Saturday, 14 December 2019

Abloy UK Honours D15 Locksmiths With ISIA Award


Abloy UK has presented D15 Locksmiths with the Locksmith Of The Year Award at the recent Irish Security Institute Association (ISIA) Awards 2019, held at the Powerscourt Hotel and Resort Spa, Co. Wicklow. 

This annual event celebrates the success of the ISIA’s member companies, their dedication to delivering exceptional service to clients, and their commitment to innovation and outstanding service delivery. The awards also provide an opportunity to recognise those organisations and individuals that contribute to safety and security.

The ISIA Locksmith of the Year award recognises the importance and vital contribution made by locksmiths to both domestic and commercial security. With a focus on customer service, quality and expertise, the winner of this award is selected through the assessment of a case study submission combined with responses submitted through an online customer survey.

Nominees for this award are measured across a range of areas such as professionalism, customer service, quality of work and technical knowledge. This year three locksmiths were shortlisted – Crothers Security, Locksmiths.ie and winners D15 Locksmiths.

Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, presented the award to Brian Molloy of D15 Locksmiths, a family owned, family run business that boasts highly trained and skilled technicians with a wealth of experience.

Pat said:
“It was our pleasure to sponsor the ISIA Locksmith of the Year award again this year, it’s a great venue and we were impressed with the quality of the shortlisted companies. We’re delighted to have presented D15 Locksmiths with this award, and on behalf of Abloy UK I wish Brian and his team every success in the future.” 

Sean Leavy, President of the ISIA, added:
“People are at the heart of security and recognising the contribution that they make is vital. Showcasing the individuals who have established successful careers in our industry and are flourishing, helps us to attract future candidates of a high calibre to our industry.”

For further information on products and services available from Abloy, visit bit.ly/2YohoSN, call 01902 364 500, or email info@abloy.co.uk.






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Friday, 13 December 2019

IronmongeryDirect Survey sheds new light on Wellbeing of Tradespeople


Too much work, time pressures and unprepared customers – these are the top three causes of stress at work, according to a new survey of almost 600 tradespeople by IronmongeryDirect.


Work-related stress and mental illness now account for over half of all lost work days in the UK*. However, despite this, the survey found that only 11% of tradespeople have taken any time off work in the last year because of mental ill-health. With over a third (34%) reporting regularly feeling stressed, this research paints a worrying picture.

Almost half of the 587 respondents (43%) also believe there is still a stigma in the trades surrounding mental health, with respondents citing a ‘macho culture’, embarrassment, weakness and pressure to ‘get the job done’ as some of the contributing factors.

The survey also revealed some generational differences, with tradespeople aged 18 to 30 being 20% more likely to talk about their mental health at work than their peers in the 50 plus age group.

Despite the pressures of the day job, over half (56%) still feel that they have a good work/life balance, which is significantly higher than the national average of 33%** for all working people. The most commonly reported ways to relax when off the job include watching TV, walking the dog, and spending time with friends and family.

Commenting on the survey findings, Marco Verdonkschot, Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, said: 
“This survey has revealed an interesting insight into the physical and mental wellbeing of people working in the trades. Although great progress has been made across the sector when it comes to talking about workplace mental illness, it is clear that there is still a way to go and it’s vital that employers spot the signs of mental ill-health and create the right environment where staff feel they can speak up.
“It is very positive, however, to see that despite working in a demanding industry, many tradespeople still have a high level of job satisfaction and feel that their employer cares about their general wellbeing.”

IronmongeryDirect has over 18,000 products available and in stock. Orders can be placed as late as 8pm for next day delivery from Sunday through to Friday and by 4pm on Saturdays. Free, no quibble returns are available on all products.

For more information, visit IronmongeryDirect.com or call their team of specialist advisors on 0800 168 28 28.




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Thursday, 12 December 2019

Steel Door Manufacturer Surpasses Demanding Client Requirements



HBS Steel Doors and Fabrications Ltd, a manufacturer of robust steel doors, declares proudly it can go from site survey and design through to build and installation in just 3-4 weeks.

Bearing in mind that includes tailor-making the doors to the size, style, colour and other detailed specification required by the client, that’s a big promise. But as their clients have found, HBS delivers within that timescale – and even less when required.

For example, a housing association in Nottingham wanted 22 doorsets but only on the condition that the doors would be operational on site in just two weeks. HBS set up a project team run by operational personnel to work with core suppliers and to oversee the survey, design, manufacture and installation within the agreed schedule.

