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Brian's on the bus this morning...- 04/10/2016

Avocet launches radio campaign aimed at tackling driveway car theft

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ATK SUCCESS LOCKED-IN BY ROCKDOOR- 11/04/2016

Rockdoor, one of the largest composite door manufacturer in the UK, began fitting ATK as standard on all of its Ultimate high security composite, stable and French doors at the beginning of March - a move that makes the Lancashire-based company become the first composite door manufacturer to make ATK its standard lock.

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EMPLAS LOCKS IN AVOCET FOR ATK DEAL- 24/02/2016

Leading window, door and conservatory supplier, Emplas has agreed to exclusively fit Avocet ATK locks on all of its composite doors.

Northamptonshire-based Emplas opted to make the switch in order to ensure its customer base was being supplied with the best possible snap-secure lock.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year- 23/12/2015

We hope all our our customers and suppliers have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We'll see you all again soon when we return on the 4th January.

Many Thanks for your continued support during 2015!!!

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AVOCET RECEIVES ENDURANCE ENDORSEMENT- 09/12/2015

Endurance Doors ® has become the latest company to switch to Avocet's new ATK snap secure lock. The move, which is part of the North Lincolnshire based company's Secured by Design upgrade of its Solid and Secure composite doors, takes place with immediate effect, and according to Endurance ® Doors' managing director, Stephen Nadin was an obvious choice.

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North East Panels has made the switch to Avocet's new ATK snap secure lock.- 26/11/2015

The Washington-based company, which produces over 400 completed door units per week, will be fitting the new TS007 3-star rated and SS312 Diamond accredited Euro cylinder on all of its Secured by Design doors with immediate effect. In addition, Avocet's Affinity door handle is now being fitted as standard on all its SBD doors, and its bar handles are to be used across all doors.

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UK AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE FIGHT AGAINST BURGLARY - 27/10/2015

The clocks have gone back, the dark nights are here, and the same old culprits are peddling their annual forecasts of break- in doom and gloom - but according to Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (NHWN) the outlook for the UK is in fact extremely positive.

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AVOCET ENJOYS MLA SHOW SUCCESS- 26/10/2015

Avocet Hardware reaped the benefits of its strong product portfolio, industry leading marketing support and a host of big ideas at this year's MLA Show - walking away from the three day event with a host of new business wins.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS GAPING HOME SECURITY HOLE- 08/10/2015

Research undertaken by Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) has highlighted a gaping home security hole amongst its members - a problem the nationwide organisation says will be exacerbated amongst the general public.

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SWC TRADE FRAMES SWITCHES TO AVOCET'S ATK- 02/09/2015

Just weeks after its launch, Avocet Hardware has announced its first major success for ATK - with SWC Trade Frames making the switch to its new TS007 3-star rated and SS312 Diamond accredited snap secure lock.

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AVOCET WELCOMES INSURER SUPPORT FOR UK STANDARD TO PROTECT AGAINST THE RISK OF LOCK-SNAP ATTACKS- 20/08/2015

Avocet Hardware has welcomed Aviva's latest "Hardfacts" information sheet on locks and lock standards, which explains the benefits of TS007 3-star and SS312 Sold Secure Diamond accredited locks to better protect against the risk of lock-snapping.

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AVOCET ADDS TO ITS BREAK SECURE PRODUCT RANGE- 12/08/2015

Avocet Hardware has added to its Break Secure lock range with the launch of the ATK high security euro cylinder - the company's second Sold Secure Diamond and TS007 British Kitemark 3-star rated lock.

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AVOCET CHEERS IN APPROVED DOCUMENT Q1- 05/08/2015

Avocet Hardware has welcomed the imminent adoption of Approved Document Q1 of the Building Regulations 2010 - saying its introduction will redress a significant security specification issue.

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Facebook Competition - upgrade your doors this summer to #stayABSsafe - 20/07/2015

5 winners picked every week until 7th Sept 2015

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#ABSsummerlockin campaign launched by Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network to keep security locked in and intruders locked out- 20/07/2015

Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network is urging householders to #stayABSsafe this summer by launching the #ABSsummerlockin campaign to coincide with the school summer holidays in England and Wales - a time of year that sees a 10% increase in domestic burglaries and 40% increase in outdoor thefts*.

