Saturday, 24 October 2020

At Last, The Perfect Cuppa In A Box – By a Tradesman, for Tradesmen


Introducing the Builder’s Tea Box, the trade-focused solution to forever solve the problem of broken cups, missing kettle-bases, and the eternal hunt for a spoon. 

Built by a tradesman, for the trade industry, you’ll never be without essentials for tea or coffee again.

Invented by 34-year old electrician Dan Anderson, the Builder’s Tea box is a one-stop-shop for tradesmen on the go. 

All items you need fit snuggly together, can be thrown into the back of the van without fear, and keep all the tea-break nitty-gritties in one place. 

Weighing only 2kg and consisting of a sturdy outer carry case, inside you’ll find everything you need for a proper brew…

  • CE compliant cordless kettle with automatic switch
  • 2 enamel cups
  • 2 enamel containers to store tea, coffee, or sugar
  • 1 stainless steel spoon
  • Custom-moulded, hard-wearing carry case and shoulder strap for ease of use.

Dan, Founder of btbproducts, the company behind the Builder’s Tea Box says:
“I invented the Builder’s Tea Box after losing the base of the kettle in the back of the van under some materials and tools (not for the first time!), and it always caused an inconvenience.
“On top of that, workmates would always ask to use the kettle or to grab a tea bag and none of us were ever quite prepared for a hot drink. The Builder’s Tea Box has finally put an end to the hassle and lets us get on with our work!”

The Builder’s Tea Box is £39.99 + £8.39 delivery via www.btbproducts.co.uk or via selected retailers and Amazon for £49.99




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Friday, 23 October 2020

Winkhaus renew membership with Secured by Design


Winkhaus is one of the latest companies to renew their membership with Secured by Design (SBD), the official police security initiative.

Winkhaus UK are part of the 160 year old worldwide Winkhaus Group, with over 2,000 employees worldwide.  

Leading manufacturers of high security locking systems for doors and windows, Winkhaus offer a premium and cutting edge product range graduating from lift lever locks through to automatic and electronic locks.

Winkhaus recently became the first long-standing SBD member company to hold the latest dual compliance for both Q Mark Fire BS EN 1634 and PAS24 enhanced security on both their SBD-accredited composite and timber fire and security doorset solutions.

Winkhaus’ test evidence and accreditation underwent rigorous third-party certification by a UKAS-accredited body to ensure compliance with the latest 2020 MHCLG Government guidance document Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan advice note 16 in Annex B, as well as SBD’s ‘Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorset requirements.’

The Winkhaus Fire & Security Doorset solution utilises their AV2 and AV3 range of multi-point autoLocks with Winkhaus’ fully-finished and low-maintenance frame system, FireFrame® for composite doorsets, or a timber frame for timber doorsets.

The system offers specifiers and fabricators a choice of FD30 and FD60 composite and timber door assemblies. Its versatility allows a choice of doorset styles, including solid and glazed versions with or without fanlights.


You can find out more about Winkhaus and their range of SBD accredited products here .  

SBD Development Officer Doug Skins said: 
"Winkhaus were one of the first members of SBD with their door and window hardware back in 1999 and have been supporters of the work we do since then. 
“It is great that they have renewed their membership with SBD and I look forward to working with them over the coming years”.

SBD is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), a police owned organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and demand reduction initiatives across the UK. PCPI is a not-for-profit organisation and Board Members include senior police officers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who control and direct the work PCPI carries out on behalf of the Police Service.

SBD plays a significant crime prevention role in the planning process to design out crime in a wide range of building sectors. It has achieved some significant success including one million homes built to SBD standards with reductions in crime of up to 87%. 

SBD have many partner organisations, ranging from the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Police Service through to local authorities, housing associations, developers and manufacturers and work closely with standards and certification bodies to ensure that their publicly available standards actually meet the needs of the police and public alike. 

Products must be subject to rigorous testing and additionally be fully certificated by an independent, third-party certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) before being allowed to carry the SBD logo - this is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.

Winkhaus UK Ltd -  www.winkhaus.co.uk 
Secured by Design - www.securedbydesign.com





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Thursday, 22 October 2020

MTL™300: Mul-T-Lock’s high-security, patented locking solution


Security specialist Mul-T-Lock has launched MTL™300, a high-security yet affordable locking solution for both residential and small-to-medium business customers.

