Sunday, 26 May 2019

Porsche Motorsport, as you've Never Seen it Before


On 20th July 2019, Porsche enthusiasts from all over the world will gather in the picturesque grounds of the Donington Hall estate in Leicestershire to see some of the finest motorsport-inspired Porsches together in one place, for the very first time. 

The inaugural Rennsport Collective event will be a true celebration of Porsche Motorsport, with a uniquely curated collection of rare and sought-after road and race cars on display and driving the parade circuit.


The Rennsport Collective is an exclusive group of Porsche enthusiasts who are owners of motorsport-inspired Porsches from across the globe.

The Collective aims to share its passion for Porsche Motorsport with fellow enthusiasts across the world, and bring together some of the finest Porsches ever made in an environment that truly does them justice.


The Rennsport Collective event will be open to the public and, for one day only, will give guests the opportunity to see one of the largest collections of motorsport-inspired Porsches ever brought together in the UK.

Not only will the cars be displayed against the beautiful backdrop of Donington Hall, but guests can also enjoy the sights and sounds of the cars as they take to the parade circuit for a celebratory lap or two.


The collection will be curated by colour, not by car-type or time period. This will showcase the connections between cars from different eras and styles, brought together in a range of complementary colour palettes. You may find a 991.2 GT2 RS road car in racing yellow alongside the yellow 911 S/T driven by Gerard Larrousse on the Tour de France to third place in 1970; next to the 1995 BPR World Championship winning 993 GT2.


Offering a sneak preview of some of the unique cars that will be in attendance at the event, a series of short films are in development highlighting notable Porsches that form part of the Rennsport Collective. The first of the films are available to view now on the Rennsport Collective YouTube channel. 


Paul Geudon, Founder of Rennsport Collective, said:
“Born out of a lifelong passion for all things Porsche, the Rennsport Collective is a group like no other. It’s a movement – joining together like-minded and knowledgeable enthusiasts who own a very specific and highly regarded collection of motorsport Porsches – and putting this event together has been a fascinating process. 
“It has also been fantastic to bring two automotive legends on board – former evo and Motor Sport editor, Nick Trott, and renowned photographer, Rémi Dargegen, who have been instrumental in the development of Rennsport Collective and this inaugural event. 
“The July gathering is the first of its kind and it will be exciting to have such a diverse range of cars in one place for the first time. It really will be a must-attend event for any Porsche motorsport fan and we look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to Donington Hall this summer.”

A limited number of tickets are still available for the public- to book your place for this one-off event or to find out more about the Rennsport Collective, visit www.rennsportcollective.com





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Saturday, 25 May 2019

GEZE UK sets new standards


GEZE UK is setting new standards having achieved the ISO 45001:2018 accreditation for Health and Safety – one of the first in the industry to gain the new award.


The company is also the first of GEZE’s worldwide subsidiaries to gain the accreditation.

ISO 45001 is an international standard that specifies the requirements for a management system that uses robust and effective processes for improving work safety in global supply chains and is also the world’s first international standard for occupational health and safety.

Designed to help organisations of all sizes and industries, ISO states that the new international standard is expected to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.

The four-stage process presents a vigorous certification route to document the company’s efforts towards implementing change and applying checks and balances to ensure that standards are met.

The achievement follows the company’s previous successes when it achieved ISO 9001 – quality and the ISO 14001 environmental standards.

Said Kaz Spiewakowski managing director of GEZE UK: 
“This is a huge achievement and it should be acknowledged that this was achieved through the efforts, hard work and determination to improve the business by every member of the company.
“It is only through this constant desire to improve and excel, that GEZE UK continues to change for the better ensuring that the safety of our people, assets and anyone we work or interact with is a priority.”

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk

Image caption: Gavin Downes HSQE Manager at GEZE UK (left) with GEZE UK managing director Kaz Spiewakowski, with the certificate.





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Friday, 24 May 2019

Novoferm acquires Robust Group strengthening position in Scandinavian and UK markets


Novoferm is consistently expanding its position as one of the leading European system suppliers of door solutions and docking systems: 

With the acquisition of the Swedish company Robust AB, the Novoferm Group has taken over one of the leading steel door manufacturers in Scandinavia and Great Britain and strengthens its position in both markets sustainably. The acquisition of 100% of the company shares of Robust AB was agreed on 17th May 2019.

