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  Intec meets Bowater
The doors range from Bowater by Birtley benefits from a decade of collaboration between the company and the manufacturer of high performance door hinges SFS Intec. More than ten years ago, Bowater Doors, which is now part of the Birtley Group, was producing over-rebated doors fitted with SFS’ Dynamic 2D hinge for heavy over- rebated doors. To extend its range to include composite flush doors it briefed SFS intec to develop a new hinge.
Nigel Wood, business development manager for hinges at SFS intec, says:“As a manufacturer of high-performance hinges, we were delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Bowater to develop a new hinge. We worked closely with Bowater's technical manager which included making several
 More than competent
As a nation, we are starting to move away from auto‐renewing insurance policies, in favour of finding new deals and better customer service.According to Certass, it’s no different for window installation companies, who are looking for a better service on competent person schemes (CPS).
MD at Certass, Jason Clemmit says: “Competent person schemes are an essential part of any installer’s remit. Self‐certifying installations is just part and parcel of the job for them, so that’s why at Certass, we make it as simple and straight forward as possible to transfer to a scheme with friendly, helpful support and technical teams.”
With schemes covering more than 2.5 million installed products, Certass claims to have one of the most comprehensive certification schemes in the industry. It can provide schemes for all aspects of installation work from windows to
PVC-U is still number one when it comes to installers’ businesses. That’s whyYorkshire manufacturer, Kingfisher Windows, offers the Optima window range, the next generation of PVC-U windows. “Optima is not just another white window,” says Deborah Beeley, sales and marketing manager at Kingfisher Windows. “With its superior look and performance, it’s what homeowners want.
“It has a slimline design and
comes in a huge choice of colours, it really takes PVC-U windows to the next level and these benefits are why we offer it in flush sash and sculptured as standard, on delivery from just 10 days.”
Optima is available in casement, French casement and tilt and turn. Its casement profile has a 6-chamber outer frame and 5- chamber inner frame. It has been tested to PAS 24 standards and has Secured by Design accreditation. ❐
  roofline. Clemmit says: “The switch to Certass begins with a simple online form and when the paperwork has been received, installers can register jobs within 48 hours. Completed jobs are certified as soon as the on‐site audit is signed off.
“Installers registered with Certass can take advantage of extra benefits, including low‐cost public liability and business insurance, and the Trust Mark Scheme. As an extra bonus, we are waiving joining fees for installers switching to Certass who register before 15 January 2018.
“Historically, certification bodies have run CPS without offering added value for installers, but that’s where we’re different. Our schemes are designed by tradespeople, for tradespeople, so we can be sure that we offer the best schemes, backed by helpful and friendly service.” ❐
   prototypes enabling us to run several tests to check hinge performance and ease of installation.”
Ian Glenister, door technical manager at Birtley Group says: "The new range of doors from Bowater by Birtley provides options for all budgets, all style of properties and all building requirements, but the thing they all have in common is quality.The doors aretailored to give end users the very best and hardware is an important part of the mix. ❐
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