Edition 104 March 2016


Meet the new members of Kentecís EMEA Sales team!

Kentec are delighted to announce the appointment of Marcel Zwarthoed and Chris Matthews as members of the EMEA Sales Team working with Head of Sales - EMEA; Lee Maher.

Kentec recognised the need to expand the growing EMEA department so Marcel and Chris will work alongside Lee to support our valued partners and with developing our new business opportunities.

Marcel Zwarthoed - Business Development Manager - Europe

Marcel joined Kentec on March 1st and he is the Business Development Manager-Europe. Marcel will be responsible for managing our export activity around the European region as well as supporting our valued partners.

Marcel is resident of The Netherlands and will remain there while working for Kentec in this role. Marcel has nearly 15 years’ experience within the fire and security industry working as an Engineer and installer and was Product Manager for a large security corporation before joining Kentec.

Marcel is a long distance runner and is currently training for the Amsterdam marathon. As well as training, Marcel likes to listen to Country & Western and Rock music as well as playing guitar.

Chris Matthews - Business Development Manager - Middle East & Africa

Chris also joined Kentec on March 1st and he is the Business Development Manager - Middle East & Africa. Chris will be responsible for managing our export activity Middle East, Africa developing new business channels and supporting our valued partners.

Chris has 20 years’ experience in the fire and security industry, spending almost a decade with a specialist Fire detection manufacturer in the Middle East.

Chris is a Lego master builder! In his spare time, Chris enjoys mountain biking, DJ’ing and playing football with his children, supporting Arsenal.



Kentecís joint roadshow with partners EMS & Apollo at Brands Hatch!


Kentec, alongside partners EMS & Apollo, are holding a small informal event at Brands Hatch race circuit in Kent on Thursday 10th March. The event will begin at 8.30am and a representative from each company will be there to answer any questions you may have about Kentec’s, Apollo’s and EMS’s products & services.

We are encouraging visitors who may have used us only a few times or not at all to come along and see what we can offer as a fire detection and prevention specialist. Alongside EMS & Apollo we offer the best of British in fire solutions with all three companies manufacturing and R&D departments based in the UK.

Kentec are showcasing their innovative Taktis system which combines the latest in hardware and software to produce a control and indication system which is powerful and sophisticated, yet simple to use. Light refreshments will be served throughout the morning, so if you’re based in the South East feel free to pop along and ask a few questions.

If you are interested, please register here:

In the meantime if you want to find out more about Kentec’s product, please visit our website or contact your local BDM.



Kentec helps protect Indian 4G network


Fire safety systems installed at 200 4G data centres across India that are designed to house communication equipment and provide the base for an operational workforce, are using Kentec’s fire safety control panel technology.

Reliance Industries, one of India’s largest private sector companies, is installing 4G mobile communication networks across India after its telecom arm, Reliance Jio Infocomm, was awarded a pan India Unified License to offer both voice and high-speed data services to subscribers across the country.

Each data centre’s fire alarm system, supplied and installed by Mumbai-based Technofire, uses Kentec Syncro Analogue Addressable fire control panels that communicate directly with Reliance’s MODBUS roof top units (RTUs) via optical fibre ring networks. Apollo heat and optical smoke detectors are integrated with the buildings’ management systems using an OpenConnect Gateway.

Life safety specialists Kentec Electronics are the UK’s leading fire alarm control panel manufacturer. A truly global supplier, Kentec exports equipment from its UK manufacturing base to over 80 countries, much of which is programmed in a wide array of languages.


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