The move is the Yorkshire-based firm’s first foray outside of the UK, although it has completed project work on behalf of Ireland-based clients in the past. The company — which has annual sales of around £5m (€6.2m) — provides various bespoke architectural and metalwork products for commercial, residential and public sector construction projects.
It specialises in a range of fire-rated and steel glazing systems, installing high-grade fire resistant glazing for buildings, capable of withstanding heat of 1,000 degrees.
Arkoni has worked on many of Britain’s most famous buildings including the Tate Gallery, the O2 Arena in London and Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.
The company’s target in Ireland will be, mainly, on the recovering commercial construction sector.
The most recent Ulster Bank PMI — the lead barometer for the health of the Irish construction sector — showed May as being the ninth consecutive month of sectoral growth, with the commercial area leading the recovery.
“We foresee only growth across Ireland in the short-to-medium term, with our profile set to expand in partnership with Linham,” commented Arkoni founder and managing director Mark Prentice.
In essence, Arkoni Ireland will act as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linham — the Fairview-based commercial and public sector-focused contractor — which will exclusively use Arkoni’s regulatory approved products on projects here. The partnership agreement will give Arkoni’s Irish business the remit of providing fully-certified fire-rated security and steel glazing systems for a growing number of public and private building projects across the entire island of Ireland.
“Arkoni’s manufacturing skills are a highly attractive proposition on this side of the Irish Sea and we are already seeing significant orders coming in,” noted Linham and Arkoni Ireland managing director Frank Flynn.