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dormakaba opens new branch on historical Midlands site

Leading provider of access solutions, dormakaba has opened a new branch in the Midlands. The new Willenhall site opened on 1st February and comes part of the specialist supplier’s commitment to providing greater customer reach and support.

The Willenhall site was previously occupied by 1st Access Group Ltd, an award-winning local security manufacturing business that was acquired by dormakaba in 2020. Since then, the 33,000-sq. ft. premises have been rebranded to serve as a central hub for dormakaba’s service and maintenance arm in the Midlands, as well as the manufacture of its bespoke products including automatic doors, curtain walling, shutters, windows and manual doors.

With a rich history rooted in security and engineering, the location is of particular interest for access and security specialist dormakaba. Having once been the home to ‘Keys of Steel’ and ‘Willenhall Locks and Keys’, one of the largest employers within Willenhall, dormakaba aims to continue the site’s legacy and build upon its design and engineering heritage, whilst driving innovation and service excellence for its customers.


On the opening of the new branch, Ricky Walker, Solutions Delivery Director at dormakaba said: “We are delighted to open our new Midlands Service branch, which will not only strengthen our national presence in a location of key strategic importance, but also offer exciting job opportunities to the local area. This facility is an important development for us as we continue to grow to meet customer demand.”

In her new role as dormakaba’s Midlands Service Branch Manager, previous Director of 1st Access Group Ltd Vikki Lindop is looking forward to continuing to drive operations and service in the region. She added, “The opportunity for 1st Access Group Ltd to join the dormakaba Group provides an excellent opportunity to further enhance our offering and exceed as part of a global company.”

The Willenhall branch joins a network of six regional dormakaba offices and manufacturing sites throughout the UK, with its main headquarters based in Hitchin in Hertfordshire.