Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Hörmann UK encourages homeowners to utilise BiSecur technology ahead of the winter months


With the evenings now getting dark as early as 4 o'clock, leading door manufacturer Hörmann UK is urging homeowners to switch to BiSecur operators and make life easier when it comes to using garage and entrance doors. 

With the innovative Hörmann UK BiSecur SmartHome technology, individuals can check on the position of the door or gate from anywhere at anytime using a hand transmitter, or an app available on all smartphones and tablets.



The Hörmann UK ProMatic Canopy Door Operator is one of many operators, but this ‘world first’ product provides homeowners with not only an unrestricted drive-through height, but with the ability to automate a canopy garage door quickly, conveniently and safely from the comfort of a vehicle thanks to BiSecur technology. In the colder months, this is even more appealing, as users don’t have to step outside to operate the door.

Where security is concerned, possible power cuts throughout the winter are not a problem, as the specially designed mechanical lock means the door stays secure and still cannot be opened - a feature unique to Hörmann. Plus, all of Hörmann UK’s BiSecur Operators use bi-directional FM radio signals that use the same 128 bit encryption used for online banking, ensuring optimum security.



Available in black or white, the BiSecur hand transmitters slot into the palm of your hand thanks to the compact, elegant design. In addition to this, the handsets are compatible with all Hörmann UK operators produced since 2005, meaning that a new transmitter can control both new and existing operator models.

David O’Mara, marketing manager at Hörmann UK, commented:
“Hörmann UK takes pride in offering products that utilise the latest technology to make life even easier for homeowners, and Hörmann UK’s BiSecur Operators are without a doubt a sensible option for the winter months.
“Homeowners can avoid leaving the house in the dark, or in bad weather, to check the position of the garage door, and instead use BiSecur SmartHome technology to operate the door from anywhere in the world through a simple app available on smartphones and tablets.
“Renowned for the quality of our products, Hörmann UK’s range of BiSecur SmartHome Operators not only enhances our existing offering, but provides a solution to the changing requirements of our customers.” 

Hörmann UK’s has an extensive range of operators available for various types of garage door, and all operators come with two hand transmitters. To find out more about the latest products from Hörmann UK, visit www.hormann.co.uk, or call 01530 513 000.




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Monday, 19 November 2018

Morland Eradicate Plastic Strips from Fire Door Frames



Plastic bags, cotton buds, plastic stirrers and straws are all on the UK Government's hit list. However the plastic encapsulated intumescent strip lives long. Too long in the opinion of both David Attenborough and Morland.

With this in mind Morland have developed a fire rated door frame system, Forever Firecheck® under their patent GB2546328 where the intumescent material is held in place by the “wrap” Morland apply to their MDF Mouldings, eradicating the need for the traditional plastic encapsulation entirely.

The wrap can be paper, vinyl, veneer or laminate. Tested and approved by Warrington Certifire this innovative fire safety product was launched at UK Construction Week in October 2018.


Mike Bebb, Morlands’ product manager says:
“Morland have unique competencies in the reel application of decorative surfaces so it was a logical step for our factory. We now reel off the graphite strip at 25m per minute as part of our standard production process. Fitting plastic seals is a fiddly process. They flick out on the CNCs, they get lost on site, they work loose overtime and they are unsightly. At a stroke Forever Firecheck® addresses all of those shortcomings and additionally eradicates millions of linear metres of plastic use per year. What's not to like? “

Recently shortlisted in this year's BWF Process Efficiency awards and launched at the NEC during UK Construction Week, where it was received with considerable interest, Morland are very pleased to be able to bring this ground-breaking door jamb to market.


To view the video, order samples or for more details visit www.morlanduk.com/foreverfirecheck

To talk to us further about this innovative product – Contact Samuel Jones our marketing manager on 01938 551964 – sam.jones@morlanduk.com








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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Motorists turn their backs to the future


A decline in new car sales, despite modern motors brimming with state-of-the-art technology, contrasts to more-and-more motorists booking classic car driving experiences as drivers yearn to get back to basics advises trackdays.co.uk

And while some new cars can have as many as 50 buttons on the steering wheel and dashboard, it is bookings for classic cars as old as 40 years or more, and with basic controls, that are burgeoning as exasperated drivers have had enough of modern technology which is hampering the driving experience.

