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C.K Tools Introduces Gripping New Pliers Range

Leading hand tool brand, C.K tools, has launched an enhanced range of one of its most popular products, the C.K Waterpump Pliers.

Already regarded by tradesmen as one of the most durable plier options on the market, the improved range consists of three sizes: 175mm, 250mm and 300mm. With each size offering extra wide jaw capacities of 38mm, 57mm and 58mm, the new C.K Water Pump Pliers are up to 80 per cent greater than DIN standard to assure the highest quality and durability for electricians.

Featuring a box joint design for extra stability and long, slim profile jaws for easy access in confined spaces, the upgraded pliers are more versatile than ever. Manufactured from special alloy drop forged steel, which is hardened and tempered, the jaws offer exceptional strength and durability.

Graham Godfrey, Brand Manager at C.K tools, commented: “Although our vast selection of pliers continue to be a hit with tradesmen, the launch of our enhanced range offers professionals an even greater level of usability, functionality and ease.

“Evolving our products on a regular basis is what makes C.K tools stand out from our competitors. Expanding the C.K Waterpump Pliers range to continually meet the needs of our customers, while maintaining the quality we have become known for, is just one of the many goals we want to achieve through our innovative launches this year and beyond.”

Industry-leading products launched by C.K tools so far this year include the world’s first fixed blade stubby insulated screwdriver, the C.K Stubby VDE Slim Screwdriver and Europe’s first 100% splinterproof cable rods, the C.K MightyRods PRO.

Prices for the C.K Waterpump Pliers will range from £22.99 to £39.09 ex VAT.

 

For more information visit www.ck-tools.com.

Carl Kammerling International's Winter Wonderland Promotion Makes Hero's Return!

For the fourth successive year, Carl Kammerling International is launching its annual Winter Wonderland promotion. Featuring a simplified, multi-channel approach, the popular initiative has been designed to ensure sales teams and customers quickly understand the concept in order to maximise the opportunity, and profits, for wholesalers and retailers.

The Winter Wonderland 2017 promotion will run from 1st September to 31st December with a pre-sale period to the trade starting on 24th July.

Containing over 155 Carl Kammerling products, the promotion includes newly launched ranges and added value products to new kits and some of the company’s most popular tools and accessories.

Offering retailers up to 70 per cent off list prices, featured products have been specifically chosen to offer unbeatable value across C.K tools, C.K Magma, Kasp and Avit ranges.

This year, the popular promotion has undergone major improvements, including a reduced sign up value of £200 added flexibility with the introduction of an illustrated trade price list containing all products, which allows customers to purchase any item listed within the promotion.

New product launches to be added to this year’s promotions include the new C.K 200 Lumens Head Torch, benefitting from a 60 per cent discount with a consumer price of £19.99 ex VAT, and the pioneering C.K Magma Test Equipment Case Toolkit, featuring all the tools a tradesman would require during diagnostic testing and final certification with a fantastic consumer offer price of just £99.99 (RRP £187.29), a saving of over £87.

Brand new WIGIG offers include the C.K 30W Rechargeable LED Flood Light, which benefits from a 12v car and mains charger, and carries a special consumer price of £69.99 ex VAT; and the C.K 28 Piece Pocket Socket Set ¼” Drive, which features quality chrome vanadium sockets that apply torque to the flat of the nut rather than the corners to avoid rounding off at a special consumer price of £20.83 ex VAT.

Also featuring in this year’s Winter Wonderland will be some of Carl Kammerling’s ‘hero’ products, including the C.K dextroVDE Slim Screwdriver Set, which carries a special consumer price of £29.99 (RRP £49.80); the C.K Combicutter range and the C.K Blue Steel range, featuring torsion control technology to withstand the stresses of high torque applications, resulting in less bit breakage.

Our incredible added value packs will provide retailers with a free product when purchasing particular items. Retailers can choose from seven added value items including; the C.K MightyRod PRO standard 10m kit with a free, newly launched head torch and the C.K dextroVDE GLO Screwdriver Set with a free dextroVDE GLO bottle opener.

Winter Wonderland also offers a fantastic marketing support package, including effective merchandising solutions to create full impact in store and encourage sales. It also offers consumers sell out brochures demonstrating the features and benefits of key products, and branded counter mats, posters and price stickers.

