Monday, 24 June 2019

Homeowners are opting to open-up their kitchens with bi fold doors from Quickslide



With warmer months almost upon us, many homeowners are turning to the improvements that will allow them to fully enjoy spending time at their home, with friends and family, over Summer. 

Trends are showing that the kitchen is a room whose purpose is changing. No longer is it solely a space for food preparation. Instead, people’s kitchens are increasingly becoming the social hub of their home.

For a dramatic transformation, building an extension or making structural changes to the home’s interior could be the first thought as an ideal route to achieving a bright, airy and sociable kitchen space. However, it needn’t be as costly or stressful.

Award-winning manufacturers, Quickslide Windows & Doors are seeing more and more homeowners opting to transform their kitchens with the installation of bi-fold doors. It seems they’re not alone as independent studies suggest that the integration of bi-fold doors in a house is perhaps more important to new buyers than a new kitchen or conservatory.

Modern look and feel

From a tired kitchen needing a new lease of life to a new home wanting the wow-factor, upgrading the kitchen’s doors from a standard singular or sliding door to bi-folding doors can help to achieve this. Bi folds are very much on trend and their sleek, unobtrusive profile will instantly update the look and feel of modern and traditional homes alike. 

Offered in aluminium and PVC-u, the material, colour and finish can be selected from a wide range of off the shelf options, presenting homeowners full design control over the aesthetics to ensure they’re in fitting with the properties look and feel.

Breath of fresh air

Not only do bi fold doors add a fashionable touch to any kitchen, they are great for the everyday, letting in large amounts of light by seamlessly joining the garden and kitchen with folding panels of glass. 

Bi folds have the power to transform homeowners’ views and it is said that luscious greens of nature are calming and therapeutic; ideal for relaxing in on a warm summer day or admiring from the comfort of a cosy kitchen during the cooler months. 

The large openings that such wide span doors create means homeowners experience enhanced ventilation when cooking, along with more space and better access to the garden for alfresco dining and entertaining.

New hub of the home


As well as transforming the kitchens look and feel and flooding the area with light to open up the space, bi-fold doors also change the way homeowners can use the space outside. The easy to use doors allow for year-round access to the garden. 

They are ideal for keeping an eye on children playing in the garden, opening quickly and easily to extend their play area. They are also perfect for parties, events and family gatherings; the doors push neatly aside to offer more space to host, creating a hybrid indoor and garden party where people can escape a spot of rain and get a drink as well as enjoy the outside air.

In summary, bi fold doors from Quickslide are increasing in popularity with homeowners on a quest to open-up their kitchens as the designs provide a seamless progression from the inside to the outside, creating a brighter and more welcoming environment.

www.quickslide.co.uk





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Sunday, 23 June 2019

Magnificent Motors for Beaulieu’s Simply Mercedes debut


The stylish luxury cars of Mercedes-Benz will be the stars of Beaulieu's brand new Simply Mercedes on Sunday August 18th when they meet for the brand new event in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.


Eagerly anticipated by German car fans, Simply Mercedes is open to all ages and models from the marque’s distinguished history. From sporty roadsters and luxury saloons to rugged off-roaders and hard-working commercial vehicles, all are invited to park up in the rally which will honour one of the world’s most respected car makers.


Expect to see a selection from landmark post-war models such as the stylish fintail and ‘Ponton’ saloons, through the iconic 300SL ‘Gullwing’, classic ‘Pagoda’ sports car and popular W123 saloons, to the modern-day A-Class, S-Class, G-Class and X-Class, as well as class-leading Sprinter van and the all-terrain G-Wagen and Unimog. All Mercedes are welcome to join the show.


The Mercedes-Benz Club will be out in force, bringing a selection of its members’ prestigious cars.

Visitors and event-goers will be able to vote for their favourite Mercedes of the show in the People’s Choice Award, with the winner receiving a Beaulieu trophy.


Be sure to explore the National Motor Museum, included in the event ticket, where show-goers can see a remarkable selection of historic Mercedes. The 1903 Mercedes 60hp, one of only five still in existence, is joined by the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 36/220 Model S once owned by actor Sir Peter Ustinov and the 2010 McLaren Mercedes MP4/21 replica of Jenson Button’s F1 racer.

