Saturday, 5 December 2020

DHF guides its members on CE marking changes from 1 January 2021


DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has hosted a series of webinars and produced briefing papers for its membership in relation to UKCA marking and what they need to consider from 1 January 2021.
 
After 31 December 2021, CE marking will no longer be recognised in the UK and UKCA will be the only recognised conformity mark for the UK market.  UKCA marking will not be recognised in the EU 27 nor in Northern Ireland.
 
The new UKCA marking will apply to goods placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland), replacing the existing CE mark.  It will relate to goods that are currently required to carry the CE mark, such as construction products and machinery.  UKCA marking will be recognised in the UK from 1 January 2020, following the end of the current transition period.  Provided that organisations retain the necessary testing and/or certification, they will be able to continue applying the CE mark after this date.  Indeed, applying both marks is permissible, provided they are kept separate.
 
Throughout November, DHF hosted a four-part webinar series highlighting the pertinent aspects of the changes. The four webinars covered such topics as: moving goods from the EU 27 to the UK, placing goods manufactures in the UK on the UK market, moving goods from the UK to Northern Ireland, and goods manufactures in Northern Ireland.  The pro-active trade association has also produced a series of briefing papers, setting out the details of the new UKCA requirements, all of which are available to download from the DHF website: www.dhfonline.org.uk 


Michael Skelding, DHF’s General Manager and Secretary stated, 
“The five guidance documents - based on information released by the UK government – have been created to explain exactly who is responsible for which element of the process in an easy-to-read format and cover moving goods from the UK to the EU 27, moving goods from the EU 27 to the UK, placing goods manufactured in the UK on the UK market, moving goods from the UK to Northern Ireland, and goods manufactured in Northern Ireland.”   
He continued, “This information is subject to change, for example, the possibility may still exist of a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) which could permit certification from EU bodies to be recognised for UKCA marking purposes, and certification from UK bodies to be recognised for CE marking purposes.  In the absence of such an agreement, UK certification will cease to be valid for CE marking after 31 December 2020, meaning that any manufacturers reliant on such certification will have to switch to UKCA marking on 1 January 2021. 
“The  webinars have been extremely well-received and we are delighted to be able to guide our members on what they need to be looking out for when it comes to CE and new UKCA marking rules and regulations come the new year,” he added.  “These webinars, together with our guidance documents, should deliver a good overview of a complex subject, and we will, of course, keep our members updated should changes occur.”
  
DHF represents all the key players in the following sectors: locks and building hardware, doorsets, industrial doors and shutters, domestic garage doors and automated gates.
 
With the ultimate aim of maintaining and raising quality standards throughout the industry, all DHF members must meet minimum standards of competence and customer service. They all operate within a Code of Conduct governing standards of workmanship, quality assurance, training, safety, business integrity and CE marking compliance.

Door & Hardware Federation
01827 52337
www.dhfonline.org.uk


Centre image – One of DHF’s guidance documents on CE and UKCA marking after 31 December






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Friday, 4 December 2020

Free guide on panic hardware published for specifiers


Specifiers can now access all the information they need on compliant panic and emergency exit hardware solutions in one convenient guide.  

The free guide has been published by ARRONE, the sister brand of HOPPE, to help specifiers ensure they are supplying the optimum panic or emergency exit hardware solution for their project. 

The guide contains a three-step product selector to help find the right device for the application, information on outside access devices, advice on positioning hardware on different types of doors and frequently asked questions. 


Jonathan Walker, ARRONE product manager, said:

“Panic and emergency exit hardware is life saving equipment, so it isn’t something that specifiers can afford to get wrong. This new guide aims to help specifiers choose the right product and help address any technical queries, all conveniently packaged up in a portable guide. However, if anyone does have any questions about ARRONE panic or emergency hardware, our technical helpline is also there for people to talk things through with one of our experienced experts.” 

ARRONE offers a complete range of quality panic and emergency hardware, with a 10-year operational guarantee for all its products. 

All ARRONE panic and emergency hardware has been tested by Certifire, an independent third-party certification scheme that assures performance, quality, reliability and traceability of products and systems. It has also been fully tested and certified to the latest European standards and satisfies the UK construction product regulations for ironmongery.

