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The recent news that some fire doors are being replaced because of uncertainties about their performance capabilities should be a wake-up call for the industry to pay far greater attention to the testing, standards and quality of finished products and the components that go into them.

The outstanding range of profile systems, hardware options and machinery available today should make it easy to create high quality, technically superior windows and doors which customers will love. But what stands in the way of getting the maximum return from these constituent parts?

Andy Holland, technical marketing manager at Rapierstar, explains how product innovation, combined with valuable customer service lessons from the PVC-U sector, have been at the heart of aluminium’s transformation from a material that looked unlikely to cope with the demands of the modern world, to one that’s at the pinnacle of the market.

The specification market is characterised by the stricter demands of architects and social housing landlords who often seek windows and doors which offer enhanced security, optimum safety and robust warranties for long term assurance. But in the pursuit of achieving a strong, secure window, remember that it will only be as strong as its weakest component – and that could be the fastener.

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