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GGP February 2017

Panel Systems has supplied timber faced insulated panels to the new £15m Eastwood Health Centre in Glasgow. The UK panel manufacturer supplied more than 140m² of aluminium insulated panels, clad with Siberian larch, to the front face. The timber facing was given a special fire resistant coating, for added safety. The project required panels with protruding aluminium trays which were filled with insulation that was shaped by Panel Systems using its CNC equipment. The panels were supplied to the glazing contractor and fixed into aluminium windows on site. Danny Phelan, national sales manager for Panel Systems, said: “We were delighted to be selected to supply this prestigious project, which goes to show the wide extent of our fabrication capabilities. The project involved quite intricate shaping of the insulation and panel to meet the architect’s design aspirations.” With over 40 years’ experience in supplying architectural panel products, Panel Systems has extensive three and five-axis CNC equipment within its facilities in Yorkshire and the capabilities to manufacture panels to suit ‘a comprehensive range of requirements’. The company’s CNC machining and cutting division provides machining capabilities for materials supplied to the construction, furniture, automotive, caravan and leisure equipment industry. The health centre has been adopted as the ‘reference design’ for new primary care centres across Scotland and sets the standard for ‘affordable, quality and sustainable healthcare facilities for the future’. Particular attention has been given to ensure this is a ‘dementia friendly’ building. www.panelsystems.co.uk 102 PRODUCTS & SER V I C E S TruFrame is actively encouraging fabricators to unplug their machinery and partner up with the company, which claims to offer ‘impressive’ levels of customer service, ‘unrivalled’ product quality and a ‘proven’ marketing support programme. As fabrication businesses look at the need for ‘costly’ new capital equipment, several are said to have taken the decision to buy-in from TruFrame, which describes itself as a ‘respected national player’, with the resources and expertise to put a ‘seamless’ changeover programme in place. TruFrame can also offer a bespoke online ordering system that is compatible with desktop, tablet or mobile devices 365 days a year. David Firmager, managing director of TruFrame, said: ‘This latest campaign is purely targeted at fabricators who no longer want the risk of the considerable investment in capital equipment. We can offer hand finished frames, exemplary levels of customer service and a marketing programme designed to increase sales, all wrapped up in a carefully structured changeover package.” www.stopfabricating.co.uk According to AluFoldDirect, installers ‘can discover the full design potential of aluminium’ at its new aluminium glazing design centre, described as a Lancashire ‘hot spot’ for aluminium windows and doors. The specially designed centre is part of the aluminium fabricator’s new factory premises based in Blackburn and customers are invited to call in to ‘see, touch and feel’ the full range of modern aluminium glazing products available. “The new centre has been designed to help our customers choose the best products to develop their projects,” explained Craig Miller, managing director of AluFoldDirect. “We have installed full-size, working displays of our range so they can see just how many options they have. “The AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre aims to be a useful resource where the whole supply chain, from specification to end user, can get the best advice on how to choose aluminium glazing, backed by top customer support. “The centre has been split into two separate zones, domestic and commercial and each area has been designed to reflect the look of a typical installation. The domestic zone has a homely feel and the commercial area is a coffee bar, providing a perfect place for customer consultations over a brew. “It’s the ideal place to ask our onsite aluminium experts to help specify their project and get it right first time. “We’ll listen to what our customers need and help them to realise their designs through our precise manufacturing, fast lead times and delivery direct to site.” www.alufolddirect.co.uk www.ggpmag.com February 2017 A year on for Premi PRO ‘Unplug and partner’ Lancashire ‘hot spot’ Kömmerling reports it’s been over a year since it launched the ‘groundbreaking’ PremiLine PRO. This is a Secured by Design patio door system that’s achieved PAS 24 in two and four pane variants with physical testing and without the need for plunge bolts. The patented design incorporates a locking handle at the interlock where both sashes meet, said to be ‘the typical weak spot in nearly all patio doors’ and was designed to meet the needs of Document Q. With more than 14 months worth of sales behind it, Kömmerling believes PremiLine PRO has ‘reignited interest in patio doors from consumers and new housing specifiers alike’. According to Kömmerling, fabricators such as Sliders UK and Tradelink have been quick to take up the opportunity and with only a ‘modest’ hardware kit required. Manufacturing processes are said to be ‘quick and simple’ as there are tolerances built in the overall design and similarly the product is installed in exactly the same way as a standard patio door. More recently, Kömmerling put a four-pane variant through the PAS 24 test with ease and subsequently will carry Secured by Design, as will the three pane variant and also the unique triple track solution. Kömmerling says that collectively, the PremiLine range of patio door systems offer ‘better design options, capabilities and security than any other PVC-U patio door in the UK market’. www.kommerling.co.uk ‘Setting the standard’


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