The new cylinder platform is based on field-proven technology that enables it to be patented from day one, all the way through to 2033. As MTL™300 is based on existing technology, it also saves locksmiths expenses traditionally associated with launching new-patented platforms.


Ideal for residential and small-to-medium business customers, MTL™300 is an entry-level locking solution that goes beyond the standard, offering advanced, patented technology and protection that complies with international standards. 

A restricted key copy system enables locksmiths to access exclusive keying profiles using six different special cut types while guaranteeing protection against unauthorised key duplication. 

MTL™300’s Master Key Systems (MKS) are supported by "Masterpiece" software, so locksmiths can plan and assemble their own MKS and continue to use the same key cutting machines and pinning kits as with Integrator®. 

The combined use of the patented key and key blank, together with the Mul-T-Lock key cutting control system, provides locksmiths with advanced key copy protection, promoting security and trust.


Roy Zadikov, Director of Product Management for Mul-T-Lock says: 
“Like Integrator®, MTL™300 aims to satisfy the needs of consumers and small-to-medium businesses, providing convenience and efficiency, while integrating new and more innovative products and capabilities.
“Many of our locksmith customers have been crying out for a high-security, patented locking system developed by a worldwide leader, marketed at an affordable price, and this is what we’re offering with MTL™300.”

To learn more about Mul-T-Lock’s MTL™300 high-security, patented locking solution, please call 01902 364200, email internalsales@mul-t-lock.co.uk or visit www.mul-t-lock.co.uk.





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Wednesday, 21 October 2020

SWA member helps to create Spectacular Visuals for Private Pool and Gym Building


When Mr & Mrs Braithwaite envisioned the plans for this brand-new private swimming pool and gym building, Steel Window Association member, Cotswold Casements was called on to supply the steel windows and doors. 

Cotswold Casements is an expert in the field of the repair, refurbishment, replacement and installation of steel windows and doors. This enviable reputation is endorsed by the final result of this truly captivating building and the appealing aesthetic created with its impressive fenestration.

The project was overseen by Adrian Aldred from Building Design; Cotswold Casements supplied and installed new small paned windows and doors, the arched door and window areas having been incorporated within the design. 

The project took around six months - from the initial quotation and design stages to the finished installation. The final effect has been achieved by implementing five sets of double doors, a single door and several large fixed screens. 

The windows and doors were manufactured with a W20 suite of sections and a black polyester paint finish. The versatile W20 portfolio remains a popular choice owing to its records of impressive durability. 

The windows and doors were also glazed with toughened sealed units secured with a bead system, for longevity, hardiness and practicality. Steel window and door frames are a popular choice not just for the looks but also for the inherent strength of the frame which will now add a robust layer of security to the building. 

Trevor Woskett from Cotswold Casement’s has complimented the appealing design of the building which made the incorporation of the steel frames an appealing process. 

The combination of the chosen bricks, the slate roofing and the black colour of the windows and doors creates a visually striking end result. 

The colour contrast is complemented even further by the spectacular size of the windows which fully capitalise on natural light. It is easy to see why Cotswold Casement’s has heralded the project as ‘one of those that stays with you’.

For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 3475 8049





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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Garador Wins Yeovil Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

David Woan (Yeovil Chamber of Commerce President)
and Neil Discombe (Garador’s Managing Director)

One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of garage doors, Garador, have just won “Manufacturing and Engineering Business of the Year” at the Yeovil Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The Yeovil-based manufacturer was originally formed as part of Westland's Engineers Ltd in 1948, as part of a diversification strategy away from military products, Garador Limited was setup to manufacture one piece garage doors. 

Over the years, they have developed a heavily automated manufacturing facility which produces thousands of garage doors each year.


Garador’s Managing Director, Neil Discombe comments: 
“We are delighted to have received this award. Garador has a long history of manufacturing quality products and it is nice to receive recognition for the excellent work we do.”
The company produces up & over, sectional, roller and side-hinged garage doors, with all these products made within their own group, ensuring product quality can be maintained at all times. 

Garador have one of the most modern garage door manufacturing facilities in Europe. Today they are a market leading force in the UK building industry, with a strong brand in the UK domestic garage door market. 

Find out more about Garador and their range of garage doors by visiting www.garador.co.uk or calling 01935 443701.





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Monday, 19 October 2020

DHF receives ASSURED ADVICE on Powered Garage Door Safety


For many years, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has been advising the garage door industry on the interpretation of the standards for garage door safety and the legislation surrounding their use. 
 

