ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland has welcomed the new Building Safety Bill, which will drastically overhaul building regulations in England and Wales. Introduced in the House of Commons on 5 July, the bill is the next step in ground-breaking reforms that will create lasting generational change and set out a clear pathway for how high-rise residential buildings should be constructed, maintained and made safe. Considerations such as inclusive design and fire door safety maintenance will come to the fore as part of the new bill, which are issues that ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland has always passionately advocated for. Managing safety risks The safety measures outlined in the new bill address the concerns raised in the Hackitt Report, in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Building owners will be required to manage safety risks, with clear lines of responsibility for safety during design, construction, completion, and occupation of high-rise buildings. They will also need to demonstrate that they have effective, proportionate measures in place to manage safety risks. Those who do not meet these obligations may face criminal charges. Building safety Regulator A new Building Safety Regulator will oversee a new, stricter safety regime for high-rise residential homes Under the bill, a new Building Safety Regulator will oversee a new, stricter safety regime for high-rise residential homes. These developments will require Principal Designers and Principal Contractors responsible for safety, as well as ‘gateway points’ when risks to health and safety will be considered. The bill will now have to pass through the House of Commons and House of Lords to pass into law. Safety standards Eryl Jones, Managing Director of the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group, said, “This bill marks an important step in ensuring building regulations are right for the future while establishing new safety standards for the built environment.” “ The correct specification of door hardware, which meets essential health and safety demands, should be a non-negotiable. We are pleased that the new bill will help shine a light on some of these key issues.” Fire safety measures “First of all, while fire safety has always been critical, incidents such as the Grenfell tragedy have highlighted how this issue can no longer afford to be an afterthought. Fire doors are one of the most important safety features in a building, and regular inspections and maintenance regimes are critical.” “Secondly, inclusive design and accessibility is an issue that we feel incredibly passionate about. Building owners and developers should be demanding solutions, including door opening products, that meet these needs every single time.” “People must be able to access, use, and exit buildings easily and independently, and those designing, constructing, specifying products for, and maintaining these buildings have a duty of care to make sure this is the case.” Educating the stakeholders One measure we have taken to help educate key stakeholders in the supply chain is a comprehensive white paper “One measure we have taken to help educate key stakeholders in the supply chain is a comprehensive white paper, demystifying what the guidelines governing inclusive design state while making clear why this is an issue that building owners and developers should care about.” “It also covers how decision-makers can ensure products that meet the necessary fire safety standards are specified too.” “We believe the Building Safety Bill will play a landmark role in changing building regulations for high-rise structures for the better, placing health and safety at the heart of these environments. Furthermore, we’d hope that these changes and focus filters throughout the construction industry as a whole, making all buildings safer.”
Installers and specifiers are still not fully aware of the many options available to them to help manage social distancing and limit direct contact with ironmongery and doors, says the ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK&I. In line with a recently updated guide from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and Finishes and Interior Sector, which outlines how business owners can use partitioning and ironmongery to help manage social distancing, ASSA ABLOY’s extensive portfolio means its products can help with these issues in a number of key ways. Top 5 ironmongery tips “During these times, it’s no surprise that installers and specifiers are being asked about the most suitable products to fit,” says Eryl Jones, Managing Director of the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group. “It’s critical to advise decision makers on practical product choices, which not only meet the needs of the here and now, but which also provide long-lasting, compliant solutions too.” “For existing hardware, the truth is nothing will beat a regular and thorough cleaning routine. However, for new installations, there are a variety of considerations that installers and specifiers will want to bear in mind when advising their customers. Here are our top ironmongery tips on how to manage social distancing and limit contacts with doors.” Seek specialist closing devices To minimise contact with a door, many will be tempted to keep doors held open. This, however, must not be done with fire doors, but this challenge can be overcome with electromagnetic hold-open units. Connected to the building’s fire alarm system, these will automatically release in the event of a fire, helping to keep people and property safe. ASSA ABLOY’s DC300G-HF door closer has the option to not only choose hold-open but free-swing functionality too ASSA ABLOY’s DC300G-HF door closer is commonly specified for these applications, with the option to not only choose hold-open but free-swing functionality too. This enables the door to operate without any resistance, so it can be left open in any position. However, just like with the hold-open feature, should a fire alarm be activated, the electromagnetic feature will release the door and ensure it’s closed securely. Provide personalised keys Users sharing keys can quickly increase the spread of bacteria and germs. An access control system that employs individual keys puts a stop to this and simplifies key management too. Electromechanical solutions use high-end micro-electronics and programmable keys and cylinders to overcome this challenge. ASSA CLIQ® Remote is one such system. A popular, award-winning solution, it allows all users to have their own personalised keys for doors, eliminating the need to share keys. A recent success story has been with the Hean Castle Estate, with ASSA CLIQ® Remote ensuring managers stay in control of access rights across the site at all times. Another long-term benefit of the system, according to Trustee David Lewis, is its flexibility. “As the Estate expands, the ASSA CLIQ® Remote system can grow with it,” he says. “The system is now simply part of the infrastructure of the Estate; should we need more cylinders or padlocks added to it, then this is an easy and