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August 2013 European factory shutdowns

April 23rd, 2013

August 2013 European factory shutdowns

August 2013 European factory shutdowns

 

It happens every year with the predictability of the tide. And every year, it causes major headaches for contractors and developers alike. And yet the annual two to four week factory shutdowns during August of most European post box manufacturers is completely avoidable with a little planning.

 

Preparation, preparation, preparation

Post Boxes UK is already highlighting to its clients and customers of the impending European holiday month production downtime. Typically, July and August are two of the busiest months in the UK construction

What RAL colour is a British red pillar box? Post Boxes UK investigates

April 17th, 2013

What RAL colour is a British red pillar box? Post Boxes UK investigates

What RAL colour is a British red pillar box? Post Boxes UK investigates

 

One of the most common questions we are asked by clients and interested members of the public is, what RAL colour is the traditional British red pillar box? It never fails to amaze us how many times we are asked, and how many visitors to our website ask the question. It got to the stage where we decided to do something about it, so with camera and RAL colour chart at the ready (and a brolley!!) we ventured out.

 

RAL pillar box red

Below you will see four images, taken by Post Boxes UK, holding up the 4 relevant pages from RAL colour chart next to a Royal Mail red pillar box, located on Bridle Lane, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield.

The first image shows the RAL colours of (in descending order) RAL2011, RAL2012, RAL3000, RAL3001, and RAL3002.

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Image 1 – Red RAL Pillar Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second image shows the RAL colours of RAL3011, RAL3012, RAL3013, RAL3014 and RAL3015.

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Image 2 – Red RAL Pillar Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third image shows the RAL colours of RAL3016, RAL3017, RAL3018, RAL3020 and RAL3022.

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Image 3 – Red RAL Pillar Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the fourth and final image shows the RAL colours of RAL3027, RAL3028, RAL3031, RAL4001 and RAL4002.

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Image 4 – Red RAL Pillar Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our opinion

Having

EN13724 Mailboxes and Letter Boxes: Definitive Guide

March 7th, 2013

EN13724 Mailboxes and Letter Boxes: The Definitive Guide

EN13724 Mailboxes and Letter Boxes: The Definitive Guide

 

Most of the mailboxes for sale nowadays that can be found on the internet conform to EN13724. This is a European standard set out to ensure that a mailbox meets certain requirements with respect to accepting letters and keeping those letters safe.

Theft of Post Box Keys Leads to Royal Mail Sealing Post Boxes

February 27th, 2013

Theft of Post Box Keys Leads to Royal Mail Sealing Post Boxes

Theft of Post Box Keys Leads to Royal Mail Sealing Post Boxes

 

Following a theft of letter box keys from Royal Mail staff on Saturday 16th February in Leyton, the Royal Mail has been forced to temporarily seal 14 of their iconic red pillar boxes in the Waltham Forest area. They have confirmed that the post boxes will remain out of action until such they can be fitted with new locks.

In a statement, the Royal Mail said it took the decision to temporarily seal the pillar boxes, most of which are in Walthamstow, “to protect the security of our customers mail”. It is believed that two post boxes in Leyton and one in Leytonstone have also been removed from service for the time being.

The spokesperson for Royal Mail added that the organisation “…apologises to any of it’s customers who have been inconvenienced by this theft”.

At Post Boxes UK, we feel that this is the only reasonable action the Royal Mail can take given the circumstances and potential security issues. That it took the Royal Mail approximately one week to take action is a more worrying concern. It might then take another week to replace the locks.

Indeed, The Guardian newspaper pressed the Royal Mail asking the question as to whether any mail had been stolen as a result of the theft of keys, to which it declined to comment.

Will will learn of any instances of mail theft as a result of these keys being stolen? It is doubtful in our opinion. The Royal Mail

RAL letter boxes

February 23rd, 2013

RAL letter boxes – why most manufacturers have a limited standard range

RAL letter boxes – why most manufacturers have a limited standard range

 

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