Friday, 30 November 2018

Quality in Focus as Aluroll Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification


Aluroll has recently been awarded the latest quality accreditation by BRE Global. The ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System requires an assessment of seven quality management principles, including Customer Focus. 

Conformity means a company is able to consistently provide products that meet regulatory requirements. It also shows Aluroll uses the system to enhance customer satisfaction.

Aluroll is also working towards certificates in Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001), Occupational Health and Safety (BS OHSAS 18001) and Factory Production Control (PN111).

Aluroll’s new stock management, cut sheet and ordering system played an important role in achieving the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation. Office and manufacturing processes became more streamlined, with improvements in key areas such as the monitoring and resolution of non-conformances.

Andy Hall, Quality Manager at Aluroll, said:
“We’re pleased that we passed the ISO 9001:2015 audit. Aluroll has always had strong quality systems in place, and our service levels have improved significantly with the introduction of the new cloud-based software. We can identify and solve potential issues earlier than ever before, in many cases before they impact our customers at all. We’ve also had great feedback about our new quotation and ordering processes”. 
Aluroll’s next quality focus is to test new Elite products under the Loss Prevention Certification Board’s LPS 1175 accreditation.

Find out more about the current product range on www.aluroll.co.uk.





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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Teckentrup’s Golden Oak – the industry’s most realistic wood effect finish?

Teckentrup’s painted golden oak finish on a centre ribbed
 Carteck Sectional Garage Door

It has been some time since Teckentrup moved from a laminate film wood effect to a painted wood effect finish and positive sales have been the result. 

There were a few reasons:

  • Paint finish is more UV stable over time than laminate film, retaining colour for longer and less prone to the finish becoming “milky” in strong sunlight.
  • They outperform films for scratch and abrasion resistance.
  • Making frame legs and sections from laminate film introduces stress marks at each bend so it’s not an option.
  • With a painted finish, there are no such limitations. Frame legs and headers don’t complement, they match.
  • Fitting part-within or within the opening now means an edge to edge matching finish - customers love it!

All the points above make a great case… …but what about the obvious one? They look amazing, perhaps…. the best in the industry!? No weak grain effects that merge into a solid colour from all but a few feet away, just natural looking grain and great colour.

A perfect match between door and frame!

Take a look at these images - If you’ve not seen the painted finishes on a complete door, Teckentrup thought sharing a few pictures was the best way of showing just how good the finish is.

Teckentrup are indebted to Mark Kenyon @ Pennine Doors for such a fine installation.

If you’d like a sample of the finish contact Teckentrup UK Limited on 01925 924050, email sales@teckentrup.co.uk  or visit www.teckentrupdepot.co.uk  for more information





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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The Winter edition of the Door Industry Journal has been published


Christmas is nearly upon us and that means the Winter edition of the DIJ is here!

This edition is packed full of interesting news and articles, but I have taken the liberty of picking a few out so that you can enjoy …..

The Twelve Doors of Christmas:

Door 1 - Bells are ringing to celebrate 10 years of trading at Teckentrup Door Solutions (page 8)

Door 2 - It’s snow joke – Hormann have got a new MD (p28)

Door 3 - Warm yourself up by reading about the SOMMER buzz (p30)

Door 4 - It’s been a ho ho whole lot of years since Rundum Meir first started trading. Fifty, in fact – and the UK team travelled to Germany to celebrate (p50)

Door 5 - Feast your mince pies on the latest development from Alutech, a double door side extension sprung system (p60)

Door 6 - Find out why it makes frankincense to choose wooden garage doors from Woodrite (p64)

Door 7 - Yule enjoy reading about the new and improved police-approved Securodoors from SWS (p68)

Door 8 - All you wise men (and women) must take a look at the new GM95 roller shutter from Priory (p76)

Door 9 - The HorizAL “Portalier” network is continuing to grow – find out why it’s so tree-mendous (p92)

Door 10 - You’d be crackers to miss this article on the ongoing expansion of Belfox (p98)

Door 11 - There’s a santalising piece for you on creating an access strategy for your building (p108)

Door 12 - And there’s myrrh - Aleš Špetič, CEO at Klevio, tells us about digital alternatives to traditional locks and keys (p122)

Ok, that’s enough awful festive puns to last you for one Christmas! I hope you enjoy this issue and have a restful and relaxing holiday.