hassle-free process.” Adopt anti-microbial solutions Anti-microbial solutions, or touch-safe as they’re often called, offer a proven way of preventing bacteria from spreading. In the current climate, it’s unsurprising that installers and specifiers are receiving an increased number of enquiries about these solutions. It’s worth noting that these products might not offer the best long-term solution, as they can lose their potency over time. Nevertheless, they are easy to install and cost-effective. Customers might also want to consider anti-viral copper tape products, which simply wrap around a clean door handle, for a quick, temporary touch-safe solution. For example, UNION has developed GripSafe to meet this need, which has been proven to inactivate 99.98 per cent of corona viruses. Don’t forget about ancillary products From concealed hinges to concealed door closing devices, ASSA ABLOY has a range of products When considering ironmongery and doors, it’s can be easy to forget about other ancillary products that can help limit and mitigate the risks of spreading bacteria. If there are concerns around products that could provide surfaces where bacteria may collect, then concealed products offer an assured solution. From concealed hinges to concealed door closing devices, ASSA ABLOY has a range of products available for guaranteed peace of mind. Another factor to think about is signage. Given the current climate, specifiers may want to consider signage relating to hand washing and sanitising, social distancing, and other measures that can be taken to prevent the spread of germs. Making sure products are up to mark While not directly relating to helping manage social distancing or limiting contact with doors, the final tip is on product marking, as it’s vital that solutions with the appropriate product marking are being specified and installed. With the new UKCA and UKNI marks introduced from 1 January 2021, it’s crucial that installers and specifiers understand the implications for products that do not have the correct marking in place. Not only will product marking be invalidated, but the potential implications for all those involved throughout the supply chain could be very serious, including significant fines and penalties. Third-party marking ASSA ABLOY is taking all the appropriate steps to ensure its products have undergone the correct third-party marking for goods being sold into Great Britain or Northern Ireland. Those with questions or concerns around ironmongery product marking should not hesitate to contact the ASSA ABLOY team to discuss in more detail.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, reducing touchpoints wherever possible throughout a building is front of mind for many businesses, building owners and facilities managers. Fortunately, there are a range of hands-free door opening solutions – available to suit all budgets and needs – that can help minimise the spread of infection, says the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group. Doors and their hardware are the first and last touchpoints when entering or exiting a building, or when moving between different rooms. However, there are options available that can either limit the amount of direct contact with ironmongery and doors or offer an anti-bacterial solution. Overcoming this challenge Eryl Jones, Managing Director at the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group, comments: “Doors are the one item we all touch every day; a physical barrier to keep us secure and safe. But with the increased risk that touching a door now poses, what can we do to overcome this challenge?” “When looking to limit the spread of infection from doors and kill germs, the first place to start is to make sure existing door hardware is being cleaned properly. As one of the most commonly touched surfaces in a building, it is vital that a regular cleaning routine is established. First, hardware should be cleaned with a mild, non-abrasive anti-bacterial detergent and water solution, using a soft cloth. Then, using water and a soft cloth only, surfaces should be wiped to remove any remaining detergent residue. The treated surface should appear visibly wet then allowed to air dry.” Door furniture solution UNION has launched GripSafe, an anti-viral copper door handle tape that simply wraps around a clean door handle" “For those seeking a more secure solution in areas with high traffic, decision makers might want to consider products that allow doors to be opened without a person having to use their hands. For instance, arm and foot pulls are an easy and cost-effective door furniture solution that limits the level of contact an individual has with a door.” “Alternatively, sites might want to think about products that feature anti-microbial surfaces. Hardware treated in this way, or that use materials such as copper, can effectively reduce the risk of transmission. To meet this need, UNION has launched GripSafe, an anti-viral copper door handle tape that simply wraps around a clean door handle and has been proven to inactivate 99.98 per cent of corona viruses. This offers a simple solution that can make a big difference.” High traffic corridors “The next step up would be to look at hold-open door controls, which can help keep doors open at all times, except in the case of an emergency. For instance, ASSA ABLOY offers its DC300G-HF door closer, which holds doors open in medium to high traffic corridors, allowing people to pass through without touching the doors.” Meeting the demands of BS 8300:2018-2 for inclusive design, it offers unrivalled performance when compared with other door closers on the market. UNION also offers DoorSense, a safe and legal means of keeping fire doors open, but which enables a fire door to close automatically in the event of an alarm. Hands-free solution Sharing keys between personnel can quickly increase the spread of bacteria and germs" “For those after a completely hands-free solution, there are a range of access control devices that simply require the wave of a hand to open. These are fitted with motion-sensing technology, and ideally suited to sensitive applications such as bathrooms, and environments such as hospitals, laboratories and schools.” “Finally, there’s also the option of access control solutions that use personalised keys. Sharing keys between personnel can quickly increase the spread of bacteria and germs. An access control system that employs individual keys puts a stop to this, while simplifying key management throughout a site and saving personnel valuable time and money.” Mechatronic locking system Solutions such as ASSA CLIQ® Remote, which is a mechatronic locking system that assigns access rights to a key, allows users to have their own personalised keys for all doors and eliminates the need to share keys. This reduces the risk of bacteria and germs spreading. “By taking these steps and considering the door hardware options available to them, decision makers can help make sure our buildings mitigate the risk of germs and stop the spread of infections, ensuring everyone feels as safe and comfortable as possible in these spaces.”
