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Regulars<br />

NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Apollo <strong>Blinds</strong> win franchise award<br />

NEW PRODUCTS . . . . . . . . . . . . 68-78<br />

Softcell has a wide range of fabrics available<br />

Features and articles<br />

MARKETING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-14<br />

How to make your sales team succeed<br />

MOTORISATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-24<br />

Coulisse has a range of motors for all types of blinds<br />

AWNINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-40<br />

A guide on how to keep cool<br />

CASE STUDY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-43<br />

How blinds can create greater flexibility<br />

FABRICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50<br />

Responsible production means an environmentally friendly<br />

blind<br />

From the editor<br />

<strong>Issue</strong> FOUR <strong>2021</strong><br />

As we roll into autumn it would be<br />

interesting to find out if the blinds<br />

industry is being affected by the lack<br />

of lorry drivers and staff in general.<br />

Hopefully this a short term issue, but<br />

there is also the knock on effect of<br />

inflation in all sectors of the economy,<br />

which is something we do not need<br />

as we continue to manage the<br />

pandemic and the consequences that<br />

it has had on our lives.<br />

I have also noticed that a number<br />

of shows in the industry are set to<br />

take place in the coming months,<br />

another sign that we are getting back<br />

to normal. This is great news, but let’s<br />

still stay safe out there!<br />

John Hatcher<br />

editor<br />

www.blindsmagazine.co.uk<br />

PROFILES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52-59<br />

A look at RA Irwin, Duco and S:CRAFT<br />

PLEATED BLINDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60-66<br />

All that’s new in the pleated blinds market<br />

Cover image: Courtesy of<br />

Coulisse<br />

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<strong>2021</strong> ISSUE FOUR • AUTUMN<br />

Editor:<br />

John Hatcher<br />

+44 (0)1923 437 618<br />

j.hatcher@turretgroup.com<br />

Advertising sales manager:<br />

Julie Saridakis<br />

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j.saridakis@turretgroup.com<br />

Production manager:<br />

Carol Baird<br />

+44 (0)1923 437 619<br />

c.baird@turretgroup.com<br />

Circulation:<br />

+44 (0)141 370 3883<br />

circulation@dimensionsmail.co.uk<br />

Managing director:<br />

Ian Garmeson<br />

i.garmeson@turretgroup.com<br />

Turret Group Ltd<br />

Cardinal Point, Park Road, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 1RE, UK<br />

Tel: +44 (0)1923 432 705 • Fax: +44 (0)1923 432 770<br />

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NEWS NEWSDESK: tel: 01923 437 618 mail: j.hatcher@turretgroup.com<br />

Apollo <strong>Blinds</strong> win in the Best<br />

Franchise Awards <strong>2021</strong><br />

Apollo <strong>Blinds</strong> is the winner of the Continuous<br />

Improvement category of the Best Franchise Awards <strong>2021</strong><br />

for smashing its own record for the satisfaction levels of its<br />

franchisees.<br />

The company – which it says is Britain’s<br />

biggest window blinds franchise – picked up<br />

the accolade after conducting its third annual<br />

Franchise Satisfaction Benchmark for <strong>2021</strong>. It<br />

saw the overall satisfaction score from its 40-<br />

strong network of franchisees increase by<br />

9% on the previous year, taking its score to<br />

76%.<br />

Apollo <strong>Blinds</strong> commissioned WorkBuzz to<br />

carry out the annual survey for the third<br />

year in a row and built on its increase of 18%<br />

for 2020 – as it sees clear, continued<br />

progression for the business.<br />

Matt Thomas, Apollo <strong>Blinds</strong>’ business<br />

development director, is delighted with the<br />

award and the score of the benchmark<br />

report and says the management team will<br />

use the findings from the report as a<br />

platform to aim for an even higher overall<br />

score next year.<br />

“It’s so important that we keep listening to<br />

what our franchisees have to say so that we<br />

can keep improving the service and support<br />

we offer to them as part of a partnership<br />

approach,” he said.<br />

“The WorkBuzz Franchise Satisfaction<br />

Benchmark is vital to the performance and<br />

growth of our network, as it looks at how<br />

the franchise is performing through the eyes<br />

of our franchisees.<br />

“The report is a brilliant benchmark for<br />

Apollo <strong>Blinds</strong> and highlights the progress that<br />

the management team and the franchisees<br />

have made together over the last couple of<br />

years.<br />

“There are some striking figures – such as<br />

the fact that 100% of our franchisees said<br />

they would renew their franchise<br />

agreements, and more than 70% expected<br />

to see their overall profitability improve over<br />

the next 12 months. Also, 100% said they<br />

were happy with the initial support and<br />

training they received from Apollo <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

when they joined the network.”<br />

The increase in the satisfaction score is all<br />

the more remarkable after a difficult year<br />

where, like a lot of other businesses, Apollo<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> endured challenging trading conditions<br />

due to the global pandemic. However, Apollo<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> has actually seen record sales of its<br />

blinds, shutters, awnings and curtains since<br />

March 2020, fuelled by the UK boom in<br />

home improvements.<br />

Mr Thomas also says that one of the key<br />

factors that has underpinned the increase in<br />

general satisfaction levels is the company’s<br />

continued investment in bringing new<br />

products to market – enabling Apollo <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

franchisees to have the widest collection of<br />

blinds, shutters, awnings and curtains in the<br />

UK.<br />

The Franchise Satisfaction Benchmark<br />

covered six key areas: training & support,<br />

leadership, franchise system, value & rewards,<br />

culture & relationships, and general<br />

satisfaction. Two headline figures that stood<br />

out from the report include a score of 85%<br />

satisfaction with the leadership of the<br />

business – with trust and confidence being<br />

two important factors expressed by<br />

franchisees. The other was the 84% general<br />

satisfaction score, where franchisees said<br />

they were proud of the brand, remarked<br />

that the Apollo <strong>Blinds</strong> management team go<br />

the extra mile, and said they would<br />

recommend the franchise opportunity to<br />

others who are looking to set up and run<br />

their own franchise businesses.<br />

Mr Thomas concluded: “The Franchise<br />

Satisfaction Benchmark for <strong>2021</strong> enables us<br />

to keep setting the highest standards for the<br />

business, and this makes it an increasingly<br />

attractive proposition to prospective<br />

franchisees.”<br />


Mzuri has announced the recent<br />

acquisition of iSeek<strong>Blinds</strong>, a leading<br />

manufacturer and online retailer of<br />

window blinds and shutters.<br />

iSeek<strong>Blinds</strong> are a family-owned<br />

business established in Australia in 2004,<br />

and proud to be one of the original<br />

online blind’s retailers in Australia.<br />

Manufacturing and distributing products<br />

from their facilities in Melbourne,<br />

iSeek<strong>Blinds</strong> have a strong commitment<br />

in supporting Australian manufacturing<br />

as well as delivering excellent<br />

craftsmanship across all their products.<br />

Michael Gubby, CEO of iSeek<br />

comments:<br />

“I was attracted to the mindset of the<br />

Mzuri group; their product portfolio and<br />

innovation will enable us to develop and<br />

build further market presence. The<br />

Mzuri ethos represents a group of<br />

strong, well-established companies<br />

working together on a global scale.”<br />

This acquisition further marks the<br />

growth of Mzuri across the Southern<br />

hemisphere.<br />

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.<br />

Mzuri’s companies include: Decora<br />

Blind Systems (UK), Swift Direct <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

(UK), TCMM Group, (UK & USA), Purely<br />

<strong>Shutters</strong> (UK), Tropical <strong>Blinds</strong> (UK), Make<br />

My <strong>Blinds</strong> (UK),Domus Lumina<br />

(Lithuania), 123 Jaloezie (Holland), Vako<br />

(Holland), Max Gardiner (Sweden).<br />

Correction: On the cover of <strong>Issue</strong> 3,<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, the image used was incorrectly<br />

credited. The image should have been<br />

credited to Decora. <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong><br />

wishes to apologise for any confusion<br />

caused.<br />

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NEWS NEWSDESK: tel: 01923 437 618 mail: j.hatcher@turretgroup.com<br />

International design award<br />

for Bloc <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

Bloc <strong>Blinds</strong> has been recognised with the prestigious Red<br />

Dot Product Design Award for its patented and multi<br />

award-winning ‘BlocOut’ blackout blinds.<br />

The internationally renowned Red Dot is<br />

an annual competition which appraises the<br />

very best products from across the globe.<br />

Honouring a select group from thousands<br />

of entries, Red Dot winners are chosen by<br />

an international jury which seeks products<br />

that significantly stand out for their<br />

exceptional design. As such. the distinctive<br />

‘Red Dot’ has gained world-wide recognition<br />

as one of the most sought-after seals of<br />

quality design.<br />

Bloc <strong>Blinds</strong> has seen sales of its awardwinning<br />

BlocOut blind rise almost 250% YOY.<br />

It darkens rooms effectively with the aim of<br />

ensuring peaceful and restful sleep, providing<br />

complete light exclusion while<br />

simultaneously reducing drafts and heat loss<br />

by up to 43%.<br />

Bloc <strong>Blinds</strong> managing director, Cormac<br />

Diamond said:<br />

“We are over the moon to receive this<br />

honour. The Red Dot Award is great<br />

recognition of the careful thought and<br />

consideration that went into designing<br />

BlocOut and is testament to the<br />

commitment and hard work of the entire<br />

team at Bloc <strong>Blinds</strong>.’’<br />

“Ideal for babies’ nurseries, children’s<br />

bedrooms or for sensitive sleepers, our<br />

recent consumer research showed 9 out of<br />

10 people attribute the BlocOut system to a<br />

better night’s sleep. The Red Dot<br />

accreditation further validates our mission to<br />

foster world-class design capability and is the<br />

icing on the cake.”<br />

Red Dot judges stated “Thanks to its<br />

especially sophisticated material composition,<br />

the BlocOut performs outstandingly in its<br />

function as a blackout element while<br />

additionally improving the indoor climate.”<br />


Connected home specialist, Somfy, has<br />

recently announced the appointment of<br />

Elliot Webb as key account manager<br />

overseeing the company’s UK and<br />

Northern Ireland operations. Elliot joins<br />

the senior management team during a<br />

crucial period of growth and<br />

opportunity at Somfy, as individuals and<br />

businesses focus their attention on<br />

optimising their home and workspaces<br />

due to the pandemic.<br />

Elliot will manage and oversee Somfy’s<br />

interest in the residential and industrial<br />

garage doors, implementing new sales<br />

strategies while directly supporting key<br />

customers within the UK and NI.<br />

Elliot has worked with Somfy since<br />

2018, when he was appointed as<br />

regional sales manager in the southwest<br />

for interior window coverings. During his<br />

tenure as regional sales manager, Elliot<br />

managed a variety of small to mediumsized<br />

business customers spanning<br />

manufacturers and retailers. Prior to<br />

joining Somfy, Elliot worked his way up<br />

the ranks at car rental service,<br />

Enterprise, starting as a trainee manager<br />

as part of a graduate scheme before<br />

eventually managing one of the firm’s<br />

largest branches in the south of England.<br />

Commenting on his new appointment,<br />

Elliot said: “I made the decision to move<br />

to Somfy in 2018 because it seemed like<br />

a business that would allow me to grow<br />

personally and professionally, and that’s<br />

certainly been the case. The residential<br />

access market is ripe for automation and<br />

motorisation, both of which add endless<br />

value in terms of convenience and<br />

security to customers, and I’m thrilled to<br />

play a key role in getting that technology<br />

out there to manufacturers and<br />

retailers.”<br />

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Expanding its partner network<br />

Blindmatrix has<br />

seen a period of<br />

growth since 2020<br />

2020 was an insanely challenging year for us<br />

all. During the beginning of the pandemic<br />

Blindmatrix, like most business, saw an<br />

unprecedented contraction in its monthly sales.<br />

After the initial shock of the onset of the Covid<br />

crisis, Blindmatrix began to drive investments into<br />

its staff and back office systems, paving the way for<br />

innovations in its products and services and<br />

prompting a complete business re-brand.<br />

Towards the end of 2020 it became clear that<br />

the early investments were paying off with<br />

monthly growth in revenues returning to near precovid<br />

levels. <strong>2021</strong> has continued the trend and the<br />

future has never looked more promising.<br />

Blindmatrix has always aspired to lead the UK<br />

blinds, curtains, shutters and awnings industry<br />

through innovation by creating solutions that work<br />

for everyone. Like any business, Blindmatrix has<br />

always known that it's customers are at the heart<br />

of its success but in early <strong>2021</strong> the company's<br />

mission became ever clearer. It needed to add<br />

deeper value by working more broadly with the<br />

wider industry.<br />

The company's core mission is to make<br />

BlindMatrix Software indispensable to people’s<br />

lives by creating software and a community which<br />

helps people and businesses to thrive.<br />

This new clarity prompted the business to<br />

accelerate its strategy of working in partnership<br />

with all Trade suppliers throughout the UK to<br />

innovate and implement solutions that add value<br />

throughout the supply chain.<br />

The Blindmatrix partner network is still a work<br />

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company strengthening its relationships with major<br />

suppliers who do not use Blindmatrix, through the<br />

development of EDI solutions so Blindmatrix users<br />

can send and receive orders and invoices with the<br />

click of a button, without duplicating work.<br />

The other major part of this work is adding<br />

value to its own customers who supply made-tomeasure<br />

products and wholesale products to the<br />

UK trade. It's achieving this by offering reduced<br />

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customers.<br />

In short, if you are a trade supplier using a<br />

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This will add value to you and your customer<br />

by saving hundreds of hours and thousands of<br />

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Blindmatrix to continue to evolve their solutions<br />

so they work seamlessly from business to<br />

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Blindmatrix take care of the setup and<br />

