Complete hardware solution goes down a storm at FIT Show

Tim Ferkin (left) & Alan Hartley (right) showcasing Cotswold's motorised parallel stay

International friction stay manufacturer Cotswold Architectural Products returned back to its offices in Cheltenham, having seen its ‘complete hardware solution’ go down a storm at the FIT Show.

At the event, Cotswold teamed up with Giesse – who are world leading suppliers of door locks and handles; and showcased a number of product innovations.

One of which was its motorised parallel stay, which generated huge interest from fabricators. Cotswold also showcased its most recently launched product – Validus +, which is set to be the biggest friction stay on the market.

Validus+ is 32” long and is capable of supporting a window that is 2.5 metres high and 250kgs in weight. This heavy duty hinge is ideal for aluminium windows, triple glazing, and curtain walling and specialist facades.

Tim Ferkin, who is General Sales Manager at Cotswold comments: “At the show we caught up with existing customers, as well as prospective ones, and alongside Giesse demonstrated how we can offer the complete hardware solution. Regarding our product range – the motorised parallel opening friction stay was the focus of lots of attention – it is clearly filling a gap in the market.”

Alan Hartley, who recently returned to Cotswold as Sales Manager says he was inundated with enquiries from aluminium fabricators: “The launch of Validus + – and our whole range of heavy duty hinges – was generating lots of interest from aluminium fabricators.

“They were enquiring about robust hardware to meet the growing demand for high-end domestic products such as triple glazed windows, where standard hardware isn’t quite strong enough.”

Iain Morgan, Cotswold’s Managing Director comments on their involvement with the show: “Well, what a show and what a showcase for Cotswold. We’ve been manufacturing and supplying innovative hardware for over thirty years now.

“It provided a platform for us to communicate the expertise and knowledge we have accrued as the world’s number one specialist friction stay manufacturer; and demonstrate our latest product innovations. It was also fantastic to see so many thriving companies together under one roof – showing all that is good about this industry.”