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May 2016

Industry ‘rucks’ in in support of Indian rugby

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Sliders UK has donated funding to the Atlas Foundation to finance a pioneering schools programme, which promotes educational achievement in schools through rugby.

The Delhi Hurricanes School Rugby Development Programme – a team with close links to Sliders UK’s Operations Director, Alex Murphy – is built on a model first pioneered in the UK by the Atlas Foundation.

This promotes discipline and team working through the sport and has been shown to increase academic achievement in areas of social and economic deprivation here in the UK by 12 per cent.

Previously coached by former London Irish loose-head prop Murphy, the Delhi Hurricanes scheme works with 11 schools, including an all-girls school, drawn from across some of the most impoverished parts of the city.

The funding made available by Sliders UK with support from Duraflex, through the Atlas Foundation, will finance three full-time coaching posts.

Murphy will also return to India this summer as part of the programme having first formed links with the Delhi Hurricanes during his time as Business Head of Fenesta Building Systems. India’s largest PVC-U window manufacturer the company is part of the chemicals giant, DCM Shriram.

The Atlas Foundation provides a link between businesses looking to make a contribution as part of their CSR strategies and grassroots rugby worldwide as a funding organization.

The Atlas Foundation provides a link between businesses looking to make a contribution as part of their CSR strategies and grassroots rugby worldwide as a funding organization.

Alex said: “What is so incredible is how far a relatively small amount of money can go through this scheme and the contribution that it can make to so many people. For £3,000 we’re able to fund three full time coaches who are working with schools and children throughout Delhi.”

The Atlas foundation was set up by 114 England Cap loose head prop Jason Leonard, to provide a link between businesses looking to make a contribution as part of their CSR strategies and grassroots rugby worldwide as a funding organization.

It’s also developed a network of ‘Champions’ who work with projects around the world, providing leadership and support to development programmes.

Alex concluded: “On behalf of the Delhi Hurricanes, Atlas and those children who are benefitting, I’d like to say a big thank you to the industry for its generous support.”

Chairman of Sliders-UK, Ian Longbottom said: “This is a fantastic project making a real difference which is hugely appreciated. Sliders are delighted to participate and through Alex Murphy to be closely involved.”

*The Delhi Hurricanes Schools Development Programme is currently calling for donations of kit including boots, gum shields and secondhand mini and junior kits. If you are able to help or know someone who can, please get in touch with Alex Murphy who can be contacted on 01772 698222 or email alex@sliders-uk.com.

 

For more information on the Atlas Foundation please visit www.theatlasfoundation.org.uk.

For more information on Sliders UK please email sales@sliders-uk.com

Bi-fold door supply ‘re-Imagined’

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Sliders UK added the Veka Imagine to its bi-folding door range last month, part of a strategy to become ‘the go to’ single source door supplier.

Sliders UK has expanded its product offer significantly in the first half of this year. Adding the Premiline Pro inline Sliding Door from Kömmerling, with its PAS24:2012 Part Q and Part M, accredited patented interlock shootbolt system in January, it has now brought a second PVC-U bifold system – the Imagine from Veka – on board.

This is alongside aluminium offers from ALUK, the Eurocell Ultimate Aspect bi-folding door, plus longstanding offers from Duraflex and its recently relaunched composite door range.

“We believe that there are lots of benefits to single source supply of doors”, says Steve Mines, Sales Director, Sliders UK. He continues: “That extends to installers but also other fabricators who might not be doing the volume on sliding and bi-folding doors to justify a dedicated line.

“It’s about offering choice – working with the systems and products that maximize market opportunities for installers and which are also good to fit. The Imagine bi-folding door sits very much within this strategy.”

The fully suited Veka Imagine system (the Ultimate Imagine bi-folding door in its Sliders UK form) is available in 19 different panel configurations to a maximum of seven sashes, closing apertures of up to 6000mm wide and up to 2400mm height. The maximum sash width is 1000mm, while doors can be set to open inward or outward.

Featuring custom designed hardware from ERA, the PAS24:2012 accredited Veka Imagine from Sliders UK also delivers top U-values of up to 0.94W/m2k and an indicative DSER rating of A+13.

“These are important features in a fairly competitive market place”, continues Mines, “you have to be able to deliver on security and energy efficiency and this door does both and more.

