Exports boost for city-based lock maker Pickersgill-Kaye

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International contracts with large blue chip names have boosted business at lock manufacturer Pickersgill-Kaye.

The Leeds-based company posted sales of over £2.25m for the year ended November 2013 compared to £3m the previous year.

Exports contributed to 33 per cent (£751,912) of total sales.

Although the figure was lower than £966,000 the previous year, the proportion of exports was the highest it has ever achieved.

Pickersgill-Kaye, which is part of the Joseph Kaye Holdings Group, designs and produces locks and safety products for the rail, security and custodial industries.

In the US, the company supplied Axion Technologies with further passenger alarms for fitting to Toronto Transit ‘Rocket’ subway cars and locomotive cab door locks to several US train companies.

In Europe, the business manufactured toilet door switch units for EVAC, a train sanitation system firm in Germany, emergency hammer boxes for a new build tram project in Belgium, cab door locks for Irish Rail’s 18-strong fleet of 071 class locomotives, emergency break access panels for trains in Austria, budget locks and break panels for Siemens’ Desiro trains and an ongoing supply of loco door locks for the Bombardier Traxx locos.

In Asia, Pickersgill-Kaye has received an initial order from Jardine Engineering for cell door locks and strikers for the first railway satellite police station on a new rail link between Hong Kong and China as well as emergency egress device and emergency access device units for Hitachi Japan, destined for trains being built for the UK.

Meanwhile, the company is helping to make custodial cells safer in Ireland, Libya and France. The company’s cell lock and custodial hatch are being used as part of improvements to Garda Station cells across Ireland. It also supplied a multi-point lock to a Libyan company and Kaye-Rota padlock to France.

Sales director Harry Griffiths said: “Overseas sales are a growing proportion of our business. During the 12 months the company has maintained exports to the three continents of Asia, America and Europe. The latest contracts have further increased our export profile and provide valuable work for our highly experienced and committed workforce.”

Saphieh Ashtiany, the equality and employment lawyer

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