BSI secure first commercial smoke and heat detector Kitemark client


25 October 2004

BSI Products Services, the testing and certification division of the BSI Group, has announced a deal which sees the prestigious BSI Kitemark expand its coverage within the fire products market.

Texecom Limited, one of the UK’s premier manufacturers of commercial smoke and heat detectors has chosen to emphasise and underline the quality and safety of their products by submitting them for Kitemark certification through BSI. This manufacturer will be the first to manufacture EN 54, Kitemark product for commercial fire alarm system applications.

Paul Gemmell, Product Manager for fire products at BSI Product Services, says, “This is a landmark deal within the global fire products market. The Kitemark is synonymous with quality and safety and internationally, Government Departments, buyers and specifiers already utilise the added value provided through Kitemark certification as a pre-requisite for tender. Texecom Limited operates worldwide and their commitment to Kitemark will provide them with a huge market advantage."

Anne Boyd, Managing Director of BSI Product Services says, “Building on the Kitemark’s success in the domestic smoke and heat detector market, our aim has been to extend into the commercial sector. In the last year we have invested substantially in new test facilities attracting several high profile fire alarm panel manufacturers for Kitemark. In order to offer manufacturers a complete service we added two smoke and heat tunnels and a reverberation chamber and now have full EN 54 testing capabilities. Our commitment to the fire industry has ensured that for the first time a fully Kitemark certified fire alarm system can be specified." 

Mark Pitts, Chief Engineer for Detectors and Warning Devices of Texecom Limited says, “The state-of-the-art fire test facilities coupled with the Kitemark’s internationally recognised reputation make BSI an ideal partner for Texecom.   Our detectors have already developed a reputation as among the best in the industry, adding the BSI Kitemark will only enhance that reputation and open up new markets for us.”

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About BSI Product Services and the Kitemark
BSI Product Services, with its HQ in Hemel Hempstead, provides testing, notified body and certification services for a wide range of products manufactured in Europe, Asia, and North America. The Kitemark is BSI’s widely recognised product mark and was first registered as the British Standards mark in 1903.
To achieve the Kitemark, companies have their products or services independently evaluated by BSI Product Services to ensure they conform to stated standards, and their quality systems assessed to ensure they can consistently produce products or services that conform to the relevant standard. The product or service is then subject to an ongoing evaluation programme.

About Texecom Limited
Texecom Limited was established in 1986 and is an award-winning manufacturer of  intruder and fire alarm products, including a full range of motion detectors, control panels, perimeter protection devices, heat and smoke detectors, external sounders, batteries and cable.

All Texecom’s products are manufactured in modern UK production facilities covering 85,000 sq ft (8000m2) situated 30 miles (48km) north of Manchester in the north-west of England. These facilities include injection moulding manufacturing and electronic PCB assembly utilising the latest surface mount and multi-head insertion machinery. All production lines are computerised and each individual product is fully tested for total quality.

Texecom’s commitment to uncompromising product design has been recognised by the worldwide security industry in achieving a long list of product and corporate awards. All Texecom products are designed to comply fully with British, European and International standards for safety and performance and have obtained excellent ratings confirmed by independent test results.

Contact details for editorial enquiries:
Stephen Baldwin
BSI Product Services
Maylands Avenue,  Herts. HP2 4SQ
Tel: +44 (0)1442 278607

For further information about BSI Product Services, please visit:

Mark Pitts
Chief Engineer, Detectors and Warning Devices
Texecom Limited, Texecom House
559, Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 OAE
Tel: +44 (0)161 862 9482 Fax: +44 (0)161 881 5147

Issued by:
Nicky Wheaton
Pinnacle Marketing Communications
Prosperity House, Dawlish Drive, Pinner, Middsx, HA5 5LN
Tel: 020 8869 9449 Fax: 020 8868 4373
October 2004 Ref: BSI005/A

Wilma Tulloch on +44 (0)20 8996 6330 OR
Marc Edney on +44 (0)20 8996 6330