Monday, 9 December 2019

Doorfix-RingGard choose Alpha Deuren for upgrade of Donnybrook Fire Station, Dublin


Doorfix-RingGard are proud to have worked alongside Dublin Fire Brigade on the upgrade of the fire engine turnout doors to the front of Donnybrook Fire Station. 

The existing doors were over 20 years old and had limited safety devices and low insulation values.

Also, the existing doors never symbolised a fire station as they were Brown in colour, so with this in mind Dublin Fire Brigade wanted to give the station a face-lift and the doors to the front were an integral part of this project.

With over 35 years’ experience, Doorfix-RingGard is one of the largest manufacturers, suppliers and installers in Ireland of roller shutters, fire shutters and security doors and automatic sliding doors for industrial, commercial and retail applications.

Doorfix-RingGard offer design, installation and planned preventative maintenance and emergency repairs for all their products.


Specification

The installers consulted with Alpha Deuren to offer a high quality and high safety door system that was not only reliable for the application, but also suited the aesthetics of the building into which they were to be installed.

Doorfix-RingGard provided a complete package of high-quality, Alpha-Deuren ISO 40 insulated sectional doors complete with all the required safety needs from safety edge, photocells and induction loops and an LED traffic light system.

Alpha’s all-rounder

The ISO 40 mm sectional door is Alpha’s most popular door, a modern design that unifies excellent thermal insulation and sound-absorbing qualities in its micro-profiled panels. The choice of design and materials are endless, which means the door can always be perfectly configured to meet customer needs. Numerous types of built-in windows as well as different heights and widths make up the ISO 40 mm range, as well as a wide variety of Alpha’s in-house RAL colours.

Flexibility is everything

ISO 40 mm sectional doors are designed and manufactured using the very latest technology. Their finish is robust and detailed, as demonstrated by the metal or aluminium end caps, the reinforcement profiles and the anodised aluminium sub-profiles, which cannot be seen from the outside. Flexibility is everything in the manufacturing process, and it is a true all-rounder that perfectly combines price, performance and application options.

Following on from the success of the installation at Donnybrook Fire Station, the company has been contracted to provide the same door system in five other stations in Dublin, this is because the client now understands that they need a high quality reliable door system and the Alpha ISO 40 ticks all the boxes from a reliability, safety and aesthetic perspective.

For more information visit: www.alpha-deuren.nl  or  www.doorfix.ie





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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Double Shot of Sustainability: Ford and McDonald’s Collaborate to Convert Coffee Bean Skin into Car Parts


Ford Motor Company and McDonald’s USA will soon be giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using part of a familiar staple in the morning routine, coffee beans, in vehicle parts such  as headlamp housing.

Every year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff – the dried skin of the bean – naturally comes off during the roasting process. Together, Ford and McDonald’s can provide an innovative new home to a significant portion of that material.



The companies found that chaff can be converted into a durable material to reinforce certain vehicle parts. By heating the chaff to high temperatures under low oxygen, mixing it with plastic and other additives and turning it into pellets, the material can be formed into various shapes.

The chaff composite meets the quality specifications for parts like headlamp housings and other interior and under hood components. The resulting components will be about 20 percent lighter and require up to 25 percent less energy during the molding process.


Heat properties of the chaff component are significantly better than the currently used material, according to Ford. This is the first time Ford has used coffee bean skins to convert into select vehicle parts.

“McDonald’s commitment to innovation was impressive to us and matched our own forward-thinking vision and action for sustainability,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability and emerging materials research team.
“This has been a priority for Ford for over 20 years, and this is an example of jump starting the closed-loop economy, where different industries work together and exchange materials that otherwise would be side or waste products.”


McDonald’s is expected to direct a significant portion of its coffee chaff in North America to Ford to be incorporated into vehicle parts.

“Like McDonald’s, Ford is committed to minimizing waste and we’re always looking for innovative ways to further that goal,” said Ian Olson, senior director, global sustainability, McDonald’s.
“By finding a way to use coffee chaff as a resource, we are elevating how companies together can increase participation in the closed-loop economy.”

