KAT identified a niche market opportunity and became the UK’s first national supplier of specialist, readymade PVCu patio doors. The company grew very fast thanks to marketing and manufacturing skills, combined with outstanding customer care.
KAT felt it was important not to be a ‘jack of all windows and doors’ but to be recognised by customers as true specialists. That legacy is still in place today. 2001 saw the launch of PVCu box sash windows into what is a very highly specialised niche, which has enhanced KAT’s reputation as a bespoke manufacturer of specialist door and window systems.
In 2007, the KAT team recognised that another niche sector was fast developing in aluminium and they grasped early on that to be successful, manufacturing companies in this area have to really understand their customers’ needs and be able to demonstrate to people that they are true experts. The KAT aluminium bi-folding door has been a revelation and the company now has 3 specialist aluminium factories, in Macclesfield and Kilmarnock, dedicated to aluminium bifold door and aluminium triple track patio door manufacture.
David is now Chairman of the KAT group of building products companies. Under his stewardship the company has continued to flourish as the demand for specialist windows and doors has increased. There are now 4 KAT manufacturing plants all making high-end, bespoke products.
Our strapline ‘Life Engineered’ is the very essence of what we believe in and is the driving force behind our vision, history of innovation and continuous improvement. The company is 90 people strong today and boasts a number of the extended Richards’ family and many local families, most of whom are long-serving team members. The company has a very low staff turnover and is proud to be an Investor in People, in the truest sense.