Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Housebuilders Handed New Front Door Perfection


New letterplates from ARRONE, the sister brand of HOPPE (UK), will allow housebuilders to achieve an exact colour match with a range of external door handles and matching items. 

The AR708a letterplate has been cycle tested 50,000 times and includes a patent pending return spring to ensure a positive return action and prevent water egress. It is covered by HOPPE (UK)’s 10 year mechanical operation guarantee.

Designed to complement popular HOPPE external door handles such as Atlanta, Tokyo and Birmingham, the new ARRONE letter plate is available in five finishes including polished brass and silver, and powder coated anthracite grey, white and black. 

Jonathan Walker, product manager at HOPPE (UK), said: 
“The new AR708a letter plate has been added to the ARRONE range to make the specification process easier for external door hardware. HOPPE now offers an exact colour match for a complete range including letter plates, handles, door knockers, numerals and letters.
“No matter what handle is chosen, they can be confident that they will be able to get associated hardware in the same colours and finishes, and all from one place.”  

The HOPPE range of door hardware is complemented by the ARRONE brand. ARRONE is recognised for offering affordable, high quality hardware for use within the commercial and residential door market. 

www.hoppe.co.uk





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Monday, 20 January 2020

Garador Launches New Series 4 Operators

Garamatic 20

Garador have now launched their much anticipated Series 4 generation of GaraMatic garage door operators. Leading the way, these designs incorporate new technology to provide a range of exciting advantages that fit well with modern living. 

The new operators continue to offer key features such as a secure mechanical locking system built into the operator boom and automatic safety reversal, where uses force limitation to recognise when there is an obstruction in the door’s path.

The Series 4 GaraMatic 10 and GaraMatic 20 include an HCP interface to connect to Smart Home systems, such as Google’s Home Hub and Amazon Alexa, and an integrated Bluetooth receiver. The Bluetooth receiver can be turned on and off. An optional Bluetooth receiver is also available for the GaraMatic 9.


This new smart functionality is specifically designed to work with Garador’s new BlueSecur app, which has been designed for ios and android smartphones. The BlueSecur app enables homeowners to control open, close, partial opening and operator light functionality on their operator.

The new app is very easy to use as Garador’s Marketing Manager, Paul Eddleston comments “The quick and easy to use interface makes operating your garage door from your smartphone a breeze.”

Furthermore, push notifications become visible on your smartphone when the receivers on your operator come into range. One free user key is included with your operator and others are available to have additional smartphone users, via in-app purchases.

Garamatic 10

In addition to the new smart technology, the new Series 4 collection of operators includes enhanced technological and design specifications. The GaraMatic 9 has a sleek new black casing and matching matt-black 4 button hand transmitters.

The GaraMatic 10 and GaraMatic 20 have a modern and attractive aluminium and black plastic casing, with two complementary 4-button hand transmitters with chrome-effect end caps.

Energy efficient LED lighting further enhances the offering, with 10 LED lights for the GaraMatic 9 and 20 LED lights for the GaraMatic 10. Low power consumption of less than 1 watt helps to reduce energy use, which is an increasingly important consideration in an environmentally conscious society.

Garamatic 9

Garador’s Marketing Manager Paul Eddleston comments:
“The new operator designs are complemented by matching hand transmitters and new energy efficient lighting, but also retain important features such as bi-directional FM radio signals that utilise 128-bit encryption for security.”
In today’s rushed society, time is also important, and the new Series 4 ensures a closing speed of the garage door up to 40% faster than the previous Series 3 model.

This significant speed improvement means the GaraMatic 9 will open and close at a maximum speed of 20cm per second, whilst the GaraMatic 10 and 20 models will open and close at a maximum speed of 25cm per second.

Find out more about Garador’s new range of GaraMatic operators by visiting www.garador.co.uk





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Sunday, 19 January 2020

Glamorous Aston Martins to launch Beaulieu’s 2020 Simply season


Simply Aston Martin will begin Beaulieu’s 2020 Simply season with a glamorous gathering of over 300 British sports cars on Sunday 5th April.

The event in the grounds of the National Motor Museum will return in the year of three Aston anniversaries; as 2020 marks 70 years of the successful DB2, 15 years of the revitalised V8 Vantage and 10 years of the four-door Rapide.


A special display area is being set aside for the high-performance V8 Vantage of 2005, which heralded a new era for the familiar model. Also welcome to join the display of enthusiasts’ cars is the formidable DB2 performance car that put Aston Martin on the map, as well as the Rapide which followed in the prestigious footsteps of the landmark Aston Martin Lagonda saloon of the 1970s and 1980s. 