The collaboration with Ford and McDonald’s is the latest example of the innovative approaches both companies take  to product and environmental stewardship. The project also involves Varroc Lighting Systems, which supplies the headlamps, and Competitive Green Technologies, the processor of the coffee chaff.



Ford is progressing toward a goal of using recycled and renewable plastics in vehicles globally, with an increasing range of sustainable materials.

McDonald’s is on its way to sourcing 100 percent of its guest packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025. In addition, McDonald’s is helping develop a recyclable and/or compostable cup through the NextGen Cup Consortium and Challenge.

Both efforts are part of McDonald’s Scale for Good initiative, a global commitment to use its size and scale to drive meaningful change.

McDonald’s and Ford plan to continue exploring ways to collaboratively use waste as a resource, while furthering their sustainability goals.

www.ford.com

www.mcdonalds.com




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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Eight Tips to Protect Tools in Vans


Tradespeople have been urged to fit their vans with CCTV and a safe to protect valuable tools and equipment from pesky thieves.

Van experts from LeaseVan.co.uk have revealed eight security measures tradespeople can take against criminals in their work vehicles, if forced to leave tools or equipment in vans while working or overnight.

From deadlocks and CCTV to deliberately parking badly and dirty vehicles, the specialist advice could help deter thefts and catch those responsible when a crime is committed.

Tim Alcock from LeaseVan.co.uk said:
“Wherever possible, it’s advisable to move expensive tools and equipment indoors for secure storage. 
“But sometimes location and circumstances mean tradespeople have no other option than to leave items in their vans while they’re parked up on a job or overnight.
“While of course thieves remain responsible when items are stole, wise tradesmen and women should do whatever they can to avoid becoming a target or victim of crime.

“To help deter criminals and make a theft less likely to occur or be successful, we’ve identified some precautionary steps van owners could take.” 

Here is the LeaseVan.co.uk list of security measures tradesmen and women can take when storing tools or equipment in their commercial vehicles:

1.     Intruder alarms

Many Brits nowadays find standard vehicle alarms annoying and will be tempted to ignore them, so it’s worth considering installing a separate intruder alarm to discourage possible thieves.

Guard valuable good by fitting a coded device that will trigger when your van is accessed by someone who doesn’t have permission.

Some alarms available online can be controlled remotely, synced with your mobile phone and even include a tracker.

2.     Tool vault boxes

To give valuable tools and equipment an added layer of security, purchase a van vault box or safe to store them in.

Requiring a key or combination to open, the range of high security options work in a similar way to a personal home safe, but often with tailored compartments for specific tools too.

3.     Deadlocks

Deadlocks can give vans enhanced defences against thieves by adding an extra and usually stronger locking point to cab and rear doors.

They are operated independently to a vehicle’s standard, factory fitted locks, which allows the driver to control when each door is unlocked individually.


4.     CCTV

Most businesses will protect their premises with CCTV cameras that can help both deter and capture potential criminals, so why not their commercial vehicles too?

Small, high quality devices can now be brought relatively cheaply online and one should be installed on both the inside and outside of vans, either permanently or temporarily while parked.

Remember to display a clear warning sign too – this could make a thief turn away before the cameras are even called in to action.


5.     Permanent tool marking

Invisible anti-theft marking on your tools and equipment that requires ultra-violet light make them much easier to trace and their ownership indisputable, should they be stolen.

Tradespeople could also choose to use clear and obvious tool markings, such as carving or laser-burning a name or logo into handles, to put off thieves before items are taken.

6.     Dyes

Dye tags like those used in clothing retail are the best way to catch thieves literally red handed, as a burst of ink triggered by opening or moving a tool box without permission leaves little doubt who the criminal is and could deter them from trying to make off with your goods.

Concealed packs of dye, used by many banks within stacks of notes, could also be hidden within expensive equipment. They’re armed by magnets and triggered by radio waves on a timer.


7.     Inaccessible parking 

When there are tools and equipment in your commercial vehicle, reverse it into a parking space where the rear doors are practically touching a wall or other obstacle.

If a potential thief can’t easily access your van and it’s content, they’re more likely to be discouraged and move along.

8.     Simple dissuasion

A basic sticker on the outside of a van declaring that no tools are stored in the vehicle may be enough to convince a criminal to try elsewhere. Even if it’s not true, it’s cheap, quick and worth a go.

