Saturday, 23 March 2019

Capital Entrance to Crossrail Link


GEZE UK has provided a capital entrance to a new station that is part of London’s new Crossrail network.


Abbey Wood is a pivotal station on the south eastern stretch of the new Elizabeth line and provides overground and underground rail connections to central London and beyond.

The new station has been developed by architects Fereday Pollard in organic curved lines, using natural materials. Its light and airy feel is enhanced by two GEZE bi-parting ECdrive automatic sliding doors doors which are incorporated in a glazed fascia, over which hangs the eaves of the great arched timber roof.

ECdrives have been specifically designed for use in busy areas, making them ideal for a continuous flow of footfall with large numbers of people who need to enter or exit simultaneously. The drive uses GEZE’s activation technology to open the doors automatically, allowing travellers to access the station’s concourse through left-and-right-hand entrances, quickly and safely.

A practical and effective entrance was deemed essential for the smooth running of the station, encouraging people to cross the threshold and identify their platform with ease, thereby preventing bottlenecks and assisting the delivery of seamless rail services throughout the day.

The doors, which were supplied through Vitrine Systems of Surrey, were installed with pivot protection screens which allow them to slide into ‘pockets’ - an extra safety feature which reduces the risk of fingers getting caught during operation.

Sales and marketing director Andy Howland said: 
“It is a real honour to be involved in this project which in itself if part of an awe-inspiring feat of engineering. We are delighted that GEZE products will be opening doors to this station which will play a pivotal role in the success of the new Elizabeth line when it opens.”
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, 22 March 2019

Yale and Force 8 continue Stable Partnership with New Bespoke Lock


The longstanding partnership between Yale and Force 8 has been strengthened after Yale developed a stable door lock for the company, enabling its range of stable doors to gain PAS24:2016 accreditation.

The bespoke lock delivers impeccable security, featuring a hook and anti-lift pin on both the top and bottom leaf, along with a combination of hook and deadbolt centre cases. The new lock has been carefully designed to complement both modern and traditional stable door styles in the Force 8 range.

The project came about due to the long-established relationship between the two companies. Leading window and door manufacturer, Force 8, has been using Yale’s Mantis multipoint door lock for over 15 years and it was the quality and reliability of this lock that led Force 8 to turn to Yale in its search for a new stable door solution.

“The Mantis multipoint door lock really is a first-class solution, so we felt confident that Yale would be able to produce an excellent stable lock as well,” explains Dennis Sumner, Managing Director at Force 8. “We’re delighted with the result because it scores equally high marks for security and style, which is exactly what we were after.

“We often look to Yale when it comes to the security of our products and find their locks and service to be very good. As well as the new stable door lock and the Mantis lock, we also use the Yale Platinum 3 Star cylinder, various Yale door handles, and the Yale Elite Escutcheon.”

With its new Yale stable lock, Force 8’s GRP foam-filled stable door has successfully achieved PAS24:2016 accreditation. This demonstrates that it has satisfied a range of criteria, based on extensive testing, to prove it can resist common methods of attack from burglars.

Pete Niblock, Area Sales Manager at Yale Door & Window Solutions comments:
“We are always happy to develop bespoke solutions that meet our customers’ exact needs.
“Force 8 are a longstanding and valued Yale customer, and we took pride in working closely with them to develop a solution that looked great with their stable doors while also delivering the highest standards of security.”
Established for 30 years, family-run Force 8 is one of the leading manufacturers and installers of windows and doors in the Stockport and Cheshire area.

To learn more about Yale DWS and its product range, visit www.yaledws.co.uk.  For more information on Force 8, visit www.force8.uk.





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Thursday, 21 March 2019

P C Henderson Release New Husky Soft Stop Sliding Door Hardware


Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce the launch of its latest innovative hardware solution to the market. 

The company’s new Husky Soft Stop product caters for sliding doors weighing up to 100kg and comes complete with dual soft close and open – providing a next generation product to the company’s existing Husky sliding system.

P C Henderson’s existing Husky sliding system has become renowned in the industry as a reliable, cost effective sliding door solution for interior applications. The company has built on this success by developing Husky Soft Stop – a far superior version of the product boasting a built in dual soft close and opening mechanism. 


Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson, commented: 
“Soft stop mechanisms in sliding door hardware solutions are becoming expected as standard in the industry. We’ve taken one of our most popular and dependable systems and created a next generation version - whilst still upholding the robust and high quality manufacturing standards which has made it so prevalent today”.
The system comes pre-assembled and is concealed within the track upon installation – providing an extremely minimalistic finish. Purposefully developed in five kit variants for different weight ranges, the product is tuned to ensure optimum performance and smooth operation every time – whether operating a 10kg or 100kg door.
“The system catches the door in its final moments of travel and gently pulls it into its final position. What this results in is an extremely sophisticated system which also provides a host of practical benefits - zero slamming, silent operation and improved product longevity. The product is also one of our easiest systems to install – the soft stop damper comes pre-assembled so there’s very little for the installer to do”, continued Andrew.