Indeed, 2018 looks set to be deeply worrying for sales of new cars, with last September in particular being disastrous as it was the worst September for 10 years, with the allure of state-of-the art motoring not even tempting drivers to part with their cash. Even more recently, October figures show a decline of almost 3 per cent compared to the same month in 2017.

Yet figures released by www.trackdays.co.uk show a marked increase in classic car driving experience bookings at places such as Heyford Park of around 10 per cent over the last four years, which has surged to nearly 20 per cent in the previous 12 months and shows no signs of slowing down. The most popular classic booked to drive is a Jaguar E-Type.


Dan Jones, operations manager at trackdays.co.uk, said:
“New cars boast state-of-the-art technology and are more akin to being computers on wheels. 
“However, many people find all the buttons and touch-screen technology confusing and distracting, plus it takes away from the pure driving experience which can only come through driving a classic car.”

Meanwhile, the actual prices of some classic cars are now fetching astronomical prices compared to their modern equivalents

Fast Fords from the 1980s and 1990s in particular continue to demand high prices.

Only recently a 1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4x4 fetched a world-record price at auction, being sold for more than £50,000. Compare this to a modern equivalent, the Focus RS, with all the latest gizmos and gadgets, which is available for just over £30,000.

Dan added: “It would appear that motorists are turning their backs to the future. Getting behind the wheel of a classic car can provide a driving experience in its purest form, allowing the car to do the talking rather than relying on modern technology.”

For more information about TrackDays, which also offers a huge variety of driving experiences, as well as classic car driving experiences including a Jaguar E-Type, Ford MK1 Escort, AC Cobra and Austin-Healey 3000, visit www.trackdays.co.uk





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Saturday, 17 November 2018

New Commercial Assistant joins a growing team at Door & Hardware Federation


DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has announced it has welcomed a new member of staff to the team!  Commercial Assistant, Jaspreet Thiara, will support the marketing function, and in particular, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, who was confirmed as the organisation’s Commercial Manager in September.  

Jaspreet will be responsible for undertaking marketing administrative duties and managing DHF’s website and growing social media presence.

She joins a thriving team at the federation which has enjoyed one of its most successful years to date.  The creation of a new Commercial Department just last month has highlighted the organisation’s continuing growth, especially its training offering.

In September, DHF moved its head office premises to ‘The Barn’ at ‘Shuttington Fields Farm’, a larger office space with a state-of-the-art Training Academy, demonstrating its continued commitment to training.

With a BA Honours degree in Media, Communication and Drama, Jaspreet originally pursued an acting career, participating in local theatre productions and street theatre, and even spending time in Los Angeles, before a career in marketing beckoned.

Previous roles have included Social Media Manager at fashion brand, Forever Devine and marketing agency, SEM Consultants; Website Administrator/Marketing Assistant at Cousins Furniture and organising a fashion show event in aid of breast cancer, raising more than £500.00.

“I was very excited to learn I had secured the position at DHF and believe I can assist the development of the organisation,” says Jaspreet.  “It really is my dream role and I was so happy when they offered it to me!  I look forward to contributing my skills, working hard with the team and helping DHF in continuing to add value for its members.”
“We heartily welcome Jaspreet to DHF and look forward to benefiting from her digital marketing experience,” said Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.  “2018 has been an outstanding year for DHF across every extent of the organisation and I know that, with Jaspreet’s assistance, we will continue to grow successfully and maintain our position as the UK’s foremost trade association in the areas that we serve.”

For further information about DHF, please visit: www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Friday, 16 November 2018

Getting A Handle On Heavy Duty Door Systems With Pickersgill-Kaye


Pickersgill-Kaye, an ASSA ABLOY Group brand one of the most trusted names in access control solutions, are experts in providing quality, high frequency handles. 

Focusing on high security, the handles have been built to survive the wear and tear applied to heavy duty door sets operating in busy sites like educational facilities, hospitals and offices.

To meet security requirements the aesthetically pleasing handles from Pickersgill-Kaye, which are also available in cranked design to help assist ease of access, are made from high quality 316 stainless steel to ensure strength and durability.

