One of the UK’s leading trade fabricators has switched to Mila’s low carbon GRIP handle for all of its casement windows, after deciding that the product ticked every single box for its installers.
Consort is now fitting an impressive 3500 GRIP handles every month on the Veka FS frames it manufactures at its Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire factory.
Consort’s Head of Sales & Marketing Jeff Dunn said: “Switching to the GRIP handle was such an easy choice for us. It looks exactly the same as a conventional zinc handle, but it’s proven to be stronger with an even more durable finish. Because it is manufactured in ABS, it’s also warmer to the touch so doesn’t become a magnet for condensation and obviously, it will never rust.“From an installer’s point of view, it addresses the vulnerable areas on a window handle which could lead to expensive remedial visits. It’s cost effective yet has the potential to save our installer money in the long run with its strength and durability, and that seems like an ideal combination.”
Since Consort introduced the GRIP handle on its windows in April 2016, the feedback from customers across the UK and Ireland has been very positive. Jeff Dunn continued: “At first, it seems counterintuitive that a handle which is lighter than zinc can also be stronger, but Mila provided us with the sales and marketing tools we needed to explain the science behind the product, and our installers are really embracing the benefits it brings.”
He added: “Our focus is on quality and reliability so we’re understandably very choosey about all of the components we use to manufacture our windows. Anything new we add to our range is rigorously assessed beforehand and on the GRIP handle, we just can’t see any negatives. It even fits the green agenda, being 100% recyclable and with a 60% lower carbon footprint.”
Mila launched the patented GRIP handle at last year’s FIT Show. GRIP stands for Green Reliable Intelligent Polymer and one of the product’s key selling points is that it is the only window handle in the UK that has been certified by the Carbon Trust.
It is available in the standard trade version as supplied to Consort and in GRIP Colour and GRIP CleanTouch variants. GRIP Colour offers a choice of RAL colours on the handle, painted in the UK and assembled at Mila’s production facility in Daventry to ensure short lead times for customers. The innovative GRIP CleanTouch, meanwhile, incorporates an anti-microbial treatment in the handle which protects against the spread of bacteria in hospital and healthcare environments.