Local MP, Stephen Kinnock Visits Rhino

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Local MP, Stephen Kinnock, paid a visit to Rhino Doors Headquarters in Port Talbot. On the visit Mr Kinnock was given a tour of the factory to view the processes involved in manufacturing our attack resistant, vehicle ram resistant, blast resistant, flood proof, and fire resistant doors and gates.

Speaking after the visit, Mr Kinnock said, ‘It was a terrific visit to Rhino Doors to see how they design, manufacture, install and maintain specialised doors and gates. The company play an important role producing doors for the nuclear industry, Ministry of Defence and many, many more companies. They are a great example of Welsh engineering and manufacturing.’

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Swansea Bay Business Awards


Rhino Doorshas been shortlisted in the Business of the Year 0-25 Employees category at the Swansea Bay Business Awards 2018.

The event, which will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, aims to recognise the greatest business successes in the Swansea Bay region. Rhino was selected as one of three in the category by a panel of judges alongside Clean Sweep and Express Metal Services. The panel comprised Ian Clarke from overall sponsors PWC; a representative of last year’s Business of the Year, Alan Brayley from AB Glass; Debbie Green, Woman of the Year 2017; Jonathan Roberts, editor of the South Wales Evening Post; and Lisa Cameron, commercial director of Media Wales.

Mr Roberts said: “Every year the calibre of entrants for the Swansea Bay Business Awards gets better and better, which in terms of whittling them down to a shortlist and then deciding on a winner makes it harder and harder.”

The full announcement article from WalesOnline can be found here.

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Announcing Project Bicornis – August 2017

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As part of Rhino’s strategic growth plan over the last 12 months, efforts have not surprisingly been focused on improving and expanding the range of high performance doors that we can supply – achieved through a combination of internally funded product development and also strategic partnering agreements. In addition to this, Rhino has over the last 12 months been pursuing development of a new product that will place Rhino as a more complete physical security provider by offering perimeter and pedestrian protection systems. This is known internally as Project Bicornis.

The company’s new product are Anti-ram retractable security bollards:

Automated security bollards of this type are installed in public areas outside “soft targets” where there is threat of HGV vehicles ramming the buildings with explosives or more directly where members of the public are the target. Anti-Ram bollards block vehicular access without inhibiting pedestrian traffic flow. Monitored and centralised control of these bollards is also required to facilitate vehicular access for emergency services.

PAS68 is the latest Publicly Available Specification for vehicle security barriers and when designs are complete, Rhino will apply for accreditation to this standard. PAS68 has become the UK’s standard and the security industry’s benchmark for HVM (Hostile Vehicle Mitigation) equipment, and is the specification against which perimeter security equipment is tested as part of the ongoing research to prevent VBIED (Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device) attacks.

The recent recruitment of our new Chief Engineer Dr Chris Norris will allow Rhino to accelerate development of this safety critical new product, where it hoped that prototype testing will commence inside the next 6 months.

Further details to follow.

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Top Expert Pledges Future To Rhino In A Coup For Growing Rhino Doors

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Dr Chris Norris has been named as Rhino’s chief engineer, strengthening the team with almost 30 years’ as one of the industry’s most respected figures.

Joining Rhino Doors from Booth Industries, where he was also chief engineer, Dr Norris is a specialist in blast and fire protection walling systems and doors in the offshore oil and gas industry. He is also a design authority on a range of major projects across infrastructure and rail, defence and nuclear new build. Dr Norris will join Rhino on 8th June.

Dr Norris said: “I am delighted to join Rhino Doors at this very exciting time on their strategic journey. This is a strongly motivated operation, based on innovation, quality and growth in the UK and internationally and with exceptional backing by their investors. I am excited to be a part of a team with such a dynamic approach to the industry.”

A renowned engineer, with a background in blast protection, attack delay, acoustic attenuation and fire protection, Dr Norris will apply his expertise to Rhino’s existing and forthcoming rail and tunnel projects, as well as boosting Rhino’s specialist doors offering to the British nuclear new build programme.

Stuart Lawrence, Managing Director of Rhino Doors, said: “I am very proud that the Rhino name is strong enough to recruit someone of the calibre of Dr Norris. He is a genuinely a well respected and renowned expert and I am thrilled he has chosen to join us.