For premises looking to secure rooms in busy public spaces, such as commercial offices, healthcare buildings and retail environments, Code Handle® from ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware provides a stylish, secure and easy-to-fit solution. A sleek and stylish handle with a built-in PIN-pad, Code Handle offers a convenient access control solution for those that need to keep private rooms separate from public areas. Access is granted to authorised individuals via a four-digit code on the handle’s keypad. Code Handle also automatically locks when a door closes, for added security and peace of mind. Access control systems Unlike other costly access control systems, Code Handle can be quickly and easily installed or retrofitted. It is battery-powered and so requires no expensive wiring, and works together with an existing locking unit for ease and convenience – users can keep the current cylinder or lock, and upgrade almost any interior door to Code Handle by securing it in place with simply two screws. Offered with a master code and up to nine different user PINs, Code Handle delivers many benefits over key-operated locks. Not only do businesses have to keep track of keys, which can amount to a great deal of wasted admin and time spent monitoring these, but there is also the cost of getting new keys cut or locks changed should any keys become lost or fall into unwanted hands. Should an employee move on, the PIN for a room can be immediately changed to a different one. Protect private rooms Eryl Jones, Managing Director of the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group, said: “Keeping sensitive files, private rooms, personal belongings and valuable stock safe is critical, but this can be hard to do in busy environments. Public areas with high levels of traffic can be hard to police, but Code Handle delivers a cost-effective and hassle-free solution to protect private rooms from unwanted visitors.” “Complete with a great looking modern design and offered in both left and right-hand options, Code Handle also requires little maintenance, with up to 30,000 cycles provided for each battery. Users also never have to worry about whether they have locked the door when exiting a room, as Code Handle does this automatically.” “Ultimately, Code Handle offers organisations an affordable and secure solution for protecting private rooms from intruders and other members of the public. For those with private rooms that open out onto public-facing spaces, Code Handle is a simple and convenient choice, which can be quickly installed with minimal hassle.”
When talking about inclusive design, many people immediately think of those with a disability or specific, specialist requirements. While inclusive design encompasses the needs of these people, its key objective is to make a site inclusive for all, no matter what. In fact, despite public perception and the wheelchair being the symbol for accessibility, less than 8 per cent of disabilities require the use of a wheelchair. Whether it’s the elderly, disabled or children, everyone should be able to access and use a building and its facilities easily and safely. Inclusive design is a key consideration for most architects and specifiers, ensuring any barriers that might prevent an individual from using an environment freely and easily are removed. Governing inclusive design This approach must be reviewed in line with the guidelines governing inclusive design, which includes Approved Document M, the Equality Act 2010 and, crucially, BS 8300-1 and 8300-2:2018, which sets out how buildings should be designed, constructed and maintained to create an accessible and inclusive environment for all. It applies to both new builds and refurbishments. The white paper explains the factors that specifiers need to take into account for door opening solutions The white paper explains the factors that specifiers need to take into account for door opening solutions to be inclusive. It also covers some of the common issues with many door opening solutions available on the market, which might claim to comply with standards such as BS 8300-1 and 8300-2:2018 but do not. For instance, many suppliers will claim to offer compliant solutions by ‘winding down’ a door closer and its spring to power setting EN1. Fire safety standards However, while this may help people open a door more easily, it will not provide the necessary closing force. As a result, the door will not deliver the safety and security assurances demanded of an inclusive environment. It is also important to note that fire doors must have a minimum power setting of EN3 at all times, to meet these needs. In addition to covering what the guidelines governing inclusive design state for door opening solutions, the white paper advises on how specifiers can ensure these meet the necessary fire safety standards too. While fire safety has always been critical, incidents such as the Grenfell tragedy have highlighted how this issue can never afford to be an afterthought. Door opening solutions Our new white paper aims to offer specifiers a helpful and informative overview of why inclusive design is so important" “Inclusive design is viewed by most specifiers nowadays as a non-negotiable,” explains Eryl Jones, Managing Director of the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group. “While it is the owner that ultimately bears responsibility for the design of a building, should a legal dispute arise then a specifier would be called upon to explain why a solution was recommended. In the event of a discrimination claim, those that can demonstrate that they have adhered to standards such as BS 8300-1 and 8300-2:2018 will be on safer ground than those that cannot.” “Our new white paper aims to offer specifiers a helpful and informative overview of why inclusive design is so important, what the guidelines governing this state, and the considerations that they need to think about when specifying a door opening solution. This means they can be