Thursday, 29 July 2021

Helping Healthcare to Heal


GEZE has launched ‘Helping Healthcare to Heal’ an initiative created  to recognise that putting patients at the centre of hospital, clinic and doctors’ surgery building design can help in the process of healing and recovery. 

Equipment and materials specified and installed within the building can actively contribute to and promote well-being. 

In creating the initiative GEZE looked at addressing areas that encourage recovery and provide patient comfort: 
  • Prevent environmental stresses such as noise from slamming doors or lack of privacy without creating barriers.
  • Enable patients and residents to be as close to nature as possible through outdoor views, sufficient sunlight and fresh air.
  • Give patients and residents a feeling of control by being offered opportunities to access outside spaces and move around safely and contact free, not feeling imprisoned but protected in the building. 
There is more information available on the GEZE UK website or alternatively GEZE have produced a comprehensive brochure for the healthcare industry that looks at providing solutions for the hygiene, safety and well-being of not only patients but employees as well. 

It reviews each area of a healthcare building in detail identifying the issues of each, whether it is comfort, safety, hygiene, attractive design, sustainability, accessibility or fire safety and provides advice on overcoming them. It can be downloaded from the website or by clicking this link. 

Andy Howland, sales and marketing director said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an intense focus on all aspects of healthcare in the UK and as we look ahead it’s likely that its impact will continue for some sometime with long lasting changes to the building design of hospital and healthcare facilities. 
At GEZE we support clients and architects as they consider these design implications in new construction and refurbishments to existing buildings.”
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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Wednesday, 28 July 2021

SWS UK Renew Membership with SBD


Leading manufacturer of physical security products, industrial shutters and garage doors, SWS UK, has renewed its membership with the official police security initiative Secured by Design.

Established for over 35 years and with a workforce of more than 100, SWS UK is proud to be a British manufacturer with a long-established reputation for delivering quality products and unrivalled customer service. 

Operating from purpose-built premises in the picturesque Lune Valley, Lancashire, the impressive manufacturing base includes a large warehouse, modern offices and a state-of-the-art factory. This, in addition to their London based premises has ensured that SWS UK is well equipped for manufacturing on a large scale. 

With an in-house Research & Development Department, SWS UK continues to refine its product range, ensuring its range of security shutters, retractable gates, window bars and garage doors are always at the forefront of design and technology. 

In addition to enhancing the existing range, there remains a strong focus on developing exciting new lines. Consequently, SWS UK’s selection of Secured by Design products continues to broaden despite already being one of the most comprehensive ranges available from any security manufacturer.


Hazel Goss, Secured by Design, said: 
"It has been a pleasure to renew contracts with SWS UK who have been long standing members of Secured by Design for over 15 years, going back to 2006.  They manufacture a wide range of Security Grilles, Shutters and Garage Doors which are excellent products that have achieved Police Preferred Specification.  I am looking forward to many more years working alongside them”.

SWS UK’s Commercial Director, Martin Fletcher said: 
"We appreciate the importance of engineering products which achieve Secured by Design status. Having this recognised accreditation across many of our product is something we are extremely proud of. It demonstrates our commitment to working alongside SBD to manufacture quality, security products designed to have an impact on crime deterrence."

Secured by Design (SBD) is owned by the UK Police Service with the specific aim of reducing crime and helping people live more safely. 

SBD seek to improve the physical security of buildings and the surrounding area using products, such as doors, windows, locks and walling systems along with fencing systems that meet the SBD Police Preferred Specification security requirements.

In addition, SBD work closely with builders, developers, local authorities and registered housing associations to incorporate the police crime prevention standards into developments from initial concept and design, through to construction and completion. 

Police forces throughout the UK have specially trained Designing Out Crime Officers (DOCOs) who offer police designing out crime and SBD advice free of charge. Over one million homes have been built to SBD standards with reductions in crime of up to 87%.