A key part of the safety message, relating to the use of ‘hold-to-run’ by remote control, has proved to be controversial, with some manufacturers and installers choosing to interpret the requirements in different ways.

Having referred the matter to its Primary Authority partner, Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards, DHF has now received ‘assured advice’ for manufacturers and installers of garage doors, thereby giving the industry a clear, detailed and officially sanctioned interpretation.  

Provided that traders follow the advice correctly, they can be assured that local Trading Standards Officers will have to take account of this and not seek to apply the law in a different way.  It is also clear from the advice that some existing interpretations do not comply with the law.

The European standard allows three ways of preventing a closing door from injuring a person:

  • Firstly, all contact can be prevented by using technology (such as scanners or light curtains) to detect an obstruction in the door’s path and enable the door to stop and reverse.  (This is not achievable with a single beam fixed at low level).

  • Secondly, doors can be made pressure-sensitive by equipping them with a ‘sensitive edge’, or by using a ‘drive system’ which detects contact with obstacles; in either case, the door stops automatically, reversing as soon as contact with an obstacle is made.

  • Thirdly, the user operates the door using a ‘hold to run’ via a control located close to, and in sight of, the door.  The user must maintain constant pressure on the switch to operate the door; releasing the switch will immediately stop the door in the event of danger.  However, the ‘hold-to-run’ control device in use must be designed such that it is only possible to operate it in direct sight of the door.

In the past, the third option has often been misunderstood and ‘hold-to-run’ control that could be operated out of sight of the door has been supplied in some cases.  The new advice provides clarity on this point, stating that relying on such a control system to provide safety by ‘hold-to-run’ is contrary to the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 and the Construction Products Regulations 2013.  

“Local authority trading standards departments are responsible for the enforcement of the Construction Products Regulations, and also share responsibility for enforcing the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations where machinery for domestic use is concerned,” said General Manager and Secretary of DHF, Michael Skelding. 
“We hope that this new assured advice from our Primary Authority partner will remove any possible doubt as to the true legal position and, thereby, make a significant contribution to safety.”

Copies of the advice can be obtained by emailing info@dhfonline.org.uk 

Door & Hardware Federation

01827 52337

www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Sunday, 18 October 2020

Lotus stuns Goodwood SpeedWeek with Evija dynamic public debut


The all-electric Lotus Evija hypercar makes its dynamic public debut at Goodwood SpeedWeek this weekend. The Evija will be in action on the historic race track and will be taking part in a variety of high-octane activities, including the Supercar Run.

Three pre-production examples of the Evija are supporting SpeedWeek, one complete in a vibrant Lotus ‘Solaris Yellow’ finish and two prototypes wrapped in stunning black and gold, recalling iconic Lotus liveries of the past. 


 The prototypes also feature a stylised image of the famous West Sussex circuit, accompanied by the words ‘Lotus x Goodwood: Creating History since 1948’ – acknowledging the year of the very first Lotus car and the first motorsport event at Goodwood.


Among the first outside of the engineering team to experience Evija is Lord March (Charlie, 25, son of the event host, the Duke of Richmond), who commented: 
“The Evija is unbelievable – the power, the speed, I’ve never experienced anything like it – it was exceptional. This new dawn of electric hypercars brings ultimate motoring to life for a new generation and a younger audience. The advancement in electric cars over the last 10 years is astonishing.
“There is a huge amount of growth potential for these machines to continue allowing us to keep enjoying and driving high performance cars. Lotus continues to appeal to both the inner driver and the inner child in all of us – so much fun, and ultimately for the driver to control and enjoy.”


Gavan Kershaw, Director of Vehicle Attributes, Lotus, added: 
“We’re having a great time demonstrating the Evija here at Goodwood. Bringing the cars to an event like this is a welcome break from the hundreds of hours spent on proving grounds, where there’s a huge amount of open space and long straights to test the car’s performance limits.
“Goodwood is a fast and flowing circuit with numerous undulations in the surface, and so is a fantastic test and demonstration for the Evija as it’s the type of environment where many owners will use the car.”


He added: “We hope the TV coverage of the event will show people what an amazing vehicle it is, and we can’t wait to be back next year.”



Car fans can see the Lotus Evija on the ITV network, with multiple programmes on different channels across the weekend. See local TV listings for full details.

