Published On: Tue, Nov 30th, 2021

ODL Europe takes Best New Product of the Year at G21 Awards

ODL Europe has won the Best New Product of the Year at the G21 Awards for Guardsman, its new composite fire door.  Billed as a gamechanger for the 30-minute composite fire door market, the Guardsman Fire Door has been gaining plaudits across the industry as it continues to set a new standard in composite fire door safety. Nathan Barr, Managing Director at ODL Europe, said the award reflects the strategic planning, six-figure investment and hard work of the ODL Europe team and the support of their fabrication partners. “The strength of Guardsman’s credentials is reflected in this award. The Guardsman Fire Door sets a new standard in composite fire doors and was designed with no compromise and a commitment to excellence to deliver the best in composite fire door safety. It’s fantastic to see the efforts of the talented ODL Europe team recognised in this award.”  

The Guardsman Fire Door delivers better, more reliable protection than other composite fire doors on the market. Guardsman has been tested to the European fire test standard of EN 1634, the more onerous test standard required by Part B of Building Regulations. And in the most recent tests to EN 1634, it achieved an average of 100% overrun past the 30-minute mark. At the extreme, this 30-minute fire door has achieved over 70 minutes, delivering the next generation in composite fire door safety.

Nathan commented: “Across glazed and unglazed versions, the Guardsman Fire Door produces consistent, repeatable results and eliminates the unknown elements of a composite fire door’s performance and stability. This gives the industry the robust credentials it needs.”

The credentials and outstanding performance of Guardsman Fire Door were notable qualities that impressed the G Awards judges: “Achieving a 30-minute fire door with both glazing, a letterplate and with PAS 24:2016 performance is remarkable.”

The award was announced at the industry’s prestigious ceremony held at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London.  Nathan concluded: “The G Awards are always an opportunity to celebrate industry excellence and we are delighted to have won this award.”

The Guardsman Composite Fire Door is the first in the next generation of composite fire doors, a generation that delivers better, more reliable protection in the event of fire.

Winning the G21 Best New Product of the Year award will help cement its reputation as the composite fire door that has set a new benchmark for the industry.