confident when recommending door opening solutions for projects, ensuring everyone – from the elderly to those with a disability and children – can access and use a building and its facilities safely.” Greater consumer loyalty “Furthermore, with some specifiers potentially facing clients that might want to do the bare legal minimum when it comes to inclusive design, the white paper also helps outline why the approach is not only the right thing to do from a social point of view, but the impact it can have commercially too.” “Market drivers such as an ageing population and consumer buying power mean brands that prioritise inclusive building design can enjoy greater consumer loyalty and spending opportunities, as well as increased differentiation, credibility and brand awareness. We hope that the findings included in the white paper can help support this case for specifiers, when having these conversations with clients.” Correct specification of hardware It’s really good to see such an important message being highlighted in this white paper" Douglas Masterson, Technical Manager at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI), adds: “It is refreshing in the current climate to see accessibility being placed firmly on the agenda through this white paper. At the moment, the headlines are rightly dominated by fire safety – following the Grenfell tragedy – and on-going issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. While these are of huge importance, accessibility must always have room in any discussion relating to the construction industry.” “This paper states: ‘All those involved in the design and construction of a building should not simply be working towards inclusivity but demanding it every single time.’ The GAI is firmly in favour of this statement, and the correct specification of hardware in a building must have the issues of accessibility and inclusive design at its heart.” Outlining the relevant standards Bob Perry, CEO of the Door Hardware Federation (DHF), comments: “It’s really good to see such an important message being highlighted in this white paper. Our society is changing – both in its demographics and its attitudes – and it is clear that any company that fails on inclusivity will be left behind. At the same time, however, the requirements around inclusive design are somewhat opaque and there is still much confusion in the industry.” “What this white paper from ASSA ABLOY does is present everything the industry needs to know about the issue. It outlines the relevant standards, explains what they really mean, and tells them exactly what they need to do to make sure their door hardware is compliant. On behalf of DHF, I recommend that it is essential reading.”
Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire, yet the strict specification, maintenance and management of these doorsets is still not fully understood. This is something that ASSA ABLOY is passionate about changing. So, to coincide with Fire Door Safety Week 2019 (23-29 September), ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland will be hosting two dedicated events to help people responsible for fire doors, unlock compliance to fire door safety. The two events will take place at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Conference Suite on the 19th September and at the UBM Building in Central London on the 24th September. Educating delegates about fire door standards The events will promote fire door safety and compliance to facilities managers, building owners, specifiersThe aim of the events is to educate and inform delegates about the fire door standards that can often be lost in translation. ASSA ABLOY will bring together all of its brands and wide ranging experience to speak about the common issues surrounding fire door compliance. It will then offer practical advice on how to overcome these issues, by breaking down current and future regulations and ramifications. The events will promote fire door safety and compliance to facilities managers, building owners, specifiers and contractors. Attendees can expect to gain a greater understanding from ASSA ABLOY staff and guest speakers on the following key topics: Safeguarding compliance through the supply chain The important role door hardware plays in ensuring building compliance The role and performance of fire door seals The importance of compartmentalisation in fire safety The event will end with a discussion panel. Thorough testing of fire doors Fire safety can only be properly guaranteed if the standards and checks of fire doors are carried out by-the-bookBrian Sofley, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Door Group, comments: “In May 2018, results of the Independent Review of Building Regulation and Fire Safety, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, made it clear that even after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, fire doors remained a significant area of neglect, often downgraded and mismanaged throughout their service life." “Fire safety can only be properly guaranteed if the standards and checks of equipment such as fire doors are carried out by-the-book, and throughout the lifecycle of both the products and the building.” Fire compliant door hardware products Eryl Jones, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware & Access Control Group, adds: “Growth and acquisitions give ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware & Access Control Group the broadest range of fire compliant door hardware products in the market, backed up by an experienced team of industry professionals." “ASSA ABLOY’s fire safety events have been a great success over the last couple of years, and we are keen to carry on helping industry professionals to understand compliance when it comes to fire door safety standards. We urge industry professionals, specifiers, contractors, property owners and facilities managers to join us at this year’s free events, to help better the standard of fire door compliance as an industry.”