Event tickets include entry to all of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum with its Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House and its grounds and gardens.


For those driving a Mercedes and taking part in the show, participant tickets are £10 an adult, £5 a child (aged 5-16) if bought in advance online before 5pm on August 15th, or £12 an adult and £6 a child on the day. All other visitors can buy a general admission tickets to Beaulieu at the standard attraction price. For tickets and information see www.beaulieu.co.uk.


Entry is from 9am - 3pm for rally participants. The Brabazon Restaurant will serve hot drinks and breakfast snacks from 9-11am. All other visitors should enter Beaulieu though the Visitor Reception building with a standard attraction admission ticket, from 10am.

The first Simply Mercedes will be Beaulieu’s ninth Simply rally this year, followed by Simply Smart on November 10th. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.





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Saturday, 22 June 2019

FX15 Threshold gets SBD


FX15, the complete Document Q, Part M threshold from leading hardware specialist MI Products is now Secured by Design. It has successfully passed PAS 24 and BS6375 part 1 and 2 tests, for security, weather performance and ease of use.

The latest test results were the final part to achieve Secured by Design certification and add to the FX15 threshold achieving Part M and ADQ compliance for accessibility.

The genuine 15mm low threshold boasts a clever security mechanism, featuring a “Slide and Lock” shoot bolt striker system and a fixed security mushroom. As the door closes, the fixed security mushroom engages into its striker. By locking the door, the shoot bolts are engaged and the door can’t disengage, lift or drop.

Ian Searle, Director at MI Products, says: 
“We have designed and developed FX15 to be the complete solution for fabricators and installers. We want to make it easier for our customers to meet both Building Regulations and demands from homeowners wanting an accessible, easy to use and secure door.
“Thanks to the exclusive design of the FX15 and the impressive test results, we are adding new large fabricators to our customer base. Fabricators across the UK are taking on the compliant threshold for the exclusive benefits it offers.
“Customers are also choosing to switch to FX15 because of the ease of manufacturing. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback as the FX15 can be ‘built from the box’, with no complicated jigging or routing needed, which makes it quicker and reduces waste.
“All new setups have benefitted from our no quibble onsite support from our expert, happy to help team and our next day delivery promise.”
For more information about FX15, get in touch with MI Products:

Phone: 02476 305 943





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Friday, 21 June 2019

New Duragrain Sectional Doors from Garador

Duragrain Pine

One of the UK’s leading garage door manufacturers, Garador, have just introduced an entirely new range of sectional garage doors

The new Duragrain range is a completely new concept, where a realistic timber, natural stone or metal illustration is printed onto the outside surface of the garage door. These new designs offer customers a more graphical alternative to the paint and timber effect finishes currently available on the market.

Garador’s Duragrain range is comprised of 24 decorative colour finishes, which are comprised of 5 incredibly realistic natural stone decors, 18 authentic treated timber decors and 1 metal decor. The development of this new printing technology opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for garage door panel design, with the most unusual and unique surface finishes now possible.

Duragrain Colonial Walnut

The new Duragrain surface finish has been development for some time now, as Garador’s Managing Director Neil Discombe comments “Duragrain has been in development for a number of years, but we think it has been well worth the wait and the results really do speak for themselves.” 
Neil continues “We don’t think homeowners will be disappointed with their new Duragrain sectional garage doors. The intricacies of the natural stone and timber prints are quite astonishing.”
The new Duragrain decors will give more food for thought when designing the garage and surrounding property as Garador’s Managing Director, Neil Discombe says “Duragrain will add another dimension to their design aspirations, as each of the decorative finishes imitates a natural stone, real wood and metal.”

Duragrain Rusty Steel

Duragrain has been engineered to last, with the inclusion of a protective coating on the outside of the door. This protective coating is scratch-resistant, defending the underlying print from the effects of weathering and any little knocks life throws at it. Furthermore, the inks used to print the decors are UV-resistant and colourfast, meaning that they won’t fade or wash out over time.

Garador’s Sectional garage doors already have many advantages, including excellent thermal insulation properties with 42mm insulated door sections, sturdy rubber seals on the base, sides and fascia of the door, as well as the black plastic frame leg plate to protect against corrosion. So customers can rest assured they will still be getting a product with all of the benefits they have come to expect from a Garador sectional garage door.