The client stated that HBS had surpassed even their demanding requirements.

In another challenging example, HBS met a Midlands based client’s requirements to design and engineer three, five metre high steel security communal doorsets provided that the old doors were replaced with the new ones on the same day in order to maintain the security and integrity of the entrances.

The client was so impressed by the impressive look of the installation on the available budget, that it is working with HBS Steel Doors to have new secure communal door entrances at several of its properties.

Since establishing in 2010, HBS Steel Doors, of Wigan, Lancashire, has amassed an extensive in-house capability and skill set ranging from project management and design technology through to manufacturing and installation to deliver a one-stop-shop.

Company Director, Nicki Woods said: 
“We are a customer-led organisation committed to creating tailor-made designs to suit our clients’ needs. Our flexible approach is dedicated to diversity and innovation. We want to stand out in the marketplace and are prepared to invest heavily in our staff, processes and manufacture to help us expand into emerging markets and manufacture doors that meet most designs.

“We have built an excellent reputation in the social housing sector and are now building relationships in the construction industry to make new clients aware of our work ethic, quality workmanship and commitment to excellent customer service.”

HBS Steel Doors is a designer and manufacturer of high quality, custom-built, steel doorsets including robust security doors, communal entrance doors and doors for hospitals, schools and universities.

In response to client demand, HBS Steel Doors has expanded its product range to include storage hubs, cycle shelters, bin stores and utility boxes to meet the needs of local authorities and to deter crime like theft and vandalism.

It has a range of products accredited by Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, which acts on behalf of the Police Service around the UK to recognise products that have the capability to deter and reduce crime.

SBD accreditation has been awarded to the company’s HBS001-100 and HBS001-200 steel security doorset ranges, which have been certified to PAS 24:2016 security performance to offer a level of security suitable for dwellings and other buildings exposed to comparable risk. HBS Steel Doors renewed its membership with SBD during November 2019.

Hazel Goss, Development Officer, Secured by Design, commented: 
“It was a pleasure renewing contacts with HBS Steel Doors and Fabrications who have been valuable members since 2013, and I am looking forward to working alongside them for many more years to come.”

For more information contact: HBS Steel Doors and Fabrications on 01942 836 915, email nwoods@hbswigan.co.uk or visit www.hbssteeldoors.co.uk


Top image: 
Based in Manchester, the client was looking for an aesthetically pleasing design which offered security, and replicated the design of the top floor. HBS Design team facilitated the process with the client architects and delivered the programme within four weeks.

Second image - Ormskirk Golf Club: 
After several meetings with the club captain and the secretary a tailor-made design was agreed specifically for Ormskirk Golf Club. The captain was absolutely delighted with the outcome. Impressed by the delivery, customer service and design, the club have referred the services of HBS Steel Doors and Fabrications to others.






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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Hörmann UK Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Oldest Garage Door

The N80 902 style garage door on the original property

As Europe’s leading door manufacturer, Hörmann UK, celebrates its 40th anniversary, it is delighted to discover one of it’s up and over garage doors is still being used 39 years after installation. 

Originally ordered in 1980 for a property in Edinburgh, the N80 902 style garage door continues to offer outstanding levels of durability and longevity, for which Hörmann is renowned for.

Owner of the property and self-employed architect, Rory Gibson, said:
“As an architect, I know that Hörmann UK is synonymous with quality and heritage, so it’s great to know that my own garage door has stood the test of time. Our garage door was on the original property when we bought it more than 20 years ago and it’s remarkable to see that almost four decades later, it still looks good and operates as well as the day it was installed.”.

“Over the years we have never required any maintenance or service to our door, and have only re-painted it as we updated the exterior of our home. As I now design property plans for customers, I have no reservations when it comes to recommending Hörmann UK’s range. I work very closely with Hörmann UK in a professional capacity because I want to offer my customers the best possible product, and so it is excellent to have first hand experience of their exceptional offering and customer service.” 

The N80 902 style garage door reinstalled on the modernised property

The N80 902 style up-and-over garage door includes a multiple spring safety system so that if one spring were to break, other springs are robust enough to support the door. Further adding to the durability of the door, the door includes a lever arm so that the door pulls itself shut when closing. With softer closures the door is more likely to stand the test of time.