“Together with our partners CNIM S.A., we are placing a great deal of strategic focus on the UK’s nuclear new build programme and I believe that there is nobody better equipped to augment our innovation in this area than Dr Norris. He will also boost our offering in infrastructure and rail and oil and gas, particularly offshore projects.”

Dr Norris will bring his expertise to a number of projects which are of interest to Rhino, including the Wylfa Newydd power station, Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C in the nuclear new build programme.

He will also provide Rhino’s technical leadership to a range of Crossrail projects and oil and gas contracts that are either currently being proposed or are already secured.

Stuart added: “This is an enormously exciting time for British Industry, with huge investment in the UK and incredible opportunities overseas and Rhino’s strategic ambition is to be at the vanguard of these new developments, innovating, pioneering and offering true value, which is why we have strengthened our team through the appointment of Dr Norris and why we will continue to develop and grow.”

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New General Manager for Rhino Doors – May 2017


Rhino Doors are pleased to announce the appointment of Alan McTear to the position of General Manager. In this newly created role, Alan will report directly to the Managing Director, Stuart Lawrence.

Alan has a wealth of leadership experience across commercial, manufacture, operations and engineering predominately from the Subsea Oil & Gas industry. Alan and family are in the process of relocating home to Wales after 10 years in Malaysia running successful Subsea businesses.

Asked about his new appointment, Alan stated “I’m very excited to be part of the Rhino Doors story and am already fully engaged & energized in cohesively reshaping and evolving the business for exponential growth. The staff and I are all enthusiastic to be part of a future as the world leaders in high performance, multi-function doors and high security openings. Together we will deliver!’’

Commenting on the appointment, Managing Director Stuart Lawrence said, “We are delighted to welcome Alan to Rhino Doors and are confident that his range of skills and experience will facilitate our impressive growth plans for the business”.

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Joint Venture Discussions Commence

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Managing Director Riad Welly from QMI signing the MoU with Rhino Doors MD, Stuart Lawrence

Rhino are delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar Metal Industries (QMI) that triggers the official commencement of discussion between the two companies with a view to the formation of a joint venture in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

QMI are a leading designer and supplier of steel and timber personnel door sets, established for ten years now and with an ever-expanding manufacturing base in Dubai. Under the proposed JV, Rhino and QMI intend to set up a jointly owned manufacturing facility in Dubai, specifically to manufacture Rhino’s expanding range of large, bespoke doors, incorporating acoustic, fire, Pressure and blast protection. Target market areas include major infrastructure projects in the region as well as security services, defence and petrochemical projects.

The existing door range produced by QMI are complimentary to Rhino products and due to their internationally recognised certification standards, there is also the opportunity for reciprocal trade with Rhino selling QMI doors as part of larger packages of work in the UK and other areas where Rhino operate.

Commenting on the MoU, Managing Director Stuart Lawrence said “This JV, once implemented will provide Rhino with the perfect platform to launch our expanding technology and product range into the GCC region. With the existing experience and expertise present within QMI, this JV will provide customers in the region with access to quality, British engineered designs, manufactured locally and importantly with local aftersales support”.

Mr Riad Welly, Managing Director for QMI stated “The joint venture between Rhino and QMI will be the answer to the increasing demand in highly specialised blast proof, pressure and acoustic doors in the GCC region. The JV will be able to supply special doors to power, military, oil and gas and transport system projects through a new modern facility in Dubai”.

For further information on QMI, please visit http://qatarmetal.com/Home

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Deal Opens Doors to Innovation and New Markets


Two of the world’s leaders in industrial and commercial door solutions have signed an exclusive partnership agreement, which will boost innovation and provide industries across the globe with access to their ranges of cutting-edge products.

UK-based Rhino Doors and Swiss firm, BATOR GROUP have signed a deal that will see them co-operate exclusively to design and develop new industrial doors and manufacture each other’s existing products under licence.

Stuart Lawrence, Managing Director of Rhino Doors, said: “We share an ethos and a vision of innovation, value and quality, with BATOR so they are ideal partners with whom to drive forward, supporting the implementation of our strategy of developing the very best solutions to meet the needs of a diverse range of industries. This relationship will significantly broaden the range of high performance door solutions that Rhino can provide, particularly within the rail sector.”

Rhino and BATOR have a longstanding relationship, having worked together on a range of projects, with architects and engineers from around the world.