Corrosive resistant, robust and capable of operating doors in excess of 200kg, Pickersgill-Kaye’s new handles are currently being industry tested to 300,000 operations, exceeding the benchmark BSEN 1906 and BSEN 179 required standards.


Among the key features of the handles are:

  • Weathering resistance to reduce exposure to door skin and lock case
  • Handle rose compression ring to reduce movement and guard against damage
  • Balanced sprung handle for ease of operation
  • An 8mm drive spindle for easy installation 

These stylish heavy-duty door handles, which can be specified with Pickersgill-Kaye’s high security locking systems and ASSA ABLOY’s access solutions, may also be compatible with other manufacturers’ door sets.

Phil Prigg, Product Sales Manager at Pickersgill-Kaye, said:
“Our team have listened to customer feedback, which influenced the design process of the new high-performance handles. We believe that the solution lies in resilient door fittings that can be relied upon to keep functioning under the most extreme pressure.”

The company’s portfolio of locking systems is designed and manufactured to the highest technical standards. The range of locks, handles, bolts and fittings has been specifically developed to meet exacting standards of physical attack whilst maintaining safe and easy exit.

As with all Pickersgill-Kaye products the new heavy-duty handles are supported by experienced technical and customer care departments, which can also provide full product training and a worldwide service.

For more information on Pickersgill-Kaye’s security solutions visit www.pkaye.co.uk





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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Alpro in Eccleston Square


IDF Aluminium has installed transom closers and latch locks from Alpro Architectural Hardware at a building that provides premium co-working and flexible office space in central London near Victoria Station.

Thomas House in Eccleston Square is a seven-storey structure with a façade in Regency style and a distinctive timber-clad reception that leads to two wings. It has collaborative drop-in work areas, meeting rooms and facilities to suit present-day practices. The building has been refurbished for The Office Group who pioneered shared workspaces in Britain and now offer these services across multiple London locations as well as Bristol and Leeds.

The Alpro transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors. They allow precise adjustment of the latching and closing force generated by the valve according to the weight and height of individual doors as well as type of usage.


Aesthetics are a major consideration for The Office Group who briefed Soda Studio, an architectural practice known for its clean simple interiors, to create a design in keeping with the neighbouring Georgian squares. In addition to the working facilities, Thomas House has a library, music room, roof terrace and gymnasium. It is named after the early nineteenth-century architect Thomas Cubitt who created much of the surrounding area and also designed the eastern front of Buckingham Palace.

Fabricator IDF devised a solution featuring tailored SBD aluminium profiles from Jack Aluminium Systems, bespoke glazing, internal screens and the Alpro door management. The Alpro products include Europrofile cylinder deadlatches which can be combined with electric strikes to provide the added option of remote access control.

Peter Keen, sales director at Alpro, said: 
“Installing transom closers on internal doors is unusual but the concealed nature of these closers, within the transom header bar, means they are unobtrusive and meet the architect’s goal of preserving interior geometry.”
He continued: “All of The Office Group premises are design-led, and we have now supplied equipment to five of their sites including Henry Wood House, a former BBC building in the West End. Our transom closers are durable and have been tested independently at 250,000 double-action cycles.”

IDF specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of aluminium doors. The door projects are often in commercial and public sector environments where usage may be high but maintenance costs must be minimised.

IDF has 30 years’ experience in the shop front and commercial door market. The company ensures a quality service by designing and fabricating all of its doors and shop fronts in-house with no use of sub-contractors. The client portfolio covers transport, local government, healthcare and education from schools through to universities.

About Alpro

Alpro is based in Poole, Dorset. Its industry-leading range of access control and door hardware products includes deadlocks, deadlatches, cabinet locks, shearlocks, cylinders, transom door closers, waterproof keypads, and infrared proximity switches.


Alpro Architectural Hardware

T: 01202 676262

E: sales@alpro.co.uk

W: www.alpro.co.uk




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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

New Crown Residential Door on the Shelf when you need it


The Crown Residential door has been a staple of the Sapa product range for many years. Replicating the square cut aesthetics of traditional wooden back doors, but with the strength and longevity of aluminium. 