Husky Soft Stop is available for wooden and metal doors, providing dual soft close and open for doors weighing up to 80kg and soft close only for doors weighing up to 100kg. The kit is supplied with everything required to hang a sliding door – only the track must be specified separately – providing customers with the freedom to cater for any opening width. For bi-parting doors, two kits can be used together.

View more information at www.pchenderson.com





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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Make DHF your first Port of Call when Selecting a new Garage Door


With the market awash with a never-ending range of products, choosing the perfect garage door for a property can be overwhelming.  

In addition, in recent years, garages have evolved from a place to park a vehicle to an ‘extra space’ for the family, with many now used as areas for storage, work or exercise.

Together with this change of use, has been the transformation of garage doors themselves.  Originally constructed from wood, today’s garage doors are widely available in a vast array of materials such as aluminium, fibreglass, steel and composite.

Further considerations such as colour, insulation requirements and specification - such as a roller door - can also add confusion to the mix.

Gary Brooks, Managing Director of AlluGuard Roller Garage Doors, and Chairman of DHF’s Garage Door Group, has worked in the sector for more than thirty years, during which the industry has gone through tremendous change.

“Thirty years ago, 98% of garage doors were the traditional ‘up and over’ model.  We have transitioned from these, to sectional garage doors and roller doors.  Market change is owing to a number of factors, namely, that land is now at a premium and consumers have shorter driveways and restricted space, making the ‘up and over’ style of garage door a more limiting choice.  
“Trends have changed over time and automation has also played a huge part in that,” he continues.  “In the 1980s, an automated garage door was extremely expensive.  Today, this choice is more affordable.  70% of domestic garage doors in the UK are now automated, compared to just 1% when I started out in the industry. 
“And what we are also seeing is a considerable level of choice.  Thirty years ago, a list of models and prices very comfortably covered one side of A4; now, our choice of garage doors is easily 8-10 pages long.”

Marketing manager at Hörmann UK, David O' Mara, adds that the manufacturing of garage doors has changed in a number of ways, which in turn, has impacted both the market and how consumers perceive the product: 

"Over the years, the manufacturing of garage doors has become more geared towards health and safety, primarily for the benefit of the workers and end users.  Plus, there is a greater importance placed on products that contain low U-values, as these are now highly sought after by consumers. 
"With such a significant shift in modern lifestyle as well, the products that are available today are so much more diverse and nearly always adapt to modern industry buildings and homes.  These reasons combined mean that products are now manufactured with the environment, sustainability, and the safety of the end user in mind more than ever before."
“Gone are the days when a garage door was simply a means to shut away the car,” explains DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.  
“Today, they combine form and function, can add kerb appeal as well as value to your home and be operated by means of a fob, albeit within sight of the door.  Technology has enabled these developments, and is likely to increase options, but of course, with the transition from manual operation to machine, the very necessary subject of safety and compliancy comes into play.”

Tamworth-based trade association, DHF is a not-for-profit organisation for companies associated with Locks & Building Hardware; Doorsets; Industrial Doors & Shutters; Domestic Garage Doors and Automated Gates.

Tracing its history back to 1897, it has more than 450 members and is the ‘go to’ place for technical advice and training, in a bid to raise standards across the industry.

Central to those standards is a safe and compliant product, with DHF working tirelessly behind the scenes to eradicate non-compliant rogue traders to improve the quality and safety of garage doors on the market.


“There are so many benefits to using a DHF member,” explains Patricia.  
“Each and every one of our members has the means to meet technical competence and is kept completely up-to-date with the latest legislation, especially the added legal requirements under the Construction Products Regulation and for automated garage doors, the Machinery Directive.  They will also maintain public and employer liability insurance and comply with all appropriate health and safety regulations.  
“Most importantly, every member of the Garage Door Group will have undertaken the relevant DHF training course, which provides delegates with a greater understanding of legislation affecting the safe design, supply, installation, maintenance, and repair of domestic garage doors.  At the end of the course, members will have increased knowledge of the safety standards and the documentation required for installation and CE marking.  
“Whichever garage door you choose, it is essential that it is installed by a competent person who has been properly trained,” says Patricia.  “Incorrectly specified, installed or poorly-designed doors can lead to serious injury and damage to property.  We would urge homeowners not to take unnecessary risks when it comes to safety and to use a company that is a member of the DHF.  We work closely with trading standards and are fully committed to upholding the ideals for which we have become renowned.”

