Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Alpro Square the Circle


IDF Aluminium has installed transom closers, solenoid locks and hook locks from Alpro Architectural Hardware at a building in a historic section of London’s Finsbury Square.

No.4 Chiswell Street backs onto the Artillery Ground which has seen archery in Tudor times, some of the first organised games of cricket in the 1730s and even a hot-air balloon flight in 1784.

The four-storey structure was refurbished by main contractor Parkeray to a design by Ben Adams Architects that created column-free office space with exposed concrete soffit and a signature golden mesh & grille façade based on curtain walling with bold circles.

The glazing is unusual since the Reynaers’ curtain walling for the double-height reception uses innovative bracketry to support massive panes from Euroview Architectural Glass. The Alpro closers are on the distinctive gilt exterior doors and the client is also benefiting from solenoid bolts in the door heads.

Alpro transverse action deadlocking bolts offer high levels of physical strength with holding forces of up to 2,000kg, a bolt throw of 14mm and models with oversize pins.

The advanced microprocessor module provides power reduction allowing for continuous operation without heat generation as well as automatic voltage regulation, dual monitoring and access control features to fully monitor and control movement. Installers can use housings from the same series for surface mounting which facilitates the securing of glass doors. Dress plates are offered for a clean finish.

The No.4 Chiswell Street refurbishment was carried out with tenants in occupation and even involved use of abseiling techniques to replace glazing. A temporary reception was created for access and egress. Daylight has been maximised and floor-to-ceiling height is used wherever possible in a design that meets the Equality Act and includes a revised fire strategy.

IDF specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of aluminium doors. The door projects are often in business 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.

www.alpro.co.uk





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Monday, 18 February 2019

Hörmann UK launches new innovations for industrial market


Europe’s leading door provider, Hörmann UK, is continuing to exceed the expectations of the warehousing and logistics sector with a range of new product and service launches, further enhancing its extensive industrial portfolio.

Recently unveiled at BAU 2019, the new HS 5012PU 42 S spiral door features a 215mm narrow side element, which allows for quick and easy installation, even in the tightest of spaces.

Its counterbalance without springs construction also provides a service-friendly and virtually wear-free design, without comprising on the maximum speed of 1.2 m/s for opening and an impressive 0.5 m/s for closing.

The door can also be operated by Hörmann UK’s innovative BiSecur radio control elements, providing safe, secure and convenient operation through its encryption protocol.

The latest HS 5012PU 42 S model is also supported by Hörmann UK’s new SmartControl system, a service offering that is compatible with all Hörmann UK high-speed doors manufactured from 2015.

Providing technical door analysis at all times, the SmartControl system is an online portal where professionals can access important door information, such as error messages or updates on door cycles and overall performance.

The programme is designed to provide cost-savings by aiding a reduction in the frequency and duration of service and maintenance visits by providing a platform that allows for proactive and proficient service planning.

The easy-to-use software also enables parts to be ordered and replaced before a breakdown occurs, significantly minimising any potential downtime that may occur due to faults or breakdowns.

Faster troubleshooting can also be achieved due to online access of the door’s control, streamlining the servicing process for professionals as no software installation is required.

Phil Clark, Industrial Service Manager for Hörmann UK, said:
“Continuous development of high quality, innovative products and services is a central focus for the business. We are committed to providing the most innovative solutions available to the European market and our latest high speed door and servicing offering further enhances this for both existing and potential customers.”

The latest HS 5012PU 42 S spiral door and SmartControl system will be available to the UK market from 1st March.

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





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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Swind announces Limited Production Run of Electric Classic Mini


Sixty years after the iconic Mini first hit the streets, a British technology company has unveiled the first production electric classic Mini at the London Classic Car Show. 

The Swind E Classic Mini combines a fully-restored body and bespoke powertrain developed in-house by industry leaders Swindon Powertrain, specialists that have been providing engineering expertise to automotive and motorsports industries for over 40 years.

Produced in Wiltshire at the firm’s recently-upgraded facility, the Swind E Classic Mini instills all the affection of the original with state-of-the-art EV technology to create an individual, nippy, zero-emissions city car with character.