The new door is based on a three chamber construction, for greater strength and performance. With symmetrically designed door and framing, the new Crown Residential Door has simplicity of fabrication and installation at its heart.

Building upon the ease of manufacture, the new Crown Residential door boasts a unique adjustable hinge arrangement which allows for full adjustment of the door during installation to ensure correct alignment of door and frame. To enhance the handing flexibility of the door further, a universal locking strike plate is now provided with a 24mm or 28mm pocket to glaze from inside or out using sloped or square beads.

The door is secured as standard by a three hook lock supplemented by a security dog bolt within the hinges. It is also available with the Sapa patented ‘Dualsecure’ deadlock which not only provides exceptional levels of security but also makes the door certified to PAS 24.

The New Crown Residential door is available as a boxed kit of cut off machined bars and accessories. Made to order kits are cut and prepped to your requirements only requiring assembly.

Alternatively, the door can be supplied as a ‘cut down’ Kit. The concept is simple, with one door providing a solution for left and right hand, open in or open out requirements, with the minimal number of components.

A standard cut down kit arrives and simply requires a square cut saw for operations to door and frame elements, other preparations are pre-machined ensuring a quick turnaround for client orders.

Standard ‘cut down’ kits are produced in white and grey, for single doors up to 2230mm high and 1074mm wide and double doors up to 2072mm high and 2230mm wide. Matching mid rail kits are also available.

James Wilson, Market Manager at Sapa Building System said:
“The new Crown Residential Door is a great product. As a cut down kit it is unique. Rapid fabrication from stocked kits means door delivery for installation is only constrained by glass manufacture, allowing our customers to extend exceptional service levels to their own customers.”

For more information, please visit www.sapabuildingsystem.com.






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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

New London Showcase for Door Design


On 3 December Architectural Ironmongery specialist Glutz UK is opening a dedicated London showroom at the Business Design Centre as a platform for its extensive range of door hardware and access control systems. 

Popular with architects, interiors specialists and developers across the capital, Glutz systems enable designers to not only realise their aesthetic concepts but also to operate, maintain and secure a development’s door system easily and effectively.

The Glutz Showroom will be housed in Islington’s Business Design Centre, located conveniently close to London “Architect District” of Clerkenwell. The BDC is one of London’s most popular conference and exhibition venues within the architectural and interior design community and hosts over 300 events and 500,000 visitors a year. This makes it the perfect showcase for the Glutz range and a perfect meeting place for customers to access Glutz’s award-winning technical and customer service back-up.

The company will be holding an Open House Week from 3 December with a number of special events to mark the launch including a special CPD presentation on 6 December. The CPD, entitled How to Specify Your Design Intent guides architects through the process of fulfilling their design meaning while maintaining a building’s security, accessibility, fire safety and access control functionality.

Glutz is Europe’s leading manufacturer of mechanical and electronic access control products. Established in Switzerland in 1863 the company is famous world-wide for its range of beautifully designed and engineered door handles. But its expertise extends much further than that from master key systems and door and window hardware through to state-of-the-art wireless online and custom access control systems.

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Assa Abloy Security Doors Masters the Art of Security for National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square Entrance 

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, has supplied the National Gallery of Ireland with security, ballistic and fire rated doorsets, for the refurbishment of a 150-year-old listed building. 

The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin has had extensive refurbishment and modernisation of its historic wings on Merrion Square. The building also required an updated fire safety plan, from which followed the need to install new security and fire rated doorsets, complete with locking systems.

The extensive refurbishment came in at close to €30 million, in order to restore the building to its former glory and meet today’s high fire safety and security standards.

National Gallery of Ireland, Upper Beit Wing

For this prestigious project, the doorsets were specified by Henegan Peng Architects and then ASSA ABLOY Security Doors worked closely with Modubuild, a specialist trade contractor, alongside main contractors John Paul Construction to fulfill the specification.

Approximately 30 steel doorsets, including a mixture of LPS 1175 security rating and fire rated glass doorsets, were delivered to the Dargan and Milltown Wings in Merrion Square in order to maintain maximum security as well as adhere to the strictest fire safety regulations.

Logistically, the delivery of the doorsets presented some challenges as the National Gallery of Ireland is in Dublin’s busy city centre. Similarly, solutions had to be carefully chosen to meet the unique demands of the listed building. However, these needs were taken into consideration at an early stage to ensure the project ran smoothly.