Keeping the outside of your commercial vehicle in an unusually dirty condition when equipment must be stored inside could also put off thieves, by making the van seem to the outside world like it’s less valuable and unlikely to contain important items.

LeaseVan.co.uk







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Friday, 6 December 2019

Ensure Part M compliance as standard with FX15


It’s easy for installers to offer low thresholds as standard with FX15 from MI Products.


The leading hardware specialist has designed and developed the FX15 low door threshold to successfully comply with Part M of Building Regulations and meet the demands for easy access in and out of properties.

Ian Searle, Director of MI Products, says:
“People like the ease of entry with low thresholds, which is why it’s so popular.
“When homeowners are looking to change their doors or move into a new build, one of the key things they look out for is seamless access inside and outside.
“For some homeowners, such as wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, it’s even more crucial their doors provide easy access. That’s why Building Regulations Approved Document Part M for accessibility requires all doors in new builds to contain a low threshold of 15mm.”

FX15 from MI Products has a genuine 15mm upstand, with no extensions or ramps, for easy access through entrance doors, including composite doors, and double doors, such as patio doors.

Ian continues: 
“Not only are compact, low thresholds vital for wheelchair access and those with limited mobility, it means pushchairs and children can easily enter and exit the home.
“Almost every new build property is filled with a composite entrance door and a set of double doors for opening up homes to the garden. Using FX15 as standard for these products makes it easier for installers to win new build project work.
“Fitting the FX15 as standard to your door range means installers have peace of mind that they’re achieving Part M compliance, as well as reassurance that if the end user has limited mobility or small children, you won’t have to worry about adapting your existing doors for retrofit projects.”

To allow for volume fitting as standard, the FX15 is supplied fully prepped and pre-packed and can be fixed using just two screws.

As well as achieving genuine Part M compliance, FX15 threshold has successfully passed testing for PAS 24 and Secured by Design accreditation, an integral part of the Lifetime Homes standard and BS6375 part 1 and 2 tests.

For more information, call MI Products on 02476 305 943.

Web: www.miproducts.co.uk



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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Garador Autodor provides Convenience at a Lower Price


Garador’s Autodor, launched in the Summer of 2019, is an insulated sectional garage door that is supplied complete with a GaraMatic 9 electric operator. 

This new door and operator package can provide homeowners with savings of over 30% on some sectional garage door styles and sizes.

It’s available in two door styles, Linear Medium and Linear Large, and a range of 27 standard sizes up to 5000mm wide.

It is available in 9 different colours, for each door design:

  • Linear Medium (6 Woodgrain surface finish colours and 3 Decocolors).
  • Linear Large (6 Planar surface finish colours and 3 Decocolors).

Garador’s Managing Director Neil Discombe said:
“Garador developed Autodor based on extensive research of the current market, and convenience and price came high on the list.”

Neil continues:
“Unlike most sectional garage doors on the market, where you purchase the door and operator as two separate items, the Autodor is supplied as one complete package.
“With a high quality design and the lower price point, the Autodor is filling a real niche in the market.”

The Autodor offers all the advantages of traditional sectional garage doors. Rising vertically up and along tracks which run back into the garage means there is no loss of driveway space in front of the garage door.

Each door section is filled with insulating PU foam and at 42mm thick; the door sections provide excellent thermal insulation. With all the best elements and ease of an automated sectional garage door, Garador’s Autodor is already ticking the boxes for many customers.

It offers a realistic alternative to traditional up & overs, providing a quality well designed sectional garage door but without the price tag.

To find out more about Autodor, please visit the Garador website at www.garador.co.uk





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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Maintaining a well-designed open working environment with privacy in mind


Very few employees would prefer working in a totally open or in a totally private work environment. In fact, according to a 2019 workplace study, 77% of people consider an environment that falls in between the two to be an ideal office space. 

But how can employers and office designers achieve this?

Decorative glass partitions can be the answer: as well as adding visual interest and creating a professional atmosphere, glass partitions deliver ample office boundaries, whilst effectively maintaining maximum light distribution and an effect of openness in the workspace.