Area Sales Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland, Roy Shellam, commented:
“I have been working with Rory for a number of years, particularly when it comes to specifying garage doors for his customers. However, it was only recently that we discovered that Rory’s own property includes what may be one of the earliest Hörmann garage doors to be specified in the UK.
“We were pleased to hear that he has had a great experience with his N80 door, as it means that we can say proudly and with confidence that we can support our customers with quality products and service.”

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







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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Turning the Tide on Access: Jacksons Fencing specified at Thames Tideway Carnwath Road Riverside site


Construction on the Thames Tideway, providing a sewage overflow solution for Central London, is well underway. The 25km-long tunnel will span from Acton to Stratford, up to 65m below ground. 

Such a large project requires significant machinery and labour, and, subsequently, robust security measures and access control to protect both workers and the public from the dangers posed by the ongoing works.

Tunnelling has started from three main drive sites, where tunnel boring machines (TBM) are making progress on connecting east and west London. One of these sites is Carnwath Road Riverside in Fulham. From here, a TBM named ‘Rachel’, after one of the founders and first president of the Women’s Engineering Society, has started a 7km route west to Acton Storm Banks.

During and after construction, it was important to ensure only authorised personnel gained entry as well as block the site from public view, for privacy and to reduce the visual impact on local residents. Security expert Jacksons Fencing was tasked with manufacturing and installing a bespoke cantilever sliding gate to help meet both these aims.

To meet the site’s requirements, Jacksons delivered a 3.6m high by 12m wide, single leaf, cantilever steel-frame gate with a galvanised finish. Weighing in at 8.5 tonnes, this is the largest and heaviest gate Jacksons Fencing has made to date.


The system is CE marked to meet the high safety standards and legislation surrounding automated gates. A Class 3 rating also means that it includes the necessary safety equipment for remote use, such as a flashing light, safety edges and photocells. These visual cues are especially important since the gate has been designed to make no noise during operation.

Due to limited space on site and to ensure smooth assembly, the gate was constructed at Jacksons’ Ashford headquarters and transported whole, rather than in parts. Located in West London, it was important to minimise the gate’s industrial aesthetic and impact on residents. Following installation, the client clad the gate with solid coloured plastic sheeting, selected to match the Thames Tideway project branding.

With bespoke, larger than average dimensions, designing the gate and automated system was not without its challenges. Its size and location meant that it would be required to cope with extreme wind loading. 

From an engineering perspective, this was especially difficult owing to the cantilever style, requiring complex calculations by the Jacksons design team. Additionally, a 4 kilowatt hydraulic motor was installed to operate the exceptionally heavy gate, two to three times bigger than those used for conventional size gates.

Jacksons Fencing managing director Peter Jackson comments:
"Automated gates play a crucial role in safety on construction and industrial sites. Lax standards have, in the past, led to tragic and lethal consequences. Recognising this, we ensure our gates are manufactured, installed and automated to the highest and most current safety standards".
www.jacksons-security.co.uk




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Monday, 9 December 2019

Doorfix-RingGard choose Alpha Deuren for upgrade of Donnybrook Fire Station, Dublin


Doorfix-RingGard are proud to have worked alongside Dublin Fire Brigade on the upgrade of the fire engine turnout doors to the front of Donnybrook Fire Station. 

The existing doors were over 20 years old and had limited safety devices and low insulation values.

Also, the existing doors never symbolised a fire station as they were Brown in colour, so with this in mind Dublin Fire Brigade wanted to give the station a face-lift and the doors to the front were an integral part of this project.

With over 35 years’ experience, Doorfix-RingGard is one of the largest manufacturers, suppliers and installers in Ireland of roller shutters, fire shutters and security doors and automatic sliding doors for industrial, commercial and retail applications.

Doorfix-RingGard offer design, installation and planned preventative maintenance and emergency repairs for all their products.


Specification

The installers consulted with Alpha Deuren to offer a high quality and high safety door system that was not only reliable for the application, but also suited the aesthetics of the building into which they were to be installed.

Doorfix-RingGard provided a complete package of high-quality, Alpha-Deuren ISO 40 insulated sectional doors complete with all the required safety needs from safety edge, photocells and induction loops and an LED traffic light system.

