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GGP JAN 2013

LETTERS&NEWS Really making a ‘mark’ Sir, for the changes which we applaud. Achieving accreditation for the There has been a lot in the press But by far the easiest and most relevant standards is extremely recently about the Construction effective way to ensure compliance, important to us and something that Products Regulation (CPR) and in terms of accuracy and cost, is to drives our development. The recent upcoming deadline for compulsory buy frames already glazed from launch of our next generation CE Marking and with good reason. fabricator partners and let them put products saw us introduce what Come July this year, it will be the work in on your behalf. customers tell us is the most mandatory for all products placed Jim Moody innovative security handle on the on the UK market to carry a CE Managing director market, developed to meet and Mark. The responsibility for this Tradelink exceed PAS24 Product Assessment lies with manufacturers but from Specification 2007+A2: 2011 (clause an installer’s point of view, this Security A.11, Part 1). We have also recently means that, if they buy their achieved a two star rating under the excellence insulated glass units and frames new retrofit security standard TS007 from separate suppliers, they are Sir, for our new Birmingham series of themselves considered There are a large number of door handles. manufacturers. Jim Moody, managing director, hardware suppliers in the With the 2012 version of PAS24 Installers, therefore, now have Tradelink – CE Marking does not need to market making noise about now released – with some just months to familiarise be a headache for installers. their security hardware products significant inclusions with regards themselves with the CPR and put a to believe by the government that it which is something we believe to window security – we are documented factory production wants to help the industry by should be applauded. working hard behind the scenes to control procedure (FPC) in place. cutting down on red tape and focus As a manufacturer synonymous ensure our security handles will While we are in favour of any on getting the economy out of the with innovation, quality and pass the tests. As the former measures that will raise standards doldrums by helping small to performance of handles, it is no clause A.11, Pt 1, 2 & 3 element within the industry, we do feel it is medium enterprises (SMEs). surprise that we aim to stay ahead of the testing remains unchanged, unhelpful for yet another layer of Certain factions are already of market demand. In fact, that is we are sure we have nothing to process, not to mention cost, to be offering advice and guidance to why we use with confidence the worry about. put in place just as we are being led help installers self CE Mark in time tagline ‘We lead, others follow’. HOPPE group has been at the forefront in manufacturing security door handles for over 30 years, selling products all over Europe. During this time, we have always met the different rigorous hardware standards required by many countries within the European Union (EU). HOPPE UK was the first to introduce security door handles to the UK in 2006 and since then we believe we have continued to lead the market. This is reflected in our sales growth year on year, resulting over the period in sales in excess of 750,000 security door handles in the UK alone. Our products are widely specified for local authorities, house builders and social housing contracts. Our latest security handle has been designed with the PAS24:2012 accreditation in mind and we will be first in the queue when the testing begins; currently, there is limited test house resource to allow the tests to happen. We value the fact that the market is driven by tough standards as we are able to prove to our customers that our products are more than fit for With thousands of visitors descending on London in 2012, some of the city’s more aged infrastructure desperately needed purpose. This is a true indication upgrading. Blackfriars (above) and Stratford Regional were among the railway stations chosen for major redevelopment. Pilkington of our position in the manufacture Planar, the structural glazing system, was a key element of the new design of both stations. Its use went a long way to helping of security door handles. create stations suitable for a twenty first century Olympic city. Central to the Blackfriars’ redevelopment was the creative use of the Roger Benton Planar structural glazing system, to create a memorable and practical design. It has a bolted glass surface for facades and internal walls, using stainless steel fittings housed in countersunk holes to fix the glass directly back to the structure. The result is a fully Joint managing director engineered system, offering all of the properties of conventional framed facades with the minimum of visual obstructions. HOPPE (UK) 12 January 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


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