Vanquish third party accreditation strengthens partnership with Winkhaus UK

Vanquish Hardware Intumescent Protection has strengthened its partnership with Winkhaus UK thanks to its new third party accreditation scheme.

The leading UK manufacturer of precision Intumescent kits for rebated hardware in timber and composite fire door assemblies has secured IFC (International Fire Consultants ltd) certification for FlexiFire®, its graphite-based hardware protection intumescent.

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It marks a first for the hardware protection industry with FlexiFire® the first and only intumescents to attain third party certification.

The graphite-based FlexiFire® expands upon exposure to heat, preventing heat transfer on rebated hardware, and IFC third party certification covers initial testing, includes audits to assess the consistency of production, and certified products are printed to ensure traceability throughout production.

Vanquish’s Business Development Manager Mike Sutcliffe commented: “Our IFC third party certification has already had an incredible reception from our customers, and it really is a game changer for hardware protection.

“It means we can provide our customers with even more peace of mind and ensure our hardware protection products will perform as intended.”

One such customer is Winkhaus UK, and the hardware specialist is delighted with the news. The company’s FlexiFire® intumescent product range consists of specifically engineered intumescent shapes with clearance slots and dimensions approved by Winkhaus that allow the locking hardware to function efficiently.

Chris Flaherty, Winkhaus UK’s Technical Director, said: “I’d like to congratulate Vanquish Hardware Protection for this industry first. At Winkhaus, we understand the importance of third party audits throughout the golden thread for fire doorsets and this further strengthens our proposition as we are using the first and only third party audited and approved intumescent hardware protection products, as seen in our test data and fire doorset specifications.”

Mike added: “Like us, Winkhaus UK has a continued commitment to the fire door market, having been the first to attain the new Q Mark 3rd party audit certification for Smoke recently for its FireFrame® composite fire doorsets solutions, and we are looking forward to strengthening our valued partnership with them moving forward.

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