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GGP August 2015

Endurance adds walnut to range Endurance Doors has announced an exclusive new addition to its range of colours, walnut, which it claims is ‘indistinguishable’ from the real thing. Endurance uses 3D Laminates CoolSkins for all of its doors which offer full through colour, meaning there is no danger of paint chipping or uneven fading. It can supply Rehau frames finished in Walnut to ‘perfectly match’ its Endurance doors. Managing director, Stephen Nadin, said: “Wooden finish is difficult to get right but the team at 3D Laminates has done an amazing job. This walnut finish looks incredible and is the ideal match for the quality of our doors.” www.endurancedoors.co.uk FDIS recruits Kevin Hulin 34 DOORS & COMMERCIAL ENTRANCES Doorco boosts online presence Doorco has launched a new website and upgraded its linked online ordering system. The combined website and ordering system is said to provide the company’s resellers with an important resource through which to increase sales. Doorco says that creating the new website was a lengthy process, due to a continuous expansion of its product range with new styles and choices, which were added throughout the website design process. The end result, however, is said to be an ‘exceptionally clear, bright and modern site’. The news and build check calculator facilities are designed to provide support for Doorco customers. The site is designed to provide a simple and effective ordering system for the company’s prepped slab trade customers, whilst also providing them with a tool that helps to steer their homeowner customers through the design and selection process. Every one of Doorco’s door ranges is featured using ‘high quality professional images’, together with style and colour options. The images used are also available for Doorco customers to use in their own marketing. Doorco’s Dan Sullivan said: “There will be a programme of advancement of the site over the next Flying colours for fire test After submitting its door slab for fire resistence testing recently, Distinction Doors has reported that the slab resisted fire for 40 minutes. The test was in accordance with British Standard 476: Part 20/22: 1987, which states that a door must be able to withstand fire for a minimum of 30 minutes. Dave Walker, Distinction’s technical director, said: “Fire resistance certification is an essential requirement for increasing numbers of commercial contracts, so these results will help our commercial customers secure more sales. They will also provide a valuable selling point for our retail customers because of the peace of mind factor.” The test was carried out by BM TRADA, a company that provides independent certification, testing, inspection and training services around the world. Dave continued: “As you would expect from a fire resistance test, the process is extremely rigorous and detailed, so we are delighted our doors performed so well.” Two doors at different dimensions were tested (1,914mm x 840mm x 45mm and 2,025mm x 914mm x 45mm). Both were set into a Veka Bowater PVC 10 system outerframe and installed into a BM TRADA plasterboard clad timber stud supporting partition. The test involved the doors being exposed to a furnace and being monitored closely for signs of integrity failure. The integrity of both doors remained after 40 minutes, significantly more than the 30 minutes the British Standard specifies. The tests were reportedly carried out at the request of one of Distinction’s commercial customers who wanted to tender for a fire door replacement scheme. Dave said: “We always look to work with our customers and provide the support they need, so we were more than happy to help.” www.distinctiondoors.co.uk www.ggpmag.com August 2015 few months. “Our customers have told us that our ordering system is one of the best on the market so the emphasis was on improvement using the advice that they gave to us, such as fewer clicks to complete the order. Now every one of our customers places their orders with us this way and the need for manual forms has all but vanished.” www.door-co.com Kevin Hulin, a fire safety specialist who has been involved in the industry throughout his career, has been appointed as the new manager of the UK’s Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS). He replaces Neil Ashdown who is still involved with the scheme in an ambassadorial role. He said: “I am very excited to be taking over the reins from Neil Ashdown. He has done a fantastic job in raising the fire door management agenda with property and health and safety managers and I am looking forward to building on what he has achieved.”


GGP August 2015
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