 we are told it drives very well Offered at £5,000 to £7,000 this is a great opportunity to own a piece of TV memorabilia from one of the most famous shows of the 1990s.

1965 Sunbeam Tiger Series 1 V8

Now for something a bit more classic, a real British Bulldog from the swinging sixties era, a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger. This series 1 V8 has had four keepers and been in the same ownership since 1992. The car has been treated to some slight upgrades with improved brakes and suspension as well as a tweaked engine.

Fitted with lovely 15- inch Pansport American alloys and presented in Mediterranean Blue, this is a stunning and well-sorted sports car with an estimate of £40,000 to £50,000.

1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 S2 Roadster

The next three lots are all Jaguars and one not to be missed is this 1970 Series 2 E-Type Roadster. Estimated at £40,000 to £45,000 this is a very sensible guide price for a British Icon of the motoring world. This 4.2 E-Type was imported from America in 1989 and was professionally converted to right-hand-drive.

It has been with the current owner for the last 18 years and has an indicated mileage of 79,822 miles. Finished in Regency Red and with a removable hard-top, this is a great E-type which has been guided to allow for some tidying up and detailing.

1961 Jaguar Mk2 2.4 (O-D)

The final two cars are both from the same vendor and finished in Old English White. The first is a 1961 Jaguar Mk2 2.4 with Overdrive. An original matching numbers car which has undergone some excellent sympathetic restoration to the bodywork, mechanicals and interior leatherwork and documented in the excellent history file.

Estimated t £18,000 to £22,000 this lovely classic also has the number plate 84 UPJ included in the sale.

1967 Jaguar 340 (O-D)


The second of the Old English White Jaguars is the 340. In 1967 Jaguar rebadged the Mk 2 with the 3.4-litre cars being badged as 340. This Jaguar has been subject to a full bodywork, mechanical, electrical and trim restoration over the last four years and is now a lovely matching numbers car.

It does come with an interesting history file with photographs of the rebuild and other associated documentation. Estimated at £20,000 to £25,000 another great car to be enjoyed.

Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions auction manager commented:
“Well what can I say about this batch of cars. I remember Noel’s House Party well and this spoof Police car will, I am sure, attract interest. There are always people out there who are keen to own memorabilia and as this programme had a huge following, Grab a Grand, Wait Til I Get You Home and who could forget Mr Blobby? This car could be a chuckle for someone. Just imagine what you could do with it!
“We always love Jaguars and these three cars are superb, the two Old English White cars coming from the same owner are lovely examples and well guided.
“We are still accepting entries for this sale, entries close this weekend, and if you are thinking of consigning your car in the future, you can pop along to our Cars Coffee and Consigning event that we are holding at the British Motor Museum on the following Wednesdays 25th September, 9th and 23rd October and 6th November where one of our consigners will be on hand to help you through the process.”
Classic Car Auctions are still accepting cars for the auction and can be contacted on 01926 640888 or email enquiries@classiccarauctions.co.uk and the team would be happy to talk with you and help you through the process of consigning your car, alternatively, you can also use their online Value My Classic service.

www.classiccarauctions.co.uk





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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Element makes further investments in UK Supersite


Element Materials Technology (Element) has made further significant investments in its center of excellence in Wednesbury, UK, two years after opening.

Since the laboratory opened its doors in June 2017, Element has continued to invest in the facilities at the 50,000 square foot Wednesbury site, with continued growth in capabilities and overall capacity.

In the last 12 months, Element has procured multi-point lock durability test rigs which facilitate testing to the latest draft of EN 15685; an Erichsen 430P scratch hardness tester, which enables the team to perform testing against the latest Jaguar Land Rover specifications; and several new aftermarket vehicle security testing capabilities, which come in response to changing market conditions.

Rob Veitch, EVP of Fire & Building Products at Element, said: 
“We opened the Wednesbury laboratory because we recognized the demand from national and international customers in the automotive, doors and windows and hardware industries, and we have continued to see this demand grow over the last two years.

“The sectors we serve are always evolving, and our offering must develop with them, while maintaining the highest level of technical proficiency. We are dedicated to delivering certainty to our customers and nurturing a relationship of trust, and our most recent investments reflect our commitment to the provision of industry-leading testing services.”
The Wednesbury laboratory conducts testing for products used in the built environment, including security, durability and weather testing of doors, windows and hardware. The laboratory also tests components and full vehicles for corrosion, UV weathering, environmental ageing, flammability, vibration and emissions.

