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25 February 2011

                Sliders UK secures industry first for bi-folding doors
     Ultimate High Security range is first to achieve Secured by Design approval

Specialist patio door manufacturer, Sliders UK, has been awarded Secured by Design (SBD)
„Police Preferred Specification‟ status for its Ultimate High Security range of bi-folding doors.
Sliders‟ Ultimate PVCu/aluminium composite system is the first and only bi-fold to achieve the
much sought after Police security accolade, confirming its position as the most secure and crime
resistant bi-folding door in the UK.

Sliders‟ achievement marks an important milestone in bi-fold development. Although bi-folding
doors have become an increasingly popular style choice in recent years, the low quality of the
locking hardware used on some products has been criticised for failing to protect properties and
occupants from would-be intruders.

Gary Fisher, Senior Development Officer
 at ACPO SBD comments: “We are delighted that a bi-
folding door has achieved the standards required for Secured By Design. It proves that when a
manufacturer invests time and money into developing new security features, it‟s possible to
develop a product that is more resistant to criminal attack. Indeed, research has consistently
shown that developments incorporating an SBD-approved specification are half as likely to be
burgled, and are at a 25% lesser risk of criminal damage. ”

Sliders‟ Ultimate High Security bi-folds are the only bi-folding doors to be awarded SBD status,
which means that they have been specifically upgraded and tested to meet the security standards
identified by the Association of Chief Police Officers Secured By Design (ACPO SBD) initiative.
Sliders‟ Ultimate bi-folding doors incorporate a variety of enhanced security features, including a
uniquely designed, PAS 24 approved hook locking system; kite-marked anti-snap/anti-bump
cylinders; secure, low level keep plates; and a strong aluminium sub-frame with quadruple seals

    ACPO Secured by Design, The Carbon Cost of Crime and Its Implications, July 2009
on all sash joints.

Ian Longbottom, Director of Sliders UK, comments: “We have put a lot into achieving Secured by
Design status for our bi-folding doors, and are delighted that ours is the first to meet the Police
Preferred Specification. Secured by Design is a highly credible initiative and we are confident that
installers and specifiers will reap the benefits of our newly approved bi-folds thanks to the added
assurance and peace of mind they can now offer to customers and homeowners.”

In addition to security, Sliders have added a number of other features to the Ultimate bi-folding
door to improve the all round performance and maintenance of the system. These include a new
running track which is located on the floor to better support the weight of the system, and the
addition of a brush seal on the outer track to prevent fallen leaves and other debris from
accumulating in the „running area‟.

To deliver improved aesthetics for property owners, the threshold height has also been massively
reduced. Standing at 106mm, the threshold on Sliders‟ Ultimate bi-folds can also be sunk to
achieve as low as 66mm threshold height, compared to the much higher threshold height
(typically 144mm) offered by most other PVC bi-folds.

For more information about Sliders UK and the Ultimate High Security range of bi-folding
doors, please visit
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Notes to Editors:
About Sliders UK
Sliders UK is a leading patio door manufacturer. The company mainly supplies to trade
customers - fabricators, large installers and installers working on new build projects.

Quality and innovation are at the heart of the company‟s work, with the team constantly striving to
keep its product development at the forefront of the industry. It is the manufacturer of the first
Secured by Design in-line patio doors, and the only Secured by Design bi-folding doors.

Developing close working relationships with suppliers enables Sliders UK to adopt a proactive
approach to product innovation, while strong customer relationships mean that shifts in market
requirements can be met quickly.
Ian Longbottom and Mike Spain, who have accumulated over 30 years of experience in the
industry between them, established the company in 2002. With an ethos of “always delivering on
its promises”, Sliders UK takes pride in its commitment to customer service and guarantees to
turn round and deliver orders within five working days.

About Secured by Design
Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is owned by the Association of Chief Police
Officers (ACPO) and is the corporate title for a group of national police projects focusing on the
design and security for new & refurbished homes, commercial premises and car parks as well as
the acknowledgement of quality security products and crime prevention projects.

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