To get a free copy of the pocket guide, contact Andy Matthews on andy.matthews@hoppe.com or 01902 484 400 or download a copy from the HOPPE (UK) website: www.hoppe.com





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Thursday, 3 December 2020

Are you ready for the new UKCA mark?


Yale is urging fabricators and installers to ensure they are ready for the new UKCA mark, which is replacing CE marking for products sold in Great Britain. This includes products such as fire-resistant and emergency locks, panic exit devices and door closers.

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new product marking system that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain. It covers most goods that previously required the CE marking.

From 1 January 2021, all new products launched in Great Britain must be UKCA marked, with the CE mark no longer being recognised in the UK from 1 January 2022. For existing CE marked products, there will be a ‘coexistence’ period until 31st December 2021, where these goods can continue to be sold in Great Britain until then.

During this timeframe, it is expected that manufacturers will take steps to ensure existing CE marked products will have the UKCA mark applied in time for 1 January 2022, when the CE mark will cease to be recognised in the UK.

UKCA marking must be undertaken by a UK-recognised ‘approved body’. An EU notified body, which would previously have been called upon for CE marking, cannot  be used for UKCA marking.


To meet this need, Yale is already taking measures to ensure all the relevant UK product marking deadlines are met. The company is ensuring all of its new products launched into Great Britain from 1 January 2021 will be certified using a UK approved body and have the UKCA mark applied. Then, for its range of existing CE marked products, Yale is already progressing UKCA marking for these solutions too, ensuring they are properly certified in time for the 1 January 2022 deadline.

All relevant documents, such as labels, product packaging, marketing materials and instruction manuals, are being updated accordingly as well.

It’s important to note that products being sold in Northern Ireland will be subject to a different set of criteria, covering UKNI and CE marking under the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Paul Atkinson, Sales and Commercial Director for Yale, said: 
“Keeping up to date with the new rules and regulations surrounding the UKCA mark, and the deadlines when CE marking will no longer apply for products sold into Great Britain, can be a lot for fabricators and installers to get their heads around. As such, we want to reassure our customers that they can have every confidence that our products will be properly certified to the appropriate UK product marking standards, meeting the fast-approaching UKCA and UKNI deadlines.

“Nevertheless, it is everyone’s responsibility throughout the supply chain to ensure that properly certified products are specified. As such, we would urge our customers to make sure they do have a solid understanding of what the correct product marking entails and the timescales that are being worked towards. It is vital that security products and door opening solutions with the appropriate product marking are being specified and installed.

“If you do have any questions or concerns surrounding the new UK product marking, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to go over these with you.”

For the latest updates about Yale Door and Window Solutions, visit www.yaledws.co.uk or call 01902 366800. For product information and updates, follow @YaleDWS on Twitter.





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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Three SBD Member Companies in Christmas door gift to Community Project


In the true spirit of seasonal goodwill, three Secured by Design (SBD) member companies have teamed up to give away a secure door to a community project.

F.Bamford (Engineering) Ltd, known in the industry as Bamford Doors, and its key supply partners Entrotec Limited and Key Management Systems (KMS) are looking to give an early Christmas present of a complete communal door entry solution installed free.

The security door, door entry and access control system, could be for an early years project, youth centre, domestic violence refuge, homeless shelter or any other community venture that needs a greater level of security.

The driving force behind the Christmas giveaway is Alexis Smith, Managing Director, of Bamford Doors. 
“It’s really exciting to have companies coming together for a good cause and to provide some festive cheer.”
Alexis added: “Please let us know if you have a community project or initiative, that needs a security solution.”
To propose which community project should benefit from this donation, please send a brief email containing a short description of who you are, why your project should be chosen and which organisation will benefit to Alexis at Bamford Doors on: alexis@bamforddoors.com

>> Closing date for entries is Thursday, 10 December << 

A panel will judge the applications and a lucky winner will be announced on Thursday, 17 December.