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AVOCET MANUFACTURES WIN AT NEWSPAPER AWARDS- 28/05/2015

Avocet Hardware has been named manufacturer of the year at the Brighouse Echo Business Awards 2015.

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Avocet Accelerates Growth Plans With Warehouse Expansion- 01/04/2015

Avocet Hardware has signalled its intent for 2015 by doubling the capacity of the warehouse facilities at its Brighouse headquarters in West Yorkshire.

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Avocet Heralds RISC Authority Guidance As A Major Step Forward In The Fight Against Lock-Snapping- 01/04/2015

Avocet Hardware has welcomed the RISCAuthority's decision to incorporate an explanation of lock-snapping and the importance of TS007 and SS312 in the fight against it in its latest "Guidance to Occupiers".

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It's Hamer Time - Avocet Telesales Team Grows With Success- 01/04/2015

When it comes to telesales nobody can touch Avocet Hardware's team, thanks in no small way to its new telesales manager, Michelle Hamer.

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New Avocet Catalogue 2015- 06/01/2015

We are delighted to introduce the New Avocet Product Catalogue for 2015

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AVOCET'S AFFINITY WITH DOOR-STOP- 23/10/2014

Avocet Hardware has announced a deal with Door-Stop International that will see the UK's favourite composite door manufacturer stock its full range of Affinity hardware.

The range, which will be available on 3-day composite doors ordered via www.door-stop.co.uk, incorporates hinges, locks, door bolts, handles, letterplates, knockers and numbers, and comes in three colours, chrome, gold and matt black.

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AVOCET PRAISES GLAZERITE FOR ABS ADDITION - 23/10/2014

Avocet Hardware has praised Glazerite Windows Ltd for its decision to fit its ABS snap secure lock as standard on all of its Secured by Design (SBD) accredited doors.

Raymond Pearce, Avocet Hardware's head of UK sales, said: "Lock-snapping has become a huge issue in recent years and one of the main reasons for its rise in prevalence is the number of double glazed and uPVC doors being sold with locks that simply aren't secure."

?Glazerite?s decision to tackle this problem through the incorporation, as standard, of the UK?s safest lock in both its Wellingborough and Bolton production facilities has to be applauded and I hope others will quickly follow suit.?

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NATIONWIDE PRAISES AVOCET'S 3D THINKING- 08/09/2014

One of the UK's leading window and door manufacturers, Nationwide Windows has heaped praise on Avocet's Affinity 3D hinge - a product that is so simple it can be adjusted using just an Allen key.

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AVOCET CELEBRATES NATIONAL AWARDS WIN- 24/04/2014

Directors and staff at Avocet Hardware are celebrating the company's remarkable turnaround - having gone from being a business on the brink to being named winner of the Hardware Company 2013 category in the very first National Fenestration Awards (NFAs) in less than two years.

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Avocet calls on Amazon to end lock-snapping tool trade- 01/04/2014

Avocet Hardware has called upon Amazon to ban the sale of tools specifically designed to assist in lock-snapping.

Brighouse-based Avocet Hardware, which manufactures the ABS snap-secure lock, says it is astonished that items such as a pocket sized snapper bar for anti-snap cylinders and a premium lock snapper bar are readily available to buy for as little as £34.95 on Amazon...

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PUTTING DOORS IN THE FRAME- 01/04/2014

"It wasn't so long ago that a door was very much just a door. Buyers didn't require any specialist knowledge to make a purchase - they simply needed to know the dimensions and were confident that everything else would take care of itself.

Today, at first glance at least, things appear overly complicated. For a start there are 18 different standards listed on the Secured by Design website that relate specifically to door security, and cover everything from locks to door viewers, chains and limiters through to letterboxes....

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AVOCET'S DESIGNER APPOINTMENT- 03/03/2014

Avocet Hardware has appointed Paul Collins as its product design and implementation manager.

The Brighouse-based business, which recently announced a further £2.1million investment from its owners, The Jain family, created the position in order to boost the company's product development capabilities at a time when it is pushing to firmly re-establish its position as the leading player in the home window and door security market.

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AVOCET'S 3-STAR DIAMOND SUPERSTAR DELIVERS UK'S BEST DEFENCE AGAINST LOCK-SNAPPING ATTACK - 07/02/2014

The ABS snap-secure lock from Avocet Hardware not only delivers TS007 3-star protection against lock-snapping attack, it is also boasts Sold Secure's SS312 Diamond accreditation - a combination that officially makes ABS the safest snap-secure lock in the UK.