Robust AB, based in Nykroppa, Sweden, has production facilities in Nykroppa and Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. The company employs 175 people and is specialised in the manufacturing of fire protection, multifunctional and security steel hinged doors for the industrial and commercial market segments. The experienced management team under the leadership of the Managing Director David Lycett will continue to lead the company and ensure its successful development.

The acquisition is an important step in the continuous expansion of the Novoferm Group’s Europe-wide activites. The Robust AB Group has grown significantly in recent years and has steadily expanded its steel hinged door business. Therewith, Robust has positioned itself as a leading manufacturer in the British and Scandinavian markets.

Rainer Schackmann, CEO of the Novoferm Group, is pleased with the acquisition and sees Robust and Novoferm as an ideal complement: 
“Both companies complement each other strategically, in an ideal way. The combination of these strengths will drive future growth and significantly increase our presence in Northern Europe.” 

Through the acquisition and the corresponding expanded range of products and services, Novoferm is visibly strengthening its international position and consistently pursuing its future oriented growth strategy. Following the acquisition of Robust AB, the Novoferm Group now employs over 3,000 people in Europe.

About Novoferm

Since 2003, Novoferm is part of the Japanese Sanwa Group (owned by Sanwa Holdings Corporation), the world market leader in the field of door and gate systems. With over 3,000 employees in Europe, Novoferm is one of the leading European system suppliers of door and gate solutions and docking systems for private, commercial and industrial application. 

Founded in 1955 in the west of Germany, the company now manufactures at various locations in Europe and Asia and distributes its products through numerous national subsidiaries and sales partners in many countries around the world. 

www.novoferm.com





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Thursday, 23 May 2019

ASSA ABLOY Offer Secure Education Solutions as the Number of Pupil Exclusions Increase


After a period of decline the number of pupils being expelled from mainstream schools is increasing, placing more pressure on the need for Pupil Referral Units and the security at these premises, which is vital for managing student and staff safety. 

ASSA ABLOY High Security & Safety Group offers a range of locks and doors suited to the sensitive needs of Pupil Referral Units and pupils in care.

The breadth of doorset solutions means the High Security & Safety Group can specify products for every area and need of a secure education environment. From classroom doors and personnel doors to circulation doors and high-performance doors.

All doorsets in the Secure Education range are independently tested and certified to achieve 60minute fire resistance integrity and insulation to BS EN 1634 from both sides of the door. In addition, all doors within the offering are tested in line with the Department of Health’s environmental design guide attack test for secure services, as well as meeting with DD171 & BS EN 1192 severe duty performance and strength, and are tested to PAS 24 enhanced security performance requirements.

This guaranteed and certified level of performance gives building owners and users the peace of mind that all doorsets are fit for purpose, as well as providing the added level of security and safety often needed in secure educational facilities.

Mike Dunn, Commercial Director for ASSA ABLOY High Security & Safety Group, said: 
“A recent report by the think tank IPPR, found the total number of children being taught in “alternative provision” for excluded children is far higher than the total number of reported exclusions. This will inevitably mean increasing pressure on facilities, such as Pupil Referral Units, and the safety of staff and pupils within those buildings. 
“Pupil Referral Units are first and foremost a place of education and therefore doors and locks must allow for this, grant access, as well as restricting permissions. However, an added level of security and safety must be considered and handled sensitively within these premises. Our experience and wide product range means we can advise on and supply doors and locks for every aspect of a secure education environment, mitigating any risk and ensuring a smooth specification process.”

Doors within the Secure Education range come in a variety of materials and finishes, giving specifiers improved design flexibility.

For more information on ASSA ABLOY UK High Security & Safety Group and its solutions for education, please visit www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk





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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

‘Fire safety must be priority in new-build homes’ urges DHF, following BBC investigation


Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) is emphasising the importance of making fire safety an ‘absolute priority’ in new-build homes, following an investigation into potentially dangerous fire safety issues in houses developed by Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes.  

The findings, by BBC Watchdog Live, highlighted that a number of new-builds constructed by the firms were sold with missing or incorrectly installed fire barriers, which are used to form a complete seal between different areas of a home, and prevent the spread of fire.  Without them, experts say, fire and smoke can spread five-to-ten times faster.

