In his new monthly blog – Life of Brian – Cotswold’s Design Manager Brian Bunn discusses key product solutions he has delivered for companies around the world; as well as talking about key market trends that are shaping the industry.
Firstly – a belated Happy New Year. I ended 2012 with a visit to China where I found out more about the hardware scenario over there.
But moving on; to kick of 2013 I have been over to India. Mumbai to be exact and it was the subject of restrictor arms that brought me there.
Cotswold are the only manufacturer to supply seven different restrictor arm solutions; and they can be found in commercial buildings all over the world, such as hotels and office complexes where restricting the opening of windows is key to ensuring safety.
Whilst in India I attended several meetings with manufacturers, architects, Specifiers and developers to discuss our range of solutions.
As we know India is developing fast and the combination of changing building regulations and more high-rise buildings being constructed makes fertile ground for hardware suppliers.
But flexibility and variety is important when it comes to restrictor arms as every building is different and every requirement will be different.
So what about our restrictor arms? As mentioned we have a number of options.
One of which is our Auto-latch Cavity Restrictor which is compatible with all of our domestic and commercial range of friction stays; it automatically resets when the window is closed and is tested to withstand a force of 600N when opened to its restricted position.
Another is our Locking Friction Arm which is released using a key, allowing for the vent to open to its full potential- ensuring it is easy to clean the exterior glass from the inside of the property.
Then there is our Heavy Duty 102 Latch Friction Arm and Heavy Duty 102 Friction Arm which are both ideal for heavier windows found in commercial buildings.
It is a superior option to the peg stay and can be supplied in all different sizes to suit customers’ specific requirements.
We also supply a Telescopic Support Arm which can be locked open at a desired position for ventilation and to prevent sudden closing during extreme weather.
All our products are manufactured with the highest-grade steel and are cutting-edge solutions.
They went down a storm India and we are currently working with key-contacts on a number of upcoming developments, which I will keep you posted about. Cotswold already has hardware incorporated in some very impressive buildings in India such as the recently constructed Canara Bank in Mumbai (see here).
As an aside to communicating the benefits of our restrictor arms it was interesting to compare the Indian market to the Chinese, having been in one country so soon after the other.
Whereas the Chinese government is heavily subsidising manufacturing, the Indian government is more heavily subsidising the software and service sector.
When it comes to the manufacturing of engineered products, if you go to a Chinese factory, it will potentially be state-of-the-art but if you go to an Indian one, it will probably not be of the same standard.
From spending time in India it is also fascinating to see the transformation of its communities. If you are wealthy in India, you may live in a large gated community with a shopping centre, pools and security guards and in these communities PVCu windows have become desirable.
Many Indian households have aluminium windows of the kind that were in homes across the UK around thirty years ago, before the PVCu boom hit. PVC-u is clearly in vogue in India and brilliant white PVC-U windows have become something of a status symbol.
This is interesting when you think about what PVC-u windows symbolise in the UK and the domestic growth of aluminium. India, like China is on a fascinating journey and it is their idiosyncrasies that fascinate me.