SmartSecure’s Sales Success

Carl F Groupco celebrates year on year sales growth for SmartSecure. Photograph shows Managing Director John Crittenden.

Carl F Groupco celebrates year on year sales growth for SmartSecure.
Photograph shows Managing Director John Crittenden.

Since launching SmartSecure in 2016, Carl F Groupco reports sales revenue increases of just under 90% year on year for its electronic door locking and access control brand.

The company advises that early adopters of its innovative Smart technology include the fabrication market and Housing Associations who recognise benefits across different access control applications, the sophistication of the technology and its simplicity of configuration that enables easy integration.

Commenting on the early growth of the SmartSecure brand, Carl F Groupco’s Managing Director John Crittenden said:

“In just two years since the launch of SmartSecure, we have seen a significant shift in perception of electronic locking and Smart access control. As we adopt Smart Technology in other areas of our homes with lights, heating and cameras, Smart door locks are becoming increasingly accessible.”

As a forerunner of the Smart locking and access control evolution in the UK’s hardware market, Carl F Groupco has continued to invest heavily in SmartSecure including designing a dedicated showroom.  And, in addition to solutions based on FUHR’s fully motorised multipoint lock with automatic locking, the range was increased earlier this year to include Yale’s Conexis L1 retro-fit Smart keyless locking handle.

Carl F Groupco advises that the SmartSecure brand is set to continue to be one of the significant differentiators for the company’s hardware supply service, enabling the business to offer high-end technology as part of tailored solutions.

 

 

For more details on the FUHR multitronic 881 lock from SmartSecure, please click here.

 

For more information about our different access control options, please click here.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

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New Carl F direct Website

An enhanced Web site for Carl F direct can be accessed on a range of devices.

An enhanced Web site for Carl F direct can be accessed on a range of devices.

An enhanced, mobile friendly Web site for Carl F direct offers rapid product search functionality and customer access to detailed account information. The on-line shop, which is part of the Carl F Groupco organisation, features over 1,500 professional on-site tools and accessories for the glazing sector and other building industries. The Web based service includes hand/power tools, measuring/maintenance products, health & safety equipment, clothing/footwear and ladders.

Launched in 2007, Carl F direct has attracted many major brands including Apache, DeWalt, Glazpart, Rapierstar and Wera. Designed to offer an alternative to trade counters, and targeted specifically at industry users, Carl F direct provides an extensive range of products and ancillary items such as workwear. The service provides competitive pricing, regular offers and next day delivery for stocked items.

The upgraded, product focussed Web design enables users to filter their search easily and quickly by price, size, manufacturer, colour or type. After registration on the new site, customers are provided with comprehensive account data enabling access to their order history. Other feature enhancements to the Carl F direct Web site include the ability to view availability and product details plus adding to a wish list, downloading product information and sharing on social sites.

 

Carl F direct: Professional Tools for the Professional

To view the website or browse the Carl F direct range, visit: www.carlfdirect.co.uk

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
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Carl F Groupco Hardware Supports Liniar Launch

Carl F Groupco has been selected as a hardware supplier for Liniar’s new range of reversible windows, available exclusively to fabricators from summer 2018. The established PN by Roto Uni Hinge and Roto TSL Espagnolette fitting options will be sold directly to customers by the hardware distributor. As part of its work promoting fittings to systems companies, Carl F Groupco’s PN-Roto technical team liaised with Liniar providing hardware advice and development input.

Key reasons for Liniar selecting Carl F Groupco as one of the hardware suppliers for the window are PN-Roto’s proven track record and design features that are compatible with the requirements of the new range. The Liniar team was also impressed by Carl F Groupco’s knowledge of PN-Roto, the company’s professionalism and its technical expertise.

The new Liniar window, with moving pane that rotates through a full 180° cycle for easy cleaning inside the property, is ideally suited to high-rise applications. The design, developed by Liniar’s in-house experts, results in a flush sash appearance both inside and out.  Patented features including Liniar’s co-extruded bubble gasket, thermal dam and glazing flipper ensure draught-free installation with high thermal efficiency. The PN-Roto hinge and Roto TSL espag supplied by Carl F Groupco complement the slimline design aesthetics of the new window range.

The new window with Roto PN hinge and TSL espagnolette achieved full accreditation, including PAS 24, in May 2018. Hardware certification includes Grade 5 for the hinge on a salt spray accelerated corrosion test and a 10 year guarantee.

