ASSA ABLOY UK, a division of ASSA ABLOY Group, the global provider of door opening solutions, has unveiled its new name, with the business now being known as ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland. The new business descriptor reflects ASSA ABLOY Group’s on-going commitment to strengthening the ASSA ABLOY brand, and helping its customers to better understand the organisation’s solutions, services and capabilities. Alongside the launch of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, the Group has also launched two other business descriptors – ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems and ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions which will be gradually introduced in UK & Ireland, and globally. The change will enable the company to maintain a segmented and focussed approach, easily guiding customers to the division that is best positioned to help meet their needs, while ensuring ASSA ABLOY continues to grow as a recognised brand. Renaming of other business units In line with the introduction of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, the business units that form ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions in the UK, are also being re-named to better meet their customers’ requirements and provide clarity to their offerings. Security Solutions and Access Control will now combine to create the Door Hardware & Access Control Group Security Solutions and Access Control will now combine to create the Door Hardware & Access Control Group. Meanwhile, UK Specification will be renamed as the Project Specification Group, and Security Doors will now be simplified to the Door Group. These three Groups will also join the newly-formed High Security & Safety Group, which includes the renowned Chubb Locks Custodial Services and Pickersgill Kaye brands, which will also transition to ranges from ASSA ABLOY. The company’s well-known global brands, such as Yale, Abloy and Mul-T-Lock remain the same. Communicating knowledge, expertise with customers Tina Hughan, Marketing Director for ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions in the UK & Ireland, explains: “The launch of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions will help us more clearly communicate our knowledge, experience and expertise to our customers. The new business descriptor encompasses what we offer in a simple, easy-to-understand way, while our new business unit names will help make it easier for customers to do business with us. “We are always focussed on what we can do to improve the customer’s experience. We believe this approach will help strengthen our existing offering and consolidate our position in the market as a world leader, so we can better support our customers.”
ASSA ABLOY the global provider of door opening solutions, has issued its whitepaper in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, following the Grenfell Tower incident of 2017. The whitepaper summarises practical recommendations derived from the key points made within the Independent Review and advises ways in which the industry can work together towards best practice. Fire door installation solutions Compartmentation has been highlighted as a key reason for the failures at Grenfell. Fire doors intended to stop and slow down the spread of fire were not performing as designed, due to failures in hardware specification and lack of fire door inspections. The paper also highlights the importance of not only ensuring that third-party certification for fire door products is in place and specifications are fit for purpose, but also ensuring that they are installed correctly and maintained. We believe we need to work collectively to create a cohesive industry that puts fire safety at the forefront of building design" Fire door safety Tina Hughan, Marketing Director for ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “Our latest whitepaper has been issued to reflect on the findings of the Hackitt Review and make recommendations based on ASSA ABLOY’s many years’ of experience within the fire door industry.” “We believe we need to work collectively to create a cohesive industry that puts fire safety at the forefront of building design, construction and maintenance, and this paper suggests ways in which manufacturers, architects, specifiers, contractors, facility managers and end users can come together to ensure that thorough due diligence is carried out at each and every stage of a project where fire doors are involved.” In addition to the whitepaper, ASSA ABLOY UK will host its annual fire door safety event in partnership with West Midlands Fire Service on Thursday 27th September, to support Fire Door Safety Week 2018 in raising the bar of fire door standards.
