Kartell UK has revealed that it has completed the acquisition of Summerbridge Holdings Ltd and its subsidiary Humber Doors Ltd, which trade as Summerbridge. Headquartered in Anlaby, East Yorkshire, Summerbridge supplies kitchen and bathroom cabinets and doors to manufacturers, contractors, developers and distributors across the leisure, KBB, and commercial and residential development sectors. Today it employs more than 120 people, delivering more than £7m in annual sales.
Kartell’s acquisition of Summerbridge represents the next chapter in the history of the Hull business, with the Kartell group securing a supply of British-made bathroom cabinets for its customers and Summerbridge set to benefit from investment by the group. As part of the deal, Summerbridge will continue to operate as a standalone business within the Kartell group under the guidance of the existing management team and will work closely with the group’s other businesses, including shower tray manufacturer JT in Leeds and Vogue, a manufacturer of designer towel warmers in Willenhall, and their customers.
Founded in 2008, Kartell is a supplier of radiators, designer towel warmers and bathroom products to the independent and merchant showroom sector in the UK. The group turns over in excess of £125m using brands K-RAD, K-VIT, JT and Vogue, and employs more than 430 people across principal sites in Bedford, Wigan, Willenhall and Leeds. The company says that the group management team will work closely with the Summerbridge team to develop the business in the UK and internationally, with the group expecting significant growth across their core markets.
Alex Norford, CEO of Kartell, said: “In common with many in our industry over the last 18 months we have experienced record levels of demand. We always strive to deliver exactly what our customers require and recognised earlier this year we needed to secure additional bathroom furniture supply to provide the consistent, high-quality products our customers expect from us. It is with great pleasure we are supporting the future of another fantastic British manufacturer and having identified the benefits Hull’s status as a Freeport can bring to the group, we were keen to be invested in a city which is clearly making giant strides in the UK economy. I am really excited to have the opportunity to welcome everyone at Summerbridge into our group and offer our customers their top quality, British-made cabinetry moving forward.”