DHF - www.dhfonline.org.uk - 01827 52337




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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

The Brio Style Council -Options for Architects


Dave Newton of Brio looks at developments and trends in exterior and interior door openings

With such a high demand for internal and external bi-folding and straight sliding doors in both domestic and commercial settings many architects are continually challenging themselves to come up with designs that are getting ever closer to the ‘cutting edge’.

According to David Newton, General Manager at Brio UK, that means manufacturers of sliding and bi-folding door architectural hardware need to keep pace, if not outstrip, the architect’s need for creating innovative product that can transform anything they design on paper into reality.

David Newton explains:
“At one end of the scale there is a call for glass doors with ceiling inset runners that that give the appearance of the door floating elegantly in the space – creating a physical yet ephemeral acoustic barrier – while at the other end there is demand for a rustic, even industrial, robustness that makes a feature out of fixings on barn-like partitions, where they actually become an integral part of the design.
“And, of course there is still a need for sliding and bi-folding doors of wood, aluminium and composite materials, with or without glass, that make the most of the available light while offering variety in how the space is used.”
Basically, the options open to architects when designing doors and windows are wood, steel/aluminium, composite and glass – or a combination of those. But what architectural hardware is best suited to the job of moving the finished product?


According to Newton this is where a good working partnership with a quality solution provider really pays off for architects. A leading architectural hardware manufacturer with a large range of fixings for all types of door creates a whole world of choice, and one that goes the extra mile for customers, takes on specification for them and is prepared to be flexible makes things a whole lot easier too.

Architects need a manufacturer partner which will ensure the correct architectural hardware is supplied.  We work in partnership with the marketplace and are dedicated to producing bespoke, made to measure quality products.

He cites a project undertaken by a joinery firm commissioned to make sliding doors for a leisure centre according to the architect’s specifications and deliver the wood, facias and trim to site for the contractor’s joiners to assemble there. The area taken up by the sliding doors exceeded 13 metres and bought in 10 x 1in boards and laminated them together to make each 63mm door.

They made their own oak laminate because, although there is ready laminated product, it is only 3-4ft in length, which was no good for that project. The doors were supplied to site with Brio Stainless Steel Timberoll sliding door gear teamed with Timberoll Brass tracks. This was the ideal combination for the area and the doors work beautifully, gliding effortlessly with just a fingertip push.

The creation of Zero Clearance Glass by Brio was in response to a need for recessed ceiling fittings for ‘floating’ glass doors and it’s not just top and bottom gear that needs to be innovative and fit for purpose. Locking mechanisms and hinges are all part of the complete package and they have to be top standard too. Brio never stops innovating.

For example, the 286 Dual Point Lock for Weatherfold 4s with timber or aluminium panels has been developed as an optional for alternative to using flush bolts on panels. Aesthetically it’s better on the eye, as well as being easier to operate, as there is no bending down or reaching up to lock or unlocks the door which is the downside of flush bolts. This makes it very friendly with regards to disabled access.

At the end of the day, door hardware needs to be aesthetically pleasing, durable and reasonably priced. Architects and specifiers will always demand products that tick many boxes – visual appearance is important, as well as durability of the product but in the main they will be looking for a product that looks good, and, can also offer years of trouble-free use. This is true whatever the material they are made from.

Brio is a global company focused on bringing adventurous ideas to life, converting the conceptual thoughts of our customers into exciting reality. I sincerely believe the Brio range of quality, well designed product combined with expert technical resources makes us a world leader in design and quality.

For more details on the BRIO product range visit www.briouk.com





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Monday, 18 March 2019

Centor® expands its range of Luxury Door Screening Systems with the launch of the S4


Centor is expanding its range of luxury screening and shade systems with the launch of its most advanced solution to date, the S4. This development enables more homes than ever to benefit from concealed shades and insect screens as the S4 can be fitted to all types of doors including bifolds, sliders, French doors and even cornerless configurations. 

It is the UK’s only retractable screening product that can be fitted to openings as wide as 8.9m and as high as 3.2m.

Sales and Operations Manager of Centor Europe, Mike Sullivan says: 
“When specifying large glass doors to maximise beautiful views or to bring fresh air and light into homes, the need for screening them is often overlooked. Once homeowners realise they need to control privacy, sunlight and insects, they often find that traditional window dressings can block their view or compromise the internal aesthetics of the home.
“This is where the S4 differs in that its insect screens and shades retract completely into the doorframe when not in use, thus removing any visual distractions to the view outside and affording the homeowners the smart and stylish aesthetic that they and their architect envisaged.
“By retracting fully, the screens and shades are also protected from dust and damage – especially important for a seasonally used product.” suggests Mike.