While retaining the same look, proportions and spirit of the original Mini, the bespoke 80kw motor and single transmission ensures responsive and smooth power that can be used without incurring congestion charge fees.

Available to order immediately in either left- or right-hand-drive, the limited production run of 100 cars starts at £79,000 and comes with an unlimited mileage one-year warranty and MOT.


Standard features

  • Lithium Ion battery containing 24kWh of energy and electric motor producing 80kw of power (the equivalent of 110bhp)
  • Fully charged in four hours via a female Type 2 connector (Fast charging option available) 
  • Range of 125 miles (200km) with regenerative braking system
  • Top speed is 80mph (130km/h)
  • 0 to 60mph (0-100km/h) in 9.2 seconds 
  • 30-50mph (50- 80 km/h) acceleration time of 4.3 seconds helps the Mini offer punchy overtaking
  • GVW of 720kg (increase of 80kg from starter car)
  • Improved weight distribution (57 per cent/43 per cent compared to 68 per cent/32 per cent of the original car)
  • With the petrol tank no longer required, boot space is increased to 200 litres
  • Standard features include USB charging ports, underfloor heating, heated leather seats and front and rear windscreen
  • Options include infotainment and sat-nav system, power steering, a full-length sliding fabric roof, air conditioning, performance tuning packs and bespoke paint colours
  • Choice of six standard colours with a contrasting roof


To ensure the E Classic Mini can stand up to the rigours of today’s driving, the prototype has completed over 10,000 real world miles alongside thousands of hours of virtual simulations of the bespoke powertrain.

Contemporary corrosion protection together with completely new brake and suspension parts ensure Swind’s E Classic Mini is substantially easier to live with than other classics.

This highly-advanced Swind E Classic Mini is the brainchild of Swindon Powertrain’s managing director Raphael Caillé, who saw an opportunity to produce an electric car with a soul that people from all walks of life would instantly fall in love with. 

“This is the first time an electrified classic Mini has entered production,” confirms Caillé. 
“There have been one-offs and prototypes before, but Swind is the first company to launch such a car to the public. The classic Mini has such a special place in people’s hearts, not only in the UK but around the world.
“The packaging of Sir Alec Issigonis’ 1959 design was truly ground-breaking and now we are making it relevant again. Its compact size and good visibility, together with contemporary performance and handling, makes it a car you’ll want to drive in the city and put a smile on your face.”

For more information visit www.swind.life





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Saturday, 16 February 2019

GEZE UK finds showcase a FIT



GEZE UK will be providing a ‘window’ on a range of new products and solutions at the UK’s only event for the glass and glazing industry - the FIT Show.

Geared to meet the needs of specifiers, fabricators and installers, the exhibition takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, 21-23 May and includes the latest innovations and cutting-edge products.

GEZE UK will be demonstrating its solutions for meeting the enhanced security PAS 24 accreditation for automatic sliding doors, innovative smoke and heat ventilation and integrated natural ventilation products within its comprehensive solutions.

Also, on show will be GEZE’s new products including a new underfloor automatic operator for swing doors, the IST lock that allows controlled movement through a manually locked door via electronic control, FTV 320 escape door lock and TS 2000, TS 4000 and TS 5000 door closers, and floor springs as well as GEZE’s building automation system Cockpit.

GEZE UK can be found on stand E28, and is part of the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) Pavilion. Open on three sides, GEZE UK’s exhibition stand has been designed to be interactive allowing visitors to try out products for themselves.

The FIT show features 250 brands showcasing more than 4,500 products and is now in its seventh year having relocated from Telford to a bigger ‘home’ in 2017. Its purpose is to forge “a bridge between the manufacturers and distributors of products, components and services with the companies and individuals that fabricate, install and specify them”.