“But for me, the other key benefit it delivers are the aesthetics. It’s a very good looking system and that’s something, which puts distance between it and the PVC-U bi-folds that came before it.”

This, in common with the wider gargantuan leap in PVC-U aesthetics, is in part down to finish – the system comes in a choice of 18 foiled options. But in its availability in a choice of bevelled or sculptured sashes and beads, the 70mm Ultimate Imagine also delivers significant flexibility to match to multiple systems and properties.

Hinges are also fully adjustable and again come in a choice of white or black, while adjustable locks shootbolts and bi-directional hook locks, also provide additional security and compression.

 

Featuring custom designed hardware from ERA, the PAS24:2012 accredited Veka Imagine from Sliders UK also delivers top U-values of up to 0.94W/m2k and an indicative DSER rating of A+13 .

Featuring custom designed hardware from ERA, the PAS24:2012 accredited Veka Imagine from Sliders UK also delivers top U-values of up to 0.94W/m2k and an indicative DSER rating of A+13 .

 

Ultimate Imagine:

  • Slimline 70mm energy efficient PVC-U system
  • 19 different panel configurations to a maximum of seven sashes
  • Can span up to 6000mm wide and up to 2400mm height. The maximum sash width is 1000mm
  • Available in 18 foiled finishes
  • Choice of beveled or sculptured sashes and beads.
  • Doors can be set to open inward or outward
  • Custom designed hardware from ERA
  • PAS24:2012 accredited with SBD option
  • U-values as low as 0.94W/m2k and an indicative DSER rating of A+13 *indicative testing by Veka

 

This focus on performance and aesthetics is also evident in the Ultimate Aspect bi-fold door. Manufactured in a two to seven panel configuration and with multi-point locking, anti-jemmy pins, SBD and PAS24, low threshold options its USP is that 90 per cent of the glazed screen can be opened – that’s on a PVC-U bi-fold door.

Mines argues that this is reflective of a wider ‘evolution’. He says: “If you look at what’s happening in the market there’s been a real evolution of PVC-U bi-fold offers and the Ultimate Aspect and Ultimate Imagine epitomize that.”

This is born out in industry research. According to D&G Consulting, the window industry may have so far underestimated the market potential of PVC-U as a material for bi-fold manufacture.

The authors of the UK Annual PVC Window Door & Conservatory Industry Market Report, predict that bi-fold door sales will top 30,000 per year by the end of 2016 and 40,000 per year by 2018 – with PVC-U bifolds accounting for 39 per cent of total volume.

Mines continues: “We obviously manufacture aluminium and PVC-U systems and both have a place in the market in part defined by preference and in part by affordability.

“Certainly new generation PVC-U bi-folding and for that matter inline sliding doors, increase the competitiveness of PVC-U systems with far better performance and improved sightlines.”

He concludes: ‘What we offer is an opportunity for installers and fabricators to hedge their bets.  As installers, they can fulfil orders regardless of end-user preference. As fabricators buying-in, they get similar flexibility without disrupting core activity or tying up or risking capital in dedicated lines.

‘But what is unquestionably exciting is the new generation of products now coming on line and the opportunities that they are creating, particularly in the second time replacement market.”

For more information contact sales@sliders-uk.com

Coming of Age

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Sliders UK has recently added the Veka Imagine to its bi-folding door range, part of a new and rapidly expanding PVC-U bi-fold offer.

“At an industry-wide level, we have seen the launch of two or three very accomplished PVC-U bi-fold door systems. These have redefined the potential of PVC-U as a material type in retail but also commercial markets”, says Steve Mines, Sales Director Sliders UK.

He continues: “As a specialist door fabricator we’re working with leading PVC-U systems companies to bring those products to market alongside established aluminium systems. The point is that the gap between aluminium and PVC-U bifold systems is closing.”

Sliders UK’s growth – it reported that it was 30 per cent up year on year Q1 2016 – has gone hand-in-hand with product development. The niche manufacturer became the first company to fabricate a Secured by Design accredited inline sliding door in 2008, adding PVC-U and aluminium bi-fold doors to its staple product range in 2009.

It followed this up in 2011 with its manufacture of the ALUK aluminium bi-folding door offer – the first aluminium bifold to be accredited with SBD status. “It’s one of the reasons why we opted to bring the Veka Imagine on board”, continues Mines.