All three companies are long-standing members of SBD. Hazel Goss, Development Officer, SBD, said: 
“I’m so proud of our member companies. It’s great to see them working in partnership and pooling their resources and expertise for the benefit of the community.”

Bamford Doors - Bamford Doors specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of Secured by Design communal solutions, meeting the needs of local authorities, housing associations, builders, private landlords, schools, student accommodation and other public and private sector buildings.


Entrotec - Entrotec are trusted pioneers and leading manufacturers of door entry solutions in UK residential and commercial markets. They are renowned for manufacturing and supplying high quality audio and video vandal resistant door entry, concierge systems and proximity access control systems. Established in 1987 Entrotec have significant experience designing and bringing to market innovative systems tailored to client specific requirements to ensure the security of their property, their people and their communities.


KMS - Key Management Systems Ltd (KMS) are the UK’s leading supplier of residential access control products and services, predominantly supplying the social housing sector (Local Authorities, Housing Associations etc) and Private Landlords. The SimpleKey Web system is a unique and innovative access control solution for all multi-user residences with instant fob administration from any web enabled device.






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Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Squire achieves BSI Secure Digital Applications Kitemark™ for Inigma operating system in padlocks, cylinders and bike locks


British security manufacturer Squire has achieved the Secure Digital Applications Kitemark for its Inigma operating system in bike locks, padlocks and cylinders. 

In addition, Squire is the first organisation to achieve the BSI Internet of Things Kitemark for a bike lock. 

Achieving the Secure Digital Applications Kitemark is proof that Squire’s Inigma system is a secure digital operating system for controlling padlocks, cylinders and bike locks via smartphone and Bluetooth connection.

For padlocks and cylinders, the advanced Inigma access control system works by connecting smart locks to a secure cloud server via a mobile network and a clever smartkey. It provides convenient, secure access control for remote locations, from just one user to many thousands of users - from offices, substations, mobile and modular buildings, data storage cabinets, electricity panels, student accommodation to healthcare facilities and medical cabinets. 

Just one key can open over 10,000 locks, and it can record over 10,000 locks visited.

Certification to the BSI Kitemark for Internet of Things (Residential) has been achieved for Squire’s Inigma range of cycle security products - BL1 D-lock, FL1 folding lock and IC1 integrated lock and chain set. 

The Kitemark certification scheme for the IoT was developed in response to the rapid growth of internet connected products. It provides a quick and easy way for consumers to identify IoT devices they can trust to be safe, secure and functional.

Squire’s BL1, FL1 and IC1 smart cycle locks work by using the same smartphone and Bluetooth connection. They allow cyclists to lock and unlock their bike via the Inigma app download, which is available on the App Store or Google Play. 
 
There are no keys to lose or combinations to forget, making it convenient and flexible. Whilst other features include sharing the lock with friends and opening at set times and dates. 
 
CEO John Squire said: 
“Achieving the BSI Kitemark certification is testament to both the hard work and investment made in Squire’s Inigma system to ensure the function and security are of the highest standard for customers. 
“Our Inigma digital technology is designed by us to take lock security to the very highest level. That’s why we’re proud to achieve the BSI Kitemark which reflects our premium brand status for ‘toughness guaranteed.”

The famous Kitemark symbol is widely recognised all over the world as a mark of trust. It requires rigorous testing and assessment for it to be achieved by companies that meet these international benchmarks.

After more than 100-years, BSI Kitemark certification continues to be the beacon of quality, performance and safety to both consumers and businesses buying everything from fire extinguishers to secure digital devices.

David Mudd, Global Digital Product Certification Director at BSI, said: 
“In achieving the Kitemark for the IoT for its Inigma range of cycle locks, Squire has shown to its customers that it has adopted the latest connected technologies to improve their user experience responsibly and effectively. Customers can use these smart locks with the confidence that the appropriate cybersecurity controls are in place and will be through their intended life, which is a great “first” for the bike lock industry. 
“Additionally, by achieving the Secure Digital Applications Kitemark, Squire has demonstrated that its Inigma digital operating system, used for controlling bike locks, padlocks and cylinders, has been designed with security as a prime consideration with effective cybersecurity controls embedded throughout. These achievements show how Squire continues to be at the forefront of lock making in the digital age.” 