You can view SWS UK’s Secured by Design listing here: www.securedbydesign.com





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Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Welcome to the Summer 2021 Digital Edition of Door Industry Journal


It’s great to be launching the Summer issue of DIJ, especially as it dawned on me recently that it is 22 years and 64 issues since I launched our Summer 1999 issue, which was the first as a proper magazine, as opposed to a simple newsletter.


Now, in a very different world, with ‘Freedom Day’ behind us after nearly 18 months of lockdowns and business disruption, things should be a step further to normality.

Opening up is great news for the many businesses that, unlike our various industries, have been severely impacted by all the lockdowns.

With our new freedoms in mind, we lead this issue of the DIJ on the forthcoming FIT Show. This is the first chance in around 18 months for us all to get back to what we know and visit a major trade show.

FIT Show 2021 is set to make a grand entrance at the NEC in September (26-28). This year it’s opened up to more of the door industry, shifting from the previous focus on the window sector.

But first, you have the delights of the DIJ to enjoy. Here’s a peek at what else is inside:

  • IronmongeryDirect: Advice on keeping your premises secure – page 16
  • SWS UK: MD Kevin Lindeque celebrates his 20 Years’ service – page 22
  • SWR Trade Spares: Rebrands and commits to “Go Beyond” – page 32
  • Garador: Historical adverts tell a story of a different time – page 47
  • Thermador-UK: Celebrate producing their 2000th roller door – page 66
  • IN2 Access: 5 Solutions for industrial door sensing & safety – page 93
  • Bft Automation: Are you up to speed on automated gates? – page 98
  • Boss Scrigno: Seven great reasons to choose pocket doors – page 110
  • Doorsets vs Traditionally Hung: Which side are you on? – page 114
  • Stairways: Leads way in fire safety innovation with PinPoint – page 116
  • ASSA CLIQ® Remote: Future-proofs the Hean Castle Estate - page 124

That’s more than enough to keep you amused on the beach!

So, I’ll leave you to have a good read. Whether you’re home or abroad, please enjoy your break and have a well-deserved rest.

Happy reading, but before you go.....

My personal thanks, as ever, goes to all our readers, advertisers and contributors for your support in producing this 132-page issue.


Derek Hibbart
Editor, Door Industry Journal


www.dijonline.co.uk




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Monday, 26 July 2021

Historical Garador Adverts Tell Story of a Different Time


Garador has a long history of manufacturing garage doors, with over 70 years in the industry and a long line of door models that stretches across the decades right the way back to 1950 when the first Mk 1 up & over garage door was produced.

Looking back through the archives at Garador, there are some interesting adverts and brochures that tell a story of a garage door produced in a different time. 

In the 1950s, the garage door market didn’t exist in the same way that we know it today. The sales team had to convince architects, builders and local authorities that the motor car would become the most prevalent form of transport and that there would be demand for domestic garages, and of course garage doors, to store motor cars. Garador helped lay the groundwork for what is now the modern-day garage door market.



By the early 1960s, the company had transformed into Great Britain’s leading post-war garage door manufacturer. Early Mk 1 and Mk2 garage doors were manufactured from either steel or aluminium depending on the availability of materials at the time. The Mk 1 was available in just one horizontal swage design; a far cry from today’s extensive choice of over 60 door designs, colour permutations and materials.

The Mk 2, which was introduced in the early 1960s was an up & over canopy garage door which utilised a counterbalance weight system. As shown in one of the early Garador print adverts from August 1962, it cost as little as 15 pounds sterling and 10 shillings, showing how much prices have changed with inflation over the years.


In the late 1960s, after extensive testing and development by the engineering team, a new model was finally launched in the form of the Mk 3. It was a further improvement on the previous range of Mk 1 and Mk 2 models and it utilised a totally enclosed counterbalance spring system located behind the lintel. The Mk 3 saw a move away from the counterbalance weight system with a steel spring-based lifting gear and a more competitive price of just 14 pounds sterling. 

