Partnership brings AluPilot gearing system to the UK

Senior Architectural Systems has teamed up with the hardware manufacturer Winkhaus to bring the benefits of the AluPilot gearing system to the UK market. Senior Architectural Systems is marketed as the UK’s largest privately owned aluminium fenestration solutions provider.

As part of Senior’s commitment to the continuous improvement of its aluminium fenestration systems, representatives of the company approached staff at Winkhaus to develop a bespoke solution for use on its patented, low-U-value Pure aluminium tilt and turn window and its reportedly popular SPW600 aluminium window. Leaders at Senior and Winkhaus, companies that have technical teams in both the UK and Germany, collaborated closely to adapt the AluPilot gearing system for use in the UK. The move makes Senior the first UK-based fenestration supplier to offer this solution, according to the business’ representatives.

Developed to help reduce fabrication time, the AluPilot system is marketed as easy to use, and has an innovative design that reduces fastening, tooling and handling requirements, its representatives claim. Staff of the two companies spent time together at Winkhaus’ UKAS-accredited laboratory in Kettering, to ensure that the new gearing system met all of the necessary weather and security tests. Additional cycle testing took place at Winkhaus’ state-of-the-art facility in Germany. Senior and Winkhaus continue to work closely in developing the necessary technical manuals and LogiKal integration ahead of launching the new system.

Andrew Phillips, Senior Architectural Systems’ technical manager, said: “We are always looking for ways to make our products work better for our fabricator customers. After evaluating our window gearing system, we saw an opportunity to work with Winkhaus to incorporate the efficient AluPilot system into two of our most popular window ranges. This new system, which we refer to as Slide Bar Sections, has strengthened our Pure and SPW600 aluminium windows by helping to reduce fabrication time and streamlining the installation process while offering the same high levels of thermal efficiency, PAS 24-enhanced security and aesthetic appeal.”

Mike Rushen, Winkhaus UK’s sales director, added: “Working in partnership from the inception stage of a project allows us to create bespoke solutions specifically to our customers’ specifications and needs. We take great pride from the fact that we were chosen by Senior to partner with them on a project as innovative as this one.

“At our base in Kettering, we continue to invest in our technical department, expanding our product management team to complement our existing resource. We believe that innovation and project partnerships are fundamentally important to our business, and will continue to be a major part of our ongoing strategy.”

For further information about the full range of systems and solutions from Senior Architectural Systems, call 017909 772 600, email or visit To learn more about AluPilot, partner support and the wider range of products and systems available from Winkhaus UK, call 01536 316 000, email or visit either or

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