Duragrain will only be available on Garador Premium Linear Large door styles, and the door will be fully insulated with PU-foam at 42mm thick, making the door ideal for properties where the garage is used as a workshop or gym or for storing equipment.

Find out more by calling Garador’s friendly customer service team on 01935 443701 or visit www.garador.co.uk





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Thursday, 20 June 2019

DHF ‘hammers home’ importance of training following industrial door accident


Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), is ‘hammering home’ the significance of appropriate training, following the tragic death of a woman killed in an industrial door incident. 

The accident, which took place in August 2016, and described by Health & Safety Executive (HSE) inspector, Graeme Warden, as ‘one that could have been avoided’, has resulted in Cambridgeshire-based electrical company, BS Graves (Electrical) Limited, being fined £25,000 and ordered to pay costs amounting to £6,500.

An inquest held in Huntingdon last year, heard that 40-year-old social worker, Heidi Chalkley’s hands became trapped in the shutter door mechanism as it opened. She suffered multiple fractures to her ribs, spine, arms and jawbone and died at the scene. The inquest concluded that the cause of death was misadventure because she had attempted to ride up on the door. The inquest also found that the door was not as safe as it should have been.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that sensors at the top of the door, (which should have stopped it), were incorrectly wired and did not function properly as the door opened. It was also found that BS Graves (Electrical) Limited had carried out work on the roller shutter door at Ruth Bagnall Court since 2012, and despite inspecting the door a month prior to the accident, they had failed to check and test the operation of the safety systems on the door and identify the fault. The company based in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

“This type of incident has been well documented in the past, with similar accidents involving children across Europe, initiating the standard EN 12453 for this type of door to include the need for protection to prevent an incident of this nature,” explains DHF’s Senior Training and Compliance Officer, Nick Perkins. 

“EN 12453 has, since 2000, required that doors with the ability to lift persons be protected by one of four safety strategies:

i. the door be operated in hold-to-run by a trained user with full sight of the door, or

ii. the door be torque limited such that it cannot lift a person, or

iii. high level fail-safe beams be provided to detect a person being lifted during opening, or

iv. the door be protected by light curtains that prevent opening if a person is present on the door.

In the case of Heidi Chalkley, the high-level beams were not functional, despite being installed.”

Following the inquest, Mr Warden highlighted a lack of appropriate training of employees at BS Graves (Electrical) Limited.

“We continue to stress the vital importance of the correct level of training for all those with both legal and moral responsibility for the installation, maintenance, repair and dismantling of potentially dangerous equipment, such as industrial doors,” says DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. 
“Very tragically, this case has resulted in a fatality that could so easily have been avoided. It is absolutely imperative that those working on doors such as this, are equipped with specialist knowledge of applicable standards and legislation, together with the technical expertise to identify the hazard, assess and test the presence and function of acceptable protection systems. As this tragedy illustrates quite clearly, door system maintenance cannot be achieved by visual inspection alone or by those with insufficient training, experience or test equipment.”

DHF has published codes of practice for the industrial door, automated gate and barrier industry and provides standards and legislation training for all.

“We advise those with ownership and management responsibilities to ensure that their maintenance contractors have the professional training, qualification, and equipment required, and that managers, supervisors and operatives are suitably trained in the craft, legislation & standards.” concludes Bob.

For further information regarding technical specifications, please visit DHF’s website: www.dhfonline.org.uk






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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

New Weight Capacity for P C Henderson's Rustic Barn Door Hardware


P C Henderson has increased the weight capacity of its range of Rustic sliding barn door style hardware as it witnesses end users combining the hardware with a variety of unique and creative door designs.

Previously certified as an 80kg system, the company carried out extensive in house testing on its Rustic 100 and Rustic Top Mount systems in order to increase the weight capacity to 100kg. The new capacity provides end users with the freedom and versatility to combine the hardware with virtually any door style and size.

Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson commented: 
“Due to its timeless design features and unique aesthetic appeal, the popularity of sliding barn door style hardware shows no signs of slowing down. As popularity increases so does the creative capabilities of the end user - we’re seeing our hardware being combined with all kinds of unique and wonderful doors – from large vintage doors through to custom made elaborate works of art.
“Sliding doors which span the height of a room from floor to ceiling is also something we’re seeing a lot of, particularly in period properties with extremely high ceilings. With all of this information combined we recognised the need to increase the weight capacity of our hardware to meet customer requirements”.

