Growth in technology prompts new company launch

The founders as children, used as part of the launch campaign

Three leading Midlands entrepreneurs have joined together to launch a new venture – Strand Technologies – producing technology-based solutions for safety, security and control which can be used across a range of industries.

Catherine Franks, Paul Ryan and Simon Bowden all run and manage businesses within the door hardware and automatic doors sector and have previously partnered on other projects.

Strand Technologies products can be used to monitor and remotely control a variety of operating systems including automated pedestrian entrances, access control systems, industrial doors, gates and shutters as well as road signage and refrigeration.

Catherine Franks is heading the company as managing director, overseeing day-to-day operations alongside her existing business, Strand Hardware. Simon Bowden, who previously worked for GEZE UK has taken on the role of commercial director, while RTR founder Paul Ryan, is director for strategic support for business development.

The business, based in Walsall, counts among its products iContact – a device which can be applied to any electro-mechanical operating system for remote monitoring, control and diagnostic management – and Virtual Usher – a range of products to manage volume and footfall entering buildings.

In the lead up to the launch, the directors trickled out a social media ‘teaser’ campaign, ‘The Three Amigos’, which features their younger selves overlaid with hand-drawn illustrations of their personality types: angel, devil and joker.

“Although we are involved in a serious business, we are all of the same mind that it’s important to bring something of yourself to the table,” said Catherine.

Strand Technologies was a sponsor of the GAI Members Day in May.

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