Designed as an application for interior glass partitions or the inside surface of windows and doors, Solyx® Decorative Window Film is an ideal choice for any space that requires decorative privacy such as conference rooms, lobbies, private offices and more. With a vast range of textures and designs, Solyx® can be installed at a fraction of the cost of alternative laminated panels, patterned or sand-blasted glass. 


Protective Film Solutions offer over 300 options – including coloured films, exterior films, frosted films, gradient films, patterned films, speciality films and stained-glass films – making it one of the most comprehensive selections of high-quality glass solutions.

Open environments are linked to greater business performance and innovation, however at times this layout can be restrictive and pose unsolvable issues with privacy. Delivering visual privacy, whilst maintaining an open, collaborative environment, can be easily achieved without replacing the partitions or putting in walls.

The solution is simple but incredibly effective: glass film. Glass itself is an effective tool because it creates a special boundary between workers and rooms without isolating the workers behind it. And by adding a decorative film to the glass partition, employers can allow not only benefit from added levels of privacy, but also from the visual interest which creates an enjoyable and effective working environment.


As well as the use of decorative film for privacy, expert technology-based films can prove a vital tool in protecting digital data. Designers and employers can ensure digital privacy without losing the open plan feel of an office through the application of Casper™ Cloaking Technology by Designtex - an innovative cloak technology that provides a smart shield to protect the digital data displayed on screen digital screens without obscuring the glass.

The film blocks only the light transmitted by digital screens to outside view meaning the room remains open to view but only those inside can see the content being displayed on screen. This state-of-the-art technology is already being used by large corporations across the pond and is just one of the many innovative ways glass film can transform the functionality of the shared office space.

To find out more go to: www.glassfilms.eu

* All comments to be attributed to Chris Gould, Commercial Director of Protective Film Solutions





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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Hörmann UK’s Training Academy Proves Popular with Customers


Hörmann UK, Europe’s leading door manufacturer, is celebrating the success of its new Training Academy at its headquarters in Coalville, Leicestershire, with over 100 individuals attending its seminars over the last six months.

As one of the UK’s only manufacturers to offer in depth, tailored training programmes for both its employees and customers, the Training Academy provides comprehensive tuition across Hörmann’s diverse portfolio of products.

12 seminars have been hosted since the Academy opened in June, with over 40 Hörmann UK retailers attending seminars regarding the sales, installation and servicing of its domestic and industrial ranges. This includes its garage, entrance and internal doors, along with loading bay solutions, high speed sectional doors, curtains and roller shutters.


The sessions include Basic Sales and Product Training, Domestic Fitter Training and Industrial Training, and are two-day courses with an overnight stay and evening meal included free of charge. The sessions can also be tailored upon request.

Mark Stoddart, Senior Technical & Product Support at Hörmann UK, said: 
“Being the leading manufacturer within the industry not only requires the highest quality products, but also first class sales, installation and aftersales care. This can only be achieved through regular hands-on training, which is why we have launched our Training Academy to support our nationwide team of distributors in delivering the highest standard of service across every aspect of the customer journey.

“We are extremely pleased to already have over 30 seminars arranged for next year, which reflects how popular the courses have already been over the last six months. Next year’s programme will provide the latest guidance on our ever expanding product range including in depth explanations of unique features, fault finding and necessary maintenance. We are extremely proud to have such strong relationships with our distributors and look forward to developing this even further next year.”


The Hörmann UK Training Academy was launched as part of the company’s 40th anniversary, reflecting its commitment to designing, manufacturing and installing innovative solutions that meet the ever changing requirements of its clients.

For further information on Hörmann UK’s training offering, call 01530 516850 or visit: https://www.hormann.co.uk.






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Monday, 2 December 2019

SOMMER celebrating 21 years in the UK!


The SOMMER Group established their UK subsidiary in 1988.  Initially based in the North-West, moving to premises at the Airfield Business Park in York in 2006, before relocating to its current premises in Elvington, York in 2015.  

This last move, united SOMMER Door & Gate Automation UK Ltd, with DOCO International Limited, a ‘sister’ subsidiary of the SOMMER Group.

SOMMER, whose head office is in Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany, is an expert manufacturer and innovator in automation; particularly for garage and industrial doors, swing and sliding gates, roller and high-speed door controls and barrier systems.