Always a favourite with fans, the unmissable Simply Aston Martin gathering is open to every age and variety of the marque. All are invited, from stunning showroom examples and sought-after modern classics to rare and iconic models from its prestigious past. Members of the Aston Martin Owners Club will also turn out in force.


Throughout the day, event-goers can vote for their favourite Aston Martin of the show in the People’s Choice Award, with the winner receiving a Beaulieu trophy.

Event-goers can head inside the National Motor Museum to see the 1922 Aston Martin 1.5-litre Strasbourg, one of just two built in the early days of the company to take part in the 1922 French Grand Prix.


Event tickets include entry to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Secret Army exhibition, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and its grounds and gardens. Also open from March 15th is the adventurous new play area Little Beaulieu, for family fun all together.


For those driving Aston Martins into Beaulieu to take part in the show, participant tickets are £10.50 an adult and £5.25 a child (aged 5-16) if bought in advance online before 5pm on April 2nd, or £12.50 an adult and £6 a child if bought later or on arrival. All other visitors can buy a standard Beaulieu attraction ticket. For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-aston-martin.


Entry for rally participants is from 9am-2pm, with the Brabazon Restaurant open from 9am to serve hot drinks and breakfast snacks. All other visitors should enter through Beaulieu’s Visitor Reception building with a standard attraction admission ticket from 10am.


Simply Aston Martin is the first of Beaulieu’s Simply rallies for 2020, which includes brand new Simply Electric on May 24th, as well as Simply Audi on April 19th, Simply Ford on May 3rd, Simply Porsche on June 7th, Simply VW on June 20th, Simply Jaguar on June 28th, Simply Land Rover on July 12th, Simply Japanese on July 26th, Simply Mercedes on August 23rd and Simply Smart on Remembrance Sunday November 8th. 

For tickets and details see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.




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Saturday, 18 January 2020

Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) to launch new safety seminar at FIT


Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced that it will be launching a new safety seminar this year at the 2020 FIT Show at the NEC in May.  

The free seminar is specifically aimed at those with responsibility for automated gates and industrial doors and will take the form of a two-hour session. 

In addition, the pro-active federation has produced a free ‘owners guide’ entitled: Guidance for owners and managers of Industrial Doors, Garage Doors, Powered Gates and Traffic Barriers, which is based on DHF TS 011 and DHF TS 012, that attendees can take away with them following the talk.  The seminar will be open to both DHF members and non-members.

“DHF will be exhibiting as part of FIT’s education and training programme, and through our new seminar, we are hoping to inform and educate a wider audience on how to keep their products safe and compliant,” explains DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens.  
“Both the seminar and owners guide will highlight the dangers of not taking maintenance seriously.  As we know, in the past, owners have been prosecuted because they have not maintained their product in a legal and appropriate manner.  With the seminar free and open to all, we are once again placing education at the heart of our activity.”

This year’s FIT show takes place from 12-14 May and continues to be the UK’s only dedicated event for the window, door, hardware, flat glass, and components market.  It attracts annual audiences of approximately 10,000, from fabricators and installers through to architects and specifiers, all of whom come to explore the latest equipment and software solutions and enjoy networking opportunities.

“FIT is a natural platform to attract local authorities to come along to the seminar and see what their responsibilities are with regards to their product,” concludes Patricia.  “We look forward to welcoming attendees to our seminar, and our stand.”  

Door & Hardware Federation
01827 52337
www.dhfonline.org.uk

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Friday, 17 January 2020

SWA Member’s Restoration Work Reveals Hidden History of Broadcasting Building


The detailed repair and maintenance work undertaken by a member of the Steel Window Association on Bush House, part of a former broadcasting premises on London’s Aldwych, has not only helped restore the appearance of the facades; it has seen the specialist contractor rectify wartime bomb damage and preserve a system of antique bronze postboxes. 

Croydon-based, Associated Steel Window Services (ASWS), is widely experienced in such work and had successfully completed a similar contract on Phase 1 which addressed the central and north-eastern blocks now occupied by Kings College University. ISG was the main contractor for both phases.

Working floor by floor across the ten-storey building, ASWS set about removing excess paint from all of the old W20 steel windows and demounting all of the original ironmongery for repair and lubrication. This included handles, stays and the brass ‘budget’ locks while some of the more badly-worn hinges had to be replaced with ones from the contractor’s stock of replicas.

