Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Fire door safety campaigners stepping up the first line of defence


Fire door safety campaigners are, through Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW), working to ensure public and private sector landlords and building owners stop risking the lives of tenants and ensure fire doors are correctly inspected, specified, fitted and maintained. 

Fire doors are the first line of defence against devastating fires and when properly built, installed and maintained, they save lives and protect property. Despite this, fire doors across the UK are still badly fitted, non-compliant, left propped open or damaged and, as a result, could be putting millions of lives at stake.

The team behind FDSW (24-30th September 2018) is gearing up for its 2018 campaign that will continue to educate about the critical role that fire doors play in delaying the spread of smoke and fire, and keeping occupants and fire fighters safe.

Now in its sixth year, this year’s FDSW campaign - Fire Door Five: Shutting the door on fire and smoke – aims to draw attention to the importance of properly-fitted and accredited fire doors as well as raising awareness of the dangers of smoke inhalation and the role that correctly installed fire doors can do in preventing the spread of both fire and smoke.

Part of the activity will see campaigners explore the need to establish a Building Safety Fund to help pay for vital and life-saving fire safety improvements in Local Authority and Housing Association accommodation.

Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for FDSW, as well as British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Head of Technical Research and Insight, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children’s Burns Trust, says:

“Through Fire Door Safety Week, we will once more renew our efforts to ensure that residents, landlords and building owners across the UK are armed with the information they need to make informed decisions that will improve safety. There is no doubt that fire doors, fully fitted with their correct and compatible components, that are properly installed and maintained play a crucial role in saving lives in the event of a fire.  The legacy of neglect means more lives could be lost as a result of substandard fire protection measures. We know that the necessary corrective actions will cost and that is why we are asking the Government set up a Building Safety Fund for Housing Associations and Local Authorities to carry out replacement and repair works. Finance should not be used as an excuse. The stakes are too high.
“Tenants and the general public will, as always, play a key part and get their voices heard by reporting doors that are propped open, damaged or in poor condition, rather than waiting for landlords or building owners to inspect fire doors. As part of Fire Door Safety Week, we have created a Five Step Fire Door Check to help people check their fire doors and empower them to report faulty doors.
“Over the last year, there has been significant discussion about the responsibility of landlords, councils and Housing Associations to ensure the safety of their tenants but there is still a massive learning curve in terms of awareness about how fire doors that are correctly specified, installed, maintained and of course closed can limit the effect of fire and smoke, and what to do in the event of a fire.  Because of this uncertainty, our focus for fire door safety week this year is “shutting the door on fire and smoke” and we want to educate everyone on how effective fire doors can be in stopping the spread of fire and smoke.”  

FDSW, a national campaign, is run by the British Woodworking Federation, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme, in partnership with the Home Office’s National Fire Safety campaign.

Throughout the week (24-30th September 2018), there will be numerous events and campaign activity to raise awareness about the importance of fire door safety. To access a free toolkit of fire safety advice resources to help run your own FDSW activities, visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk




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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Garador introduce New Operator for Canopy Garage Doors


The UK’s leading garage door manufacturer, Garador, have just introduced a slick new operator to automate their range of canopy geared up and over garage doors

The aptly named, GaraMatic Canopy Operator, has been designed specifically to electrically operate Garador’s canopy garage doors.

Garador’s Managing Director, Simon Hipgrave comments:
“The new GaraMatic Canopy Operator has been designed specifically for Garador’s range of canopy up & over doors and we believe it is an excellent new addition to our existing range of operators.”
In the past, canopy bow arm conversions have tended to involve the use of a rather bulky and very intrusive lifting arm which was attached to the back of the canopy door. This would reduce the drive through height into the garage by at least 140mm and was not the most elegant device to look at either.

Garador’s engineering team have been working hard over the last few years to develop a more streamlined version and are really pleased to announce the new GaraMatic Canopy operator which includes a sleek new activating arm.

