About Us

With an open mind and eagerness to embrace new challenges, we’ve endured steep learning curves and a rapid ascent to build many of our innovative projects in-house using our skills, expertise and world-class facilities.

History

Since it was founded by Kelvin Smith in 1985, KS Composites has continuously evolved to become a leading global force in composite and GRP development and manufacturing. As a company, we actively seek new technology and solutions, ensuring constant dynamic improvements to keep up with ever-changing Research & Development.

Today the company remains true to its origins and is led by Jamie Smith, son of Kelvin, who has a hands on role as Managing Director of our 100+ workforce based in Leicestershire.

Originally working in the historic motorsports sector, we built a strong reputation as the UK’s leading fabricator, renovator and repairer of GRP body work. From the manufacture of Ford’s GT40, through to the restoration of the Le Mans-winning Silk Cut Jaguars, consistent quality meant an ever growing and loyal client base.

Swiftly embracing new composites technology, we moved into many new and ambitious industries, cementing our position as a leader within the composite and GRP manufacturing market.

We’ve endured steep learning curves and a rapid ascent to build many of our innovative projects in-house using our skills, expertise and world-class facilities.

In 2018 our premises in Long Clawson, Leicestershire, were hit by a devastating overnight fire. This became one of the primary reasons for our relocation to new premises in the village of Old Dalby. This new site boasts 48,000 sq ft, an increase of over 30,000 sq ft, and will see production centralised from a single building.

1985

Company founded by Kelvin Smith.

1985
1994

Manufacturing with carbon fibre composites in addition to fibre glass begins.

1994
1995

KS manufacture Lister Storm road cars and Le Mans cars in carbon and support the team
at the Le Mans 24 hrs race.

1995
1998

Company grows significantly
across contemporary motorsport, working for
numerous F1, LMP, GT and
BTCC teams and others
beyond.

1998
2011

Formal relationship with Jaguar Land Rover commences(having historically worked indirectly for them) and the delivery of 6 prototype supercars.

2011
2018

A mechanical fire at the Long Clawson premises devastates the company but doesn’t halt production and sparks the turning point of a move to new facilities.

2018
2019

Following a large investment production moves to new premises in Old Dalby.

2019

Our Team

Jamie Smith - Managing Director

Jamie Smith

  • Managing Director ·
Alastair Trimmer - Quality Manager

Alastair Trimmer

  • Quality Manager ·

Gitesh Patel

  • Finance Manager ·

Laura Campbell

  • HR Manager ·
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Careers

We’re keen to continue our growth within a very niche and exciting industry. As a result, we often have fantastic opportunities available for dynamic, driven and ambitious individuals to join a passionate team that takes great pride in both its products and its achievements. As an employer we provide complete job satisfaction and security with competitive salary packages, a supportive environment and personal development opportunities.

Our company-wide vision and passion has resulted in a high staff retention rate, with many having been here since the formation of the company and consequently providing us with unparalleled levels of industry experience.

To apply for any of the opportunities currently available, please email your CV to Laura Campbell, HR Manager, at info@kscomposites.com.

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