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

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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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New Manufacturing Partner at Middle East Rail

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As I head to Day 2 of Middle East Rail, I hope it proves to be as stimulating, exciting and commercially successful as Day 1.

Yesterday was one of the most interesting and inspirational days I’ve had at an event like this. His Excellency, Dr Abdulla Al Nuaimi welcomed us warmly and his opening remarks reflected the key position the UAE holds in the rail sector regionally and globally.

For me, the way His Excellency outlined the importance of railways to infrastructure across the region and around the world, along with his support of rail’s role in doing business and stimulating economies, was very encouraging. It’s all about investment, innovation, speed, connectivity and sustainability – all things that Inspire Rhino Doors to deliver the best solutions to the market. I also respect, very much, His Excellency’s engineering background and the expertise he brings to his role.

Of course, the Rhino Doors team came out here from the UK to share our expertise in the rail and infrastructure sector and develop commercial relationships in the market. Middle East Rail has also proved excellent for that.

One of our main aims was to look for a manufacturing partner in the region that would allow us to bring our innovative and world-leading solutions to infrastructure projects over here, cutting out the shipping time and costs involved in moving our products from the UK around the world.

I am delighted to say that we have found our partner; it’s still early days so I’m not in a position to share any details other than they are based in the region, have all of the skills and facilities we need, have a background in door manufacture in the infrastructure industries and share Rhino’s vision of providing the very best bespoke solutions in a market that’s full of energy and innovation.

This is a hugely exciting time for Rhino Doors, as it will give us a presence in the Middle East and will allow us to contribute to the development of infrastructure projects across the region, combining our globally renowned solutions with local skills and knowledge and allowing us to be a real part of the bright future out here and share in the confidence and drive that exists within the sector.

As well as meeting our future partner, the Rhino Doors team and I have made some excellent connections, with whom we will build strong relationships and we have seen some enlightening presentations from a range of internationally-renowned speakers, who have brought to life some of the opportunities within the sector and inspired us with their enthusiasm and innovation.

Thanks must go to our local government authority, Neath-Port Talbot Council who have been extremely supportive of Rhino over the past 18 months as we have grown and specifically for the funding support they provided, without which we would not have been able to attend MER 2017. We have also been supported strongly by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade and Rt Hon Paul Maynard MP, our own Minister responsible for rail, showed his support, when he visited the Rhino Doors stand – I also got him to pose for a picture with me.

I’m looking forward to getting to the event this morning and meeting more people and building more relationships that will support infrastructure projects across the region. If I don’t make it to you, please drop in on the Rhino Doors stand.

Stuart Lawrence

CEO, Rhino Doors

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Deal Opens Doors to Innovation and New Markets

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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 roller shutters rated up to LPS1175 SR5 level, 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

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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

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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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The Strength to Protect

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Over the past five months, Rhino Doors has undergone a transformation focused on expanding the product range of doors that can be offered, not just within our traditional security market but also meeting the needs of our increasing client base that demand doors with multiple performance criteria. These additional performance criteria include fire protection, sound attenuation and flood prevention.

Recognising this transformation in focus, we at Rhino have taken the opportunity to modernise our image and this has included a complete revamp of the company logo and the introduction of strap line that more comprehensively reflects the mission of the business.

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