Lotus has also published a new US LOT Blog on the Evija, hosted on the Lotus media website here. It details how elements of the Evija have been consciously designed to meet the exacting standards of company founder Colin Chapman, and how that helps make the car a true Lotus.

More than 50 historic Lotus cars are scheduled to take part in Goodwood SpeedWeek. They include:
  • Lotus 25 – the car driven by Jim Clark car during the 1963 F1 season when he won the Drivers’ Championship
  • Lotus 18 – the car in which Sir Stirling Moss won the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
  • Lotus 49 – the car in which Graham Hill won the Monaco Grands Prix in 1968 and 1969
  • Lotus 72-5 – Emerson Fittipaldi’s car from the 1970 season
  • Lotus 72-7 – Emerson Fittipaldi’s main car from the 1972-73 seasons, and the car in which he won the most F1 races – five in total
  • Lotus 79 – Mario Andretti’s main car from the 1978 season
www.lotuscars.com




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Saturday, 17 October 2020

HOPPE (UK) brings new home grown talent into the sector

Aimee Parry

There’s new architectural ironmongery talent in the making at HOPPE (UK) following the appointment of two new apprentice at its offices in Wolverhampton. 

HOPPE (UK) has welcomed two new apprentices to different areas of the business. Aimee Parry is completing her apprenticeship in business administration, working within the sales centre, and Jessica Puri has joined the ARRONE team as a graduate technical apprentice.

Aimee Parry comes to HOPPE (UK) from the Walsall Academy, Wolverhampton, and will be learning all aspects of administration as part of her Level 3 qualification. She will also be covering the key skills needed as part of a sales executive role, as well as gaining experience across key business departments.

Jessica Puri

Jessica Puri completed her product design degree from the University of Wolverhampton in 2017. She already has experience within the construction industry, previously working in design and development roles for steel fabricator Metek, and Marshalls Mono. 

Both Aimee and Jessica are due to complete their apprenticeships in 2021.

Ged Ryan, CEO of HOPPE (UK), said: 
“It’s important to us that we’re recruiting talent from within the local area to develop into the next generation of architectural ironmongers. This is a great industry with a long heritage here in the West Midlands, and Wolverhampton in particular.
“The apprenticeship programme at HOPPE (UK) is a great opportunity for young people to start building their networks and to gain valuable knowledge and experience that will stay with them throughout their career.” 





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Friday, 16 October 2020

Safe and secure – Sidey’s new FD30 Composite Fire Door range


Be safe, be secure, be Sidey – that’s the philosophy of Scotland’s strongest fenestration company, and that message has never been more crucial than in the current climate. The new range of FD30 composite fire doors from Sidey is a good demonstration of this.

Following independent factory product audits, Sidey’s composite fire doors have been fully certified under the BM Trada scheme STD 170 and tested to BS EN1634-1 for fire resistance, both internally and externally.

The door sets have been Q Mark third party accredited for both fire and security manufacturing consistency and have also achieved EN 1634-3 for smoke resistance and PAS 24 enhanced security.

Made in Scotland by Sidey, the FD30 composite fire door range is available with a fixed glazed top fanlight above the door fitted with Sidey’s auto lock. 

There is a full range of hardware available including BS EN 1634-1 eye viewers, security chains, knockers, TS008 compliant letterboxes, low level thresholds and lever handles with thumb-turn options.
“We’ve invested a great deal of time and money to ensure that our FD30 composite fire door range is of the highest quality,” says Steve Hardy, Sidey’s Joint Managing Director.
“We always put safety and security first at Sidey and our customers can rest assured of an outstanding product with these door sets.”
For more information contact:

Sidey Solutions Ltd
Phone: 01738 634 803 
Email:    info@sidey.co.uk
Web:      www.sidey.co.uk





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Thursday, 15 October 2020

New Apps & features for Videx Web Server Access Control System


Access control manufacturer and supplier, Videx has launched two new apps for its leading web server access control system, the WS4 and released a new firmware with additional features. 
 
The WS4 can manage up to 20 entrances locally or remotely from anywhere via a mobile phone, tablet or PC using a web browser to connect to the system and it’s very easy to install. It can also hold 2,500 proximity and coded access users, each with up to two proximity fobs and store up to 50,000 events which can also be viewed online or via the app. 
 
Two new apps are now available, making the system even more convenient to manage. The admin app allows system managers to simply add, edit or remove users on the go and additionally give them a real time event log and status updates on the system’s health by indicating power issues or alarm events. The administrator is also able to open any of the entrances via the app.
 