A strong relationship with PN and Carl F Groupco dates back to 2001. This partnership continued following the acquisition of PN by Roto in 2016 and today, the Carl F Groupco name is synonymous with PN by Roto in the hardware distribution sector. The full PN-Roto range is available from Carl F Groupco.

 

For more information about our PN-Roto range, click here.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

Predictions January 2018

John Crittenden, Managing Director, Carl F Groupco

John Crittenden, Managing Director of Carl F Groupco reports the company is set to continue to support all hardware requirements and expand the sales base for SmartSecure.

An article written for Clearview, January 2018.

2017 was a significant year for SmartSecure, our electronic locking and access control brand. At the forefront of Smart Tech, the brand will continue to differentiate our hardware supply service enabling us to offer all important high-end technology as part of tailored solutions.

We are set to continue to expand SmartSecure’s sales base with continued contract wins. Early interest that has converted to sales has come from across the fabrication market and Housing Associations, who recognise benefits across different access control applications and simplicity of configuration for ease of integration.

And, from our range of over 7,000 products, we will continue to cater for all hardware requirements, including the growing added-value market e.g. aluminium.

As we face the implications of post Brexit trading, we are working hard to minimise impact on our customers and will continue to do what we do best, namely service, delivery, partnerships and accessible technical support.

 

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

Carl F Groupco & FUHR mark 55 year partnership

A 55 year partnership is celebrated by hardware distributor Carl F Groupco and renowned German lock manufacturer, FUHR. The company, then Groupco, was the original distributor of FUHR products in the UK and, after significant growth, Carl F Groupco is now FUHR’s largest single customer worldwide.

A landmark anniversary of a partnership dating back to 1962 is celebrated by hardware distributor Carl F Groupco and renowned German lock manufacturer, FUHR.

A landmark anniversary of a partnership dating back to 1962 is celebrated by
hardware distributor Carl F Groupco and renowned German lock manufacturer, FUHR.

The collaboration between the two companies dates back to 1962 and, from the earliest days, FUHR’s extensive range of locking solutions have been flagship lines in the Carl F Groupco catalogue. Six FUHR products are currently featured in Carl F Groupco’s top 10 best seller list: the biggest selling line overall is the FUHR 856 Type 3 door lock.

Endorsing the partnership, FUHR’s Managing Director and owner, Andreas Fuhr said:

“We value our relationship with Carl F Groupco extremely highly. The strength of the partnership comes from our shared values and history – we look forward to continuing to work with the team to supply our traditional markets and expand into new sectors such as Smart Tech.”

Carl F Groupco’s Managing Director John Crittenden expanded on the significance of the relationship:

“We have grown with FUHR to increase our offer from standard mechanical locks to the fully motorised 881 multipoint lock. FUHR is an important partner to us for a number of reasons including product quality, innovation and service commitment. Support also plays a key role and training is extensive – our entire sales team has visited FUHR’s German headquarters to gain a deep understanding of product features, benefits and how to make a lock.”

An extensive range of FUHR products is offered by Carl F Groupco including hardware that caters for all major aluminium systems. The FUHR multitronic fully motorised multipoint lock plays a pivotal role in Carl F Groupco’s pioneering SmartSecure electronic door locking and Smart access control brand.

 

Take a look at our product pages, here, to view our FUHR products.

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

Carl F Groupco’s hands on hardware

Julie Warner demonstrates the Roto / PN System 700 launched to the UK at the FIT Show by Carl F Groupco.

Julie Warner demonstrates the Roto / PN System 700 launched to the UK at the FIT Show by Carl F Groupco.

An article written for Window News, July 2017.

Exhibiting on its largest ever purpose built stand, a wide range of hands-on hardware displays were by presented by Carl F Groupco at this year’s FIT Show. Centre stage was SmartSecure – Carl F Groupco’s electronic locking and smart access control solutions: launched at last year’s exhibition, the company celebrated the first anniversary of the brand and its success becoming established as a smart hardware hub.

Managing Director John Crittenden was pleased to meet Window News to present a display which distilled the company’s range of over 7,000 product lines and highlight a handy hardware selector tool that has been developed in-house – watch this space for a new app based on the selector.

Regarding SmartSecure, first year achievements have included developing a fully equipped showroom at the company’s UK distribution centre in Peterborough which presents solutions in a range of installations. Carl F Groupco has also established a permanent SmartSecure display at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) and supplied doors for a number of customers’ demonstration showrooms.