The screens and shades enable homeowners to enjoy more comfortable living by controlling insects, sunlight and privacy. When drawn, the fabrics are fully retained within the frame on all four sides, giving total insect protection, shade or darkness. Tabs at the top and bottom ensure the fabrics remain securely in place even in windy conditions.

The S4’s insect screens and shades glide easily and smoothly across the whole door opening with the lightest of touch and remain in the chosen position thanks to Centor’s unique load balancing technology, which prevents them from springing back.

S4 insect screens and shades can be specified in one of four configurations:

  • Single: a single screen or shade that extends from one side of the frame and covers the full width of the opening.
  • Combination: a combination of two fabric types, with one housed in each side of the frame, such as a screen from the left and a shade from the right.
  • Double: two screens or shades (in the same fabric option), which meet at any point along the opening.
  • Cornerless: two screens or shades (in the same fabric option) meet at a 90 degree angle opening. This option allows for no corner posts to interrupt your view.

Each S4 system is custom-built and constructed with a sturdy aluminium frame, durable stainless steel mechanisms and high performance insect screen and shade fabrics. Frame finishes can be selected from a wide range of custom colours to match doors and windows.

Three insect screen meshes are available including a new air weave that improves airflow and visibility by 30%* The luxury shades can be specified in either a light filtering or blackout fabric in a choice of patterns and colours.

The S4 can be easily installed to the inside or outside of new or existing folding, sliding, cornerless or French doors of any brand or composition.

Centor’s S4 is the latest addition to its stand-alone screening systems. The range also includes the S2 Insect Screen, which is perfect to retrofit to smaller openings. With all of its screening solutions, Centor aims to offer homeowners more comfortable living and the best possible functionality without compromising aesthetics.

The S4 can be ordered from Spring 2019, in time to appreciate its benefits this summer. The new system can be seen at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show (March 28-31, NEC Birmingham, stand G191) and Grand Designs Live (May 4-11, Excel London, stand B260).

For full information and specifications of the S4, visit www.centor.com.

* compared to Centor’s standard weave mesh





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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Vauxhall Open Day & Luton Transport Fest set to Attract Thousands


A brace of high-profile transport events will come together on one day this summer, as Vauxhall’s Heritage Centre Open Day joins with the Luton Festival of Transport to create a motor-vehicle spectacular with an audience of well over 5,000 people.

On Sunday, June 9, both events will open their doors to the public between 10am and 4pm, with an exclusive transfer service linking the two via a free, five-minute classic coach ride.

This is the only day of the year that Vauxhall’s 75-vehicle Heritage Collection is open to the public. It’s the largest of its kind in the world, and features:

  • ‘5HP’, the world’s second-oldest Vauxhall
  • The earliest ‘Prince Henry’ model – known as the world’s first sports car
  • One of only two surviving WW1 D-Type Staff Cars
  • The most original 30-98 model – Britain’s first 100mph production car
  • A 1930 2-Ton, one of the first Bedford trucks to be built
  • Three stunning concept cars, spanning the Sixties to the Noughties
  • Rare, fully restored examples of the Firenza HP ‘Droopsnoot’ & Viva GT
  • Three Vx super-saloons, from the 176mph Lotus Carlton to the 600hp VXR8 GTS-R
  • Continuous model lines of Viva, Victor, Cavalier, Vectra, Corsa and Astra, including powerful VXR and GSi variants.


And since Vauxhall is celebrating two significant anniversaries this year - 50 years since the launch of the Bedford CF van, and 40 years since the first appearance of the British-built Astra, a model that’s now in its seventh generation - both vehicles will have pride of place at the Open Day, which will be held at Vauxhall Heritage Centre, Park Street, Luton, LU1 3HG.

Admission is free, and as well as the Collection vehicles, a variety of Vauxhall clubs will be displaying their members’ cars and vans. There will also be catering facilities, a chance for kids to try their hand at being a racing star in a video-equipped BTCC Vectra, a full line-up of Vauxhall’s modern vehicle range, and memorabilia and merchandise to see and buy.

But the day needn’t end there for enthusiasts and families, because a five-minute coach ride (with free fare) will take them to Luton Festival of Transport in Luton’s Stockwood Park.
Now in its 28th year, LFoT is expecting around 1,000 classic vehicles to be on display, vying for a total of 12 awards to be judged during the day.