When in the open position, the activating arm sits behind the top edge of the garage door, enabling full opening height as well as full drive through height. Another unique feature is that the door is fully operational in manual mode.

Garador have also produced a short video on their YouTube channel, showing how quickly and easily the GaraMatic Canopy Operator can be installed.


The GaraMatic Canopy operator is quick and easy to retrofit to existing canopy garage doors and is therefore expected to be a huge success, providing homeowners with a more convenient way to open their Garador canopy garage door.

To view the full range of Garador Up & Over garage doors, please visit www.garador.co.uk




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Monday, 16 July 2018

Abloy asks, “When is a key more than just a key?” in New Video


Security expert Abloy UK has launched a new video aimed at key Critical National Infrastructure decision makers, asking the question, “when is a key more than just a key?”

The informative video centres on how much time, money and energy is wasted by companies who have contractors travelling between sites only to find they don’t have the correct key to access assets. It also looks at the implications that lost keys can have, including the negative impact on operational efficiency and possible disruption to critical services.


Offering a solution in the form of CLIQ® technology, Abloy explains that with this system service jobs can easily be assigned, and audit trails can be tracked while contractors are on the move. What’s more, service job costs can be verified meaning spend can be effectively controlled.

With CLIQ®, access to multiple sites and equipment can be validated and controlled, with anomalies reported in real time for enhanced security. Access rights can even be updated securely via a smartphone, utilising highly encrypted Bluetooth technology.

CLIQ® also integrates with existing systems such as H&S, Compliance and Permit To Work, so competencies can be verified before access is granted.

All this means aborted journeys can be substantially reduced, improving operational efficiency and reducing costs, while offering an excellent return on investment and contributing to corporate sustainability targets. Downtime is also minimised and the risk of lost keys is eliminated, offering a future-proof security solution - CLIQ® technology has converted the key into a Credential.

To learn more, watch the video here: www.youtube.com

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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Sunday, 15 July 2018

125 Spectacular Cars offered for Auction at the Silverstone Classic


125 incredible lots with a combined value of between £8.2m to £9.6m will be offered for auction at Silverstone Auctions’ biggest ever sale at the Silverstone Classic festival on the 21st and 22nd July at Silverstone Circuit.

A spectacular collection of classic and sports cars, as well as 200 items of quality automobilia and luxury watches, will be offered for sale over two days in front of thousands of enthusiasts as part of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.

Headlining the sale is a stylish and very rare 1958 Mercedes 300SL Roadster, one of only 1,858 ever built and coming to the market from long-term ownership. Based on the classic W194 Sports Racing Car, this elegant Roadster in left-hand drive retains all of the speed and handling of the racer with the Hollywood good looks that together create a German icon. 

Carefully restored by a 'Who's Who' of the UK's leading 300SL specialists, this exceptional matching numbers example is estimated at £700,000 to £800,000.


There’s a strong Italian presence at the sale with an exquisite right-hand drive 1972 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS estimated at £270,000 to £320,000. Finished in the timeless combination of Rosso Chiaro with a Beige interior, this tastefully restored Ferrari has covered just 41,000 miles. 

Joining the Ferrari is another Modena native, a 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Coupe estimated at £170,000 to £190,000. Superbly finished in gleaming Graphite Grey with fabulous Tobacco hide, it is reading just 9,500 recorded miles from new.

Silverstone Auctions’ specialty in Porsches is clear in the Silverstone Classic Sale with a strong presence from the German marque throughout the catalogue. Highlights include a 1989 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo G50 with only 29,000 miles and an estimate of £120,000 to £150,000. 

Another highlight of the Porsche line-up, one of only 159 right-hand drive 1993 Porsche 911 (964) Turbo 3.6s, formerly owned by the Sultan of Brunei and reading just 20,000 miles, will be offered with an estimate of £190,000 to £220,000. 

Finally, a fabulous example of the very rare 1986 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo SE ‘Flat Nose’ in a wonderful shade of Minerva Blue Metallic is estimated at £150,000 to £170,000.

