Distinction Doors has cemented its reputation for innovation with its nxt-gen door range. And while the time, money and waste-saving benefits to fabricators are exceptional, the level of attention to detail and intelligent design is in evidence in the benefits to homeowners too. Chantel Roach, Distinction’s Sales and Marketing Director, comments: “When we started to develop nxt-gen, our aims for the consumer were simple: take everything that’s good about our composite door at the moment and bring it to the next level.”
Distinction’s much-admired woodgrain skin is at the heart of the beauty, but this is enhanced with an inverted glazing system that provides a perfect balance with the depression mouldings and creates a symmetry that has never been seen before on a composite door, says the company.
nxt-gen doors are available in Distinction’s six most popular designs (Esteem, Eclat, Eclat Arch, Elegance, Classical and Classical Half Glazed) and the colour range includes seven pre-pigmented standard colours, including Anthracite Grey and Chartwell, plus a wealth of other colours courtesy of Distinction’s in-house paint plant. Consumers can choose glass designs from Distinction’s much-admired Distinction Glass range too to personalise their door even further.
When part of an approved doorset, the door leaf and glazing system have a proven ability to achieve Document Q compliance and PAS24:2016. Nxt-gen doors deliver the same market-leading thermal efficiency as Distinction’s Signature composite door and it achieves a weighted noise reduction of 31 decibels. The high impact GRP skin resists knocks and scratches and water resistant polymer composite rails keep weather at bay, features that are reflected in the 10 year surface warranty and 25 year structural warranty.
Halo customer, Watergate Flood Solutions, has been certified with the recently-revised PAS1188 BSI Kitemark for flood protection products for its composite flood door.
Watergate, based in Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, reportedly spent 18 months honing its design and subjecting products to rigorous testing in order to achieve the accreditation, with support from Veka Group. The anti-flood specialist, which fabricates up to 50 doors every week, made the switch to Halo profile in 2015, and has been using its outer frames exclusively ever since. The most recent PAS1188 certificate will be the company’s second, having already received one for its PVC-U door models.
Rachael Radcliffe, business development manager for Watergate at Veka Group said: “We’ve been working closely with Watergate over the past year-and-a-half in trying to achieve the PAS1188 so we are very proud to have been a part of them obtaining this worthy certification. Ensuring the PVC-U profile system that their new products would be used with is of the best possible quality has been paramount throughout, which is why Halo’s reputation for excellence within the industry, for flood doors especially, seemed to be the perfect fit.
“As the demand from homeowners for safe and effective flood-resistant products increases with every wet weather forecast, it has been become more and more pertinent for companies within the door and window profile industry to really step up to the challenge. Watergate has done just that by providing not just one but two products that offer complete peace of mind when it comes to protecting our most valuable possessions and, of course, family.”
Watergate’s sales manager, Gerard Hiscock, said: “Having previously gained PAS1188 for our PVC panel doors, to now have the same accreditation for the composite flood door is a testament to the hard work of all involved and commitment to a cause that is incredibly important to an ever-increasing number of homeowners across the UK. During research, we worked extensively with authorities at both a local and national level, to make sure we were bringing something to the market that homeowners, especially those most at risk from rising water levels, could really put their trust in.
“The PAS1188 standard was updated in 2014 with even more stringent guidelines and particular attention being paid to the amount of leakage that would be deemed acceptable for any products requesting the certification, so to hold this official safety standard means our clients can share our absolute confidence in this product and Watergate as a whole. After receiving the official Kitemark certificate in March 2017, we also obtained confirmation from the BSI in June that we were the only company in the UK to have the accreditation for that type of composite flood door at that time, which was even more of a celebration.”
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FIT Show 2017 was a resounding success. Visitors, exhibitors, organisers, the media and even the NEC all thought so. And while there were many who had exhibited at a previous FIT Show there were also a large number of first timers in attendance this time around.
With a record number of attendees embarking on the NEC – 9,935 unique visitors, a number that rises to 13,285 when revisits are included – exhibitors were excited at the prospect of meeting new customers, valued current customers and showcasing new products. For those exhibiting at the FIT Show for the first time it was a whole new experience and one that they can’t wait to repeat in 2019.
“We had a good show and it all went without a hitch,” said Katie Wilson, Senior Administrator and Commercial Assistant for Profine UK Ltd, who were exhibiting for the first time at this year’s show. “We look forward to being back in 2019.”