The range of operators and control units, radio technology, biometrics, home automation and many useful accessories, increase security and convenience to the end user.


DOCO fits perfectly within the SOMMER Group with their extensive residential and industrial door solutions, from complete modular track sets to their vast offering of spare parts. Including pre-assembled springs for residential doors and the new pass-door for easier access in certain residential situations.

With Groke’s superb range of thermally efficient aluminium entrance doors, SOMMER is now well placed in the UK door industry market.

New directions:

Always moving forward and looking for ways to increase and improve their range and service to their customers, there have been quite a few changes over the past year, giving the UK business a new ‘buzz’.

  • Managing director, David Newcombe and commercial manager, Amy Fisher, were appointed
  • introduction of the complete industrial door
  • introduction of a bespoke panel cutting service
  • an increase in warehousing and operating space
  • increase in customer contact and marketing support
  • and, to mark the 21st Anniversary of SOMMER UK, the introduction of YOURDOOR

YOURDOOR are complete sectional doors, a quality product with no compromises, yet with the widest choice and best warranties to reflect the commitment to quality. 

YOURDOOR Partners have the opportunity to offer their customers, standard and trend colours in smooth or matt finishes, a high-quality operator and accessories and robust door sets. 


However, the really exciting part is the enormous range of wood effect, geometric, vertical, modern and traditional designs, digitally printed on to the panels.  And, you can even have your own design or image digitally printed, a sectional garage door unique to you!

Look out for additional products to the YOURDOOR range and the imminent launch of YOURDOOR commercial, turn to page 84 in the latest issue of Door Industry Journal for the news!

The team at SOMMER would love to talk to you about their products and services, so please call 01904 608787 or send an email to sales@sommeruk.com or check out both of the websites at: www.sommer.eu and  www.yourdooruk.co.uk .







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Sunday, 1 December 2019

A Fine Selection of Classic Fast Fords set to go under the Hammer at CCA Auction

1969 Ford Capri 1600 GT XLR

Classic Car Auctions are preparing for their final sale of the year on the 7th December with a fine selection of classic fast Fords from the 1960s to the 1980s including a highly sought-after Escort Mexico.

Gary Dunne Classic Car Auctions Manager commented: 
“We love our Fast Fords at CCA. We always get a very high-quality selection of cars and this auction is no different.”
“The Mexico has to be top of the bill, a very nostalgic car for many, conjuring up images of rallying as this car was built to honour Ford’s rallying history and of course they came in great colour schemes.”
“The Capris are also pretty special, four cars spanning the late 60s to the late 80s, great cars, sure to attract interest.”

So, if we start from the earliest car on offer the 1969 Ford Capri 1600 GT XLR (above) estimated at £20,000 to £25,000. A superb and rare first generation of the classic Capri that was restored in 2018.

We understand there are only eight of these 1969 cars left and this one comes with its original registration number and engine.

1972 Ford Capri MkI 3000 GT XL

Our next Capri is from 1972, a Mk1 3000 GT XL which was supplied new in right-hand-drive to South Africa. Now fully restored and estimated at £20,000 to £23,000 will be registered with the DVLA in time for the auction.

1981 Ford Capri 2.8 Injection

We now move to the Eighties and our first Capri of this era is the 1981 2.8i with just 14,000 miles on the clock. This low ownership car, with the current meticulous keeper for the last six years, is very sought after.

Finished in the classic two-tone colour scheme Forest Green over Crystal Green it is also fitted with the Pepper Pot style alloy wheels. This is a very original car and with minimal work could be a Concours contender.

1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands

The fourth Capri is the 280 Brooklands, the last generation of the now legendary coupe, made famous in the TV series The Professionals and also in Only Fools and Horses.

Now with a cult following, this limited-edition Brooklands, one of 1,038, has been with just three owners and one for 27 years. Now fully restored and with 82,000 miles on the clock is estimated at £18,000 to £22,000.

1971 Ford Escort Mexico

Let’s take a look at Ford’s next offering the Escort, again a car that became very popular giving rise to several Fast Fords over the years. The highlight car here has to be the 1971 Mexico, built to honour Ford’s rallying past and now very desirable.

