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Leeds Abbey Dash 2017

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Leeds Abbey Dash 2017

Sunday 5th November was a great day for charities such as Age UK and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and it was a challenging but successful day for Arkoni’s Lee O’Donnel, Paul Lodge and Rory Swallow. A significant change from their day jobs at Arkoni, the Brighouse based manufacturer of specialist architectural products, Lee, Paul and Rory spent the day raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance by running Age UK’s 10k Abbey Dash in Leeds.

Between them, a total of £340 was raised for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity carries out over 1,250 life saving missions each year, and with each mission costing around £3,300, it is in constant need of donations like these to continue its live saving work.

Others who competed on the day were Nicholas ‘Peanut’ Baines of the Kaiser Chiefs and Olympic finalist, Eilish McColgan who set a new female’s fastest time with a 32:05.

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What is bullet-resisting glass?

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What is bullet-resisting glass?

Standard glass panes and bullet-resisting glass may look the same to the untrained eye, but they are actually very different and can be up to ten times the thickness of standard glass panes.

Bullet-resisting glass is not actually constructed in a single pane; it is in fact a laminate of various plastics sandwiched between layers of toughened glass. The idea being not to resist the energy of projectiles, but to absorb it.

As a bullet strikes a pane of security glazing, the layers of toughened glass and plastics rapidly absorb the energy of the projectile, either stopping the bullet entirely or slowing it enough to greatly reduce the damage that can be done.

The effectiveness of bullet-resisting glazing depends on multiple aspects such as the number of layers, the thickness of layers, the materials used etc., but generally speaking, the thicker the glass, the more energy can be absorbed. The type of projectile that can be effectively resisted is commonly classified on a scale from BR1 to BR7, with BR7 being the most effective.

Bullet resistant glazing supplied by Arkoni conforms to EN1063 and systems are tested to Din EN 1522/1523.

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Fire safety in the UK

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Fire safety in the UK

Before the Great Fire of London in 1666, fire prevention was practically non-existent in the UK. Buildings made of combustible materials jammed close together proved to be a disaster waiting to happen. After the fire, work began to rebuild the city, only this time plans were put in place to both prevent fires and aid fire fighters, should a fire ever break out. This was the first major milestone (some might even say the introduction) of fire prevention in building construction.

More than 450 years on and fire prevention has developed in leaps and bounds. Not only has the structural materials of buildings been changed to prevent the spread of fires, but fire rated doors and windows have also become a major aspect of fire prevention.

As FIRAS certified installers of fire rated glazing, Arkoni are continuously finding new an innovative ways to incorporate fire safety with aesthetics, ensuring that fire resistant materials are not only a safer option, but a visually appealing one.

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New Science and Technology Centre at Sevenoaks School

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New Science and Technology Centre at Sevenoaks School

Brighouse based metalwork specialist Arkoni has made a significant contribution to the construction of the new science and technology centre at Sevenoaks School in Kent. The £20m new science and technology centre will combine the four core fields of science into one integrated learning environment.

Arkoni has manufactured and installed fire rated internal screens and bespoke external windows. This contribution to the project has not only improved the visual appeal of the building, but has also ensured that the students of Sevenoaks can learn in an exciting environment with the added assurance of safety.

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Triple Treat for Brookey at Rockingham

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Triple Treat for Brookey at Rockingham

Dave ‘Brooky’ Brook of Team Arkoni Racing was delighted with his performance at the recent Thundersport GB event held at Rockingham last weekend.

Three third place finishes over the course of the weekend provided encouragement for ‘Brooky’ and further cemented his second place in the overall rankings after crashing out at Mallory Park last time out.

Dave commented: “I’m very pleased with the results. We chucked in a test between the rounds and I completed one full session out of 5 as I was plagued with teething problems from the crash at Mallory Park. This meant I didn't have any practice to blow the cobwebs off so I had an enormous amount of pressure to get on the pace, rectify the electronic problems and set the bike up all on the official test day but I qualified in fifth, 0.5s off of pole.

“I managed to build and improve throughout the weekend and got three solid 3rds out of all the races so I have to be happy with that! My fitness wasn't 100% so, given another 4 weeks of recovery and training im sure I’ll be fighting fit for Anglesey at the end of August,” added Dave.

Martin Quarmby, Technical Director with Brooky’s sponsors Arkoni, commented: “Dave did exceptionally well under the circumstances, having to keep up with the course lap record holder Lee Williams and other opposition. A remarkable achievement after such a heavy crash at Mallory Park. The rest of Brooky’s team also did a great job. Well done to them all!”