As part of plans to simplify its branding structure in the UK, ASSA is now being marketed as a product range from ASSA ABLOY. The move by the global supplier of door opening solutions will provide customers with a market-leading specification and architectural hardware range under a single brand. ASSA rebranded as product range Following the merger of ASSA and ABLOY back in 1994, ASSA Scandinavia has played an important part in the development of ASSA ABLOY as an important and renowned brand, both in the UK and internationally, for the specification of door opening solutions. In 2017, ASSA Sweden took the decision to rebrand to ASSA ABLOY In 2017, ASSA Sweden took the decision to rebrand to ASSA ABLOY. This move was a logical evolution for the ASSA brand and further strengthens the company’s project specification capabilities. The rebranding has now been completed in Scandinavia, with rebranded products and packaging now starting to be phased in. ASSA's brand reputaion Although products will be branded as ASSA ABLOY, the business will market them in the UK as the ASSA range from ASSA ABLOY. The approach will allow the considerable brand reputation of ASSA to be retained and continue to be promoted. Rebranded lock cases, cylinders and strikes, including the 900 series, are available now. Rebranded panic exit devices, padlocks and hinges will arrive in Q4. Rebranded steel strikes and handles will arrive in Q1 2019. Changes to the branding on ASSA keys and timings for this will be confirmed in Q1 2019. Rebranded packaging for these products in the UK will arrive in Q4 this year and Q1 2019. Simplifying brand structure Eryl Jones, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “Since ASSA first started to manufacture cylinder locks in Scandinavia back in the 1930s, it has been synonymous with quality, high security and design. To this day, we continue to develop and design products to meet the needs of the most demanding environments.” “Rebranding ASSA to ASSA ABLOY will help simplify our brand structure and make it easier for customers to do business with us. We are excited about this exciting next phase in our history and look forward to what the future holds.”
Securitron, well known for its portfolio of electromagnetic locking solutions, is now available from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a provider of door opening solutions, with an unparalleled lifetime guarantee. Securitron Magnalock range The announcement signals ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions’ commitment to offering a ‘one-stop shop’ for customers, ensuring they can deliver the right solution, whatever the specification. The move also gives ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions’ customer base access to a wide range of Securitron products. Securitron is known for its durable and quality electronic locking products and systems. Key products under ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions’ offering will include the Magnalock range, from the slim and durable M32 series to the industrial strength of the M82 range, offering an impressive holding force of 1800lbs (816kg) for installations requiring superior magnetic strength. GL1 external electromechanical gate lock Importantly for customers, these products are also covered by the MagnaCare Warranty, which provides a lifetime guarantee and automatic product replacement. This lifetime guarantee gives customer the additional reassurance and financial security, knowing the product will be fit for purpose, for life. "Securitron products are backed by the lifetime MagnaCare replacement warranty" Other products available include the GL1 external electromechanical gate lock and the DKC-37 digital keypad system for narrow stile applications. Eryl Jones, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “Since developing the first ‘E’ profile magnetic lock in 1977, Securitron has brought to market a range high-quality security solutions and continued to lead the way with product innovation.” MagnaCare replacement warranty “From electromagnetic locks and accessories, to exit devices, power supplies and digital entry systems, Securitron products are backed by the lifetime MagnaCare replacement warranty. Should a product be damaged or vandalised, a replacement will be provided, guided by the principle that high-quality products and customer service should be the expectation, not the exception. Part of a global and trusted company, this ethos is in keeping with ASSA ABLOY Security Solution, as we look to mitigate risk and provide peace of mind for all our customers.” “For those seeking an assured, reliable, robust, and high-performing electromagnetic locking technologies, Securitron offers a comprehensive range of solutions to the industry.”
Bringing together two market leading brands means UNION can concentrate its R&D efforts UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the provider of door opening solutions, announces that the high-quality Trimec range will be migrated into its product portfolio from March 2017. Broadening range of mechanical locking solutions The move further strengthens UNION’s product range, allowing the company to broaden its range of mechanical locking solutions into electromechanical strikes, offering the customer a complete door hardware package. Bringing together two market leading brands means UNION can concentrate its R&D efforts, setting the foundation for a more extensive range of electromechanical products to be added to the company’s portfolio over the coming years. Comprehensive range of door solutions Eryl Jones, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, explains: “Specialising in electric strikes and an impressive range of patented electromechanical technologies since 1990, Trimec has established a reputation for itself as a leading provider of superior electromechanical locking solutions. This reputation will continue under UNION.” “The benefits to this are three-fold. Firstly, it means customers have access to a one-stop shop for door hardware solutions. Secondly, it allows us to consolidate our R&D activities, ensuring we can continue to strengthen UNION’s product portfolio with electromechanical technologies. Finally, it means we can offer a comprehensive range of solutions for the commercial market, meeting our customers’ every need.” Smooth migration Trimec will be migrated onto the UNION website in March 2017, while marketing literature will be updated throughout the year. The Trimec range will deliver the same high-performance and reliable solutions that customers have come to expect, but simply as a product range name under the UNION brand. Trimec product codes will not be changed and customers can continue to order using the existing ones.