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Online ordering has become increasingly<br />

popular over the last few years. That is<br />

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up-to-date to give you our recognised quality<br />

service online. We have even given our made-tomeasure<br />

site a fresh new look.<br />

Online ordering can seem daunting if you are<br />

new to the digital world, but there are many<br />

benefits to ordering online compared to traditional<br />

ordering methods. Firstly, you have access to our<br />

ordering portal 24 hours a day, which has been<br />

updated to make the ordering process easier.<br />

Online ordering means you are no longer limited<br />

to ordering within business hours.<br />

Secondly, you can order multiple products at<br />

once including fabrics, components and collection<br />

books or swatches. We have also developed a<br />

section of our website – The Customer Centre -<br />

that keeps all online ordering communications in<br />

one easy to access place! In this section you will be<br />

able to see all dispatched orders you have placed<br />

with us, arrange returns or request replacement<br />

items and stay updated with the progress of all<br />

your online orders and requests.<br />

We have also created a series of videos including<br />

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Let’s talk more about our online tools. The quick<br />

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R+T<br />

Positive prospects<br />

for the R+T Alliance<br />

Preparations are<br />

already underway<br />

for the restart of<br />

the trade fair<br />

network for the<br />

global sun shading<br />

and door/gate<br />

industries<br />

The trade fair landscape is springing back to<br />

life again. After more than one year without<br />

any live events in Germany and Europe, the<br />

preparations for the trade fair restart at Messe<br />

Stuttgart are in full swing. This also applies to the<br />

trade fairs in the R+T Alliance, the trade fair<br />

network for the sun shading and door/gate<br />

industries. "We are delighted that we can finally<br />

stage trade fairs again," said Roland Bleinroth,<br />

president of Messe Stuttgart. "The last months<br />

proved that personal meetings are essential and<br />

irreplaceable. Trade fairs will therefore remain an<br />

important and permanent economic factor."<br />

The R+T Alliance currently comprises six trade<br />

fairs at five locations on three continents: R+T,<br />


Turkey, APAExpo by R+T and Sun Shading Expo<br />

North America.<br />

Hybrid event concept for<br />

R+T 2022 in Stuttgart<br />

The world's leading trade fair for roller shutters,<br />

doors/gates and sun shading systems will take place<br />

again at Messe Stuttgart from 21 to 25 February<br />

2022. Over 700 national and international<br />

exhibitors, including the most important market<br />

leaders in the industry, have already confirmed that<br />

they will be attending R+T 2022. "The preparations<br />

are in full swing and we are looking forward to<br />

finally meet our visitors and exhibitors in person<br />

again after the successful implementation of R+T<br />

digital in February <strong>2021</strong>," said Sebastian Schmid,<br />

department director technology at Messe<br />

Stuttgart. "We are intending to implement a hybrid<br />

event concept, i.e. a trade fair with a digital<br />

extension, for the forthcoming edition of R+T. We<br />

therefore want to make it possible for all visitors,<br />

irrespective of any travel restrictions, to take part<br />

in R+T and include the knowledge acquired over<br />

the last months in the new format. A large number<br />

of hygiene measures will also be implemented onsite<br />

in accordance with the 'safe expo concept' in<br />

order to ensure that the event is staged in a<br />

controlled and safe manner." Further information<br />

on registration and the safe expo concept is<br />

available at: www.rt-expo.com.<br />

Outdoor. ambiente. living. at<br />

Intergastra & R+T 2022<br />

The special show OUTDOOR. AMBIENTE.<br />

LIVING. is entering the next stage: during<br />

INTERGASTRA – Leading trade fair for the hotel<br />

and gastronomy business – from 5 to 9 February<br />

2022 the top manufacturers in the sun shading and<br />

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R+T<br />

weather protection industry will present<br />

every product which makes outdoor<br />

gastronomy usable and comfortable in the<br />

best way possible in all weather conditions.<br />

On the outdoor area of Messe Stuttgart it<br />

will therefore be possible to thoroughly test,<br />

for example, awnings, terrace roofs,<br />

sunshades, sun sails and a wide range of<br />

accessories under real conditions. And best<br />

of all: OUTDOOR. AMBIENTE. LIVING. will<br />

also be held during the following R+T from<br />

21 to 25 February 2022. "Due to the<br />

development of the pandemic and the<br />

associated increase in the demands on<br />

outdoor gastronomy, outdoor living<br />

products have become even more<br />

important. By presenting the range of these<br />

solution systems in the special show, we<br />

want to take account of the needs of the<br />

industry," said Sebastian Schmid. Registration<br />

for the special show is now possible. Further<br />

information can be found online at:<br />

www.messe-stuttgart.de/outdoor/en.<br />

Successful R+T Asia in<br />

<strong>2021</strong><br />

The 16th edition of R+T Asia from 24 to<br />

26 March <strong>2021</strong> was the first physical trade<br />

fair in the R+T Alliance since the start of<br />

the pandemic – and made an impressive<br />

trade fair restart for the sun shading<br />

systems and door/gate industries in Asia:<br />

with over 42,000 visitors, 700 exhibitors on<br />

a gross exhibition area of 68,000 square<br />

metres, more than 20 on-site educational<br />

and networking events, and the additional<br />

hybrid programme of R+T Asia Connect,<br />

this event also proved to be a total success.<br />

The next R+T Asia will be held from 25<br />

to 27 May 2022. Its venue has been<br />

changed to the National Convention &<br />

Exhibition Center (NECC) in Shanghai. "In<br />

addition to an annual date guarantee with a<br />

sufficient interval to R+T 2022, this<br />

innovation will also lead to growth: larger<br />

halls represent the ideal basis for future<br />

expansion in terms of the exhibition area<br />

and the number of exhibitors," said Roland<br />

Bleinroth. The registration phase for R+T<br />

Asia 2022 has started successfully and the<br />

first national and international exhibitors<br />

have already confirmed their stand positions.<br />

Further information is available at:<br />

en.rtasia.net.<br />

New date for R+T<br />

Turkey<br />

There is a new date for R+T Turkey: the<br />

highly regarded industry meeting point will<br />

open its doors again at the Istanbul<br />

Exhibition Center CNR Expo from 20 to 22<br />

October 2022. Istanbul and Turkey as a hub<br />

between Europe and Asia are perfect as a<br />

trade fair venue. Border crossings to eight<br />

countries and visa-free access facilitate the<br />

flow of goods and visitors from Europe,<br />

Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.<br />

Since internationality is very important<br />

for R+T Turkey, the new date will create<br />

planning security for everyone involved.<br />

"Finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel<br />

and the sun is shining more brightly again<br />

for the European and Asian market.<br />

However, it is important for us that our<br />

event can continue to sparkle just like in the<br />

past. We therefore decided with our<br />

exhibitors and partners to move the date of<br />

R+T Turkey from September <strong>2021</strong> to<br />

October 2022," said Ufuk Altntop,<br />

managing director of Messe Stuttgart Ares.<br />

"We are now really looking forward to<br />

opening our doors again to all our visitors in<br />

Istanbul at R+T Turkey 2022 for the fifth<br />

time." For more information about the<br />

event, visit: www.rt-turkey.com.<br />

Première of APAExpo by<br />

R+T<br />

APAExpo by R+T will be held for the<br />

first time at Feria Barcelona in Spain from 5<br />

to 7 October 2022. The new trade fair is<br />

being staged in cooperation with the<br />

Spanish Association of Automatic Door<br />

Manufacturers (APA). In the past the<br />

International Trade Fair for Automatic<br />

Doors/Gates took place under the name of<br />

FIPA – most recently in Valencia in 2019<br />

with over 100 exhibitors and 3,500 trade<br />

visitors. APAExpo by R+T will take place in<br />

Barcelona every three years and will now<br />

also open up other markets for R+T, e.g.<br />

North Africa and Latin America. "We are<br />

delighted that the cooperation and<br />

interaction with Messe Stuttgart will further<br />

strengthen our position as an international<br />

trade fair for automatic doors/gates on the<br />

market," said Ricardo Ricart, general<br />

secretary of the APA and general manager<br />

of the Spanish publishing house "PA<br />

ediciones" about the joint project. It will be<br />

possible to register for APAExpo by R+T<br />

2022 from autumn <strong>2021</strong> onwards. All the<br />

information about the trade fair can be<br />

found at:<br />

www.apaexpopuertasautomaticas.com<br />

Sun Shading Expo North<br />

America in 2022<br />

Sun Shading Expo will not be held in<br />

<strong>2021</strong> as a separate trade fair, but will instead<br />

contribute its expertise in internal and<br />

external sun shading systems to the<br />

conference programme at IFAI Expo <strong>2021</strong><br />

in the form of expert talks and open<br />

discussions. IFAI Expo, the leading trade fair<br />

for special fabrics and technical textiles will<br />

celebrate its 100th in-person anniversary in<br />

Nashville, Tennessee, from 2 to 4 November<br />

<strong>2021</strong>. The concept for cooperation with<br />

Messe Stuttgart will also be presented live<br />

at IFAI Expo <strong>2021</strong>. "A large number of<br />

international R+T exhibitors have already<br />

shown their interest in the North American<br />

market. In our capacity as a professional<br />

trade fair organiser, our objective is to offer<br />

all participants planning security in particular<br />

along with a high-quality and successful<br />

presentation platform. After analysing the<br />

currently valid general conditions and in<br />

view of the long-term success of the new<br />

trade fair brand, we decided to stage Sun<br />

Shading Expo North America as a colocation<br />

to IFAI Expo 2022," said Roland<br />

Bleinroth, president of Messe Stuttgart.<br />

The première of Sun Shading Expo<br />

North America will therefore be held from<br />

12 to 14 October 2022 in parallel with IFAI<br />

Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina. Industrial<br />

Fabrics Association International (IFAI) CEO<br />

and President Steve Schiffman added: "We<br />

are looking forward to long-term<br />

collaboration between IFAI Expo and Sun<br />

Shading Expo North America. Our 100th<br />

Anniversary of IFAI Expo is the ideal<br />

framework to celebrate this partnership<br />

and start the development of a strong<br />

cross-industry network between the<br />

customers of both events." The planned<br />

conference programme of Sun Shading<br />

Expo during IFAI Expo <strong>2021</strong> will be<br />

announced shortly. Further information is<br />

available at: www.sunshadingexpo.com.<br />

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Smart in a minute<br />

Coulisse now has a<br />

range of motors<br />

and controls for<br />

any situation<br />

The Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> line from Coulisse provides<br />

a complete range of cable-free and wired<br />

motors and controls that are designed for<br />

easy assembly, installation, and ease-of-use for all<br />

types of window coverings in residential,<br />

commercial and hospitality. The principles of<br />

simplicity and connectivity, the main drivers behind<br />

Motion<strong>Blinds</strong>, have resulted in a range of new<br />

innovations within the range.<br />

Smart in a minute<br />

The battery-powered motors developed for<br />

various types of window coverings feature<br />

Bluetooth technology. This allows the window<br />

coverings to be made smart in a minute, simply by<br />

installing them cable-free and scanning a setup<br />

code with your smartphone. Then, the blinds can<br />

be controlled by app and automated with timers,<br />

making them open and close automatically at<br />

preset times.<br />

Smart home compatible<br />

With the addition of the Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> Wi-Fi<br />

bridge, the blinds can also be controlled away from<br />

home by smartphone and easily connected to<br />

other devices in the smart home ecosystem, since<br />

Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> works with smart assistants such as<br />

Google, Alexa and SmartThings. This allows<br />

Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> to be controlled by voice with smart<br />

speakers.<br />

Rechargeable with USB-C<br />

Window coverings with Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> are<br />

rechargeable with a standard USB-C cable. The<br />

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battery motors are developed in such a way<br />

that the USB-C ports can be made easily<br />

accessible. Recharging is required only once<br />

or twice a year with average use.<br />

Just a simple pull<br />

Pull operation, a special feature of<br />

Motion<strong>Blinds</strong>, is a valuable add-on to smart<br />

controls since it requires nothing: no<br />

connectivity, no smartphone, no remote<br />

control. Just a simple manual pull<br />

automatically sets the blinds in motion and<br />

overrides smart automation. The pull<br />

function can be used to program end limits<br />

and favorite positions too, which is very<br />

practical both in fabrication and at home.<br />

A total solution<br />

Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> is applicable to various<br />

types of window coverings: roller and<br />

double roller, honeycomb and pleated,<br />

venetian, vertical, roman and curtains. The<br />

range includes rechargeable battery motors<br />

and wired motors, both available in low and<br />

high voltages. A smart switch also makes<br />

awnings and shutters with wired motors<br />

compatible with Motion<strong>Blinds</strong>, allowing all<br />

indoor and outdoor blinds to be controlled<br />

with Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> technology.<br />

Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong><br />

Part of the Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> concept is Eve<br />

Motion<strong>Blinds</strong>, a series of cable-free motors<br />

with Apple HomeKit technology, created in<br />

collaboration with smart home specialist<br />

Eve Systems, a leader in the development of<br />

accessories for the Apple HomeKit<br />

ecosystem. These are the benefits of Eve<br />

Motion<strong>Blinds</strong>:<br />

• Super easy setup simply by scanning the<br />

HomeKit setup code, no gateaway or bridge<br />

required<br />

• Effortlessly set up schedules that put<br />

the blinds on autopilot, independently of the<br />

iPhone and home network<br />

• Supports Bluetooth and Thread<br />

• App and voice control with iPhone,<br />

iPad, Apple Watch and HomePod<br />

• Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> interact with other<br />