The user app provides a great alternative or addition to the user carrying a proximity fob or remembering an access code. Users of the app are setup via the web portal and can be given access through selected entrances on any of the developments or buildings the WS4 manages. They can also be restricted to certain days and times and the ability to set an expiry date - a useful feature for short term users such as visitors or temporary staff. 


James Gray, projects Manager at Videx, said: 
“The WS4 is one of the most secure and convenient access control systems on the market. It’s easy to install, standalone and the entire system can be accessed and managed from anywhere in the world via a web portal - you only need an internet connection. 
“The new apps create even more benefits to those managing the system with the admin app giving greater control to the system’s administrator to ensure the system is running smoothly and providing an easier way for it to be modified as and when it needs to, which can all be done remotely. 
“The user app enables specific user profiles to be created meaning administrators can drill down into the specifics of authorised entry, whether that’s via selected entrances or only allowing some users access to certain buildings or sections of a building or property on certain days and times.”
 
The WS4’s web portal provides highly intuitive access management capabilities enabling multiple developments and buildings to be managed from one convenient web page. 1, 2 & 4 door control cabinets are also available with options for connecting to the network via an Ethernet connection or via the optional 4G router for those applications where an Ethernet connection is not available. All controllers can be combined up to 20 doors if required (using a maximum of 10 cabinets). 
 
Additional features of the WS4 include security alarm integration where a user can set or unset the alarm system from an access control reader, a lift interface option using an additional relay card, coloured proximity fobs for easy management of users and email alerts for both managers and engineers. 

For more information about the WS4 and its new apps, please visit: www.videxuk.com 
 



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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Hart Door Systems wins major contract to supply second EFW site in Moscow

Hart Door Systems manufacturing facility with doors in production for Moscow 2

Hart Door Systems has further strengthened its presence in the international energy from waste (EFW) sector with the supply of a further 11 doors and swing gates for Moscow’s second EFW site.
 
Hart Door Systems, based in Newcastle, is a long-established and pioneering designer and manufacturer of commercial and industrial doors.

Following the successful manufacture of the company’s Speedor Storm high-speed doors and swing gates at Moscow’s first EFW site, Hart Door Systems has secured further export work to supply Moscow’s second 75 MWe EFW plant.

Hart Door Systems has been commissioned by Hitachi Zosen Inova to provide 11, 4m wide x 6m high, high speed Speedor Storm doors which will be installed at each of the plant’s 11 tipping bays. In addition, the company will be designing and manufacturing 11 swing gates, which will act as an additional safety measure.

The swing gates will be manually opened and closed by the dumper truck operator who will then be able to control the open and close mechanism of the Speedor Storm door via the selector switch, which is on the wall, close to the door. 

The high-speed doors, which have a wireless safe edge and safety light curtain, have been manufactured to withstand the hazardous and humid environment of an EFW site. 

Protective measures to extend the life of the doors include motors being fitted with sealed heaters to prevent moisture build up, as well as exposed door elements being covered in an anti-corrosive C3 powder coat.

Alan Richardson alongside the packaged doors for Moscow 1

Alan Richardson, Project Manager at Hart Door Systems commented: 
“Being at the forefront of developing and delivering robust door solutions to the EFW sector, we’re able to support companies in containing odour and noise, preventing the egress of vermin, and helping them to operate more effectively and efficiently.
“It’s fantastic to be part of a larger project which will see a total of four EFW sites being built in and around the city of Moscow over the next few years.
“Despite the challenges in working conditions presented by Covid-19, our team has been able to continue driving our export success, reinforced by our knowledge and capabilities, and the great international working partnerships we have built over the years.”

Carl Crossman, Sales Administrator at Hart Door Systems added: 
“Hart Door Systems has a strong track record in supplying specialist industrial doors to the waste management and energy from waste sector and supporting its unique challenges, having built up our experience through working on a number of UK and international facilities. We’re really looking forward to seeing this exciting project through to fruition.”

It is hoped that the EFW plants will help the city of Moscow to optimise its waste management by reducing its dependency on landfill sites. The new EFW facilities will, once all plants are in operation, process a total of 2.8 million tonnes of residual waste per year. The energy generated will power the plants as well as feeding into the grid which provides power to around 1.5 million people in Moscow.