National Gallery of Ireland, Upper Milltown Wing

Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, explained:
“For the first time the gallery has an integrated system of lighting, heating and security. It’s very much state of the art; we’ve been able to specify really good technical equipment.” 
James Blanchfield, Pre-Contracts Manager for Ireland and Mainland Europe at Modubuild, a Trade Partner of ASSA ABLOY Security Doors said:
“We pride ourselves on working very closely with our customers to understand their specific requirements and to provide specialist and tailored solutions. 
“Doorsets for this particular project had to be fully compliant to achieve the latest standards and meet the specialist needs of each situation. Factors to consider included fire, acoustics, air tightness, high-security and pressure resistance.”
Stephen Wilkinson, Area Sales Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, added: 
“We had to ensure that the doorsets we were supplying were of the highest security rating as per the customer’s specifications. In addition to this, doors had to be certified to meet strict fire standards and our locking solutions had to include panic hardware as well as access control systems.”

For more information on ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk.




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National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square Entrance 
© National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland, Upper Milltown Wing
© Fennell Photography / Chris Bellew

National Gallery of Ireland, Upper Beit Wing
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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Veterans wow huge crowds on historic route to Brighton


Pioneering vehicles make their annual pilgrimage from capital to coast on the world’s longest running motoring event

As an unseasonably mild London was still covered by darkness, nearly 400 pioneering veteran cars, their intrepid drivers and plucky passengers gathered in Hyde Park last Sunday (4th November) waiting for daybreak to signal the start of the remarkable Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox.

It’s now more than 120 years since the original Emancipation Run, which was held in 1896 to celebrate the recently passed Locomotives on Highways Act. This raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14 mph and abolished the need for a man to walk ahead waving a red flag.


Symbolising that new found freedom, the annual Run always commences with the symbolic tearing of the red flag – a ritual pre-dawn feat this year performed by supermodel and car enthusiast Yasmin Le Bon representing The Movember Foundation and F1 team boss Christian Horner who was joined at the finish by his Spice Girl wife Geri and young family.

Then, at 06:59am sunrise, the first of the pre-1905 horseless carriages was flagged away from the start with the earliest of the Victorian vehicles leading the way as they phutted and hissed their way through Wellington Arch, down Constitution Hill, past Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch and Whitehall into Parliament Square.

Here, for the first time in its 122-year history the 60-mile route split into two, thus alleviating traffic congestion in South London.


Half of the plucky participants travelled over Westminster Bridge and then followed the traditional A23 route via Kennington, Brixton and Streatham Common; the other half left via Millbank, over Lambeth Bridge then journeyed via Vauxhall, Clapham Common and Tooting.

The two routes merged on the A236 just north of Croydon with the entire magical cavalcade reunited as it headed to the spectator-friendly halfway point in Crawley High Street, the South Downs and eventually the Madeira Drive seafront in Brighton.

First away from Hyde Park was a Peugeot Type 3 dating back to the dawn of motoring in 1893. Hailing from the Turin Motor Museum, it is believed to be the first car to have been driven on Italian roads.

Other early starters included the crowd-pleasing 1896 Salvesen Steam Cart – basically a steam locomotive running on the road complete with stoker shoveling coal into the boiler’s fiery furnace plus an evocative choo choo steam whistle – and a number of primitive motorised tricycles complete with riders and passengers regaled in period costumes.


Thereafter followed a staggering variety of antique machinery dating back to the era of innovative and experimental vehicles – some petrol powered, others propelled by steam and electricity; some fitted with steering-wheels, others with naval inspired tillers and helms.

As always it was an extraordinary sight without parallel anywhere on Earth: a living, moving testament to a bygone age when motoring technology was in its infancy.

Blessed with such eccentric charm and incredible history, the renaissant Run enjoys worldwide participation and attracts huge crowds along the entire route. Among this year’s entries were cars from Argentina, Australia, Hong Kong, and South Africa as well as 21 from the United States


In total, 117 different marques ranging from Achilles (built in Frome, Somerset) to Yale (from Toledo in Ohio, US) were represented on this year’s Run – some, like Cadillac, Renault and Mercedes, still well-known today, but the vast majority lost to history. Many cars and crews sported moustaches in support of Movember, the event’s official Charity Partner.