The number of new exhibitors who took part at FIT Show 2017 was well over 100. These included: Sika, Fort Engineering Ltd, OnLevel Ltd, Lohmann Tapes, Hi Tech Blinds, RAICO UK, Addison Saws, Teal Products, Makita and Kolorbond to name but a few.
Brookvent’s Marketing Manager, Stephen O’Reilly, had some favourable things to say on the company’s debut experience. “FIT Show 2017 stood out as the best trade show experience I’ve had to date,” he explained. “I was extremely happy with the marketing and promotion prior to the show and the organisation and its support.”
Laura Morgan of AluK added: “We definitely made the right decision exhibiting at FIT Show 2017. The support during the show was fantastic. Whether it was throughout the build up or during the show, it made our experience as an exhibitor so enjoyable.”
It wasn’t just the experience that excited new exhibitors, the leads were pretty impressive also. “We got over 150 leads on the first day alone,” said James Peachey, Senior Sales Consultant at Hi-Finity.
While there are so many reasons to attend the FIT Show as a visitor there’s just as many reasons why it would be beneficial to exhibit. Interested? Contact Rik Henderson on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07535 759892 for more information.
Liniar claims its customers always have access to the most forward-thinking products in the industry – citing its conservatory roof range as a ‘perfect example’ of this.
Liniar roof kits have been designed to be energy efficient, weatherproof, secure and ‘exceptionally’ easy to fit, with features such as Glazing Stop, its patented glazing retainer, helping to keep the glass in place while fixing and preventing glazing slip throughout the life of the conservatory.
Liniar says it is constantly designing new elements and working on improving the roof kit based on customer feedback, to be certain of producing the very latest in technologically advanced conservatories.
Tony Basile, business development director at Liniar, said: “We’ve been working hard over the past few months to introduce a whole host of updates, improvements and innovations across the range.
“We’ve improved the aesthetics and function of our valley so that the valley wings can now be assembled onto the roof independently, reducing manual handling and making it much more fitter-friendly.
“The valley’s weather seal has been enhanced with bubble gasket internally and glazing trim externally. All of the PVC-U components, such as end caps, are now available in foiled finishes to compliment the rest of the roof.
“We’ve also adapted our jack rafter fixings, for both jack rafters and valley jacks, improving functionality and further simplifying assembly and adjustments. Our glazing retainers are now supplied with pre-cut drainage slots at 300mm intervals along the length of the profile to speed up production time for fabricators.
“Modifications have been made to the geometry of our wall pivot rail, meaning they can now provide the same internal roof dimensions as an eaves beam. There’s also been a change to the design of our XHD transom bar which enables us to increase the maximum span of roof bars, and therefore the size of the roofs available.
“Our recent partnership arrangement with drainage giant, Brett Martin, means that we can supply gutters and downpipes in a choice of colours, including the very popular 7016 grey. All Liniar conservatory roof kits are supplied with guttering included and cut to length.
“To compliment all of these advancements, all of the associated literature has been refreshed to reflect the changes. Each roof kit is supplied with a comprehensive installation guide, while new survey sheets and revised quotation sheets have been redesigned to make life easier for all concerned.
“We’ve also produced new roof display boards and sample cases as additional sales tools for installers to present to prospective customers.
“Bi-folding doors are an increasingly popular choice for conservatories. The fully reinforced eaves beams that we supply are designed to provide maximum support for the roof, particularly important when it’s a glass one, and an extra secure fixing for a bi-fold door.
“And, of course, our conservatory roofs are a perfect match with the rest of the Liniar window, door, roofline and building product ranges, providing home owners with a beautiful finish and a single point of guarantee.
“All roof profile is supplied with the branded Liniar logo protective tape, enhancing an installer’s professionalism by having all products fully matching on site.
“All in all, we’re very proud of the Liniar conservatory roof. We believe that it’s one of the best products available on the market, but that doesn’t stop us constantly looking at ways we can improve it. Watch this space!”
As the government sets out its post-Brexit proposals for Northern Ireland, FSB’s UK ChairmanMike Cherry said:
“Avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is crucially important. Small businesses in Northern Ireland must be able to continue to have access to the workers and skills they need, including those who travel across the border for work every day. There must also be easy trade across the border, especially for goods which criss-cross it in the production process. This is in the interest of the UK economy as a whole.”