In the UK, Hart Door Systems has a long-standing relationship with Veolia to upgrade existing doors with Speedor Storms as well as installing new doors at a number of its waste facilities. In addition, the company supplied seven purpose designed electric roller shutters for the West Mercia EFW facility and more recently has supplied seven insulated shutters and a Speedor Storm at the Dundee and Angus EFW plant at Baldovie.

Hart Door Systems brings generations of engineering experience and product innovation expertise to its customers across the world, helping them to take control of their business environments and ensuring that they can operate productively, efficiently, safely, and securely.

More information: www.hartdoors.com




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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

eCLIQ Increases up time for Telecoms Giant


When leading telecoms provider Gigaclear required an electronic locking solution to audit cabinet access and reduce costs, it turned to Abloy UK and eCLIQ as the most secure, cost effective and easy to manage solution. 

As an award-winning provider of ultrafast broadband to homes and businesses, Gigaclear is on a mission to unlock the potential of poorly connected communities across the UK.

Gigaclear was founded in 2010 and is responsible for building and operating the largest fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network in the UK. They now cover more than 22 counties across the South West, the Midlands and South East. They selected eCLIQ to give them the ability to delete lost keys, grant remote access to cabinets and produce audit trails.

What is eCLIQ?

eCLIQ is a fully electronic key management system that delivers flexible and secure master key management to businesses, solving key control concerns. The compact eCLIQ locking cylinder offers the highest levels of security. With the widest range of different cylinder types, the system is designed for every kind of use, from the company entrance gate to securing alarm systems, lifts, doors and cabinets.

eCLIQ also helps solve the issue of lost keys, with users able to update access authorisations when required. It is easy to install, with no drilling required, and offers a maintenance-free solution for up to 200,000 cycles. As such, eCLIQ is the only master key system an infrastructure needs.


Benefits from day one

Since the installation of eCLIQ, Gigaclear has been able to audit cabinet access, resulting in a complete drop in hardware outages caused by their own contactors. It is also now benefitting from lower operational costs, thanks to not having to respond to major incidents, and their overall network up time has increased.

Luke Pain, Network Operations Manager at Gigaclear, said:
“We chose to work with Abloy because of their outstanding reputation in the security marketplace, and we’re glad we did as we’ve had no problems to date. I’m very pleased with the new system, which has increased up time and overall made our operations more efficient.”

Jenny Littlewood, CNI Market Development Manager for Communications at Abloy UK, said:
“The importance of security is paramount within communications – as it is with all aspects of CNI. Providers cannot afford the impact of downtime affecting their reputation, and continuation of services is vital to keep the country running. 

“It is a pleasure working with Gigaclear and we’re delighted that the new system has made such an immediate impact and that they’re already witnessing the benefits that eCLIQ can provide.”

For further information on the full range of Abloy solutions available, visit www.abloy.co.uk or email: info@abloy.co.uk




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Monday, 12 October 2020

Cu-Shield - The World’s first Copper-Touch Digital Lock Range


Borg Locks are very proud to have just launched a brand new product range - the Cu-Shield, the world’s first copper-touch digital lock range.

“When we realised that the coronavirus and COVID-19 was here to stay for the foreseeable future, we made a very conscious decision to be part of the solution, not part of the problem here at Borg Locks,” said John Hyslop, MD.

The Cu-Shield – part of the solution in the fight against COVID-19 and the coronavirus

“As we learned more about the coronavirus and how it was being spread, we realised that as they were a high touch surface, our controlled access door locks could be a potential source of transmission, purely because of the number of people who could be using it in between existing cleaning protocols.

“So, we started looking for a solution to help control and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 on high touch surfaces, such as door locks, keypads and door handles. One that would be affordable to our clients but also give them peace of mind.

“That’s when we came up with the idea of creating the Cu-Shield for our most popular digital lock designs. Made from a high copper content alloy (>60%), its inherent and continuous antimicrobial action due to the virus-killing power of copper, means that the copper-touch surface never stops killing any viruses and pathogens that are present.

“Designed as a sheath that fits neatly over our most popular digital combination locks, the Cu-Shield can be fitted in a matter of minutes and gets to work neutralising viruses straightaway. We also created a whole lock made from copper for our customers.”

Cu-Shield Video from Borg Locks

Peace of mind with the Cu-Shield

“Its distinctive copper colour also distinguishes it from regular stainless steel locks and instantly provides peace of mind to users,” continues John.

