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GGP February 2017

Showroom showcases SmartSecure A fully interactive showroom has been designed and built by Carl F Groupco at its Peterborough distribution centre for its SmartSecure electronic locking and smart access control brand. The facility, which is said to be part of an investment of over £100,000 in SmartSecure, showcases all access control options, including fingerprint recognition, transponder, keypad, SmartTouch and SmartConnect easy. SmartSecure solutions Commissioned to demonstrate the capabilities of the FUHR multitronic 881 hardware that is at the heart of SmartSecure solutions, the showroom features eight fully electronic doors and a demonstration area which confirms the simplicity of hardware selection and installation. Commenting, Phil Rice, Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure business development manager, said: “With aluminium, composite, PVC-U and timber doors represented, and a separate area for hands on training where Carl F Groupco specialists illustrate how easy it is to prepare a door and fit the hardware, the showroom is already proving popular with visitors keen to be at the forefront of the electronic evolution.” Anyone interested in booking a free, no obligation, visit to the SmartSecure showroom should contact the Carl F Groupco sales office on: 01733 393330 www.carlfgroupco.co.uk 78 HARDWA R E & S E C U R I T Y Mila extends Heritage range Mila says it has extended its new Heritage finish across a much broader range of hardware, claiming that customers can now mix and match to achieve a ‘really authentic looking’ result on any traditional style window or door. The Heritage finish comes in a choice of black or pewter and fits perfectly with all the most popular cottage style composite doors and chamfered, sculptured and flush fitting window frames. For doors, it is now available across a range of Mila’s door furniture including ProStyle door handles with swept, round or oval levers, the ProStyle letterbox, and on oval and ponytail design door knockers, as well as numerals. For windows, customers can choose the finish on the standard ProLinea espag handle. Product design manager, Paul Pearson, said: “This finish might look traditional but it’s actually anything but. It’s the result of lots of advanced design and development work to make sure it matches the outstanding performance of all the other finishes in our ProStyle and ProLinea ranges. That’s the reason why we can offer a straightforward 10 year surface finish guarantee.” Mila has produced an online ‘Lookbook’ for products with the Heritage finish which customers can use to show buyers a preview of how the hardware will look on their finished windows and doors. Bespoke display boards are also available via Mila’s sales team. The complete range of products in the new Heritage finish are now in stock at Mila’s Daventry warehouse ready for next day delivery. www.mila.co.uk 10 year surface finish guarantee Sliders UK is rolling out a 10-year surface finish guarantee across its inline sliding, composite door, plus selected bi-folding door handle ranges – as standard. Developed for Sliders UK as part of a new partnership with ERA, HardexPlus is said to offer ‘exceptional’ handle and hardware surface finish stability. This builds on the hardware company’s Fab&Fix Hardex surface coating technology, which has reportedly been tested ‘far beyond’ industry standard performance tests. This includes prohesion testing which, unlike standard neutral salt spray testing, is said to replicate the more aggressive effects of ‘real world’ exposure. Steve Mines, sales and marketing director, Sliders UK, said: “Pot marked handles generate call backs – as simple as. “Increasing levels of traffic pollution or exposure to salt spray in coastal environments, can have a significant impact on hardware surface stability. “HardexPlus has been developed to withstand these challenges, protecting the surface and mechanism inside, which means that we and our customers are able to offer a comprehensive, industry leading 10-year guarantee.” This new 10-year surface finish and mechanical guarantee is offered by Sliders UK as standard across all new Fab & Fix, composite door and patio door handles. It also extends to Sliders UK’s new Duraflex and Veka Imagine bi-folding doors. Fab&Fix HardexPlus patio door handles from Sliders UK feature a heavyweight zinc construction, with ergonomically designed ‘D’ ring shape and integral latch leaver. Composite and bi-fold door handles feature the same solid zinc construct and extended returned lever offering ultra-smooth operation and ease of use. www.ggpmag.com February 2017 In addition to prohesion testing, Sliders UK says that Fab&Fix HardexPlus protected products have also been proven to outperform other handles and hardware against all key performance indicators. This includes 500 hours UV light resistance testing compared to an industry standard 120 hours; abrasion testing to 18 litres of sand, compared to an industry standard five litres and pencil hardness of 4N- 5N compared to 2N-3N. “A meaningful 10-year surface hardware guarantee offers installers a real USP, particularly installers who operate in coastal areas,” said Mines. The Sliders HardexPlus guarantee also extends to all Sliders other Fab&Fix decorative hardware.


GGP February 2017
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