The Crossley Swifts under 12s, based in Halifax, who received a new kit sponsored by UNION UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has announced the winner of its youth football team kit competition. Crossley Swifts under 12s, based in Halifax, was the lucky team to receive a full kit sponsored by UNION, after the father of one of the team members entered the competition. Innovative team entries Robert Lofthouse, who provided the winning entry, said, “I would like to thank UNION for picking my son’s football team as the winner of the competition.” “My son and the rest of his team mates are over the moon and excited to have a brand new kit that fits them all this year.” Reaching out to the community Eryl Jones, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, who was part of the judging panel, said, “We were really impressed with the winning entry, which was presented as a limerick with a personal touch.” “Thank you to everyone that entered, there were some great entries – so it was a tough decision to pick a winner.” Teams entering the competition were encouraged to think about what they mean to the local community, if they have a history worth sharing, or simply if they have a special story to share around their team, as a whole or individual members of the team.
UNION’s branding has been simplified, to make it more impactful and easily recognisable UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global provider of door opening solutions, has rebranded and is promoting quality, reliability and expertise as the three solid reasons to choose UNION. Creating impactful brand The most easily identifiable part of the UNION rebrand is the look and feel. UNION’s branding has been simplified, to make it more impactful and easily recognisable. This will give the UNION brand an increased visual presence with its distribution channels, as well as installers and end users. Considerable investment is also being made in research and development, culminating in new products, such as a refresh of UNION’s door closer offering. Eryl Jones, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “We have spent considerable time visiting our customers and have listened to their feedback, which has formed the basis of our rebrand and will continue to inform the future of UNION.” Focus on three solid reasons “The rebrand campaign focuses on the three solid reasons why installers should choose UNION; quality, reliability and expertise. UNION’s expertise comes from its rich heritage dating back to 1840 and the Master Keying department has a combined experience of over 217 years.” “UNION also has expertise around British design and product development, which is retained in house. This helps us to guarantee that our products have excellent quality and reliability, so installers can be sure they are fitting a product they can trust. This has been fundamental in providing the product assurance and value that is essential in building and maintaining trust in the UNION brand.”
The nationwide initiative offers tips and advice for keeping families, homes and belongings safe during winter UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, is supporting National Home Security Month 2016 to create awareness around home security for the third consecutive year. The nationwide initiative that runs throughout October 2016 was launched by UNION’s sister brand Yale, in order to offer tips and advice for keeping families, homes and belongings safe during winter. Offering advice total home and property security Eryl Jones, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said, “We are proud to be supporting National Home Security Month once again. Throughout October 2016 our experienced Product Managers will be offering advice on product testing, quality control and UNION products.” “We will be producing a guest blog post for the awareness month, which will delve into total home security, exploring traditional security solutions for protecting the entry points to homes and any valuables within properties.” Securing residential and commercial properties “UNION’s expertise comes from its rich heritage dating back to 1840, we are pleased to be able to use our knowledge and experience to secure both residential and commercial properties.” Other supporters of National Home Security Month, include ASSA ABLOY brands are ABLOY, Mul-T-Lock, Yale Door and Windows Solutions, as well as Screwfix, B&Q and Maplin. Save
UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, will sponsor a full kit for one lucky youth football team UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, provider of door opening solutions, has launched a competition to support youth football teams. To celebrate Euro 2016, UNION has launched a social media competition to find a youth football team that supports and is valued by, its local community. Football kit competition A lucky youth football team will receive a full kit for the 2016/17 season sponsored by UNION. Launched on the UNION Facebook Page, all entrants will be required to submit up to 100 words to explain why their team deserves a new kit in time for the start of the football season. Teams entering are encouraged to think about what they mean to the local community, if they have a history worth sharing, or simply if they have a special story to share around their team, as a whole or individual members of the team. Sporting benefits Eryl Jones, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “Whilst we’ll all be flying the flag for our home nations in the Euros, it’s important to remember grass roots football and support participation at every level of the sport. We want to reward teams that offer something to their local community and encourage more youth teams to get involved in sport, which can offer so many benefits outside of health and fitness.” “We’re encouraging all our customers and partners to get involved, whether that’s promoting it to their customers or nominating a team themselves.” Entry to the competition is via the UNION Facebook page where the T&Cs can be found, and the competition will run throughout the Euros, finishing on 5th July at 12pm.