“The BBC’s Watchdog discovered serious breaches that had gone undetected during the construction process, leaving homes and lives potentially at risk in the event of a fire,” explains DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.
“In many new builds, particularly timber-framed buildings, fire barriers are a vital part of fire protection and we would urge house builders to ‘get it right’ at the construction stage and to have a workforce that is trained in, and understands, the importance of installing the fire barriers required to prevent potential problems down the line.  Ultimately, responsibility for ensuring that buildings are compliant with Building Regulations lies with the house builder.”


Following the investigation, Bellway Homes stated that it was ‘committed to improvement’ with regards to potentially flawed fire safety issues in developments in Kent and West Lothian, and that mandatory training on, amongst other subjects, fire stopping, has been introduced for all relevant construction staff.

Following the Grenfell disaster in June 2017, DHF’s voice has been one of the loudest and most passionate in its call for third-party certification by a UKAS-accredited body of manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire, smoke and security doors, in order to offer complete assurance on their performance.  With a history and heritage dating back to 1897, the federation is undoubtedly one of the most revered organisations, widely respected as the industry’s independent authoritative voice.

Fierce advocates for appropriate levels of training across all the sectors that it serves, DHF continues to place the importance of training firmly ‘up-front-and-centre’.  The organisation works assiduously with BRE Academy to offer fire door training courses; this has been central to its on-going fire safety campaign.

Additionally, in March 2019, DHF announced a high-profile collaboration with Secured by Design (SBD) and Fire Industry Association (FIA) to publish a guidance document on fire safety.  Named A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets; A publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England, the publication accentuates the key issues of fire safety for those selecting fire doorsets, recommending all fire doorsets are factory-prepared (as opposed to prepared on-site), that all work be completed under factory production control, and in addition, audited by a third-party.
“Since Grenfell, the wider issue of fire safety has been thrust into the spotlight and we are delighted that progress is being made in this regard,” said Patricia.  “We continue to stress that the use of fire doors, correctly installed and with robust fire door maintenance procedures, are an essential part of fire safety and urge those in positions of responsibility (such as house builders) to ensure that they are not only fulfilling regulations, as well as legal and moral obligations, but insisting upon appropriate levels of training with regards to installation and maintenance.”
For further information about DHF, please visit: www.dhfonline.org.uk




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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Introducing dormakaba’s New Access Solution


Leading manufacturer of access and security solutions, dormakaba, has launched its first revolving direct drive. 

The direct drive’s ultra-thin design and modular functionality makes it a versatile solution for a wide range of installations. And because dormakaba’s direct drive does not include gearing components or transmission belts and chains, issues resulting from wear can be reduced.

One of the major down sides to conventional revolving door drive systems is susceptibility to wear - this can cause increased operating noise, uneven rotational movement or non-precise turnstile acceleration and deceleration. dormakaba’s new direct drive system for revolving doors has removed the need for belts or chains – therefore reducing the chance of wear to the drive.

The new direct drive uses magnetic induction to rotate the revolving door panels. This is a more energy efficient and reliable solution, especially for buildings with high foot traffic such as commercial and office spaces.

The KTV3 and KTV4 revolving doors are now available with dormakaba’s new direct drive technology. The ultra-thin design of the direct drive makes the revolving doors sleeker and means the canopy height can be reduced to measurements from just 100mm.

Modular functionality also makes for easy upgradeability, without the need to replace the motor or control unit, providing the adaptability needed to install across a wide range of projects.

Lee Chandler, Product Marketing Manager – Automatic Entrance Systems at dormakaba explains more:

“The invisible direct drive system, control panels and reduced canopy height make the KTV3 and KTV4 revolving doors an elegant access solution. Providing a smooth, quiet door operation with a reduction in wear due to the elimination of gearing components and transmission belts and chains is a major benefit for the end user, as additional costs from maintenance can be reduced. Increased positioning accuracy also limits the temperature exchange between the interior and exterior of a building, reducing the chance of drafts.”

To find out more about dormakaba please visit: www.dormakaba.com

To download the KTV series technical brochure please visit: https://goo.gl/Z4LgYu






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Monday, 20 May 2019

The Complete Industrial Door from DOCO UK


SOMMER DOCO UK is offering a complete industrial door using an amalgamation of the best components available. The door gear, of course, is from DOCO, with standard, vertical, low headroom or high-lift options.  

The track benefits from safety and easy-install features.  It is designed to stop the rollers exiting the track or curves throughout the complete operation cycle and the alignment profiles ensure a perfectly squared door without the hassle of cross measuring and adjusting.