The site currently employs 35 people, and offers testing to British, European, international and OEM standards.

www.element.com






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Friday, 13 September 2019

DHF publishes TS 007-2:2019 in collaboration with the Glass and Glazing Federation

DHF’s newly-published document:
 TS 007-2: 2019

Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has published a new downloadable document for the building and hardware sector, named TS 007 - 2:2019 - Enhanced security for mechatronic cylinders and/or associated hardware.

DHF's new Technical Specification (produced in association with the Glass and Glazing Federation) has been prepared following the emergence of an attack method focused on cylinders used in locks.

New door assemblies are covered by PAS 24 and complete mechatronic lock assemblies by DHF TS 621.  The ‘TS 007 - 2:2019’ publication aims to provide a level of security for mechatronic cylinders comparable to that specified in BS 3621 and PAS 24.

The document provides information on enhanced security mechatronic cylinders and security hardware intended to be used on dwellings and other buildings requiring similar levels of security.

The specification includes a classification method and references test methods and acceptance criteria for the assessment of enhanced security mechatronic cylinders and associated security hardware.

It covers replaceable cylinders intended for use with rim locks, and/or mortice locks, (including euro profile, oval and threaded cylinders) and associated security hardware intended to give these cylinders protection from attack.  The publication covers such cylinders and associated security hardware supplied either as a package or separately.

In the document, which is an extension of DHF’s original specification first published in 2014, both DHF and the Glass and Glazing Federation strongly recommend that manufacturers of TS 007-rated cylinders and security door handles/escutcheons carry out third-party certification of every product claiming compliance with this specification.

This is of particular importance because the TS 007 specification employs human testing, and certification ensures that this gives, as far as is reasonably practicable, consistent and reproducible results.  BSI offers third-party certification against TS 007 using its Kitemark brand.  In this case, the TS 007 star-rating is displayed alongside the Kitemark logo on both products and packaging.  (Other certification bodies may offer similar schemes.)

DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens explains: 
“We have worked closely with the Glass and Glazing Federation to produce part two of our TS 007 specification which offers information on levels of security for mechatronic cylinders comparable to that specified in BS 3621 and PAS 24,” 
“We hope that it provides the basis for a greater element of clarity for those working in the security hardware sector, and most importantly, improved security performance and protection for mechatronic cylinders.”

The new specification can be accessed here: www.dhfonline.org.uk

DHF will be exhibiting at the Master Locksmith Association (MLA) event at The International Centre in Telford from 4-6 October and can be found on stand TT8: www.locksmiths.co.uk






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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Videx Strengthens Flagship VX2200 Door Entry System


Videx, a leading manufacturer and supplier in access control and door entry systems, has improved its flagship VX2200 door entry system, by introducing a lift interface module which enables lift control via the entry intercom within an apartment or office. 

The 2216 is the latest accessory for the VX2200 system, a two-wire audio and six wire video system for up to 998 apartments with multiple entrances and full concierge facilities.

Neil Thomas, National Sales Manager at Videx UK, said:
“The 2216 makes the VX2200 an even more ideal door entry system for a wide range of buildings, from residential flats to commercial offices, by enabling occupants to control the lift from their office or home. 
“When entry is granted, the lift can be called and access to floors can be restricted accordingly so the visitor can only access the floor where they’ve been given authority by the resident or occupant. 
“For example, a tenant on floor two can call the lift for their visitor and will only allow them to get off at floor two. Restricting visitors’ access to only the floors they’re allowed to visit strengthens the building’s security while also helping the visitor to find the apartment or office they’re visiting.”
 
The 2216 is fully programmable via bespoke software allowing any floor to be assigned to any apartment. Additionally, the entrance panels which are allowed to call the lift can also be selected.

The interface includes eight relay outputs, which can each be assigned to a floor, serving eight floors at a time. For buildings with more than eight floors, it’s possible to use multiple 2216 modules for a maximum of 128 floors.
Neil continued: “Once set up, the module is controlled via the lock button on the intercom telephone within the apartment. When the occupant grants access to the visitor by pressing the lock button on their telephone or videophone, as well as opening the door to allow them into the building, the lift will also be called automatically.”