One of the ambitious brands to have fallen by the industrial wayside was making its Veteran Car Run debut this year: Vabis the embryonic Scandinavian company that can trace its descendants to today’s commercial vehicle giant Scania. Despite its rookie status, the newcomer completed the Run.


Le Bon and Horner, too, were also savouring the event for the very first time; the former driving a 1901 Wolseley kindly loaned by the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, the latter behind the wheel of Lord (Irvine) Laidlaw’s 1904 Panhard-Levassor. Both made it all the way to Brighton enjoying the hazy autumnal sunshine and huge, cheering crowds lining the roadside.
“It was super,” enthused Horner. “We had a great run in a lovely car which ran seamlessly. I cannot thank Irvine Laidlaw enough for letting me drive his beautiful Panhard. It is an absolutely magical event and wonderful to see so many enthusiasts and car clubs coming out to support all those on the road. It was great fun – I’ll definitely be back for more!”

Le Bon was equally enthusiastic and enthralled: 
“I absolutely loved it,” she beamed at the finish. “I was grinning from ear to ear, even in the few more gripping moments that we had. The car behaved beautifully. The crowds were just astonishing – I had no idea quite how many people come out, but I’m delighted that they do to see these incredible vehicles all together on the road.
“It’s an extraordinary sight. What’s more, I was doing the Run for a wonderful cause – men should definitely be talking together more about health issues and taking charge of their wellbeing.”


In total, nearly ninety per cent of the starters made it to Brighton before the 4.30pm deadline to claim a coveted finishers’ medal – just 44 of the starters failing to reach the sea front. The first car home was the 1901 Oldsmobile of Andres Melkus from Austria arriving on Madeira Drive. Next across the line was Tom Loder driving a 1900 Stephens.

While the Run is famously not a race, the increasingly popular Regularity Time Trial does provide a competitive element. More than 320 entrants, more than ever before, elected to take part in the Trial by attempting to keep to a strict average speed for the stretch between Crawley and Burgess Hill. The winner was Paul Kelling in an Oldsmobile who covered the 13 miles at an average speed of 12.05mph compared to his 12mph target.


Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said: 
“It has been another exceptional Run in this quite remarkable event. The split route out of London definitely alleviated the traffic problems of the past, and it has been a real pleasure to complete the Run today.
“The weather has been kind this year, which makes a big difference for these types of extraordinary vehicles, and I have seen lots of happy smiley faces amongst our participants.
“I would just like to thank all the people that have come together to make this such a special event. Thanks must go to the marshals all the way down the route that continue to make it a real pleasure to drive this event, those at Goose Live Events who run the event on behalf of the Royal Automobile Club, plus the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain particularly in dating these cars and making sure of their authenticity.
“My final thank you is to the spectators who have lined the route. It is such a fantastic family event and it is great to see people of all ages enjoying themselves in the autumnal sunshine.”
As in recent years, the Bonhams Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox provided a fitting finale to the Royal Automobile Club’s busy London Motor Week – during which the Club presented an array of functions and events.

The penultimate event in the week was the free-to-view Illinois Route 66 Regent Street Motor Show, on Saturday 3 November, which turned London’s flagship shopping street into a motoring showcase that put the spotlight on veterans and moderns alike and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors.

For more details of the event visit www.veterancarrun.com.




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Saturday, 10 November 2018

SWS UK Support Local Woodland and Grassroots Sports


Market-leading security door manufacturers, SWS UK, recently supported an initiative to combat the environmental footprint created by a carnival in their region, as well as sponsored their nearby Rugby Union team.


This year, Morecambe Carnival in Lancashire attracted 55,000 people over the second weekend in August and organisers wanted to offset the impact this would have on the local area.

SWS UK subsequently bought 120 trees for the carnival’s ‘Trees ‘n’ Bees’ initiative as part of their ongoing commitment to the environment.

The company are ISO:14001 accredited (the international environmental standard) and have successfully worked towards zero to landfill for production waste.