All images, web banners and data care will be available for download from the Carl Kammerling International website and a consumer sell out video will also be available to download from Youtube or Vimeo from 1st September onwards. The promotion will also feature a reward scheme, in which retailers will be offered more incentives when they spend more. All details will be found in the promotional pack.

Paul Fallon, marketing manager at Carl Kammerling International said: “As a leading tool supplier that puts customer insight and intelligence at the heart of what we do, we are able to provide retailers with the sales support and armory they need to increase their profit margins year-on-year. 

 

For further information please visit www.carlkammerling.com or call 01758 704704.

Contact your local representative to receive a free promotional pack. 
 

C.K Are Preparing for a Prosperous 2016

 

By Graham Godfrey- Brand Manager at C.K tools for Carl Kammerling International

A positive forecast is predicted for the construction industry in 2016. Demand remains strong in the sector and the government is committed to construction and infrastructure programmes[1], which will take time and manpower to deliver. 2016 is a year for tradesmen to invest in quality equipment and processes, creating a solid platform with which to capitalise on this optimistic projection.

The need for quality equipment cannot be underestimated - the standard of tools used plays a vital role in the speed, efficiency and quality of a project’s completion. Substandard, outdated tools impact negatively upon productivity, and can result in a shoddy finish on a job. Tradesmen should invest in the toughest products to withstand the demands of a building site. Purchasing products that have a long lifespan is also cost efficient.

C.K tools is constantly monitoring and assessing the needs of the industry in order to develop new tools for professional use. The company works closely with a dedicated group of professional tradesmen to understand better how they work and what they need from a tool.

Through this process, we have witnessed a rise in popularity of impact drills among our focus group, where tradesmen expressed a need for robust impact bits that would offer improved performance. A drill is one of the most popular and versatile elements of a toolbox, the bread and butter for tradesmen. The rise in multifunctional power tools has been significant in recent years, so much so that power tools comprise 85.5 per cent of the market, with drills making up the largest share at almost 40 per cent. However, without the best quality screwdriver bits, getting the job done efficiently is not guaranteed.

Addressing key issues that affect tradesmen and providing the right solution in terms of products is essential. We understand that durability, accuracy and strength are all requirements for professional results, and so C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits have been manufactured from exceptionally tough, specially formulated V8 alloy steel, providing a vastly extended working life compared to standard screwdriver bits.

With impact drills combining much higher rotational torque than traditional drills, the C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits feature torsion control technology to withstand the stresses of high torque applications, resulting in less bit breakage, which can delay the completion of a job.

C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits dramatically increase speed and productivity on the job, offering proven performance to the trade.

As the industry expands, tradesmen are under increasing pressure to complete a job in good time to meet demand. Therefore, good quality tools are imperative for all professional tradesmen to help service a job quickly and efficiently and move on to the next. Construction is one of the largest sectors in the UK, contributing over £90 billion to the economy. As such, continuously creating innovative, superior tools that are fit for purpose and stand the test of time is fundamental to supporting tradesmen in 2016 as the construction industry continues to grow.

For further information please visit www.carlkammerling.com or call 01758 704704 

Tighten the Grip on Profits

In continued support of its stockists, Carl Kammerling International has extended its already popular range of Avit toolbox essentials with the addition of a three-piece insulated plier and cutter set.

An ideal starter kit for electricians, the set comprises of an Insulated Combination Plier 180mm/7”, an Insulated Side Cutter 160mm/6”, and an Insulated Long Nose Plier 200mm/8”.

Understanding that durability and strength are key requirements for professional results, the expertly robust pliers feature hardened and tempered jaws for outstanding long-term performance.

This toolbox essential is EN60900 approved and has been specifically tested to 10,000V of electricity, offering the peace of mind an electrician needs when working with sensitive electronic components.

Having consulted with customers, Carl Kammerling has developed its merchandising solutions in order to maximise sales. A counter box that holds four sets has been introduced, meaning the products can be placed at the till point, encouraging last-minute purchases.

Graham Godfrey, brand manager, Avit commented: “We are always looking to extend what are already our popular ranges to ensure we are producing products that fit the requirements of our stockists and their customers.