The 2216 can be used on new or existing installations and is powered from a 12Vdc power source. Additional features include a lift override feature to either disable all lift calls or enable calls to all floors and both USB & RS485 connection for programming via the Videx VX2200 PC software.

The 2216 accessory is also ready for the new Videx IP system where it can be used as either a lift interface or additional relays controlled by apartments for features such as turning on lights and activating third party technology and integrated appliances.

For more information about the 2216 and how it strengthens the VX2200 door entry system, please visit: www.videxuk.com.






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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Raising Awareness of Fire Doors that protect us while we sleep


Fire door safety campaigners are stressing the life-saving role that fire doors play in protecting us while we sleep, as part of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (23-29 September), run by the British Woodworking Federation.
                                       
The awareness week, now in its seventh year, will once again highlight the importance of fire doors and good fire safety practice. This year it will focus on the critical role fire doors play in protecting us when we’re asleep, particularly in specialised housing such as care homes, children’s homes and sheltered housing as well as houses in multiple occupation and communal properties.

Research conducted for this year’s Fire Door Safety Week amongst care home workers will reveal concerns about fire safety as well as a lack of clarity about the crucial role that fire doors play in care home buildings.

Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the British Woodworking Federation, said:
“We all need to feel protected, and especially so when we are asleep. Fire doors play a vital role as the first line of defence against fire and smoke, containing their spread while buildings are evacuated. But they must be properly installed and maintained, and good fire safety practice must be shared and followed. That’s why we continue to raise awareness every year through Fire Door Safety Week. 
“Good practice is especially important in buildings with multiple occupants and residents who may be vulnerable. It is quite literally a matter of life and death.” 

Numerous events and campaign activities are being held throughout Fire Door Safety Week, which is supported by a number of agencies, including the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign, the National Fire Chief’s Council and London Fire Brigade.

A free toolkit of resources, available at www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk, is available to help landlords, tenants and anyone with an interest in or responsibility for fire safety at a property to get involved.

The week will also see the launch of a hard-hitting video underlining the powerlessness of tenants and residents to protect themselves from fire if responsible authorities fail to take action over fire safety.

Brand new for this year’s campaign is an interactive mock criminal trial, aimed at providing manufacturers of fire safety products, consultants, contractors, designers, installers and other potential duty holders with an insight into where they may be liable in the event of a fire incident.

Helen Hewitt added: “We encourage individuals and organisations to get involved this year, share our free resources and run their own publicity campaigns and events to support the campaign’s vitally important messages.”

The campaign aims to build on the success of 2018’s Fire Door Safety Week, which reached over 35 million people through PR, social media and events with the message: shut the door on fire and smoke.

About Fire Door Safety Week

Fire Door Safety Week, the brainchild of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), was launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect. It is a ‘mass market’ awareness campaign to increase public understanding of the role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. Guidance on fire door safety is provided through the campaign’s Toolkit – visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk to find out more.





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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Bespoke Addition for a Building with ‘Edge’


An office and retail development in central London gave GEZE UK some big ideas for a bespoke entrance solution. Four Kingdom Street is the first of two office buildings to be completed at British Land’s canal-side Paddington Central development. 

The nine-storey re-designed building comprises of more than 145,000 ft of space near to Paddington railway station. With communal roof terraces on all floors, a roof garden with views over Little Venice and sporting facilities, including the highest basketball court in London, it needed a proud entrance to complete an imposing aspect.

 A tailor-made solution was devised with Focchi S.p.A., a leading company in the curtain walling sector, which was commissioned to execute an industrial aesthetic with city chic, created by architects Allies and Morrison.

GEZE UK worked with its German parent company to adapt its TSA 325 NT manual revolving doors to produce two, three-leafed, glass-topped entrances with extra height – the doors are 3.5m high compared to the standard 3m.

The doors have positioning drives which mean that after someone has walked through them, they continue to rotate until parked with the leaf wings close to the edges of the openings. The parking mechanism is driven by a motor installed beneath the floor.