“This sale is our headline sale of the year and is a key part of the Silverstone Classic weekend,” says Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions. “We are pleased to offer some of the finest classics available to a global audience of bidders. The cars on offer are the best in the country and will now move on to new homes all around the world.”

The British contingent in the sale is also not to be underappreciated, consisting of a one of a kind 1934 3.5 Litre Derby Bentley ‘Bologna’ estimated at £155,000 to £175,000. A 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 FHC formerly owned by British motor sport great Sir John Whitmore has an estimate of £90,000 to £110,000. 

Also expected to attract international bidders is a 1975 Range Rover once owned by the Royal family. Restored to factory specification over a period of more than 1,000 hours and at a cost of over £60,000, it has been given an estimate of £70,000 to £80,000.


The automobilia sale will include a special selection of motor sport memorabilia as part of the commemorative activities to mark the passing of journalist and broadcaster, Henry Hope Frost. The HHF 'Family Fever' Charity Auction will feature a number of highly collectible items donated by various F1 teams, with all proceeds of the auction to be donated to Henry’s family.

Viewing of all lots will be available on Friday 19th July from 13:30 until 18:30, on 20th July from 9:00 until 18:00, and on 21st and 22nd July from 9:00 until the auctions begin at 14:30.

For more information on the Silverstone Classic Sale, all lots for auction and how to bid, please visit: www.silverstoneauctions.com.




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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Long service and GAI qualified staff celebrated at IronmongeryDirect



The UK’s largest online ironmongery supplier, IronmongeryDirect, has been recognising some of its most long-serving staff.

A series of awards have been recently presented to employees who have worked for the Basildon-based company for over 10 years.

Sue James, Senior Contact Centre Advisor, celebrated her 21st work anniversary at the end of June, she said: 
“I am very proud to have worked for IronmongeryDirect for such a long period of time. It’s a fantastic place to work, and I must have spoken to thousands of customers. The job brings me the satisfaction of knowing that I’m helping each tradesperson find what they need for their business or to improve their home.”

Other long serving staff include, Jim Cook, Distribution Centre Team Member (17 years), Keith Harrod, Category Assistant (16 years), Debbie Butler, Executive Contact Centre Advisor (14 years), Norman Calvin, IT Support Analyst (13 years), Andrew Patey, Distribution Centre Team Member (12 years), Tom Ramshaw, Operations Director (11 years), Stuart Caddle, Distribution Centre Team Manager (11 years), Jamie Johnson, Senior Category Manager (11 years), Keith Gray, Distribution Centre Productivity & Project Manager (11 years), Terry Greene, Distribution Centre Team Member (11 years), Lance Warner, Distribution Centre Team Member (11 years), Angela Spelman, Executive Contact Centre Advisor (11 years), Gillian Thurkettle, Distribution Centre Team Member (10 years), Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director (10 years) and Victoria Gregory, Contact Centre Advisor (10 years).

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect, has headed up the company for more than a decade, added:
“We wanted to make sure that our staff knew how much their hard work and efforts are appreciated. Many of our staff have dedicated many years of their professional lives to the business and have seen IronmongeryDirect transform and advance a great deal. Without them and all of our staff, our success would not be possible.”

IronmongeryDirect has also announced that more staff are now GAI (Guild of Architectural Ironmongers) level 2 qualified, enabling them to provide enhanced in-depth technical assistance and support to customers.



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Friday, 13 July 2018

SWS UK, A CRH Company



Established in 1985, SWS UK has achieved a number of industry firsts and built a reputation as a market leader in the manufacture of physical security products. 

 In 2008 the company’s strong position within the industry was further enhanced when it became part of the CRH Group, a leading global diversified building materials group.

CRH is now working with all of its operating companies, including SWS UK, to roll out a global brand endorsement project. Over the coming months, all SWS materials including all of the company’s signage, stationery and literature, as well as the website and digital resources, will adopt the tag line, ‘A CRH Company’ as part of the SWS UK brand. Consequently, SWS UK will become ‘SWS UK, A CRH Company’.

