GKD Technologies is a leading provider of systems designed for safeguarding personnel and machines. Based in the South of England, the company design, develop and produce height, slew and load safety control systems for Road Rail vehicles (RRV’s) and general construction equipment including excavators.
The company has seen significant growth over the last year and has recently added new team members, which are helping grow the business and increase its market share across the board.
Robert Bullen has recently joined the company as COO (Chief Operating Officer). Rob comes from a corporate background and has worked with companies such as Ford and Virgin. He has joined the company to oversee the general running of the business which has allowed allow GKD’s owner and CEO Nick Ground to concentrate on innovation and new market opportunities. Robert commented on joining the company, he said, “This is a very exciting time for me to join a great team at GKD. We plan to build up on GKDs strong product base with continuous innovation and a level of service that exceeds both current and new customer expectations.”
Nigel Baseley has also joined the GKD Technologies team as Sales & Marketing Director. Nigel retired from Caterpillar around 2-years ago, where he was responsible for sales and marketing in a number of divisions, working with teams based across Europe, the Americas and Asia. As part of his new role, Nigel will assist GKD with its expansion in the construction market and continue its growth in the Rail Sector.
Nigel 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 their responsibility to fit such systems and turning to GKD because of its products but, also for its reputation for customer support. I am pleased to be in a position to support GKD in its expansion.”
Nick Ground is the founder and CEO of GKD Technologies. Nick started the company in 1992. Nick’s background is in electronics engineering and in the early 2000’s he was approached to design an RCI specifically for the rail industry which was launched in 2005. Today Nick’s role is product design and innovations including big data and predictive working.
Nick said, “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, where and when.
This information can be overlaid on your site highlighting the danger zones – this allows you to remodel and remove danger zones. The use of data taken from our systems to inform, will help design the construction sites of tomorrow.”
Nick concluded, “With Nigel and Robert joining the GKD team I am able to dedicate more time to innovation and exploring new market opportunities.”
GKD now boasts a team of 22, of those seven are dedicated design and software engineers working across the range – the engineers also form the R&D department.