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Protec has been a big name in the fire and security industry for over 50 years. From formation in 1968, it has expanded and developed with the times making it the strong 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

Barrie Russell, Chairman

1968

Protec Fire Detection Plc formed by our current 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 leads 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’.

Regional office opened in London

1985

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

1989

The Production and Head Office accommodation was 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

New regional office in Cannock opened

1992

Acquisition of Face Macanda, London

1993

Acquisition of Hacousto Ltd, Holland

New regional office in Fareham opened

1994

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

1996

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

Protec form an audio division and start the design and manufacture of voice evacuation and public address systems.

2002

Due to an increased volume of enquiries relating to the custodial sector Protec form 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 was completed to accommodate the expanding administration personnel.

2010

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

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

2014

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

2018

Protec celebrates 50 years in business

Current

Protec is currently the largest independent 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 full package to our clients from planning and design, optional installation and project management, through to the commissioning and maintenance.

The regional offices offer design and estimating personnel, sales engineers, installation projecting staff and service and maintenance control teams, predominantly serving Clients within their sector of the Country.