More details can be found on its website www.fitshow.co.uk

Sales and Marketing director Andy Howland said:
“We are delighted to be exhibiting at the FIT Show. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our solutions and new products in an environment where we can give visitors insight into how they can be used in a variety of situations and to meet specific needs.
“In turn it allows us to meet people who are at the cutting edge of purchase and installation and hear from them what issues they are facing in order to help inform the future development of our products.”
For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk



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Friday, 15 February 2019

Weru UK Celebrates Major Accreditation, and a UK First

Martyn Strangwick Technical &Training Manager
  (31 Years service with Weru)

Blackpool-based Weru UK – a distributor for Weru (Germany’s market leader in windows and doors), has just achieved the new RAL installation standards certification.

The new and very strict RAL approved door and window installation standards cover all aspects including air tightness, security and wind loading on entrance doors, bi-fold doors, sliding doors and last but not least, windows.

Weru UK is to their knowledge the only window and door company outside of Germany to receive this prestigious honour and one which required the company to undergo stringent assessments and training prior to be being awarded the sought-after accreditation. 

Darren Atkinson Installation Manager  (27 Yrs service with Weru)
 
Kate Lindsay, Sales Director at Weru UK explains; 
“RAL is recognised as a trusted trademark worldwide and a reliable guide for consumers over the almost 90 years it has been in existence. Whilst the Weru product range has had full RAL accreditation on their finished products for many years the introduction of a RAL certification for technical installation is new. 
“We feel it will be of high interest to all UK architects and specialist Eco builders and will clarify the myriad of grey areas that exist re the optimum fixing methods frame position and wall connections.
“We are thrilled to be awarded the standard for all our window and door installations, as testament to this fact we have met over and above the incredibly rigorous RAL criteria. Quality and customer service are always at the heart of everything we do.”

Adam Fulton –  Installer (Level 4)  (5 years service with Weru)

The firm was established 34 years ago but the formation of the Weru UK network is new however there are already established Weru Partners in Macclesfield Derby, Glasgow and Bexhill all currently going through the same accreditation. 

The network currently has a combined turnover circa £4.5 million. They have commenced seeking new partners countrywide to fully establish the brand in the UK. 

The new training facility operates from within the Weru UK 8000 sq ft UK head office at Amy Johnson Way, Squires Gate, Blackpool.

www.weru.uk



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Thursday, 14 February 2019

JD (UK) relaunches special offer for 2019 – Get up to 10% Off Alutech Sectional Doors


Following the success of the same promotion last year, garage door supplier JD (UK) has relaunched a special offer for the first quarter of 2019, giving installers a 10% discount on Alutech sectional garage doors when purchased with a batch of the award-winning Levigato garage door operator.


This means that for every batch of 10 Levigatos purchased, a 10% discount will be applied to one Alutech sectional door on the order and for every batch of 5 Levigatos purchased, a 5% discount will be applied to one sectional door on the order, or multiplies thereof.

To take advantage of this special offer, customers should place their order before 5pm on Friday 29th March 2019 by calling Nichola at JD (UK) on 01924 472924 or emailing nichola@jdukltd.co.uk.


Levigato - Introductory Offer

But that’s not all, if you are yet to try the Levigato garage door operator, as an added incentive to the many benefits of the product, JD (UK) is offering first time buyers their first Levigato at a special introductory rate. And should you require assistance when first installing this motor, a JD (UK) representative will be able to assist you. To find out if you qualify for the offer please call Nichola at JD (UK) on 01924 472924 or email nichola@jdukltd.co.uk.


About the Levigato LG800 Operator

The Levigato Garage Door Operator is our most competitively priced automation system yet and has grown in popularity since its launch last year. 

The sleek, slim, award-winning Levigato motor was designed by Pininfarina, a famous automotive design company also associated with premium brands such as Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati. 

Homeowners love its contemporary design and ease of use, while installers appreciate its versality, ease of installation and the range of accessories available.

Levigato opens up new opportunities to installers in the replacement motor market and is also the perfect partner to the new Alutech double side sprung door. 

This new Alutech side sprung door offers improved aesthetics to the door internally, with no requirement for overhead springs suspended from the ceiling or fixed above the garage door opening, which can be unsightly and inconvenient. 

Available for door sizes up to 4500mm wide and 2250mm high.