Garage door manufacturers have come and gone over the years and so it is a real testament to Garador’s innovation and persistence that they have continued to be successful over the years. Today, Garador operates from a modern purpose-built production facility located in Yeovil, Somerset, just a few miles away from its early beginnings at Westland Engineers Limited over 70 years ago. 

Find out more about the current Garador range by visiting www.garador.co.uk or calling 01935 443722. 





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Sunday, 25 July 2021

Hammond Funds Historic Car Restoration Business with his own Vehicles

The Richard Hammond Collection

Richard Hammond has put up eight of his vehicles to be sold by Silverstone Auctions at The Classic at Silverstone on Sunday 1 August. 

All proceeds are to support his new business venture The Smallest Cog, a classic vehicle restoration business that will be documented in Richard Hammond’s Workshop (working title), a brand-new original docuseries airing on discovery+ UK later this year.

1959 Bentley S2
Richard Hammond stated:  
“The irony of me supporting my new classic car restoration business by selling some of my own classic car collection is not wasted on me.”

Richard added: 

“It is with a very heavy heart that they go, as they have a great deal of personal sentimental value, but they will be funding the future development of the business and giving life back to countless other classic vehicles.”
1969 Porsche 911T

Several of the classics are personal favourites of Hammond, with classic and limited-edition motorcycles he bought himself for his 40th and 50th birthdays on offer, as well as a much-loved family heirloom in the 1959 Bentley S2.

The other lots include a stunning 1969 Porsche 911T, a 1927 Sunbeam Model 2 motorcycle, a classic 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 which is number 5 of 48 built, a 1932 Velocette KSS Mk1 and a highly collectable 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk1. The entire collection is being offered without reserve.

1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk1

Separate to his private collection, a widely publicised and beautifully restored Ford RS2000 was also due to go under the hammer the same weekend, but Hammond has deferred the release of this vehicle until the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale in September 2021 which will be hosted by Silverstone Auctions’ sister company, Classic Car Auctions (CCA). This is to allow more time for The Smallest Cog to complete the car to their exacting standards.

1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350

Nick Whale, Managing Director of Silverstone Auctions, added: 
“We are delighted to have Richard both attending our sale on 1 August but also joining us on the rostrum to introduce the collection. These vehicles clearly have a special place in his heart, so I’m sure it is going to be a day of mixed emotions for him, but we are confident we can deliver a keen bidding audience that will do his new business proud, we wish him the best of luck.”
The Classic Sale at Silverstone is taking place from Friday 30 July through to Sunday 1 August in The Wing Building at Silverstone. The Richard Hammond Collection will be offered from 2pm during the Sunday auction.

www.silverstoneauctions.com

2021 AUCTIONS


The Classic Sale at Silverstone: 30th July – 1st August 
The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale: 12th – 14th November


 



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Saturday, 24 July 2021

Rhino Site Systems appoint new Managing Director


Rhino Engineering Group Limited (REGL) is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Managing Director of Rhino Site Systems Limited (RSSL).

Paul Andrews, who has a background in operations and service management at various global industrial manufacturers, has worked in the industry since 1992 and joins the RSSL team, bringing with him a wealth of experience working with clients in oil and gas, defence and nuclear industries.

Having worked in various sectors, Paul’s role at RSSL is to work alongside the current team and extend the existing installation and aftersales offering.

Paul will also head up the creation of the new national service team which will see mobile engineers situated around the UK offering world-class operational and customer service to Rhino’s clients.

Stuart Lawrence, Group Managing Director of Rhino Engineering Group, said: 
“We are delighted to welcome Paul to the Rhino Site Systems team. The knowledge and experience that Paul brings with him will help the Rhino Engineering Group develop and expand further.”
On his appointment, Paul Andrews, Managing Director of Rhino Site Systems, said: 
“I am pleased to be joining the team during the company's exciting period of expansion, and I am looking forward to delivering a bespoke service to clients across a broad range of sectors.”
Rhino Site Systems is a newly formed wing of Rhino Engineering Group. Based in Burscough, Lancashire and Port Talbot, Wales, the company offers specialist installation and aftersales services for high-performance engineered doors and provides a world-class service to clients globally.

