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New development manager for Kenrick

Martin Smith, Development Manager Kenrick’s

Kenrick, one of the UK’s leading window and door hardware manufacturers, has promoted Martin Smith to the position of development manager. He was formerly Kenrick’s design engineer, having joined the firm four years ago from Laird.

Martin has many years’ experience in hardware design and development having worked for four and a half years in the development team at Laird. In his new role, he heads up the development team at Kenrick, which includes designers, technical engineers, quality managers and prototype engineers. He is responsible for looking at enhancements to Kenrick’s existing range of products as well as developing new products that offer high security, whilst being easier to fit.

Commenting on Martin’s promotion, Steve Jones, Kenrick’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to have such an experienced and skilled design expert in Martin. He has many qualities that equip him for his new role and he will without doubt make an enormous contribution towards our ambitious future growth plans which rely on us having new and innovative products to take to market.”

Martin adds: “I’m very pleased to be working in such a challenging and exciting role. The market is constantly moving forward and we have to maintain our leading position by being ahead of the game and developing new products all the time. I’m really looking forward to being part of it and launching some great hardware solutions in the near future.”

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 window shootbolt are extremely cost effective and easy to install.

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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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