About JD UK Ltd and Alutech Systems

JD UK Ltd and Alutech Systems are key UK distributors of the Alutech Group, offering UK-based service and support to fabricators and installers from a world-leading designer and manufacturer of aluminium systems, including; sectional and roller garage doors and garage door automation, aluminium windows, doors, façades, conservatory systems and internal partitioning.





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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

John Williams joins Somfy as Business Development Manager


Somfy, the world leader in the automation of home and building openings and closures, has announced that John Williams has joined the UK team as Business Development Manager for their Access Channel.


John will initially be focusing heavily on the Boom operator markets (Dexxo) and will eventually cover the entire Access product channel range.

John previously worked at Aluprof as a Sales manager selling architectural aluminium systems to the construction industry. He is married and has one daughter, and he told us his hobbies are watching football and other sports, cooking and walking the dog amongst many other things.

John said following his appointment:
“I am delighted to be joining Somfy, as it is a very well-known brand within the UK and Europe and this represents a fantastic opportunity for me to be a part of the development of the UK operation.“

Neil Sorrell, Somfy's KAM CM UK commented:
“The expansion of the Somfy range, particularly in respect of our Smart Home products, means we have more responsibility to more customers than ever before and that means I need the brightest and best as part of my team, so to have someone of John’s experience on board is excellent news.”
About Somfy:
Somfy is an international group present in nearly 60 countries and the world leader in the automation of home and building openings and closures. For more than 45 years, the Somfy Group has been leading the improvement of living environments through automation, by designing and developing solutions for comfort, safety, energy saving and personal autonomy.

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





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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Squire launches Stronghold® Half Euro padlock bodies


Squire has introduced a new range of Stronghold® Half Euro body only padlocks that accept 45mm half euro cylinders, and they don’t need any extra modification.

Designed to the highest specification, these cylinder operated padlock bodies are based on Squire’s ultra-high security Stronghold® range of CEN graded padlocks.

They are available in two body widths of 55mm (CEN grade 4) and 65mm (CEN grade 5), with open shackle and long shackle options.

Any manufacturer 45mm half euro cylinders can be used, but they require the same CEN grades as the padlocks to meet CEN standards.

Padlock features also include solid hardened steel lock body, electrophoretic anti-corrosion finish and hardened boron alloy steel shackle.

They offer anti-drill protection and are highly corrosion resistant with over 400-hours salt spray test, making them ideal for harsh environments.

All padlocks come with Squire’s personal 10-year guarantee as standard.


CEO John Squire said:
“We’re proud to introduce these very high specification padlocks using our Stronghold® range of CEN grade locks.  
“Locksmiths can create their own suite of padlocks using half euro cylinders.  But importantly, what makes them different is the padlocks need no extra modifications, so it’s a quick and easy process.”
Designed to reflect Squire’s premium brand status for ‘toughness guaranteed,’ Stronghold® range of Half Euro padlocks is supported by the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers.

www.squirelocks.co.uk





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Monday, 11 February 2019

Door Group Signals Improvements for Network Rail


Door Group, a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland has supplied a number of high security steel doorsets to Network Rail for the upgrade of its remote signal rooms. 

The project was commissioned through Kent-based trade customer Taylor Refit, who removed the existing doors and installed new high security steel doorsets certified to LPS 1175 security ratings from the Powershield range.

The upgrade comes as part of Network Rail’s plan to heighten the security level to its signal rooms following the recent vandalism.


Network Rail specified that the high security doors supplied needed to offer maximum protection to the remote rooms, whilst also providing a cost-effective solution. ABLOY Protec cylinders were also incorporated into the specialist locks throughout the sites.

Due to the easy-to-install products, Taylor Refit was able to remove and install the security doors in just one day, resulting in minimal disruption to services.

Chris Cole, Area Sales Manager (SE & London) for Door Group comments:
“We are delighted that Network Rail gave us the opportunity to provide superior security doorsets to this project and we hope to build on our relationship in the future.
“We pride ourselves on supplying high quality products and we work closely with our customers to understand their specific requirements and to provide specialist and tailored solutions. We had to ensure that the doorsets we were supplying offered maximum security, as per the customer’s specifications.”