In total, 500 opening lights across 189 windows and 22 sets of double doors were treated. Any areas where the frames that had been taken back to bare metal were spot primed, and prepared for repainting by ISG’s decorating sub-contractor.

Ironically, while ASWS was required to remove 3,000 sheets of film from the inside of the single glazing, the project also revealed that some of the frames on the Aldwych elevation had been pitted by a Luftwaffe bomb during the blitz while several of the street level shop frontages had also been distorted by  the blast. These were taken away to the ASWS workshops to be painstakingly straightened and have new sections fitted where necessary.

Commenting on the success of the project, ISG’s contract manager, Kevin George said:
“As is common on such projects, ASWS was further called upon to carry out restoration of architectural metalwork around the historic interior to the old BBC premises. This included careful cleaning and polishing of the building’s internal post system where chutes connect the basement sorting room to boxes on the stair landing at each floor. These are marked as either “London & Abroad” or “Country”. 

Members of the Steel Window Association offer a UK wide service for the repair and replacement of various types of old metal windows, doors and screens, as well as being able to manufacture new fenestration which fully meets the requirements of the Building Regulations. Choosing an SWA member to manufacture and install your steel windows and doors ensures that you are receiving the highest standard of fabrication, installation and customer service.

For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 8543 2841.





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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Somfy Showcases Smart Home Innovations at CES Las Vegas


Somfy, the specialist in smart home management solutions for homes and buildings attended the CES Trade Show in Las Vegas from January 7th to 10th, where the team highlighted three of its new product innovations for 2020. 

Last year the CES attracted more than 175,000 attendees, with over 4,500 companies exhibiting from across the consumer technology industry.

Somfy, which has more than 50 years’ experience in improving living environments, has more recently become a pioneer in the move to digitise homes and buildings. Its products automate a range of home functions, including security, lighting and awnings, and integrate with hardware from other manufacturers.

The two products highlighted at CES this year were: 

Somfy Door Keeper, the 1st motorised connected lock with integrated closure and intrusion detector.

The Somfy Door Keeper is a highly sophisticated connected lock, which not only keeps doors highly secured but also monitors them, triggering alerts when vibrations indicate an attempt to break in. The device then sounds an alarm to ward off intruders, and also alerts the homeowner.


Somfy Door Keeper incorporates Somfy's patented IntelliTAGTM technology, which is used in Somfy alarm systems. Using the Somfy Keys app, users can check whether a door is open or closed at any time and can lock it remotely if needed.

There is an automatic alert if a door is not closed properly or left open, and access codes can be set for residents and trusted parties like employees or holidaymakers renting out the property.

For all homes, these new needs and uses mainly involve the front door, which is the most sensitive place when it comes to security with Door Keeper it becomes an active part of home security.

The Somfy Door Keeper will be available in the second quarter of 2020 in Europe.

TaHoma switch

10 years after the launch of TaHoma, the heart of the Smart home, Somfy is innovating with TaHoma switch, the first smart control to centralise and connect people’s homes.

It enables users to centrally control more than 300 equipment ranges including Somfy’s own-brand, other home brands as well as voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, managing elements from lighting and heating to security camera and alarm systems and opening and closing windows and doors.

The TaHoma switch control can be placed anywhere in the home with a power socket thanks to its Wi-Fi connection.

Meanwhile, through the TaHoma app, users can customise two of the switch’s three control buttons to suit their daily routines – for example, by setting one to ‘leaving home’ and the other to ‘arriving home’ and customising Smart Home settings accordingly.

The Somfy TaHoma switch will be available from autumn 2020 in Europe, through all distribution channels (installers, specialised stores, e-shops).


Speaking on Somfy’s attendance at CES, Steven Montgomery, Managing Director of Somfy UK & Ireland, said: 
“CES is always one of the most exciting events in our calendar and we are very excited to have three innovative devices to discuss at this year’s show.
“Smart Home technology is becoming increasingly innovative and user-friendly, as well as offering more opportunities for people to consolidate different systems under one set of controls, and Somfy is proud to be working at the forefront of these developments.
“The Door Keeper and TaHoma switch we are showcasing, will help people to keep their homes safer and more secure, more energy-efficient and simply make them more pleasant to live in. We hope they will capture visitors’ imaginations as much as they have ours.”

Find out more about the Somfy product range at: www.somfy.co.uk






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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Experts at the Master Locksmiths Association Review Security Trends for 2020


Technology has transformed almost all aspects of our daily lives. We can pay bills and organise banking from our smartphones, adjust our home heating remotely via mobile app, and use the same phone to manage our travel.