For classic-car owning visitors, finding that elusive part will be so much easier, too, with over 40 autojumble stores on site to choose from.

The Luton Festival of Transport caters for all tastes, though. Among the shiny metal can be found an array of craft and collector stores, a food court with licenced bar, children’s entertainment, and even a dog show. Live music will also feature throughout the day.

Admission for the Luton Festival of Transport is £5.00 for adults and £1.00 for children, with a family ticket (two adults, two children) available for £10.00.

Further information about Luton Festival of Transport can be found either on Facebook www.facebook.com or online www.cvpg.net/luton-festival-of-transport





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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Physical Security is Key to Keep Online Data Safe, Says Abloy UK


Security expert Abloy UK has highlighted the importance of physical security to protect against digital data breaches, following the recent approval of a new standard that offers the ability to add tangible authentication to secure online accounts.

WebAuthn, which has now been approved by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), standardises an interface for secure authentication of users in web-based applications and services. 

An extension implemented in this standard is the Credential Management API, which allows users to authenticate using ‘something’ other than a password, such as a gesture, biometric reading or a key.

Most of the major browsers have already implemented support for this standard in anticipation of its approval - something that Abloy has welcomed in line with its own view that having something physical to rely on as well as electronics is inherently more secure.

Pip Courcoux, Sales and Product Manager - CLIQ Systems at Abloy UK, explained:
“In many ways, security against cyber-attacks is similar to security against physical attack. For example, a stolen password is a stolen credential, a phishing attack is similar to wireless credential cloning.
“If you can get close enough to the individual and get enough data you can fill in the gaps and recreate the identity. Although passwords have become more complex and harder to duplicate, they may just not be good enough alone.”
With this in mind, Abloy offers PROTEC2 CLIQ®, a state-of-the-art locking solution based on detainer disc cylinders and electronic identification. PROTEC2 CLIQ® provides mechanical security and allows for flexible control of keys and access rights, and complete audit trails via a web-based management system.

This system’s mechanical key has been developed over generations to be one of the most secure mechanical platforms in the world. Combining this with the CLIQ® microelectronics platform introduces an additional layer of security and flexibility through advanced encryption and time-based access principles.
Pip adds: “As the big tech companies continue to develop Artificial Intelligence and Quantum computer chips, the digital world will face new threats, so passwords and encryptions could be broken in milliseconds.
“But when electronic security fails, Abloy customers will sleep soundly knowing they are ahead of the curve, having chosen a balanced approach to their security where mechanical and digital work in harmony.”
For further information on products and services available from Abloy UK visit bit.ly/2IZod9r, call 01902 364 500, or email academy@abloy.co.uk.




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Friday, 15 March 2019

Fort Doors launch their new Monarch Timber Door


Fort Doors, the Birmingham based garage door manufacturer, have just added a new timber door to their already extensive range.

This new Timber door, named The Monarch, has a panel constructed from Duraply timber mounted on on a steel subframe chassis and is available in both Overhead and Side Hung versions .

The Duraply Panel has  exceptional durable properties due to an innovative ply to ply treatment and is fungi and insect resistant, even under the most adverse weather conditions.

Here are some of the additional features:

  • Panel with core and faces made of poplar from controlled and sustainable European plantations.

  • Lightweight, excellent surface quality with knot free surface and consistent colouring.

  • A Marine Plywood substitute, with a great environmental story, 'Plantation Poplar Plywood modified to make it as durable as tropical marine plywood'.

  • The product range is available with either FSC® or PEFC certification.

  • Available in Horizontal or vertical designs in pre finished Light oak, can easily be finished to a colour of your choice if required.

  • A fantastic alternative to Cedar with a low environmental impact at a great price.


Overhead version: 
Available in Canopy or Retractable lifting gear fitted with a brown frame as standard; Horizontal or Vertical panel design in Light Oak colour ready to stain.

Side Hinged Version: 
Available as a 50/50 split fitted with a brown frame as standard; Vertical or Horizontal panel design in Light Oak colour ready to stain.

For more information and pricing please contact:

Fort Doors, Unit 19, The Fort Industrial Park, Dunlop Way, Birmingham B35 7AR

Email: sales@fortdoors.co.uk

Telephone: 0121 749 3699





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Thursday, 14 March 2019

MLA Expo 19: 20th Iteration of the Biggest Locksmithing and Physical Security Show



The 20th iteration of the biggest locksmithing and physical security show in Europe, will take place from the 4th to the 6th of October at the Telford International Centre. 

Sponsored by DOM and with over 100 exhibitors from all over the world, MLA Expo 19 promises to be another record-breaking show.