DOCO offers a selection of spring-types including shot-blasted and powder-coated springs which are lighter, therefore easier to assemble and having a longer lifetime are consequently a cost-effective solution.

Many DOCO door gear parts are also available in stainless steel, making it ideal for use in coastal, food and pharmaceutical environments.


To complement the DOCO gear, the ‘complete industrial door’ will be fitted with a GIGAsedo from the SOMMER industrial operator range. The GIGAsedo, has a powerful, low-noise and low-vibration motor giving smooth and efficient operation and years of service. (It is of course fitted with an integrated dead-man switch.)


The GIGAcontrol A unit, which is universal for all SOMMER industrial operators, has a five-line LCD text display and menu guidance to ease configuration, enabling you to programme the door to suit specific requirements.  Password protection on the GIGAcontrol ensures that there is no accidental or malicious change to programming.

GIGAcontrol A enables diagnostics and programming changes to be made from ground-level, lessening the requirements for working at height and holds service data, giving vital information such as cycle-use.


The panels for the ‘complete door’ are from Kingspan, widely known for their quality panels for many areas of construction. Kingspan ‘ward’ panels come with traditional joint detail or FINGERsafe protection (for doors less than 2.5m high).

Kingspan Industrial panels benefit from Kingspan IPN FIREsafe technology. SOMMER DOCO UK stock the Plastisol panels in all of the popular colours, as well as their painted panels.

Of course, DOCO’s parts service for emergency repairs and spares for service jobs, is still a major part of the SOMMER DOCO UK business.

Having a strong stock holding of parts for next day delivery and a panel cutting service for swift replacement ensures that you can keep your service levels high and your customers premises safe and secure!

So, for quality and service, choose SOMMER DOCO UK:

Email  sales@doco-international.com

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Sunday, 19 May 2019

London Concours Celebrates ‘The Lost Marques’

Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica

The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, will be celebrating some of the world’s greatest ‘lost’ car manufacturers, with a special class full of automotive names lost to the sands of time. The ‘Lost Marques’ class is an homage to names like Alvis, Frazer-Nash, AC, Trident, Iso and more.


But such is the quality of cars on display at London Concours, that the ‘Lost Marques’ cars must also be incredibly rare. Only 413 examples of the beautiful Bertone-designed Iso Grifo were ever built, combining elegant Italian style and raw American muscle.

With engines borrowed from the Chevrolet Corvette the Grifo was, at the time, one of the fastest production cars in the world, capable of well over 140mph. The example at London Concours is the most powerful Grifo GL 365 variant.

Rarer still is the Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica on display at London Concours, one example of just 50 produced. With a dependable six-cylinder Bristol engine under the bonnet, the Le Mans proved to be enormously successful in period, notching up wins at the Targa Florio in 1951 and at Sebring in 1952.

The car on display at London Concours was bought new by the man that ran Bristol Cars for more than 50 years, Tony Crook.

Iso Grifo GL

The little-known Trident Clipper V8 was originally intended to be TVR's range topper, the TVR Trident, and was featured in early TVR brochures and adverts. Powered by the Ford 289 engine and clothed in an elegant body styled by ace designer Trevor Fiore (who was later Director of Design for Citroen), it was blisteringly quick; 0-60mph took just 5 seconds! TVR’s financial difficulties led to Trident being set up as a separate company, producing a total of 39 cars, one of which is coming to London Concours.

The AC 16/80 on display is the very first of just 14 'Sloping-Tail' examples, and the actual 1938 London Motor Show car. It’s appearance at London Concours will be the first time this car has been publicly exhibited since its export to the USA in the 1960s.

Then there’s the arguably unique Alvis Graber Super Cabriolet, the very car displayed at the 1965 Geneva Auto Salon, and ordered as a special commission by Julian Oishei, the man credited with bringing the windscreen wiper to the world. With its all-aluminium coachwork over traditional ash frame it’s an intriguing blend of craftsmanship and innovation.

Alvis Super Cabriolet

With an offering of nearly 100 automotive icons from the modern day to the early 20th Century, the Honourable Artillery Company’s glorious five-acre lawn will be transformed into a motoring utopia between 5-6 June. But London Concours is not just about the cars on display; it’s an automotive garden party complete with art from Collier Dobson and Ella Freire, drinks from Rémy Martin and Veuve Clicquot, and fashion from Mason & Sons.

Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said:
“Car manufacturers do come and go, but before they fade away they always leave an indelible mark on the industry. Many of the cars in our ‘Lost Marques’ class are beautifully designed, ingeniously engineered and contemporarily revered. In short, they deserve to be celebrated! For us London Concours is the perfect place to do that; our event is an ode to the finest craftsmanship and design, not just in automotive, but across fashion, horology, art and more.”

The London Concours 2019 takes place from 5-6 June. Tickets are available to buy now from www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets






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Saturday, 18 May 2019

Success for Weru UK Partner Network


Blackpool-based Weru UK – a distributor for Weru (Germany’s market leader in windows and doors) is celebrating the success of their UK Network, which has seen significant uptake nationwide.

The Weru UK Network sees accredited partners who are fully vetted and trained to the highest standards, offering developers and home owners in a specific catchment area, a complete windows and doors solution.

In addition to existing Weru partners like WeruWise in Sussex and Eddisbury in Cheshire, Weru UK is now seeing significant geographical expansion, notably in Scotland, the South West, North West and Staffordshire.

One of the first companies to join the Network was Abbey & Burton Glass, based in Derby and Burton-upon-Trent. Established in 1972, the firm is the region’s most experienced double-glazing company, specialising in the manufacture of conservatories, supplying a wide range of window and door solutions across Staffordshire.

Glen Batchelor, Sales Director at Abbey & Burton Glass explains,
“The introduction of the exclusive Weru range was a natural progression for Abbey Glass as we wished to service the increasing demand for premium high performance triple glazing. We are proud to be combining 21st century German engineering with a traditional company that prides itself on its good old-fashioned values.”

Located in Stirling, Scotland, Lifestyle Glass Design joined the Network to further enhance their offering of premium windows and doors which are available alongside the firm’s extensive range of glass rooms, awnings, verandas and curtain walling.

Ian Ross from Lifestyle Glass Design said,
“We first came across Weru at an exhibition in Germany and were amazed at the choice and build quality. The timing was perfect as it coincided with Weru targeting central Scotland for suitable professional partners. The opportunity of joining the new Network was a perfect fit with our own growth plans and we are already seeing a significant number of enquiries into the Weru range.”

Weru UK was established in 1985 by Graham Lindsay who still heads up the operation alongside his daughter Kate and their professional team that have amassed significant experience in making continental windows reach their true potential within UK homes and commercial buildings.

Graham and the Weru UK team will be exhibiting at The Fit Show 2019 at The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (21st - 23rd May) and will be recruiting new partners for the Network.

For further information on the Weru partner network, call 01253 341444 or visit www.weru.uk





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Friday, 17 May 2019

Alutech are launching a New Residential Aluminium Entrance Door at FIT Show 2019


THE SECRET'S OUT!... Alutech and JD (UK) are excited to announce that they'll be launching a new residential aluminium entrance door from their stand F25 at the FIT Show 2019, 21-23 May, at the NEC in Birmingham.

Designed to complement the Alutech range of garage doors, bi-folding doors and windows, the new aluminium entrance door is aimed at the premium end of the market offering, outstanding designs and market beating product quality.

"Adding an entrance door to our offer was the natural next step towards becoming a one-stop shop for aluminium home improvement products. With a U-value of 1.2 and a wide choice of design options, accessories and finishes, the FIT show is the ideal opportunity to see the product first hand".

Options available include:

  • Bespoke door & glass designs
  • Outside opening/Double opening doors
  • All RAL colours available/Wood colour
  • Electric strike
  • Automatic 3-point lock as standard, non-automatic 3-point locking or non-automatic 5-points locking available
  • Comfort lock as standard (day/night mode)
  • Triple Glass/44.2 toughened glass inside & outside as standard
  • Fingerscan on panel/Fingerscan on pull bar
  • Digital Keypad/Bluetooth system
  • Encrusted handles/LED behind pull bar or inside encrusted handle
  • Chrome house numbers
 "We're renowned for our excellent customer service and honesty, so when it comes to ordering and delivery, we're sure that we’ll exceed expectations".


To see the NEW residential aluminium entrance door, visit stand F25 at the FIT Show 2019http://bit.ly/AlutechFITShow2019

For more information, call Nichola at JD (UK) on 01924 472924 or email nichola@jdukltd.co.uk






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Thursday, 16 May 2019

New Drives from GfA UK Ltd

Image shows SG63 SE 15.48

The popular SE (Ranger) series of drive units is being extended further to provide a complete and cost-effective range of drives for sprung and unsprung roller shutter doors.

