Founded by German engineer Frank Spork, Centor was first formed in
Brisbane, Australia in 1951. Initially manufacturing hardware and track
for sliding doors, the business evolved as Frank’s reputation grew for
producing solid dependable products with silky-smooth performance. The
family business grew to second generation under the guidance of Erwin
Spork and today by Frank’s grandson Managing Director, Nigel Spork.
Throughout the decades, Centor forged a reputation for designing and
manufacturing the industry’s leading window and door systems. In 1998,
Centor designed and patented hardware for the modern folding door that
enabled them to be used as exterior openings. These doors, for the first
time, allowed architects to design homes which could connect people to
the world outside. Centor introduced this technology initially to
Australia, and then worked with architects in the UK, Europe and North
America where Centor is the leading component supplier today.
Following the success of its folding door technology, Centor delivered
another world-first, a retractable insect screen that could be used on
large door openings with finger tip operation.
In 2010, Centor was introduced to Design Led Innovation, a method of
strategically changing a business. Within six months, 181 Research &
Development projects were cancelled with all company resources invested
into designing and delivering the world’s first integrated doors.
Three years later Centor has delivered on this vision, launching the
doors in the US and UK to international acclaim.