The Squire name has been at the forefront of lock making since 1780, with a Great British history carried down through eight generations.

Today, Squire is recognised for some of the technologically advanced products in lock making for home, commercial, motorcycle and cycle security - cylinders, padlocks, combination locks, multi-purpose lock and chain sets, security cables, bolts, hasps and staples, and security accessories.

About BSI

BSI is the business improvement company that enables organizations to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence.

For over a century BSI has championed what good looks like and driven best practice in organizations around the world.

Working with 84,000 clients across 193 countries, it is a truly international business with skills and experience across a number of sectors including aerospace, automotive, built environment, food, and healthcare.

Through its expertise in Standards Development and Knowledge Solutions, Assurance, Regulatory Services and Consulting Services, BSI improves business performance to help clients grow sustainably, manage risk and ultimately be more resilient and trusted.

www.bsigroup.com





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Monday, 30 November 2020

Cocktail Hour Continues Amid Lockdown, with a SeceuroShield 150 Aluminium Roller Shutter


The closure of pubs, bars and restaurants throughout both regional and national lockdowns in 2020 has resulted in the Great British public becoming increasingly creative with the space in their gardens and homes. 

From gyms in the garage, to offices under the stairs or bars in the garden there are lots of ways homeowners have been turning their homes into multi-functional spaces.
 
In this case-study SWS UK’s distributor Freelance Entry Solutions Ltd were able to assist their customer in completing a stylish, bespoke bar in the garden of their Salisbury home.


The Customer:  

Despite the national closure of pubs and bars, this homeowner was still enjoying their favourite tipple with family and (when restrictions allowed) friends, thanks to the constructions of this sophisticated bar, named Plumm’s Place in their own back garden! The only thing missing was a method of closing off the bar at night-time or when not in use. 


The Requirements:  

With the bar already built, the customer was looking for a solution that would shield the inside from the varied British weather as well as keeping out curious animals from neighbouring properties. Whilst not a primary concern, the bar housed a commercial-sized drinks chiller and fully stocked optics, so security was also a consideration when choosing a product. 


The Solution:  

Considering all the customer’s requirements, Freelance Entry Solutions advised their customer that SWS UK’s SeceuroShield 150/T aluminium roller shutter, with its lightweight profile and extensive choice of finishes would be an ideal solution.
 
The customer opted for effortless, electric operation on both shutters with Freelance installing separate switches, enabling independent control of each unit. The chosen anthracite finish perfectly matched existing fixtures within the bar and garden, and provided the stylish, unobtrusive look the homeowner was keen to achieve. 


The Outcome:  

Following the straightforward installation by Freelance Entry Solutions, the homeowner expressed their delight with the finished result and are pleased to be the proud owners of a garden bar that will remain dry and secure no matter the season. 


The SeceuroShield 150/T:  

SeceuroShield 150/T is a lightweight aluminium shutter with a CFC-free foam-filled slat, available in a choice of 20 attractive colour finishes. Boasting effective heat and sound insulation, SeceuroShield 150/T is also ideal for providing flexible shading, light-control and blackout. Available either with manual or electric operation it can span widths of up to 3800mm. 

For more product information please visit: www.sws.co.uk





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Sunday, 29 November 2020

Vauxhall Heritage Collection on the Move


Vauxhall’s famous Heritage Collection and Archive are set to move from the company’s Griffin House, Luton site next month, as plans develop to create an all-new public-facing Heritage Centre in the future.
 
The imminent sale of Vauxhall’s former Luton site means that the Collection will find a new interim home at the company’s Ellesmere Port factory, where a converted 8,000 square-metre building has been set aside for the 60-strong Collection, which represents every decade of Vauxhall’s 117-year history.


Ellesmere Port, home of Vauxhall’s compact car production for the last 56 years and current manufacturing site for the Astra, ‘…is proud to be the Collection’s temporary custodian,’ said Plant Director, Mark Noble. 

