They said it would not last!
On 1st November 1985 it all began, Kentec sold its first fire detection panel. 25 years on we have become the UK’s leading fire control panel manufacturer producing tens of thousands of control panels each year to the fire detection and alarm industry World wide.
The story so far
1985 - Kentec began trading (from our converted Chicken Shed)
- First Fire detection Control panels produced
- First Extinguishant Releasing
1986 - Moved to our new larger
premises in Dartford
1988 - Expanded operation again by acquiring the building next door (unit 26)
- Introduced Silk Screen Printing
1990 - Introduced our first addressable product line
1995 - First Surface Mount Machinery installed
- First Analogue Addressable Control Panel introduced
1997 - Solo, Single Loop Analogue Addressable panel to market
- Windows based “Loop Explorer” system configuration tool introduced
- Acquired Detail Sheet Metal
1999 - Expanded operation again by acquiring the building next door (unit 27)
- Installed first Powder Coating Plant
2000 - Syncro product line produced for the first time
- Purchased our first Amada CNC punch press
2001 - Expanded operation once more (Unit 6)
2002 - Acquired Azcon Component Solutions
2005 - Sigma XT released the first extinguishant releasing panel to be certified to EN12094-1
2008 - Acquired VES in the US
2009 - Increased manufacturing base by 50%
- Expanded operation once more (Unit 9)
- Installed new semi automatic Powder Coating plant
2010 - Introduced digital printing into our production process
What we are going to do in our 26th year
The story continues and we have massive plans. In the next 12 months we will be introducing more innovative and unique products, some of which will be ground breaking! We also have plans to complete the final phase of our factory relocation and expansion making sure Kentec remains the UK’s number one panel manufacturer!
We want to tell you all about it!
In the build up to what is probably going to be our most exciting and ambitious 12 months in Kentecs history. We want to keep you and your colleagues up to date and informed on what we going to be doing in particular from a new product point of view . To help us keep in contact with you we are reviewing our database and we feel it is important that we have your details and those of all of your colleagues right up to date. So to help refresh our database and to ensure you are kept up to speed with everything new from Kentec over the next 12 months, please spend a few minutes filling in this form.
To make this a little more interesting we are offering a free entry to a prize draw where every contact on every entry will be entered into our draw. So for the chance to win an iPAD just in time for Christmas*. Please spend a few minutes and provide us with very basic information…..
*competition is now closed
Other momentous events in 1985? Take a look here.