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20 YEARS IN FOLDING SLIDING DOOR MARKET PROVIDES REAL-LIFE SECURITY ASSURANCE


SIEGENIA-AUBI is offering fabricators and installers valuable assurance regarding folding-sliding (FS) or bi-fold door hardware as it marks 20 years of supplying its FS Portal to the UK market.


When it introduced FS Portal in the early 1990s, SIEGENIA-AUBI opened up a profitable new market for fabricators with a premium product. But two decades on, the company remains frustrated by the slow progress in establishing a formal PAS-024 enhanced security test – and approved standard – for folding sliding doors and concerned by the approaches that some in the industry are adopting as an interim solution.


SIEGENIA-AUBI’s national sales manager Alastair Wheeler says: “Whilst


PAS-023 and PAS-024 have existed for many years to offer independent evidence of an entrance door or French door-set’s capability to withstand simulated attacks, customers installing folding sliding doors have not had the same assurance.


“Fabricators using FS Portal do have the benefit of knowing that their folding-sliding hardware has been continuously improved over its 20 years in the market – and this is extremely important in filling the standards void. But


despite the meteoric rise in the popularity of folding sliding doors in recent years in the retail and newbuild markets, testing standards are still lagging well behind.


"What we’re seeing in the market currently is challenging the credibility of FS doors and potentially damaging for fabricators and installers. We still don’t have an enhanced security standard for FS doors – yet some suppliers are claiming their doors have passed PAS-024 testing, despite there being no BS PAS-024 test for FS doors, it is a totally different product. SIEGENIA-AUBI is one of only a handful of hardware companies that are genuinely innovating, with others instead choosing to discredit the existing products which has shown its pedigree and credibility for many years.


“Until the introduction of EN 1627, the industry must be careful how it makes claims about folding-sliding door security.


It’s worth remembering that


PAS 024 is not the test standard for a folding-sliding door so it is vital that installers and end-users scrutinise any enhance security claims to make sure they have some validity.”


“SIEGENIA-AUBI is in a privileged position in having 20 years market experience under its belt. It means we can give fabricators, architects and specifiers the ‘real-life’ assurance that FS Portal is the high performance, precision engineered hardware we claim it is – and successfully achieving the structural integrity, safety and attack resistance that you’d expect.”


SIEGENIA-AUBI’s FS Portal is one of the most widely used hardware


solutions in the UK folding sliding doors market. With its security hinge option and proven performance characteristics which accommodates doors sashes weighing up to 80kg, FS Portal provides timber, PVC-U, aluminium and composite system door fabricators the scope to create operationally smooth, reliable, safe and secure folding sliding door installations with up to seven sashes.


For more information on SIEGENIA-AUBI and its FS Portal range, visit www.siegenia-aubi.co.uk or call 02476 622000.


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