‘We’re all looking forward to the arrival of these Heritage vehicles, some of which have been manufactured here over the last six decades. We’ve made sure that the area which will house the cars is heated, dry and secure, in keeping with the way the Collection has been stored in its former Luton home for the last 30 years.’

Once relocation has taken place, the Collection will be maintained on site by local classic vehicle specialist, Manor Park Classics, to make sure that all vehicles are preserved to a high standard while in storage. 


However, around 20 vehicles – a third of the Collection – will still have visibility outside of Ellesmere Port. Currently, 13 Vauxhalls are on display at Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton as part of the ‘Vauxhall – Made in Luton’ exhibition, which runs until the end of March, 2021. 

A joint venture between Vauxhall and The Culture Trust Luton, the exhibits include the world’s oldest Prince Henry sports car, the rakish 1966 XVR concept car and a beautifully restored 1970 Viva GT.

In addition, Manor Park Classics will provide exposure for six cars at their Runcorn HQ in a bespoke Vauxhall Heritage area, complete with ephemera taken from the old Heritage Centre. 


Manor Park’s Managing Director, Roger Nowell said:
‘We’re excited to play a part in keeping Vauxhall Heritage’s flame burning while it develops its plan for a future permanent base.’ 
‘Manor Park’s experience and enthusiasm for a wide breadth of classic cars, like those in Vauxhall’s collection, is immense and we know that the carefully selected models which we’ll have on display will be a great attraction to people visiting our offices.’

Included in Manor Park’s exhibition will be a 1904 6hp Light Car that has entered almost every London to Brighton Veteran Car Run since 1927, a 1926 OE-Type 30-98, owned by Vauxhall for the last 72 years, an original Lotus Carlton press car and – fittingly, given MPC’s proximity to Ellesmere Port – a 1989 Astra GTE Mk.2.

Vauxhall’s Heritage Centre also houses an extensive archive, going back as far as the late-nineteenth century, when the Vauxhall Iron Works – as the company was then known – was formed, before starting motor car production in 1903. Like the Collection, the Archive will find a new home at another existing Vauxhall site: the historic and prominent Toddington Warehouse, on the outskirts of Luton.


Andrew Duerden, Vauxhall’s long-time Archivist, was pleased that the move would bring more order to the enormous collection of images, records and ephemera gathered over the years. 
‘Our upcoming move has given me the opportunity to re-organise the Archive and prioritise the elements which add depth, colour and interest to our extensive history.
‘Digitisation of our image library is ongoing, and provides a valuable asset to media in search of historical context to Vauxhall stories.
‘We also have many unseen design studies from the Sixties and Seventies that, quite frankly, take your breath away. I will also be taking on responsibility for Vauxhall’s popular Dating Certificate service, providing build verification for owners of classic Vauxhalls.’

Plans for the Collection’s future permanent home are underway, with the interim storage at Ellesmere Port providing a much welcome shorter-term solution. ‘Vauxhall is fully committed to preserving its Heritage Collection and Archive,’ said Simon Hucknall, Vauxhall’s Head of PR and curator of the Collection. 
‘While the move from Griffin House to Ellesmere will mean a temporary halt to the Collection’s working status, our partners at The Culture Trust Luton and Manor Park Classics have generously supported future exposure of a third of our vehicles. 
‘We are currently developing plans for a new, purpose-built base for the Collection, which will allow it to be public-facing, while also bringing back its working status. This is by no means the work of a minute, but we hope to be able to share more details about a new Vauxhall Heritage Centre early next year.’

For details of The Culture Trust Luton’s ‘Vauxhall – Made in Luton’ exhibition, please go to www.culturetrust.com/vauxhall (due to the current lockdown restrictions, the exhibition is closed, but should re-open in early December).

Follow Manor Park Classics (@ManorParkClassics on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook, or www.manorparkclassics.com) to view its new Vauxhall ‘guests’ next month.




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Saturday, 28 November 2020

DuoTherm Rolladen GmbH joins the Stella group


DuoTherm Rolladen GmbH joins the Stella group, parent company of SWS UK. The buyout remains subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities in Germany.

DuoTherm GmbH is a major player in the development, manufacturing and sale of roller shutters and blinds in the German market.

