With roots stretching back 75 years, Leicestershire based HK Wentworth Group has evolved and achieved a period of sustained growth to emerge as a global manufacturer for two leading brands whose names are synonymous with excellence. The company, founded in 1941, is still privately owned by the Kingsbury family and has consistently achieved steep year-on-year growth in overseas sales. HK Wentworth has just received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in recognition of its outstanding global exporting success.
HK Wentworth is the parent company of two leading brands, Electrolube, global manufacturers of specialist electro-chemicals for the global electronics, automotive, LEDs, aerospace and industrial manufacturing industries. AF International is the market-leading brand for technology cleaning products servicing the IT, office products and office equipment segment. Overall growth has risen by as much as 50% during the three-year period covered by the Award submission and a vast 66% of sales have been achieved from export activity. The company has grown considerably in over 55 countries around the world by focusing on new markets particularly in the Far East; a new factory is also currently being commissioned in India.
The company moved into their state-of-the-art, 62,000 sq. ft. premises in Ashby de la Zouch six years ago. It was the third move the Group had made since the company’s formation and growth has been significant. The relocation allowed the company to retain its highly experienced and professional staff, and maintain an excellent location close to two regional airports and transport links to main UK motorways. HK Wentworth fully owns their impressive facilities, which house the company’s manufacturing, research and development department, laboratories, warehousing and administrative teams. The company employs a total of 212 staff; 133 staff locally and a further 79 worldwide.
HK Wentworth has distinguished itself as a responsible, manufacturing leader, both overseas and at home in the UK. The company is an important local employer and is also systematically engaged with the UK’s foremost charity for vulnerable children, Barnados, celebrating a ten year anniversary of working with the charity in 2016, and is strongly committed to taking care of the environment by supporting the National Forest community project, which strives towards reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
HK Wentworth has a core strength that has been built upon the combination of the technical skills of its people and their ability to work closely with customers. The company has a strong network of subsidiaries and works closely with key distribution partners enabling HK Wentworth to offer customers genuine security of scale and a reliable supply chain. A culture of collaboration, innovation, thought-leadership and customer service amalgamate to reinforce the company mission statement, “To strive to exceed our customers’ expectations with innovative new products and the highest possible levels of customer service”. The company is continually developing new and environmentally friendly products for customers around the world and their commitment to developing ‘greener’ products has been endorsed by the ISO 14001 standard for the highly efficient Environmental Management System in place at the company. This award is in addition to the OHAS 18001 standard also held by HK Wentworth.