“It can be manufactured to an SBD and PAS24:2012 standard and so there’s a natural fit with our Ultimate Range of SBD accredited aluminium and PVC-U inline sliding, bi-folding and composite door ranges.

“But it’s also a product which delivers some very strong sightlines and technical innovations and in doing it at the price-point of PVC-U, rather than aluminium, we believe that it generates distinct opportunities for installers.”

According to research agency D&G Consulting, the window industry may have so far underestimated the market potential of PVC-U as a material for bi-fold manufacture.

The authors of the UK Annual PVC Window Door & Conservatory Industry Market Report, predict that bi-fold door sales will top 30,000 per year by the end of 2016 and 40,000 per year by 2018.

‘We forecast that volumes of bi-fold doors will continue to increase in volume and by 2018 PVC bifold doors will represent 39% of the total volume of PVC sliding patio and bifold doors – this despite considerable competition from timber and aluminium products. . . [The question is] . . . can and will PVC bifold doors take volume from the other materials?’ . . . they continue.    

The launch of the Veka Imagine, gives Sliders UK a second PVC-U bi-fold system in addition to its established Eurocell Ultimate Aspect PVC-U offer. With lead times of just two weeks, Mines argues, that the combined offer puts Sliders UK and as a consequence its customers, in a unique position.

He says: “We’ll leave detailed market forecasts to the experts but what’s clear is that predictions for PVC-U products are promising. What’s yet to be seen is, if they will and if so how much, market share will they take from other material types.

“From our perspective because we offer PVC-U and aluminium bi-folds, regardless of where demand comes from, we can support our customers in meeting it. From a retail sales perspective you’re keeping the door open. If aluminium is too much, you’re giving the home owner an alternative.”

The fully suited Veka Imagine system is available in 19 different panel configurations to a maximum of seven sashes, closing apertures of up to 6000mm wide and up to 2400mm height. The maximum sash width is 1000mm, while doors can be set to open inward or outward.

Featuring custom designed hardware from ERA, the PAS24:2012 accredited Veka Imagine from Sliders UK also delivers top U-values of up to 0.94W/m2k and an indicative DSER rating of A+13 .

Available in 18 foiled finishes the 70mm system is also available in a choice of beveled or sculptured sashes and beads. “This for me is another key differential in new generation bi-fold doors” continues Mines.

“The massively improved aesthetics from sculptured and beveled systems like the Ultimate Imagine, to the contemporary and flush finish of the Ultimate Aspect bi-fold combined with foils – it’s really delivered a step-change in end user appeal of PVC-U products.”

The Ultimate Imagine also features other technical benefits. Hinges are fully adjustable and again come in a choice of white or black, while adjustable locks shootbolts and bi-directional hook locks, also provide additional security and compression.

Featuring custom designed hardware from ERA, the PAS24:2012 accredited Veka Imagine from Sliders UK also delivers top U-values of up to 0.94W/m2k and an indicative DSER rating of A+13 .

Featuring custom designed hardware from ERA, the PAS24:2012 accredited Veka Imagine from Sliders UK also delivers top U-values of up to 0.94W/m2k and an indicative DSER rating of A+13 .

“What we’re seeing is new generation PVC-U products become more capable, deliver better aesthetics and become easier to fit”, says Mines. It’s not just the Imagine but is also evident in the Ultimate Aspect bifold.

“90 per cent of the glazed screen can be opened, the system can be manufactured in a two to seven panel configuration, multi-point locking, anti-jemmy pins, SBD and PAS24, low threshold options – it’s all there in a PVC-U door.

“It’s this innovation which is narrowing the gap between the performance of PVC-U and aluminium. The Ultimate Aspect and Ultimate Imagine doors are examples of how far PVC-U products have evolved and the aesthetic that they can deliver.

“As a specialist manufacturer I think it’s where the real value of our offer kicks in, because it gives our customers access to multiple aluminium and PVC-U systems from a single point of supply and on a single delivery.

“Predicting exactly where the market will go is difficult but the point is you always need to maximize return on each and every opportunity, which is what we’re geared up to supporting our customers in doing.”

For more information contact sales@sliders-uk.com