Wilfred Mitchell, FSB policy chair for Northern Ireland, added:
“There is still a long way to go before agreement is reached with the EU. Businesses want some certainty as soon as possible, so we are pleased to see firm proposals as the negotiations move to the next stage, and where the Northern Ireland land border is firmly on the agenda”.
Euroglaze is living up to its claim to be a true ‘One Stop Shop’ for REHAU products by adding the AGILA sliding door to its range.
The Barnsley based trade fabricator, which supplies installers and third party stockists across the UK, says the new AGILA door is the obvious addition to its product portfolio, giving customers an exciting new alternative to bi-fold doors.
Euroglaze’s Managing Director Martin Nettleton explains: “We pride ourselves on the fact that we fabricate probably the widest REHAU range in the UK – from vertical sliders to fire doors, and everything in between, ensuring that our customers don’t need to go anywhere else. As the AGILA sliding door increases in popularity, they now have the simplicity of being able to source this door alongside their other REHAU frames from a supplier they know and trust.
“Our team have been trained directly by REHAU on the fabrication of the door, so we can guarantee that it will come with all the Euroglaze trademarks of quality craftsmanship, outstanding customer service and prompt delivery.”
REHAU’s AGILA sliding door is targeted at the fast-growing sliding patio market and taps into the demand from both developers and homeowners for doors with slim sight lines which work in contemporary living spaces.
It is a flexible option available from Euroglaze in either a dual or a triple track configuration, with anything from 2 to 6 glazed panels. It can be used for openings of up to 5m wide and up to a maximum height of 2.4m.
The colour range include a choice of contemporary greys, alongside white, cream and more traditional Rosewood and Golden Oak.
In a competitive sliding door market, one of the key differentiators for the AGILA door is the bespoke hardware which includes a D handle in a choice of four different finishes with a TS007 3 star sold secure diamond cylinder as standard. There is also the option of a 12 point locking system which is PAS24 and SBD accredited to meet the demands of Approved Document Q.
Martin Nettleton adds: “I’m excited about this door because it has the potential to open up profitable new business for our customers, particularly in the commercial new build sector where it’s the ideal option for flats with balconies.
“Like the AGILA fire door and the AGILA multi-fold which we already manufacture, the AGILA sliding door has been easy to integrate into our existing manufacturing set up because all of the ancillaries are compatible with our REHAU TOTAL70 system.”
Further details are available at www.euroglaze.co.uk
CentralRPL, reportedly one of the Midlands largest trade fabricators, has switched to fabricating Profile 22’s Optima system.
Gary Morton, central’s managing director, commented: “Moving to Optima is a natural step for us. In terms of delivering products, marketing support and sales aids for our customers, Profile 22 are unsurpassed.”
Clare O’ Hara, divisional managing director of Epwin, added: “We are delighted to have CentralRPL on board. They are a proactive, customer-focused company and in Optima they have found a system that matches their desire to offer the very best.”
CentralRPL is manufacturing the Optima Sculptured system and feedback from Central’s customers so far has been extremely positive. Profile 22 held an open day for Central’s customers in May and the decision to switch was met with universal approval, confirming Optima’s status as the next generation window system that offers the best of everything. Gary said: “Our customers thoroughly enjoyed the day and all that Profile 22 has to offer. In particular they were really taken by the new Excellence as Standard (EAS) programme.”
CentralRPL switched to Optima in July and the process has been described as ‘seamless’. Clare said: “When we launched Optima last year, we moved nearly 100 Profile 22 fabricators over to it in nine months. Our process is so detailed, finely tuned and proactive that it is possible to finish with one system on the Friday and begin with Optima on the Monday, as we demonstrated once again with CentralRPL.”
Central manufactures over a thousand frames a week from its 39,000ft2premises in West Bromwich and supplies installers and trade suppliers nationwide. It was founded as a result of a merger between Central CRC, which was founded in 1992, and RPL Tradeframes (Reliant Products Ltd), which was founded in 1982.
Martyn Elwell, Central’s sales and marketing director, attributes the company’s success to its philosophy of ‘reinvestment to progress’ and says the company always seeks to exceed customer expectations. He said: “Moving to Optima together with the services offered by Profile 22 such as the commercial support programme and marketing with the EAS programme will further help us excel with our customers. Our strategy has a strong flavour for finding products for our customers, rather than customers for our products. Optima delivers on this element of our strategy remarkably well.”