The SE (Ranger) is a series of drives for doors which are counterbalanced or fitted with a separate safety brake. The drive unit can be either directly fitted to the door shaft, on sectional doors, or via chain gear transmission on roller shutters.

The series for sprung and unsprung roller shutter doors now includes a new single-phase Ranger 120W and will shortly include a 3-phase Ranger 220, meaning there’s a drive to meet almost any need.


Links to Website product references shown above: 
SE 9.32  |  SE 7.32 WS  |  SE 12.24 WS  |  SE 15.48  |  SE 22.24

The SE range of drives are also available with a built-on frequency inverter (Fi drives) allowing doors to open and close very quickly yet safely, ideal for applications where speed of opening and high frequency of operation is required.

Why choose a Ranger drive unit for your rolling shutter door? 

  • Cost effective – Ranger drives are a direct and cost-effective replacement for virtually all similar compliant drives on the market.
  • Hard wearing – precision made worm gears ensures a long, maintenance free life.
  • Easy to install – the Ranger has an industry-standard flange mount and can be mounted horizontally or vertically.
  • Flexible – drives can be handed on site and are offered with digital limits as standard
  • Easy to maintain – the inbuilt maintenance counters in the TS control panels provide for a regular service schedule.
  • Full control – as standard Ranger drives are supplied with digital limits allowing adjustment from ground level using a compatible TS Control Panel.
  • Built-in limit switches - all Ranger drives are supplied with directly driven, built-in digital limit switches to maintain a precise stopping position. All Ranger models include low level hand chain operation as standard.
  • Fully compliant – our drives and controls meet BS EN 12453 and BS EN 12604 standards. Using a GfA Ranger helps you to comply with the BS EN 13241-1:2003 European Directives for EU Construction Products and Machinery, Low Voltage and EMC.

Images show, left to right: SG50 SE 9.32 and SG50 SE 14.80 FI


View the full range of Ranger drive units on the GfA UK website – www.gfa-elektromaten.co.uk or call our sales team on 01926 452452.




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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions leads the way in Fire Door Safety


ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland continues to lead the market by ensuring its range of door closers do not compromise fire safety regulations.

At the end of 2017, several UKAS Accredited authorities withdrew certification for almost all door closers used on uninsulated metal fire doors. With around eight out of 10 metal fire doors sold in the UK being non-insulated, this left many doorsets deemed non-compliant.

A number of certifications have now been reinstated, but with a caveat meaning they can only be installed on the fire risk side of a door. In many properties and locations it can be difficult to determine which side of the door is most at risk of fire, so this caveat challenges the use of many door closers on the market for installation on uninsulated metal fire doors.

Metal fire doors provide superior levels of fire performance compared with other door materials, with a fire integrity performance of four hours often possible. However, this is reliant on compatible performance from the hardware devices that enable them to satisfy industry standards and provide the door’s desired functionality


In response to the ongoing challenges and needs in the industry, ASSA ABLOY has continued with substantial testing and standardising of its door closers.

As a result, its door closers have demonstrated that use on metal fire doors is not restricted by the side of the door to which it is required to be installed and remains fully compliant with EN1634 on any uninsulated metal fire door. With no caveats attached to the series, this takes away a huge risk of error in the design, manufacture and installation process. Furthermore, stringent testing has proved the EN1634 range dependable for up to 240 minutes of integrity.

The combination of these market leading door controls combined with premium fire doors from the Door Group, a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, ensures high quality solutions and uncompromised performance throughout the commercial and industrial building market in both timber and steel.

Specifying and buying the right product solution is essential for compliance and peace of mind, however, regular fire door checks are vital in maintaining a high quality performance and can highlight potential risks within a fire doorset. Ignoring or not acting on these risks once they have been highlighted can lead to huge consequences for building owners and managers, as liability rests with them.

Door Group is one of very few manufacturers to offer a complete solution of timber and metal doors, hardware and ironmongery through a ‘cradle to grave’ approach of technical specification, manufacture, installation, fire door inspections and service, and maintenance packages in support of architects, contractors, facilities managers and end users.

Using BRE-certified inspectors we can help reduce the risk to building occupants by ensuring all fire doors and their associated component parts, such as door controls, remain compliant and achieve the latest known standards. Whilst we offer impartial advice through this service, we can also help retain building compliance through upgrades, replacements and routine maintenance.

