VBH have been supplying UK and Irish window and door manufacturers with hardware since 1975. Initially, customers were served direct from Germany by VBH group company Heinz Wagner GmbH, but a local supply source was created with the opening of Heinz Wagner (GB) Ltd in 1982.
Based in a small office/warehouse unit in Rochester, Kent, the company stocked all the main brands of the day, including Maco, Roto, Siegenia, Haps and Hoppe. Those brands still form the mainstay of VBH’s product range in 2015 and have since been joined by other names including Yale, Securistyle, Cotswold and Glazpart. VBH is a major, or in most cases, THE major UK distributor for all these respected brands.
Over the coming years the company expanded nationally and now has additional sales/distribution centres in Birmingham, East Kilbride and Swansea as well as a purpose built head office in Gillingham, Kent.
VBH is a global company employing 2500 people in more than 30 countries around the world. In 2009 the decision was made to bring the few group companies who still traded using their original names under the VBH banner to present a common global identity. Wagner (GB) Ltd therefore became VBH (GB) Ltd in March of that year.
2009 saw another important milestone in VBH’s history with the creation of greenteQ, the company’s own product brand.
greenteQ was introduced to fill any gaps in the VBH product portfolio where there was a need for a particular product that could not be met by existing supply partners.
greenteQ’s creation could not have been more timely for VBH (GB) as there was a trend developing in Britain at the time for colour matched window and door hardware across a complete installation.
No other country had such a demand, and the colour finishes across existing products were not close enough, so VBH set about designing and producing a suited range specifically for the UK and Ireland. Known as the greenteQ Suite, the range includes casement, door, patio and tilt & turn handles, door hinges, letterboxes, knockers and door restraints.
Other, non-suited, greenteQ products include profile cylinders, pull handles, espagnolettes, friction stays, hinge protectors, bi-fold door hardware and more.
The whole greenteQ range has met with overwhelming approval from VBH’s customers and complements the company’s branded product range perfectly.
Gary Gleeson, VBH Marketing Manager, is confident that VBH are well placed to continue to provide excellent service long into the future, stating ‘We believe our greenteQ/branded product mix is the best range available anywhere, and we can deliver efficiently thanks to the locations of our four warehouses and our transport facilities. All this, coupled with customer-focused staff and services such as our in-house technical team and webshop, means VBH continues to be the top choice for so many fabricators and installers.
‘VBH celebrates 40 years in business this year, and our customers are reaping the rewards of our experience.’