Employing c.85,000 people at c.3,600 operating locations in 32 countries worldwide. CRH is the largest building materials company in North America and the second largest worldwide.

With leadership positions in Europe as well as established strategic positions in the emerging economic regions of Asia and South America, CRH is committed to improving the built environment through the delivery of superior materials and products for the construction and maintenance of infrastructure, housing and commercial projects.

SWS UK’s Managing Director, Kevin Lindeque, said:
“Becoming a part of the CRH Group has been a major cornerstone in our continuing success and we are proud to be associated with such a prestigious and widely recognised organisation within the building and materials industry”
“With the backing of CRH we have been fortunate to leverage the knowledge and experience of our sister companies and to work together to mutual benefit. Adopting the CRH endorsement within our brand is a privilege and will enable us to demonstrate our credentials as part of this very successful group. We look forward to seeing the project rolled out across all of our media”.
www.sws.co.uk


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Thursday, 12 July 2018

dormakaba Operator Chosen by Smart to Launch Security-Rated Smart Wall Auto Slide Door


Leading manufacturer of access and security solutions, dormakaba, has partnered with Smart Architectural Aluminium to aid in the development of a PAS 24 Tested Automatic Sliding Door system. 

Smart Architectural Aluminium has introduced a PAS 24 option to its auto-slide Smart Wall door system, featuring standard and fire escape door variants, the new auto-slide door is the first in the UK to be fully tested to the latest PAS 24 standards.

Representing the latest security upgrade to Smart’s established Smart Wall system, the new auto-slide door provides architects, designers and facilities managers with even more flexibility when working on both new build and refurbishment projects.

In developing the new door, Smart Architectural Aluminium worked with dormakaba’s ES200 operator to develop a sliding door system that would provide a robust solution ideal for high traffic environments and emergency exits.

Kevin Cole, Smart’s Senior Project Engineer, said:
“Having elected to use the dormakaba ES200 sliding door operator system, our team undertook some re-design work of the existing Smart Wall door system to ensure that the auto-slide product delivers the same demanding performance and aesthetic requirements as the rest of the system, including the achievement of the new PAS 24 standards.” 
Lee Chandler, Product Marketing Manager at dormakaba commented:
“Our ES 200 operator offered the perfect solution for the Smart Wall door, enabling it to operate smoothly, quietly and efficiently with a wide range of widths, weights and functionality. We have worked with Smart for many years on a number of projects and it has been great to work in collaboration again, to successfully bring this new product to launch.”

To find out more about dormakaba’s smart access solutions, please visit: www.dormakaba.co.uk





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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Hadley Group Acquires EWS (Manufacturing) Ltd


In a move that reaffirms its commitment to supporting the construction, automotive, industrial and agriculture markets with advanced cold rolled steel technology, both in the UK and internationally, Hadley Group has announced the acquisition of EWS (Manufacturing) Ltd. 

Since it first established in 1964, Hadley Group has consistently raised the bar in innovative steel solutions with real world applications. The company’s expertise, market insight and manufacturing capabilities have positioned it as a world leader in advanced cold rolled steel technology.

EWS produces in excess of 25 million metres of cold rollformed sections annually at its manufacturing site in Wolverhampton. It is recognised as the market leader in Window and Door Steel Reinforcement and also has core strengths in other construction market products. The manufacturer will now form part of Hadley Group’s global chain of manufacturing locations, complementing the company’s growing reach.

Stewart Towe, CEO of Hadley Group, commented:
“I am delighted to confirm the addition of EWS into the Hadley Group.  The company greatly complements our wide range of value added construction products. We look forward to supporting EWS as they continue to progress in the markets they serve.
 “With the support of the wider Hadley Group, EWS will continue to operate as usual with no changes to the manufacturing or delivery aspects of the business. Neither will there be any change to commercial service agreements currently in place. EWS will continue to operate as a stand-alone business with the added support of Hadley Group as and when required.”