Alpha’s all-rounder

The ISO 40 mm sectional door is Alpha’s most popular door, a modern design that unifies excellent thermal insulation and sound-absorbing qualities in its micro-profiled panels. The choice of design and materials are endless, which means the door can always be perfectly configured to meet customer needs. Numerous types of built-in windows as well as different heights and widths make up the ISO 40 mm range, as well as a wide variety of Alpha’s in-house RAL colours.

Flexibility is everything

ISO 40 mm sectional doors are designed and manufactured using the very latest technology. Their finish is robust and detailed, as demonstrated by the metal or aluminium end caps, the reinforcement profiles and the anodised aluminium sub-profiles, which cannot be seen from the outside. Flexibility is everything in the manufacturing process, and it is a true all-rounder that perfectly combines price, performance and application options.

Following on from the success of the installation at Donnybrook Fire Station, the company has been contracted to provide the same door system in five other stations in Dublin, this is because the client now understands that they need a high quality reliable door system and the Alpha ISO 40 ticks all the boxes from a reliability, safety and aesthetic perspective.

For more information visit: www.alpha-deuren.nl  or  www.doorfix.ie





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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Double Shot of Sustainability: Ford and McDonald’s Collaborate to Convert Coffee Bean Skin into Car Parts


Ford Motor Company and McDonald’s USA will soon be giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using part of a familiar staple in the morning routine, coffee beans, in vehicle parts such  as headlamp housing.

Every year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff – the dried skin of the bean – naturally comes off during the roasting process. Together, Ford and McDonald’s can provide an innovative new home to a significant portion of that material.



The companies found that chaff can be converted into a durable material to reinforce certain vehicle parts. By heating the chaff to high temperatures under low oxygen, mixing it with plastic and other additives and turning it into pellets, the material can be formed into various shapes.

The chaff composite meets the quality specifications for parts like headlamp housings and other interior and under hood components. The resulting components will be about 20 percent lighter and require up to 25 percent less energy during the molding process.


Heat properties of the chaff component are significantly better than the currently used material, according to Ford. This is the first time Ford has used coffee bean skins to convert into select vehicle parts.

“McDonald’s commitment to innovation was impressive to us and matched our own forward-thinking vision and action for sustainability,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability and emerging materials research team.
“This has been a priority for Ford for over 20 years, and this is an example of jump starting the closed-loop economy, where different industries work together and exchange materials that otherwise would be side or waste products.”


McDonald’s is expected to direct a significant portion of its coffee chaff in North America to Ford to be incorporated into vehicle parts.

“Like McDonald’s, Ford is committed to minimizing waste and we’re always looking for innovative ways to further that goal,” said Ian Olson, senior director, global sustainability, McDonald’s.
“By finding a way to use coffee chaff as a resource, we are elevating how companies together can increase participation in the closed-loop economy.”

The collaboration with Ford and McDonald’s is the latest example of the innovative approaches both companies take  to product and environmental stewardship. The project also involves Varroc Lighting Systems, which supplies the headlamps, and Competitive Green Technologies, the processor of the coffee chaff.



Ford is progressing toward a goal of using recycled and renewable plastics in vehicles globally, with an increasing range of sustainable materials.

McDonald’s is on its way to sourcing 100 percent of its guest packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025. In addition, McDonald’s is helping develop a recyclable and/or compostable cup through the NextGen Cup Consortium and Challenge.

Both efforts are part of McDonald’s Scale for Good initiative, a global commitment to use its size and scale to drive meaningful change.

McDonald’s and Ford plan to continue exploring ways to collaboratively use waste as a resource, while furthering their sustainability goals.

www.ford.com

www.mcdonalds.com




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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Eight Tips to Protect Tools in Vans


Tradespeople have been urged to fit their vans with CCTV and a safe to protect valuable tools and equipment from pesky thieves.

Van experts from LeaseVan.co.uk have revealed eight security measures tradespeople can take against criminals in their work vehicles, if forced to leave tools or equipment in vans while working or overnight.

From deadlocks and CCTV to deliberately parking badly and dirty vehicles, the specialist advice could help deter thefts and catch those responsible when a crime is committed.

Tim Alcock from LeaseVan.co.uk said:
“Wherever possible, it’s advisable to move expensive tools and equipment indoors for secure storage. 
“But sometimes location and circumstances mean tradespeople have no other option than to leave items in their vans while they’re parked up on a job or overnight.
“While of course thieves remain responsible when items are stole, wise tradesmen and women should do whatever they can to avoid becoming a target or victim of crime.