Happy reading, but before you go.....

My personal thanks, as ever, goes to all our readers, advertisers and contributors for your support throughout 2018 and in producing this issue.

And on behalf of "Team DIJ", we all look forward to continuing to keep our readers engaged in the New Year and assisting companies of all sizes with their publicity requirements in 2019.

You can now grab the mince pies, book the office party and plan how you will make use of all the time off work over the extended festive season break!


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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Winners of British Woodworking Federation Awards 2018 announced


The winners of the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2018 have been revealed at a glittering awards evening held at Stationer’s Hall in central London.


Now in their tenth year, the BWF Awards celebrate the best of the best in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health & safety and the rising stars of the industry.

The five categories and winners were:

Woodworking Project of the Year (sponsored by Whitehill Spindle Tools Limited):

TMJ Interiors – for their work creating a timber lobby ‘vortex’ for Bloomberg’s HQ in London. This award recognises the very best in design, application or ability in joinery manufacture, and innovation in joinery projects. TMJ Interiors were appointed to deliver a timber lobby ‘vortex’ with three seven metre-high, 32-40-metre-long curve-on-curve interconnecting assembles – the largest free-standing structure ever manufactured and installed by TMJ, along with an auditorium and an associated pre-function gathering space. The resulting structure has been described as the centrepiece of Bloomberg’s world class HQ, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize of the Year earlier this year.

Product Design in Wood (sponsored by Teknos):

Arden Windows - for their Heritage Stoneleigh Sash window designed to provide a solution for care apartments. This award recognises excellence in technical expertise, application and innovation in joinery product manufacture and design. Arden Windows manufactured a window design for a 71 bed Extra Care home in Doncaster that not only meets the conservation and heritage aesthetics of a sliding sash window but also is simple to use for elderly and disabled users. Arden designed and manufactured a bespoke solution that was not available in the general marketplace, going through a number of iterations, design changes and testing to successfully meet the challenge.

Process Efficiency (sponsored by W20):

Morland - for their Forever Firecheck™ intumescent strip solution for fire doors which is fitted by using wrap technology. The award celebrates improvements that help customers get the best possible products at the best possible prices, quality levels and delivery times. Intumescent strips for fire rated doorsets are traditionally encapsulated in plastic and manually fitted. In their design of Forever Firecheck™, Morland have not only created a more resilient, attractive and sustainable product through the use of a graphite strip instead of plastic, they have also significantly reduced the time it takes to fit the strips. Using their wrapping technology, the new strips can be fitted at 25m per minute compared to 8m per minute as previously achieved through manual fitting.

Health & Safety Hero (sponsored by Didac):


Tavener Joinery - for their design and installation of a high velocity vacuum system which utilises their existing traditional LEV extraction system. This award acknowledges individual or collective effort which has made a notable difference to health and safety practices and business culture. Tavener created their own innovative solution to extract fine dust from their joinery workshop, which can be a significant health hazard for workers. Having spoken to various extraction companies who could not provide a solution to meet their needs, Tavener created their own, using a high velocity turbo fan to create a vacuum that accelerates the dust and blows it into the existing LEV main duct. Air quality has improved dramatically and they now have a cleaner and safer working environment.

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year (sponsored by CITB):


Henry Acres from JT Ward – this award celebrates apprentices or those who have entered the industry through alternative routes, including graduates, A level students and in-house trainees. This award really is for the rising stars of UK joinery – those that truly stand out from the crowd, either through fantastic feats in their work, or extraordinary commitment that adds value to the business. Henry Acres scooped this year’s prize. According to his company JT Ward, “Henry enjoys every aspect of joinery manufacturing and installation. His ability to think ahead has certainly allowed him not only to become a very reliable part of our team but has helped him to produce high quality joinery…. Henry is one of the most talented apprentices that we have had the pleasure to employ.”