Forecasters predict that the next big thing to be revolutionised by technology is home and car security.

Experts at the Master Locksmiths Association, the UK’s leading organisation for locksmiths, consider the technology trends facing the security industry in 2020 and what it will mean for consumers.

Dr Steffan George, Managing Director of the MLA, which represents the business interests of over 1,400 locksmiths across the UK, reviews some of these emerging trends and gives his views on what they will mean for home security.

Concerns and perceived threats to personal safety in both the home and in public places are fuelling a growing demand for security solutions for both domestic and commercial properties, and consequently the market for these products is expected to grow in 2020. Increased affordability and accessibility of new technologies is also contributing to this market growth.

The need for action is clear. Home Office statistics show that homes with no security are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures in place.

Technology is expected to play a bigger part in home security in 2020 with more residential properties equipped with solutions that can be accessed remotely via mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops. 

Dr Steffan George, Managing Director of the MLA

Fingerprint door locks and facial recognition software


This used to be the stuff of James Bond films and spy thrillers, but now this technology is becoming increasingly popular and accessible for homeowners and businesses. Biometric electronic security systems work by using a person’s unique physical characteristics including fingerprints, face or iris recognition to grant or block access to specific doors, rooms or buildings.

A fingerprint door lock works by recognising the unique fingerprints of a select group of authorised personnel or residents and using them to unlock doors and provide access to a property. The cost of this technology used to be prohibitively expensive which limited its application, but now fingerprint locks are widely available and are more accessible. One crucial issue to consider when installing new technologies is to build in a back-up for when the technology goes wrong. The MLA recommends installing a hybrid system that incorporates a traditional mechanical lock alongside a biometric one to provide the best of both worlds and to ensure that the biometric system can be bypassed, and the door still used when and if the power goes down.

Experts at the MLA also advise that the correct installation of smart locks is very important to how well they work. One common problem with the introduction of smart technologies is the installation of smart locks on existing traditional door locks. This investment does not enhance security and if not installed by a professional locksmith can actually be detrimental. All smart locks and security systems should be specified and fitted by professional locksmiths to ensure that they are fit for purpose and address the specific security requirements of an individual property.

Wireless Home Security – an integrated smart home


The trend for creating smart homes will continue into 2020 with people integrating more technology into managing their homes. Heating, entertainment systems, appliances and security can all be smart enabled and controlled via mobile devices. Smart, wireless home security systems are becoming increasingly common as prices drop and technology improves.

Installing a house or business alarm used to require expensive fixed installation costs with security systems and CCTV networks reserved for those with big budgets; now smart wireless solutions are available, providing convenient and accessible alternatives.

With fast, reliable Wi-Fi and a smartphone it is possible to create a safe, smart and secure home using a system that can be easily installed, controlled and monitored via an app from anywhere in the world. With wireless sensors connected to a motion-sensing camera people can monitor their home remotely, using just their mobile phone.

Renters and homeowners who move house frequently can also benefit from these portable wireless systems, allowing them to disconnect and reconnect at a new address without disruption to either property.

One of the major obstacles to using wireless home security, after cost, has traditionally been reliability. Interference from other devices and structural interference from walls, floors and ceilings causing signal failure has previously affected the reliability of wireless home security, but these problems are far less frequent. To combat these problems, each wireless sensor now has its own battery back-up. The MLA recommends regular testing and charging of batteries to ensure the system operates at peak performance and not to chance a DIY installation. Home security is too important and should be installed and managed by trained and licensed professionals. All MLA members are licensed, and vetted giving customers confidence that their home security is in safe hands.

Car Tracker

In the same way as the FindmyPhone app or Snapchat’s SnapMaps works to identify a person’s location via GPS, the MLA has seen an increase in the use of “Connected Car” technology that tracks, monitors and safeguards vehicles. The technology is factory fitted and often includes extra options such as being able to remotely unlock the vehicle via an app.

Safety of security technology itself

Issues with the security of the technology itself will be a major theme for 2020 with encryption becoming a huge focus. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the security of the actual technology they are using. Many are reluctant to introduce Smart technology into their homes to avoid compromising security. Fears that Alexa, Google Home and other smart devices are listening in and recording conversations and data are fuelling concerns as well as the risks of mobile apps being interfered with and mobile signals intercepted and used illicitly.

When people invest in technology, especially security technology, they want to know it is not having the reverse effect and compromising their safety.