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AVOCET SETS SIGHTS ON MIDLANDS WITH PASKIN APPOINTMENT- 03/02/2014

Avocet Hardware has appointed Karen Paskin as its new business development manager for the Midlands.

The Brighouse-based company is currently seeking to re-establish its position as the leading player in the home window and door security market and sees business development roles as a key part of its future success.

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Winners of the National Fenestration Awards... - 02/01/2014

After a hard but exciting year, we we're extremely pleased to hear that the industry voted us as joint winner of the 2013 National Fenestration Wards.

We've got lots to do in 2014 but we're more determined than ever that we can bounce back and the team is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

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Avocet Hardware owners pump £2.1m more into the Brighouse based business- 26/11/2013

The Jain family has invested a further £2.1million in Avocet Hardware taking the total invested since it bought the Brighouse-based company out of administration in February 2012 to £10.6million.

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Avocet unlocks ABS sales potential with new appointment- 20/11/2013

Brighouse-based Avocet Hardware has appointed Raymond Pearce as head of UK sales for its ABS snap-secure lock system.

The ABS lock, which was the first of its type to be accredited to the new British Standard TS007 (3-star) and is the only retro-fit euro cylinder that has passed the SS312 Sold Secure Diamond standard, is Avocet's response to the rise in lock-snapping across the UK.

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Avocet interview with Michelle Orpe at the MLA Expo- 01/10/2013

Avocet's Marketing Manager Derrick Purvis explains the benefits of the ABS lock and it's unique patented security features. The effectiveness of the ABS lock has been proven in Police and City Council target hardening projects where ABS has been instrumental in reducing repeat break-ins.

Derrick further demonstrates the breadth of marketing material that are available to help educate home owners on how they can effectively combat against euro cylinder lock snapping burglaries.

The ABS lock is currently the highest accredited euro cylinder on the market and the only retro-fit lock to have passed the Sold Secure Diamond standard.

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Avocet calls on Insurance Industry to act on lock snapping- 27/06/2013

Avocet Hardware has called on the UK’s insurance industry to recognise lock-snapping as a means of forced entry and pass on premium savings to customers whose homes are secured with snap-proof locks.

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Avocet teams up with Neighbourhood watch to keep the burglars at bay- 07/05/2013

Lock snapping as a means of forced entry into homes is on the increase, but it's a crime that can be easily beaten.

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We have a Winner of the Affinity 3D Hinge Challenge!- 24/04/2013

Nathan Buckley of Four Seasons Conservatories wins the Affinity 3D Hinge fitting challenge at last week's FIT show in Telford. Fitting 3 x Affinity fast fit 3D Hinges in an outstanding 3 mins 8 seconds!

With only 4 body parts we know it's easy to fit the Affinity 3D hinge but the installers and fabricators at the FIT show proved us just how quick they are.

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Sometimes doing little things can make a huge difference.- 22/03/2013

At Avocet we strive to go the extra mile. Whilst it true that it's often very difficult to get everything right in the fast paced environment we work in. Sometimes the smallest gesture can still make a big difference to someone.....

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Avocet's £2000 Door Hardware Guarantee- 25/02/2013

We've such confidence in our TS007 3 star ABS cylinder and our Secured by Design accredited locking systems and hinges that we're going to back the range with our £2000 security guarantee...

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Lock it and Stop it!- 17/09/2012

Wetherby & Harewood Neighbourhood Policing Team are striving to safeguard residents from crime by visiting homes in the area and offering home security advice.

Police Officers have recently undergone training from Gemma Attiwell of Avocet Hardware Ltd and are now better equipped to deliver home security advice throughout the area.

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ABS - At the top of the podium!- 24/07/2012

ABS officially passes BSI Kitemark TS007 with a 3 Star rating.

ABS is the only high security cylinder with our patented locking cam that EFFECTIVELY stops a snapping attack and blocks further access into the lock case,

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The Atlantic Group Acquires Avocet Hardware Limited- 27/02/2012

The Atlantic Group announced the acquisition of Avocet Hardware Limited on Friday 24th February 2012.

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ABS Locks fitted in local Government funded scheme- 29/11/2011

The ABS high security euro cylinder; Beating the Burglars in Leeds.