HomeKit accessories creating a smart and<br />

safe ecosystem<br />

• Local intelligence and direct<br />

communication without cloud dependency<br />

• No proprietary cloud, no registration,<br />

no tracking<br />

• Requires an iPhone or iPad with the<br />

latest version of iOS/iPadOS 14<br />

• Controlling Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong><br />

automatically and away from home requires<br />

a HomePod or an Apple TV (4th generation<br />

or later) as a home hub<br />

The Eve Motion<strong>Blinds</strong> range will become<br />

available soon, starting with a roller blind<br />

motor.<br />

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Cruze Roller<br />

Motors can work<br />

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found out<br />

Cruze Roller Motors offer smart window<br />

covering solutions that enhance everyday<br />

living, simply with a touch of a button.<br />

Motorised blinds are no longer just for the modern<br />

home; Cruze roller motors can be retro fitted<br />

enabling current chain operated blinds to be<br />

motorised; the perfect, smart technologically led<br />

home improvement allowing homeowners to filter<br />

light and manage privacy at the touch of a button.<br />

Installation and programming instructions can be<br />

provided for both new and existing blinds.<br />

When developing Cruze motors, there was a<br />

clear vision and focus to combine precision<br />

engineering with simplicity and function for smarter<br />

living. The battery powered motor has been<br />

designed to fit industry standard 32mm or 40mm<br />

roller tubes enabling easy installation without the<br />

need to stock additional components for<br />

manufacture. The retro fit option facilitates already<br />

manufactured roller blinds to be motorised with<br />

ease with the added benefits of quiet and smooth<br />

operation.<br />

Smart home integration is made simpler when<br />

paired with a Somfy home integrated solution<br />

hubs. The connectivity kit allows users to control<br />

their blinds from a smart phone, whilst connecting<br />

through Tahoma you can link other smart home<br />

devices including voice assistants.<br />

Elemental to the Cruze roller motor launch is its<br />

competitive pricing. Installation, programming, and<br />

operation of the blind is made simple with the<br />

Cruze 4 channel RTS remote. A blind grouping<br />

option enables users to control multiple blinds<br />

simultaneously.<br />

As technology continues to evolve, the Cruze<br />

Motors programme will continue to develop<br />

throughout 2022 offering a comprehensive<br />

modern living window covering programme.<br />

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Cool running<br />

Caribbean <strong>Blinds</strong> is<br />

keeping homes cool<br />

for summer<br />

In February, external shading specialists<br />

Caribbean <strong>Blinds</strong> delivered highly effective and<br />

stylish shading solutions to ensure a family<br />

home does not overheat this summer.<br />

A Surrey based family were finding it hugely<br />

challenging to prevent their south facing property<br />

from overheating and undertook extensive<br />

research on the most effective solutions to keep<br />

their home cool. The main aims of the project<br />

were to add outdoor roller blinds to the upstairs<br />

and downstairs windows and an awning over the<br />

patio doors that could provide both shade and<br />

shelter without affecting the view out into their<br />

garden.<br />

Stuart Dantzic, managing director of Caribbean<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong>, explained: “Our expert team installed<br />

several of our Antiguan windproof outdoor roller<br />

blinds, plus a Cuba awning, to the south facing<br />

windows and patio area of this residential<br />

property. The project, from initial contact to<br />

completion, was just 2 months and we are thrilled<br />

to have swiftly provided a sleek and effective<br />

lifestyle solution for a family home prone to<br />

overheating.”<br />

Of key importance to the client was that the<br />

design solution was fully integrated as an<br />

extension of their home. Ease of use was also<br />

essential and motorised remote control was a<br />

must with each product operable individually as<br />

well as a group for maximum flexibility.<br />

Following a detailed site survey and initial<br />

consultation, Caribbean <strong>Blinds</strong> recommended their<br />

Antiguan external roller blinds for the windows.<br />

These roller blinds not only encompass sleek<br />

design but, zip locking technology built into the<br />

side guides physically locks the fabric in place at<br />

every position, rendering the blind windproof and<br />

prevents any light shining between the edge. The<br />

blind also acts as an insect screen. All fixings are<br />

hidden and the full cassette headbox discreetly<br />

provides a neat hideaway for the blind, ensuring a<br />

seamless addition to the customer’s home.<br />

For the patio doors, the Cuba awning was<br />

suggested, the crème de la crème of the range. Its<br />

contemporary, rectangular, flush-fitting full cassette<br />

design appears as an integrated part of the façade<br />

and neatly conceals the awning when retracted.<br />

Concealed fixing brackets and screw-less ALU end<br />

plates elegantly finish the awning off, whilst<br />

optional LED lighting can be built onto the<br />

underside of the cassette.<br />

Once completed, a full demonstration and run<br />

through was provided to the client and the end<br />

result perfectly matched the customer’s brief and<br />

provides the ideal environment to enjoy anything<br />

the British weather brings and ensures they can<br />

fully enjoy their home space both inside and out,<br />

with family and friends.<br />

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Prize winning pergola<br />

The "pergola<br />

stretch" by<br />

markilux has been<br />

awarded the<br />

Innovation Prize at<br />

the "R+T digital"<br />

trade fair<br />

The "pergola model" developed by awning<br />

expert markilux was able to impress with<br />

its size and sophisticated technology during<br />

the nomination of the innovation prize <strong>2021</strong> at<br />

the International Trade Fair "R+T digital". For<br />

example, the unique toothed drive belt of this<br />

awning with folding awning cover has made it<br />

possible to build impressive XXL awning sizes.<br />

Pre-assembled component packages and the well<br />

thought-through construction simplify installation<br />

as well. For this reason, the jury awarded it a gold<br />

certificate in the category "Outdoor".<br />

Michael Gerling, director of R&D and<br />

Production at markilux, as well as Sven Kröner,<br />

head of R&D were able to follow the presentation<br />

of the innovation prize live when took place on 22<br />

February on the platform of the "R+T digital"<br />

trade fair.<br />

"We knew already that the "pergola stretch"<br />

had been nominated. But to win a gold<br />

certificate in the category 'Outdoor' really was<br />

the cherry on the cake", enthused Mr Gerling. It<br />

has confirmed once again the importance of this<br />

markilux product idea. For years the "pergola<br />

family" has been a good seller. The new "stretch"<br />

version in the range is adding a new model<br />

which makes even larger sizes possible and<br />

therefore creates even more opportunity to<br />

deck out patios and terraces with an awning<br />

system.<br />

Sven Kröner, who was part of the team that<br />

developed this awning with folding cover<br />

technology, explains: "The technology has been<br />

deliberately designed to be able to cope with<br />

very large areas. In a single unit it can already<br />

cover almost 50 square metres. And that can be<br />

multiplied a number of times, if several units are<br />

joined together." Up to five awnings, side by side,<br />

make it possible to cover a maximum area of<br />

175 square metres. The use of waterproof and<br />

highly flame-retardant fabrics means that the<br />

system offers particularly effective protection<br />

against both sun and rain to both the domestic<br />

and the commercial client.<br />

"In order to make such large dimensions in an<br />

awning system possible, we have developed a<br />

unique toothed drive belt mechanism. The force<br />

required to open and close the system is<br />

transferred exceptionally well via the lateral<br />

guide tracks to the folded cover attached to<br />

transverse carrying bars", Mr Kröner emphasizes.<br />

Because of the pre-assembled component<br />

packages and the way it has been designed, the<br />

awning is very easy to install.<br />

But in addition, the whole package of<br />

accessories, which include an aluminium<br />

coverboard, lighting options, heaters, vertical roller<br />

blinds and screens, puts a clear focus on providing<br />

comfort. "All the technical details make our<br />

'pergola stretch' a highly innovative product which<br />

will fulfil the demand for generously proportioned<br />

awning systems and justify its place in the market",<br />

Mr. Gerling believes. The gold innovation award<br />

lends this model a particular stature and with the<br />

"German Design Award <strong>2021</strong>" is already the<br />

second award this product has won.<br />

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From good to great<br />

Patio awnings:<br />

Caribbean <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

explains how to<br />

differentiate<br />

between a good<br />

and a great awning<br />

More versatile than other external shading<br />

systems including pergolas and canopies,<br />

retractable patio awnings are a quick,<br />

easy and affordable solution to transform any<br />

outdoor space. A good patio awning will<br />

ultimately provide shelter, block heat, diffuse light<br />

and protect against UV rays, however, a great<br />

awning will offer the user so much more.<br />

Although an expert specification and<br />

professional installation are key, it’s the attention to<br />

detail that makes a great awning. The use of quality<br />

fabrics, premium hardware finishes, British<br />

manufactured parts and app-controlled operation<br />

are just some of the elements that guarantee an<br />

awning will stand the test of time.<br />

Fabrics<br />

All fabrics should be impregnated with a<br />

suitable coating such as TEXGard which generates<br />

a self-clean effect, deterring dirt and water from<br />

the surface and preventing the growth of mould<br />

and algae. For maximum durability, the fabric<br />

should be woven from solution dyed acrylic fibres.<br />

Dimensionally stable, they will not stretch, warp or<br />

tear when under tension and as the dye is<br />

permeated right through to the core of the yarn,<br />

colours will stay true and will not fade over time.<br />

Fabrics that are certified to UV standard 801<br />

offer true protection levels against ultraviolet<br />

radiation, with more premium materials offering a<br />

minimum 95% UV block (the equivalent to SPF<br />

40), guaranteeing protection to both the skin as<br />

well as any soft furnishings. To ensure a cooling<br />

effect, the fabric should be measured according to<br />

the heat and light that passes through it. Materials<br />

that filter 70% of solar heat can reduce interior<br />

room temperatures by more than 10°C, even on<br />

the hottest of days.<br />

Folding arms<br />

The retractable folding arms on any patio<br />

awning must be able to withstand strong breezes<br />

and sudden gusts. Pressure die cast or drop forged<br />

joints on the elbows of folding arms offer the<br />

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highest wind loading capabilities, with<br />

Beaufort 5 (24mph wind) as standard<br />

certification and Beaufort 6 (30mph)<br />

offering the highest wind resistance rating.<br />

Springs should be tensioned via stainless<br />

steel cables (intertwined stranded cables<br />

won’t tear or break) and looped around the<br />

elbow to ensure a crisp taut fabric at every<br />

position, allowing rainwater to run off the<br />

material. Fitting the springs and cables with<br />

sheathes will reduce friction and noise from<br />

the vibrations when it’s windy, as well as<br />

result in a clean and finished look. For<br />

optimum tension, arms with twin springs<br />

kept under tension via two steel cables is<br />

recommended, and four steel cables for<br />

deeper projections.<br />

Hardware<br />

A full cassette casing design will not only<br />

provide a neat hideaway for the awning<br />

when retracted but also protect the fabric<br />

and operating mechanism from inclement<br />

weather. A flush-fitting cassette casing is the<br />

most visually appealing and will appear as an<br />

integral part of the façade.<br />

Low maintenance, extruded aluminium is<br />

the metalwork of choice for awnings. It’s<br />

lightweight, corrosion resistant and can be<br />

finished in hundreds of colours to match or<br />

contrast with the features of the property.<br />

QUALICOAT standard powder coated<br />

aluminium creates the hardest finish,<br />

meaning it will withstand the harshest of<br />

weather conditions, including hail and snow,<br />

as well as knocks and bumps in busy<br />

environments.<br />

Motorisation<br />

Radio technology is the operation method<br />

of choice for motorised awnings as it permits<br />

the user to extend and retract at just the<br />

touch of a button (on a hand-hand remote).<br />

A secure rolling code and frequency is<br />

essential for no interference, whist bidirectional<br />

technology allows the user to<br />

view and adjust the exact position of the<br />

awning via an app. Additional functions such<br />

as sun and wind sensors can also be changed<br />

electronically to suit specific requirements.<br />

Integrated tubular motors built within the<br />

awning roller tube should have steel internal<br />

bearings for resilience and be of an<br />

appropriate size (torque) for the chosen<br />

awning. 17RPM (revolutions per minute) will<br />

guarantee smooth and steady operation and<br />

a consistent load, increasing the lifespan of<br />

the awning.<br />

Installation<br />

The installation of an awning is equally as<br />

important as quality of the awning itself. Due<br />

to the considerable load that an awning<br />

exerts, the appropriate fixing method must<br />

be utilised to guarantee a secure and safe<br />

attachment. For the most common masonry<br />

(brickwork) façades, epoxy resin and stud<br />

provide a stress-free anchorage, while<br />

cantilever brackets offer the best solution on<br />

low single storeys.<br />

For rain shower protection, awnings need<br />

to be mounted a set distance on the façade<br />

(determined by projection and leadrail<br />

height) allowing for a 14-degree (or greater)<br />

pitch, preventing water from ‘pooling’ on the<br />

fabric and ensuring it can run off smoothly.<br />

Any additional finishing touches such as<br />

concealed fixing brackets, alu end caps,<br />

elbow covers on folding arms and colour<br />

co-ordinated stitching will ensure a quality<br />

installation that provides exemplary cover<br />

and fully transforms the client’s outdoor<br />

space.<br />

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A more private Schulz<br />

markilux has<br />

embellished "Hotel<br />

Schulz" with a solar<br />

protection system<br />

Markilux has planned and realised solar<br />

shading for yet another hotel project.<br />

"Hotel Schulz", situated in the centre of<br />

Berlin. has been provided with a generously<br />

proportioned pergola awning system. Since then,<br />

the outdoor terrace has been fulfilling the function<br />

of extended breakfast room. If needed, the system<br />

can be completely closed in using vertical roller<br />

blinds.<br />

"Hotel Schulz“ is a modern, cosmopolitan hotel<br />

near the city centre on the River Spree which was<br />

opened in 2018. From the al fresco lounge area, it<br />

is possible to enjoy a view of the past history of<br />

the city as it adjoins a preserved section of the<br />

"Berlin Wall" which reflects the spirit of the city<br />

through the brightly coloured graffiti which adorns<br />

it. The hotel management had decided to have the<br />

terrace shaded by awnings. They wanted to use<br />

the area amongst other things as an extended<br />

breakfast area where people from all around the<br />

world could meet one another.<br />

"Intensive discussion and professional advice<br />

steered the customer towards our coupled<br />

pergola awning with tracfix cover guidance system.<br />

The awning, which consists of four separate but<br />

linked units, can be operated by radio remote<br />

control, measures a good 12 metres in width and<br />

covers an area of around 75 square metres",<br />

explains Jan Kattenbeck, sales manager of the<br />

markilux back office team and head of the "team :<br />

project" department. The al fresco lounge area<br />

now offers room for 50 guests in an outdoor<br />

location protected from wind and weather.<br />

Panorama windows offer a<br />

clear view<br />

This is possible, because the vertical roller<br />

blinds, markilux 776 tracfix, and made-to-measure<br />

triangular screens enclose the system on all sides.<br />

By integrating panorama windows, the historical<br />

remnants of The Wall can be kept in sight. In good<br />

weather, the area can be opened up again quickly,<br />

simply by raising the blinds. "The design of the<br />

hotel is very modern and inside even a little hip.<br />

Whereas from outside it gives more an<br />

impression of sobriety. For this reason, light and<br />

neutral colours have been selected for the cover<br />

and frame. They go well with the façade and the<br />

garishly colourful fragment of German history that<br />

abuts the premises of the hotel", is Mr<br />

Kattenbeck's opinion. But it was also easy to find<br />

common ground with the customers. They had<br />

been looking for a competent planning service as<br />

well as top quality products that provide external<br />

solar and wet weather protection and as a result<br />

had decided to go with markilux.<br />

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the user has the ability to install a fully functional quiet motorised roller system<br />

