Mila officially launched its new GRIP™ Colour espag handle at the FIT Show on a stand which was appropriately bursting with colour. The Carbon Trust certified GRIP™ handle has already been getting lots of attention in the market because it is so ‘green’, but Mila has now revealed that it is not just green but multi-coloured and is available in any RAL colour or gold or chrome finish.

Because it is produced in high strength polycomposite ABS, GRIP™ Colour brings the option of coloured handles to the mainstream hardware sector for the first time. Customers can choose bespoke colours to blend with coloured window frames and sashes or even contrasting colours to suit interior design schemes or corporate identities.

MILA270 A giant Mila tree showcasing the Carbon Trust certified GRIP Colour handles was the centrepiece of the stand 1The centrepiece to Mila’s stand was a giant tree with multi-coloured GRIP™ Colour espag handles forming the leaves, blossom and fruit and there were GRIP™ Colour handles throughout the stand matching windows and doors in PVC-U, aluminium and composite profiles.

Richard Gyde, Mila’s Managing Director, said at the show: “GRIP™ is a truly clever and original product packed with features which give our customers a real head start in lots of market sectors.

“It fulfils all of the requirements from the commercial sector for a green product with low embodied carbon and, at the same time, it also offers lots of opportunities to win business from design conscious specifiers and homeowners looking for something just a bit special or different.”

GRIP™ Colour uses a polyurethane painted finish developed in partnership with a renowned supplier to the automotive industry. The paint has been formulated to ensure optimum adhesion to the ABS, and it has been tested to ensure that it is fade, scratch and wear resistant.

In fact, so determined is Mila to prove the durability of the colour that it has tested the handles at the Exova Automotive Test Laboratory, where the paint finishes on Jaguars and Toyotas are normally tested. In adhesion, hardness and abrasion tests, GRIP™ Colour handles easily matched the performance of comparable handles in standard powder coated finishes.

All of the handles in Mila’s patented GRIP™ range are strength tested to more than 60kg and cycle tested to 50,000 cycles. They are also corrosion and chemical resistant and offer a high gloss finish with inherent UV stability.

With seven pin lengths from 9mm to 55mm, they are suitable for use with PVC-U, aluminium or timber window systems and feature a clever ‘slide and clip’ screw cover for easy fixing.

Further details are available at www.mila.co.uk