A Smart and Specialist Strategy

John Crittenden

John Crittenden, Managing Director

Carl F Groupco reports a successful year with ongoing development of its extensive catalogue of over 7,000 lines catering for all window and door hardware requirements. Brands that have performed particularly well for the distributor include SmartSecure that provides new generation electronic door locking and access control: this has achieved a 90% year on year increase in sales since its launch in 2016. 

Key achievements during 2018 include the launch of a new Carl F Groupco hardware website. The company also upgraded its Carl F direct website for its e-commerce tools and consumables business. Providing next working day delivery, Carl F direct enables Carl F Groupco to provide a one stop shop for the window and door industry. Commenting on the successful year, Managing Director John Crittenden said:

“We have made our mark as a major player in the UK hardware supply market and for that I thank our hardworking staff at both our Peterborough and Cumbernauld distribution centres who work tirelessly to achieve our on time in full delivery target. I also thank our manufacturing partners who deliver consistently high quality, innovative products and support our service philosophy.

“Expansion of our product range is a real achievement, particularly in light of turbulent market conditions with fluctuating exchange rates. And, as we brace ourselves for the impact of Brexit, it has to be acknowledged that the beginning of 2019 could be a slightly rocky road for the UK as a whole, but we have plans in place to ensure we continue to meet our performance and delivery targets.”

Looking ahead to 2019, Carl F Groupco reports that demand for SmartSecure is set to continue to grow in a range of markets including Housing Associations and designer installations.  Specialist products are also on track for growth including fire rated fittings, high specification aluminium door locks and hardware for Liniar’s new reversible window that is ideally suited to high rise installations.