Safety system firm supports growth with team expansion

Nick Ground

SAFETY control system designer, developer and producer GKD Technologies, has announced the expansion of its team to support growth.

The company said it has seen “significant” growth in the last year, and has added to the team to increase its market share. It now has a team of 22, of those seven are dedicated design and software engineers.

Based in the south of England, GKD Technologies manufactures height, slew and load safety control systems for road rail vehicles (RRVs) and general construction equipment including excavators.

Robert Bullen

Robert Bullen has recently joined the company as chief operating officer, having previously worked for companies including Ford and Virgin. In his new role, Robert will oversee the general running of the business, which has allowed GKD owner and CEO Nick Ground to divert his attention to innovation and new market opportunities.

Robert commented, “This is a very exciting time for me to join a great team at GKD. We plan to build up on GKD’s strong product base with continuous innovation and a level of service that exceeds both current and new customer expectations.”

Nigel Baseley

Nigel Baseley has joined as sales and marketing director, having retired from Caterpillar around two years ago. In his previous role Nigel was responsible for sales and marketing for a number of divisions and worked with teams based across Europe, the Americas and Asia. As part of his new role he will assist GKD with its expansion in the construction market and continue its growth in the rail sector.

He said, “It is an exciting time for GKD, with its range of highly developed height, slew and load indicators available to meet the ever-increasing demand for systems to help with safety. Companies across the world are recognising the their responsibility to fit such systems and turning to GKD because of its products, but also for its reputation for customer service.”

Nick Ground, CEO and founder, added, “We see real and exciting opportunities in automation and the use of performance data, life cycle and different business models for what we do and what we are offering. For example, we are looking at the prospect of using remote data access on proximity warning systems, so you can see how many incidences there were, when and where.”