Centor® looks to expand its UK operation

Appointment of new Sales Manager and increase in dealerships pivotal to expansion plans

Birmingham, UK – 05 March 2019: Luxury door, window, screening systems and hardware manufacturer, Centor, has appointed a new Sales and Operations Manager, Mike Sullivan, to oversee the growth and expansion of its UK business.

The respected brand is looking to expand its network of professional dealer partners in the UK and Ireland, for its award-winning Integrated Doors and Windows, as well as for its range of bifold doors and stand-alone screening systems. In addition, Centor is looking grow its architectural joinery hardware business.
Founded in Brisbane, Australia in 1951, Centor has since expanded across the globe with operations on four continents. In the 15 years it has been trading in the UK, it has established a reputation among joiners, fabricators and OEMs for its high-quality hardware systems. In 2013 Centor launched the world’s first Integrated Folding Door, which has gone on to win numerous awards including a prestigious German Design Award in 2017. It has since expanded the range to include sliding doors and complementary windows. Stand-alone screening solutions were added to the range in 2018 to enable homeowners to control insects, sunlight and privacy without changing their existing doors.

As the range has developed, so too has the need for a more geographically spread dealership representation, especially in areas like Scotland, Ireland and the South West. Regional Director Peter Watkins says: “Mike brings impressive sales development and relationship building skills with him. His brief is to further develop our dealer network, to grow our architectural hardware sales and to explore wider market opportunities for our screening systems.”

Mike joins Centor from Rationel Windows (part of the DOVISTA Group), where he focused on building its network of distributors. More than 25 years of Mike’s career have been spent in sales and customer development, but his working career began in bench hand joinery, which has enabled him to appreciate the supreme quality of workmanship of Centor’s products.

“I’m very excited and proud to be working with Centor, not least for its place in door manufacturing history. In 1998, its patented hardware enabled folding doors to be used on exterior openings for the first time, and it continues to lead and innovate with Integrated Doors and screens unlike anything else available on the market today.”

“My plan is to increase the distribution channels for Centor products and take them to a much wider audience. I want to work closely with our dealer partners to engage not just homeowners but also luxury housebuilders, specifiers, architects and designers,” says Mike.

Dealers, fabricators and installers interested in learning more about Centor products can see them at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show (March 28-31, NEC Birmingham, stand G191) and Grand Designs Live (May 4-11, Excel London, stand B260). Dealers interested in supplying Centor systems can contact Mike for an initial discussion at [email protected] or call him on 0121 701 2500. For more information, visit www.centor.com.

Mike Sullivan, Sales and Operations Manager Centor Europe Ltd.

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