The ‘Trees ‘n’ Bees’ theme was chosen by the Carnival Committee to raise awareness of the importance of trees to the environment, the plight of diminishing bee populations, as well as to start a Carnival Wildlife Woodland for the area.

Event organiser, Carla Brayshaw, said: 
“This will go towards offsetting the environmental footprint of the event and will be a wonderful legacy for the town, for our children, grandchildren and future generations.”
The shutter manufacturers also sponsored Morecambe’s Vale of Lune RUFC Under 14’s training kit for the 2018/19 season.

The junior squad have gotten off to a flying start with a winning streak that has pulled in some impressive scores.

In early October, the lads won with an incredible 97 – 14 when playing at home against Fleetwood.

Due to the age of the squad, rather than a league-format, the season’s champion team is decided through Lancashire Cup Matches.

What was previously the Under 13’s team won the prestigious prize last year and this year’s team have no signs of slowing down.

They are already working towards retaining their title after winning their first match for the cup this season, beating Heaton Moor 36 – 19.

This year's rules see's the team playing on a full-size pitch with 15 players.

The young team have been wearing their new training attire, with the SWS UK logo emblazoned across the back, every Thursday evening for practice sessions and on the Sundays that they aren’t competing.

Kevin Lindeque, Managing Director of SWS UK, said: 
“At SWS, we get involved with a range of activities around our local community as it not only houses our business, but also our staff.
“A number of colleagues enjoyed the Morecambe Carnival, so to be a part of a legacy that will last for many years gives members of SWS UK something that we can all be proud of.
“We’re also very proud to sponsor Vale of Lune RUFC for the 2018/19 season and support grassroots sport in the area. They’re already performing really well this season, so it’s extra special sponsoring such a dedicated young team.”

www.sws.co.uk



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Friday, 9 November 2018

Alutech Side Extension System from JD (UK) Reaches New Widths



Earlier this year, JD (UK) Ltd launched the latest development from Alutech for sectional garage doors, which pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved with a double door side extension sprung system.

Previously, the maximum width for double doors with a side sprung system for the majority of the market was between 3045mm to 3500mm. The new system from Alutech can accommodate door widths of up 4500mm.

This has increased the market potential of sectional doors for JD (UK) customers and offers a host of additional benefits to both the installer and end-user. 


JD (UK) customer, Terry Watson of Chesterfield-based A1 Garage Doors (UK) Ltd, told DIJ how it has transformed his business…

Terry explains, 
“I was aware that something was in the pipeline and, with my engineering background, I anticipated the potential it offered. But it has been such a great improvement that, since it was launched in January, of the 20-25 sectional doors I order each month from JD (UK), nearly all of them are side sprung.
“In the past, customers have been put off by the look of the overhead and rear-mounted systems and it increases the overall cost significantly. The side extension sprung system is cheaper and more discreet so the price and aesthetics are immediately more appealing. It’s also quicker to install, often saving up to 2 hours per job. This frees up my time to carry out more surveys, which generates more jobs for my installers and more revenue for my business.
“Overhead and rear-mounted systems can be complicated and rely on torsion leaving them prone to maintenance issues, particularly on bigger doors, which results in call backs for me. The springs on the side extension system work independently of each other and don’t have to be run with torsion so are easier to install and more reliable, saving time both at install and by reducing call backs. The system offers a problem-solving solution to customers, giving them more options where an automated sectional door might not have been possible due to height and headroom restrictions.
“The increased width capability of the double side extension sprung sectional door from JD (UK) means I can now offer the additional benefits of this system to most of my bigger jobs. It’s been a total game changer for me.”

To discuss Alutech sectional doors and automation in more detail you should call the JD sales team on 01924 472924 or email sales@jdukltd.co.uk .





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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Carlo Gavazzi PD86 Sensor Ensures Safe and Reliable Detection


Carlo Gavazzi has extended its popular range of polarized retro-reflective sensors with a powerful stylish and versatile unit, the PD86XAP12.  The sensor is designed to meet the harsh environments of today’s industrial door and gate applications.

With a long straight sensing distance of 12 metres on an 80mm diameter reflector the PD86 has a simple adjustable horizontal and vertical lens + 4.5° to compensate for uneven mounting surfaces, the sensor is particularly suited to applications where dust and other environmental conditions can influence the sensing distance.

