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Thierry Luce,

What was the reason for you exhibiting at the show?

We were at the show to present our new products to both our customers and our prospects. Technal is the French market leader for aluminium sections, which brings with it duties and obligations. One of these is innovation. Every other year, whether it be at Batimat or équipbaie, we must present at least one innovation that will go on sale in the course of the following year.

And what is the innovation that you showed this year?

This year our innovation was the Soleal sliding element, which complements our casement range launched eighteen months ago. The way the ranges complement each other means that we can satisfy all the requirements of the regulations and those of our customers, who are demanding more and more high performance frames. Our Soleal range offers a series of sections that allow the sliding frame to be personalized. We have also developed a range of aluminium leaf and roller shutters as well as a door for residential use that can be personalized by our customers. Another new development this year is the presence of the Technal network of approved aluminium frame makers opposite our stand. Its members specialize in the sale of ready to install frames to the trade.

What impact have the new regulations had on your products?

The new regulations are opportunities for us to develop our products. Since the last BATIMAT we have marketed Lumeal, which meets all these constraints and which also offers a response to the requirements of low consumption buildings (BBC). Eight patents have been registered for this product, which offers a comprehensive response to thermal and security needs, whilst still featuring a slide with large dimensions. Despite the complexity, we have created a frame that offers a high performance on all fronts. What’s more, we have already completed installations in several low consumption buildings and obtained the corresponding labels.

Interview by Laurent Perrin –