“To help deter criminals and make a theft less likely to occur or be successful, we’ve identified some precautionary steps van owners could take.” 

Here is the LeaseVan.co.uk list of security measures tradesmen and women can take when storing tools or equipment in their commercial vehicles:

1.     Intruder alarms

Many Brits nowadays find standard vehicle alarms annoying and will be tempted to ignore them, so it’s worth considering installing a separate intruder alarm to discourage possible thieves.

Guard valuable good by fitting a coded device that will trigger when your van is accessed by someone who doesn’t have permission.

Some alarms available online can be controlled remotely, synced with your mobile phone and even include a tracker.

2.     Tool vault boxes

To give valuable tools and equipment an added layer of security, purchase a van vault box or safe to store them in.

Requiring a key or combination to open, the range of high security options work in a similar way to a personal home safe, but often with tailored compartments for specific tools too.

3.     Deadlocks

Deadlocks can give vans enhanced defences against thieves by adding an extra and usually stronger locking point to cab and rear doors.

They are operated independently to a vehicle’s standard, factory fitted locks, which allows the driver to control when each door is unlocked individually.


4.     CCTV

Most businesses will protect their premises with CCTV cameras that can help both deter and capture potential criminals, so why not their commercial vehicles too?

Small, high quality devices can now be brought relatively cheaply online and one should be installed on both the inside and outside of vans, either permanently or temporarily while parked.

Remember to display a clear warning sign too – this could make a thief turn away before the cameras are even called in to action.


5.     Permanent tool marking

Invisible anti-theft marking on your tools and equipment that requires ultra-violet light make them much easier to trace and their ownership indisputable, should they be stolen.

Tradespeople could also choose to use clear and obvious tool markings, such as carving or laser-burning a name or logo into handles, to put off thieves before items are taken.

6.     Dyes

Dye tags like those used in clothing retail are the best way to catch thieves literally red handed, as a burst of ink triggered by opening or moving a tool box without permission leaves little doubt who the criminal is and could deter them from trying to make off with your goods.

Concealed packs of dye, used by many banks within stacks of notes, could also be hidden within expensive equipment. They’re armed by magnets and triggered by radio waves on a timer.


7.     Inaccessible parking 

When there are tools and equipment in your commercial vehicle, reverse it into a parking space where the rear doors are practically touching a wall or other obstacle.

If a potential thief can’t easily access your van and it’s content, they’re more likely to be discouraged and move along.

8.     Simple dissuasion

A basic sticker on the outside of a van declaring that no tools are stored in the vehicle may be enough to convince a criminal to try elsewhere. Even if it’s not true, it’s cheap, quick and worth a go.

Keeping the outside of your commercial vehicle in an unusually dirty condition when equipment must be stored inside could also put off thieves, by making the van seem to the outside world like it’s less valuable and unlikely to contain important items.

LeaseVan.co.uk







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Friday, 6 December 2019

Ensure Part M compliance as standard with FX15


It’s easy for installers to offer low thresholds as standard with FX15 from MI Products.


The leading hardware specialist has designed and developed the FX15 low door threshold to successfully comply with Part M of Building Regulations and meet the demands for easy access in and out of properties.

Ian Searle, Director of MI Products, says:
“People like the ease of entry with low thresholds, which is why it’s so popular.
“When homeowners are looking to change their doors or move into a new build, one of the key things they look out for is seamless access inside and outside.
“For some homeowners, such as wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, it’s even more crucial their doors provide easy access. That’s why Building Regulations Approved Document Part M for accessibility requires all doors in new builds to contain a low threshold of 15mm.”

FX15 from MI Products has a genuine 15mm upstand, with no extensions or ramps, for easy access through entrance doors, including composite doors, and double doors, such as patio doors.

Ian continues: 
“Not only are compact, low thresholds vital for wheelchair access and those with limited mobility, it means pushchairs and children can easily enter and exit the home.
“Almost every new build property is filled with a composite entrance door and a set of double doors for opening up homes to the garden. Using FX15 as standard for these products makes it easier for installers to win new build project work.
“Fitting the FX15 as standard to your door range means installers have peace of mind that they’re achieving Part M compliance, as well as reassurance that if the end user has limited mobility or small children, you won’t have to worry about adapting your existing doors for retrofit projects.”

To allow for volume fitting as standard, the FX15 is supplied fully prepped and pre-packed and can be fixed using just two screws.