Hadley Group is a world leader in advanced cold rolled steel technology, with manufacturing facilities in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and more than 700 employees worldwide. EWS employs 70 people at its 90,000 sq ft factory based in Wolverhampton. The company offers a range of material specifications, including pre-galvanised, hot-rolled, cold rolled and stainless in a range of thicknesses dependent on application.

www.hadleygroup.com | www.ewsmanufacturing.co.uk




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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Curvaglide® System Coolly Slides past Bi-Folds


Massive sliding curved glass doors with class-leading Low-E values have been developed for the luxury housing market by Surrey specialists Balconette.

Curved sliding patio doors may well replace the Bi-Fold phenomenon over the next decade, with a new system pushing the boundaries wider than ever before.

Described as an architect’s dream design flourish, Balconette have re-engineered sliding curved glass from the ground up. The newly-launched Curvaglide® system is bespoke built for the curved facades that are becoming ever more popular in the luxury housing market. The range also benefits from Balconette’s new in-house development of Soft Low-E coating application, which brings energy efficiency levels for curved glass up to leading levels for flat glass for the first time.


Exclusive product

The newly-launched Curvaglide® system is bespoke built to fit curved facades. Enhanced tracks and rolling mechanisms mean previous width limits have been greatly expanded, with installations of up to 19 metres already completed. Customisable options mean the doors can be overlapped in a variety of different configurations.

Effi Wolff, CEO of Balconette
“Curved patio doors are a high-end, exclusive product” says Balconette CEO Effi Wolff. “Bi-fold patio doors have become commonplace, but curved building facades are rare, and demand something special. The system is aimed at architects designing high-end new builds and luxury extensions.

“We engineered a new support structure and rolling mechanisms to handle these extreme widths. For properties lucky enough to feature curving walls, the new Curvaglide® doors are the perfect complement. Owners get to feel as if they are in the landscape, not just looking at it.”

Both the curved glass and matched frames are made to measure in-house by Balconette, who have UK headquarters 40 minutes outside London. The sliding mechanism uses 2 or 3 tracks, allowing customised configurations of fixed and sliding doors. The smallest configuration uses just 2 panes, both sliding to reveal a 50% opening. For larger installations, up to 4 doors can be slideable.

“All our curved glass doors come with 28mm double-glazing with low E glass and toughened safety glass on both sides”, continues Wolff. “Comparing this with a standard pane of glass, our double-glazing units stop at least half the heat transferring through the glass itself. The curvature also provides a lower heat transference."


Low Energy Curve

The ‘Low-E’ glass used in the Curvaglide® system is another unique feature developed by Balconette, providing greater comfort and much better energy efficiency. Curved glass is usually provided with a ‘hard’ Low-E coating to cut down heat transference. The soft Low-E coatings used by Balconette are far more advanced and reduce heat transference by an extra 30%.

The Curvaglide® system uses Guardian SN51/28 glass, with a centre pane U value of 1.0 W/mK – significantly better than the best hard coat Low-E U-value of 1.5 W/mK.

Wolff explains: “Manufacture of curved glass is significantly more challenging than flat glass, particularly in the application of Low-E coatings. We don’t know of anyone else in the UK who is able to offer curved glass with the extra efficiency of a Low-E Soft coating.”


Featured at Tate St. Ives

The system has already been used in the refurbishment of Tate St. Ives, where the curved glass fa├žade now overlooks the beach. Wolff continues:“ Architects as far away as California have asked us for these doors. They simply have not been available. Besides the coating improvement, we had to design and engineer a structural system that could support the physical stresses and remain smooth, quiet and strong. Because we manufacture both the curved glass and frames in house we can be sure of smooth movement of the doors and a “hand in glove fit.