Helen Hewitt, chief executive of the BWF, said:
“My warm congratulations to our winners, all of whom have excelled in their work. The number and quality of entries we received this year was exceptional. The awards are a chance to showcase the talent and professionalism of our industry, and bring people together to celebrate their achievements. This year’s awards were a great success once again and underline the huge contribution the woodworking and joinery sector makes to UK industry and manufacturing.”

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK. It has 700 members drawn from manufacturers, distributors and installers of timber doors, windows, conservatories, staircases, furniture, all forms of architectural joinery as well as suppliers to the industry. The woodworking sector as a whole is a £3.8 billion industry operating at the heart of UK manufacturing.

The BWF aims to be the trade association of choice for every woodworking enterprise in the UK Federation by providing the best possible service to its members. The BWF bring together individuals and companies within the industry to share problems and experiences and find solutions together. 

www.bwf.org.uk






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Monday, 26 November 2018

Aperio® Delivers Assured Access Control to new £15m Innovation Hub


ASSA ABLOY Access Control has partnered with NetNodes to deliver assured and secure access to a huge new innovation centre in London.

Based at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Plexal is a new £15 million project, acting as a base for an ‘innovation community’ that brings together startups, enterprises and academics all under one roof. Plexal sits within the larger Here East complex, which is transforming the former press and broadcast centres for the London 2012 Olympics Games into new spaces for technology companies, universities, startups and creatives.


The innovation hub has been fitted with Aperio® wireless, access card-based locking technology, which is fully integrated with DoorFlow, an online platform for managing and auditing building access created by NetNodes. In total, 59 Aperio® L100 wireless high-security door locks were installed across the site. These lock solutions provide Plexal with the highest levels of physical protection, and transmit comprehensive information on door status to DoorFlow in real time. A further 31 HiD R10 mobile access locks were also provided where wired solutions were necessary, such as for the main office entrances, and for elevators.

For organisations looking to invest in a new access control system, Aperio® is an effective, straightforward alternative to a wired, high-end solution. It was installed quickly and easily at the Plexal site without cabling, and will drastically reduce the innovation hub’s maintenance costs and energy consumption going forward.

Aperio® can also upgrade existing mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connects them – online or offline – to new or existing access control systems. This can be achieved with minimal modification to doors and premises, offering a cost-effective and simple security upgrade.

John Herbert, Facilities Manager at Plexal, said:
“What really appealed to me about ASSA ABLOY Access Control’s products was the aesthetics. We have a futuristic-style open plan design here at Plexal – our offices are predominantly glass-fronted, so we needed an effective stylistic design which was not only robust but adaptable too. We foresee change in the not-too-distant future and are delighted at our options to modify.”

Stewart Johnson, Director at NetNodes, explains:
“Aperio® offers a hardware solution that is well-suited to our online platform, DoorFlow. Plexal required a an adaptable locking solution for a range of different doors and, with no wiring required, it was quick and easy to install Aperio® with minimal disruption.
“The open-plan layout of the space and the high glass doors installed throughout the site meant Plexal needed an access control solution that was discreet and adaptable, with Aperio® perfectly meeting these demands. Should any additional doors need to be added to the system in the future, this can be done easily, without modifying or changing the aesthetics of the environment. This also minimises future installation costs, offering a cost-effective and straight-forward access control upgrade.”

David Hodgkiss, National Sales Manager for ASSA ABLOY Access Control, adds:
“We are delighted to partner with NetNodes to deliver an easily integrated access control system for this exciting new innovation centre in central London. With up to 800 entrepreneurs using the space to devise, create and launch new products and services, Plexal required a solution that was tried and tested. Aperio® enables easy access around the site while providing assured security.
“Aperio® is a fantastic hardware partner to door security software, such as NetNodes’ DoorFlow. It has been great to work with NetNodes on this project, and we expect to work together on many more successful installations in the future too.”

For more information on ASSA ABLOY Access Control and Aperio®, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk/accesscontrol.





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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Legendary Lotus Cortina 'Group 5' works car races to auction


A 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina with an incredible race pedigree will be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions in its debut appearance at Autosport International at the NEC, Birmingham on 12th January 2019.