Tested to 100,000 cycles, the new certification provides end users with a robust and durable system which guarantees a lifespan of 68 years, based on a 100kg door being opened/closed 4 times a day.

P C Henderson offers a number of barn door style sliding systems including Rustic 100, available in matt black, stainless steel and antique rust, which creates a traditional look with the exposed steel straps fastening down the front of the door. 

Rustic Top Mount is also available which offers a stylish, contemporary alternative with is matt black hangers being mounted to the top of the door. Both systems are available in 2m and 3m track length with a fittings kit available for bi-parting door specifications.

Both systems can be complemented with P C Henderson’s new Rustic Soft Close, an easy to fit soft close accessory which catches the door in its final moments of travel in order to bring it to a gentle close. The system has been expertly designed to be one of the fastest fitting soft closes on the market, with the system simply sliding over the track fittings behind the track.


www.pchenderson.com







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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

ASSA ABLOY launches unrivalled DC300G-HF Door Closer


The ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware & Access Control Group has launched an innovative new door closer that offers unrivalled performance for user flexibility and fire safety for buildings in the healthcare, education and hospitality sectors.

Unlike any other door closer in its class, the new DC300G-HF is a responsive solution, satisfying multiple door control issues for healthcare professionals, students, customers and staff. This includes flexible operation and use, while also maintaining full certification in all three modes and fitting configurations.

The DC300G-HF is fully certified in all three modes; standard, free-swing and hold-open and all three fitting configurations; fig.1, fig.61 and fig.66 – offering peace of mind and convenience for building owners, managers and installers, that they are legally covered.

There are hundreds of door-closing devices available but, when analysing their capabilities, it becomes apparent that not all are created equal. This not only applies to their adherence to fire safety laws, but also accessibility regulations. Simply put, in light of the Equality Act (2010) and Approved Document M, a building should be accessible to all – without restriction or the need for assistance.

The DC300G-HF helps meet and surpass both fire safety and accessibility requirements. In the event of a fire it reverts to a mechanical mode, either free-swing or hold-open mode. Uniquely, and for the very first time, the DC300G-HF has all the features and certification required to meet these demands, across all three modes and configurations.


The new door closer is CE Marked (a legal requirement under the Construction Products Regulation) to EN 1154 and EN 1155 in all three configurations. Furthermore, soft-motion release (from 130-75 degrees) means the door is progressively shut, preventing damage to the door set and injury to users.

The DC300G-HF is also BS 8300-2:2018 compliant. Its safety credentials and performance (free-swing or hold-open mode with variable power EN 3-6) retains low opening forces, making it the ideal product for environments with high volumes of traffic, such as schools or hotels, and where users experience movement difficulty or strength issues, like care homes.

The DC300G-HF is also incredibly flexible and cost-effective. Switching between modes on other electro-mechanical door closers can be difficult and time consuming. Often, two separate products or additional parts are required. The DC300G-HF offers a step-change in functionality, with all three modes in one product. Users can switch within seconds by simply adjusting three small bolts.

Developed, designed and tested in the UK for the UK market, the closer is also easy to retrofit and upgrade with no re-drilling required, so fire certification is not compromised. Wiring on the hinge side and a non-polarity sensitive connection also makes wiring easy.

David Hindle, Head of Door Closer Sales at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, said:
“A unique combination of flexibility and full certification makes the DC300G-HF the best-in-class, electro-mechanical rack and pinion door closer, for changing door use in busy environments. Each unit is individually tested and inspected and bears the high quality, award-winning design and guaranteed durability you come to expect from an ASSA ABLOY door closer.

“Our new DC300G-HF door closer is also part of a full suite of products, ensuring we can satisfy any requirements for high-performing and reliable door controls.”

For more information on the DC300G-HF door closer, please visit assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk or contact 0845 0706713 to arrange a demonstration.






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Monday, 17 June 2019

Liftmaster: Ensuring the Success of any Residential or Commercial Access Project


As all professionals will know, the success of any residential or commercial access project will always be determined by the extent to which it meets at least three primary objectives:

  • it must be secure and efficient,
  • it must be comfortable and convenient to operate,
  • it must be designed to discreetly match and complement the setting.

