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Boosting the businessWhy make sacrifices?
Fire safety doesn’t have to come at the expense of value, security, thermal efficiency or style.
That’s the message from Rehau, as the company promotes its best-selling Agila fire door range to coincide with this year’s Fire Door Safety Week taking place from September 25th.
The Agila fire door, formerly known as the Rehau Rauferno, gives specifiers and installers the freedom to use PVC- U doors while fully complying with the latest fire regulations. Based on the design of the Rehau Total70 system, Agila fire doors are suitable for fire escape routes, entrance halls and deck access flats, and they can be used alongside Rehau’s fire rated windows.
Agila fire doors differ from standard PVC-U doors as they utilise fire
One of the UK’s leading architectural glass processors is set to increase production and boost sales, after moving to a new factory and investing in three specialist machines.
County Durham based PLG Glass has purchased a new glass toughening furnace, a vertical CNC station and glass washing machine with support of a £950,000 asset finance package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
Investing in the new machinery will enable the company to offer over-size glass processing and streamline its production processes resulting in improved productivity to reduce lead- time and drive sales growth.
Graeme Hawes, managing director at PLG Glass, says: “We’re celebrating our 40th birthday this year and it’s great to mark such a significant year with an investment that will help us to continue to grow and thrive.
“The new machinery will enable us to process larger sheets of glass, speed up production processes and continue to provide a high-quality service to our clients across a more diverse range of products.
“Investing in specialist machinery can be a substantial expense but Lloyds Bank provided us with a hire purchase and trade finance facility, which enabled us to execute the project without impacting our day-to-day cash flow.”
Lesley Williams, regional manager for Global Transaction Banking at Lloyds Bank, says: “The growth of PLG Glass has been phenomenal over the past three years, and moving to new premises with more efficient machinery will help the company to continue to capitalise on new opportunities.” ❐
Thermoseal Group has released new editions of both its trade and warm edge consumer videos.The adaptions of both videos reflect the international growth of the group and its series of high-profile awards whilst showcasing the benefits of highest performance warm edgespacersystemsThermobarandThermoflex.Thevideos,foruse throughout the supply chain, are available to watch on the Thermoseal Group website: with multilingual versions to follow.
“Since the initial release of our trade video and our ‘Warm Comfortable Homes’ consumer video we have seen further growth and development and now supply to 22 countries in five continents. We have also won several awards for our products, services and to recognise our international development”, says Samantha Hill, head of marketing and communications.
“As well as being announced as winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017, for the second year in a row Thermoseal Group has achieved component supplier of the year at the glass and glazing industry G-Awards as well as a number of local and national awards.” ❐
The Fabricator 2017
retardant glass and door panels and feature a graphite intumescent strip which expands with heat within the specially reinforced frame to create a 30-minute fire rating (complying with the requirements of BS476 FD30 Pts 20 and 22).
This gives at least 30 minutes of protection against a fire, giving sufficient time for an alarm to be raised, for occupants to seek a way to leave the at risk area and for the fire service to attend.
Like other Agila doors, Rehau fire doors have excellent thermal insulation properties, sound proofing, security options and they are low maintenance too. Rehau has recently gone into partnership with Yale to ensure its fire doors feature some of the most secure locking solutions on the market, including the YS170 lock and the Platinum 3 Star cylinder. ❐

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