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Manhattan transfer<br />

markilux USA has<br />

new HQ in New<br />

York<br />

The head office of markilux in North<br />

America has been located in downtown<br />

New York since autumn 2019. Last summer,<br />

the awning specialist put the finishing touches to<br />

its first showroom there in the New York Design<br />

Center on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The<br />

location is ideal for the company because the<br />

Center is home to a number of top-class brands<br />

which attract customers with high purchasing<br />

power. It has not yet been possible to open it<br />

officially, but customers have been able to visit the<br />

showroom by appointment since August of last<br />

year.<br />

“Our subsidiary in the US is still in its infancy.<br />

Shortly after the new ‘markilux USA<br />

Incorporation’ was founded in 2019, we were<br />

given the chance to set up our head office in the<br />

New York Design Center,” says a delighted Klaus<br />

Wuchner, Director of sales and marketing. This<br />

outstanding location is the perfect place to make<br />

markilux known as a brand in the US, too, he<br />

explains.<br />

Representative site at the<br />

heart of Manhattan<br />

The historic building not far from Central Park<br />

in Manhattan has made a name for itself well<br />

beyond the confines of the city. Built in 1926, it<br />

was initially the city’s most well known address for<br />

top-class furniture. It then widened its horizons to<br />

include interior design as well as architecture, and<br />

in the early 1980s became the current, worldrenowned<br />

New York Design Center. On 16 floors<br />

and more than 46,000 square metres, it is home<br />

to around 100 showrooms and more than 500<br />

top-class brands from the world of living.<br />

According to Peer Cornelssen, head of<br />

international sales, these include designers, interior<br />

decorators and architects – a further target group<br />

in the sales process.<br />

Establishing markilux as a<br />

premium brand<br />

“You can’t beat the central position. And once<br />

again we’ve found a very special building in which<br />

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continues on page 40

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to present our products,” says Klaus<br />

Wuchner, something he feels is crucial in<br />

order to clearly establish the brand in the<br />

upper price segment. The location can be<br />

compared with Berlin or Hamburg where<br />

markilux has taken up a prestigious place in<br />

the “stilwerk” and where the showrooms<br />

also serve as open offices. On around 100<br />

square metres in the New York Design<br />

Center, the awning manufacturer exhibits<br />

high-quality products and accessories, which<br />

consciously focus on end consumers with<br />

greater purchasing power.<br />

Perfect time for a launch<br />

in New York<br />

At the end of 2019, markilux was able to<br />

use its new location in New York for its first<br />

training sessions for specialist dealers. In<br />

addition, events in the building over the<br />

winter were able to attract a lot of visitors,<br />

something markilux was also able to benefit<br />

from. The company had planned an official<br />

opening for 2020 and was due to take part<br />

in various in-house events, all of which were<br />

put a stop to by the pandemic. “Our<br />

showroom was finished in July 2020, and<br />

from August onwards, visitors were able to<br />

drop in by appointment. We also had a<br />

virtual tour of the premises on offer.<br />

Although that can never hope to replace<br />

the live experience,” admits Peer<br />

Cornelssen. Depending on the coronavirus<br />

situation, however, an official opening is still<br />

being planned, although when exactly that<br />

will be is unclear. Therefore, for the time<br />

being, customers have to make an<br />

appointment and cannot just drop in<br />

spontaneously. “However, we are hoping<br />

that the situation will improve over the<br />

course of the year and that we will then<br />

also be able to develop and expand the<br />

American market,” says an optimistic Mr<br />

Cornelssen. When things return to normal,<br />

the company is planning to hold further<br />

training sessions for specialist dealers and<br />

dedicated events for architects, and is also<br />

looking forward to take part in the in-house<br />

events of the Design Center.<br />


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Now a trademark, Semper <strong>Blinds</strong> is a family run business that can offer you a range of pleated<br />

and cellular blinds all of which are made in house, and all of which can be motorised.<br />

We specialise in conservatory perfect fit blinds, so if you are using a grid which is similar to the one below<br />

then get in touch as we may save you money.<br />

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The process is simple, you make the sale and then our surveyor will come measure and then return to fit the<br />

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Our team consisting of Derek and Linda who have both been making blinds since working at UK <strong>Blinds</strong>,<br />

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At Semper <strong>Blinds</strong> we never cut corners or use cheap parts while making your blinds, as we only use fabrics<br />

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Yewdale support system<br />

Yewdale<br />

components allow<br />

greater flexibility<br />

over projects like<br />

Good Hope<br />

Hospital<br />

Back in January plans were released to build a<br />

new paediatric A&E at Good Hope Hospital,<br />

part of University Hospitals Birmingham<br />

NHS Foundation Trust. The build aimed to further<br />

support their youngest patients, their families and<br />

the staff who care for them while also providing<br />

more space in the adults A&E.<br />

Yewdale understand the importance of design<br />

within the healthcare industry, not only to be<br />

practical but to support and aid positive recovery<br />

too. In June <strong>2021</strong> the doors opened to the new<br />

emergency department, fitted with a range of<br />

Yewdale’s quality products.<br />

The new emergency department consists of<br />

eight cubicles, a quiet and wellbeing room, a large<br />

waiting area and a dedicated paediatric ambulance<br />

entrance and drop-off. For a healthcare setting,<br />

privacy and cleanliness are crucial.<br />

Long-term Yewdale customer, Just Fabrics,<br />

supplied components and installed products from<br />

their anti-ligature YewdaleKestrel range. Managing<br />

Director, Andrew Yarnold explained:<br />

“We as a company choose Yewdale as our main<br />

supplier of all things blinds, tracking and antiligature.<br />

This is because of their expertise, service<br />

and wide-ranging products which cover our everchanging<br />

client’s needs.<br />

“We partnered up again with Yewdale and the<br />

nominated contractor to fulfil the customers brief<br />

of creating a safe and highly functional medical<br />

space,” commented Andrew Yarnold, managing<br />

director, Just Fabrics<br />

Just Fabrics chose to order components and<br />

made to measure products for this project.<br />

Ordering components allows customers to have<br />

greater control and flexibility over their project.<br />

At Yewdale, not only do they offer training for the<br />

installation of YewdaleKestrel anti-ligature<br />

magnetic brackets and products, but they also<br />

stock a huge range of wholesale components and<br />

offer next day delivery if ordered before 4pm the<br />

day before. So, if you’re a trained installer and<br />

order components, you can manufacture the<br />

products at your own pace and make changes to<br />

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orders at short notice.<br />

The YewdaleKestrel products used in the<br />

Good Hope Hospital project included the<br />

K100 curtain cubicle track (cubicle<br />

tracking) across the ends of the beds to<br />

allow for patient privacy, the K6200<br />

window curtain track on all internal<br />

windows and door windows facing<br />

corridors and the VL31 premium profile<br />

wand operated vertical blinds with<br />

YewdaleDefiant Dart grey PVC fabric on<br />

all of the windows converted to antiligature<br />

with our magnetic brackets – the<br />

wand is designed with user safety in mind<br />

and the PVC fabric is easy to clean and<br />

hygienic for healthcare settings. Each of<br />

these products were fixed with magnets<br />

that are designed to break away under<br />

excess weight. This ensures the ultimate<br />

safety around children and vulnerable<br />

service users.<br />

In an article with Birmingham Live, a<br />

local publication, Dr Mistry, an emergency<br />

department Consultant said:<br />

“We are looking forward to being able<br />

to work in a superb environment which<br />

matches the great level of care we offer<br />

our young patients at Good Hope.”<br />

“I’ve worked as a doctor in ED for over<br />

15 years and this new department is one<br />

of the most exciting developments I’ve<br />

been involved with. It will be of huge<br />

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Marking time<br />

UKCA and<br />

Shoosmiths look at<br />

the marking of<br />

goods going into<br />

and out of the EU<br />

The UK Government has announced that<br />

businesses will have a further year to start<br />

using the UKCA marking for goods placed<br />

on the GB market, extending the deadline to 1<br />

January 2023.<br />

What is a UKCA mark?<br />

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking<br />

is the new UK product marking that is used for<br />

certain goods that are placed on the GB market<br />

and covers most goods which previously required<br />

the EU CE marking, known as ‘new approach’<br />

goods.<br />

The UKCA marking indicates conformity with<br />

the applicable health, safety and environmental<br />

requirements for goods sold within GB. The<br />

marking does not apply to goods sold in<br />

Northern Ireland (NI) as, further to the NI<br />

Protocol, goods placed on the NI market are still<br />

subject to EU product safety rules.<br />

For certain goods being sold in GB, the<br />

manufacturer can affix a UKCA marking on a selfdeclaration<br />

basis, whereas other goods require a<br />

mandatory third party conformity assessment<br />

(done by a UK Approved Body) to be carried out.<br />

Prior to Brexit, the CE marking regime was<br />

recognised in the UK, as in other EU Member<br />

States. However, following the UK’s withdrawal<br />

from the EU, the EU no longer recognises<br />

conformity assessment by UK Approved Bodies<br />

for goods that are placed on the EU market and<br />

the UKCA marking is not recognised on the EU<br />

market. In time, goods with only a CE marking<br />

affixed will no longer be able to be sold on the<br />

GB market.<br />

What is changing?<br />

The UK Government implemented a period of<br />

transition which stated that goods with a CE<br />

marking that meet EU requirements could<br />

continue to be placed on the GB market until 31<br />

December <strong>2021</strong> (provided the EU and UK<br />

requirements remain the same). This provided<br />

businesses with a transition period but also<br />

permitted businesses to use the UKCA marking<br />

on a voluntary basis before that deadline.<br />

However, due to the delays and issues caused by<br />

the pandemic, and largely due to the fact there is<br />

a lack of availability of UK approved bodies to<br />

provide adequate conformity assessment services,<br />

this deadline has now been extended.<br />

The UKCA marking will become compulsory<br />

on 1 January 2023 for goods placed on the GB<br />

market, rather than 1 January 2022. For medical<br />

devices, businesses will not need to use the UKCA<br />

mark until 1 July 2023.<br />

Businesses must take action to ensure they are<br />

ready to apply the UKCA marking by 1 January<br />

2023 and, where mandatory third party<br />

conformity assessment is required, the priority<br />

should be to secure the support of a UK<br />

approved body.<br />

The UK Government website refers to 1<br />

January 2023 as ‘the final deadline’, which suggests<br />

that there will be no further extension granted.<br />

However, if that is going to be a realistic date, the<br />

issue regarding the lack of UK approved bodies<br />

(both availability and/or capacity for certain testing<br />

requirements) must be fully resolved before this<br />

deadline to ensure that adequate conformity<br />

assessment services and capability are available.<br />

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Shape of success<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong>hapers can<br />

fit a blind to any<br />

window shape, as<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong><br />

found out<br />

Way back in the 1960's vertical blinds<br />

were introduced to this Country and<br />

initially were primarily used in offices to<br />

diffuse any light glare. The fabrics were basic white<br />

or cream and really not imaginative so have<br />

unfortunately given the impression of these being<br />

boring plain fabric blinds to a lot of older people<br />

and not something that is decorative for a home.<br />

Things have changed beyond all recognition with<br />

fabulous fabrics of course brought in now that are<br />

really fashionable and the tracks have now advanced<br />

from the purely straight to being able to be curved<br />

into all sorts of shapes from ordinary bay windows,<br />

splay bay windows and even square bays all made in<br />

one track. We have done upward curving arched<br />

tracks as well as very large arches as in these photos,<br />

which for older building renovations work really well.<br />

The new innovations of the Allusion fabrics also lend<br />

themselves well to the shapes we make and with<br />

the German Benthin system can be motorised as<br />

well so that they can be linked up to the home<br />

automation systems if required.<br />

Architects seem to have become obsessed with<br />

the huge apex windows upstairs in homes which<br />

may look great but once the home owners move in<br />

finding a solution to the amount of light coming into<br />

their bedrooms becomes a priority and again<br />

sloping vertical blind tracks can easily be a great<br />

solution. I would recommend that with these a<br />

pelmet of fabric is added to cover the gaps between<br />

the top of the fabric and the track if greater<br />

darkening is needed. With the German Benthin<br />

system the tracks manual control has a braking<br />

mechanism in the end cap so the fabric stays up at<br />

the top when needed without sliding down with<br />

gravity and can be tilted to whichever angle suits the<br />

homeowner.<br />

The systems now have become so much more<br />

reliable now and with many people now wanting to<br />

have window furnishings that both enhance their<br />

rooms as well as giving light control and total privacy<br />

these vertical blinds are now a more than popular<br />

than ever choice, and once installed require very<br />

little maintenance or effort by the homeowner<br />

which certainly something they want now with<br />

work/life balances.<br />

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Out now: new rollers &<br />