Door Group’s work with Network Rail follows a number of high-profile contracts with Transport for London and Crossrail Limited.

Brian Sofley, Managing Director for Door Group, added:
“We pride ourselves on our portfolio of well-respected clients that choose to work with us time and time again. We attribute this to our comprehensive service offering and expert advice throughout each project.”

To view or download this case study online, please visit bit.ly/2sTSpb9.

For more information on ASSA ABLOY Door Group, please visit:  www.assaabloy.co.uk or to find out how you can become a Trade Partner, please visit bit.ly/2Ob0gKo.




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Sunday, 10 February 2019

The Ultimate Italian Job Tour to Commemorate the Movie’s 50th Anniversary


Classic car owners are being invited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Italian Job on an extraordinary 11-day driving tour which takes in many of the famous roads and locations featured in the movie.

The Ultimate Italian Job Tour, created by Classics on the Road and the Jaguar E-type Club, will treat drivers and their companions to some of Europe’s most fabulous roads and scenery as its route passes through France, Italy and Switzerland between October 6th and 17th 2019.

Highlights of the Tour will include a driving experience on the rooftop test track of Fiat’s former Lingotto factory in Turin, which appeared in the movie’s legendary car chase; driving some of the most spectacular mountain roads in Europe; and an evening with key personalities involved in making the film. 

Lingotto race track in Turin
Participants in the Ultimate Italian Job Tour will be accompanied throughout the 1,400-mile drive by a swarm of red, white and blue Minis, and by the red Jaguar E-type roadster, orange Lamborghini Miura P400, and silver Aston Martin DB4 convertible seen in the movie. The Tour visits the St. Bernard Pass, scene of the film’s opening credits, where the Miura was blown-up in a tunnel and the E-type and DB4 also met their fates.

While in Turin, Tour participants will spend a few days in the company of The Italian Job producer Michael Deeley; stunt director Rémy Julienne; actor David Salamone, who played Dominic, one of Charlie Croker’s gang of ‘Chinless Wonders’; and subject-expert Matthew Field, whose new book, The Self Preservation Society – 50 years of The Italian Job, will be published later this year. 

St. Bernard Pass

The three-day Italian Job experience will also include a private screening of the film; a ‘soirée’ hosted by Field; a Walking Tour in the city of car-chase locations with commentary by Field, visiting the Baroque staircase of the Palazzo Madama, the crowded porticoes on Via Roma, the cathedral steps and the weir on the River Po. Tour participants will also receive a copy of his book.

In keeping with its theme, the Ultimate Italian Job Tour is open exclusively to E-types, and to pre-1970 Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Minis.

The price – €5,495 per person in double occupancy or €6,575 per person in single occupancy – includes accommodation in carefully selected four- and five-star hotels in France and Italy; three lunches and 10 dinners; a comprehensive Road Book with Tulip notes, maps, rally plates, information about places being visited, and recommendations of other places worth seeing; a private evening screening of The Italian Job; and guided visits to the Domaine Pommery champagne cellars, Arc-et-Senans Royal Saltworks, Museo Nazionale dell Automobile in Turin, Mont Blanc Skyway, and Matisse Museum in Le Cateau-Cambrésis.

Domaine Pommery champagne cellar

Tour participants will be accompanied by the event organisers, including E-type Club co-founders Philip and Julie Porter in their E-type, the original Italian Job roadster, 848 CRY; a film crew and professional photographer; and a mechanic.

Philip Porter commented:
“The Ultimate Italian Job Tour is going to be amazing. It will be unique and probably the last opportunity to celebrate this iconic movie with key people from the film, combined with fantastic driving, the star cars and informed visits to most of the charismatic locations”.
To find out more about the Ultimate Italian Job Tour or reserve a place, please visit www.classicsontheroad.com





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Saturday, 9 February 2019

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is set to build audience and revenue for trades in 2019


The Homebuilding & Renovating Show experienced one of its most successful years to date in 2018, delivering more than 18,000 engaged and targeted visitors at its last two events covering the North and South West of the UK. 