This is a UK-supplied battery in the boot car finished in the correct colour scheme of Sebring Red with white stripes. Now fully restored to a very high standard retaining the original seats and steering wheel this is a matching numbers shell and engine car.

Been with the current vendor for the last six years and now offered from his private collection, this is a very important car estimated at £35,000 to £40,000.

1973 Ford Escort Mk1

Our next Escort is a 1973 Mk1 which has been prepared for competition as well as road use. Capable of being used in hillclimbs, sprints or club rallies, this is a very smart looking car for an estimated £10,000 to £12,000.

1982 Ford Escort RS1600i


The third Escort is the rare and very sought after RS1600i. Estimated at £12,000 to £15,000, this is a very highly regarded car in the RS Owners Club having been featured in both their magazine and calendar.

Available for only three years, 1982 to 1984, this is a clean and tidy looking car in Sunburst Red and with the black decals.

1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo

The final Escort is from 1990, an RS Turbo. This series 2 car has been with the current vendor since 2001 and spent most of its time tucked away with limited use.

Offered at an estimated £18,000 to £20,000 it is now fully recommissioned with some improvements and just 29,262 miles.

1973 Ford Cortina 2000 GXL

The final car is the 1973 Cortina 2000 GXL. This was the top of the range model back in the day and is very similar to the car featured in Life On Mars with Philip Glenister.

Estimated at £8,000 to £10,000 this is a wonderful car with 48,000 miles on the clock and three owners.

Offering scope for improvement, this car spent 20 years in storage early on and then again later in life for another 7 years. A great opportunity to get into classic car ownership.

Gary continued:
“Loving these fast Fords, all very well looked after and offering something for fans of the marque with some fine early classics.”
If you can’t make it on the day you can bid online, via the phone or leave a commission bid. Otherwise, come and see us for viewing on Friday 6th December from 12pm to 6pm or on auction day which gets underway on Saturday the 7th from 11am.

Classic Car Auctions can be contacted on 01926 640888 or email enquiries@classiccarauctions.co.uk and would be happy to talk with you about any of the cars consigned, alternatively, have a chat with them on the day.

Forthcoming Auctions

28th and 29th March – Practical Classics Restoration Show, NEC Birmingham 13th June – CCA Summer Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre

26th September – CCA Autumn Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre 12th December – CCA Winter Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre

www.classiccarauctions.co.uk



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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Winners of British Woodworking Federation Awards 2019 celebrated


The winners of the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2019 have been revealed at an evening of celebration held at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London.

The BWF Awards celebrate outstanding projects and individuals in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health & safety and the rising stars of the industry.

The six categories and winners were:

Woodworking Project of the Year (sponsored by Centor®):

Gowercroft Joinery for the design manufacture and installation of over 300 timber external and internal joinery items at Templeton House, a Grade II listed property in Roehampton. The timber joinery was part of a £32m restoration of the Grade II listed mansion which included sympathetic replacement of the original sliding sash windows, to provide modern levels of performance at no detriment to the historic value of the building.


Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Remmers):

Bailey Donkin, apprentice at Middlesbrough-based ERW Joinery, has picked up Apprentice of the Year Award for his creativity, innovative approach and outstanding joinery. According to Bailey’s company: “In the four years that Bailey has been with ERW, we have seen him grow to become not only an outstanding joiner but an integral part of our team. His ideas and innovativeness set him apart from not just other apprentices, but many other time-served joiners.”

Product Design in Wood Award (sponsored by Teknos):

Tom Pearson & Sons for a unique replacement entrance door solution that incorporated the original stained glass. The company designed a vented system that incorporated a clear toughened double-glazed unit. The stained glass was then suspended in front and beaded into place, with a vented bottom bead and further venting to the top bead to prevent moisture build up. 

The steel bar that the stained glass panels were originally tied to was challenging to incorporate, but the company managed to retain the aesthetics that the client desired at no detriment to the overall performance of the door.

Health & Safety Hero Award (sponsored by CITB):

GE Door Manufacturing for its health & safety first culture to drive continuous improvement across their factory, with clear measurement of colleague engagement and adoption. GE Door Manufacturing has introduced a number of health and safety initiatives over the years. More recently, to monitor progress, the company introduced an innovative scoring outcome system and a near miss reporting system. The company also revisited all personal and machine-related risk assessments to ensure they still met the needs of users.