As well as achieving genuine Part M compliance, FX15 threshold has successfully passed testing for PAS 24 and Secured by Design accreditation, an integral part of the Lifetime Homes standard and BS6375 part 1 and 2 tests.

For more information, call MI Products on 02476 305 943.

Web: www.miproducts.co.uk



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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Garador Autodor provides Convenience at a Lower Price


Garador’s Autodor, launched in the Summer of 2019, is an insulated sectional garage door that is supplied complete with a GaraMatic 9 electric operator. 

This new door and operator package can provide homeowners with savings of over 30% on some sectional garage door styles and sizes.

It’s available in two door styles, Linear Medium and Linear Large, and a range of 27 standard sizes up to 5000mm wide.

It is available in 9 different colours, for each door design:

  • Linear Medium (6 Woodgrain surface finish colours and 3 Decocolors).
  • Linear Large (6 Planar surface finish colours and 3 Decocolors).

Garador’s Managing Director Neil Discombe said:
“Garador developed Autodor based on extensive research of the current market, and convenience and price came high on the list.”

Neil continues:
“Unlike most sectional garage doors on the market, where you purchase the door and operator as two separate items, the Autodor is supplied as one complete package.
“With a high quality design and the lower price point, the Autodor is filling a real niche in the market.”

The Autodor offers all the advantages of traditional sectional garage doors. Rising vertically up and along tracks which run back into the garage means there is no loss of driveway space in front of the garage door.

Each door section is filled with insulating PU foam and at 42mm thick; the door sections provide excellent thermal insulation. With all the best elements and ease of an automated sectional garage door, Garador’s Autodor is already ticking the boxes for many customers.

It offers a realistic alternative to traditional up & overs, providing a quality well designed sectional garage door but without the price tag.

To find out more about Autodor, please visit the Garador website at www.garador.co.uk





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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Maintaining a well-designed open working environment with privacy in mind


Very few employees would prefer working in a totally open or in a totally private work environment. In fact, according to a 2019 workplace study, 77% of people consider an environment that falls in between the two to be an ideal office space. 

But how can employers and office designers achieve this?

Decorative glass partitions can be the answer: as well as adding visual interest and creating a professional atmosphere, glass partitions deliver ample office boundaries, whilst effectively maintaining maximum light distribution and an effect of openness in the workspace.

Designed as an application for interior glass partitions or the inside surface of windows and doors, Solyx® Decorative Window Film is an ideal choice for any space that requires decorative privacy such as conference rooms, lobbies, private offices and more. With a vast range of textures and designs, Solyx® can be installed at a fraction of the cost of alternative laminated panels, patterned or sand-blasted glass. 


Protective Film Solutions offer over 300 options – including coloured films, exterior films, frosted films, gradient films, patterned films, speciality films and stained-glass films – making it one of the most comprehensive selections of high-quality glass solutions.

Open environments are linked to greater business performance and innovation, however at times this layout can be restrictive and pose unsolvable issues with privacy. Delivering visual privacy, whilst maintaining an open, collaborative environment, can be easily achieved without replacing the partitions or putting in walls.

The solution is simple but incredibly effective: glass film. Glass itself is an effective tool because it creates a special boundary between workers and rooms without isolating the workers behind it. And by adding a decorative film to the glass partition, employers can allow not only benefit from added levels of privacy, but also from the visual interest which creates an enjoyable and effective working environment.


As well as the use of decorative film for privacy, expert technology-based films can prove a vital tool in protecting digital data. Designers and employers can ensure digital privacy without losing the open plan feel of an office through the application of Casper™ Cloaking Technology by Designtex - an innovative cloak technology that provides a smart shield to protect the digital data displayed on screen digital screens without obscuring the glass.

The film blocks only the light transmitted by digital screens to outside view meaning the room remains open to view but only those inside can see the content being displayed on screen. This state-of-the-art technology is already being used by large corporations across the pond and is just one of the many innovative ways glass film can transform the functionality of the shared office space.

To find out more go to: www.glassfilms.eu

* All comments to be attributed to Chris Gould, Commercial Director of Protective Film Solutions





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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Hörmann UK’s Training Academy Proves Popular with Customers


Hörmann UK, Europe’s leading door manufacturer, is celebrating the success of its new Training Academy at its headquarters in Coalville, Leicestershire, with over 100 individuals attending its seminars over the last six months.