In 2020, the Nettersheim-Zingsheim-based company will generate a turnover of around 27 million euros and it employs 135 people.

StellaGroup, which achieved a turnover of 460 million euros in 2019, has the ambition to become a European leader in closures and sun protection. The group now achieves more than half of its turnover outside France, in Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain.







André Barth, CEO of DuoTherm said:
“I am delighted that DuoTherm is joining StellaGroup. Stella's industrial know-how and values will make us even more competitive.”




Didier Simon, president of StellaGroup, and Frank Schädlich, Director of International Development declared:
"We are pleased to welcome André Barth and his team to the Stella family. The objective is to continue the international development of StellaGroup by strengthening our presence in the closures market in Germany."

For more information visit: www.stella.group or www.duotherm-rolladen.de




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Friday, 27 November 2020

MGS Awarded Constructionline Gold Standard


MGS Ltd, a UK based manufacturer and installer of Aluminium, Door and Entrance systems, is delighted to announce they have been awarded Gold Membership status with Constructionline, the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management scheme.

In conjunction with SSIP Acclaim accreditation, the Constructionline Gold membership validates that MGS operates at common assessment standards for construction procurement that go beyond PAS 91.
 
Attaining the Gold Member accreditation follows a comprehensive assessment, and demonstrates that MGS meets several key pre-qualification credentials relating to Environmental Management, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Quality Management and legislative compliance within the construction industry.


Jason Pease, Managing Director commented:
 “MGS are committed to delivering exceptional standards of service. Achieving the Constructionline Gold accreditation credibly demonstrates our competencies under this industry recognised standard, giving clients and procurement channels confidence in our policies and procedures as a quality supplier within the construction and facilities management supply chain.” 

For more information about MGS Ltd. please visit: www.mgsuk.com .




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Thursday, 26 November 2020

Aluroll Investing in Success Following Record-Breaking Sales


Aluroll forecast a 25% increase in sales compared with 2019, despite the 5 week COVID shutdown over the March/April period and subsequent staged return to work in May.

Manufacturing output has evolved to meet the demands of record-breaking daily door orders in the months since the initial lockdown and there seems little sign of a slowdown any time soon.

The company has exciting plans in the pipeline to help facilitate this growth and further enhance their industry-leading products and service levels. Investments are being made into the production facility, supported by expansion of the delivery fleet and manufacturing system. 

Increasing Output Through New Machinery

A new ACRA ATX 22000 machine will automate the assembly of Secureroll roller garage door slats, doubling Aluroll’s maximum output to 100 doors per day. Improving production efficiencies in this way will enable the company to meet the increase in demand, while maintaining the short lead times that Aluroll customers are accustomed to. 

A further investment is being made into a multi-drill machine. This will enable Aluroll to offer pre-drilled guide channels, a service often requested by installers due to the time it saves on site. 

Adjustments to the factory layout are planned to accommodate the new machines and further enhance manufacturing efficiencies. 


New Truck Supports Additional Delivery Routes

Aluroll’s delivery fleet has increased with the addition of a new vehicle. The purchase of a new 5 metre, 3.5 tonne, Iveco curtain sider will help the logistics department meet the requirements of a growing nationwide network of Aluroll installers. 

Supporting Future Growth

Reporting year-on-year exponential growth, Aluroll has risen to become the largest independent manufacturer of roller garage doors in the UK. As the company’s market share continues to increase, they have made a considerable investment into their manufacturing system through FenTrack, a custom-built cloud-based platform which has revolutionised the company’s internal processes.

From order processing through to production scheduling and delivery route planning, along with stock management and auto-generated cut sheets and technical drawings, FenTrack has, and continues to, improve efficiencies across the company. These streamlined processes have impressed existing customers and won over new business alike, whilst also helping to limit the negative impact COVID-19 could have potentially had on sales. 

Aluroll and FenTrack continue to work together to ensure the system supports the company’s growth and while maintaining their reputation for exceptional products and service.  

Join Aluroll’s success story. Call 0800 977 8975 to speak to the sales office about becoming a trade distributor of their roller shutters or Secureroll garage doors.






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