Consistent attention to such core detail is just one of many reasons why LiftMaster, an important brand of the Chamberlain Group, has remained a market leader in this industry for so many years.

Others may manage to deliver some of these requirements, but it takes LiftMaster's long experience and mature understanding of market expectations to deliver the full package to each and every customer on time, every time.


A strategic relocation

In June 2017, LiftMaster celebrated 50 years of supplying the industry’s most trusted and dependable products – a period during which the company also brought more than 30 key industry breakthroughs to the market. 

But far from contentedly resting on its laurels, Chamberlain Group has recently moved its European company headquarters Chamberlain GmbH from Saarwellingen, Germany, to the state capital Saarbrücken, some 37 kilometres to the south and a little closer to the French border. 


As a result of this restructure, as of June 2019, LiftMaster can now operate from a rather more central location. And although this prestigious new site is in every respect a fully equipped modern building, its elegant and impressive architecture has also managed to preserve and convey a sophisticated, ambient sense of the site’s former history.

From a business and commercial perspective, these new offices offer a layout which facilitates more efficient communication. But in addition, the modern, open-plan design, sensitive landscaping of green areas, and provision of bicycle routes and footpaths alongside major transport links, also reflect the company’s product philosophy of sensitive and harmonious accommodation and integration of modern features and functions. 

 
Contemporary innovation and connectivity

These new trading arrangements are a fitting acquisition for a company which employs 6,000 people worldwide and is now a global leader in all kinds of access solutions. And the secret of LiftMaster’s success is its ability to create innovative designs and products which reflect contemporary needs, without losing sight of the key essentials, nor compromising on traditional standards of workmanship.

For instance, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital home automation may appear to be emergent technologies. LiftMaster’s own dedicated MyQ app technology (available free from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store) has enabled users to remotely control and monitor the opening of doors and entrance gates, using handheld devices such as tablets and smartphones. 


A European first

The new LiftMaster LM3800W jackshaft garage door opener is yet another example of the company’s innovative, solution-oriented outlook. This is Europe’s first opener with an integrated Wi-Fi interface. With no additional gateway requirement, the unit can be easily configured to link with the home router. 

And installers will appreciate the ease with which this streamlined, space-saving wall mounted unit can be fitted, as well as the intuitive, fully electronic setup procedure. Homeowners too will appreciate the unit’s inconspicuous appearance and powerful smart features, which can include comprehensive control of in-situ lighting arrangements. 

 
Serving both industry and the private sector

Beyond its unrivalled position as the No. 1 worldwide supplier of garage door openers for professional installation, LiftMaster is also a leading manufacturer of door openers for industry and for the private sector, as well as a trusted supplier of a range of smart, secure and convenient residential and industrial access products.

So why not contact UK Sales Manager Andrew Buckler (see contact details below) to find out more about LiftMaster or to inquire about becoming an authorised dealer, and be the first to hear about updates, special offers and new products by signing up to receive the company’s regular newsletter.

UK Sales Manager: 
Andrew Buckler (Territory Sales Manager UK & RoI – Liftmaster Professional Products)

Email: andrew.buckler@liftmaster.com or andrew.buckler@chamberlain.com

Mobile: +44 (0) 7796 148957

Office: +44 (0) 1935 823900




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Sunday, 16 June 2019

The Cars that Established the Bentley Legend, Coming to Concours of Elegance


The Concours of Elegance will this year be celebrating Bentley’s Centenary year in style, with a display of the cars that established the Bentley legend, both on and off the race track. 

From the first Bentley to race at Le Mans – a 1923 3 Litre –  and Speed Six ‘Old Number One’ – victorious at Le Mans in 1929 and 1930 – to Her Majesty The Queen’s State Limousine, it’s a journey through Bentley’s incredible 100 years from automotive innovator to global luxury icon.

The Bentley legend was built on the race-track, and Concours of Elegance will gather only the most important motorsport Bentleys. It was with the 3 Litre that the on-track legend really began, when an example was privately entered into the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1923. Founder W.O. Bentley attended last-minute, convinced the race was ‘crazy’, but watched the 3 Litre set a lap record and finish fourth overall, hindered only by a hole in the petrol tank. This very car will be coming to Concours of Elegance in September.