“Curved facades are rare but they have long been popular with architects. Charles Deaton, famous for the curved house featured in the Woody Allen film “Sleeper”, famously said: ‘If people do not have angles then we should not live in boxes’.”

“The Curvaglide®range is undoubtedly a luxury item, but it opens up completely new possibilities for architects. If you have a wonderful view and want to really make the most of it, nothing else comes close”.

“Our doors can be curved to complement, highlight or harmonise with the lines or features of the building design. We have long experience working with architects and builders and give thorough technical support and advice from conception to installation”.

For more information:
Call 01342 437415

Email curvaglide@balconette.co.uk

Visit www.balconette.co.uk






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Monday, 9 July 2018

Opening Doors to the Future


There is a big change happening to doors right now, throughout the design world.

Doors used to be a designers nightmare, the last design item to be resolved. Just finished a fantastic room design, contemporary, modernistic and then, a compromise....how to find a door design that fits in with the overall room design.

This problem has been solved by the use of flush finished doors, a trend that is changing Interior doors.

A door panel that is flush to the wall means it can be completely incorporated into the room design whatever that design is. No more compromises.

The door can now be painted or wallpapered so the design runs over the door surface effectively completely integrating it into the design. Alternatively it can be painted the perfect contrasting colour for a stunning effect that adds to the overall picture.


Rocket Door Frames are at the forefront of this interesting trend having developed a galvanised steel door frame with invisible hinges that cannot be seen and are 3-way adjustable for a perfect fit every time. The frame fit UK standard size doors so you can choose your own door.

The frame has perforated edges for plastering perfectly flush with the wall and can be adjusted to fit a wall width from 88 to 125 mm finished wall thickness. With a pull left or pull right opening you have the flexibility to achieve the result you are looking for.

The Rocket Door Frame has been approved for use with a wide range of FD30 door panels with the simple addition of the Rocket Fire Door Kit, this includes the intumescent strips which fit to the framework so no need to rout out the door edges.

For more information, give them a call on 0330 9980617 or take a look at www.rocketdoorframes.com



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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Long-lost ’68 “Bullitt” Movie Mustang to Feature at Goodwood Festival of Speed


The iconic 1968 Ford Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen in Warner Bros. Pictures’ classic film “Bullitt” – and lost to history until the beginning of this year – will make its first appearance outside of the U.S. at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, U.K., July 12-15.

The car that starred in the Warner Bros. film’s legendary 10-minute chase sequence – setting the standard for every movie car chase to follow – is set to feature on the 1.16-mile (1.9-kilometre) Goodwood Hillclimb course alongside the new special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt, now available to order in Europe and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic film.

One of two identical 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks used in the filming of “Bullitt”, the historic vehicle driven by McQueen resurfaced after more than three decades in storage.

To fulfil his family’s lifelong dream, owner, Sean Kiernan, who inherited the car in 2014 from his late father, Robert, contacted Ford and the two parties worked together to reveal his movie star car at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, Detroit, in January. Kiernan is accompanying the car during its European debut at Goodwood.


Another very special Ford Mustang in one-off Eagle Squadron livery has been co-created by Ford Performance and Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s RTR Vehicles to pay tribute at Goodwood to American fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

World champion drifter Gittin Jr. will pilot the 700 horsepower Eagle Squadron Mustang GT on the Hillclimb course before the unique sports car is returned to the U.S. to be auctioned at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s largest fundraiser, The Gathering – with proceeds supporting the Association’s youth education programmes. Gittin Jr. also returns to the Hillclimb in his bespoke Mustang RTR drift car.

Visitors to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed can also witness the ultra-high-performance Ford GT supercar perform on the Hillclimb course driven by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team World Endurance Championship drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell – fresh from competing at the Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Making its Hillclimb and Forest Rally Stage debuts, the rally-winning performance of M-Sport Ford Fiesta World Rally Championship car will be demonstrated by M-Sport Ford World Rally Team drivers Sebastien Ogier – five-time winner of the World Rally Drivers' Championship, and Elfyn Evans – former British Rally Championship winner.