Jerome Denis, the Managing Director of DOM said:
“We at DOM, are proud to be sponsoring the largest Locksmith event in the UK – the MLA Expo 2019. We focus on the locksmiths wishes and expectations in helping them to improve their business and provide innovative solutions.
“We have invested in new technologies and product lines such as the launch our new DOM ix Twido and ix Teco cylinders, our access control DOM ENiQ Ecosystem and innovative cloud base DOM Tapkey solutions.
“This year, we will also be introducing new service solutions which will offer significant advantages to our DOM Partners, recognising them as the professionals on the market. We DOMore for security.”

With less than 5% of the space left, the show is expected to be again sold out very early. Those interested in exhibiting should get in touch ASAP with the MLA team in order to secure some of the remaining space. Full details for the show can be found on the Expo website www.locksmiths.co.uk/mla-expo

MLA Expo 19 will cover all areas of locksmithing: tools, safes, vehicles, access control, UPVC lever locks, cylinders, padlocks, secondary security, biometrics, connected locks, door hardware etc as well as services such as insurance, card payment etc. 

The MLA are once again pleased to be working with our colleagues at the Auto Locksmiths Association (ALA) to host “The Garage at MLA Expo” – a show within a show and an area dedicated to auto locksmithing.


The Telford International Centre provides the ideal location for MLA Expo due to its large exhibition halls and excellent break out rooms for the significant amount of training provided, as well as a number of onsite hotel. 

Details for onsite accommodation are now available on the Expo website, and free registration details can also be found on the site. 

A calendar of training courses run by experts will be announced soon, covering aspects of locksmithing such as: lock picking, access control, UPVC, safes, abrasive wheels, smart locks etc.



MLA Expo 2019 is a major event for the locksmithing industry that must not be missed.

If you would like to find out more about MLA Expo 19, or you are interested in booking a stand, please get in contact with the MLA team as soon as possible as the space is limited.

T: 01327 262255
E: enquiries@locksmiths.co.uk
W: www.locksmiths.co.uk






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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

GEZE solution is just the ticket



Laser precision proved to be just the ticket in the redevelopment of Telford’s bus station where the latest GEZE technology has combined efficiency with passenger safety.

The travel hub - part of the Telford Shopping Centre - has undergone a £1.9 million refurbishment and transformed an “out-of-date” terminus to a light and airy atrium geared to improve passenger experience.

The new Telford Bus Station separates the transport and customer areas with a bank of automatic doors powered by the GEZE Slimdrive SL NT operators. Each set of doors is fitted with a GEZE laser scanner LZR® sensor – a new product devised for use in environments that have specific and demanding requirements.

The movement sensors provide a three-dimensional protection of the monitored area which initiate door openings at the optimum time. This is a massive boon to passenger safety as the automatic doors stay closed – activated only when the bus is parked and in position.

This protects passengers from wandering into the area when bus manoeuvres are taking place.

As LZR scanners are fitted to the doors they are easier to install and are more aesthetically pleasing than sensor loops which need to be embedded into the ground and sealed with bitumen in order to install. Sensor loops also deteriorate over time and can be expensive and awkward to replace.

They not only make an ideal safety barrier but also add to the improved aesthetic of the station. With a height of just 7cm – Slimdrive SL NT operators are almost invisible, virtually silent in operation and can move leaf weights of up to 125kg. They are ideal for buildings with high levels of footfall and a continuous flow of people heading in and out of the building.

Integrated within the shopping centre, the bus station acts as a ‘hub and spoke’ operation for the borough’s transport network and is intended to boost economic growth by encouraging increasing visitor numbers into to the town and providing an “attractive gateway”.

The re-development is a partnership between Telford Shopping Centre, Arriva and Telford & Wrekin Council which secured £1.3 million for the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership towards the improved bus station facility.

The improvements are part of a wider programme of expansion and modernisation costing £200 million and coincided with Telford 50 – the golden anniversary of the creation of Telford as a new town.

Andy Howland, Sales and Marketing Director for GEZE UK:
“The redevelopment of Telford Bus Station has significantly improved the facilities for commuters using public transport and making it a pleasurable experience.

“We are delighted that GEZE technology has helped bring about some of this change and delivered a solution that is effective, efficient and brings real benefits to bus station operations and the people who use such an important transport hub.”

Matt Powell, network and transport group manager at Telford & Wrekin Council: 
“The provision of intelligent access solutions at bus loading points was a key part of improving safety in the new building. The solution provided has been a great success, and helped us meet this objective without any manual intervention.”

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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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

dormakaba Launches New Muto Sliding Door System


Leading manufacturer of security and access solutions, dormakaba, has launched its newest addition to the MUTO range; the MUTO M 60 sliding door system. 