verticals from Aquarius<br />

Aquarius has<br />

fabulous fabrics<br />

that your<br />

customers will love<br />

living with<br />

Modern-day living means the products we<br />

use in our homes need to work as hard<br />

for us as we do. And the right window<br />

dressings can not only enhance how a space looks,<br />

but how it’s used as well. Aquarius’ new collection of<br />

Roller and Vertical blinds includes practical designs<br />

for every room in the home, without compromising<br />

an inch on style.<br />

Within Arena’s new Roller blinds range is a variety<br />

of solution-focussed fabrics, including blackout<br />

options to help the whole family get a great night’s<br />

sleep, and anti-glare designs that are ideal for home<br />

working spaces.<br />

Eco-conscious shoppers will adore the amount of<br />

choice in the new collection too. There’s 40 different<br />

eco Roller fabrics available, including plains, patterns<br />

and delicate textures that’ll complement any room<br />

in the home.<br />

The new Verticals range is as practical as it is<br />

stylish with moisture-resistant fabrics that are perfect<br />

for kitchens and bathrooms, and fire-retardant<br />

options that provide complete peace of mind.<br />

Launching alongside the new ranges is WILD, an<br />

exotic selection of fabrics for Roller and Vertical<br />

blinds, and Arena’s first foray into capsule collections.<br />

Inspired by the beauty of the African savanna, the<br />

collection fuses animal prints, tropical grass designs<br />

and organic repeating motifs with a rich colour<br />

palette of sun-soaked terracotta, heady coral, cool<br />

stone and lush greens that fashion-forward<br />

customers will love.<br />

So whether its a clever solution to enhance how<br />

we use our indoor spaces, or a simple yet fabulous<br />

window refresh, Arena will have the perfect option<br />

for every home.<br />

All three collections are available to order now. To<br />

find out more visit arena-blinds.com or contact your<br />

sales rep for information.<br />

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Handcrafted close to home<br />

Demand for Santa<br />

Fe shutters is on<br />

the rise<br />

Over the last year consumer demand has<br />

seen a definite shift to “herald the high<br />

street”, purchasing locally and building<br />

our local businesses back to health. The knock-on<br />

effects of the ongoing global pandemic has<br />

extended shipping lead times and the everincreasing<br />

freight costs are set to continue into<br />

2022.<br />

Santa Fe <strong>Shutters</strong> Hampton collection has<br />

experienced this consumer shift to a “home<br />

crafted product”. The recently expanded 32,000<br />

sq. ft manufacturing facility in Lisburn, is set to see<br />

a further expansion in October to facilitate the<br />

increased demand for Hampton shutters. This<br />

expansion will see a staff increase of 33% to the<br />

shutter production facility and 50% output.<br />

As the Hampton shutter brand increases its<br />

presence in the UK shutter market place the<br />

benefits of these hand-crafted faux wood shutters<br />

are certainly being recognised:<br />

• Solid PVC is an extremely hardwearing<br />

material and perfect for areas of high moisture<br />

• The specific composition of Hampton PVC<br />

enables the crafted shutters to have a quality<br />

aesthetic. The quality matt finish replicates that of<br />

a painted wood shutter.<br />

• Urban louvre –The 89mm blade design offers<br />

enhanced light control as the blades close neatly<br />

onto one another reducing the amount of light<br />

flow into a room.<br />

• The comprehensive selection of frame<br />

options enables the majority of window styles to<br />

be dressed in Hampton shutters.<br />

Improving the customer experience is key for<br />

the Santa Fe brand. The online site guides the<br />

trade through the ordering procedure in an easy<br />

step by step process and presents several benefits:<br />

• An easy to use digital online ordering system<br />

• Encapsulates all specification options and<br />

order possibilities<br />

• Takes the user from quotation and shutter<br />

design to order and final delivery<br />

• Enables the user to design and configure each<br />

individual shutter through the creation of line<br />

drawings which aids final order confirmation.<br />

• Instantaneous communication of all order<br />

details direct to the factory<br />

• Reduces processing with increased accuracy<br />

• Enhances order lead times<br />

Further investment into the Santa Fe brand will<br />

be seen in the New Year with the development of<br />

a new online ordering portal what will offer a<br />

quick three step order process along with detailed<br />

3D shutter visuals.<br />

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32MM & 40MM MOTOR.<br />

Soft closure at end limit, bi-directional wireless controls, smooth 21rpm and 40rpm<br />

motor speeds, up to 300 complete open & close cycles per charge.<br />

Control from your smart device with the Home Hub.<br />




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Cradle to cradle<br />

Lienesch introduces<br />

Cradle to Cradle<br />

certified screen<br />

fabric True Clear<br />

Alu<br />

In July, Lienesch B.V from Haaksbergen, the<br />

Netherlands, received the Cradle to Cradle<br />

bronze certificate for its metallized screen fabric<br />

True Clear Alu.<br />

The C2C certificate was awarded to Conny<br />

Pasman, head of product development at Lienesch.<br />

True® Clear Alu is the ideal screen fabric for<br />

sustainably new build construction projects. This<br />

PVC-free screen cloth with an opening factor of 2%<br />

has a reflection value of 72%. As a result, this solar<br />

shading can be included in the nZEB (nearly Zero<br />

Energy Buildings) energy calculation for new build<br />

projects. “The fabric itself is not only made of<br />

healthy materials, but the use of the fabric also<br />

leads to a healthier and more comfortable indoor<br />

climate,” says Conny Pasman.<br />

“Obtaining the C2C product certificate is really<br />

the crowning glory. The chosen weave construction<br />

in combination with the nano-thin metallized layer<br />

on the outside of the cloth leads to a perfect, clear<br />

view to the outside. In addition, it prevents glare<br />

and thus leads to good visual comfort in the<br />

workplace. And by using inherent FR yarn, the<br />

highest fire- resistant properties are guaranteed,<br />

even with its long lifespan,” says Conny Pasman<br />

enthusiastically.<br />

True Clear Alu is available in a width of 285 cm<br />

and in six timeless colours. About Lienesch<br />

Creating fabrics is in Lienesch' blood. As a<br />

manufacturer of window decoration fabrics, we<br />

have over 20 years of experience in this field.<br />

Thanks to our knowledge of fabrics, continuous<br />

innovation and close relationships with our<br />

customers, suppliers and partners, we are able to<br />

provide the market with high-quality, innovative and<br />

inspiring collections. The focus on quality, personal<br />

contact and our passion for textiles makes us<br />

unique. www.lienesch.nl<br />

About True<br />

True is an honest and transparent label for<br />

window decoration fabrics and is only applied<br />

when we are sure that it meets all sustainability<br />

criteria.<br />

Responsible consumption and production is one<br />

of the 17 sustainable development goals set by the<br />

United Nations in 2015. Sustainable consumption<br />

and production is about doing more and better<br />

with less. This is exactly what we have in mind with<br />

the True® label. Responsible manufacturing involves<br />

producing goods and services in an ethical manner,<br />

minimizing waste and pollution.<br />

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Life is simpler<br />

when its safer.<br />

• Child Safe - No hanging cords<br />

• Easy to clean<br />

• Anti-warp<br />

• Smooth accurate positioning<br />

• 100% waterproof<br />

• Smooth or wood effect 50mm slat<br />

• UV resistant<br />

• Inherently FR<br />

• Bureau Veritas independently tested<br />

To order visit: portal.blocblinds.co.uk<br />

Become a trade partner<br />

T: 028 7944 0130 E: sales@blocblinds.com<br />

Marketing<br />

material available -<br />

Travel samples &<br />

slat cards.<br />



Celebrating 70 years<br />

RA Irwin tells<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong><br />

about its history<br />

and plans for the<br />

future<br />

In 1951, in the small County Armagh village of<br />

Magheralin, Northern Ireland, my grandfather,<br />

Alexander Irwin first opened the doors of R.A.<br />

Irwin. The business originally began as a<br />

manufacturer of handstitched handkerchiefs, but<br />

the arrival of the disposable tissue soon<br />

necessitated significant change and proved pivotal<br />

in establishing R.A. Irwin as the textile specialists<br />

you know today.<br />

Now, in the third generation, the Irwin Family<br />

remain at the heart of the business, along with the<br />

core company values on which R.A. Irwin was<br />

built. We are committed to providing customers<br />

with quality fabrics, dependability and superior<br />

levels of service.<br />

The last 70 years have been a journey, in which<br />

we have experienced thrilling highs and successes,<br />

along with some unfortunate lows. For R.A. Irwin<br />

the latter presented itself in 1985 when a fire<br />

broke out, burning the entire factory to the<br />

ground and, in 2008, our premises endured a<br />

major flood. These were challenging times to say<br />

the least but, as a company, adaptability and<br />

resilience were key in rebuilding the business to be<br />

stronger and more progressive.<br />

Unveiling the world’s first commercial digitally<br />

printed roller blinds at the 2009 R+T Stuttgart<br />

trade show was a particularly exciting and<br />

memorable time. Since then our pioneering print<br />

capabilities have gone from strength to strength<br />

and we have continued to grow and innovate.<br />

Stunning designs are created in our in-house<br />

design studio and brought to life through our<br />

cutting-edge digital print technology.<br />

At R.A. Irwin, experience has taught us to<br />

embrace change and it has been a driving force in<br />

reshaping the business. In 2019 we expanded our<br />

product portfolio with the launch of Honeycell,<br />

forming an exciting partnership with fabric<br />

innovators, Lienesch, to provide new and<br />

innovative cellular fabrics to the UK market.<br />

Honeycell encapsulates exceptional quality, choice<br />

and style and continues to make its mark on the<br />

blind industry.<br />

The looms fell silent in October 2020 as we<br />

made the strategic decision to cease weaving. This<br />

was the end of an era for the company but<br />

marked the beginning of an exciting, new chapter<br />

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continues on page 54

clic<br />



Our clic bead-fit system’s ultra slim design has been developed to fit perfectly onto any double-glazed<br />

window but is particularly suitable for bi-fold doors and tilt-and-turn windows.<br />

With clic, there is no need to measure the window’s bead depth as this system has been carefully<br />

engineered to fit all window frame depths with a single bracket type.<br />

It’s clever, fold away handle makes it ideal to use on bi-fold doors where it is important that the blind<br />

does not protrude further than the window frame.<br />

Please contact your Area Sales Manager to see a sample of clic along with the beautiful collection of<br />

venetian slat finishes and pleated and honeycomb fabrics, that are available with this blind.<br />



for R.A. Irwin. In <strong>2021</strong> we became an official<br />

brand partner of Coulisse, the inspirational<br />

window coverings brand from the<br />

Netherlands. This partnership originated<br />

from a shared vision and passion for<br />

window coverings and belief that window<br />

coverings are so much more than just a<br />

functional product.<br />

R.A. Irwin’s expertise in the field of<br />

digital printing and exceptional designs<br />

paired with Coulisse’s knowledge of textiles<br />

and their wide offering of plain fabrics has<br />

been translated into two state-of-the-art<br />

collection books: Authentic and Allure. This<br />

dynamic duo provides unrivalled<br />

possibilities to create comfortable, healthy<br />

and inspiring indoor spaces.<br />

The Authentic Collection showcases an<br />

extensive range of stylish plain roller and<br />

vertical blind fabrics, including elegant<br />

woven textures and outstanding qualities:<br />

sheer, light filtering and black-out. Whilst the<br />

Allure Collection embodies fresh,<br />

contemporary designs which are sure to<br />

inject a sense of personality into any<br />

interior.<br />

The Authentic and Allure books are<br />

intuitively arranged for optimum<br />

functionality and presented in a compact,<br />

lightweight format. Customers can order<br />

samples or browse images by simply<br />

scanning the integrated fabric QR codes<br />

with their smartphones. Gone are the days<br />

of heavy, cumbersome books!<br />

RA Irwin would like to acknowledge and<br />

thank all our loyal customers for their<br />

continued support. You create the<br />

momentum, which drives our business to<br />

new heights and we look forward to<br />

continuing to work with you in the future.<br />


Matic M1<br />

- Automatically cuts on four sides<br />

- Fast and Accurate<br />

- Athenea Software links to<br />

your Order System<br />

- Utilises part rolls or pieces<br />

- Automatic Nesting<br />

- Minimal Waste<br />

- Users report over 25%<br />

material savings and increased<br />

production<br />

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Matic M1-PC Cutting Tables<br />