The doors were installed within the line of the building to provide a flush frontage under the overhang of the first floor. Inside, the leaves of the revolving doors are powder coated to match the façade and echo the engineering/transportation elements of the design concept – a subtle nod to the heritage of the site - a former railway goods yard.

Between the revolving doors is a pass door powered by GEZE’s Powerturn swing door operator.

This aesthetic was applied inside and out: each elevation features vertical and horizontal aluminium fins of many shapes and sizes which lend a bold aspect to Four Kingdom Street.

It incorporates a structural steel frame and rougher, industrial materials, not usually incorporated into commercial offices, which contribute to its personality. Focchi describe it as “an office building with a bit of an edge”.

Said Andy Howland, director of sales and marketing for GEZE UK: 
“Four Kingdom Street presented us with an exacting and challenging brief which required us to be adaptable to meet those needs. We liaised with our parent company in Leonberg to ensure that we could meet the desired spec without compromising the integrity of the products and in doing so were able to deliver a bespoke configuration for this special project.”
For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk






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Monday, 9 September 2019

Hörmann UK Celebrates Continued Servicing Success


Hörmann UK has increased its number of service engineers by 100% over the last year as part of its commitment to provide both clients and non-clients with the highest standards in installation and aftersales care. 

With plans to continue recruitment in 2020, Phil Clark, Industrial Service Manager at Hörmann UK, shares his vision for the future and the importance of regular servicing for the industrial sector.

Throughout the first half of 2019, we have achieved a 15% increase in turnover and 30% growth on service contracts when compared to the previous year. This reflects our dedication to working closely with supply chain providers to ensure the safety, security and efficiency of their logistics operations at all times.

The launch of our new Training Academy at our headquarters in Coalville has been instrumental to this success. We currently offer three training sessions a month to professionals within the logistics sector on how to install and service our diverse industrial product portfolio.


For 2020, we have 16 training sessions arranged, each providing an in depth overview of the various industrial product types and how they should be correctly installed and maintained. It’s essential that all Hörmann products are fitted and serviced correctly and this is something we take extremely seriously as a business to ensure the safety and security of our clients.

As you will be well aware, manufacturing downtime caused by a machine fault or damage due to misuse or an accident can have significant implications for a business’ bottom line. Minimising the risk of damage to goods, and most importantly, reducing the risk of injury to employees and external staff, can initially be achieved through the installation of safe and innovative solutions. However, this must be supported through regular servicing by competent and accessible engineers.

Here at Hörmann UK we recommend all loading technology be serviced at least twice a year, or more frequently if it’s a high usage area. Our service engineers have 30-40 different areas they must analyse as part of the service procedure, to ensure every single aspect of the system is functioning correctly. These areas are regularly revised and updated to ensure the highest standard in safety is delivered.

Phil Clark, Industrial Service Manager
at Hörmann UK
Our team also provides relevant and up-to date information on how loading bay operations can be adapted to reduce the risk of downtime, workplace accidents or potential damage to goods. If there is a certain type of damage occurring frequently, the service engineers will suggest altering the system, such as changing the height or width of the loading area, to prevent this type of damage from happening in the future.

To ensure a warehouse can be back to full operations as quickly as possible, our service engineers must be reactive to changing client requirements; this could mean attending a property within two to four hours of a fault or accident initially occurring. Currently, 80% of our service engineers attend call outs to existing Hörmann UK clients, with the remaining 20% being national contracts.

Whilst the availability of our engineers is key, it must also be supported by a first time fix ratio where the servicing team keeps maintenance consumables on their van at all times. We advise that the warehousing site itself supports this by having a critical spares holding. This can significantly increase the responsiveness of the repair, as the most vital and cumbersome parts are already on site at the warehousing unit and do not have to be externally ordered in by the servicing department.

This is extremely useful for warehousing and distributors who frequently use the loading bay systems and need them working at full capacity as quickly as possible. As an OEM, we are able to offer competitive replacements for parts such as hydraulic pumps and operators, even if the loading bay system is not one of our own.

This year so far has been fantastic for the servicing department and we look forward to continued success for the Hörmann UK industrial department and its clients in 2020 and beyond.

For further information on Hörmann UK’s servicing department and loading technology, call 01530 516850 or visit: www.hormann.co.uk.




