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Author: Mila News Created: Thursday, July 16, 2009
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As he celebrates a milestone 35 years with Mila, GGP talks to Managing Director Richard Gyde about his early days in the business and some of the momentous changes he’s seen.

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Walking around the FIT Show, I was struck by how many products are now being marketed as achieving the ‘Lifetime Homes’ standard.  This is the standard which aims to make sure that a home being built today will continue to be convenient for a wide range of occupants, which can include young families, wheelchair users and the elderly.

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Mila has been shortlisted once again at the G-16 Awards – in the highly competitive Component Supplier of the Year and Trade Marketing Campaign of the Year categories.

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When we talk at Mila about quality and service being ‘in our DNA’, what we mean is that those are the core values of this business and that they are shared by all of the individuals who work here.

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Lots of companies talk in their sales and marketing campaigns about ‘quality’ and ‘continual improvement’ but we all know that those claims are meaningless unless they have real substance behind them.

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Mila’s heritage goes back to 1971 when Michael Davidsen and Lars Borup-Nielsen founded the business in Denmark and named it after themselves (MiLa).  45 years on, that heritage is more important to us than ever – not just because it helps to set us apart in what is a relatively young industry, but because it gives everyone who works at Mila a real sense of identity and belonging.

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Strictly speaking, the word ‘bespoke’ just means ‘made to order’, but in hardware terms it has come to mean a product designed and made exclusively for one particular application or customer.

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Mila’s brand new ABS GRIP espag handle, has just been given almost the perfect endorsement from the plastics industry itself, having been shortlisted in the Best Industrial Product Design category at the prestigious Plastics Industry Awards.

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Take two stainless steel handles – they both function and they both look very similar.  But, in my experience, underneath, they can actually be as different as two pieces of furniture – one which is crafted from a piece of solid oak timber sawn, planed and sanded into shape, dove-tail jointed and lovingly waxed and the other produced from a chipboard veneered material, butt jointed and mechanically fixed. 

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Mila’s recently launched Carbon Trust certified GRIP™ (Green Reliable Intelligent Polymer) espag window handle is now available in an innovative CleanTouch anti-microbial version specifically for use in schools, healthcare environments, offices and public buildings.

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