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.”
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