About Kenmart

From 1961 until 1977 Martin Kennedy was working at Thomas E Knight & Co, the company worked on a vast range of presses and allied equipment. In 1966 Knights were appointed the UK agents for the Komori Corporation, Martin began installing Komori machines and also working with Komori developing their range of presses and improving their technology for the European market.
In 1977 Martin Kennedy started his own company which he called M J Kennedy Printers Engineers. This company was primarily set up to provide service and repairs for Komori Press owners.
Using their previous engineering experience the Kenmart team were able to offer service and repair on all mainstream printing presses and allied equipment such as Heidelberg, Roland, Solna, Polar, Muller and many more. The company went on to buy its own lorry with a rear mounted crane to be able to offer customers a machinery removal and installation service, a facility that became one of the main features of Kenmarts business.
In November 1977 the company had progressed so well that it now employed a team of 6 engineers and a very special lorry driver (Martin’s father Alfred Kennedy).
It was at this time that due to customer demand  Martin decided to open a limited company, this company was to be called Kenmart (Printing Machinery) Ltd, set up to now sell and service printing machines and allied equipment, in 1978 Martin acquired a factory in Crayford Kent where Kenmart began rebuilding machinery, Kenmart went on to develop a rebuild programme for Komori machines that to this date remains unrivalled, Kenmarts success attracted interest from new machinery manufacturers  and as such Kenmart were appointed agents to represent several  new products -
Komori S26/28
Mandelli Guillotines
Pivano Bindery Equipment
Hashimoto
Moll Pocket Folder
Sankoh Stitching Line
Bunshodo Collators
Orion Vacuum Pumps
Toppy Pile Turner
Moll Pocket Folder

KPM went from strength to strength and in 1981 expanded to the North of England with the opening of Kenmart Printing Machinery (Yorks) Ltd headed up his friends Ken Neild and Roy Graveling with whom he had worked with at Knights, By 1984 KPMY had purchased the freehold of an 8,000 sq. ft. factory in Shipley Yorkshire and was employing 60 staff, whilst in the south KPM had purchased a second freehold factory of 12,000 sq ft factory in Bromley, Kent to add to the a 6,000 sq ft factory in already established in Crayford, Kent.

By 1987 Kenmart was employing over 150 people with 5 freehold factories spread over the UK, it was at this point that the company was sold to Hampson Industries PLC listed on the London Stock Market, the company continued to prosper and grow by acquisition over the following 5 years and bought Airedale Rollers, Grangeway Printing Machinery and Beulah Packaging, however in 1991 Martin negotiated with Hampson to bring the company back into private ownership so that he could run Kenmart with his son Nick.

Between 1991 and now the company under Martin and Nicks ownership has continued to prosper and has expanded its customer base to include many overseas clients whilst still enjoying something that Kenmart has always achieved which is its high level of repeat business from its loyal customers.
Undercliffe Boathouse,
Bishops Way,
Maidstone, Kent
ME15 6XG
United Kingdom
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