As one of only three ‘Group 5’ works cars built by Lotus for the 1966 British Saloon Car Championship, the collectible competition car was driven in period by some of the world’s most successful racing drivers, including Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jacky Ickx.

With incredible provenance and proven racing pedigree, the car will be offered at auction with an estimate of £180,000 to £200,000.
“We’re delighted to be offering this amazing Lotus Cortina at our inaugural Autosport International Sale,” comments Lionel Abbott, classic car specialist, Silverstone Auctions. 
“With its impressive history, it’s a fantastic addition to the sale catalogue and a sign of what’s to come.”

This Ford Lotus Cortina, registration number PHK 614D, was built in March 1966 and immediately assigned to none other than Formula 1 World Champion Jim Clark for use at a rain disrupted Oulton Park. 

It went on to be raced throughout the 1966 season by fellow Formula 1 drivers Peter Arundell and Jacky Ickx, who took the car to second in class in finishes at Snetterton, Goodwood and Silverstone.

In June 1966, the Lotus Cortina underwent an engine conversion by BRM to fuel injection before racing at the Grand Prix support race at Brands Hatch, where Sir John Whitmore achieved first in class, finishing in forth position overall. 

The car went on to achieve further podium positions and class wins in the hands of Peter Arundell at the Brands Hatch Guards International Meeting, at Oulton Park, and in the British Saloon Car Championship, taking Team Lotus to first place in the Lombank Entrants Trophy.

In 1967 the car appeared in its last works event, finishing its Team Lotus career on a high with World Champion Graham Hill taking it to first in class and second overall in the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch.
“Given its exceptional rarity, competition successes and association with World Champions, this amazing Lotus Cortina offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of the most significant sports touring cars of the 1960s,” adds Lionel.

After eight more competitive finishes in 1967 and 1968, the car then spent many years in Africa until purchased by Cedric Selzar, Jim Clark’s race mechanic, and repatriated to the UK.

Today it presents in authentic condition following a sympathetic restoration, and still retains its original shell and all the period race modifications to the suspension and the engine.

It's accompanied by the V5, full details of its works competition history in 1966, 1967 and 1968 as well as a small number of spares.

To find out more about the 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina for auction and the Autosport International sale visit: www.silverstoneauctions.com.




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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Architectural Ironmongery rising stars celebrated at GAI Education Awards



The door and window hardware industry’s rising stars were celebrated at the 39th annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) Education Awards.

Held at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London on 8 November, the awards celebrate the architectural ironmongery professionals who have achieved a GAI Diploma and recognise the highest achieving students.

This year, exams were sat by 355 learners across all three stages of the GAI online training programme. Learners came from 23 different countries, with 51% of them based outside the UK. There has been a particularly high number of learners in the UAE, China, India, Hong Kong and South Africa.

Since 1980, the GAI Education Awards have included Gold, Silver and Bronze medal awards for the top students in the GAI Diploma and prize awards for the top three students in the Certificate in Architectural Hardware. The Pinnacle Award, sponsored by ASSA ABLOY, is also given to the student with the best aggregate results of the Certificate in Architectural Hardware and the Diploma programme.

Eryl Jones, managing director of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, presented this year’s Pinnacle Award to Thennarasu Parimalam, former architectural sales consultant at dormakaba in Kuwait.


Thennarasu Parimalam said:
“I received the first prize award for the GAI Certificate last year, but working on the Diploma is actually much tougher because there’s so much more to learn about writing specifications. I’m so proud of this achievement now.
“I recommend the Diploma to everyone I talk to who’s interested in working in the hardware industry – it teaches you the things you simply won’t just pick up from experience; it builds a career. I now go into meetings with consultants and contractors and I get their respect, even though I’m younger than them, because I have this qualification. It’s well recognised in Kuwait, and it’s everything I need for my future in this industry.”
The winners and newly qualified Diploma holders were presented with their awards by David Stacey, president of the GAI, and the event’s keynote speaker and ex-England international football player, Graeme Le Saux.

