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    20170626_163528Independent cabinet-maker-turned-artist Rob Bishop recently tested out the Mighton Ankerstuy coatings range for some new artwork pieces, and was more than impressed with the results.

    Created at his Hertfordshire-based workshop, Rob’s unique style of artwork is formed using a method that combines digital art with wood work and painting. Each piece, including a bespoke wooden frame, is created in its entirety from scratch with multiple layers of wood stain applied in order to produce a unique outcome every time.

    “With my style of art I have tried and tested many different brands of coatings, but after using Mighton’s water-based range I found it works a lot better than others I have experimented with in the past,” explained Rob, “Mighton’s range is particularly suitable for my work on both the frame and the artwork itself as it has a great consistency and ease of application. This allows me to spray a good coat to a frame that is hanging from the rack, without the fear of it running. Drying times are also perfect and, as a result, this has given my pieces a high standard of finish.”

    In 2015 Rob was signed by a major art publishing house within weeks of his first gallery appearance, however in 2017 he decided to work as an independent artist which has allowed him to take full control of his work and be selective with what galleries he exclusively displays in.

    Mighton first introduced Anker Stuy Verven paint products to the UK joinery market in 2016, as a sole trusted distributor, before both companies announced an official partnership earlier this year. A rebrand of the range subsequently took place with all paints and coatings now distributed to UK joiners under the new Mighton Ankerstuy brand.

    Offering ease and consistency of application, fast drying times, exceptional durability and sustainable performance, the range received such an encouraging response following its launch that it has recently been expanded to offer both interior and exterior finishes.

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    To learn more about the range of Mighton Ankerstuy paints and coatings or to order a new catalogue visit www.mightonproducts.com or call 01223 497097. Rob‘s artwork can be found in a select number of UK galleries. To find out more or to contact Rob regarding commission pieces, visit www.robbishop.co.uk.



    Jim Herrington, Marketing DirectorMighton Products has announced Jim Herrington as its Marketing Director.

    “Jim joins us from the Telecoms industry and has varied experience working on a range of prestigious projects and events, including a major project for the 2012 Olympics,” explained Mighton Chairman Mike Derham. “Jim’s an award winning Chartered Marketer with rich experience and in-depth knowledge, gathered from several sectors, which puts him in a great position to creatively lead our Marketing department and help drive the Mighton brand forward. We are very pleased to welcome him on board.”

    Herrington commented: “It’s a great opportunity to join a well-established professional team who have put in some fantastic work to date. Because of the strength of the foundation that has already been built, we’ll be looking at a number of different activities where we can target key areas, which I expect will have a notable impact on the business. Mighton has reached an incredibly interesting point in terms of its growth and I am excited to be joining the company at this time to help take things to the next level.”




    Mighton Products’ Mike Derham has spent most of his business life promoting and selling high quality hardware for timber windows. He is baffled to find that some manufacturers still use sub-standard fittings on highly prized and priced timber frames

    In my experience most timber window frames are bought and specified at diametrically opposing ends of the housing and home improvement markets: the low end, in which cheaply produced softwood frames are manufactured down to a price for cheaper, budget driven home builds and refurbishments. And at the other end of the scale, windows are specified and installed as part of a high quality refurbishment of a period property and specified after much research by a loving owner or smart developer, intent on preserving the quality and authenticity of the property.

    One may understand the use of cheap hardware when the window itself is unlikely to last more than a few years. But for high quality joinery I am surprised at how often I come across manufacturers who, despite the care and skill with which they produce what inevitably are expensive window frames, still insist upon fitting cheap hardware that will corrode within weeks of installation and fail within a few months.

    The irony of this is that timber window specialists inevitably (and usually appropriately) see themselves as craftsmen as opposed to ‘fabricators’, producing high quality, hand finished windows that are produced with skill, care and pride and sold – and purchased – as such.

    The customers of such products choose them because they believe that they are buying and paying for the very best. But a surprising number of manufacturers undermine their products – and potentially their reputations - by shortening the viable service life of their products with the installation of cheap hardware. This goes against every instinct that I have and surely, makes no sense at all.

    Why do quality conscious joinery companies do this?

    When inevitably I challenge those in charge of procurement for these producers about their decision to ‘go cheap’ their response remains consistently the same: ‘we need to cut costs’. But when one considers a frame that may sell for more than £1000, such financial savings amount to perhaps £10 for the whole window when buying cheap hardware, with limited guarantees and performance expectations. Is this worth staking a company’s reputation on, when a whole house installation might save a few hundred against an installation costing £20,000 or more? In the age of instant news the old adage of a bad reputation being gained overnight has never been truer.

    Hardware must be relative to the cost of the window – savings made by using cheaper alternatives are usually negligible and certainly not worth staking a company’s reputation on. When one considers the care, skill and pride that goes into the joinery processes used to produce the window, it makes no sense whatsoever to then undermine that process but fitting cheap hardware; do they seriously believe that all hardware is manufactured equally?

    Cheap products should be avoided at every opportunity in order to maintain the quality of operation and aesthetics for the lifetime of the window. Poor quality products can lose their finish visibly in just a few weeks and can fail in is as little as a few months. Seldom do they come with safeguarding treatments such as PVD for example, or are they covered by worthwhile guarantees.