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Sunday, 8 September 2019

Sutton Bespoke launches 3D Ford Mustang Configurator App


Sutton Bespoke has launched a new application for customers looking to purchase or modify a Ford Mustang using Sutton Bespoke upgraded performance parts. 

Using the Mustang Configurator, customers can enhance a brand-new Ford Mustang, or upgrade an existing fifth or sixth generation model, with Clive Sutton’s extensive range of customisation options.

Upgrade choices available through the app include a range of tuning packages to enhance performance, with upgrades to the exhaust system, wheels, lighting, AV and connectivity, and exterior and interior styling enhancements, including a range of colour options.

The simple and intuitive app presents a 360-degree, three-dimensional view of the car that changes as customers add new features to their bespoke Mustang.


Unlike other online configurators, the Sutton Bespoke Mustang Configurator delivers a range of unique interactive features. App users can show off their personalised car by sharing it with friends via social media, and even pilot their dream Mustang in a new race track simulation.

Mustang owners can also use the app to submit their designs to customisation specialists at Sutton Bespoke, who will respond with detailed upgrade recommendations and cost quotations. 

Clive Sutton is one of the UK’s leading Ford Mustang specialists, and offers a number of performance upgrades for the Mustang, ranging from the CS350 350hp 2.3-litre Ecoboost power pack to the extreme CS800 825hp package for the 5.0-litre V8 flagship.

Customers can further tailor their car by choosing from a range of supercharger options, mechanical upgrades and custom paint finishes for the ultimate in personalisation.

The Sutton Mustang Configurator is available to download now via Google Play and the Apple App Store .


About Clive Sutton and Sutton Bespoke

Clive Sutton has been at the forefront of the performance car retail industry for over 25 years. As the founder of a renowned independent specialist car business in St John’s Wood, London, Clive Sutton has built an unrivalled international reputation for supplying some of the most sought-after cars in the world.

The company is able to source rare and prestige new and classic cars from across the globe, often to order. Clive Sutton was also the original UK dealer for the AC Cobra MkV. For more information, please visit the Clive Sutton website at www.clivesutton.co.uk.

With nearly three decades of experience in providing UK buyers with tuning upgrades and custom enhancements from a variety of American and European specialists, Clive Sutton has recognised the opportunity to use its team’s expertise and knowledge to create tailored packages through the Sutton Bespoke arm of the company. In 2016, Sutton Bespoke launched a range of upgrades for the all-new Ford Mustang.

More information about Sutton Bespoke is available at www.suttonbespoke.co.uk. A detailed history of the company can be found at www.suttonbespoke.co.uk/sutton-bespoke-history.





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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Opening doors: Exam Results are in for Aspiring Architectural Ironmongers

Rachel Tipton, GAI education manager

Newly qualified architectural ironmongery professionals are celebrating their Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) education programme results.  
                                       
Exams were sat in 26 different countries by 390 learners. So far, 101 students have attained the Certificate in Architectural Hardware (CiAH) and 51 students have now completed the GAI Diploma this year.

The Guild’s education programme continues to grow overseas with exams held in three more countries than last year, and 49% of learners based outside the UK. This year there has been a particularly high number of learners in United Arab Emirates (UAE), China and India. 

Rachel Tipton, manager of the GAI education programme, said:
“As the only recognised programme in the world that leads to a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards, the GAI Diploma gives ironmongery professionals all of the skills they need to form a compliant door hardware schedule – skills that will stay with them for their entire career. 

“We look forward to celebrating with all of the newly qualified Diploma holders and everyone who has supported them through their qualification will get to celebrate with them at the Education Awards in London on 7 November.” 

The Guild’s education portfolio is separated into two qualifications. The CiAH consists of two stages with 24 education modules covering everything an architectural ironmonger is required to know, supported with eight block assessments to test the students’ understanding. 

Once this has been completed, students may choose to continue their studies by enrolling for the GAI Diploma. This stage focuses entirely on the skills and learning needed for scheduling the architectural ironmongery, electric hardware and key control for a project, and is of particular importance to those architectural ironmongers working on projects being built to UK and European standards across the globe. Once they have completed the Diploma, they become a DipGAI, an industry recognised symbol of professionalism. 

The 2019/20 education programme prospectus has been published on the GAI website, outlining the qualifications, course content and training support available. It also gives further information on becoming a Registered Architectural Ironmonger (RegAI) through the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme. The programme offers flexibility for busy professionals and far more opportunity to gain CPD points. 