To find out more about ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions Door Controls visit www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk or for more information on ASSA ABLOY Door Group’s service and maintenance capabilities visit www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk.





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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Making Beautiful Glass Doors work Beautifully


The beauty and versatility of glass makes it a popular door material choice with architects and interior designers, especially for minimalist and open plan settings where through-visibility is part of the design scheme. 

Now Norseal can make those sliding, swing or automatic glass doors perform and function beautifully with a range of acoustic and fire seals that will work superbly without compromising design lines.

Architects and designers are increasingly specifying glass doors as less wood or metal means improved daylighting, unobstructed views, and a high-end, contemporary aesthetic. But sealing those glass doors has traditionally been a headache for technicians who struggle to make the door work acoustically in situ or in fire safety terms. 

The visual accessibility that glass doors offer works particularly well for meeting rooms and offices, increasing the impression of space and reducing the need for artificial lighting. But providing an effective acoustic rating for a glass door requires an effective acoustic seal, a challenge on glass doors.

The Norseal range of seals for glass doors provide an effective unobtrusive acoustic sealing for standard single swing glass doors. For sliding doors and automatic sliding doors, we can provide a range of acoustic solutions that are also suitable for fire rated, smoke rated and mobility compliant glass doors.

Central to that Norseal range is the Schall-Ex® GS-H8/12 automatic drop seal, suitable for commercial grade doors with a glass thickness ranging from 8mm - 12mm. It is available in sleek silver anodised aluminium or stainless steel finish aluminium to match most glass door hardware and has a single actuation mechanism and a self-extinguishing silicone seal. 

Importantly, it can achieve sound reduction up to 55dBRw making it perfect for offices, conference spaces, hotels, and residential spaces. It provides smoke and draft protection as well as giving the best possible acoustic performance for the glass door. A version is also available for retro fit to existing doors.

For more information on Norseal’s comprehensive range of fire, smoke, acoustic and weather seals, specifiers can visit www.norseal.co.uk or phone 01661 830088.






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Monday, 13 May 2019

Priory Launches the Ultradoor


The Priory Shutter & Door Co. Ltd, the West Midlands-based roller shutter door specialist, has long been recognised as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of industrial, commercial and domestic roller shutters.

The firm is pushing back boundaries once more with a new product range – the Ultradoor Hybrid Commercial Roller Shutter.

This range combines aluminium roller garage door frameworks, with a choice of commercial curtains. This is a less complicated commercial roller shutter option, which merges the relative ease of a roller garage door installation with the strength needed for commercial openings, through an aesthetically pleasing product that’s ideal for high-end applications.


The framework consists of 90mm x 34mm aluminium guide channels with integrated double brush seals, pre-cast aluminium head plates, and a two-part pre-formed aluminium canopy.

The choice of commercial curtains ranges from traditional 3” galvanised steel lath (solid, perforated or punched for vision) to 89mm heavy-duty aluminum lath, and aluminium tube and link grilles for specific or bespoke requirements.

A special Ultralath - an alternative to the traditional roller shutter lath - is also available, which is rolled from a thinner gauge of steel, making it lighter, more cost-effective and eco-friendlier, whilst retaining its strength due to its work hardened construction.


A simplified manufacturing process makes Ultradoor quicker to make than a traditional roller shutter - thus suiting tight installation schedules. The doors can be polyester powder coated to any RAL or BS colour, ensuring they merge perfectly with the surroundings they sit aside.

The shutters are driven by a single-phase (240v) tubular motor, with a host of control options - from a key switch to a Somfy Rollixo remote control receiver with wireless optical safety edge, allowing for integration into Somfy wireless and smart control solutions. 


Simon Perks - General Manager at Priory, commented:
“When speaking to our customers about the advantages of our domestic roller garage doors, we hear the same comments time and time again – that they look good, and are quick and easy to install.
“The idea behind the Ultradoor concept was to put these virtues into a commercial application. Obviously, in a commercial setting, security is paramount - thus combining a range of robust curtain solutions with a simplistic and aesthetically pleasing framework, offered our customers a unique and versatile product.
“As a quality door, at an affordable price, that’s always delivered on time - it ticks all the boxes, and the range is going from strength to strength!”

To find out more about Priory products – call 0121 558 6406, email sales@priory-group.co.uk, or visit www.priory-group.co.uk.





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