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Iceni Windows poised for growth with Kenrick

Paul Foyle from Iceni Windows with Steve Williams of Kenrick

A leading trade fabricator has boosted production and is on target to increase turnover by 15% this year with the help of its hardware supplier Kenrick.

Having invested in a new 40,000 square foot factory in 2017 to expand production of its range of PVCu and aluminium windows, Essex-based Iceni Windows wanted to source a new shootbolt that was quicker and easier to fit. As well as helping Iceni Windows to speed up production rates, it was also important that the new system could be adapted to suit the Rehau, AluK and Residence 9 profiles that Iceni uses.

After reviewed a number of solutions, the firm chose the Centurion Fast Fit shootbolt window locking system from Kenrick and has increased production to 700 frames a week since switching.

Paul Foyle, managing director at Iceni Windows, explains: “We had been working with our previous supplier for some years and were happy with the product, but we wanted to find a shootbolt that would speed up the fitting time for our fabricators even further. We liked the design of Kenrick’s Centurion Fast Fit shootbolt and were impressed with how Kenrick tailored the keeps so that we could use it across all of our windows. This means that we don’t have to order and stock a variety of shootbolts, which is a huge benefit to us.

“Adding more factory space and switching to Kenrick has helped us to ramp up production and we’re well on course to increase turnover by 15% this year, which is a terrific achievement. We’re certain that Kenrick will be able to keep pace with our growth and we’re looking ahead to a long and successful future with them.”

Steve Williams, Kenrick’s sales and marketing director, added: “We’re delighted to be working with one of the industry’s fastest-growing fabricators and to have supported this impressive growth with a product that’s designed to maximise productivity. We’re pleased to have delivered just what they want with a flexible and cost effective locking system that’s guaranteed to perform. We’re looking forward to continuing our alliance with Iceni Windows and to support them in their next phase of growth.”

Centurion Fast Fit is ‘non crop’ system that’s simple and rapid to install. A reliable, adaptable and cost effective locking solution, it features steel shootbolts and up to eight locking points to provide the highest levels of security.

Iceni has recently strengthened its link with Kenrick and is now also using the high security Excalibur door lock on all of its doors. 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.

Both the Centurion Fast Fit shootbolt and Excalibur door lock are Secured by Design approved and meet the requirements of PAS 24. They have been function tested to in excess of 100,000 cycles and exceed the requirements of BS EN 1670 Grade 4 (severe) rating for salt spray corrosion resistance.

Kenrick is a leading supplier of hardware solutions for PVCu, aluminium and timber window and door systems. The company has a proud heritage spanning more than 200 years, having been established by Archibald Kenrick who manufactured buckles and livery fittings. Kenrick’s range of top quality products includes the market leading Excalibur multi-point locking system, the four-point Centurion system and the Easifit and Espagnolette locking systems.

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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