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Protec has been a big name in the fire and security industry for over 50 years. From its formation in 1968, it has expanded and developed with the times, making it the solid and established brand it is today. Scroll down to see some of the defining moments in Protec’s history…

We constantly strive for excellence in everything we do. Having motivated staff and a strong yet adaptable structure has been essential to our success

Peter Doyle, Managing Director

1968

Protec Fire Detection was formed by our previous Managing Director – Mr B Russell, in September 1968. The business was then known as ‘Protec Fire Alarms’ and operated as an installer of fire alarm systems.

1969

Through forming an association with Mr J B Merrin, a partnership developed, which then became ‘R M Protec Fire Detection {Nelson} Limited’. Who began to manufacture an exclusive range of fire alarm and emergency lighting equipment.

1974

The progression of the partnership led to a Private Limited Company formed on the 16th of May 1974.

1984

Continued progress and national expansion led to the Company’s name being re-registered on the 30th July 1984, then becoming ‘Protec Fire Detection Limited’.

A regional office opened in London

1985

Acquisition of Sterling Cristel Ltd leading to the opening of a regional office in Leeds

1989

The Production and Head Office accommodation were relocated following the construction of a purpose-built Factory, Offices and High Bay warehouse at Lomeshaye Industrial Estate, Nelson.

1990

The status of the Company was revised, following the advice presented to the Directors, which included adjusted share issue levels and effectively amending the registration to Protec Fire Detection PLC.

1991

A new regional office in Cannock opened.

1992

Acquisition of Face Macanda, London

1993

Acquisition of Hacousto Ltd, Holland

A new regional office in Fareham opened

1994

In July 1994, Protec Fire Detection PLC acquired an independent Blackburn based sprinkler Company (formally Camerfield Ltd). The complete operation, together with all staff, was relocated to our Nelson Complex.

1996

Due to an increased volume of enquiries relating to projects outside of the UK, Protec formed a dedicated Export division on 25th March.

Protec formed an audio division and started designing and manufacturing voice evacuation and public address systems.

2002

Due to an increased volume of enquiries relating to the custodial sector, Protec formed a dedicated division dealing with custodial projects.

2008

Regional office in Leeds moved to new premises

2009

Regional office in Cannock moved to new premises.

A new modern purpose-built extension is completed to accommodate the expanding administration personnel.

2010

Due to an increased volume of enquiries relating to the rail sector, Protec formed a dedicated division dealing with rail projects.

Protec expanded operations and acquired an office in Spain for its ever-expanding business in the export sector.

2014

Protec expanded operations and acquired an office in Australia for its ever-expanding business in the export sector.

2018

Protec celebrates 50 years in business.

2021

Bosch Building Technologies completes acquisition of Protec Fire and Security Group Ltd. Strengthening the international business of all companies involved.

Current

Protec is currently an industry-leading fire detection manufacturer in the UK, and our reputation is built upon solid and reliable systems meeting the needs of a variety of applications. We can offer a complete package to our clients from planning and design, optional installation, project management, and commissioning and maintenance.