Our History

The Group was founded in the UK in 1890, when Mr W. H. Heywood established a factory to make window fittings for customers in the north of England.

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Arran Isle is an international building products group with annual sales of c£120 million, focused on design, sourcing, marketing and distribution of branded building products across Europe.  It employs around 600 employees across 10 European facilities and manufacturing operations in China.  It operates through two principal divisions servicing architectural and fenestration customers, supported by its own global sourcing and manufacturing teams.

In the 1990’s, the Group established a major position in the European Fenestration market with the acquisition of Window Ware in Bedford, England and the pan-European Mila group of door and window hardware companies. Based on the success of these acquisitions, the Group subsequently acquired the market leading door and window hardware distributor in the Baltics and integrated it into Mila.

Carlisle Brass, the UK market leader in architectural hardware, was acquired in 2006 and now has operations in the UK, Ireland, and China. In 2007, Balmar/Locks & Hardware was acquired in Ireland to give the Group a leading position in the Irish architectural hardware market.

The Group is privately owned by the board members, senior executives and employees.