David Stacey, said:
"It’s a difficult time within the construction industry, in the light of Grenfell, the Hackitt Review and high profile construction failures, and with so many damning criticisms of the professionalism of designers, contractors, product manufacturers and suppliers, installers, inspectors and every part of the construction supply chain, the Guild and Institute members can at least today hold our heads up high and say: No, we’re not like that. We don’t take shortcuts. We are genuinely committed to being the very best we can be."
“The new diploma holders and award winners, are part of a growing community of excellence spread around the world. Over almost four decades we have celebrated more than two and a half thousand diploma holders. The knowledge and qualification is transferrable internationally, and recognised globally. The GAI education syllabus is the only recognised programme in the world that leads to a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards.”

The Certificate in Architectural Hardware is particularly useful for those working in warehouse and trade counter roles, procurement, scheduling and estimating, customer service, technical support, sales and administration. 

Comprised of two stages with 24 online education modules, the Certificate covers the product knowledge a practising architectural ironmonger is required to know. The modules include helpful explanations, animations and video clips, all geared to engage learners in easily digestible chunks. There are also unlimited self-tests.

Following completion of the Certificate in Architectural Hardware, students can progress to the GAI Diploma. The Diploma builds on product knowledge and enables the writing of accurate hardware specifications and quotations. 

The qualification is particularly suited to those in customer service, contract management, scheduling and estimating, technical and sales. To become a full GAI member, a company must have at least one employee who has passed the GAI Diploma.

dormakaba sponsored the GAI Education Awards, and ASSA ABLOY sponsored the Pinnacle Award.


The full list of Education Awards winners in 2018 is:

The Pinnacle Award:

• Thennarasu Parimalam, former architectural sales consultant at dormakaba in Kuwait


GAI Diploma

• Gold - Reina Tangilon-Bautista, dormakaba

• Silver - Hanish Arora, dormakaba (India)

• Bronze – Chris Grimshaw, Allgood


Certificate in Architectural Hardware


• Gold - Jessa Comia, dormakaba

• Silver – Dan Savage, HOPPE (UK)

• Bronze - Bala Vignesh, ASSA ABLOY


www.gai.org.uk






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Friday, 23 November 2018

GEZE UK Take Centre Stage for Leisure Needs


Whether it’s a creating a grand entrance or ensuring access for everyone, all leisure venues seeking to attract people through their doors need to strike the perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality. 

Alongside this can be a long list of specific needs: sustainability, accessibility, security, health and safety, flow of people around the building, environmental impact or heritage sensitivity.

GEZE UK’s new Project Portfolio Leisure outlines how some of these considerations have been put into practice within a range of different buildings from a prestigious art gallery, theatres old and modern, to striking landmark visitor attractions.

The brochure highlights the flexibility that GEZE UK’s extensive range of solutions provides as a manufacturer of both manual and automatic door and window control systems.

It illustrates how the application of solutions must meet demanding and exacting standards that will help “sell” the venue to visitors while meeting practical requirements for building management.


Examples include the Whitworth Gallery, in Manchester, which was enhanced by a glazed extension that complemented the existing Grade II listed building and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where increasing audience numbers led to the need to create new entrances that made a grand statement, whilst allowing large numbers of people to flow through the building effectively.


Also featured are automatic bi-parting curved sliding glass doors that sit seamlessly within The Wing, a visitor and education centre for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust at Capel-le-Ferne, Kent demonstrating how GEZE’s innovative products provide impressive entrances that echo the building’s style, whilst ensuring accessible, draught-free entrances.


The Project Portfolio Leisure defines the importance of specifying the right doors for the environment - in this case the entrances to the Beach Building, beneath Brighton’s ‘vertical pier’, the British Airways i360. The solution had to be robust and resilient, capable of withstanding both high visitor numbers and coastal elements.

A digital version of the brochure is available from the downloads section of the GEZE UK website, while the printed version can be obtained by calling the marketing team on 01543 443015.