This innovative manual sliding door system offers simple installation, versatility and exceptional longevity, with a variety of options to create customised solutions.

The new MUTO M 60 has now extended the MUTO range to accommodate smaller door widths, available in standard set sizes or bespoke made to order solutions. This addition offers design scope for smaller passageways ranging from 600mm – 1300mm, ideal for installation in apartments, hotels, restaurants and hospitality premises.

Designed for use with both glass panels (8-12mm) as well as timber doors, the MUTO M 60 system also allows for both toughened safety glass (TSG) or – with reliable hold from dormakaba’s Clamp & Glue Technology – laminated safety glass (LSG) to be installed. With the addition of the optional DORMOTION unit the door panel is gently guided into the end position.

The MUTO M 60 can be both wall or ceiling mounted with or without fixed side panels. One of the significant benefits is the reduced gap between the door, wall or panel which is only 14mm, keeping draughts and noise penetration to a minimum.

Its simplified installation and the front adjustability of many functions – including the improved anti-jump mechanism – now offer the same high level of user convenience as the rest of the MUTO sliding door range, and the DORMOTION damping mechanism can also be retrofitted with ease.

Depending on the model, the door panel height is variable by + 4mm /- 2 mm by simply adjusting the fixing screw in the appropriate direction.

“We are thrilled to launch the newest addition to our MUTO portfolio,” commented, Archie Teagle – Product Marketing Manager at dormakaba. “We wanted to introduce a product that could accommodate smaller door widths, and the M 60 does this without compromising on any of the key features found within the complete MUTO range.”

For more information on the full MUTO range, as well as information on dormakaba’s full product portfolio, visit www.dormakaba.co.uk





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Monday, 11 March 2019

German Ingenuity at its Best – A Tour Around Hörmann

Hörmann Forum


Last month, in my capacity as editor of the DIJ, I joined the great and the good from the Building, Architectural, Facilities Management and Door & Gate Industry media for a press visit to Hörmann, in Germany.

During the trip, we were to visit three Hörmann locations in and around Bielefeld in north-west Germany. Having visited some of these factories around 20 years ago, when I was working for a distributor of Hörmann doors, I was intrigued to see what changes had been made.

After arriving, we started our tour at the magnificent Hörmann Forum - a 6000 square metre, 3-level building including a training centre and 2500 square metre showroom built on the site of the Hörmann KG Amshausen plant. This plant produces up-and-over garage doors and garage side doors in numerous steel and timber versions.

The Press and our Hosts gather outside the Hörmann Forum

Next on the agenda, was a visit to the Hörmann KG Brockhagen factory, which - amongst other things - makes industrial and domestic sectional overhead doors. The sheer size of the facility became apparent after we were told we’d be walking around 2.5km within the same factory!

There were two fascinating aspects of this facility:

Firstly, the speed at which sectional door panels are produced was astonishing. Two massive coils of sheet metal, quickly ended up as the different pre-cut lengths and heights of panel necessary to make a complete sectional door. (And this is done with very little human input – as the plant is largely computer controlled.)

Sectional Door Production Line

Secondly, the deep store into which the packaged sectional doors are stored prior to despatch is a sight to behold. High-speed fork-lift type machines automatically load doors into what is best described as pigeonholes up to 6 metres deep, where they stay until ready for despatch. 

The system operates on an apparently chaotic storage method, and only the computer knows where a particular door has been stored!

Another thing of note was the attention to detail and accuracy applied to the packing of fitting kits for the doors. The kits are weighed, then photographed and individually bar-coded to record the contents before despatch - so any shortages reported after delivery can be investigated.

The "Deep Store" used for Sectional Doors

After our mini-marathon walk around the plant, we enjoyed a very welcome lunch in the on-site restaurant - which is shared by all employees, from shop-floor workers up to directors.

After lunch, we boarded the coach to travel the few kilometres to the final factory, known as Hörmann KG Antriebstechnik, which produces garage door operators and door controls. It also makes all the electronic accessories and remote controls for the Hörmann range of garage door and gate openers, as well as controls for their industrial doors and dock levellers. 

In addition, a number of own-brand garage door openers are made here - taking the total manufactured to several hundred thousand per year.

Here, they have a storage system similar to the Brockhagen sectional door factory, albeit a scaled down version, with components and finished goods stored in bins of various sizes, utilising the same seemingly random storage method. Yet, the computer can instantly locate every single item.

Brauhaus Joh. Albrecht Micro-Brewery in Bielefeld

Last, and to the glee of the thirsty press corps, the visit ended with an evening meal and beer tasting at the Brauhaus Joh. Albrecht - a micro-brewery in Bielefeld.