Enrolments are open from 2 September until 20 December 2019.   

Download the prospectus from the GAI website: www.gai.org.uk 





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Friday, 6 September 2019

P C Henderson Partners up with Gliderol to Relaunch Exclusive Range of Sectional Garage Doors

Roy Sinclair, Managing Director of Gliderol Garage Doors (left) and
Trevor Cossins, Managing Director of P C Henderson (right).

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce its return to the garage door market with a premium range of sectional garage doors, via a strategic partnership with longstanding garage door manufacturer - Gliderol Garage Doors. 

Henderson Garage Doors, first established in 1954, quickly became a household name and by the 1960’s, P C Henderson had supplied approximately fifty percent of all garage doors installed in the UK.


Trevor Cossins, Managing Director at P C Henderson, commented:
“P C Henderson has a long standing relationship with the garage door industry, in 2008 P C Henderson moved away from the garage door market to focus on the sliding and folding door hardware element of the business. 
“Due to increased interest, we are now taking back the brand and bringing a high quality range of Henderson Garage Doors to the market. We believe our portfolio of sectional garage doors provide our customers with the opportunity to expand and grow their businesses with a trusted and recognised brand.”

Prior to the UK garage door business being sold in 2008, Henderson’s range of sectional doors had sold in the thousands and continually improved and evolved over the years to suit the needs of both the homeowner and the installer.

Since 2008 those improvements have continued through state of the art manufacturing and distribution facilities in Europe and - whilst a small number of doors continued to be distributed around the UK - Henderson is now in a position to increase those numbers by working with Gliderol to provide the national coverage they can offer to customers.


Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson, commented:
“Since 2008 we have continued to manufacture and supply spare parts in order to ensure all previous installations could be maintained – so we have always kept our foot in the door. We are now looking forward to growing that side of the business and offer an exclusive range of garage doors to the UK market once again.”

The range is made up of two types of sectional door - the Henderson Smart 42 and the Henderson Superior 42. Both products are available in 5 models, 3 surface finishes, 7 standard colours as well as the option of RAL colours.


The Superior door offers a number of features and benefits unique to that range such as concealed rollers, an integrated tension spring system - offering optimum safety as well as a minimalistic finish - and a ventilated floor seal which offers a continuous flow of clean air inside the garage reducing damp and mould growth.

Along with a range of optional extras and a state of the art remote control system, the possibilities are almost endless with a door to suit every home.

Roy Sinclair, Managing Director at Gliderol Garage Doors commented:
“We’re delighted to be partnering up with Henderson to bring this premium range of products back to the UK market. It’s a brand which was - and still is - renowned in the industry for its high quality and outstanding performance.
“We have witnessed the state of the art production facilities first hand and have seen the trust and recognition this product has earned for many years - we can’t wait to reintroduce it and we believe our customers will love it.” 

 The new range of Henderson garage doors comes complete with a 10 year warranty and full working models can be viewed by visiting the Gliderol Garage Door showroom in Peterlee, Co. Durham.

For more information or to request a brochure, contact Gliderol Garage Doors on 0800 834 250 or email sales@gliderol.co.uk.



P C Henderson Ltd
Durham Road, Bowburn
County Durham
DH6 5NG
England
Tel:  +44 (0) 191 377 0701
Website: www.pchenderson.com
UK Sales: sales@pchenderson.com




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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Mul-T-Lock showcases innovative security solutions at MLA Expo


Mul-T-Lock will be exhibiting its wide portfolio of security innovations at this year’s MLA Expo; from traditional mechanical ranges to smart technology systems.

The MLA Expo, run by the Master Locksmiths Association, returns to The International Centre in Telford from 4th – 6th October 2019. Europe’s largest locksmith exhibition, the show is viewed as the security event of the year for the locksmith and security industry.


Visitors to stand H2.18-22 will be able to get a hands-on experience of the latest Mul-T-Lock ranges, with the experienced trade team on hand to offer their insight into the products and the opportunities they present for locksmiths across the UK.

A wide array of product ranges will be available to view and discuss at the Mul-T-Lock stand, amongst which is the eCLIQ/CLIQ GO® future-proof electronic locking solution designed especially for locksmiths, which offers the ability for business owners to remotely manage access permissions via an app.