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ABS Team wins best stand award at MLA Expo- 09/11/2011

ABS Secure celebrated a spectacularly busy exhibition by winning an award from the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) for the most innovative stand at the MLA show in September.

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See ABS at the MLA Expo 2011- 06/09/2011

The ABS range of security cylinders, padlocks and new additions to the range will be on stand 80 at the MLA Expo at the International Exhibition Centre - Telford from 9th-11th September.

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Lock Snapping - what is the Solution? - 06/06/2011

See what happened when Bez and Shifty, our two local burglars, came across ABS Secure Locks!

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Easy-adjust Affinity hinge now available from Door-Stop- 18/05/2011

"The Affinity 3D hinge makes it easier and quicker to fit the door," explains Door-Stop's Managing Director, Nick Dutton.

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Lock Snapping - The Problem- 18/05/2011

Door lock snapping on euro profile cylinders is becoming more popular with burglars. They are in, in seconds. They invade your home. Steal your cars. Find out the facts and fight back with ABS Secure locks.

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What the Locksmith says about ABS!- 04/05/2011

Expert advice on Locksnapping and euro profile cylinders

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Avocet's high security ABS cylinder achieves new Sold Secure Diamond standard- 14/01/2011

The ABS Snap Secure Cylinder from Avocet Hardware has become the first high security cylinder on the market to achieve the new Sold Secure Diamond standard. Sold Secure is dedicated to reducing the risk of crime by the assessment of security products.

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Avocet promotes market leading ABS Cylinder to homeowners- 25/08/2010

A consumer direct mail campaign promoting the market leading ABS Snap Secure Cylinder is a huge success.

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Affinity proves good looking hardware sells- 05/07/2010

Sales of Avocet Hardware's Affinity range of fully suited hardware have exceeded 900,000 units since its launch in February 2009...

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Phenomenal response to Avocet's ABS Snap Secure Cylinder- 29/06/2010

Since its launch in January, the Avocet ABS Snap Secure Cylinder has been a phenomenal success...

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Affinity Hardware Upgrade now available from Door-Stop - 18/05/2010

Whilst every Door-Stop door is fitted with Yale hardware as standard, there is now the option to change doorset hardware to Avocet Affinity.

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Avocet makes it easy for composite door installers to save and sell- 19/04/2010

Leading hardware supplier Avocet hardware has launched two innovative hardware solutions for composite doors.

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Successful launch for Avocet's Affinity Easy Fit 3D Hinge- 16/02/2010

The Affinity Easy Fit 3D Hinge is one of Avocet's most popular product launches. To date, 22000 units have been sold since its January launch.

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ABS Thwarts Burglary Attempts- 10/02/2010

Kevin Horler, Contracts Manager at CASAC, says: "One of our engineers accompanied a police officer to a number of properties in a Wibsey street after a home had been burgled."

Kevin Horler, Contracts Manager at CASAC, said "The reason that burglars couldn't break-in was because CASAC have now started fitting a brand new product, the ABS cylinder from Avocet, which is designed to combat the snapping of euro cylinders. In our opinion this is by far the most secure Euro cylinder available and we would urge anyone who has a uPVC door to consider having one fitted"

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Avocet awarded Kitemark accreditation for ABS Snap Secure Cylinder at G09 show- 18/10/2009

Leading hardware supplier Avocet Hardware received Kitemark accreditation for its new ABS Snap Secure Door Cylinder at the G09 Regional Exhibition at Wembley. The security door cylinder is the most secure on the market. It's pick resistant, bump resistant and incorporates Avocet's Snap Secure technology. It passed PAS024 testing with flying colours and doesn't require a security handle or cylinder guard.

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Avocet's growth formula- 07/08/2009

In the toughest market in living memory, sales of the industry's leading hardware supplier are up on last year and up on budget. In July, Avocet Hardware's sales were 7.9% ahead of the same month in 2008 and 8.2% ahead of budget. And it's part of a trend. In the three month period to the end of July 2009, sales were 4.7% ahead of the same period last year and 4.17% ahead of its annual budget.

