There’s a new ‘Supahero’ in town with the launch of Mila’s new Supa range of superior grade stainless steel hardware.
Mila is promising ‘Supa’ performance, ‘Supa’ reliability, ‘Supa’ strength and, above all, ‘Supa’ corrosion resistance from a new range developed in house by its own product design team and comprehensively tested and quality assured at every stage of manufacture.
The first products to be released are two sizes of door handle. Like the rest of the Supa range, which will be available in the Autumn, these handles are available in two grades of stainless steel – 304 with 18% chromium and 8% nickel for general applications, and 316 with 16% chromium, 10% nickel and an added 2% molybdenum for coastal regions and areas of high pollution.
It is the addition of the molybdenum which gives the 316 marine grade additional corrosion resistance, particularly when the surface becomes scratched and vulnerable to corrosion in chloride environments.
As a result, Mila is recommending 316 stainless steel for any applications within 10 miles of the coast or where pollution levels are high, and is even developing a new app which will enable installers to double check the recommended grade for any property based on its postcode.
Mila’s Managing Director Richard Gyde says: “Stainless steel is the latest ‘must have’ amongst hardware buyers because it offers an easy route to corrosion resistance – particularly in arduous locations. Mila has responded to the undoubted demand with the development of this impressive new ‘Supa’ range which we’ve made sure comes with the added reassurance of a 25 year surface finish guarantee.
“We can offer the guarantee based on our grade recommendations because we have worked so hard with our suppliers in the Far East on the superior specification and testing of the steel. Not only do we request a Certificate of Conformity from all our suppliers to guarantee the material grade is exactly as specified, but of course we are also having the materials independently tested in UK laboratories to verify the results.”
Mila’s new Supa door handles are available in 220mm and 240mm backplate sizes to suit most UK locking systems with both sprung and unsprung door locks. They come with universal lever/lever or lever/pad options and with a neat clip-on backplate cover for the internal facing handle which conceals the fixings within the handle design.
An anti-sag spring mechanism within the backplate also ensures that the lever consistently returns back to 90º
The handles have been independently tested for strength and reliability to BS EN 1670: 2007 Grade 5 achieving 200,000 cycles under load in the 100kg pull test and the 316 grade had achieved an impressive 1000 hours in a salt spray test.
As well as these door handles, Mila’s Supa range will also include high security handles, letter plates, door knockers and escutcheons enabling fabricators and installers to offer a complete Mila stainless steel package in four suited colours – polished stainless steel, polished gold, smokey chrome and brushed satin stainless steel.
Further details are available at www.mila.co.uk