Not Just a Lock in a Box

Commenting on the interest in Smart Tech, John explained:

“Attitudes are changing. The UK market is starting to put value on locking and control technology. What we are doing here is selling solutions…..this is not just a lock in a box and it isn’t a gadget. The real value comes from ease of access and the ability to check remotely that people are secure. This technology is of huge support, and interest, to the care sector, and this is where we are experiencing early attention that is converting to sales.  With the likes of British Gas heavily promoting its HIVE system, there is growing awareness of the capabilities of smart home technology.

“Electronic locking and smart access control are no longer visionary technologies, they are a practical reality. This market is huge: it represents over 20% of FUHR’s business and we are just starting to tap into its application potential. Italy and Germany are the biggest markets, with the UK and Holland following as major growth sectors.

“We recognise the importance of providing a full range of solutions with comprehensive support. We have never been just ‘box shifters’, we have always backed our product ranges with full technical service and this philosophy has never been more important than in our support for the electronic evolution.”

System 700 Show Launch

Aside from SmartSecure, there was plenty to talk about regarding Carl F Groupco’s mainstay hardware range that is the backbone of the company’s offer. As sole distributor of PN hardware by Roto in the UK, the new System 700 range for reversible windows was revealed. The fully reversible system features a slimmer hinge that works on a 7mm groove. With consistent aesthetics across all window types, widespread appeal is predicted including the new build housing market. Expanding on the product launch, John said:

“Reversible windows are an established market dating back over twenty-five years. What we have with the System 700 is an upgraded version of the PN UNI product that retains the trademark durability and functionality while advancing the range making it easier to fit. The latest product in the PN by Roto series is ideal for timber fabricators and systems companies looking to complement their flush casement window range.”

There was a real buzz on the Carl F Groupco stand with staff kept busy demonstrating products. The comprehensive selection of hardware on display also included Cotswold, Greenwood, Hoppe, Ingenious, Kenrick, MACO, Siegenia and Trojan products.

 

For more details on the FUHR multitronic 881 lock from SmartSecure, please click here.

For more information about the System 700 reversible gearing, click here.

Carl F Groupco Limited: Tel: 01733 393330
For more information, contact sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk
Follow Carl F Groupco on Twitter using the handles @Carl_F_Groupco and @_SmartSecure.

Bumper Carl F Groupco catalogue is biggest to date

A new 248 page full colour catalogue from hardware supplier Carl F Groupco featuring over 7,000 product lines confirms the company’s position as a leading distributor in the UK’s fenestration sector. The bumper edition is a must have industry compendium of door & window fittings, ventilation solutions and tools for aluminium, composite, PVCu and timber profile systems.
The hard back catalogue, which is a major publishing achievement for the company, is designed to be a hardware “bible” providing a one-stop source for practical, innovative and high quality components.  An impressive 65 additional new product pages have been incorporated into the reference document including a dedicated section for SmartSecure – the new smart locking and access control brand launched in 2016 that is set to lead the door hardware electronic evolution.

Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Assistant Rebecca Haynes (left) and  Marketing Manager Clare Crockett launch the company’s  new hardware catalogue

Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Assistant Rebecca Haynes (left) and
Marketing Manager Clare Crockett launch the company’s new hardware catalogue

Commenting on the new directory, Carl F Groupco’s Marketing Manager, Clare Crockett said:
“Production of this catalogue has been a major undertaking and considerable resource was drawn on, including canvassing the input of twenty leading hardware manufacturers.
“The catalogue is representative of the scale of our range. It showcases the scope of our product portfolio, the depth of our knowledge and the excellent relationships we have built with Europe’s most innovative manufacturers – we work with these companies, and our customers, to ensure that current market trends are represented and demands for high quality are met.
“The range, which has been crafted to deliver the most comprehensive collection of hardware in the industry, is tested and accredited to the latest British Standards to ensure security, durability and functionality.”
Supporting production of the new catalogue, and the company’s customer service focus, next day delivery of all stocked hardware remains a key objective for Carl F Groupco. To ensure orders are fulfilled on time, in full and delivered to customers the next working day, two distribution centres are operated in Peterborough and Cumbernauld.
For a copy of the new catalogue, contact Carl F Groupco’s Sales Office on sales@carlfgroupco.co.uk, call 01733 393330 or request a copy online at here.