&<br />

Matic Impulse Welders<br />

All Matic machines are Industry 4 compatible<br />

www.atech.co.uk<br />

Matic Welders<br />

- Automatic fold and weld<br />

- Perfect for vertical blinds<br />

- 3 - 8m welding widths<br />

- Weld Zips, Pockets, Splines<br />

and much more<br />

- Seamless welding, no shine<br />

- Weld fabrics with welding<br />

tape<br />

- Semi or Fully Automated<br />

- Simple to use


Why choose S:CRAFT?<br />

S:CRAFT has a<br />

number of reasons<br />

why you should<br />

choose its blinds<br />

and shutters<br />

Since our establishment in 2002, S:CRAFT has<br />

become famous for both its premium range<br />

of shutters and blinds, and providing<br />

exceptional customer support. Our products are<br />

made-to-measure and are engineered to the<br />

highest possible standard.<br />

Based on our core values of people, partnership,<br />

and pride, we are passionate about providing<br />

outstanding support for our trade partners<br />

throughout their S:CRAFT experience.<br />

Premium quality, childsafety,<br />

for your peace of<br />

mind<br />

When our customers choose S:CRAFT to buy<br />

their products from, they can be assured that we<br />

only select premium materials, use a state-of-theart<br />

manufacturing process, and have superb<br />

attention to detail. We understand how important<br />

child safety is and, as standard, all our shutter and<br />

blinds ranges are fully compliant with the child<br />

safety requirements of BS EN 13120.<br />

Innovation<br />

Our ever-evolving range of products means that<br />

we always maintain a very competitive edge! We<br />

offer seven quality shutter ranges from our<br />

Portchester aluminium range of security shutters<br />

to ABS, MDF to 100% hardwood – there is a range<br />

to suit every budget, requirement, and taste.<br />

With our comprehensive blinds launch, now all<br />

of your shutter and blinds requirements can be<br />

fulfilled by S:CRAFT.<br />

Unique offering<br />

We offer products that are unique to S:CRAFT -<br />

such as Lioni, a distinctive and beautiful product<br />

unlike anything on the market. The Portchester<br />

range of shutters are crafted from architectural<br />

grade aluminium and are CE certified, making them<br />

a popular choice for homes in need of added<br />

security. We also offer AnyColour and Digital Print<br />

in the Designer Signature collection of blinds,<br />

delivering almost infinite possibilities!<br />

Industry leading service<br />

levels<br />

Our experienced logistics team offers a first-class<br />

and professional service. Our owned fleet of vans<br />

delivers nationwide, and we offer flexible delivery<br />

schedules and updates. S:CRAFT offers awardwinning<br />

training with six individually tailored training<br />

courses, designed from scratch by our training<br />

manager, Mark Duwell and each course comes with<br />

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to impart this knowledge to others, training<br />

at S:CRAFT will improve our partners'<br />

technical product knowledge, and<br />

consequently increase their sales.<br />

its own exclusive training materials. Mark has<br />

over 20 years’ joinery experience, as well as<br />

having worked with blinds and shutters since<br />

2006. He has gained a wide range of<br />

technical knowledge and valuable skills for<br />

surveying and fitting. We recognise the need<br />

Experienced customer<br />

support<br />

Our enthusiastic team of six highly skilled<br />

advisors are on hand Monday - Friday<br />

8:30am - 5pm, helping our customers with<br />

product queries, ordering platform and<br />

factory liaison. Our proactive and dedicated<br />

Account Managers are industry experts,<br />

offering business planning and helping our<br />

partners grow. The Marketing team here at<br />

S:CRAFT provides collateral to support and<br />

complement our trade partners’ local<br />

marketing. We pride ourselves on industryleading<br />

levels of service, helping to drive the<br />

success of our trade partners.<br />

If you are interested in becoming an<br />

S:CRAFT trade partner, please visit www.scraft.co.uk/trade,<br />

email connect@scraft.co.uk<br />

or call 01962 794538 today.<br />





www.isotra.com<br />







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International expansion<br />

DUCO joins forces<br />

with Daikin Europe<br />

for international<br />

expansion<br />

As a Belgian manufacturer of ventilation<br />

systems, DUCO has for 30 years been<br />

synonymous with innovative and high<br />

quality products that guarantee a healthy indoor<br />

climate for the end customer. The company does<br />

this with its wide range of window ventilators and<br />

boxes, lamella grilles and fabric solar shading. Daikin<br />

Europe has now picked up this unique positioning<br />

and will be launching in the residential ventilation<br />

segment in partnership with the Veurne-based<br />

company.<br />

Last year, air quality in residential buildings<br />

became noticeably more important. As a result of<br />

the corona pandemic, people became increasingly<br />

aware that a polluted indoor climate has a major<br />

impact on our health. Ventilation specialist DUCO<br />

and Daikin Europe are also aware of this impact on<br />

people and are joining forces.<br />

Setting trends in mechanical<br />

ventilation<br />

Since the start, DUCO has been a pioneer and<br />

trendsetter in mechanical ventilation. Today, DUCO<br />

can deliver not only the quietest D systems on the<br />

European market, but also the smartest. This is<br />

thanks to an integrated 2-zone operation on the<br />

DucoBox Energy Premium and automated<br />

demand based on CO2 and relative humidity on<br />

the entire D range.<br />

That way, DUCO offers not only maximum<br />

performance during the process of ventilation itself,<br />

but the company also manages to confine the<br />

ventilation to only those rooms where it’s needed,<br />

for as long as it’s needed. The end result? DUCO<br />

succeeds in providing the end customer with a<br />

healthy indoor climate combined with minimal<br />

energy consumption and maximum (acoustic)<br />

comfort.<br />

Golden partnership<br />

To respond to the increasingly pressing demand<br />

for total residential solutions, DAIKIN has now<br />

joined forces with DUCO. DAIKIN will, therefore,<br />

be offering the advanced DUCO solutions to<br />

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customers across its entire European<br />

network.<br />

“We are seeing residential ventilation<br />

become increasingly important. More and<br />

more of our professional customers are<br />

asking us for total solutions in their pursuit of<br />

a one-stop shop. And so we set out to find a<br />

reliable manufacturer that, like DAIKIN,<br />

prioritises quality, innovation and comfort and<br />

that would enable us to set ourselves apart<br />

in this segment, one that is new to DAIKIN.<br />

In DUCO, we found a partner here in<br />

Belgium (DAIKIN’s European HQ is in<br />

Ostend),” says Anthony Dimou, deputy<br />

general manager of Sales bij Daikin Europe.<br />

“We were immediately impressed with the<br />

products and the professionalism of the<br />

DUCO team and we’re looking forward to<br />

initiating our customers in the DUCO<br />

solutions.”<br />

DUCO’s CEO, Luc Renson also speaks of<br />

a fine partnership: “As a multinational active<br />

throughout Europe, DAIKIN is a dream<br />

partner for us. We will be able to market our<br />

ventilation systems on a bigger scale and, with<br />

that, underscore our European ambitions.<br />

Both companies have the same DNA: quality,<br />

innovation and completely hassle-free service<br />

for our customers. That’s what made us a<br />

good match. There is still some work to be<br />

done on effective ventilation legislation in<br />

some countries, but we are convinced that<br />

more and more people are becoming aware<br />

of the importance of ventilation. For their<br />

own health and that of their children and<br />

their homes. As a result, more people will<br />

eventually make a conscious choice in favour<br />

of high quality total solutions. Therefore, we<br />

are thrilled to be able to announce this new<br />

partnership today so we can keep on<br />

contributing to a healthier and greener<br />

Europe.”<br />

Choose Broadview as your<br />

Trade Awning Partner<br />

• Shading solutions for residential<br />

and commercial projects<br />

• Knowledgeable and highly<br />

experienced team<br />

• Point of Sale materials available<br />

• Full dealer support<br />

Call us for an informal discussion<br />

01202 679012<br />

sales@broadview.co.uk<br />

www.pergolasandshading.co.uk/trade<br />

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Perfect pleats<br />

Louvolite has a<br />

pleated range for<br />

its clients<br />

It is surely a well recognised fact that the pleated<br />

shade only found a place in the blindmaker’s<br />

armoury when the new-fangled way of selling<br />

more glazing units (also called a conservatory)<br />

came back into fashion in the late 1980s and early<br />

1990s.<br />

Blind manufacturers were fully conversant with<br />

manufacturing and installing products that were to<br />

be fitted in windows that were positioned in the<br />

normal orientation – e.g. vertical. However, angle<br />

them in a roof and you have a whole different ball<br />

game. The pleated blind had of course been<br />

around for some time, with the first real volume<br />

pleated shades being of good quality, stiffened and<br />

printed paper believed to be manufactured by a<br />

Scandinavian company.<br />

In 1990 Louvolite launched its first pleated fabric<br />

programme and, in step with other Louvolite fabric<br />

collections, this programme was extensive and<br />

presented in a fabulous presentation book.<br />

At the same time, Louvolite introduced a<br />

pleated system that allowed manufacturers to cut<br />

fabric and manufacture made to measure blinds as<br />

effectively as they could with other products. When<br />

viewed against other products, two things were<br />

significantly different with pleated shades; the<br />

primary function of pleated shades was to reduce<br />

solar gain in conservatories whilst also providing<br />

decoration and privacy. Gravity had a major<br />

negative effect on a pleated blind though – the<br />

pleated blindmakers worse nightmare … pleat<br />

droop!<br />

Ahead of the game, in 1994/5 Louvolite created<br />

SPC which soon became the coating adopted on<br />

all Louvolite performance fabrics for pleated (and<br />

eventually other) products.<br />

SPC significantly improved the performance of<br />

fabrics regarding their ability to reduce solar gain<br />

and in addition were much more user friendly than<br />

the metallised fabric available at that time. In<br />

tandem with this, Louvolite presentation material<br />

included all the performance data across all pleated<br />

shades to enable the blindmaker/consumer to<br />

select fabric that offered the appropriate level of<br />

protection. It is difficult to understand how a<br />

pleated shade product could ever be offered<br />

without the accompanying solar and optical<br />

performance information.<br />

Louvolite then created Equi-Pleat to eliminate<br />

‘pleat droop’. This great concept anchored each<br />

pleat to the next and secured all of them to the<br />

headrail. This resulted in each expended pleat<br />

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continues on page 62


remaining equidistant to the next, creating a<br />

much-improved effect when the blind was<br />

deployed.<br />

Perfect Fit was a programme that<br />

changed pleated blind sales forever. In the<br />

days of BPF (before Perfect Fit), blind<br />

manufacturing companies would have teams<br />

of installers taking literally days to fully install<br />

blinds within a conservatory. Totally capable<br />

blind manufacturing companies would<br />

subcontract conservatory roof installations<br />

to a few recognised experts.<br />

Perfect Fit changed all<br />

that<br />

It enabled blind manufacturers to use a<br />

measuring and manufacturing system that<br />

would produce Perfect Fit blinds guaranteed<br />

to fit the window for which they were<br />

measured. Add to that the fact that there<br />

was no need for drilling and screw fixing<br />

with Perfect Fit, a conservatory could be<br />

fitted out with blinds in no time at all - it<br />

simply changed the way blinds were<br />

installed… period!<br />

Of course, the brilliance of Perfect Fit<br />

could never be restricted to the<br />

conservatory and over the years the<br />

product has migrated into an all-rounder of<br />

an installation system occupying all the<br />

window types and indeed doors types<br />

which are found using double glazed sealed<br />

units in all areas of the home.<br />

The biggest company in our industry<br />

launched its cellular product back in the<br />

1980’s with a programme that centred on<br />

the American market. It is reported that<br />

within the first couple of years the cellular<br />

(or honeycombe) product had captured<br />

some 60% of the North American pleated<br />

blind sales and it has continued to develop.<br />

Notwithstanding some of the<br />

environmental benefits attached to cellular<br />

shades, thermal and solar efficiencies and<br />

the like, the acceptance of this product in<br />

the UK market, whilst sluggish in the earlier<br />

years, has now found a unique and valued<br />

position with any window shade portfolio.<br />

The honeycombe structure of cellular<br />

blinds creates multiple benefits. The layer of<br />

air within the honeycombe has insulation<br />

benefits – both solar and thermal. The lift<br />

cords pass through the centre of the<br />

honeycombe and as such are not visible<br />

when the blind is deployed resulting in a<br />

neater finish to the blind and where an<br />

opaque fabric is used – no holes. <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

manufactured with Perfect Fit systems can<br />

satisfy the child safety requirements of<br />

EN13120 by virtue of removing the need<br />

for operating cords and chains – perfect!<br />

The range of offerings with cellular fabrics<br />

continues to grow. Louvolite currently offers<br />

a wide variety of cellular options with both<br />

light filtering and opaque fabrics available<br />

and in various widths up to 3m wide. The<br />

cellular product can be manufactured using<br />

a freehang pleated system, a venetian<br />

headrail system, a tubular operating system<br />

(roller shade) and is an absolute ideal<br />

companion to Louvolite Perfect Fit (hand<br />

and glove comes to mind). Both Louvolite<br />

pleated and Louvolite cellular programmes<br />

can be manufactured using the Louvolite<br />

One Touch wand motorised system<br />

Both of these products are sophisticated<br />

window furnishings that can offer an<br />

interesting slant to the more traditional<br />

options available. The products are as<br />

flexible as roller shades, but introduce new<br />

design features as the pleats or cells are<br />

extended or contracted. In addition, the<br />

additional insulation capability should not be<br />

overlooked and will be welcomed by<br />

households eager to reduce heating/cooling<br />

energy costs. If the consumer is given a free<br />

choice of product when selecting window<br />

furnishings it will be interesting to see the<br />

impact this has on the continuing success of<br />

two great products.<br />

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Refreshed collection<br />

The Style Studio<br />

pleated collection<br />

was launched<br />

earlier this year as<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong><br />

