An overview of some of hardware distributor Carl F Groupco's most popular product lines is given by Managing Director John Crittenden for Windows Active October 2018
The success of SmartSecure:
A round-up of our most popular hardware solutions has to start with SmartSecure launched in 2016. A lot has happened since we developed our offer to include a dedicated electronic locking and access control brand and we have successfully carved a niche in the Smart Tech sector. Significant growth in demand has led to sales revenue increases of just under 90% year on year.
Strong interest has been shown across all markets from ‘designer’ residential installations through to social housing and Housing Associations – all sectors appreciate its sophisticated simplicity and the care industry particularly welcomes management features that permit access for authorised medical and support workers.
In just two years since the launch of SmartSecure, we have seen a significant shift in perception of electronic locking and Smart access control. And, as we adopt Smart Technology in other areas of our homes with lights, heating and cameras, Smart door locks are becoming increasingly accessible.
In addition to solutions based on FUHR’s fully motorised multipoint lock with automatic locking, the SmartSecure range was increased earlier this year to include Yale’s Conexis L1 retro-fit Smart keyless locking handle which is ideal as an upgrade for existing customers or DIY solution.
Recognition of Roto:
As we spotlight flagship lines it is important to mention Roto which, like FUHR, is a trusted brand with strong German heritage. Roto has a worldwide reputation for quality, innovative and secure hardware systems.
We were delighted to reinforce our relationship with Roto in February this year when we announced the addition of the TSL espagnolette, a product with strong security features and significant accreditation. The addition of the Roto TSL Espagnolette to our catalogue means we now offer the full Roto Twin-Cam Security Lock (TSL) range for casement and reversible windows with Grade 5 surface finish as standard. The ability to use this espagnolette with PN by Roto reversible hardware enables us to supply the full range of Roto reversible window sets with lock and hinge.
High Rise Hardware:
Hardware for high-rise installations is also popular and, as part of our work promoting fittings to systems companies, our PN-Roto technical team liaised with Liniar providing advice and development input for the company’s new range of windows that will be available exclusively to fabricators. The established PN by Roto Uni Hinge and Roto TSL Espagnolette fittings that we will sell directly to customers complement the slimline design of Liniar’s window range.
The new Liniar window with rotating sash for easy cleaning inside the property is ideally suited to high-rise applications. Patented features including Liniar’s co-extruded bubble gasket, thermal dam and glazing flipper ensure draught-free installation with high thermal efficiency.
Security is always a hot topic for the hardware industry and I’m proud to report that we supply one of the largest selections of PAS 24 and Secured by Design approved window and door hardware ranges to the UK market. For doors, we sell a full range of FUHR locks which are Secured by Design accredited and fully tested to PAS 24. Other lines with strong security features include Ingenious Professional and Duplex locks, the Hoppe PAS 24 door handle, CFG TS 007 cylinders, Trojan Athena door hinges and letterplate cowls. For windows, PAS 24 compliant espags include the Kenrick Excalibur, MACO RAIL, Roto TSL, Siegenia Trident and Trojan Stallion 2, as well as friction stay hinge guards which protect against attack.
But this is just a small selection from our range which comprises over 7,000 product lines encompassing door and window hardware, ventilation, consumables and tools. Each and every product and its variants have been carefully selected to be of the highest quality and to ensure we support all hardware requirements and applications. Other manufacturer’s products that we supply include Cotswold Architectural, Greenwood, HOPPE, Kenrick, MACO, Siegenia, Strand and Trojan.