“As with all Carl Kammerling’s extensive tool innovation, new products are not thrown together but are created as a direct result of the company’s long-standing collaboration with end users - before, during and after tool development.”

For more information or to place an order, please contact Carl Kammerling International on 01758 704704 or visit www.carlkammerling.com

 

Carl Kammerling Toughens Its Screwdriver Range

Driving forward design and innovation, Carl Kammerling International has further enhanced its market leading range of VDE screwdrivers with the introduction of two impressive sets – the C.K Torque Screwdriver with VDE Interchangeable blades and the C.K dextroVDE Interchangeable Bladed screwdriver set.

Precision German engineered for reliability and long-term performance, the new C.K Torque Screwdriver Set is set to become a toolbox hero among electricians and a sales generator for stockists.

Regulation BS 7671:2008 requires that electrical equipment be installed in accordance with the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Facilitating the majority of settings for the tightening of electrical equipment terminal screws, the C.K Torque Screwdriver set comprises a 1.5 – 3.0Nm torque screwdriver handle, 2 x 1000V VDE terminal screwdriver modulo (plus/minus) blades - sizes 1 and 2, a torque adjustment key, a user guide and a calibration certificate, all contained within a practical fabric storage wallet, that features a convenient belt clip for just RRP £94.99 (ex VAT). Spare blades are available at RRP £7.99 (ex VAT).

Understanding the diverse nature of electricians’ work and the collection of tools required, Carl Kammerling has introduced the dextroVDE 1,000V Interchangeable Bladed screwdriver set, offering a more compact and lightweight solution to carrying a full set of standard screwdrivers.

The 10-piece set comprises a 1000v VDE High Torque Screwdriver Handle, a 1000v VDE precision Screwdriver Handle, and eight 1000v VDE blades in slotted, pozidrive and terminal modulo tip types. This cost-effective set (RRP £34.99 ex VAT) is housed in a handy fabric storage wallet that features a convenient belt loop. Spare blades are available at RRP £3.49 (ex VAT).

With voltages as low as fifty Volts potentially proving extremely dangerous, if not lethal, the VDE approval of the new C.K VDE screwdriver sets offers electricians maximum safety. Only tools marked ‘VDE’ have passed the rigorous tests set by the VDE Testing and Certification Institute, including being specifically tested to 10,000V of electricity and only these tools offer the peace of mind an electrician needs.

Graham Godfrey, brand manger, C.K tools commented: “As with all Carl Kammerling’s extensive tool innovation, new products are not thrown together but are created as a direct result of the company’s long-standing collaboration with end users - before, during and after tool development. Working in partnership in this way ensures that Carl Kammerling is able to deliver tool solutions that are best suited to the actual work undertaken by professional tradesmen and are matched to each sector’s specific and unique requirements.

“We are constantly working to offer stockists something truly new, helping to increase footfall and making a real difference to their bottom line.”

For further information please visit www.carlkammerling.com or call 01758 704704.

Voice of the Industry- Carl Kammerling's Laura Howard

A recent poll by The Federation of Master Builders reported significant growth in employment for SME construction firms, with continued strength projected for the coming quarter. Despite this, the report detected a serious skills shortage within the industry, whereby employers are struggling to recruit enough skilled workers to service the needs of the surge in work.

According to research by totaljobs.com, 15 per cent of entry-level recruitment candidates surveyed were jobless a year after finishing their studies or training. However, among those who had completed apprenticeships, just five per cent were unemployed, far less than the number of unemployed graduates. This shows the construction sector’s positive approach towards taking on vocational workers, resulting in a higher level of employment for apprentices.

As a manufacturer and supplier of tools for professional tradesmen, the recruitment problem for the sector affects our business enormously. We are particularly committed to understanding and pursuing ways in which our tools can have a positive impact on the future of the industry, by encouraging young apprentices in their training schemes.

Rather than relying on recruitment firms to fill the gaps, we place supporting the next generation of tradesmen high on our agenda and offer a hands-on approach to tackling the skills shortage. Since 2003, Carl Kammerling International has supported over 22,500 apprentice electricians as part of its C.K Bright Sparks initiative.

Committed to developing bright ‘sparkies’ of the future, the C.K Bright Sparks programme was established to help support and promote vocational education programmes as an attractive option and a viable career path.

