Carl F Groupco and Ingenious promote new partnership

A partnership between distributor Carl F Groupco and hardware manufacturer Ingenious has been reinforced following support from the fittings supply organisation for the innovative new Professional and Duplex door lock ranges.

Commenting on the significance of the partnership, Ingenious MD Nigel Hutchinson said:

“We love the brand, the customer experience and the focus that Carl F Groupco brings to customer service:  it’s a great fit for both organisations. Ingenious is delighted to be working with Carl F Groupco, who are supporting and stocking the full range of our high security multipoint locks and accessories, all of which are available ex stock for next day delivery.”

Carl F Groupco’s Managing Director John Crittenden confirmed the importance of the addition to the company’s hardware range:

“From the outset, the locks manufactured by Ingenious have provided our customers with a full range of options for PVC, timber and composite doors. Although the Professional and Duplex lines are new innovations, the track record of the staff employed by Ingenious for developing successful, quality door lock solutions gave us the peace of mind that this range would be nothing short of impressive. We have not been disappointed.

“The stand out product has to be the Duplex door lock, which has been extremely popular with timber fabricators: the double hook feature, which is fully tested, is a real selling point – it also offers home owners a visually secure solution.”

The reliability of door locks was an important element of Carl F Groupco’s discussions with Ingenious.  A key brand value is offering trusted, durable products that can be delivered next day, in full.  The companies also have strong synergies regarding technical support and Carl F Groupco staff receive in-depth product training. The expert team at Ingenious is also on hand to provide a rapid response if required for customer enquiries.

Visit www.carlfgroupco.co.uk for more information on the Ingenious door lock range.

Nigel Hutchinson and John Crittenden PR Low

Keeps Locks in Stock

With a hardware supply track record of over fifty years, Carl F Groupco has a long standing history supplying the UK’s window and door industry. Locking systems have been at the heart of the organisation’s offer through its five decades of service.

In this article for The Fabricator, the company highlights the importance of a three-pronged approach to supporting customers for their locking technology – first, a comprehensive range of appropriate locks needs to be identified second, partner relationships need to be developed with manufacturers to stock these products and third, comprehensive technical support should be offered to provide essential advice.

Key Categories

With regard to the categories of door locks considered essential to be featured in its catalogue, Carl F Groupco sub-divides its products into devices catering for standard residential; timber & composite; stable; French; bi-fold; patio; electronic and emergency escape applications. Strong partnerships with leading manufacturers are maintained to ensure that industry leading product lines are stocked to provide a rapid supply service for each product category. Door lock manufacturers represented by Carl F Groupco include FUHR, Ingenious, Kenrick and MACO.

Pre-selection of partners plays a key role in maintaining the company’s high quality standards: all manufacturer suppliers to Carl F Groupco have demonstrated product durability, extensive safety & security features and appropriate customer guarantees to offer reassurance regarding performance.

Taking the example of standard, residential door locks, a flagship Carl F Groupco line is the FUHR 856 Type 3 PAS 24 and Secured by Design lever operated door lock for single hinged residential doors.  Renowned for their ease of use, reliability and durability, FUHR MultiSafe, multi-point door locks featuring profile specific keeps ensure secure fastening to the outer frame. Where security is a greater concern on main residential doors, the FUHR 856 Type 3 product, with two hook bolts and two roller cams, is recommended.

With regards to timber & composite locks, the new Ingenious multi-point lock Professional and Duplex ranges are taking centre stage at Carl F Groupco.  Based on the company’s expertise in locking solutions, established credentials and focus on customer support, Carl F Groupco was selected to be one of the launch partners for product distribution for this pioneering new range. The Duplex dual spindle door lock series from Ingenious is particularly inventive which features five hooks, two rollers, latch and serrations to allow the addition of shootbolts as required. The Ingenious door locks are available to suit standard residential doors for PVCu, French master and slave applications, plus options for composite and timber doors which feature no rollers and rounded end faceplates.

Ingenious Door Lock from CFG

Turning to Carl F Groupco’s innovative fully electronic solution for door locks, the FUHR 881 is a product that provides state-of-the-art Smart functionality. A dual motor feature facilitates unlocking as well as engagement of all locking points, including deadbolts, when a door is shut.Engagement is more reliable than alternative lock options with a force of 400N ensuring the locking points close securely and, for users seeking additional safety assurances, an optional panic function allows egress.

Specialist door lock technology solutions are also included in the MACO range. Multipoint solutions for heritage door designs are catered for with the Colonial door lock; automatic and electronic locking is supported with Z-TA door locks and options extend to devices for flood doors: these products are available from Carl F Groupco in addition to the standard MACO C-TS range for residential doors.

Service Sells

Carl F Groupco emphasises that it is essential to go beyond a well-stocked catalogue offering best products at best prices: service is key to differentiation. Service does not simply mean a dedicated field sales representative, internal staff are fully trained to provide both technical support and accurate order updates. And commitment to service is second to none, with the entire company taking responsibility for shipments delivered on time and in full.