Process Efficiency Award (sponsored by W20 Exhibition & the FIT Show):

West Port Timber Windows & Doors for its fire door manufacturing project which focused upon customer value by reducing waste. By reducing waste throughout its fire door manufacturing processes West Port Timber Windows & Doors were able to significantly improve efficiency across several key areas. A faster turn-around time to meet customer demand was key to this project.

Rising Star Award (Sponsored by the Timber Trade Federation):

Carol Bruce, HR Manager at Allan Brothers, was named as the BWF Rising Star of 2019 for her support of colleagues and guidance across the business which has been pivotal to the company’s recent transformation programme. According to Carol’s company, “Her support of colleagues and guidance across the business has been pivotal to the success of a recent change transformation project.”
Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the BWF, said:
“Congratulations to this year’s winners who all epitomise the talent, creativity and professionalism of our wider industry. The standard of entries this year was truly exceptional, and the judges had no easy task separating them. 
“The BWF Awards shine a light on the innovative companies and individuals that push the boundaries of woodworking and joinery, as well as recognising the stars and leaders of tomorrow. Our sector makes a significant contribution to the UK’s construction and manufacturing industries, and it’s fantastic to come together at the BWF Awards to champion the outstanding talent and achievement that make our industry so successful.”

For more information about the BWF Awards 2019 please visit: www.bwf.org.uk





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Friday, 29 November 2019

GfA UK Ltd Customer Open Day


Last month, GfA UK hosted over 60 customers and suppliers at their first ever Open Day. 

Guests were given the opportunity to tour the facilities, see demonstrations of the latest GfA SE 8.60 Fi drive in action and given a briefing on the hands-on Product and Application training provided free of charge by GfA.

The work of the electrical department was showcased alongside a demonstration on how items are fully tested, and faults diagnosed. The morning culminated with a presentation of the new DLA Fire Shutter Drive from GfA.

Photos above show guests touring the GfA building and bottom right awaiting the presentation of the GfA DLA Fire Shutter Drive.


GfA sales engineer Dan Pahal demonstrates the features of the SE 8.60 Fi drive unit.


Guests watching a demonstration of the latest GfA drive on the warehouse doors.


For more information on GfA products visit: www.gfa-elektromaten.com






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Thursday, 28 November 2019

UNION launches new Fire Door Kit range


UNION is cutting the hassle out of sourcing fire door hardware with its new Fire Door Kits, featuring a complete range of pre-selected products that work seamlessly together, look good and meet every relevant standard.

The role of a fire door in supporting fire safety and integrity within a building is critical.  UNION’s Fire Door Kit is a single box solution that helps installers to ensure that they are fitting correct and fully compliant hardware.

Until now property owners, facilities managers and installers have faced a bewildering variety of hardware choices when installing or maintaining a fire door set. With the UNION Fire Door Kit, all that worry, guesswork and lost time is now a thing of the past.

Designed for common installation situations, each Fire Door Kit combines all the hardware needed to install or repair a fire door. This includes hinges, door closer, lockcase, levers and signage, as well as installation instructions, fitting templates, fixings and the performance sheets to hand over to the building owner for their records.

Crucially, every part included in the Kit is tested to all relevant standards, ensuring the door will meet regulations.

There are four different Fire Door Kits, each designed to work in a specific application. The Sashlock Kit is ideal for locking fire doors, while the Deadlock Kit is a perfect fit for locking storage areas. The Latch Kit is designed for non-locked rooms, and finally the Corridor Kit is used for push-pull non-locking fire doors.

Alison Aston, Category Manager at UNION, said: 
“The Fire Door Kit range is the easiest way to install or maintain a fire door. We believe this will be a huge benefit for property owners and tradespeople alike, as they now have a way to ensure a fire door  is fitted with all the hardware it needs to meet legal requirements and work perfectly too.  It’s simple to stock, easy to order, compact to transport and store on site – Kit in one arm, door blank in the other, job done.
“The UNION Fire Door Kit is ideal for any owner/landlord, tradesperson, facilities manager or caretaker wanting to add or maintain a fire door to a property. It brings instant safety, compliance and peace of mind while saving time, and it’s all from UNION, the most trusted name in fire door safety and security.”