Visitors wishing to know more about vehicle protection can view the advanced ArmaDLock range, which provides protection to commercial and private vehicles of all types. Mul-T-Lock’s wide range of padlocks will be also be on display, as well as the Interactive+ key platform and the high-quality key and lock cylinder ClassicPro™ range, which provides patent protection through to 2033.

Also on stand will be the coveted Breaksecure anti-snap cylinder range, the innovative Traka21 system that provides businesses with the very latest in intelligent key management and the SMARTair® access control system that offers an intuitive step up from mechanical keys.

Claire Blakemore, Managing Director of Mul-T-Lock UK comments:

“We’re very excited to be returning to the MLA Expo this year. It is always a fantastic opportunity for us to meet with both new and existing customers and to be able to show them the latest developments in our ranges.

“The show will be a great opportunity for our customers to be able to get a real feel for the products and have a chat with the team about the tailored solutions we can offer. We will also be unveiling an updated product range that is yet to be launched, meaning attendees at the Expo will be the first to find out about our new offering.”

For more information call 01902 364200, email internalsales@mul-t-lock.co.uk or visit www.mul-t-lock.co.uk.






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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Blu Launches KM9 Series Patio Door Handle Range to suit Larger Sliding Door Systems

Performance door and window hardware manufacturer bluTM has launched its new KM9 series Patio Slide Handles to meet growing UK demand for larger sliding door systems.

The handle range - all manufactured from 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel - has been designed to combine contemporary styling and aesthetics with guaranteed anti-corrosion performance.

Key features of the KM9 Series Patio handles range include:

  • Guaranteed Lifetime performance, enabling you to provide your customers with a better warranty
  • Manufactured from solid 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel to prevent corrosion
  • Designed with a new solid 316 Stainless Steel backplate to operate even the largest, heaviest of sliding door leaves
  • Supplied with an easy-to-operate latch lever
  • Available with Euro Profile Cylinder cut out or blank plate options
  • Compatible for use with most locking systems such as Yale and Sobinco
  • Part of blu’s suited range of door and window hardware to keep consistent design across a property

As with all bluTM door and window hardware, the patio handles feature its unique ‘Super-Satin’ finish providing a soft feel and reducing the chance of any airborne contaminants settling on the hardware and causing tea-staining. 

“The growing trend for larger sliding doors is a definite opportunity for fabricators in the UK. Many are spending time, money and effort trying to enhance their patio doors, yet continue to overlook the importance of the hardware when it comes to giving their products a competitive edge.

“Poorer quality handles not only let down the look of the door, but also negatively affect performance and are likely to corrode and fail in a couple of years’ time. This results in visits back to site to sort performance issues and unhappy customers,’ said bluTM MD Loren Jenner.

“Our KM9 Series Handle is the first of its type in the market - contemporary, modern looking Straight Slide Patio Door Handles mounted on a solid back plate and universally handed. It’s been designed to operate a range of lock systems including Sobinco and Yale. When used in multiple scheme applications the dummy handle has been designed to look the same as the working handle providing vastly improved aesthetics over other existing designs in the marketplace,” added Loren.


Cornish Hotel Sees and Feels the Difference

One of Cornwall’s leading hotels - The Watergate Bay Hotel – recently fitted the new KM9 Series handles and has already seen the benefit.

Enjoying a stunning position right on the beach, their existing sliding door handles quickly deteriorated and corroded as a result of its location. Consequently they decided to upgrade to blu’s new solid 316 Stainless Steel Patio Slide Handles.

Since being fitted feedback has been incredible. Their Facilities Manager commented on the difference the handles made, stating:


“We chose blu’s Patio Handles not only because of their durability for our tough environment, but because they are much better looking and performing than the previous handles. Plus, they’re more in keeping with the style and environment of the hotel.”

Meeting customer demand and satisfaction is vital in today’s market. Be different and see how blu’s stunning KM9 Series Stainless Steel Patio Door Handles catch the eye of your customers. Try fitting a handle set to the sliding doors in your showroom.

To request a KM9 Series Patio Handle set for your showroom contact bluTM on 01726 871 025 or email sales@blu-performance.com.





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