Thank you Hörmann for a great trip, Cheers!

Derek Hibbart
Editor, Door Industry Journal





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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Bicester Motion: An Automotive Resort from Bicester Heritage


Bicester Heritage has unveiled ‘Bicester Motion’, its masterplan for the creation of the UK’s first automotive resort, with an ambition to become one of the country’s top 20 tourist and leisure destinations. 

Having successfully developed the concept of a Centre for Excellence, experience and community for the historic automotive sector, Bicester Heritage (which occupies just 5% of the site) will now become a component of a larger landmark development named Bicester Motion. This expansion will ensure that the historic airfield location it calls home will fulfil its original and continued purpose as a focal point for cutting edge technology.

As Bicester Motion launches across 444 acres, the new resort hopes to offer leisure, culture and tourism experiences within one destination. Consisting of multiple zones, the Bicester Motion concept comprises of the recently announced 344 room hotel and conference development (which received unanimous planning approval from Cherwell District Council at the end of 2018), and an additional 770,000 feet of operational business and leisure accommodation site wide.


As a unique, holistic experience, Bicester Motion seeks to become a UK top 20 tourist attraction that offers a destination for one million tourists many of whom already visit Bicester on day trips, and a further 30+ businesses providing over 2,000 skilled jobs to the area. Embracing the location’s inherent history and existing business success, Bicester Motion will provide world class leisure facilities, employment and business opportunities at a leading automotive-focused development unlike any other.

Bicester Motion aims to be the first experiential automotive resort where visitors can become fully immersed in the breadth of our automotive culture, from existing on-site historic vehicle specialists through to future electric and autonomous technology. This planned low-density development will be dedicated to driving experience and the demonstration of high-tech engineering as well as health, wellbeing, events, accommodation and aviation.

Bicester Motion aspires to include a brand experience centre offering driver experiences on both road and off-road courses with restaurants and cafés, offering activities for the whole family. Close to the brand centre, the aim is to transform the dilapidated quarry and former industrial areas into the Bicester Reserve. This ecology-led health and wellbeing zone aspires to utilise the site’s currently inaccessible natural areas and offer access to a new country park complete with footpaths, cycle paths and lakeside lodges ideal for family breaks.


The potential construction of inimitable Motor Vaults as a community of private gallery-style garages for car storage with accommodation, will allow owners to use and maintain their vehicles in a beautifully designed and discreet location. Nestled in to the WW2 airfield’s boundary, these car storage structures will sit adjacent to the current Bomb Stores, a fitting tribute to an area also purpose built as a storage solution, but also close to the current supportive campus of over 40 industry specialists as well as test circuits.

Land abutting the Bicester ring road is earmarked for Bicester Motion’s Future Automotive Speed Technology hub, or F.A.S.T. Zone. This planned new centre of excellence will be a thriving home for automotive ‘tech’ development, demonstration and education.

Providing an introduction to the future of the automotive movement is central to Bicester Motion’s concept and where else in the UK is it possible to experience future vehicles in conjunction with our motoring history, past and present? The existing perimeter circuit, The Radial, once refurbished will offer visitors the chance to experience these vehicles in a controlled environment as well as learn skills.

Bicester Expo, an aspiring cutting-edge exhibition centre based in the former WW2 C Type Hangars will provide significant venues for conferencing, automotive events and leisure opportunities.

By partnering with both blue-chip and cutting-edge businesses, the generation of new skilled jobs and financial contribution to the local and wider economy stand to benefit the area immensely. Offering new amenities and experiences, this development hopes to ensure cohesive links to Bicester town centre, Bicester Village and the Ox-Cam ‘technology corridor’.

Dan Geoghegan, Chief Executive of Bicester Motion, commented:
“The automotive industry is in a fascinating state of flux owing to changing customer habits and requirements, alongside the technology shift in drivetrains and autonomy.  Bicester Motion will enable both new and existing manufacturers to interact more effectively with their clientele. 
“It will help build those relationships in a revolutionary way by providing an immersive environment that offers a lifestyle experience beyond just cars on tracks or visiting a showroom.  The automotive world is changing, and we plan to offer a first-of-its-kind resort that will have multi-generational appeal.  
“Being around 90 minutes from 50% of the UK population makes the Bicester Motion location second to none, furthermore Oxfordshire receives 27.6 million visitors per annum.  Of those, 7 million visitors head to Bicester Village a stone’s throw away, with arguably the most desirable national and international demographic to the automotive industry." 

For more information about the site and the team behind it, see www.bicesterheritage.co.uk.





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