Carl F Groupco, one of the UK’s largest and most proactive hardware distributors when it comes to service and product development, reports on innovations that show the market is continuing to receive investment from manufacturers to the benefit of its customers.
This is Ingenious
The new Ingenious multi-point lock Professional range is a recent addition to the company’s extensive catalogue. Not only is the product inherently exciting as it opens up new opportunities for the distributor, the choice of Carl F Groupco to be one of the launch partners for distribution is a significant reinforcement of the company’s position as a major player in the fittings industry. The Professional dual spindle door lock series, which features three hooks, two rollers, latch and serrations, provides exceptional value for money and innovative engineering.
Also available from Carl F Groupco is the pioneering Duplex series manufactured by Ingenious. Both the Duplex and Professional ranges feature an ergonomically designed hold back snib on the face place to prevent accidental lock outs. All Ingenious multi-point locks have adaptive compression rollers, which engage before the locking points for smooth operation, and unique slider technology ensures a long product life. The Ingenious door locks are available from Carl F Groupco to suit standard residential doors for PVCu, French master and slave applications, plus options for composite and timber doors. And, with five hooks, additional security is afforded by the Duplex.
The appeal of aluminium and timber
A number of initiatives and advancements in the window industry are currently centring on aluminium and timber – growth is such that Carl F Groupco has a dedicated unit that supports these markets headed by Business Development Director, Norman Berrill.
Key factors that are influencing growth in demand for aluminium include stylish design lines, aesthetic appeal and durability. Timber has a similar design appeal and its popularity is reinforced by a trend toward natural, renewable construction materials. As a result, Carl F Groupco observes that leading manufacturers are spearheading some pioneering hardware solutions for these materials.
Norman Berrill provides details of the aluminium hardware that is offered by the company:
“Siegenia is a significant supplier to Carl F Groupco. Via this partnership, the ALU 4200 and ALU axxent tilt and turn ranges are featured in our portfolio – innovative design features have been incorporated in these ranges to ease fabrication and installation specifically for aluminium windows.
“Continuing our review of top league players is Peder Nielsen (PN) whose gearing products provide maximum flexibility: the hardware can be used on simple side hung, projecting side / top hung, fully reversible side swing or top swing windows. Carl F Groupco has a long, established working relationship with PN which enables us to offer valuable advice and technical support to our customers.
“Strand Hardware is another prominent line and products such as Highline Gearing for remote access windows are ideally suited to the aluminium and commercial markets.
“Historically, we have supported PVCu customers with Cotswold products. Fittings are also available which particularly suit aluminium fabricators’ requirements for commercial installations, such as the heavy duty Parallel Stay: this provides natural ventilation and can be connected to building management systems as part of automated climate control solutions.
“No report on Carl F Groupco’s manufacturing partners is complete without reference to FUHR. We worked with FUHR previously via both Carl F and Groupco, so our partnership relationship is deeply rooted. A FUHR product ideally suited for aluminium applications is the 881 multipoint electromechanical lock which provides the home owner with a remote control key: the access device is simple to use and activated to unlock and open the door. The door automatically locks on closing requiring only a key or thumb turn cylinder to deadlock. There are many access options which can be incorporated into the FUHR 881 system including finger print or iris recognition, key card and motion sensor – most components that can remotely unlock a door can be fitted and, as an additional safety measure, a panic function in the event of a power cut will release all locking points from the inside.”
Carl F Groupco reports that the highlights summarised in this article are just a few of the wide ranging, innovative hardware lines offered by the company. With an extensive catalogue that is continually evolving, backed by comprehensive technical support, the company ensures that both pioneering products and industry main-stays are provided.