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, which took place between 2-4 November at Harrogate Convention Centre, stood out by marking its busiest event yet with an eight per cent increase in visitor numbers year on year.

Data gathered from both the Northern and South West events underlines the quality of the audience profile, with over 70 per cent of visitors revealing plans for a live project which will be underway within the next 12 months, and an average project spend of between £118,000-£125,000.

Over 50 per cent of visitors are working on a build project, while 28 per cent are improving their home, and 15 per cent are busy carrying out renovations. Out of these, over 70 per cent of them state they do not attend any other self-build events, expressing loyalty to the Homebuilding & Renovating brand.

The organisers also disclosed that 16 per cent of visitors were trade, an increased figure compared to previous years. These are people interested in discovering the latest industry trends, keen to network with likeminded professionals or wanting to assess the opportunities of exhibiting at future events.

Doors and windows were the most popular category overall, with over 50 per cent of visitors sourcing products and services to match their needs, followed closely by the heating sector. Next on the list are flooring and floor structures, bathrooms and kitchens, and lighting and electrical. Over 80 per cent of guests showed their intention of securing purchases following their attendance at the shows.


Nick Noble, commercial & events director at Future PLC, says,
“Yet again, we have engaged an active, loyal audience who reinforce The Homebuilding & Renovating Show as the market leader in this space. Last year’s shows highlight the commitment and dedication of our discerning visitors to forge ahead with their plans in the New Year, which we already expect to exceed expectations as much of our 2019 stand space has been booked months ahead of schedule."

Merry Albright from Border Oak adds,
“Border Oak has been exhibiting at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows for almost 20 years and base our marketing calendar around the event dates. Customer interaction is good and post show results indicate that the shows are an important part of business. You get to meet your potential clients (who may not otherwise travel to see you) in a setting that is appropriate and conducive to self building and fact finding - but not pressurised.
“I would recommend it to other companies, especially those who have a great product and possibly haven't tried the shows before as there is a lot of appetite for all industry sectors relating to self build and custom build."

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is anticipated to offer more events than ever before this year, which commenced with a new show location at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre last month. 


The shows will also be visiting Birmingham from 28-31 March; Glasgow from 1-2 June; Surrey from 29-30 June; London from 4-6 October; Edinburgh from 19-20 October; Harrogate from 1-3 November, and Somerset from 16-17 November.

For those who are still planning their 2019 schedule and are aiming to interact with an audience who is serious about its self-build and renovation ventures, space on the floor is still available. 

For more details on upcoming exhibitions, visit www.homebuildingshow.co.uk or contact the sales team on 01527 834418. 

Those interested in attending the upcoming Homebuilding & Renovating Show can claim free tickets via homebuildingshow.co.uk/visitus. Additional T&Cs apply: homebuildingshow.co.uk/terms




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Friday, 8 February 2019

DHF announces more robust measures for new members following ‘bumper year’


DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has announced that it has introduced more robust procedures for companies wishing to join its membership following a ‘bumper year’.   

The Tamworth-based trade association is renowned industry-wide for its tireless and on-going efforts in raising standards and levels of safety across the sector, and this latest pronouncement is further testament to these continuing endeavours.

The new procedures, which started on 1st October following a tremendous boost in membership since 2017, will mean that all companies wishing to apply for membership will, initially, be referred to as affiliate members until, in the case of applicants involved in automated gates, industrial doors and garage doors, at least one ‘responsible’ person (who can implement changes) in the company has completed the relevant DHF two-day Diploma course(s).  Whilst affiliate members, companies will be unable to use the DHF logo or appear on the DHF website.


Furthermore, all companies applying for membership will also undertake a new Company Compliance Assessment (CCA), a checklist of legal and compliancy requirements specific to the product, and usually involves a visit to their premises by a member of DHF’s experienced training and compliance team and/or a visit to a recent installation, to ensure the company is supplying and installing safe and legally compliant products. 