The following year, in 1924, Bentley returned to Le Mans with a 3 Litre and won. But it was only later that Bentley made yet more history at Le Mans, with Speed Six ‘Old Number One’, which became the first car to win the race back-to-back in ’29 and ’30. Piloted by Woolf Barnato and Tim Birkin in its maiden win at the world-famous 24-hour race, ‘Old Number One’ took two other race podiums that year. Famed Bentley Boy Barnato drove the racer to a second victory at Le Mans, alongside Glen Kidston in 1930. It will be joined by Speed Six ‘Old Number Three’, which also raced at Le Mans in 1930, and was running in the top two before leaving the track at the Pontlieue Hairpin.


Joining the iconic racers is the car that helped establish Bentley’s reputation for innovation in the pursuit of speed; Bentley 4.5 Litre Blower No.1. This car was built by Tim Birkin before W.O. Bentley was convinced to build the 50 4.5 Litre supercharged ‘Blowers’ that were necessary to comply with Le Mans racing regulations. Blower No.1 is joined by two later ‘Blowers’, including the most original in existence; the No.2 car raced by Tim Birkin at Le Mans in 1930. The Concours of Elegance’s pre-event ‘Tour of Norfolk’ will pay homage to this great Bentley racer, with a visit to his final resting place.

Many of Bentley’s racing endeavours were undertaken by a wealthy group of young motoring enthusiasts, who have become known as the Bentley Boys. But their racing antics didn’t always stick to the track – in fact, one of the most famous races undertaken was against a train. Le Train Bleu, more specifically.

Woolf Barnato, the only man with a 100% record at Le Mans (three starts, three wins), wagered £200 in 1930 that he could outrun Le Train Bleu between St Raphael and Calais in his Bentley. Not only that, but he bet he could get to London before the train reached its destination. Barnato travelled the 570 miles to Calais in record time (setting up his fuel stops in advance), boarded a steamer and finished off his dash to London, arriving 700 miles later with an average speed of just over 43mph. Needless to say, Barnato arrived in London four minutes before the train reached Calais.


Despite some controversy surrounding which car Barnato completed the race in, the coachbuilt Bentley Speed Six Gurney Nutting remains most closely associated with the race, and is possibly the most legendary road-going Bentley in history, and the car that single-handedly exemplifies the Bentley Boys legend better than any other. Visitors to Concours of Elegance will have a chance to see this piece of history first-hand.

And the Gurney Nutting car won’t be the only rare coachbuilt Bentley on display; Concours of Elegance will also be welcoming the completely unique Bentley 4 ¼ Litre Cabriolet by Antem. The low windscreen and coach lines sloping towards the tail are Antem trademarks, complemented by a beautiful trimmed interior and painted dashboard.

The Bentley story is crowned, quite literally, by the State Limousine; Her Majesty The Queen’s official car. Presented in 2002 – The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year – and based on the Arnage R, the State Limousine features completely bespoke body and interior by Mulliner, including a lengthened wheelbase and a heightened roofline, amongst numerous other upgrades and enhancements. Only two Bentley State Limousines exist, and one example will be on display in the Fountain Gardens of Hampton Court Palace for this year’s Concours of Elegance.


Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Director, said:
“We couldn’t let the Centenary of Bentley pass without doing something special. And in the truest expression of what Concours of Elegance is about, we wanted only the best Bentleys, so what we’ll be displaying is a collection of the most famous, most important and most influential Bentley models ever. Between them, they’ve established Bentley’s reputation for craftsmanship, speed and innovation. There’s no better way to celebrate one of Britain’s finest marques.”

Having already revealed the world-first Aston Martin Zagato feature, which will display one of every model produced by one of motoring’s most legendary partnership, and the 70th anniversary display of five Ferrari 166MM models – including the 1949 Le Mans and Mille Miglia-winning car – Concours of Elegance is set to be the most spectacular yet. Of course, that’s without mentioning what always sits at the heart of the event – over 60 of the rarest cars ever built.

Adult tickets for this year’s Concours of Elegance start from £40, with children under five and carers entering free of charge. Visitors are also able to purchase bespoke hospitality packages, including VIP parking, three-course lunch, drinks reception and cream tea.