To find out more about Rhino Site Systems, please visit www.rhino-site.com 
 





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Friday, 23 July 2021

Distinction Doors Expands Paint Shop


Distinction Doors is delivering on its planned investment programme with the first of several significant improvements – the expansion of its paint facility with a new spray booth.  

This upgrade allows Distinction to increase the efficiency of its paint line to support growing customer demand for its painted products.  

To complement the line expansion, the company has also invested in its extraction system.  Furthermore, the paint shop has been revised to include a new paint mixing zone and the drying area has been extended.

These changes are key to enable paint volumes to increase and support capacity.  


Full-service package
“By investing in our paint plant we are strengthening our full service package for the long term,” says Andrew Copeland, general manager for Distinction Doors.  
“It is a key component of our planned investment and growth strategy.  Increasing the efficiency of our paint line means we can meet customer demands much more effectively. 
“Paint is essential to our fully prepped process, and with the best sprayers in the industry, we know our customers appreciate the quality of our painted products.  They know that in purchasing our prepped, painted and glazed products they are buying from the best.” 

Machinery investment

Upgrades in the paint shop are accompanied by enhancements in the wider production facility, including streamlining and additional workspaces, with significant planned machinery investment coming soon.  

The online ordering portal has also been updated to the benefit of Distinction customers.

To find out more about prepped products from Distinction Doors and how your business can benefit from these investments, please contact support@distinctiondoors.co.uk.

About Distinction Doors

Established in 2004, Distinction Doors is the UK’s largest supplier of composite doors and was the first to launch to the UK market.
 
As the UK’s leading entrance door supplier for over 10 years, Distinction Doors has formed an unrivalled pedigree for providing premium quality products, thanks to its renowned GRP composite door slab, complementary glazing cassette system and triple glazed, laminated as standard Distinction Glass range. 

Today Distinction Doors operates from two distribution centres in South Yorkshire. An increased portfolio of superior products and continued business investment will ensure customers’ growth plans are fully supported and that Distinction Doors continues to lead the way.  

Contact information:

T: 0345 2000 816






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Thursday, 22 July 2021

Liddle Doors Relocates Support Functions to Bradbury Head Office


Due to the continuous growth of Bradbury Group, the company is excited to announce that all operational support functions of the Liddle brand will relocate to the Head Office in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. 

This decision is part of Bradbury Group’s strategy to deliver world-class customer support, whilst also supporting an ambitious growth plan over the coming years. 

Richard Butler, Group Managing Director commented: 
“This move is designed to capitalise on our existing customer offering across Bradbury Group & its subsidiary brands and will consolidate our support, delivering a world-class customer experience.”

All functions under one roof

The relocation of support functions will provide a stronger, more coherent service, bringing together the customer support functions and manufacturing operations of the Liddle Brand and making the most of the 135,000 sq ft facility, state of the art manufacturing equipment and experienced people. 

“We are confident this move will provide the customer with a more consistent, world-class service” says Richard. “Having all support functions in one place will enhance the overall design, manufacture and customer support services we provide and will provide Liddle customers with access to hi-tech manufacturing facilities located at our Scunthorpe operation.”

This consolidation of the Liddle Brand is the final piece of Bradbury Group’s acquisition strategy of the Liddle Business which started in late 2019. Over the coming weeks, Bradbury Group is inviting Liddle customers to visit the head office, view the manufacturing facility and meet the customer service functions. 