As one of the UK’s only manufacturers to offer in depth, tailored training programmes for both its employees and customers, the Training Academy provides comprehensive tuition across Hörmann’s diverse portfolio of products.

12 seminars have been hosted since the Academy opened in June, with over 40 Hörmann UK retailers attending seminars regarding the sales, installation and servicing of its domestic and industrial ranges. This includes its garage, entrance and internal doors, along with loading bay solutions, high speed sectional doors, curtains and roller shutters.


The sessions include Basic Sales and Product Training, Domestic Fitter Training and Industrial Training, and are two-day courses with an overnight stay and evening meal included free of charge. The sessions can also be tailored upon request.

Mark Stoddart, Senior Technical & Product Support at Hörmann UK, said: 
“Being the leading manufacturer within the industry not only requires the highest quality products, but also first class sales, installation and aftersales care. This can only be achieved through regular hands-on training, which is why we have launched our Training Academy to support our nationwide team of distributors in delivering the highest standard of service across every aspect of the customer journey.

“We are extremely pleased to already have over 30 seminars arranged for next year, which reflects how popular the courses have already been over the last six months. Next year’s programme will provide the latest guidance on our ever expanding product range including in depth explanations of unique features, fault finding and necessary maintenance. We are extremely proud to have such strong relationships with our distributors and look forward to developing this even further next year.”


The Hörmann UK Training Academy was launched as part of the company’s 40th anniversary, reflecting its commitment to designing, manufacturing and installing innovative solutions that meet the ever changing requirements of its clients.

For further information on Hörmann UK’s training offering, call 01530 516850 or visit: https://www.hormann.co.uk.






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Monday, 2 December 2019

SOMMER celebrating 21 years in the UK!


The SOMMER Group established their UK subsidiary in 1988.  Initially based in the North-West, moving to premises at the Airfield Business Park in York in 2006, before relocating to its current premises in Elvington, York in 2015.  

This last move, united SOMMER Door & Gate Automation UK Ltd, with DOCO International Limited, a ‘sister’ subsidiary of the SOMMER Group.

SOMMER, whose head office is in Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany, is an expert manufacturer and innovator in automation; particularly for garage and industrial doors, swing and sliding gates, roller and high-speed door controls and barrier systems.

The range of operators and control units, radio technology, biometrics, home automation and many useful accessories, increase security and convenience to the end user.


DOCO fits perfectly within the SOMMER Group with their extensive residential and industrial door solutions, from complete modular track sets to their vast offering of spare parts. Including pre-assembled springs for residential doors and the new pass-door for easier access in certain residential situations.

With Groke’s superb range of thermally efficient aluminium entrance doors, SOMMER is now well placed in the UK door industry market.

New directions:

Always moving forward and looking for ways to increase and improve their range and service to their customers, there have been quite a few changes over the past year, giving the UK business a new ‘buzz’.

  • Managing director, David Newcombe and commercial manager, Amy Fisher, were appointed
  • introduction of the complete industrial door
  • introduction of a bespoke panel cutting service
  • an increase in warehousing and operating space
  • increase in customer contact and marketing support
  • and, to mark the 21st Anniversary of SOMMER UK, the introduction of YOURDOOR

YOURDOOR are complete sectional doors, a quality product with no compromises, yet with the widest choice and best warranties to reflect the commitment to quality. 

YOURDOOR Partners have the opportunity to offer their customers, standard and trend colours in smooth or matt finishes, a high-quality operator and accessories and robust door sets. 


However, the really exciting part is the enormous range of wood effect, geometric, vertical, modern and traditional designs, digitally printed on to the panels.  And, you can even have your own design or image digitally printed, a sectional garage door unique to you!

Look out for additional products to the YOURDOOR range and the imminent launch of YOURDOOR commercial, turn to page 84 in the latest issue of Door Industry Journal for the news!

The team at SOMMER would love to talk to you about their products and services, so please call 01904 608787 or send an email to sales@sommeruk.com or check out both of the websites at: www.sommer.eu and  www.yourdooruk.co.uk .







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Sunday, 1 December 2019

A Fine Selection of Classic Fast Fords set to go under the Hammer at CCA Auction

1969 Ford Capri 1600 GT XLR

Classic Car Auctions are preparing for their final sale of the year on the 7th December with a fine selection of classic fast Fords from the 1960s to the 1980s including a highly sought-after Escort Mexico.

