Flying high for 30th anniversary

Up, and away up! Strand Hardware is celebrating its 30th anniversary among the UK’s leading suppliers of door and window hardware including finger protectors, emergency exit and panic hardware, window control glass and systems fittings.

The family-run business, located in Walsall, West Midlands, is marking the occasion by sending something special to suppliers and customers as a thank-you because of their continued support.

The ongoing company was established by the late Jonathan Franks, who ran Hope Works previously, a well-known iron foundry manufacturing traditional black antique ironmongery. Jonathan’s daughter, Catherine joined him in the continuing business in 2000, initially as Company Secretary and took on the Managing Director’s role upon her father’s retirement in 2006.

On the full years, Strand Hardware is continuing to grow – extending its operations, workforce and premises -while managing to keep the grouped family ethos which it was based. A lot of its employees been employed by for the business for more than twenty years – a loyalty matched by way of a commitment to staff development and welfare.

Said Catherine: “We have been no enormous company; everyone understands everybody looks and else after every other and which has created a feeling of team.

“Despite the fact that our staff aren’t involved in scheduling, we spend money on training so that they have a full knowledge of the marketplace and extensive understanding of our products to best advise customers. The main element to your success is customer support – we look after our customers and protect our reputation by going far beyond supply.”

Strand Hardware is currently the only real UK distributor for leading European manufacturers including Athmer (finger protection) and Antipanic (panic hardware). It manufacturers its range also, Duoflex – adjustable folding openers for timber, aluminium, pVCu and steel windows.

Its expertise in ‘niche’ but technical products implies that it has extensive reach highly. Walk through the doors of several of the UK’s popular fast-food outlets and it’s likely that you’ll go by products it supplies to developers, installers and fabricators through its network of trusted distributors. Likewise, buildings within health insurance and education which require entrances with durable fittings to meet up safety and accessibility requirement – may also be likely candidates.

In contract, the business supplies its D-fine range, which is created from 316 stainless for specialist installations entirely. Its anti-corrosive properties mean they are installed in wind farms, oil rigs and costal operations around the world.

The extensive usage of its products has resulted in it becoming members of several industry associations like the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers, the hinged door Hardware Federation and Council for Aluminium in Building.

Catherine plays a dynamic role among them and can once again take a seat on the judging panel for the GAI/RIBA Spec Awards occurring next year.

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Earlier, a sister company, Strand Technologies premiered, offering technology-based solutions for safety, control and security of electro-mechanical devices, including (however, not exclusively) windows and entrances. The COVID pandemic propelled demand including fail-safe diagnostics for automatic door occupancy and systems management systems.

Exactly like its products, Strand Hardware has demonstrated a lasting durability. It has travelled a road with many milestones – chronicled within an illustrative timeline on its website to mark its anniversary – and remains buoyant with a confident future ahead.

Catherine (centre) with employees of Strand Hardware


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