In October this year, Duralock will be celebrating twenty five years at the top of the equestrian & sports fencing industry.
In a quarter of a century the company has grown from just one man working from his shed to the slick Worldwide operation that it is today. Duralock now provides fencing to some of the most exclusive and renowned racecourses, equestrian and sporting establishments in over forty countries across the globe.
2016 has been a busy year for Duralock and the company has undergone some big changes, not least with the appointment of a new CEO Jonathon McGovern, who joined the family business last year as Business Development Manager but also with the internal promotions of Julie Skerrett to Commercial Manager and Jack Green to Production & Installations Manager.
The manufacturing process has been streamlined with everything now being operated from one centralised location in Oxfordshire and the installation team has been increased, meaning that Duralock is now able to offer an even better service from start to finish and yet as a result of reduced costs and overheads can actually offer all of this at a better price than ever before.
Recent UK projects include the full refit of Newcastle Racecourse - which was one of the biggest installations that Duralock has undertaken in the last couple of years - and a new unsaddling area at the company's biggest and most famous client Ascot Racecourse.
European projects have included the sales and installation of new parade rings at Dortmund Racecourse in Germany and Ovrevoll in Norway, whilst racerail continues to sell well in France with the most recent update being at Nantes.
Worldwide the client base continues to grow.
"It has been a great pleasure to work alongside Duralock since 2007 and assist them with researching, planning and executing their export strategy. This has led to them winning business in such far-flung destinations as; Australia, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, China, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore and South Africa.
Not only do they have great products for export markets, but I have also found the management team to demonstrate great professionalism and passion for growing their brand of quality fencing worldwide.
We look forward greatly to working with them on the next stage of their international growth."
Angus Murray, International Trade Adviser, Department for International Trade
Aside from horseracing, the last few years have also seen an increase in sales to a wider range of sports facilities. Duralock works alongside the RFU to offer competitive deals to Rugby Clubs in the UK and is also now featured at some of the top football league training grounds.
FURTHER COMPANY INFORMATION
Whilst Duralock is a British based company with its sales and manufacturing all undertaken from the factory in rural Oxfordshire, their reputation is truly global. All Duralock fencing products are approved and used by racing authorities worldwide - notably the Jockey Club in the UK, France Galop and the German Horse Industry.
The company is immensely proud of its achievements to date and is always looking to the future as more and more sporting facilities look towards changing their crowd control and arena fencing.
The product of exhaustive trials, Duralock performance fencing offers UV stabilised PVC-u formulations of the highest quality. All fencing is offered with a 15 year guarantee and is competitively priced. Installation is simple and can be put it in by ground staff, Duralock's own installation team or from a range of accredited fencing contractors around the World.
Duralock fencing contains no metal, screws or bolts - just an innovative PVC formulation which means that once it is installed it will not become brittle, splinter, peel or rot. Due to inbuilt UV inhibitors it will also not discolour over time. It requires very little maintenance and no re-painting or re-varnishing, just the occasional pressure wash.
The range is available as permanent, temporary and portable to allow for use in a variety of applications including:
Running Rail - predominantly for use in racecourses and training gallops, it is designed to bend under impact and return to shape without damaging the horse, the rider or the fence itself. Under serious impact the rail is designed to spring out allowing the horse to pass through unharmed. Running rail is also used in the Middle East for camel racing tracks.
Paddock Fencing (known as post & rail) - is available in two to five rails and a variety of heights and widths as required.
Dressage Arena Fencing - a shorter version of single post and rail, suitable for dressage boundaries.
Crowd Barriers - available in an almost unlimited variety of styles, with mesh inserts, tube inserts and lights if requested. Permanent and moveable styles are available.
Picket Fencing - suitable for cricket, polo and other sports pitches, moveable picket barriers are perfect for exhibitions and VIP areas at festivals.
Gates can also be made in all of the styles stated.
The full Duralock product range can be viewed at: www.duralock.com.