    Specifying and fitting low quality hardware defies common sense, in other words, the proverbial ‘ha’porth of tar’. There are very good reasons for this old cliché.


    There has been some tit-for-tat knocking going on between the proponents of timber windows and those in support of PVC-U that hasn't been seen for many years and which many believe was a thing of the past. Perhaps the question we should be asking is 'Is it doing anyone any good and indeed, is the industry overall going to suffer?'  Or does it all miss the point anyway?

    Recent reports (such as that published in Glass & Glazing Products http://www.ggpmag.com/news/wood-window-alliance-calls-time-plastic-promises) quote the Wood Window Alliance ‘calling out’ companies that are ‘dressing up’ facts in order to sell more plastic windows. The report cites ‘fake facts’ and says ‘we cannot stand by and watch people installing PVC-U lookalikes in the belief that wood is a poor alternative to PVC-U….’ Naturally this has drawn a response from the British Plastics Federation which has challenged the ‘baffling and misguided’ WWA campaign (http://www.ggpmag.com/news/bpf-challenges-baffling-misguided-wwa-campaign). But where does this leave both camps, and what does the outside world think when looking in?  Having said that, what do people on the inside really think?

    Mike Derham, Chairman of Mighton Products Ltd, takes a conciliatory view saying "Why I believe it all to be pointless, is that whilst PVC-U windows might be styled to look like timber, they are not competing directly with timber-framed windows. "Valid comparisons cannot be made between the two: PVC-U and timber windows are different products manufactured to appeal to two entirely different market sub-sectors and for which demographics display completely different priorities. Simply, PVC-U windows are designed to appeal at a completely different price point."

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    Mike Derham's company – Mighton Products Ltd - has been supplying hardware for the window industry, predominantly for box sash frames and for those produced in timber but also for companies manufacturing windows using PVC-U, so is ideally placed to see both sides of the debate. He points out: "How I began in the industry and my continuing passion, is in the refurbishment of original and manufacture of new timber-framed box sash windows. I enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into producing such products and the fact that they are produced using craft skills that have been honed over centuries. However, I also understand why PVC-U not only gained a foothold in the market but actually came to dominate."

    He adds: "Timber frames, whether casements or box sashes, are these days inevitably produced using treated softwoods, sustainable hardwoods and modified wood such as Accoya (which has a typical lifespan of up to 50 years), and for which the production processes are (or should be!) more dependent upon the skill of the operatives even in larger factories. By definition such materials and processes put them at a price point that is significantly higher than PVC-U frames. In the case of box sash replacements, they can be five to ten times the cost. Other drivers are regulation, with buildings being listed or defined by heritage status; and of course, there is the issue of emotion: owners of heritage properties inevitably are passionate about maintaining the original fittings and appearance of their properties. Authenticity is an important factor in the choice of genuine timber frames, not just in appearance but also in the use of real timber." 


    Bailey HagueHaving recently launched its own brand range of machinery earlier this year, Mighton Products gave some of its customers the opportunity to provide honest reviews of the machines they have purchased. Timber window and door specialists Bailey-Hague Joinery recently purchased one of the latest additions to the range, the Mighton X-Cut™ machine which produces perfect cross-joints on glazing beads, and praised its speed and accuracy.

    “We choose the X-Cut machine because we were hoping the promise of simple set-up and ease of use would make life easier for our employees and improve joint accuracy.” explained Robert Bailey-Hague of the Leeds-based company.

    “Six months on and we wouldn’t change a thing. The machine is quick and easy to set up and has increased not only the speed of our production but also the accuracy. Our Mighton representative set the machine up for us and gave us full training on how to use it. The Mighton demo van visit we booked was really beneficial, and gave us a lot more confidence in our purchase, having seen how the machine worked first.“

    Bailey-Hague Joinery has been a customer of Mighton Products for several years, buying beading and paint and making use of its colour matching service. Set up by Robert 15 years ago after being inspired by his late grandfather to become a skilled carpenter, Bailey-Hague now employs seven people and has become a specialist in the manufacture and installation of bespoke timber windows, doors and kitchens.

    The Mighton machinery range came about after the company saw an opening to devise its own brand range of low-cost machinery, designed to make joinery production quicker, easier and more efficient, as Chairman Mike Derham explains:

    “Our mission when we set about developing these machines was to partner with skilled Craftsmen like Bailey Hague and provide them with products that speed up manufacturing and deliver long lasting end results."

    The semi-automatic X-Cut™ joint cutting machine produces perfect cross-joints on glazing beads and comes complete with tooling to suit the timber profile of the user’s choosing. Accurate and consistent, it allows for simple tool change and no lengthy manuals mean it is simple to set up and easy to operate. The machine is adjustable to accept bead profiles measuring from 9mm to 19mm in height and 12mm to 38mm in width and any lengths over 500mm can be used with the option to add extending arms.

    Demonstrations of any machine in the range are available through the new Mighton Mobile Demonstration Vehicles. The demonstrations give customers the opportunity for a live demo with a Mighton expert, and see first-hand how to get the most out of a potential purchase. There is also a choice of flexible finance options, making the machines easily attainable for small to medium joinery companies.

    To learn more about the range of Mighton Products machinery or to order a new catalogue visit www.mightonproducts.com or call 01223 497097.

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