To buy tickets head to: www.concoursofelegance.co.uk





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Saturday, 15 June 2019

Leading door supplier put its best foot forward to raise over £1,000 for children’s charity


Employees from XL Joinery, the market leading supplier of doors and associated products, put their best foot forward as they took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, raising a total of £1,025 for children’s charity, Buttercup Children’s Trust.

Seven employees from Finance, Operations and Marketing departments, as well as three additional family members and friends, took on the challenge of trekking 24 miles across the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Covering Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, staff at XL Joinery reached 1,585m in height, with the aim of completing the course in just eight hours.

Buttercup Children’s Trust raises funds to support children and their families within the UK who suffer from a wide range of life hindering illnesses including leukaemia, cystic fibrosis deafness, blindness and all other serious or terminal illnesses. The children’s charity relies solely on donations and all proceeds raised from XL Joinery’s charity walk went towards the charity.


Jade Damarell, Brand Manager at XL Joinery, commented:
“We’re always looking for new ways in which we can support charities and the Yorkshire Three Peaks was the perfect opportunity! We’re proud to have supported the incredible work that Buttercup Children’s Charity achieve, and we hope that the funds raised will make a difference to the charity.”

Zowie Parkin, Office Manager at Buttercup Children’s Charity, commented:
“We’re delighted to have received support from XL Joinery and their incredible donation will help us to continue to support children who are suffering with serious illnesses. The staff at XL Joinery took on a very admirable challenge and hope that they have fully recovered from the walk!”

For more information about XL Joinery, please visit: www.xljoinery.co.uk





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Friday, 14 June 2019

Abloy Launches Global Vision and Elite Racer Brand Collaboration at IFSEC 2019


Security expert Abloy UK is inviting visitors to IFSEC 2019 to learn more about its innovative new global vision, ‘Abloy - For Trust’, and meet the company’s new brand ambassador, Finnish motor racing icon Valtteri Bottas.

Held on 18th – 20th June 2019 at ExCeL London, IFSEC International is Europe's leading security event and the only global stage committed to the future of integrated security.

Valtteri Bottas - who is currently top of the Formula 1 leaderboard - will be on the stand to explain why he is the ideal match to embrace and reflect Abloy’s brand values.

Aaron Yule, Managing Director at Abloy UK, said:
“Abloy’s ‘For Trust’ campaign revitalises our core brand values and positions us for continued future growth, with refreshed branding to better represent our modern digital offering.
“We’re keen for visitors to learn more about how Valtteri fits perfectly with our brand – he is trustworthy, technologically pioneering, innovative, has a first-class performance and puts teamwork at the heart of everything he does.”

Alongside launching ‘For Trust’ with Valterri, Abloy is also showcasing a number of innovative products at IFSEC 2019. 

These include:

  • PROTEC2 CLIQ® - The easy-to-use access control system. It enables remote key management and provides comprehensive audit trails on locks and padlocks which fulfils the demands of regulators. It also has the ability to electronically remove lost or stolen keys from the system, meaning security can still be confidently maintained in circumstances where a key has been misplaced.

  • PROTEC2 CLIQ® can also ensure the safety of the people on site through not just managing and controlling access but delivering significant health and safety benefits by guaranteeing only the most competent and compliant staff are allowed on site, reducing risk.

  • PROTEC2 CLIQ® Connect recently won a prestigious Platinum ‘Govie’ Award in the USA, honoured as an outstanding government security product.

  • CLIQ® Go  - The CLIQ® Go app enables users to control security in their building and premises from their mobile device. Features include the ability to schedule access to rooms or give contractors time-limited access. If a key is lost, access can also be revoked using the CLIQ Go app, all managed from a cloud-based system which is ideal for SME’s, Education, Retail and Hotels.

  • Abloy OS – This is a contemporary, modular and scalable operating system, integrated with CLIQ® Web Manager, that allows users to control door environments and secure access. 
The visual map-based user interface provides role and area-based access control, with a real time situational view. This accurate and convenient management of keys, identities and access reduces the resources required, thereby improving efficiency and user satisfaction. The system is Cloud hosted, and is future-proofed to develop according to customer needs.

