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How the BSI Kitemark™ has helped Britannia Fire develop innovative products and access new global markets

January 13, 2017

As a British manufacturer in the export world, the BSI Kitemark™ is great. We have a quality product and the BSI Kitemarkprovides assurance of that. Export markets want high quality British products and the certification sets us apart.

Andy Spence, Sales Director, Britannia Fire

Customer benefits

  • Rigorous independent testing of products
  • Assurance of product safety and reliability
  • Brand credibility from the BSI Kitemark, a globally-recognized quality symbol
  • Attracting new business in the UK and overseas
  • Gaining access to new global markets
  • Clear competitive advantage

At a glance

Britannia Fire Limited, based in Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk, is an award-winning independent manufacturer of fire extinguishers.

The company, which employs 37 staff, has made portable and wheeled fire extinguishers since the 1970s. It supplies a wide range of markets, including rescue services and the oil, gas, chemical, petrochemical and marine industries. With a strong presence in the UK, Britannia Fire also exports worldwide through distributors in Europe, the Middle East, India and Malaysia.

The company maintains the highest management system and product standards, including BSI certification to ISO 9001 for quality management and the BSI Kitemark, which it has held continuously for over 30 years, making it BSI’s longest-standing Kitemark client for portable fire extinguishers. This instantly recognizable symbol of quality assurance has brought significant benefits to the company.

Customer background

As a member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), Britannia Fire has long sat on technical committees and worked closely with BSI and other testing authorities to help establish robust industry standards for the quality, safety and reliability of fire protection and suppression products.

Product development has always been at the heart of the company, enabling it to keep pace with customer requirements through the latest production techniques. Andy Spence, Sales Director, explains, “As a British manufacturer you can’t compete on cost with cheap foreign imports, so you have to think outside the box to design better products.”

Mr Spence continues, “We developed a new type of fire extinguisher that will not corrode because the cylinder is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) instead of steel.”

He explains that the main reason to service a fire extinguisher is steel corrosion, so with the HDPE cylinder – together with foam created to last 10 years inside it without requiring discharge – users can greatly reduce servicing costs. “That is its USP,” he says.

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