UNION StrongBOLT and ASSA ABLOY’s DC700G-FT Security Door Closer exhibited at the event ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions had a successful year at the MLA Exhibition, held at the International Centre, Telford. UNION StrongBOLT demonstrated UNION, an ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions brand, exhibited its new and innovative locking solutions, including the UNION StrongBOLT® range, known for its superior strength, reliability and quality; exceeding the requirements of BS3621:2007 and the innovative Codehandle, providing a simple, cost-effective way to restrict access. Visitors to the stand also had the opportunity to see UNION’s recently launched Heavy Duty Tubular Latch for residential properties and UNION’s Eximo Panic Exit Hardware range, completed the display from UNION, demonstrating the strength and breadth of its offering. An integrated escape door locking solution The stand also showcased ASSA ABLOY’s DC700G-FT Security Door Closer with an integrated escape door locking solution that is suitable for retrofitting fire doors and Shine, a digital lock specifically designed for commercial glass doors. Eryl Jones, Managing Director for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “We had an extremely successful MLA 2015; our new Heavy Duty Tubular Latch and ASSA ABLOY Security Doors Closer had some great feedback from new and existing customers, who had the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with the products.” “The MLA was a great opportunity for us to showcase why we are Trusted by Professionals and to reveal how our high quality products can add value to projects.”
UNION is joining Yale, founder of National Home Security Month, to create awareness around the importance of home security UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, is supporting National Home Security Month 2015. The nationwide initiative that runs throughout October is designed to create awareness around the importance of home security. Eryl Jones, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “We are proud to be joining our sister brand, Yale, the founder of National Home Security Month, to create awareness amongst homeowners, installers and stockists on all aspects of home security. “Throughout National Home Security Month our experienced product managers will be offering advice on product testing, quality control and UNION products. UNION has already produced a guest blog for the awareness month, explaining how the right locks can save money on home insurance policies and we’ll be offering further advice on issues like this throughout the month. “The 1st October will also see changes to the Building Regulations that will introduce Approved Document Q, which will require confirmation that the doors and windows installed in a new dwelling will meet the performance targets set out in PAS24:2012. This highlights the need for correctly specified security in the residential sector. We’re pleased to be supporting initiatives, such as National Home Security Month, which promote and educate the importance of home security.” Other supporters of National Home Security Month include ASSA ABLOY brands: ABLOY, Mul-T-Lock, Yale Door and Windows Solutions, Yale Door. As well as Screwfix, B & Q and Maplin. UNION supplies a wide range of products for the residential sector, including its StrongBOLT® range, known for its superior strength and exceeding the requirements of BS3621:2007. The StrongBOLT® British Standard 5 lever mortice lock fulfils the security needs of home insurance policies.
Malcolm played an integral role in developing the brand’s Vantage Partner programme A distribution manager is retiring from his role at ASSA, part of Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, after 28 years with the company. Malcolm's role in ASSA Malcolm Dolloway joined ASSA in 1987 when he was asked to produce market research about the locksmith industry and has since held a number of roles at the company. Malcolm played an integral role in developing the brand’s Vantage Partner programme, which now equates for around 40% of ASSA’s turnover. This distribution programme enabled ASSA to consolidate its offering for both locksmiths and architectural ironmongers and to reward its customers’ loyalty. His career highlights include his time as a product manager, where he played a part in the development of the Compact range, which offers a variety of small British lockcases. The feedback Malcolm received from his customers revealed that there was a demand for high quality, price competitive 5 pin cylinders with restrictive keys. Consequently, Malcolm’s relationships were integral to the creation of ASSA’s 5 pin cylinders, including the Flexcore range. Development of ASSA’s electronic security products Working with ASSA’s Swedish team, Malcolm also helped to develop ASSA’s electronic security products and brought them to the UK market, including code locks and Solicard. Malcolm Dolloway, said: “I have greatly enjoyed my time working for ASSA, the products have always been well received, due to the time and energy the team spends developing high quality solutions. “I would like to thank the company and the Vantage Partner network who have supported the ASSA brand and I really appreciate the kind words and goodbyes that I have received. “I’m looking forward to hanging up my briefcase after many happy years and spending some more time in my holiday home in Wales and I’m sure my six grandchildren will keep me busy.” Managing Director, Security Solutions comments Eryl Jones, Managing Director at Security Solutions, said: “From retail manager to sales manager, Malcolm has brought his professionalism to a number roles throughout the years and he will be greatly missed. Although ASSA will continue to benefit from the solutions that are now in place thanks to Malcolm’s hard work.”
