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A Trading Division of ASSA ABLOY


Mar 2017


Pickersgill-Kaye, which became a trading division of ASSA ABLOY Limited from February 1 2017, is to become a specialist production base for the rail industry following the announcement of significant new investment by the global leader in door opening solutions.

A dedicated R&D facility and rail centre of excellence will be created as part of an overhaul of Pickersgill-Kaye's Leeds plant to help drive oppportunities for the company in the rail sector through innovation and improved service levels for its emergency override mechanisms, safety critical solutions and locking equipment.     

ASSA ABLOY's level of investment is a demonstration of its commitment to the business by creating the right environment to develop the next generation of specialist products for the rail industry both at home and overseas. The Leeds facility will become a design hub for future locking solutions tailored to meet customers' specific requirements.   

Managing Director, Simon Teagle, said: "Pickersgill-Kaye has been heavily allied to the rail industry for over 150 years and it is this expertise and knowledge that was one of the rationales for acquiring the company and  Investing in design technology."

  We welcome Fergus Johnson-Martin and apprentice Anthony Storr to the team at Pickersgill-Kaye as part of the ongoing investment made by owner ASSA ABLOY in turning the business into a specialist production base for the rail industry.

Design engineer Fergus is originally from Bristol and recently joined Pickersgill-Kaye in a graduate's role from Leeds University, while Anthony has just started his apprenticeship in manufacturing and engineering. Both are based at our new rail centre of excellence.
  ASSA ABLOY says that these appointments (Fergus is pictured on the left) reflect the investment strategy which includes attracting and recruiting more designers to make the Leeds facility a manufacturing design hub for creating future locking solutions tailored to meet customers' specific requirements. This  considerable support will help Pickersgill-Kaye to compete and win further orders for high profile projects against often tough overseas competition.  
  Managing Director, Simon Teagle, said: "We are delighted that Fergus and Anthony have taken on their new roles with Pickersgill-Kaye. Employing the next generation of designers and investing in the latest design technology will enable us to continue to support the rail sector in the UK."   
  Pickersgill-Kaye has won another significant order from Hitachi Rail Europe to manufacture emergency door handles, this time for the fleet of AT300 bi-mode electric/diesel trains being built for the Great Western Railway.   
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The fleet of AT300 trains are closely related to the Class 800 and 801 Hitachi is supplying for the multi-billion pound Intercity Express Programme (IEP), one of the biggest rail projects in the world for which Pickersgill-Kaye is already contracted to supply the Emergency Egress and Emergency Access devices. Andy Rodgers, Projects Director at Hitachi Rail Europe, commented: "We look forward to continuing our work with Pickersgill-Kaye as they supply high quality parts for our new UK trains."    

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Pickersgill-Kaye attended its first Capital Markets Day staged by owner ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions. 

The annual corporate event in Sweden enables ASSA ABLOY to present its long-term business strategy to investors and analysists and introduce new acquisitions. 


Managing Director, Simon Teagle, said: "Capital Markets Day was an excellent opportunity to understand the reasons behind the acquisition of Pickersgill-Kaye and the strategic fit within the wider ASSA ABLOY group. 

"With innovative new products Pickersgill-Kaye will contribute to the continuing growth of ASSA ABLOY by breaking into new markets."        Click here to watch a video from the day......

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