found out<br />

The Style Studio Hive & Pleated Collection<br />

launched earlier this year. Our Interior<br />

experts refreshed the collection to include<br />

on trend colours, textures and patterns. The<br />

makeover we have given to our book with its new<br />

darker green colour and foiled design which has<br />

been a huge hit with our customers! The pages<br />

within the book have also been made using<br />

responsibly sourced materials.<br />

The layout of the book has not changed, the<br />

right-hand side of the book is laid out in<br />

colourway format, and the left-hand side of the<br />

book is laid out by range. Greys are more popular<br />

than ever, so we have moved the grey fabrics<br />

towards the front of the book for easy browsing!<br />

We have also included a new design gallery page<br />

showing off our stunning new pattern designs,<br />

while giving you an idea of how they will appear in<br />

a window.<br />

Here at Style Studio we believe that everyone<br />

needs to do more to help the environment. For<br />

the first time in Hive & Pleated we now have a<br />

variety of recycled eco fabrics. These fabrics have<br />

been developed using yarn that has been derived<br />

from post-consumer plastic drinks bottles. These<br />

fabrics are versatile and offer a high-quality finish.<br />

There are 5 ranges available in an array of<br />

textures, weaves and colour options. Visit our<br />

website to learn more about our eco story.<br />

The Style Studio interior experts have been<br />

hard at work researching current and future<br />

trends to bring you a range of modern,<br />

contemporary and WOW patterns. Traditionally<br />

patterns were only available in pleated, but for this<br />

Collection we have developed exciting new Hive<br />

patterns. The Collection includes a wide range of<br />

patterns including: bold geometrics and bright<br />

florals, as well as more subtle printed textures.<br />

Hive fabrics always bring that element of luxury<br />

to a home. Hive Deluxe continues to be the most<br />

popular option for adding a soft luxury look to<br />

the home. Coloured on both sides and available in<br />

an impressive 10 colour options, there is sure to<br />

be a colour to suit every interior taste. Due to the<br />

popularity of the range we have now introduced<br />

Hive Deluxe Blackout, also available in 10 colours,<br />

8 of which mirror those of standard Deluxe. With<br />

enhanced light control Hive Deluxe Blackout<br />

makes the perfect addition to any bedroom or<br />

office space. Hive Deluxe Blackout Rose and Sky<br />

are our soft pastel blackout only colours. The<br />

versatility of these two colours make them ideal<br />

for office spaces, bedrooms or even a baby’s<br />

nursery.<br />

On trend colours are becoming increasingly<br />

popular in window blinds and that is why we have<br />

updated our plain fabric offering. New Shadow<br />

Blackout is available in 6 on trend colours. The<br />

colours range from cool neutral tones to bright<br />

warm orange hues. One of our most talked about<br />

new ranges for this Collection is our stunning<br />

metallic fabric Radiance asc. This smooth all over<br />

metallic fabric takes window coverings to the next<br />

level. Radiance asc is also available as a Micro<br />

fabric option, perfect for bi-fold doors and<br />

compact spaces.<br />

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Going one better<br />

Easy installation is<br />

possible with<br />

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Perfect Fit has been one of the most<br />

influential products of recent times. It has<br />

fast become THE installation method of<br />

choice for blinds being installed into any building<br />

with double-glazed sealed unit window systems<br />

featuring flexible gaskets. It will carry most blind<br />

types, pleated, cellular, venetian, roller and Vision<br />

products.<br />

That said, there are still some window types the<br />

Perfect Fit system simply isn’t suited for – sash<br />

windows, many traditional wooden windows, the<br />

new fangled atriums or lanterns that have<br />

appeared of late designed to shed oodles of light<br />

into areas of the home previously in constant<br />

twilight.<br />

But surely there must be some way that Perfect<br />

Fit can be enhanced to allow installation in such<br />

instances – well there is now with Perfect Fit<br />

Universal.<br />

The methodology is simple. For those window<br />

installations not capable of housing a Perfect Fit<br />

blind, then create a dedicated framing system that<br />

fits to the inside or outside recess of the offending<br />

window and design that frame to match Perfect<br />

Fit installation methods. Now that allows Perfect<br />

Fit to be “perfect” for even more window shading<br />

opportunities.<br />

The aforementioned atriums or lanterns add<br />

real panache and style to homes. In addition,<br />

however, they can add real temperature variations<br />

too. Even with some of the best glazing coatings,<br />

the summer sun can cause serious overheating<br />

issues and even colour damage to flooring or<br />

furnishings. In winter, the reverse can be true and<br />

rising warm air may be lost through the expanse<br />

of the glazed lantern. Perfect Fit Universal with a<br />

cellular shade installed can, when operated as<br />

required, reduce solar gain and thermal loss,<br />

thereby allowing the householder to gain control<br />

of the area once again and safeguard household<br />

furnishings.<br />

In addition, many Louvolite customers have<br />

recommended Perfect Fit housing a Louvolite<br />

blockout cellular fabric as a simple and effective way<br />

of reducing light ingress in any room that required<br />

darkening. For example bedrooms, theatre rooms<br />

and so on. Now with Perfect Fit Universal, such<br />

performance can be significantly enhanced by<br />

installing Perfect Fit Universal inside, or ideally<br />

outside, the recess and again using a Louvolite<br />

blockout cellular fabric. Fabulous and no doubt<br />

simpler than a more typical blockout system and,<br />

just like original Perfect Fit, looks so neat as if it was<br />

part of the original window installation.<br />

So now there are many more window types<br />

that can be enhanced by the installation of a<br />

Perfect Fit window blind – it seems that this could<br />

be a Perfect time for such a long awaited addition.<br />

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The Fabric Box Softcell Collection presents a<br />

perfect selection of 25mm cellular fabrics.<br />

Branded under The Fabric Box this<br />

Collection of softly woven celled fabrics<br />

compliment the array of textures available within<br />

the roller and vertical Collections.<br />

The Collection boasts 33 fabrics across 5 ranges,<br />

in both dimout and blockout options enabling<br />

optimum light management. The subtle colour<br />

palette comprises of popular muted tones along<br />

with sophisticated two-tone designs complementing<br />

the cellular form of the fabric.<br />

The delicate linear form and angles of each<br />

Softcell fabric are diffused further with the selection<br />

of dimout fabrics, whilst the blockout fabrics<br />

facilitate optimum light control.<br />

Softcell is the perfect choice as we enter<br />

Autumn/ Winter, the delicately constructed 25mm<br />

cell structure creates a pocket of air which acts as<br />

an additional insulation layer. This natural insulation<br />

pocket offers excellent energy efficiency properties<br />

in the cooler months whilst reducing heat gain in<br />

the Summer. The majority of the Softcell fabrics<br />

present a white fabric to the exterior which reflects<br />

the infrared heat rays from the sun acting as a<br />

coolant in the warmer months.<br />

The Softcell Collection can be manufactured with<br />

multiple operating systems, bottom up and topdown<br />

bottom up; both suitable for corded or for<br />

free hanging operation. The 25mm cells make<br />

Softcell the ideal fabric for Perfect Fit frames. The<br />

patented frame adds further insulating properties<br />

creating an additional barrier from heat loss.<br />

The Fabric Box Softcell Collection is due to see<br />

the launch of a more comprehensive offering in<br />

2022.<br />

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headrail when closed. All are colour co-ordinated or<br />

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These window furnishings will enhance the outline of<br />

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Motorization of the tilt is sometimes possible with<br />

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New textures arrive<br />

JM has a range of<br />

new textures fr its<br />

customers<br />

Natural structures are an ongoing trend in<br />

interior design and Junkers & Müllers has<br />

the right textile answers for this. JM’s<br />

structured segment, already successfully<br />

established in the market, is now significantly<br />

expanded by new textures.<br />

A diverse selection of new fabrics from rustic to<br />

refined: For a start, there is Bamboo with its coarse<br />

raffia weave look. sierra color varies surface<br />

appearance in subtle natural colours, while Bouclé<br />

Frost combines lightly shimmering yarns with a lively<br />

weave. Ancona, with its grainy salt-and-pepper look,<br />

appears very homely. the robust linen texture of<br />

Atrio on the other hand fits perfectly in modern<br />

country-style interiors.<br />

Granada pearl is also new to the collection: the<br />

combination of coarse weaves with shimmering<br />

metallic effects is particularly interesting and its<br />

pearl coating on the back ensures excellent thermal<br />

properties.<br />

Most of these semi-transparent fabrics are also<br />

available as blackout fabrics. They look as natural as<br />

jute and linen fabrics while simultaneously offering<br />

the stable hanging properties of polyester fabrics. The<br />

colour palettes range from cool white and silver<br />

shades to soft beige, warm sand and earth tones.<br />

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The perfect way for bonding your vertical<br />

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Teaming up<br />

Somfy and Samsung<br />

SmartThings<br />

Partner to Provide<br />

Integrated Smart<br />

Shading Solution<br />

Somfy has announced its new partnership with<br />

Samsung SmartThings, the premier<br />

technology enabling connected living and<br />

driving the future of IoT. Using Somfy’s new TaHoma<br />

Gateway, Somfy-powered shading solutions can<br />

now be fully integrated into the smart home and<br />

controlled through the SmartThings application.<br />

SmartThings connects and controls thousands of<br />

popular smart home devices across hundreds of<br />

brands, and with the addition of Somfy’s smart<br />

shading solutions, homeowners and residents can<br />

now seamlessly control their shades, blinds,<br />

draperies, screens, awnings, and pergolas from the<br />

same control system as their other connected living<br />

devices. Somfy-powered products will be “Works<br />

with SmartThings” certified, allowing users to<br />

seamlessly integrate Somfy into scenes and<br />

automations to work together with devices already<br />

within the SmartThings ecosystem.<br />

Speaking on the new integration, Alex Keichinger,<br />

product marketing for connected solutions at<br />

Somfy said, "We're thrilled to announce our<br />

compatibility with Samsung SmartThings to offer an<br />

easy and convenient way for customers to<br />

automate their shades and blinds from a single<br />

application that already connects their home.” He<br />

added, “Samsung SmartThings is known to improve<br />

accessibility and with the new integration,<br />

customers can now automate and control Somfy<br />

motorized shades to create customized<br />

experiences and comfort at the touch of a button.”<br />

“At SmartThings, our mission is to make<br />

connected living simpler, accessible and easier for<br />

everyone,'' said Samantha Osborne, Vice President<br />

of Business Development and Marketing for<br />

SmartThings. “By adding Somfy into our vast<br />

ecosystem, we are making the home even more<br />

unified by offering users the possibility to seamlessly<br />

automate everyday tasks and stay engaged in the<br />

moments that matter.”<br />

Key Features and Benefits<br />

• One Master Control System: SmartThings<br />

improves smart home accessibility/usability by<br />

offering one convenient application to control and<br />

automate Somfy motorized shades and blinds along<br />

with your other smart home devices.<br />

• Natural Lighting Control: Choose to have your<br />

shades, blinds, draperies, screens, awnings, and<br />

pergolas open and close on demand or automate<br />

them and spend more time on the things that<br />

matter most.<br />

• Energy Efficient Homes: Schedule shades to<br />

open during the warmest times of the day during<br />

winter and close during the hottest times of the day<br />

during summer to save on heating/cooling costs.<br />

• Home Automation: Don’t let errands eat up<br />

your quality time. Control multiple smart home<br />

devices simultaneously by creating a custom scene.<br />

With one command, your home can be ready for<br />

your next activity, be it waking up or going to bed,<br />

leaving the house, or staying in and watching a<br />

movie.<br />

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Going wireless<br />

Somfy’s new<br />

Sonesse 28<br />

WireFree RTS<br />

External Battery<br />

Motor offers quiet,<br />

wireless<br />

convenience for<br />

motorized window<br />

coverings<br />

Somfy is excited to introduce the Sonesse 28<br />

WireFree RTS External Battery motor. The<br />

newest addition to Somfy’s Designed for<br />

Silence wirefree motor range features a compact<br />

size and smaller diameter motor head. This makes<br />

the Sonesse 28 WireFree RTS External battery<br />

motor a great fit for the motorization of smaller<br />

windows.<br />

“The improved sound performance and wireless<br />

design makes this motor perfect for today’s<br />

decorative shading solutions,” said Brent Holup,<br />

Somfy North America product manager.<br />

With Designed for Silence quiet operation, the<br />

Sonesse 28 WireFree RTS External Battery motor is<br />

perfect for a wide variety of applications. It features<br />

smooth motion with adjustable speed control and is<br />

compatible with Somfy’s Situo Variation remote for<br />

precise control of sheer and layered shades. Built-in<br />

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) immunity is also ideal<br />

for use in layered shades.<br />

The Sonesse 28 WireFree RTS External Battery<br />

motor features a recessed programming button on<br />

the motor head for easier installation and<br />

programming. It also features an LED low battery<br />

indicator to let users know when it’s time to<br />

recharge the shade. Charging the external Li-ion<br />

battery can be accomplished by virtue of a plug-in<br />

wall charger or convenient solar option. The<br />

Sonesse 28 WireFree RTS External Battery motor<br />

can also be powered without a battery, thus using a<br />

friendly plug-and-play 12V DC power supply.<br />

Users can also enjoy app control and voice<br />

control of motorized shading through Somfy’s<br />

myLink hub and TaHoma gateway. Somfy’s smart<br />

shading works with a wide variety of smart home<br />

systems like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Brilliant,<br />