For further information on UNION, please visit www.uniononline.co.uk.





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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Somfy focuses on their Customer Support Team.


Somfy, the world leader in the automation of home and building openings and closures, have recently invested in a new Customer Service Manager and additional Customer Service Advisor for their team in the UK to support strong growth in the UK market. 

The Somfy UK Customer Service Team are dedicated to providing a friendly and efficient service to Somfy’s B2B and B2C customers. They are the first point of contact, offering immediate advice, product information and technical support during the installation of Somfy products as well as after service support.


Helen Burrow – Customer Service Manager

Helen started at Somfy in September 2019, prior to this she worked for a large chemical distribution company. During her 13 years Helen’s roles included Customer Service Advisor, Customer Service Manager, Compliance and finally Key Accounts.

The various roles enabled Helen to gain both Commercial and Sales experience while refining her skills in Customer Service Management.

On joining the business Helen said:
 “I am excited to see what the future holds for me at Somfy and looking forward to using my skills and knowledge to assist the team in delivering a first-class customer experience”

Alaina Gibson - Customer Service Advisor

Alaina joined Somfy in 2018 in the role of Customer Service Administrator.

Alaina has worked in administration in various companies including Design Engineering, IT Support, Recruitment and Travel Health for the past 22 years, with nearly 10 of those in a Sales and Customer Service capacity.

Alaina loves to connect with customers and staff at all levels to provide them with the support they require. Alaina has a wide range of interests including baking, cooking, going to the gym, reading, karaoke and travelling.



Kerry Higgins – Customer Service Advisor

Kerry joined Somfy in 2017 as Somfy Shop Customer Support and is now responsible for supporting a number of other departments, including Sales. Kerry’s main areas of focus is supporting end users with Smart Home and Somfy Protect queries.

Before joining Somfy, Kerry spent two and a half years travelling the USA, South America, Australia and Thailand. She enjoys embracing different cultures and climates across the world. Kerry has a Technical Certificate in Plumbing Studies and enjoys outdoor activities such as Stand Up Paddle boarding and Roller Derby.


Emma Thackray – Customer Service Advisor

Emma joined Somfy in September 2019 in Customer Service Administrator after working in financial services, specifically complaints and compliance, for 10 years. 

Although Emma has never worked in this industry before, she brings some customer centric skills into the role and can balance with rational thinking, given she is a fan of compliance.

In her spare time Emma lives and breathes history, plays PS4 and plays with her chinchillas and cat!



Aidan Aedy – Technical Support

Aidan started his career in the electrical field moving to a PLC/Robot/SCADA programmer in industrial automation and process control.

He has spent the last 14 years helping Somfy customers in the demanding field of the technical department. Aidan advises clients on technical issues as well as specifying motors/adapters/brackets etc. He also enjoys producing documentation and administering the TaHoma and Connexoon registration process for the UK.

Aidan says:
"I am really looking forward to the technical advancements Somfy are making in quieter, more intelligent motors and controls. I cannot wait to see what comes next; it is genuinely exciting!". 

His love for all things that involve technology does not stop at work as he is currently attempting to 3D print a storm trooper helmet from his favourite film 'Star Wars'.


Andrew Dine – Technical Support Engineer & Sales Administrator

Andrew joined Somfy in the position of Technical Support Engineer/ Sales Administrator in January 2019. Andrew has background in customer service and is a recent graduate of an HND in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering.

One of the key lessons Andrew came away with from his education is try his best to never shy away from a challenge or a problem that may need solving.

In his spare time, Andrew plays for the Bradford Sabres University Ice Hockey team, which sends him up and down the country competing against other Universities in his league.

Steven Montgomery, Managing Director for the UK & Ireland said: 
“A great customer service team has been at the core of what Somfy has brought to the UK along with its market leading products. In recent years, the changing shape of who and how we are contacted for both technical and customer service has significantly changed.
“These new appointments in conjunction with a new modern telephone system will help us meet those challenges and ensure we continue to maintain and improve the service we offer”.

For more information about the company and its products visit www.somfy.co.uk





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