The Locksmith Journal May/Jun 2018 - Issue 56 - Page 22

22 • INDUSTRYNEWS PROUD SPONSORS OF THIS PAGE BRE SECURITY TESTING DAY » » ASSA ABLOY SECURITY DOORS, A UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has delivered a successful security testing day in partnership with BRE. Held at the Security Doors factory in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, the day saw a fantastic turn-out of security professionals who witnessed various methods of attack on both steel and timber doorsets. The event consisted of an overview of the LPS 1175 test standard, a comprehensive factory tour and a practical demonstration that showed the difference between certified and non-certified security doors. Ian Broadley, Business Development Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Doors said: “We hosted this event to help illustrate the difference between investing in a certificated product versus a product that may look similar visually, but can be compromised very easily when put to the test. “A test rig was set up at our factory, housing two steels doors and two timber doors. The BRE team used various methods of attack to demonstrate how they were able to defeat the doors that were not built to meet LPS 1175 test standards. “We received a great deal of positive feedback from attendees, which included security consultants, end users, police, and government personnel.” www.assaabloy.co.uk/SecurityDoors THE YEAR OF MILA: More praise for hardware giant » » GRANT THORNTON INDEPENDENTLY audited Mila’s entire supply chain, analysing everything from how it manages its inventory to how its warehouse and transport operations perform. The hardware specialist scored 2.7 out of 4; winning an ‘exceeding organisation’ rating from consultants Grant Thornton, and putting it alongside some of the UK’s biggest and most successful businesses. One of the areas which Grant Thornton singled out for praise was Mila’s handling of the Chinese New Year. The company’s demand planning team were tasked with ensuring that it had sufficient quantities of product in stock and it spent a record $8m on orders specifically to see it through the affected period. The company’s demand planning team were tasked with ensuring that it had sufficient quantities of product in stock and it spent a record $8m on orders specifically to see it through the affected period. Mila’s Managing Director Richard Gyde said: “I’m not sure many customers appreciate the scale or the complexity of our supply chain operation and that’s exactly how it should be. All that matters to them is that when they place an order with Mila, it arrives with them on time and in full, and we certainly pride ourselves on the fact that our customers can take our reliability for granted.” EAST MIDS RACKS UP £2BN OF UNPAID OVERTIME Workers in the East Midlands gave their employers £2.0 billion of free labour in 2017 by doing unpaid overtime, according to analysis of official statistics published by the Trades Union Congress. » » 23RD FEBRUARY MARKED THE TUC’s 14th annual ‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’; prior to this day, the average person doing unpaid overtime effectively worked the year so far for free. 353,097 people in the East Midlands put in an average of 7.6 hours a week in unpaid overtime during 2017. This averages £5,642 a year that each of those workers is losing out in pay. ‘get together with workmates and join a union’ TUC Regional Secretary for the East Midlands Lee Barron said: “We’re saying to workers, especially in the East LOCKSMITHJOURNAL.CO.UK | MAY/JUN 2018 Sponsored by Insafe | Loksafe.co.uk | Insafe.com Midlands, make sure you take a proper lunch break and go home on time. We’re asking managers to leave on time too. Good bosses know that a long-hours culture doesn’t get good results. And the best way to lead is by example. “Lots of us are willing to put in a bit of extra time, but if you’re worried about the culture where you work, get together with workmates and join a union.”