For more details please visit arkoni.co.uk / www.brooky73racer.com

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IN FOCUS - Martyna Rhodes

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IN FOCUS - Martyna Rhodes

NAME
Martyna Rhodes

AGE
32

LIVES
Huddersfield

JOB TITLE
Designer

MARRIED / CHILDREN?
Married, no children 

WHEN DID YOU JOIN ARKONI?
5th of June 2017

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING AT ARKONI?
The atmosphere is great and I love drawing

FIRST PAID JOB?
CAD Technician, designing fire alarm warning systems in Poland

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 3 WORDS
Strong willed, quiet and friendly

INDIAN or CHINESE?
Both

WINE or BEER?
Both

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY?
I would travel the world 

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Martyna Makes Her Mark with Arkoni

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Martyna Makes Her Mark with Arkoni

Arkoni has recently appointed CAD designer Martyna Rhodes to their team of draughtsmen.

Martyna, who arrived in the UK from Poland in 2007, has been working within the glazing sector for the past seven years.

Martyna commented: “I fell in love with the UK when I moved here ten years ago and have lived in Doncaster and Huddersfield.

“I’m excited by the challenge of working with Arkoni at such a busy time,” added Martyna who enjoys painting, walking in the Dales and a cold pint in a country pub afterwards!

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The Brooky Brief

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The Brooky Brief

Crash, bang, wallop at Mallory Park!

It started well at Mallory Park. Good times were notched on old tyres in testing, there was plenty of feel and after some small yet positive changes with the bike which I knew we were in with a shout. It actually turned out more like a cry!

As the test day went on we noticed that some of the other riders were on a different compound rear tyre and at a distinct advantage through Gerrards where there is a lot of time made up. This was what we felt would make the difference between a podium and a win. We tried it for the last session and it didn’t end well. As it was a harder compound I hadn’t left it long enough to scrub in before pulling the pin, the result was a gigantic high side crash bang wallop on a fast part of the circuit!

I went over the bars. My bike ran me over. I then glanced at the Armco barrier and was followed in by another rider’s bike. I was knocked out for around 15 minutes and, although there was an initial worry of head and back injuries, a CT scan confirmed thar to not be the case and I got away with a broken rib, bruised lung and crushed arm where it was run over. 

Unfortunately because of the concussion I was put on a 10 day riding ban by the ACU which meant I couldn’t salvage any points over the weekend which was a shame, although I have to say I was and still am not in a position to ride in anger. 

I've been spending the last few evenings going to and from Doncaster receiving Laser therapy by ex TT rider Robbie Silvester which has definitely speeded things up and will commence oxygen therapy in Leeds over the next few weeks to do my absolute best to be fighting fit for the next round. 

I'm obviously gutted about the crash and apologise to my sponsors for the mistake but we are chasing wins and on the limit. These things do happen and it’s a risky sport at times. For every mistake I make others can too and it’s a long season so the plan is to get back and on the pace straight away and keep digging!

On the flip side I’m still in clear second place in the season’s standings despite the leader Lee Williams stretching his lead.

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The Brooky Brief

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The Brooky Brief

Lessons to learn from Cadwell Park

Team Arkoni Racing’s Dave Brook reviews his performance at Cadwell Park at the end of May in the Thundersport GB Series….

Qualified: 3rd

Race 1: 4th

Race 2: DNF

Race 3 4th

“This weekend was a combination of bad luck and clutch problems and we've taken a hit in the points as a consequence but we'll regroup and move on.

“I qualified well in third position with direction on setup allowing me to find the extra lap time. I found it in Race 1 but the clutch problems that plagued us at Brands Hatch reappeared so I got a bad start in Race 1 and it made life difficult for the entire race having to come back from dropping a row or two and too far behind the leaders. 

“In race 2 I was convinced I’d make up for it but another poor start meant that I had too much to do on lap 1 and the red mist got the better of me. I took too much of a risk, too early on cold tyres and highsided at Barn.  Fortunately I wasn’t injured! If it was any consolation Championship leader Lee Williams also crashed. That was my get out of jail card used up!

“Just prior to Race 3 the heavens opened and and we chucked some wets in without being able to adjust to a wet setup and 4th was the best I could do after, you guessed it, another terrible start!

“Onwards and upwards!”

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Brilliant Brooky Inches Closer to Top Spot

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Brilliant Brooky Inches Closer to Top Spot

Bradford racer Dave Brook of Team Arkoni gives his verdict on the recent Thundersport GP round at Donington….

Quali: 3rd

Race 1: 5th

Race 2: 2nd

Race 3: 3rd

“I am pleased with how Donington went. We got to the bottom of the clutch issue and the bike is now launching off the line perfectly. We made a big step forward with chassis stability and throttle connection and in general moved the development of the BMW forward.

“I led 2 races for a significant chunk of the overall distance and came away with a solid result and a points haul that puts me a single point behind Lee Williams in 2nd in the GP1 championship.

“I hope to use everything we have learnt at Donington to hit the ground running at Snetterton at the end of April.”