Urs Balke, Chief Executive of BATOR, said: “It is a pleasure to collaborate exclusively with Rhino Doors. Our combination of experience, expertise and innovative and bespoke design solutions creates a proposition that will meet the diverse needs of architects and the challenges of a range of projects, strengthening our offering and delivering value to clients.”

Rhino Doors leads the way in the design and manufacture of all types of doors and gates, from its headquarters in Port Talbot, South Wales. It also installs and maintains both its own, state-of-the-art products and those from other manufacturers.

Specialising in sliding, sliding-folding, folding, bi-folding and side hinged doors with UK Government attack delay security ratings. Rhino also provides security rated roller shutters, as well as oversize bespoke doors for sound reducing, fire resistance and security applications.

Headquartered in Herzogenbuchsee in the Swiss canton of Berne, BATOR GROUP is a renowned innovator, with its range of folding doors, sliding-folding doors, sliding doors, fire doors and special doors, meeting the strictest requirements in reliability and safety.

As well as combining to boost product design and manufacturing innovation to meet the needs and address the challenges of projects around the world, the exclusive agreement between Rhino and BATOR will see them focus on different international territories.

Rhino will provide the combined Rhino-BATOR products and services to the UK, Middle East, India and the Far East, Australia and New Zeland, while BATOR will focus on its own domestic market as well as the European Union, USA and Turkey.

Mr Lawrence said: “This arrangement means that both Rhino and BATOR can support each other’s growth, which will allow both businesses to continue to invest in and share innovation.”

Mr Balke added: “Together, we have the expertise to strengthen our respective offerings and tackle the challenges of providing solutions within any industry, anywhere in the world.”

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Contract Award

Rhino Doors are pleased to announce the award of a contract to supply specialised, bespoke doors for the new Farringdon Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) station in London. Rhino were awarded a contract by BFK Joint Venture (Bam Ferrovial Kier), who are constructing the new station, with a challenging specification to provide a set of five maintenance access doors for the stations fan rooms.

The doors are particularly large providing a clear opening of 4.3m wide x 4.035m high and must provide a sound attenuation of up to 55dB. In addition to this, the access doors must also be security rated and fire rated.

Commenting on the contract award, Managing Director Stuart Lawrence said “Having worked with the team at BFK over the last few months, we are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract. The recent investment by the shareholders has supported the development into this type of multi-performance door and this is something that is a central theme of the strategic growth plan for Rhino”.

Following a period of design development and qualification testing over the next few months, this door contract is schedule for completion in August 2017.

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Rhino Appoints New Sales Manager


To further reinforce our ambitious expansion plans, Rhino Doors has appointed Mike Davies to the newly created position of Sales Manager. Mike has a wealth of experience in Security and Perimeter Protection and will target new vertical markets for Rhino’s high performance doors as well as leading their aggressive export sales plans.

“I have followed Rhino for many years and have been very impressed with their innovative product range and the way they look after their customers. I always thought that if the right opportunity came up I would love to be involved” commented Mike at the recent Big 5 construction exhibition in Dubai.

Mike’s appointment comes at a time of great change at Rhino as they move in to larger premises and start their exciting product development programme, which will see them firmly establish themselves as the World leaders in high performance, multi-function doors and high security openings.

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Successful Relocation


Rhino are pleased to announce the successful completion of the relocation of all office and manufacturing based activities in Port Talbot to new, larger and more efficient facilities based very close to original location.

These new facilities provide us initially with a 20% increase in shop floor manufacturing area and this will increase to a 70% increase inside the next 12 – 18 months. Even this relatively modest 20% increase in area, coupled with a vastly improved manufacturing process flow layout (facilitated by two overhead gantry cranes, each of 7.5Te capacity) means that we now have the capacity to produce up to 4x as many doors compared to the original factory.

The new site also benefits from greatly improved office facilities that provide ample meeting/conference rooms, a video conferencing suite and plenty of space for expansion as the company grows.

Commenting on the recent move, Managing Director Stuart Lawrence said “The relocation of Rhino Doors to larger, more efficient premises is long overdue and we are delighted to be here. Not only have we removed the historical production capacity bottleneck that we used to suffer but we have also created for ourselves sufficient additional capacity to meet the demands of future projects, in line with our product development expansion plan”.


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