In addition to the track and rally stage action, visitors to the Ford stand at Goodwood have the opportunity to discover new models including the all-new Ford Focus and Ford’s comprehensive sport utility vehicle line-up that includes the compact EcoSport, mid-sized Kuga and flagship Edge models.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15 at Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.

For updates on Ford’s activities in the run-up to and during the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed – including the arrival of the iconic original Bullitt Mustang in Europe for the first time – follow www.twitter.com/FordEu and www.youtube.com/fordofeurope.



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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Master Locksmiths Association announce dates for MLA Expo 2019



The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) are delighted to announce that MLA Expo will take place at Telford International Centre between 4th to 6th of October 2019.

Started in 1979, the first major MLA exhibition was held at Brandon Hall Hotel and it hosted 26 manufacturers and suppliers. Four decades later, MLA Expo takes up two halls at the purpose-built exhibition venue the Telford International Centre, and with over 100 major manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting, with the next show looking to grow even more and cement its position as the No.1 show in the locksmithing and physical security industry.


After the phenomenal success of the MLA Expo 17; the largest show to date, manufacturers and suppliers appear to be excited for the chance of being again a part of the largest show in the locksmithing industry. Despite MLA Expo 19 stand sales only officially launched on 1st of May 2018, with more than one and a half years to go the event, 70% of the present available space has been already sold with 60 exhibitors having already signed up!

MLA Managing Director Dr Steffan George said:
“MLA Expo; an event that has grown in the last few years to be the largest and most successful show for the locksmithing industry in Europe, it’s set up to become bigger and better, and dare I say, based on feedback from visitors last year, looking on course to become the largest in the world. We are delighted to see the record number of stand bookings for the show so early on, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to what will no doubt be a great event in 2019”.
The MLA were delighted to be approached by DOM UK who have signed a deal to sponsor MLA Expo 2019.

Jerome Denis, the Managing Director of DOM said:
“We at DOM are proud to be sponsoring the largest Locksmith event in the UK – the MLA Expo 2019. We focus on the locksmiths' wishes and expectations, thus helping them improve on their business and provide innovative solutions. We have invested in new technologies and product lines such as the launch of our new DOM ix Twinstar cylinders, our new range of panic hardware and our DOM D31 Certifire lockcase range. This year, we will also be introducing new service solutions which offer significant advantages to our DOM Partners, recognising them as professionals on the market.”


All areas of the wider Locksmithing industry will be covered during the MLA Expo, from tools, to key machines, all forms of door hardware, padlocks, alarms, CCTV, security doors, safes, post boxes, access control, van security etc.

The MLA are once again pleased to be working with our colleagues at the Auto Locksmiths Association (ALA) to host “The Garage at MLA Expo” – a show within a show and an area dedicated to auto locksmithing.

As well as the exhibition element itself which will feature a variety of product launches etc. there is also the very important and well-respected training aspect too, with seminars and technical training being run over all 3 days of the event.

MLA Expo 2019 is a major event for the locksmithing industry that cannot be missed.

If you would like to find out more about MLA Expo 19 or you are interested in booking a stand, please get in contact with the MLA team as soon as possible as the space is limited.

Phone: 01327262255
E-mail: enquiries@locksmiths.co.uk
Website: www.locksmiths.co.uk





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Friday, 6 July 2018

DHF expands its Industrial and Garage Door training provision

Peter Whyatt, DHF Training Officer and NVQ Assessor

DHF (Door and Hardware Federation) has launched a new one-day Industrial & Garage Doors Safety Certificate, aimed at installation and maintenance engineers of industrial doors, shutters and garage doors.  

The new course, which is available nationwide and is open to members and non-members, is being delivered by industry training experts, Dave Hall, who has worked with DHF for many years, and newest team member, Peter Wyatt.  Both have extensive experience in the installation and maintenance of industrial doors and garage doors and are NVQ assessors. 