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Arkoni and ‘Brooky’ Aiming for Top Spot

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Arkoni and ‘Brooky’ Aiming for Top Spot

Bradford motorcycle racer Dave ‘Brooky’ Brook is aiming for top spot in this year’s Thundersport GP season after securing a fourth year of sponsorship from Brighouse-based fire-rated glazing specialists Arkoni.

After finishing sixth overall last year, despite having half of his season curtailed by injury, ‘Brooky’ has already started 2017 in encouraging style with a strong performance at Brands Hatch for Team Arkoni Racing.

“I’m aiming to be champion this year. Simple as,” explained Brooky “and I feel I have it in me after a number of podium finishes over the past three years.

“I’ve replaced my Kawasaki ZX10R with a BMW S1000RR which offers a number of advantages in terms of race performance and it certainly did the business at Brands Hatch despite a couple of teething problems.

“The sponsorship from Arkoni has been invaluable over the past three years. Getting financial support from private companies is essential in order to compete at this level and it’s fantastic to be backed by one of the region’s fastest growing manufacturers,”

“I would also like to thank Farrar Joinery, Mobile Smart Repairs Bradford, Moto Works and OC Graphics for their ongoing support,” added ‘Brooky’.

Mark Prentice, MD and founder of Arkoni, commented: “Sponsoring Brooky is a great fit for Arkoni with many of our staff taking a close interest in his fortunes. We are both very much on the up and fully intend to stay in the fast lane!

“Brooky’s performances have improved significantly over the past three years and he’s in with a shout of top spot this season,” added Mark.

Founded in 1991, Arkoni supplies the construction industry with fire-rated glazing systems, a wide selection of standard and bespoke steel glazing and architectural metalwork.

Arkoni currently employs 60 at its workshops on Armytage Road in Brighouse and recorded a £6.5 million turnover in 2015-16.

For more information visit www.brooky73.co.uk

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Record Month for Arkoni

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Record Month for Arkoni

Brighouse-based metalworking firm Arkoni has got 2017 off to an encouraging start with its best month ever for new orders.

Arkoni secured over £3.0 million of contracts in January representing a significant 52% increase on June 2016, its previous best month.

Founded in 1991, Arkoni supplies the construction industry with fire-rated glazing systems, a wide selection of standard and bespoke steel glazing and architectural metalwork.

Arkoni founder and MD Mark Prentice commented: “This is the busiest start to a year we’ve had since our formation and augers well in what could be a year of uncertainty with Brexit negotiations on the horizon.

“The poor exchange rate means that we will be forced to put prices up by 10% but with a solid pipeline of new work on projects across the UK we are well placed to navigate through choppy waters.

“Over the last few years we’ve grown rapidly. The increase in turnover however was slight last year due to strategic investment in people, processes and production and that consolidation has helped to put us on track for what should be a record year.

“The bulk of the increase in sales is coming from Arkoni’s ability to work with architects and specialist main contractors, to develop bespoke glazed solutions, within the  construction industry, both fire rated and thermally broken,” added Mark.

Arkoni currently employs 60 at its workshops on Armytage Road in Brighouse and recorded a £6.5 million turnover in 2015-16. 

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IN FOCUS - Arthur Trzebuniak

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IN FOCUS - Arthur Trzebuniak

Bradford resident Arthur is known for his punctuality, especially when Italian cuisine is on the menu

IN FOCUS

NAME
Arthur Trzebuniak

AGE
40

LIVES
Bradford

JOB TITLE
CAD Draughtsman / CNC Programmer

WHEN DID YOU JOIN ARKONI?
April 2014

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING AT ARKONI?
Variety of work

FIRST PAID JOB?
Security Guard

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 3 WORDS
Punctual, hard working, grumpy 

INDIAN or CHINESE?
Italian

WINE or BEER?
Whisky

FAVOURITE SPORTING TEAM?
Virtus Pros (CS: GO)

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY?
Take my family on a trip around the World 

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Kascarade Clinch Big-Name Tour Dates

Kascarade

Kascarade Clinch Big-Name Tour Dates

Bradford-based indie rock band Kascarade, sponsored and supported by Arkoni, launch into the New Year with an exciting top-flight booking.

The band will be supporting Scottish singer-songwriter Pete MacLeod on his UK tour next month, joining MacLeod for his London and Manchester performances. The back-to back gigs take place at The Water Rats in London on Thursday, February 16, and Manchester’s Night and Day Café on Friday, February 17.

MacLeod will be promoting his new album, Crestfallen, as well as playing numbers from his debut album Rolling Stone. He will be performing with guitarist Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller Band fame.

MacLeod’s sound blends classic influences from Oasis, The Stone Roses and the La’s with an accessible pop twist. His career was given a massive boost in 2014 when he was signed up by the man who discovered Oasis, fellow Scot Alan McGee, for his new 359 Music record label.