“Because the antiviral and antimicrobial properties of copper have been scientifically proven over and over, users who see the distinctive Cu-Shield lock know that the potential transmission rate of any pathogens on its surface is greatly reduced to four hours or less, compared to other traditional metals and surfaces where viruses have been known to survive for up to 72 hours.”

John finishes: “At Borg Locks, we’ve been specialising in controlled access locks for many years and we’re very proud to be launching the Cu-Shield range of digital combination locks to help in the fight against the coronavirus."

For more information visit - borglocks.co.uk




           





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Sunday, 11 October 2020

A Car Fit For Racing Royalty: 1959 Jaguar Mk1


Historic motorsport specialist, DM Historics, is delighted to offer a fully FIA-qualified example of one of the most iconic Jaguars ever built, the Mk1 saloon, complete with a storied racing heritage.

The iconic ‘Mk1’ Jaguar spearheaded the British company’s foray into the small luxury car market, running in production between 1955-1959.  This particular Mk1 is a stunning late ‘50s example with a proven competitive track record in prestigious motoring events.

First prepared for the track in the 90’s by its owner at the time, it was treated to a full race conversion enabling it to compete at the highest competitive level on the historic racing scene. 


The story of this vehicle gets truly special under the ownership of historic driver Leo Voyazides. In partnership with Win Percy – British Saloon Car Championship winner in 1980, 81 and 82 – this Mk1 was driven to pole position at the 2002 Goodwood Revival. 

Win Percy’s legacy continued beyond his pole in 2002, after close friend, Leo Voyazides, launched a fundraising campaign for Percy following a tragic medical error left him unable to walk in 2003. Voyazides with the help of HRDC Founder, Julius Thurgood, launched the ‘Top Hat Win Percy Fund’, raising enough money to custom fit the Mk1 with hand controls, allowing the Saloon car champion to get back on the track at the 2004 Goodwood Revival.

Purchased by an avid historic racing enthusiast in 2014, the car was recommissioned to full racing standards, removing the previously installed hand controls and undertaking a full race engine rebuild to further increase its competitiveness on the track, the Mk1 has performed admirably at Jaguar Heritage Challenge events across Europe. 


Rebuilt by Rob Beere, the 3.4L engine is capable of producing up to 300 bhp and when paired with its straight cut close-ratio gearbox, competition clutch and uprated braking system, delivers maximum performance and exceptional handling. 

Finished in a classic British Racing Green the Mk1 remains in a highly presentable condition for a well-tracked veteran. A combination of the Mk1’s classic finish with the exterior brightwork creates a deep and eye-catching shine, making it hard to miss on the track.

In accordance with FIA regulations, the Corbeau racing seat is pinned in by a Sparco 6-point harness. Completing the interior and giving a fantastic Green over Red look, is a heritage correct Red trim and period-correct wood veneered dash and fascia.


Complete with FIA racing papers valid until 2026, it has been expertly engineered specifically with historic racing in mind, appearing at countless Jaguar and Touring car events across Europe and the UK, offering eligibility to such events as Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic, Spa Six Hours and other HRDC & HSCC historic challenges .

DM Historics is a business built for historic motor racing, servicing, preparing, maintaining and supporting its clients in some of the best period race cars on the historic motorsport scene. Father and son team, Dominic & Marcus Holland are passionate racers themselves, providing genuine racing pedigree to the business. 

For more information about the 1959 Jaguar Mk1, please visit: www.dmhistorics.com






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Saturday, 10 October 2020

Frank Schaedlich Joins the Board of SWS UK’s Parent Company - Stella Group


The parent company of SWS UK, Stella Group, which achieved a turnover of 460 million Euros in 2019, aims to become a European leader in the market for closures and solar protections. 

The group is present today in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, through 14 subsidiaries.

Frank Schaedlich, 52, an EDHEC graduate, has spent a significant part of his career with Somfy Group in several top management positions in Italy, Germany and France. For 7 years, he has been in charge of the European and Middle East Areas.

He joined StellaGroup on October the 5th 2020 as Director of International Development and a member of the Board.

His knowledge of the market, his international experience and his human values will be an essential asset for the group. He will also bring his contribution in the future structuring of StellaGroup to face the forthcoming international challenges.

Didier Simon, CEO of StellaGroup said:
“Frank’s arrival at the Board will allow us to take a new step forward for our international development”.
For more information about SWS UK and Stella Group visit one of the websites below.







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