Bright Sparks began with just three colleges, but twelve years later, the scheme has grown significantly. Carl Kammerling International tools now provides sixty colleges and universities across the UK with a bursary and a selection of quality tools to use while training, helping to ensure the future development of professionals within the industry, while also promoting the use of the safest and best quality hand tools.

Bright Sparks not only offers free professional equipment for use in college workshops, but also a ‘prize fund’ to help motivate and enthuse apprentice electricians.

We know the constraints that educational establishments face when kitting out their workshops, but believe that those equipped with professional quality C.K tools will be in a prime position to produce the very best electricians in the country.

The bursaries and tools provided by Carl Kammerling International give the students a comprehensive and useful introduction to the tools and equipment they will use as professionals and gives them the opportunity to use the equipment under the expert guidance of their course tutors. By committing this support through our Bright Sparks initiative we can foster a real sense of encouragement among budding electricians.

Colleges receive up to forty tools each, choosing two professional quality C.K tools from a selection of toolbox heroes, of which they receive twenty of each to kit out their workshops. Colleges that renew their Bright Spark partnership will continue to build up their stock of top quality equipment.

Our approach of continual improvement and development through the Bright Sparks scheme is designed to help train future professionals within the electrical industry. Carl Kammerling International also believe that the tools electricians are introduced to during their training are the ones they choose throughout their careers. These tools must be of the highest quality - tools designed specifically for electricians; tools they can trust.

With the current employment gaps and shortage of construction tradespeople in the industry, as well as the recent findings from totaljobs.com highlighting the growth in opportunities for apprentices, there’s never been a better time to encourage the sector’s increasing prosperity by supporting its future tradespeople.

For further information please visit www.carlkammerling.com or call 01758 704704.

Strike a Pose with Carl Kammerling’s Blue Steel

Strutting its stuff in product innovation, Carl Kammerling International has launched C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits, designed to meet growing demand for impact drills.

Making its toolbox debut, the C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits have been manufactured from exceptionally tough, specially formulated V8 alloy steel, providing a vastly extended working life compared to standard screwdriver bits.

With impact drills combining much higher rotational torque than traditional drills, the C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits feature torsion control technology to withstand the stresses of high torque applications, resulting in less bit breakage.

Understanding that durability, accuracy and strength are key requirements for professional results, the C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits have been designed to dramatically increase speed and productivity on the job and provide unparalleled performance.

Graham Godfrey, C.K tools brand manager commented: “Carl Kammerling continuously looks to develop its product range for the benefit of the end-user. We have witnessed a rise in popularity of impact drills among our dedicated focus group of tradesmen, who expressed a need for durable impact bits that would guarantee performance."

“By introducing the C.K Blue Steel Impact Bits we hope to highlight our continuous commitment and support to both our stockists and tradesmen.”

For further information please visit www.carlkammerling.com or call 01758 704704.

Carl Kammerling International Strips Away the Competition

Leading provider of quality hand tools and security solutions, Carl Kammerling International, is celebrating the success of its market leading C.K ArmourSlice following a record-breaking sales period.

Awarded product of the year by professional electricians, the innovative Steel Wired Armoured (SWA) cable stripper has been stripping away the competition since launch last year.

The market-leading product has already delivered impressive margins to retailers, and looks set to become one of the provider’s best sellers.

Designed to speed up the process of preparing SWA cable, the C.K ArmourSlice allows electricians to complete the job up to 50% faster and ensures a perfect cut every time. Typically done utilising a hacksaw and trimming knife, the conventional method for stripping SWA cable is slow, cumbersome and can result in an uneven cut of the wire strands, and even possible damage to the inner conductors.

Graham Godfrey, brand manager for C.K tools, commented: “The C.K ArmourSlice has completely surpassed our expectations. We knew the innovative nature and time saving design of the product would resonate with our core audience of professional electricians, however its overall sales performance has been staggering.

“The success of the product is a real testament to the development work that Carl Kammerling International undertakes in collaboration with its panel of professional tradesmen. Working this way ensures that innovative products are constantly developed to meet the needs of the everyday tradesman.”

For further information please visit www.carlkammerling.com or call 01758 704704.

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