COALS TO NEWCASTLE? NO, HARDWARE TO CHINA

Astra Is Exporting to China

Astra Door Controls, the concealed closer specialist, is bucking the trend in the AI trade by exporting British-made hardware to China. Astra 3000 Series closers, manufactured in Preston Lancashire, are being used on projects across Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China, specified for their maintenance-free reliability and sleek design.

Astra’s top-of-the range CE-Marked 3000 Series size 3 concealed hinge-edge door closers are being used across the Far East on projects such as hotels, luxury apartments, and commercial spaces because they enable architects to maintain the minimalist aesthetic that is so fashionable, while still complying with all appropriate fire and safety regulations. For these kind of blue-chip developments, concealed closers the obvious choice since they are not visible when the door is closed, avoiding the somewhat institutional and ungainly appearance of overhead closers. The Astra 3000 series closers are often chosen because, with full adjustability, they were powerful enough to handle deluxe doors’ weight and width.

“Astra exports its British door closers across the globe via a network of distributors and partner companies,” says Astra MD Phil Gallagher. “The 3000 Series, designed and made right here in Lancashire, is proving a particular success in the Far East where high rise building – the natural market for the Astra 3000 series – is so popular. We are proud to be exporting British technology and manufacturing excellence to markets like China, proving that quality products that solve real-life problems will always find a market.”

Typical of the projects that Astra concealed closers are used on is DUO, an award-winning contemporary twin-tower development in Singapore. The stunning mixed-use development is the showpiece building in the significant Ophir Rochor corridor redevelopment.  Designed by architect Ole Scheeren and scheduled for completion in 2017, DUO was awarded a Silver award in the Best Futura Project category at MIPIM Asia Awards. It is an integrated development comprising premier residences, Grade-A office spaces, a retail gallery and 5-star hotel. More than six hundred Astra’s 3000 Series concealed door closers have been specified and fitted at DUO.

Astra is well known for its door closer range and the Lancashire-based company can demonstrate many years’ experience in the sector and carries out all its own R&D in-house. It exports its British door closers across the globe via a network of distributors and partner companies.