Said Andy Howland, director of sales and marketing for GEZE UK:
“We’re delighted that our products continue to play an integral part in so many innovative, high-profile and architecturally exciting projects.”
“With a comprehensive product range supported by extensive project experience, and the ability to provide in-depth technical support, we’re equipped to deliver real solutions, no matter what challenges the buildings themselves or their locations pose.”
For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of products and system solutions call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk





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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Smart Thinking leads to Smartphone App for Levigato



Not one to rest on their laurels, UK Alutech distributor JD (UK) Ltd is currently developing a smartphone App and WiFi switch for the recently launched Levigato operating system. 

This latest innovation, in response to market demand, will provide customers with a hi-tech upsell opportunity and reaffirms the company’s position as a leader in the industry.

The simple phone App for opening and closing of garage door or gate systems supports iOS 8 or higher and Android 4.1 and higher. It comes with a stylish tempered glass control switch and offers easy set up and connection to the Levigato motor.

Technical and Production Manager at JD (UK) Ltd, Rob Shaw, is overseeing the development. Rob explains:
“The WiFi switch can be linked to your Amazon or Google home systems to activate the door or gate and can be connected to up to 3 garage doors from 1 switch or up to 3 gates. The switch can also be set to single leaf cycles or full gate. A door or gate indicator is included, which indicates whether your door is open or closed, both on the wall switch and phone App.
“The App and WiFi system are WEP/WPA security protected and access to your switch with other phones can be shared and deleted as required. The phone App can also be customised to suit your requirements with the option to rename the buttons.”

Steve Hudson, Managing Director of JD (UK), added:
“Following the well-received launch of the Levigato operating system earlier this year, introducing digital automation was the next logical step. It won’t be a volume product at first, but is without doubt the way the market is going and it’s important for us to be ahead of the curve.”
With trials of the new product currently underway, plans are to launch this as a full kit in limited quantities in December before a full roll out early next year. The kit will include; the switch, wall box, cabling and setup instructions.

So, if you’re a forward-thinking business and would like to one of the first to have the latest technology for your showroom or next customer, please register your interest as soon as possible. The first 50 kits will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To register your interest call, call JD (UK) Ltd on 01924 472924 or email sales@jdukltd.co.uk.




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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

New Fast Acting Doors for Long Melford Fire Station



Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service recently commissioned Norwich-based Cooks Industrial Doors to install two sets of state-of-the-art sliding folding doors at Long Melford Fire Station in rural Suffolk.


The original fully glazed, wooden-framed doors had seen better days and were prone to jamming during operation, particularly during inclement weather; an issue often arising when vehicles needed to exit rapidly under blue light conditions.

As a major regional reseller and installer for Jewers’ Phoenix range of doors, Cooks commissioned the specialist door manufacturer to design and supply replacement doors that would not only be robust and reliable but constructed in a style that would mimic the original timber doors and maintain the ambience of the conservation area.



Jewers constructed the new doors using durable galvanized steel frames which were finished with a black powder coating. The doors were glazed to full height using 24mm thick low-E, argon filled double glazed units to allow good visibility and natural lighting whilst maximising thermal efficiency. This not only ensured they matched the appearance of the earlier doors, but would have a long life and require minimal maintenance..

The door at the front of the building was a 2+2-leaf Swift bi-folding door, 3.5 metres high and 4 metres wide, with two leaves bi-folding to each side clear of the opening to give maximum vehicle access. A pair of FAAC hydraulic drive units safely open the door leaves in under 7 seconds to provide a fast and reliable exit once the retained fire fighters arrive.



 A high-level photocell triggers automatic closure immediately after the appliance departs. Full safety features are fitted as standard to ensure full compliance with European safety requirements. In the event of power failure, each door half can be instantly and effortlessly opened by hand in two seconds.

To the rear of the building, a matching 4-leaf Osprey manually operated door was installed to allow vehicles to re-enter the appliance bay without reversing through the front entrance. Both front and rear doors incorporated a matching style wicket door to one side to allow staff to access the building in the event of a shout, before opening the main door.

Jewers Director Mark Jewers commented: 
“This project was an excellent example of teamwork between the supplier and reseller and will go a long way to ensure that Long Melford Fire Station will be able to provide effective emergency services to the local community for many years to come.”

The original doors prior to installation of the new Swift bi-folding door

For more information visit www.jewersdoors.co.uk





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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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