IFTTT, SmartThings, Philips Hue, Crestron, Control4,<br />

Savant, and more. Users can create scenes and<br />

schedules for smart home products, including<br />

motorized shades, that can be controlled through<br />

an app, voice control, or with automated schedules.<br />

Users can create a Good Morning schedule, for<br />

instance, that raises all their bedroom shades in the<br />

morning, turns on the lights, and starts the morning<br />

news. No matter how large or small the window,<br />

Somfy has a smart motorization solution.<br />

Third-party home automation integration also<br />

makes it simple to create a fully realized smart<br />

home with motorized shading. Smart shading is an<br />

integral component of the modern smart home,<br />

providing energy savings, comfort, and privacy.<br />

“The Sonesse 28 WireFree RTS External<br />

Battery motor expands Somfy’s wirefree motor<br />

range and increases smart shading opportunities<br />

for smaller windows with rechargeable power,”<br />

Holup said.<br />

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Integrated experience<br />

Somfy and Crestron<br />

Partner to Deliver<br />

Automation in<br />

Outdoor Living via<br />

Crestron Home<br />

Somfy and Crestron have announced a<br />

partnership to control outdoor and indoor<br />

motorized solutions. This Crestron Home<br />

driver for Somfy’s new TaHoma Gateway interface<br />

will allow the seamless control of smart shading<br />

solutions.<br />

“This highly requested collaboration will make it<br />

simple for integrators to incorporate Somfy<br />

motorized components into the Crestron Home<br />

environment,” said Brittany Mier y Terán, partnership<br />

and custom integration channel manager. “By<br />

working together, we’ve made it easier for Crestron<br />

Home integrators to automate rolling shutters,<br />

pergolas, awnings, exterior screens, projection<br />

screens, and solar shading that use Somfy motors.”<br />

Recent events have driven interest in beautiful<br />

and functional outdoor spaces. Homeowners want<br />

their backyards to function better for their needs<br />

while maintaining a “staycation” feeling. Motorized<br />

outdoor products can create spaces that react to<br />

time, weather, and environment to improve outdoor<br />

living and enhance satisfaction.<br />

Crestron Home can now seamlessly control<br />

Somfy motors in pergolas with motorized louvers<br />

or motorized screens. Combine with other smart<br />

home solutions like lighting, music and more to<br />

create a vacation atmosphere for homeowners<br />

without leaving the backyard.<br />

“More than ever, the connected home extends<br />

past the interior. Integrators frequently work with<br />

both Somfy and Crestron Home on the same<br />

projects, which is why we knew it was important to<br />

partner to deliver a frictionless user experience.”<br />

said Bob Bavolacco, director of technology partner<br />

programs.<br />

This new driver allows for a seamless integration<br />

into the rapidly expanding Crestron Home<br />

platform. Crestron Home allows homeowners to<br />

easily access and control every aspect of their<br />

smart home from one simple and intuitive platform.<br />

Utilizing open and forward-looking technology<br />

means Somfy’s new TaHoma interface will maintain<br />

compatibility with the Crestron Home automation<br />

system now and in the future. TaHoma provides a<br />

single platform for Radio Technology Somfy (RTS)<br />

and Somfy’s upcoming Zigbee motors with a wide<br />

range of interior and exterior applications.<br />

While creating the ideal outdoor oasis,<br />

integrators can also offer traditional smart window<br />

treatment options for motorized shades, blinds, and<br />

draperies.<br />

Crestron also offers drivers and modules for<br />

various Somfy products including myLink, Somfy<br />

Digital Network Power over Ethernet (PoE) and a<br />

driver is upcoming for the Somfy Connect Universal<br />

Automation Interface Plus (UAI+).<br />

“Our goal is to improve not only the outdoor<br />

living experience, but the integrator’s experience as<br />

well,” said Mier y Terán.<br />

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Wood control<br />

Lutron has a range<br />

of smart wood<br />

blinds available<br />

now<br />

Lutron Electronics has announced the addition<br />

of smart wood blinds to its window coverings<br />

family. The solution marries the style and<br />

function of bespoke wood blinds, with the<br />

convenience and control of smart home<br />

technology.<br />

The smart wood blinds ensure homeowners<br />

automatically have the perfect light through their<br />

Natural Light Optimisation feature. By harnessing<br />

your smart device’s inbuilt compass and GPS<br />

technology, the Lutron app identifies the direction<br />

of any window and automatically tilts the blind to<br />

the optimal position. Homeowners can then<br />

customise each blind to taste, prioritising privacy or<br />

more light depending on the room’s use.<br />

Desire for comfort and autonomous features at<br />

home has never been higher. The comfort and<br />

lighting worldwide market, comprising of devices<br />

aimed at improving the atmosphere at home, is<br />

expected to more than double by 2025. The smart<br />

wood blinds offer an elegant and accessible entry<br />

point to smart home automation, effectively<br />

meaning blinds never need be touched and can be<br />

controlled through a single application.<br />

As well as complete control, the blinds require<br />

no wiring or expertise for installation. They are<br />

powered by standard, off-the-shelf alkaline D or AA<br />

batteries, taking less than 20 minutes per blind to<br />

install and takes no prior expertise or training to<br />

setup.<br />

“We are always striving to provide customers<br />

with the perfect experience, whether that be<br />

through lighting or shading solutions. The smart<br />

wood blinds are yet another step in the direction of<br />

creating a completely autonomous, controllable, and<br />

self-optimising environment for homeowners. They<br />

simply provide the right amount of natural light<br />

throughout the day with effortless elegance,” said<br />

Steve Detmer, residential products manager at<br />

Lutron.<br />

78 <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> • ISSUE FOUR <strong>2021</strong>

2022 EDITION<br />

This buyers’ guide lists all types of<br />

equipment, components and finished<br />

products within the blinds, awning,<br />

grilles and shutters market.<br />


Take advantage of a unique opportunity<br />

to place your company’s corporate<br />

message in front of a large audience of<br />

decision-makers.<br />

Print copies of the 2022 edition of<br />

<strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong> Buyers’ Guide will be<br />

available in December <strong>2021</strong><br />

The Buyers’ Guide will be available to<br />

view ONLINE in Janaury 2022<br />

To advertise please contact<br />

Julie Saridakis • T: +44 (0) 1923 432705<br />

E: j.saridakis@turretgroup.com

Helpline To advertise here phone Julie Saridakis 01923 437 620<br />





www.dickson-constant.com<br />

Contact Luxaflex<br />

Distributor for Dickson awning fabrics<br />

0161 442 9500<br />

C<br />

M<br />

Y<br />

CM<br />

MY<br />

CY<br />

CMY<br />


Conservatory and<br />

Window <strong>Blinds</strong> Specialists<br />

Motorisation options available<br />

01603 404040<br />

enquiries@eablinds.co.uk<br />

www.eablinds.co.uk<br />

Your No1<br />

choice for<br />

integral<br />

blinds<br />

www.morleyglass.co.uk<br />

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Leeds 27 Ind. Estate,<br />

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Excellent Quality, Unbeatable<br />

Service & Competitive Prices<br />

• Wooden<br />

• Aluminium<br />

• Vertical<br />

•<br />

• Roller<br />

• Faux Wood<br />

• Pleated<br />

• Roman<br />

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk<br />

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2<br />

We set the standard for Customer Support<br />


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Stainless steel powered<br />

awnings and shade systems<br />

supplied to the best of the<br />

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01686 629010<br />

sales@makefast.com<br />

www.makefast.com<br />


...now available onshore<br />

Excellent Quality, Unbeatable<br />

Service & Competitive Prices<br />

• Wooden<br />

• Aluminium<br />

• Vertical<br />

•<br />

• Roller<br />

• Faux Wood<br />

• Pleated<br />

• Roman<br />

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk<br />

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2<br />

We set the standard for Customer Support<br />


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Perfect Fit <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

Everything you need to<br />

manufacture Perfect Fit<br />

blinds using Louvolite<br />

fabrics & components<br />

Customer Services<br />

0161 882 5050<br />

orders@louvolite.com<br />


Award winning blinds<br />


Excellent Quality, Unbeatable<br />

Service & Competitive Prices<br />

• Wooden<br />

• Aluminium<br />

• Vertical<br />

•<br />

• Roller<br />

• Faux Wood<br />

• Pleated<br />

• Roman<br />

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk<br />

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2<br />

We set the standard for Customer Support<br />

To advertise in <strong>Blinds</strong> & <strong>Shutters</strong><br />

please call JULIE SARIDAKIS<br />

on 01923 437 620<br />

or e-mail me at:<br />

j.saridakis@turretgroup.com<br />

0800 107 5535<br />


blocblinds.com<br />


& FABRICS<br />

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Roller / Verticals / Pleated blinds / Honeycomb<br />

For more information contact:<br />

info@lienesch.co.uk<br />

lienesch.com<br />

Pleated <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

Everything you need to<br />

manufacture Pleated<br />

blinds using Louvolite<br />

fabrics & components<br />

Customer Services<br />

0161 882 5050<br />

orders@louvolite.com<br />

Roller <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

Everything you need to<br />

manufacture Roller<br />

blinds using Louvolite<br />

fabrics & components<br />

Customer Services<br />

0161 882 5050<br />





Excellent Quality, Unbeatable<br />

Service & Competitive Prices<br />

• Wooden<br />

• Aluminium<br />

• Vertical<br />

•<br />

• Roller<br />

• Faux Wood<br />

• Pleated<br />

• Roman<br />

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk<br />

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2<br />

We set the standard for Customer Support<br />

Excellent Quality, Unbeatable<br />

Service & Competitive Prices<br />

• Wooden<br />

• Aluminium<br />

• Vertical<br />

•<br />


• Roller<br />

• Faux Wood<br />

• Pleated<br />

• Roman<br />

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk<br />

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2<br />

We set the standard for Customer Support<br />

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DAY & NIGHT<br />


www.stylebyglobal.com | 01449 722996<br />

sales@stylebyglobal.com<br />





DAY & NIGHT<br />


www.stylebyglobal.com | 01449 722996<br />

sales@stylebyglobal.com<br />


Excellent Quality, Unbeatable<br />

Service & Competitive Prices<br />

• Wooden<br />

• Aluminium<br />

• Vertical<br />

•<br />

• Roller<br />

• Faux Wood<br />

• Pleated<br />

• Roman<br />

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk<br />

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2<br />

We set the standard for Customer Support<br />

Vertical <strong>Blinds</strong><br />

Everything you need to<br />

manufacture Vertical<br />

blinds using Louvolite<br />

fabrics & components<br />

Customer Services<br />

0161 882 5050<br />

orders@louvolite.com<br />


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Excellent Quality, Unbeatable<br />

Service & Competitive Prices<br />

• Wooden<br />

• Aluminium<br />

• Vertical<br />

•<br />

• Roller<br />

• Faux Wood<br />

• Pleated<br />

• Roman<br />

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk<br />

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2<br />

We set the standard for Customer Support<br />

Excellent Quality, Unbeatable<br />

Service & Competitive Prices<br />

• Wooden<br />

• Aluminium<br />

• Vertical<br />

•<br />

• Roller<br />

• Faux Wood<br />

• Pleated<br />

• Roman<br />

E: vicky@tropicalblindsltd.co.uk<br />

T: 020 8269 6400 F: 020 8269 6401/2<br />

We set the standard for Customer Support<br />

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www.blindsmagazine.co.uk<br />

To advertise in this space please call<br />

JULIE SARIDAKIS on 01923 437 620<br />

or e-mail: j.saridakis@turretgroup.com<br />

View our magazine online<br />

at<br />


Classified’s<br />

FOR SALE<br />


Shutter Business: Retirement Sale<br />

Direct from the owner, an established and profitable<br />

South Bedfordshire shutter business, currently operated<br />

part time by the owner and a freelance fitter.<br />

2020 Jan to Dec<br />

Gross profit £80k including £20k in fitting fees<br />

<strong>2021</strong> Jan to Aug<br />

Gross profit £85k including fitting fees of £25k<br />

Priced to sell at £50k<br />

Enquiries to shutterbiz@mail.co.uk<br />

Join our dedicated local advisors<br />

team now - immediate start available<br />

Would you like to work for yourself, at your own pace,<br />

with hours that suit your needs and lifestyle? Then join our<br />

dedicated network of over 1000 self-employed advisors<br />

who operate locally and do just that, advising the nation on<br />

the best blinds, curtains and shutters for their homes.<br />

Flexible<br />

earning<br />

We’re recruiting!<br />

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work for you<br />


Advance<br />

training<br />


We’re recruiting!<br />


Join our experienced installation team<br />

At Thomas Sanderson we pride ourselves<br />

on precision and detail. If you have an eye<br />

for detail, practical DIY knowledge and<br />

exceptional customer service skills our<br />

hands-on surveyor installer roles could<br />

be the next step in your career.<br />

These roles allow for part-time or full-time<br />

working hours, access to our professional<br />

training academy, flexible commission based<br />

earnings and generous bonus scheme.<br />

careers.thomas-sanderson.co.uk<br />

Join our award winning network of specialist installers -<br />

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we’re always looking for practical thinking, confident new people to<br />

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work for you<br />


Advance<br />

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In the Janary 2022 edition, features include:<br />


Join our dedicated network<br />

of sales designers<br />

Thomas Sanderson is always seeking<br />

talented new sales professionals to join<br />

our experienced team of sales designers.<br />

Our national field roles are suited<br />

to those with exceptional customer<br />

service skills, a passion for interior<br />

design and a great eye for detail.<br />

With a generous bonus scheme,<br />

flexible commission based earnings<br />

and part-time and full-time roles<br />

available, our sales designer roles<br />

are perfect if you’re looking for a<br />

more bespoke career.<br />

careers.thomas-sanderson.co.uk<br />

n Energy efficiency<br />

n Panel blinds<br />

n Motorisation<br />

n Roller, roman & soft blinds<br />

n Production Techniques/weaving<br />

n <strong>Blinds</strong> components & accessories<br />

n Marketing & Branding<br />

To submit your editorial article, please contact:<br />

John Hatcher, Editor<br />

T: +44 (0)1923 437 618 • E: j.hatcher@turretgroup.com<br />

For all advertising enquiries, please contact:<br />

Julie Saridakis, Sales Manager<br />

T: +44 (0)1923 437 620 • E: j.saridakis@turretgroup.com




Tropical <strong>Blinds</strong> are a UK manufacturer offering the trade an independent choice of<br />

custom blind collections designed for you and your customers.<br />

Our Impressions Collection combines practicality with a range of modern faux wood slats<br />

featuring smooth, embossed and grained finishes.<br />

You can see all our product ranges and first class customer support systems at<br />


For more information contact your Area Sales Manager<br />

or call our Customer Service Department on:<br />

0141 814 3500<br />


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