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Avocet sees 30% growth in bi-fold door hardware- 15/07/2009

As window fabricators and installers diversify, leading hardware supplier Avocet hardware is seeing sales growth in new areas. Sales of bi-fold door hardware have increased by 30% year on year from December 2007 to December 2008 and Managing Director Kevin Harvey believes this trend will continue. "More fabricators are adding bi-fold doors as they look to increase sales through diversification. We're able to supply our customers with quality products to help them take advantage of this growth area. I'm certain we'll see our sales in this area continue to grow."

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Avocet sales ahead of budget- 14/07/2009

Sales of the leading hardware supplier Avocet were 5% up in June compared to May and 14% up compared to April as daily sales rates continue to increase. This puts them ahead of their annual budget and well ahead of the market.

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Next day delivery from Avocet keeps customer lead times to a minimum - 14/07/2009

Leading hardware supplier Avocet Hardware is offering next day delivery to all its customers to help them minimise the amount of hardware they need to hold in stock. Ordering products when they need them, and having them delivered next day also allows window fabricators to offer shorter, more competitive lead times to their customers. Avocet's next day service is available within the UK on any order received daily up to 4:30pm Monday-Thursday and 3:30pm Friday.

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Avocet Assist offers customers top quality service- 14/07/2009

Many companies pay lip service to customer care packages. But leading hardware supplier Avocet Hardware is one company its customers can rely on when it comes to customer service. In 2004, the leading hardware supplier set up Avocet Assist with the aim of supporting customers during every step of the sales process. Since then, cost of quality has been reduced 55% year on year.

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Avocet's Pioneering approach to hardware- 14/07/2009

Leading Hardware supplier Avocet Hardware has launched a new range of door handles. Pioneer is a contemporary range which offers window fabricators striking and durable door hardware. The new range is part of Avocet's commitment to supply its customers with hardware which helps them sell.

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Avocet's new look website launched at www.avocet-hardware.co.uk- 19/01/2009

Leading hardware supplier Avocet Hardware has launched a new website at www.avocet-hardware.co.uk. The new look website is part of Avocet's rebranding and will make it easier for customers and prospects to access the information they need on window and door hardware as well as architectural ironmongery.

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Avocet's product guide highlights choice of hardware on offer- 19/01/2009

Leading hardware supplier Avocet Hardware has launched its latest product guide. The 156-page guide showcases Avocet's full range of window and door hardware, including the recently launched Affinity and Datum ranges, as well as its wide variety of friction stays, hinges and accessories.

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New Phocas friction stays from Avocet give fabricators more choice- 20/11/2008

Leading hardware supplier Avocet Hardware has launched a new and improved range of Phocas friction stays.

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Suite as you like with Affinity from Avocet- 20/11/2008

Leading hardware supplier Avocet Hardware has launched Affinity - a new range of fully suited window and door handles.

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Avocet celebrates industry achievements- 19/11/2008

ďA night of celebrating great industry achievements,Ē is how Kevin Harvey, Managing Director of Avocet Hardware, described this yearís G08 Awards. Leading Hardware supplier Avocet Hardware was one of the eventís main sponsors and is proud to be associated with such a prestigious event.

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Avocet's Datum achieves record sales at launch- 19/11/2008

Avocet Hardware, the leading window and door hardware supplier, has launched Datum, its new range of in-line window handles.

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A new face for the new Avocet Hardware- 17/11/2008

From August, Avocet has a new logo and a striking new look. Managing Director Kevin Harvey explains: ďA recent company review highlighted the very large gap between the old logo and the look of the brand and what Avocet was now. The logo no longer reflected reality in the eyes of customers, staff and suppliers. Avocet had changed, but the logo and look belonged to the past.

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Avocet bucks the trend- 17/11/2008

Palmer Market Research has just predicted a huge drop of 32% in 2008 in windows and doors for the new build sector. Other reports put the whole window industry down 10-15% on 2007. Some are suggesting quarter two may have been worse.

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Avocet - Market leading distributors of Window, Door and Builders Hardware. Innovators of the ABS Snap Secure High Security Euro Cylinder.

Avocet Hardware (UK) Limited. Registered in England No. 06650649

Brands include; ABS Snap Secure Locks, Affinity, Lightning, Falcon, Datum. The Affinity suite of window, door, handles, 3D hinges, letterboxes, door knockers. ABS high security snap secure euro cylinder lock, Triad friction stays, Triad 3D hinges. Phocas friction stays available in standard, egress, easy clean and restricted formats. Pioneer door bolts for upvc doors and doorbolts for composite and timber doors.