Smith and Taylor Join Hardware Supplier Kenrick

Leading hardware supplier Kenrick has bolstered its team with two senior appointments. Martin Smith has returned to the West Bromwich based business as design and operations manager after a decade away, whilst Nick Taylor has joined the firm as technical manager. The duo has more than 60 years industry experience between them.

Motorcycle enthusiast Martin Smith has re-joined Kenrick after working for British motorcycle firm Triumph as project engineer for the last 10 years. He has many years’ experience in hardware design and development having worked in design and development roles at Kenrick and Laird.

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In his new role, Martin is responsible for product design and quality. He oversees new product development as well as maintaining and improving Kenrick’s existing range of hardware products. He also manages Kenrick’s operations and is responsible for the day to day running of the factory as well as health and safety.

As Kenrick’s new technical manager, Nick Taylor brings 35 years’ industry experience with him. He joins Kenrick from hardware distributor DGS Group, where he worked for 27 years, most recently as business development and technical manager. Nick works closely with Kenrick’s design team to develop new products and he supports the sales team with customer demonstrations and site visits. He also helps customers to achieve the required industry certification for testing windows and doors.

Commenting on Martin and Nick joining the business, Steve Jones, Kenrick’s managing director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have such an enviable level of skill and experience in Martin and Nick. Both are seasoned engineers and are extremely well qualified to help us develop innovative new products and enhance our existing products. We have ambitious future growth plans at Kenrick and Martin and Nick will both play a key role in helping us stay ahead with a wide range of hardware solutions that meet the needs of today’s market.”

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.