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Tradelink trades up to Kenrick door lock

Leading trade fabricator Tradelink Window Solutions has strengthened its link with Kenrick after choosing the high security Excalibur door lock for its ‘Homeguard’ branded PVCu doors. The move has helped to rank Kenrick as the number one supplier to the Cambridgeshire-based firm.

Tradelink wanted to further enhance its trusted Homeguard brand with a locking system that was guaranteed to meet the highest security standards and began looking for a new supplier. Having extensively reviewed a number of systems on the market, the team at Tradelink finally chose Kenrick’s Excalibur door lock. Kenrick and Tradelink worked closely together to finetune the lock before it was fully tested in-house at Tradelink to ensure that it comfortably achieved PAS 24 to meet Secured by Design.

Jim Moody, managing director at Tradelink, explains: “We had been working with our previous supplier for 10 years and had been happy with the product. However, we knew that we could improve on the security of our lock and we wanted to make some refinements that would speed up the fitting time for our fabricators and installers. We looked at several systems and eventually opted for Kenrick’s Excalibur door lock because it’s a proven and robust solution that we knew would guarantee years of trouble-free service for homeowners.

“We routinely measure all our suppliers on how easy they are to work with and score them on lead times, shortages and stock-outs. Kenrick has always been in our top three so we had absolute confidence that they could fulfil all our supply requirements without any interruptions for us. Switching suppliers can be daunting, but our move to the Excalibur door lock was seamless – Kenrick supported us throughout the transition, so much so that they’ve now taken the top spot on on our supplier list.”

Every PVCu door made by Tradelink is now fitted with the Excalibur door lock and Kenrick trained Tradelink’s fabricators on how to fit them correctly. They were impressed with the design of the product, particularly the ease with which the lock and keep can be directly aligned. Tradelink has projected that it will fit more than 20,000 bespoke Excalibur door locks a year, all of which will be stamped with Tradelink’s Homeguard brand name by Kenrick.

Tradelink, which began working with Kenrick 10 years ago, also uses the Excalibur shootbolt system for PVCu windows and the Nemesis multi-point window locking system for aluminium windows.

Steve Williams, Kenrick’s sales and marketing director, added: “We’re proud to be working alongside one of the industry’s largest fabricators and are absolutely delighted to now be top of their supplier list. Like us, Tradelink constantly strives to offer the highest levels of quality, service and security to customers so we’re very pleased to now be supplying our Excalibur system, which delivers exactly what Tradelink wanted in a door lock. Naturally, we’re looking forward to continuing our long partnership with Tradelink and supporting them as their business grows.”

The Excalibur door lock features three sintered steel hook bolts, which are supported by two steel anti lift pins for added security and three roller cams to provide compression and very smooth operation. The lock is fully extendable to give the fabricator maximum flexibility. In addition, the gearbox is sprung on both spindles, which eliminates the need to buy more costly sprung handle sets. A one piece keep is available as are individual hook roller and centre hook latch and roller keeps.

The Excalibur door lock is Secured by Design approved and meets the requirements of PAS 24. It has been function tested to in excess of 100,000 cycles and exceeds the requirements of BS EN 1670 Grade 4 (severe) rating for salt spray corrosion resistance.

Archibald Kenrick

Archibald Kenrick & Sons Ltd was founded in West Bromwich in the Black Country in 1791 and has occupied the same site ever since. During the Industrial Revolution, the business became one of the country’s foremost cast iron manufacturers, something which continued for over 150 years. In the late 1940s, technological advances meant that Kenrick modernised rapidly, introducing new manufacturing techniques such as die-casting and injection moulding. Similar but evolved techniques are still used by Kenrick today.

Kenrick currently offers a variety of products for the furniture, door and window industries including castors, locking systems, handles and hinges. The majority of these products are either made on site in West Bromwich or at their overseas factories to a high standard. The design and innovation is carried out by Kenrick’s own experienced team.

In 1990, Kenrick became part of the Spire Group. It remains committed to investing in research and development, modern production techniques, new product launches and plans significant expansion over the coming years

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