An innovative chain drive from GEZE has been recognised for its exceptional design at the Universal Design Awards 2014.
The versatile Slimchain window drive, which was launched in the UK by GEZE UK last year and is suitable for both natural ventilation and in smoke and heat extraction systems, is one of just 13 winners at this year’s event.
The awards, which were founded in 2008, are judged by two panels, one of industry experts and a second of consumers. They seek to reward well designed, functional products that are innovative, versatile and easy to use, demonstrate good use of technology, are suitable for international markets and which provide good value for money.
Slimchain is part of GEZE’s range of window drives, which share a uniform, discreet design and innovative Smartfix installation system. Designed as an ‘all-in-one’ solution, the aesthetically-pleasing, discreet Slimchain has a broad range of application options and is adaptable enough to fulfil diverse requirements relating to loads, upstroke lengths, opening widths and the widest range of types of installation. With the maximum upstroke of 800 millimetres, it achieves a large aerodynamic opening width, meaning that it can also be used in natural smoke and heat extraction devices (SHEVs) in line with EN 12101-2.
Andy Howland, sales director of GEZE UK said: “The Universal Design Awards are particularly sought after because they don’t just seek to recognise aesthetics but consider the whole design, including the technology that has been developed and how easy the product is to use.
“We are therefore thrilled to have been presented with the award because like all GEZE products the highly versatile Slimchain drive has been designed with the end user in mind. The Slimchain is adaptable and can easily be adjusted to suit each building’s individual requirements.”
This is not the first time that the Slimchain drive has been recognised for its design innovation. In 2012 it scooped awards in both High Quality and Functionality categories of the Plus X Awards and it has been nominated for the German Design Awards.