Once these requirements have been satisfied, the applicant company will become a full member and be able to use the DHF logo, be displayed on the DHF website and utilise the many benefits available to members.

“As an organisation, DHF is renowned for its rigorous processes in allowing new members into the federation, and following a recent surge in membership numbers, we are determined to maintain that positive reputation,” explains Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.  “We are understandably delighted by the swell in membership but determined that ‘quality’ should not be compromised in any way by ‘quantity’.  Being a member of DHF means something.  Safety, compliance and legal responsibility lie at the very heart of what we do, so it is essential that we continue to retain the very high standards for which we are recognised across the industry.  It is vital that both new – and existing – members adhere to the principles and values of the association in meeting these requirements.
“So far, the new processes have received the full backing and encouragement of our current members and those wishing to join DHF.  Going forward, we will also be increasing the number of company compliance assessments carried out on existing members.  DHF’s strapline is Raising Standards, Safety Assured, and these new measures demonstrate our continuing commitment to this benchmark.”

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



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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Yale Revolution Window Hinge achieves EPD certification


Yale Door and Window Solutions has achieved a product-specific Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification for its Revolution Window Hinge.

The globally recognised declaration provides environmental information on the Yale Revolution Window Hinge and the materials used to make it. It also details the manufacturing processes involved, including the environmental implications of the raw material used, energy efficiency, transportation impact, and waste generation.

The EPD highlights Yale’s commitment to sustainability and can help contribute to LEED and BREEAM compliance – a key consideration when fitting out new buildings.

Paul Atkinson, Sales and Commercial Director for Yale Door and Window Solutions, comments:
"This latest EPD certification is a key part of our commitment to providing customers with a range of sustainable products.
“The Revolution hinge already offers class-leading functionality and quality, so the addition of an EPD positions the product as both an industry and environmental leader."
Thanks to its unique patented dual closing function, the hinge can be switched after installation between anti-blowback and easy close functions depending on specification and housing requirements.  Onsite configuration allows for increased flexibility across housing portfolios with multiple building types and also helps reduce time and costs associated with returns or contractors carrying high levels of stock.

The hinge is available in 27 sizes, ensuring a truly comprehensive range that can accommodate sash heights ranging from 300 mm to 1,780 and can form part of a PAS 24 window set. It is also fully BBA certified, made in the UK and compatible with all three main window types; PVCu, timber and aluminium.

For more information on the Yale Revolution Window Hinge, and to see the rest of the Yale Door and Window Solutions range, visit www.yaledws.co.uk.




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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Optex and BBC Bircher Mutually Presented New Innovations at BAU 2019


At BAU 2019, BBC Bircher Smart Access and Optex Co. Ltd. mutually presented some of their latest innovations, with the brand-new industrial door combination sensor «OAM-Explorer» from Optex and the BBC Bircher design prize awarded, contact-free switch “CleanSwitch”.


BBC Bircher will exclusively market the new combination sensor in most European countries. This product is combining microwave technology for activation and the active infrared technology for the protection of people, vehicles and the door itself. 

Advanced cross-traffic masking and people/vehicle distinction functions increase the sustainability of vertical doors. The easy setting and adjustment via app and an installer-friendly design facilitate a straightforward installation of the sensor.

With the new «Explorer», BBC Bircher will provide a unique and comprehensive range of products and solutions to make industrial doors more productive, safer and sustainable. The new «Explorer» will be available as of spring 2019 through the sales network of BBC Bircher Smart Access.

Optex will add the hygienic contact-free “CleanSwitch” as an addition to its portfolio of safety and activation solutions for automatic swing, sliding, and revolving doors, as well as products for secured entry and industrial door applications. The product will be available in Europe through the sales network of Optex Technologies BV.

Optex is a world leading manufacturer of high performance sensing technologies. For almost 40 years, Optex has been trusted by thousands of customers worldwide for the accuracy and reliability of its detection systems.

BBC Bircher Smart Access develops, manufactures and sells detector systems that aim to protect increasingly large flows of people and traffic all over the world, and to create access systems that are convenient to use and energy-saving. 

www.optex.eu




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