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GGP January 2015

70 ERA wins Component Supplier of The Year award Solidor expands hardware range ERA was announced as the Component Supplier of the Year at the prestigious 2014 G14 Awards. In achieving the coveted award, ERA says that it was able to demonstrate ‘excellence across a number of disciplines’ from technical, to customer service, to product innovation and delivery. Despite having over 175 years of history in the hardware industry, ERA believes it is firmly planted in the future with a strategy centred around delivering cutting-edge hardware innovation that enables its customers to present a ‘unique and compelling door and window proposition to the homeowner’. Darren Waters, Grouphomesafe CEO commentd: “It’s no secret that this industry has been through a tough time but despite turbulent economic conditions and the tightening of the home improvement economy, ERA has continued to grow and convert a great deal of business. What we were able to demonstrate in our award submission is that, despite a tough trading arena, our approach to business, which rests in traditional values, coupled with our market-leading innovation, has resulted in significant growth. “What we’ve seen in the last 12 months is that companies are turning to ERA because they need to differentiate themselves in the market and can’t compete with a generic hardware product. We’re working with our customers to give them security products that create real stand out security features and benefits. That’s how our customers judge us and it’s what propels this business forward.” HARDWA R E & S E C U R I T Y Solidor says that it has continued to innovate and expand its range of hardware options, including the antique hardware range and latest Winkhaus AV2-B keyless entry system, among other developments. Consumers are offered keyless locking, traditional furniture and contemporary handles for the Italia Range plus a ‘vast’ range of more standard hardware offerings, making for more door configurations than any other composite company in the UK, claims Solidor. The handmade traditional ironmongery range, which was launched back in 2012 with options of handles, knockers and letterplates in black and pewter has reportedly enjoyed a steady growth in sales. Soidor says that its 5-inch ring door knocker is particularly impressive, as it makes use of the company’s solid timber core based slabs – due to it’s weight it cannot be readily fitted on to lightweight foam filled GRP doors. The handle range includes gothic, monkeytail, Tudor, narrow twist and avon options with a matching letter plate. Solidor was a launch partner with Winkhaus for its new patented blueMatic AV2-B battery operated automatic multi-point locking system. Customers are said to have already commented on the fact that it’s the first keyless solution for composite doors for the mass market, as it’s already based on the proven Winkhaus automatic AV2 Lock. Gareth Mobley, CEO of Solidor Group, commented: “It’s important for us and our customers, that we expand the options for our solid core composite doors. Consumers want choice in terms of colours, but also handles, letterplates and even keyless locking.” www.solidor.co.uk Rocal expects Endurance to grow Rocal is predicting a growth in sales of its Endurance Solid & Secure range in 2015 and is introducing a number of customer support initiatives to help the process along. Rocal is celebrating its 22nd year in business with the launch of new branding, which will be accompanied by a brand new 64 page full colour brochure, a dedicated Endurance Solid & Secure website and a host of other items to support the company’s customers. Rocal says that the Endurance Solid & Secure door is unique in that it features a 48mm solid core of resin bonded laminated veneer lumber that, combined with a 72mm fully reinforced PVC-U frame, provides excellent strength and stability to the door set. The range has been successfully tested to PAS23/24 and is approved by Secured by Design. Customers are able to choose from 21 door styles in 14 colours and eight outer frame finishes. There are 10 glass styles and a choice of locking options from standard multipoint to the Yale Keyfree electronic lock. Stable and French door options are also available. Commercial manager, Correne Bratley, said: “We’re very excited about the prospects for Endurance Solid & Secure going into 2015 and beyond. We’re expecting an increase in orders as we attract new customers and our existing clients get busier. We have the flexibility and capacity to cope easily with an upturn in www.ggp.com January 2015 demand, though, as the doors themselves are made in the UK, and we work with great suppliers who we can rely on. For example, much of the hardware, including hinges, handles, security profile cylinders and Keyfree are supplied by VBH. They offer a regular delivery schedule and have the stock levels and logistics to supply at short notice.” www.endurancedoors.co.uk


GGP January 2015
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