Pickersgill-Kaye supplies security locks to China
Door locks and security systems
An export drive into the Far East by Pickersgill-Kaye has been officially recognised after the company was chosen for a visit from a Chinese trade mission on a fact-finding tour.
Several key figures from the Chinese Embassy, led by economic and commercial minister counsellor Mr Zhou Xiaoming, and the China Chamber of International Commerce visited Yorkshire businesses to get a better understanding of UK companies' potential for breaking into the China market.
A joint China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and UK Trade Investment (UKTI) initiative to promote the opportunities between the two nations, the itinerary included a tour of the highly-regarded Leeds engineering firm on Thursday July 8 2010.
The Chinese visitors, along with UKTI deputy international trade director for Yorkshire and Humber, Graham Percival, were shown around Pickersgill-Kaye's Pepper Road facility by manufacturing manager Simon Barnes and quality manager Jeff Moore.
Pickersgill-Kaye already supplies the large share of door locks and security systems to the UK rail market but a growing international reputation earned the breakthrough in the lucrative China market two years ago, when China National Rail (CNR) came calling about mechanical cab door locks for its locomotives.
In 2008, CNR ordered just 12 sets of locks in a deal worth around GBP40,000 for locomotives built at its massive Dalian manufacturing plant in north east China.
They were impressed with the product and made another order last year for 50 sets worth nearly GBP180,000.
Because of this successful collaboration, the two companies are now in the middle of negotiations for 300 of Pickersgill-Kaye's cab door mechanical locks per year, either supplied from the UK or made under licence in China.
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