About Bradbury Group

Bradbury Group was founded in 1991 and provides industry-leading physical solutions for a wide range of sectors. The group is one of the leading manufacturers, suppliers and installers of metal doorsets, grilles, kiosks and security gates, servicing the United Kingdom and worldwide from the head office in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. The Bradbury Group of companies provide a full service of design, manufacture, installation and service.

Bradbury Group has three brands; Liddle Doors, Martin Roberts and Bradbury Security, as well as a subsidiary company Newton Security Doors, employing over 150 people throughout the UK. 

About Liddle Doors

Liddle Doors, a brand within the Bradbury Group, has over 40 years’ experience delivering security solutions to utilities, transport, government, defence and industrial sectors. Liddle provides a range of doors, bars, grilles, frames, kiosks and cages, offering a full service from design, to manufacture and installation. In 2019, the Liddle brand was acquired by Bradbury Group, strengthening both brands and providing a more comprehensive service to the customer.

For more information on Bradbury Group & brands visit: www.bradburyuk.com






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Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Hörmann Launch Online Training Academy


With a clear objective to provide their dealers and partners with the best training and support through its Academy programme, Hörmann UK have launched a series of videos that have been produced as part of their Online Training Academy.  

As in-person training courses are not planned to recommence until the late Autumn, this launch further demonstrates Hörmann’s commitment by providing training through an innovative and easily accessible solution.

Covering both domestic and industrial products, a total of 29 individual videos have been posted on the Hörmann YouTube channel and cover the most common set-up and fault-finding issues.  

Starring well-known members of the Service Team they offer clear, step-by-step advice and guidance, plus answers to the most frequently asked questions.

The videos are available to view at:

Hörmann (UK) Ltd Online Training Academy: Industrial - YouTube

Hörmann (UK) Ltd Online Training Academy: Domestic - YouTube

With more videos to be filmed and posted, it is planned that the Online Academy will continue to grow and provide ongoing additional access to the Hörmann training programme. 


To find out more about Hörmann visit www.hormann.co.uk or call 01530 516868.





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Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Strongdor Celebrate Expansion to their New Factory by Launching a 360 Virtual Tour!


Due to significant growth Strongdor, a leading Steel Door manufacturer based in Lancashire, launched their new 42,000 sq ft factory facility earlier this year, seeing a huge 56% increase in floor space not to mention the 15m height of the ceilings!

Established in 2008, Strongdor recently celebrated its 12th anniversary of manufacturing high quality, British made bespoke steel doors. They have always been known for delivering industry-beating lead times with impeccable service and products to match. 

The move to the new factory means that this can easily be maintained with the opportunity to keep innovating new products and certifications to keep up with the industry requirements.


Capacity is at an all-time high, increased by 58% and further expansion is fully achievable by at least an additional 100% in the flexible space which has been created. Despite significant growth, Strongdor is still comfortably offering their industry beating lead times of 10-12 working days for Steeldor, Firedor and Secured by Design/ PAS 24 rated Securidor ranges.
 
To celebrate the launch of the new factory, Strongdor has launched an innovative new 360 virtual factory tour, showcasing the full process of how each door is manufactured. Taking high-quality sheet steel and utilising the new automated laser cutter, leading to bending and folding to create the door leaf. 


With both a manual and automatic powder coating facility in house, alongside 150 colours as standard, Strongdor offers a high-quality colour finish to any door. Throughout the virtual tour, each stage can be followed by clicking through the information icons to view a video to highlight each step of the process. 

To view the 360 virtual factory tour, which includes several videos of the various machines used in the production of doors - visit www.strongdor.com/virtual-360-factory-tour
 
We spoke to a recent addition to the Strongdor team - Head of Operations Phil Ward to find out how he is finding the new factory and he said: 
“The capability and potential within the new factory is outstanding! Many of the machinery is new and installed with the latest technology, meaning we can automate many of our processes and ensure a high-quality product with an impressive 10 day lead time.”
 
For more information or to view the 360 virtual tour visit www.strongdor.com





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