UNION to exhibit its ranges like - StrongBOLT, Eximo, Panic Exit Device also Retro3 & Retro4 door closers Attending for the sixth consecutive year since the show began in 2010, Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, will be exhibiting at the Locksmith Expo 2015. Returning to the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, on the 7th and 8th March, Security Solutions will be showcasing its innovative offerings on stand A1. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with many of the most popular products from UNION, a Security Solutions brand, 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. However, UNION’s representatives will reveal how locksmiths can now benefit from an extended StrongBOLT® range, allowing them to save time, without compromising on quality. UNION’s Eximo range has also been developed in response to customer feedback, and will be on display at the exhibition. UNION’s Panic Exit Device range includes panic latches and bolts, emergency push pads, mortice operated exit devices featuring UNION’s Optimus3 mortice lock cases, and outside access products with lever and knob variants. Finally, UNION’s Retro3 and Retro4 door closers will also be on display. Offering easy installation, the door closers are non-handed and can be mounted on the hinge or non-hinge side of the door, reducing the need for considerable planning and enabling installers to complete jobs faster. Tina Hughan, Marketing Director at ASSA ABLOY, said: “Having grown out of a family business set up in the heartland of the British lock-making industry, for over 160 years the UNION name has been synonymous with reliable, high quality hardware. “However, UNION has recently been on an exciting journey developing forward-thinking solutions, whilst maintaining its heritage. This mirrors the locksmith industry as a whole, which is currently pioneering some innovative solutions, while maintaining its core features.” “The Locksmith Expo has always proven to be a great event to showcase the technological advances within the industry, so we are looking forward to attending for the sixth time.”
ASSA ABLOY UK has extended its door closer range to offer adjustable power, speed and latch control for improved accessibility across all applications. ASSA ABLOY’s new DC1110A and DC140A Rack & Pinion door closers are suitable for a range of projects, from private to commercial and public sector, for both light and heavy weight doors. The new door closers ‘auto’ adjusts to compensate for temperature fluctuations and are user adjustable to compensate for general wear & tear of the door & other ironmongery components, therefore offering a reliable, long lasting solution that will improve whole life costing, in addition to helping maintain fire or smoke performance. Offering easy installation, the door closers are non-handed & can be mounted on the hinge or non-hinge side of the door, reducing the need for considerable planning. Commenting on the launch, Tina Hughan, Marketing Director for ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “ASSA ABLOY is well known for locking technologies and the Group is a global leader in door opening solutions, our new extensive range of door closers complements its product portfolio, providing a total solution for ease of specification. “We have been a major player in door closers worldwide for many years and the latest additions to the range improve our broad range of high quality, reliable door closers at competitive prices. Door closers are a vital part of the safety and ease of access for any commercial, public or industrial building and we now have the range to suit virtually every specification requirement.” The new series is fully certified to BS EN 1154/ 55, CE marked and suitable for use on fire doors.
Among the products being showcased will be ASSA‘s SMARTair™ and CLIQ™ remote door opening solutions ASSA ABLOY UK is exhibiting at this year’s Education Facilities Forum, showcasing two of its business units, as the global leader in door opening solutions. Held at the Heythrop Park Resort, Oxfordshire, from 17th-18th November 2014, the two business units – ASSA ABLOY, Security Solutions and ASSA ABLOY, Access Control will display a range of tailored solutions for the education market. Among the products being showcased will be ASSA‘s SMARTair™ and CLIQ™ remote door opening solutions. The innovative systems provide cost effective door management without the associated complexity. CLIQ™ also minimises administrative work, by allowing an administrator to grant access or to block lost or stolen keys remotely. The one-handed operation of Codehandle will also provide a demonstration of UNION’s ability to combine convenience with access control. ASSA ABLOY Access Control’s Aperio® innovative product portfolio will also be presented – including battery powered online and offline locks, cylinders and escutcheons – all innovatively designed to upgrade mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connect them online or offline to new or existing access control systems, with minimal modification to doors and premises. "We have considerableexperience in supplyingeducational facilities,from primary schoolsto universities" Tina Hughan, Marketing Director for ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “We have considerable experience in supplying educational facilities, from primary schools to universities and are looking forward to sharing our involved knowledge of the sector at this year’s Education Facilities Forum. “We understand that products need to have the right balance between being robust to withstand the rigours of educational establishments, meeting legislative requirements and being visually appealing, to create comfortable, friendly teaching and living environments for students and staff. It is with this in mind that we create our tailored product ranges.” Damian Marsh, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Access Control: “Aperio® has proven to be a cost effective and energy efficient access control solution across a number of education projects. “Our latest white paper findings revealed that Aperio® is proven to save at least £9,800 in running and maintenance costs of a typical 1,000 unit student accommodation block, in comparison to wired access control doors. Facilities Managers and Bursars will have the opportunity to discover more of Aperio®’s benefits at the show.”
UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY, Security Solutions, is improving ease of installation across a wider range of jobs through its new extended 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. However, installers can now benefit from an extended StrongBOLT® range, allowing them to save time, without compromising on quality. UNION’s new StrongBOLT® range of 5 lever, 3 lever, bathroom locks and Euro and Oval profile cylinder lockcases enable installers to benefit from its time saving properties across a wider range of jobs. The range is designed using the same common footprint, allowing for quick and easy door preparation, as each door can be prepared in exactly the same way. Plus, the unique chamfered dead bolt design with hardened rollers for increased side load resistance provides increased strength and durability. StrongBOLT® locks also have an easily reversible radius latch, using UNION’s unique SwitchLatch technology. This allows installers to simply pull, twist and turn to adjust the lock, so it is suited for the handing of the door; saving time, enabling installers to complete jobs faster, and therefore improving profitability. The new StrongBOLT® range features an anti-rattle adjustable strike, which allows on site fine-tuning once installed, to eliminate snagging. The range is also supplied with radius splinter guards to ease installation further, requiring only a drill bit to provide a professional finish. Tina Hughan, Marketing Director of ASSA ABLOY, said: “The original StrongBOLT® mortice lock is known in the market for its quality, durability and value for money. A number of installers fed back to us that they would benefit from having these features across a wider range of products. So, we extended the range, and further developed StrongBOLT® to save installers time when fitting locks to all projects, from bathrooms, to front doors.” “The extended StrongBOLT® range is a great example of why UNION is the first choice for the trade. Over the years, UNION’s product innovation has been led by convenience and quality, with this complete offering from StrongBOLT® showing how UNION is helping installers prepare for any kind of call, from new builds, to emergency repair and retrofit jobs.”
Among the products being showcased will be ASSA‘s SMARTair™ and CLIQ™ remote door opening solutions Exhibiting at the UK’s largest trade show for the healthcare sector, ASSA ABLOY will be exhibiting for the first time as its newly formed UK Specification unit, showcasing its latest innovations and solutions at the Healthcare Estates exhibition. Attending for the third time, the ASSA ABLOY UK Specification business will demonstrate how its products can be used within healthcare projects, including doctors’ surgeries, general hospitals and care homes, at stand B39, at Manchester Central, from 7th-8th October 2014. Among the products being showcased will be ASSA‘s SMARTair™ and CLIQ™ remote door opening solutions. The innovative systems contribute towards infection control regime, whilst improving accessibility. CLIQ™ also minimises administrative work, by allowing an administrator to grant access or to block lost or stolen keys remotely. ASSA will also display its cylinder and thumbturns, which offer privacy to clients, while ensuring that staff can gain entry at all times. Theses have proven to be particularly popular within secure accommodation for mentally ill people. Accompanying this will be a number of anti-ligature handles developed by CLCS for secure accommodation. The one-handed operation of Codehandle will also provide a demonstration of UNION’s ability to combine convenience with access control. ASSA ABLOY’s range of door closers, which assist in fulfilling the duties required under The Equality Act (EA), specifically BS8300 and Approved Document M of The Building Regulations, will also be displayed. Offering cam motion, ensuring that doors are easy to open with minimal physical force. Tina Hughan, Marketing Director for ASSA ABLOY, said: “Having gained extensive experience in the healthcare sector, in projects from secure mental health facilities, through to large-scale public sector hospital builds, down to smaller specifications, such as bathroom facilities in residential homes, ASSA ABLOY has proven that it can provide answers to some of the most pressing questions within healthcare specification. “I am looking forward to returning to the Healthcare Estates exhibition, as it is the ideal place for us to showcase our hygienic, convenient and cost-effective solutions, whilst developing our relationship with the key decision makers in the industry.”