Kascarade keyboard player Martin Horton said: “I’m a massive fan of Pete’s music and got networking and chatting with him online. He mentioned that he was looking for support for the show in London and I put forward Kascarade.

“Pete knew a few people in the industry who we’ve supported in the past, and checked out our album online and a few of our videos. He said he liked what we do and he'd be more than happy to have us along not just for London but for Manchester as well.

“We are really excited about this opportunity and hope a few folk will come along to one of the nights and help us to show people what Bradford’s got.”

Five-piece Kascarade have played around the country over the years since getting together in 2010 and have already supported well-known acts and musicians including Simon Fowler (Ocean Colour Scene), Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Proud Mary, The Hoosiers, Chris Helme (The Seahorses), Scars on 45 and the Levellers.

The band’s sound draws on their wide range of influences from 1960s – 1990s rock and pop genres.  The audience can go from experiencing up-tempo, guitar/synth and drum-driven tracks to slower-paced acoustic/piano numbers, making for an especially varied and melodic recorded and live sound.

For more details visit www.kascarade.com

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Construction News Recognition for Arkoni

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Construction News Recognition for Arkoni

One of Arkoni Metalwork's largest projects is shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 Construction News Awards.

Brighouse-based Arkoni Metalwork has had one its largest projects to date shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 Construction News Awards.

The first of two new 17,300 square foot office complexes at Forbury Place in Reading has been named as a finalist in the Project of The Year (sub-contract up to £2,000,000) category.

Constructed over eight floors around a central atrium area, it is the largest butt-jointed fire glazing installation in Europe and represented Arkoni's largest contract at the time of completion last summer with a value of £1.5 million.

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IN FOCUS - Andrew Simpson Wood

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IN FOCUS - Andrew Simpson Wood

Easy going Andrew dreams of living abroad if he were to win big on the lottery, but in the mean time he is happy with a few beers and watching the Bradford Bulls.

IN FOCUS

NAME
Andrew Simpson Wood 

AGE
54

LIVES
Queensbury

JOB TITLE
General Labourer

WHEN DID YOU JOIN ARKONI?
11 years ago

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING AT ARKONI?
Varied tasks

FIRST PAID JOB?
Making trailers

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 3 WORDS
Easy going, Helpful, Approachable

INDIAN or CHINESE?
Indian

WINE or BEER?
Beer

FAVOURITE SPORTING TEAM?
Bradford Bulls (Rugby League)

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY?
Live abroad

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Arkoni Appoints Estimator

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Arkoni Appoints Estimator

Brighouse-based manufacturing business Arkoni Ltd has recently appointed Lee O’Donnell to the position of Design Estimator.

Born on the Isle of Wight and now based in Bradford, Lee began his working life as an apprentice fabricator before moving into estimating and CAD design with a particular focus on security glazing systems.

“I’m delighted to have got this job with what is one of the region’s fastest growing manufacturing businesses,” said Lee, a keen rugby league player and fan of Leeds Rhinos.

Arkoni MD Mark Prentice commented: “Lee has joined Arkoni during the busiest trading period in its 25 year history. His design and estimation skills, as well as extensive industry experience, will play a big part in dealing with our increasing workload.”

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IN FOCUS - Lee O’Donnell

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IN FOCUS - Lee O’Donnell

Lee has got quite the appetite when it comes to job variation and getting to know friendly collegues (and for a good Indian too).

IN FOCUS

NAME
Lee O'Donnell

AGE
29

LIVES
Thackley, Bradford

JOB TITLE
Design Estimator

WHEN DID YOU JOIN ARKONI?
August 2016

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING AT ARKONI?
The variation and friendly collegues

FIRST PAID JOB?
Apprentice Steel Fabricator

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 3 WORDS
Hungry, Posh, Fun (I asked my collegues to answer this one- I don't fully agree, haha)

INDIAN or CHINESE?
Indian (If we are talking about food?)

WINE or BEER?
Beer, but I also love a good red

FAVOURITE SPORTING TEAM?
Leeds Rhinos

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Brooky’s Brief from Donington

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Brooky’s Brief from Donington

I rode as hard as I could at Donington. We tried everything to find time in the bike on the test day despite several red flags and lost track time but with no luck.

At Anglesey I felt like I showed what I could do when horsepower wasn't essential but I was worried about Donington as it’s a horsepower circuit.

My sector 3, the tight and twisty section, saw me top 8 all weekend but unfortunately I was way down on sector 2 and sector 1 was equally as bad leaving me 16th despite finishing higher up elsewhere. It was a bad result, not completely the bike’s fault as I was probably mentally in the wrong place having badly broken my pelvis at Donington in March but I’ll dust myself off and have another go at Cadwell Park, my favourite circuit in the country.

Qualified: P9

Race 1: P11

Race 2: P7

Race 3: P7

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