Also online at: www.dijonline.co.uk 96 THE door industry journal spring 2019 Automated Gates & Barriers Aluminium gate specialist HorizAL took centre stage at the recent Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the Birmingham NEC, which ran from the 28th to 31st of March, to highlight its range of stunning products. HorizAL is a French-based manufacturer of high-quality aluminium gates that, in partnership with British company Alucorb Ltd, has launched its innovative ‘Portalier’ installation concept across the country. The venture is run in the UK by Nick Corbett, M.D. at Alucorb Ltd. In France, ‘Portaliers’ are gate installation experts who are trained, approved and regulated by HorizAL and are licensed to install the product in their own designated, and exclusive geographical area. Adopting the same business model as the French, each regional UK ‘Portalier’ is trained by Alucorb in all technical aspects of swinging, sliding or cantilevered aluminium gates, as well as all other associated products - such as matching pedestrian gates and fencing. Gates are delivered straight to site on request, with Alucorb also assisting with each ‘Portalier’s’ first installation. All ‘Portaliers’ receive a comprehensive sales start-up package. This includes their own homepage on the horizal.co.uk website, which personalises the content as their own, full colour brochures and business cards – printed with relevant company details - price lists, technical brochures, colour catalogues and demonstration cases with all swing and sliding gate profiles, handles, colours, fencing parts, glass inserts and hinge samples. Two sample gates – normally one powder-coated and one woodgrain finish – are also provided, in padded protective bags. This gives ‘Portaliers’ - and their customers - access to a serious alternative to wooden gates, and all the aftercare and maintenance issues that come with them. By contrast, aluminium gates require little or no maintenance, as they are naturally rust-free, and are weather resistant. HorizAL is at the forefront of the aluminium gate industry and is currently expanding its design range to offer even more choice. In addition, ‘Portaliers’ benefit from on-going marketing support, such as the NEC presence and other exhibitions run by Alucorb Ltd., to promote brand awareness of the HorizAL Appears at the NEC!