The 44 x 86 x 39mm housing is manufactured in a either a strong metal version housing manufactured from ZAMAK 5 or a smart grey glass reinforced polycarbonate avoiding corrosion issues whilst providing a water tight (IP66) and screwless construction.

To make for easier mounting the cable entry has been enlarged and comes with either fixed terminals or a detachable terminal block 6 x 1.5mm2.  The PD86 has proven immunity against foreign light, SPST, relay output, dipswitch for inverting the relay and for testing the input to a normally high or normally low position as well as an operating temperature range of -25° to +60°C.

The polarized retro-reflective function filters out any unwanted reflections from shiny objects such as metallic cars, providing a reliable detection source; whilst the dipswitch can be set to work with any door controller, and the two LEDs combined with four selectable settings; Yellow LED for output on and green LED for power, dirty lens and misalignment, makes fault diagnostic simple and fast.

The PD86 sensor is designed in accordance with the latest standards European and North American regulations for industrial doors and is CE, UL325 and UL508 approved and is compliant with EN12445, EN12453, EN12978 Regulations and ESPE type 2.
ENDS

For more information regarding Carlo Gavazzi and its range of products, please visit the website: www.carlogavazzi.co.uk





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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Richard Reeve to take Axim Architectural Hardware to New Heights


TPG, The Parkside Group Limited is pleased to announce that Richard Reeve, Sales Director will be exclusively looking after one of its major divisions, Axim Architectural Hardware.  

Richard has been with TPG for 15 years and is excited to take the leading hardware brand to even greater heights. 

Richard said: “Axim is one of the most trusted brands in the industry for reliability and quality.  Axim celebrated 30 years of business last year and having worked throughout the industry I know that the Axim TC-8800 series of Concealed Transom Closers is well known for its superb long-term performance and as part of TPG, Axim, is backed up by market leading delivery to its European wide distributor and partner network.”

Over the last 30 years Axim has extensively developed its product range to include all the hardware that top quality commercial doors require.

Richard commented that: “Everyone knows the top performer the Axim TC Series of Concealed Closers, however, I am not sure that everyone is aware of how extensive the Axim product range is.  The Axim PR Series Panic Exit range is comprehensive, and the Axim Panic Exit Locking Handle is one of the most high-quality products I have seen which fits across the entire range.”

The Axim branded product range includes Emergency and Panic Exit Devices that are certified to BS EN 179 and BS EN 1125, a range of handles including D-handles, Lever Handles, Pad Handles, Pull Handles and Tube Handles, Floor Springs which can take a door weight of up to 150Kg, Locks including Mortice, Dead Latch, Extension Flush Bolts for security slave doors.

The Axim TC-8800 Series of Concealed Transom Closer will fit most major manufacture’s doors and has 3 different strengths.  The TC 9900 is a universal closer which is ideal for repair and maintenance and where closers have failed, the TC9900 offers a fast solution without the need for costly repairs.

Richard continues: “Axim is known very well in the aluminium door industry, however the Surface Mounted Door Closer, the Axim FC Series, offers a solution for both aluminium and timber doors, in fact it even comes as standard with fixings to suit both materials.  This means that installers and distributors can minimise the closers they carry, and the Axim FC-1000 Series has been tested for Fire Rating to BS 476-22 1987.”

Offering innovative solutions has been at the fore of Axim and launching new products such as the Axim ES-2100 Electric Strike a remote access product that offers installers a reduction in installation and maintenance time.  The Axim LK-2100 Reversible Deadlatch offers a non-handed solution which means that installers and distributors can reduce their stock-holding by only stocking one Deadlatch instead of two.

Last year Axim had a face-lift with a new revamped logo, which joined the new website and Technical Literature which offers extensive technical, specification and installation information with speedy navigation to get you to the place you need to be.

Axim designs and supplies a comprehensive in-stock range of transom closers, panic exit devices, electric strikes, deadlatches, surface mounted door closers, floor-springs, flush-bolts, letter-plates, locks and handles through a pan-European distributor supply chain. 

For more information please contact Axim on 0208 685 9685, email axim@parksidegroup.co.uk - or visit www.axim.co.uk .





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