  • Escape Door System (EDS) – The EDS offers easy access and egress while ensuring compliance, safety and security with the ability to implement dynamic lockdown procedures. 
With the EDS, it is now possible to provide a compliant solution for an escape door when read-in / read-out access control is specified, combining the three components required for BS EN 13637 (electronically controlled escape door systems for doors along escape routes) - Blocking, Control and Trigger.

  • Traka21 – Traka21 is a sophisticated stand-alone key management system which combines innovative RFID technology and attractive, robust design to provide small and medium sizes businesses with the advanced management of keys or keysets in an affordable plug and play unit. Simple, efficient and cost-effective, Traka21 helps trace and account for every key or keyset, which are individually locked in place, ensuring that critical business operations are never jeopardised.

  • Electric locks – Products such as the Abloy EL560 solenoid lock and EL520 motorised lock work by controlling either the latch or the handle, or by motorising the bolt back once a proximity card is presented or a request to exit device is used.
This ensures that only authorised personnel are able to gain access to the building, and the system will prevent any unauthorised persons from entering.  This is ideal for exit and fire rated doors within the interior of premises such as business offices, public buildings, hospitals and schools.

Electric locks also offer energy and emission reductions in comparison to door magnets. There are also safety benefits to be gained by choosing an electric solution, including removing the fire risks associated with the installation of door magnets on fire escape points.

To view the ‘Abloy – For Trust’ launch video, go to https://bit.ly/2D6EDHP

To learn more about Abloy UK’s partnership with Valtteri Bottas, go to this link.

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





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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Safer docking with Hörmann UK


Europe’s leading door provider, Hörmann UK, is continuing to establish its position at the forefront of industry developments with the launch of its new DAP electronic docking assistance technology.

The latest system is designed to accelerate the docking process, whilst simultaneously protecting drivers and warehouse operators from injury and minimising the potential risk of collision damage to vehicles and loading ramps.

Featuring LED warning lights, the docking aid assists drivers when approaching the loading bay, enabling the vehicles to dock safely and quickly, without the dangerous requirement to exit the vehicle or perform multiple manoeuvres.

The solution can be used independently or can be combined with Hörmann’s innovative WSPG wheel chock for overarching safety.

Situated on a robust mounting arm on the sides of the loading point, the photocells are positioned to alter the LED signal from green to yellow when the vehicle reaches the switching range of the first photocell.

The colour will change from yellow to red when the second photocell is reached. If only one photocell is used, the colour will switch directly from green to red.

The light will only change to a green signal once the door of the vehicle has closed after loading or a connected wheel block has been removed and the driver has permission to exit the bay.

Tom Langley, Projects Director at Hörmann UK, said:
“Our new product launch follows a successful year of growth for our industrial department, reflecting our commitment to providing the logistics sector with the most efficient, affordable and safe solutions available. 
“We work closely with our logistics clients, using their feedback to fuel our research and development to manufacture, supply, install and service products that will support them in streamlining the supply chain process.”

The DAP docking support system operates in the temperature range of -20°to +60°  and can be connected to Hörmann’s DAS-3 inflatable dock seal, which can be automatically activated and deactivated during loading or unloading.

To view Hörmann UK’s complete offering for the industrial sector, visit www.hormann.co.uk or call 01530 513000.





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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Codelocks KitLock range expands as it introduces new Mechanical Lock


Digital lock innovators and designers Codelocks, expands its digital keyless solution range with the release of its new KitLock KL10. 

The sleek, easy to install, mechanical lock is ideal for schools and offices where the same code is repeatedly used.

Designed with simplicity in mind, the KL10 is durable and compact offering seamless access via a four-wheel code combination. Suitable for individual use, the KL10 is perfect for a wide variety of internal applications including lockers, cabinets and cupboards.

Colin Campbell, managing director at Codelocks, said:
“Whether you are looking to install new locks in the office or upgrade your school lockers, the KL10 is an ideal solution for protecting equipment and personal belongings. The simple design provides the right balance of ease and convenience, removing the hassle of carrying around keys.” 

The KL10 can be easily retrofitted or installed on new doors, offering upmost convenience and control. In the event of forgotten codes or new users, codes can simply be changed whilst the lock is still on the door ensuring that maintenance is kept to a minimum. Master keys are also available to retrieve forgotten codes.


For more information on the KL10 watch the video here or above or visit www.codelocks.co.uk/kitlock/kl10





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