Wireless signals and routers can be hacked, keyless cars for instance are an easy target with devices that pick up the signal from key fobs allowing cars to be driven off in minutes. Similar problems can affect remote unencrypted security devices or devices where the factory specified password hasn’t been updated. For instance, if a particular smart lock is compromised, the danger is enormous and could affect thousands of properties

Unlike a traditional, mechanical lock where only one property is affected if the key is copied or compromised, in the case of smart locks if a bypass/hack or vulnerability of a particular smart lock is discovered then every property with this type of lock is vulnerable.

Imagine if a housing estate was developed with all properties fitted with the same make and model of smart lock, if a hack was discovered then every house on the development would be at risk because each lock could be opened. The MLA continues to work with the British Standards Institution BSI, Police Forces across the country and with insurance companies to investigate ways of checking and certifying that security provided by smart products is at least equivalent to traditional, mechanical security devices.

The Master Locksmiths Association has over 1,400 business members operating across the UK installing and repairing locks in homes and business premises. MLA locksmiths can conduct security audits and offer advice on the best security solutions for individual properties. Find your local MLA locksmith at www.locksmiths.co.uk





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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Garador Offers Slate grey (RAL 7015) as Standard



Different shades of grey continue to grow in popularity, with Anthracite Grey and Window Grey common favourites. 

As a result of continued demand for Slate Grey (RAL 7015), Garador has added this popular colour to its standard range of colours for steel up and over garage doors.

Slate Grey is the perfect colour for those wanting to add a modern look to their build. The new shade offers a soft formality that is perfect for modern living, giving a fresh new look with a distinctive style.

Neil Discombe, Managing Director of Garador comments:
“Slate Grey is one of the most popular colours at the moment; we’re seeing lots of requests for this colour so it made sense to add it to our standard colour range for steel doors.” 
Slate Grey (RAL 7015) is available for all the doors in Garador’s steel Up & Over range, including its popular wide profiled Windsor design and more modern door designs like the Design Range 200. 

As with all of Garador’s colour finishes, this new colour is applied to the panel using a powder-coated paint, which provides a protective, long-lasting and attractive finish to the door.Including the new Slate Grey, there are now 19 colours on steel doors.

View the full range of colours available online at www.garador.co.uk or call 01935 443701 to find out more.





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Monday, 13 January 2020

Hörmann UK celebrates successful 2019


Wolfgang Gorner, Managing Director of Europe’s leading door manufacturer, Hörmann UK, shares his highlights for 2019, whilst also looking ahead to 2020 and beyond.

“It’s been a fantastic first year as Managing Director here at Hörmann UK. I’ve been working hard to develop deep and meaningful relationships with our customers throughout the year across our entire portfolio. 2019 has seen double digit growth across the business, so I’m looking forward to seeing how 2020 develops.

“Despite uncertain market conditions and Brexit delays, Hörmann UK has had an extremely successful year across its industrial and domestic offering, launching a variety of products and services throughout 2019. This included the launch of our exclusive Training Academy in April, supported by our revamped showroom at our headquarters in Coalville, Leicester.


“As part of the launch, we had over 200 customers visit our headquarters across the two days, something we are looking to replicate throughout 2020 in line with our continued product development. This will ensure we offer all customers the highest standards in performance, innovation, installation and maintenance.

“Throughout the year we also attended our first ever trade show, the FIT Show 2019, which generated a strong level of sales leads as we introduced our new timber internal doors to the market, along with our well established entrance door range.

Wolfgang Gorner,
Managing Director of Hörmann UK
“Looking ahead to 2020, we will be focusing on enhancing our end-users’ journey by improving how they discover and contact the right Hörmann UK dealer for them. This will be a central aim for the business next year as we look to refine how customers interact with dealers and identify which best meets their needs. 

“We will also be launching our own dedicated exhibition space at the London Build Centre to support our interaction with our industrial customers. We are continuing to develop and forge strong relationships within the industrial and commercial markets, which we will build on throughout 2020 to further grow the Hörmann UK brand within this sector.”

To view Hörmann UK’s internal door offering, visit www.hormann.co.uk  or call 01530 516868.





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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year from Everyone at Team DIJ


Our offices will reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday 13th January 2019

Additional Information


Calls and Email:

Our call centre will be answering our phones and our email will be monitored during our extended festive holiday period for anything of an urgent nature, which will receive an appropriately prompt response.

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Our final daily blogpost was published on Sunday 22nd December and they will resume on Monday 13th January 2020.

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Our last weekly  e-newsletter for 2019 was published on Monday 23rd December and they will resume on Tuesday 21st January 2020.

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