The nationwide initiative is designed to create awareness around the importance of home security UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY, Security Solutions, is proud to have become a sponsor of National Home Security Month, designed to create awareness around the importance of home security. The nationwide initiative that runs throughout October features a series of hints and tips to highlight the ways homes and families can be kept safe during the darker evenings. Eryl Jones, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY, Security Solutions, said: “We are proud to joining our sister brand, Yale, the founder of National Home Security Month, to create awareness relating to all aspects of home security. “With recent published statistics showing that burglaries increase by up to 20 per cent when the clocks change, it is crucial that the security industry pulls together to help people combat the criminals who take advantage of the darker nights, by keeping their homes safe and secure.” This year national home security month will be focusing on key topics over five weeks, including: dark nights, door and window security, protecting your valuables, outdoor security and future home security. UNION will be offering advice on the benefits of using authorised trade suppliers during door and window security week. Other supporters of National Home Security Month, include ASSA ABLOY brands: ABLOY, Mul-T-Lock, Yale Door and Windows Solutions, Yale Security Point, Yale Door. As well as, Screwfix, Homebase, B & Q, The Lock Shop, Maplin, Huws Gray, CEF, Ongo Locksmiths, MLA, the safe shop, secured by design, victim support. UNION supplies a wide range of products for the residential sector, including its StrongBOLT® range, known for its superior strength and exceeding the requirements of BS3621:2007. The StrongBOLT® British Standard 5 lever mortice lock fulfils the security needs of home insurance policies.
H Harrold & Sons Locksmiths are making the most of extra sales by supplying the full UNION StrongBOLT® range. The Master Locksmith Association approved locksmiths originally stocked the StrongBOLT® British Standard 5 lever mortice lock in isolation, known for its superior strength and exceeding the requirements of BS3621:2007, but decided they could reap more benefits by supplying the wider range of locks. Part of UNION’s Professional locks portfolio, 5 lever, 3 lever, bathroom locks and Euro and Oval profile cylinder lockcases are all available under the extended StrongBOLT® range. Peter Harrold, of H Harrold & Sons, said: “We have had a good relationship with UNION since we started and have found that the company’s products offer the quality that you would expect from such a historic brand, at a competitive price. “We improved sales opportunities with the StrongBOLT® British Standard 5 lever mortice lock, therefore have invested in the full range to meet the demand for a wider variety of locks. “Our installers often need to carry multiple types of lock to service new builds and to be prepared for emergency repair and retrofit jobs, and having this offering from StrongBOLT® ensures durability for all products from bathroom locks to front doors, so our installers can be prepared for all jobs.” Eryl Jones, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “Quite rightly the British Standard 5 lever mortice lock is very popular amongst locksmiths, merchants and their customers, but the range is not limited to the one ‘hero’ product. “Our heritage and experience combined with innovation and the value of being part of a global group has enabled us to develop and deliver products that help locksmiths adapt to the changing industry “We are pleased that our longstanding customers like H Harrold & Sons Locksmiths are benefiting from the sales opportunities that the full range of StrongBOLT® products bring.”
Fortis is working with ASSA ABLOY to offer UNION’s StrongBOLT™ and Eximo range as well as Yale’s Doormaster range The Fortis Group has selected ASSA ABLOY brands Yale and UNION, as its preferred suppliers of branded security. Fortis is the UK’s newest and largest building products buyers’ group and was launched with the strong ethos for members “to help each other and support suppliers.” Formed last year by merging the former CEMCO building group and Combined Buying Association (CBA) the group is made up of 39 independent builders’ merchants, key in their respective regions such as Howarth Timber, Sydenhams and RGB. Fortis is working with ASSA ABLOY to offer a hardware and security portfolio, which includes UNION’s market-leading StrongBOLT™ range that has proven success and effective point of sale support for merchants. Fortis will also stock UNION’s Eximo panic exit devices that offer safe and reliable exiting solutions suitable for a variety of projects. In addition, the growing builders’ merchant group will also offer a streamlined Yale product portfolio that will include Yale’s Doormaster range that enables a multipoint lock to be replaced without the need to replace the whole door. David Hebdon, Fortis Operations Director, said: “We have a vision of building a high-performance team with our supplier partners, so want to show our commitment to trusted brands like Yale and UNION and offer them the many benefits of trading with well-known independent merchants. “We believe that these ASSA ABLOY brands will work closely with Fortis’ members to offer profit opportunities, as well as helping to improve members’ trading volumes, margins and market share.” Eryl Jones, Commercial Manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions said: “We are very pleased to be working with a buying group that is comprised of like-minded people pulling in the same direction. “Fortis has good national coverage, with both larger companies and smaller members. Yale and UNION ranges have been successfully developed into several members already, including Haldane Fisher and C & W Berry Ltd and proposals are in place for more members such as Ridgeons and Covers this summer.” Darren Gittings, Key Accounts Manager at Yale, said: “Working with Fortis is a great way for us to build even better relationships with merchants who can deliver what they say they will deliver. We are pleased that Fortis has recognised the strength of Yale and UNION brands, including our quality products for key areas of the commercial and domestic channels, such as the UPVC replacement market and the social housing and contract markets.”