Leading Australian hardware manufacturer, Doric, has taken out the title for the Most Innovative Component at the AWA AusFenEx 2016 awards.
It was the company’s celebrated DN8000 self-latching multi-point locking system that took top honours at the annual event last week, winning the judges’ favour across a range of criteria.
The DN8000 is the first locking system to be designed around the requirements of the Australian market and the world’s first product to automatically close and latch under potentially damaging wind loads.
The innovative product addresses a need for a multi-point locking system that is both corrosion resistant, and also able to maintain extremely high performance by self-closing and protecting a building in high wind situations.
“We’re so proud of this product and it’s great to see the whole team recognised for the countless hours of hard work that went into turning this idea into reality,” said Alchin Long Group CEO Nigel Long.
“Innovation is what drives our industry. Our capacity to think outside the box to solve complex issues is what dictates our success as a business and helps influence the direction of the industry. It’s very exciting to be a part of that process and I’m so proud of the whole team that made the DN8000 what it is today.”
This isn’t the first time Doric has been recognised for its innovative products. In 2007 Doric’s DH40 Adjustable Hinge took out the ‘Most Innovative Component’ at the AWA Design Award, and in 2009 the Doric Mk 4 Chainwinder won the same award.
AusFenEx is a national conference for the Australian fenestration and glazing industries attended by representatives from industries including window and door manufacturers, glass processors, glaziers, skylight manufacturers, aluminium surface finishers and more.
The AWA’s award for most innovative component was created to recognise products that challenge growing issues present in today’s market and was judged on a number of different criteria including creativity, originality, meeting a specific market need, sustainability and energy efficiency.