The new one-day training course, based on elements of publication, DHF TS 012:2018, for Design, Manufacture Installation and Maintenance of Industrial Doors and Domestic Garage Doors, increases DHF’s training offering and complements the original two-day Safety Diploma course but does not replace it. 

It is intended for industrial and garage door installation and maintenance operatives and may also be relevant to some sales people who wish to expand their knowledge.  Delegates will learn how to use relevant parts of DHF TS 012:2018 and gain a greater understanding of the safety standards affecting the safety of new installations, maintenance and repair of industrial and garage doors.

Renowned industry-wide for its on-going commitment to improving safety and raising standards through its extensive range of comprehensive training programmes, DHF’s 450-member companies provide the level of safety, quality, reliability and compliance increasingly demanded by specifiers, contractors and end users. 

As DHF Marketing Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens explains, through DHF’s dedicated training courses, it is hoped that the problem of untrained and inexperienced personnel who supply and install unsafe products, will become a thing of the past.

“It is a condition of DHF membership that at least one person (who is able to change existing or implement new legal compliance processes) at every member company has attended and passed the two-day Industrial & Garage Doors Safety Diploma by December 2018,” she says.  
“There is simply no place in our industry for illegal products and irresponsible conduct and we are continually driving the message that proper training is the foundation for better standards.  The new one-day Industrial & Garage Door Safety Certificate has been created to sit alongside the two-day course, and in response to industry demand to provide something specific for installers. 
“As a federation dedicated to ensuring products on the market are safe and compliant, we provide the industry with the appropriate training, information and support to enable our members to be compliant and aware of their legal responsibilities with the full weight of the federation behind them”. 

For queries related to training, please email DHF’s training department: training@dhfonline.org.uk.




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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Allgood Extends its ANSI Product Offering


Allgood has extended its ANSI product offering, ensuring its high quality door hardware products are manufactured in accordance with the stringent American national standards. 

Offering architects and designers a fully coordinated ironmongery and door hardware solution, the new ANSI product range provides a durable and high quality solution for commercial, hospitality, healthcare, infrastructure and leisure applications.

The Allgood ANSI range incorporates the necessary UL Listed products for fire rated assemblies, ensuring that the products are resistant to the spread of fire and smoke within a building, and the spread of fire to or from the building. This includes compliance to NFPA 80, NFPA 252 and UL 10C for swing doors. Functionality of products also allows specifications to be in compliance with NFPA 101 Life Safety.



Incorporating products from Allgood’s leading tactile door hardware ranges, such as Modric, Sembla and Contego, the extensive ANSI offering provides a full door hardware solution available in fully coordinated high quality finishes.

Utilising the finest Grade 316 solid stainless steel and operating on a Quadaxial fixing, the Modric lever handle range offers a timeless classic design available in satin stainless steel, polished stainless steel and bronze finishes.

This durable and high-quality range has been specified for use throughout the world-class 60,000-seater King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Saudi Arabia and has seen the installation of a full Allgood Modric package within this Jeddah-based facility.



Allgood Sembla offers a bespoke and unique solution, with a mix and match selection of lever and pull handles - consisting of a central node, grip and tip, that can be customised to suit individual design requirements. Adding to the flexibility of the range, an Ultrafabrics lever handle or pull handle ensures limitless design options, with over 300 colours and textures to choose from.

Providing complete design flexibility, the antimicrobial copper alloy Allgood Contego range is ideal for healthcare and hospital applications, where reducing the spread of bacteria is of paramount importance while maintaining a consistent stainless steel aesthetic.

Neil Holmes, Allgood Export Director, said:
“Ensuring architects can specify products with confidence, our extensive ANSI range offers enhanced design options and a high quality ironmongery solution for all applications.”

The complete ANSI product range is showcased in a new wallchart that folds into an easily transportable A4 document.

For more information on the Allgood ANSI product range, download the new wallchart here: www.allgood.co.uk.





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