Gary Dunne Classic Car Auctions Manager commented: 
“We love our Fast Fords at CCA. We always get a very high-quality selection of cars and this auction is no different.”
“The Mexico has to be top of the bill, a very nostalgic car for many, conjuring up images of rallying as this car was built to honour Ford’s rallying history and of course they came in great colour schemes.”
“The Capris are also pretty special, four cars spanning the late 60s to the late 80s, great cars, sure to attract interest.”

So, if we start from the earliest car on offer the 1969 Ford Capri 1600 GT XLR (above) estimated at £20,000 to £25,000. A superb and rare first generation of the classic Capri that was restored in 2018.

We understand there are only eight of these 1969 cars left and this one comes with its original registration number and engine.

1972 Ford Capri MkI 3000 GT XL

Our next Capri is from 1972, a Mk1 3000 GT XL which was supplied new in right-hand-drive to South Africa. Now fully restored and estimated at £20,000 to £23,000 will be registered with the DVLA in time for the auction.

1981 Ford Capri 2.8 Injection

We now move to the Eighties and our first Capri of this era is the 1981 2.8i with just 14,000 miles on the clock. This low ownership car, with the current meticulous keeper for the last six years, is very sought after.

Finished in the classic two-tone colour scheme Forest Green over Crystal Green it is also fitted with the Pepper Pot style alloy wheels. This is a very original car and with minimal work could be a Concours contender.

1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands

The fourth Capri is the 280 Brooklands, the last generation of the now legendary coupe, made famous in the TV series The Professionals and also in Only Fools and Horses.

Now with a cult following, this limited-edition Brooklands, one of 1,038, has been with just three owners and one for 27 years. Now fully restored and with 82,000 miles on the clock is estimated at £18,000 to £22,000.

1971 Ford Escort Mexico

Let’s take a look at Ford’s next offering the Escort, again a car that became very popular giving rise to several Fast Fords over the years. The highlight car here has to be the 1971 Mexico, built to honour Ford’s rallying past and now very desirable.

This is a UK-supplied battery in the boot car finished in the correct colour scheme of Sebring Red with white stripes. Now fully restored to a very high standard retaining the original seats and steering wheel this is a matching numbers shell and engine car.

Been with the current vendor for the last six years and now offered from his private collection, this is a very important car estimated at £35,000 to £40,000.

1973 Ford Escort Mk1

Our next Escort is a 1973 Mk1 which has been prepared for competition as well as road use. Capable of being used in hillclimbs, sprints or club rallies, this is a very smart looking car for an estimated £10,000 to £12,000.

1982 Ford Escort RS1600i


The third Escort is the rare and very sought after RS1600i. Estimated at £12,000 to £15,000, this is a very highly regarded car in the RS Owners Club having been featured in both their magazine and calendar.

Available for only three years, 1982 to 1984, this is a clean and tidy looking car in Sunburst Red and with the black decals.

1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo

The final Escort is from 1990, an RS Turbo. This series 2 car has been with the current vendor since 2001 and spent most of its time tucked away with limited use.

Offered at an estimated £18,000 to £20,000 it is now fully recommissioned with some improvements and just 29,262 miles.

1973 Ford Cortina 2000 GXL

The final car is the 1973 Cortina 2000 GXL. This was the top of the range model back in the day and is very similar to the car featured in Life On Mars with Philip Glenister.

Estimated at £8,000 to £10,000 this is a wonderful car with 48,000 miles on the clock and three owners.

Offering scope for improvement, this car spent 20 years in storage early on and then again later in life for another 7 years. A great opportunity to get into classic car ownership.

Gary continued:
“Loving these fast Fords, all very well looked after and offering something for fans of the marque with some fine early classics.”
If you can’t make it on the day you can bid online, via the phone or leave a commission bid. Otherwise, come and see us for viewing on Friday 6th December from 12pm to 6pm or on auction day which gets underway on Saturday the 7th from 11am.

Classic Car Auctions can be contacted on 01926 640888 or email enquiries@classiccarauctions.co.uk and would be happy to talk with you about any of the cars consigned, alternatively, have a chat with them on the day.

Forthcoming Auctions

28th and 29th March – Practical Classics Restoration Show, NEC Birmingham 13th June – CCA Summer Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre

26th September – CCA Autumn Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre 12th December – CCA Winter Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre

www.classiccarauctions.co.uk



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