The Locksmith Journal May/Jun 2018 - Issue 56 - Page 28

28 • INDUSTRYNEWS PROUD SPONSORS OF THIS PAGE NEW MIDLANDS BDM AT HOPPE (UK) HOPPE (UK) has appointed Rob Thomas as business development manager for the Midlands. » » WITH OVER 30 YEARS IN the door and architectural ironmongery industry, Rob has extensive experience in dealing with steel, timber and aluminium door sets. Rob also completed his Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Diploma and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Architectural Ironmonger (RegAI). As a fully qualified DipGAI, Rob will not only help HOPPE (UK) customers choose the right products but also give them technical advice, while making sure the project meets the relevant standards and regulations. Rob said: “After working in this industry for so many years, I’m excited to have the opportunity to provide a far better quality of product and service to our customers and ultimately the people who work, live, play and shop within the as-built environments we help create and sustain. HOPPE is market leader in the field of door and window hardware and it’s a pleasure to be working with such experienced ironmongery experts.” No excuses – fire safety has to be highest priority » » GRENFELL WAS ONE OF those traumatic moments that scar a generation, and ensures that, for better or for worse, things will never be the same again. Now we face a once-in- a-generation chance to drastically improve fire safety standards. It’s frighteningly common for manufacturers to fire test their door components separately, rather than testing the completely assembled door set. At West Port, we’ve come across manufacturers offering FD30 fire doors that fail in under 15 minutes. In a fire, seconds count – and that means every manufacturer has a moral responsibility to make their fire door products as good as they can possibly be. Subjected to rigorous testing by both Cambridge Fire Research and BRE, our own FD30 fire door managed to withstand temperatures in excess of 800°C for 42 minutes 7 seconds, or 40% longer. We’re also now able to offer an FD60 door. We want to encourage other manufacturers to follow suit – to dedicate themselves to producing fire safety products that offer the most outstanding fire safety performance, and give people the best possible chance of escaping fires unharmed. AIR AMBULANCE LIFTS OFF WITH HELP FROM ERA » » WOLVERHAMPTON-BASED ERA, THE home security expert, has chosen Midlands Air Ambulance Charity as its 2018 charity. Money will be raised throughout the year via a programme of activities. Darren Waters, CEO at ERA said, ”We are proud to support the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, which was voted for by our employees and look forward to helping them to continue to provide this essential, life-saving service. They receive no National Lottery or government funding so all the work they do is funded by corporate and public donations, so anything we can do to help means they can continue to save lives.” Jon Cottrell, corporate partnerships coordinator for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity said, ”We are responsible LOCKSMITHJOURNAL.CO.UK | MAY/JUN 2018 Sponsored by Insafe | | for funding and operating three air ambulances across six Midlands counties, namely Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. With over 2,000 missions per year, we are one of the busiest air ambulances in the UK. ”With each air ambulance mission costing £2,500 on average, and requiring a pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors as well as full life support medical equipment, we are extremely grateful for the generous support that we receive from organisations such as ERA, which is essential to our lifesaving operation.”