South West architectural ironmongery businesses to merge

Posted ago by DAI

Two of the South West’s leading architectural ironmongery businesses are joining forces to seek further growth throughout the UK.

By coming together, DAI (Dorset Architectural Ironmongers) of Dorchester and Spiller of Yeovil plan to gain an even stronger presence in the South West region and will be looking to expand throughout the country and online.

Spiller has a long history dating back 200 years, and is a major supplier of door handles, locks, window fittings and other ironmongery. Spiller also provides locksmithing services and is a member of the Master Locksmiths Association. DAI was established in 1993 and provides similar services to Spiller, while also specialising in electromagnetic door closers and access control equipment. Through its online trading arm Door Controls Direct, DAi’s online sales have grown significantly over the past two years.

Now the two companies are seeking to combine their industry expertise. From today, Spiller managers Gary Hewitt and MichaelTrowbridge will join DAI executives Sean Morrin and Guy Brewer on the board of DAI, along with local business entrepreneurs Danny Lillington and Trevor Smith. Simon Meyers, currently an executive director of DAI, will become a non-executive director.

DAI director Hugh Meyers is stepping down from the DAI board, while Spiller executive directors Wilson Marshall and Chris Pearse are both retiring.

DAI’s Sean Morrin commented: “I know that everyone at DAI and Spiller would like me to thank Hugh, Wilson and Chris for their incredible contribution to both companies over the years. We all know Wilson and Chris are looking forward to spending less time at work to enjoy the fruits of their success and we wish them well.”

Sean added: “The merging of DAI and Spiller is a fantastic opportunity for two South West businesses to combine forces and grow.”

Gary Hewitt said: “This is an exciting development. Each party brings different strengths and we believe now is the perfect time for us to come together to provide an even better experience for our customers, whether directly in our showrooms in Yeovil and Dorchester, out in the field, or online.”

Although both companies have now merged as DAI, each separate brand will continue to trade as normal over the coming months, without interruption to service. Further announcements will be made in due course as Spiller and DAI combine their operations.

Lorient – Acoustic, smoke & fire containment systems

Posted ago by iked2012




DAI as a leading architectural ironmonger with a wealth of experience in the industry. Always looking to build on this experience, we work with manufacturers to keep our clients up to date with the latest standards and regulations. As an official architectural ironmongery partner of Lorient we can introduce a range of specification products for all your acoustic, smoke & fire containment situations.

Lorient are the market leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance door sealing systems. Their intumescent seals are a vital part of a fire door assembly, helping to defend buildings against the spread of fire. Along with smoke seals, which restrict smoke movement around a building – giving people time to escape, and reducing property damage. In addition to these Lorient offer a wide range of acoustic door seals to help to contain sound within a room, or prevent it entering. Many of the door seals also improve the building’s energy efficiency by keeping in heat.  Also available within the range are seals which are designed so the door can be used with minimal effort, helping those with reduced mobility.

Ensuring a fire door provides complete protection involves more than door seals alone. The incorporation of products for fire resistant glazing, and also door hardware protection are a must for full compliance. Their intumescent grilles and fire dampers protect ductwork and walls, as well as doors. Taking this ‘system’ approach means we can recommend the most efficient, cost-effective combinations for every situation. Take a virtual tour around a building and explore some of these systems in-situ - click here.

Karcher Design Launch New Website

Posted ago by iked2012

DAI are a leading distributor of Karcher Design. Together we provide high quality stainless steel door levers and associated accessories.

Karcher Design products offer innovative designs together with functionality and a unique fixing technique. Extensive patents and high quality solutions are developed through a team of engineers and technicians.

Additionally, Karcher Design products are certified to DIN EN 1906 (grade 3 and grade 4), to DIN 18273, DIN 18257 and DIN 179.

The theme ‘Designs of Steel’ combines the beauty and elegance of raw materials and pure lines, allowing individuality in every location. Discerning clients looking for high quality choose Karcher Design.