Apollo Fire Detectors is celebrating 40 years of business success, having expanded from a 13-strong workforce operating out of small commercial units on the south coast of England to becoming one of the world's pioneering manufacturers of fire detection solutions for commercial and industrial applications, manufacturing more than 5 million detectors every year, and exporting directly to more than 100 countries around the world. New Products And Protocols Charles Lombard, Managing Director of Apollo Fire Detectors, shares his views on the company’s strengths and its impact on the industry over the past 40 years. “We are extremely proud to be celebrating our 40th anniversary. It is a huge achievement and we are grateful to all our customers, partners, colleagues and suppliers, who are so integral to our business, and its past and future growth and success. Our quality, reliable products feature in some of the world's best-known buildings" “Over the years, Apollo has played a major role in the development of the industry: investing in R&D to innovate new products and protocols, working alongside industry bodies to enhance regulations and raise standards, providing training and technical resources, and creating a wide range of 'fit and forget' products that keep people safe from fire every day. Expert Advice, Technical Support “Our 40 years of experience mean that we can be relied upon for expert advice, technical support and innovative solutions. Our quality, reliable products feature in some of the world's best-known buildings including The Shard, Royal Albert Hall, Tower Bridge, Shanghai Harbour Passenger Terminal and the Statue of Liberty as well as many other office, retail, leisure, education, healthcare, industrial, marine and offshore locations. “Our UK office boasts our main manufacturing facilities as well as our unique in-house testing, research and product development facilities. We also have offices in China, Dubai, Germany, India and the USA, and a network of partners and distributors on five continents, with R&D facilities based across the world. Soteria Dimension A specialist version of the Soteria Dimension is also ideal for mental health and custodial environments" “We are constantly on top of new legislation, ensuring that we always have a compliant solution for our customers by testing over and above the standards in our in-house fire lab. Our latest example of this is our Soteria UL range designed to comply with the comprehensive UL 268 legislation for smoke detectors. “We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary with a series of events throughout the year including FIREX where we will be showcasing our latest innovation: Soteria Dimension. This flush-mounted detector is designed for high-end residential and commercial environments with high aesthetic requirements, and also for healthcare environments due to its flat, easy-to-clean surface. A specialist version of the Soteria Dimension is also ideal for mental health and custodial environments, where anti-ligature solutions are often required. Smart Building Technologies “Looking to the future, technology has had a huge impact on the development of the industry, and fire detectors will become even more sophisticated and intelligent going forward. We will continue to ensure our products are manufactured to the highest standards, embrace new technologies and evolve alongside other smart building technologies over the next 40 years and beyond.”
Apollo Fire Detectors will be celebrating 40 years of making smart devices that keep people safe from fire at FIREX International 2020. The company, which holds the Royal Warrant, can be found on stand FX510 at The Fire Solutions Zone alongside their Halma sister companies. They will be exhibiting a variety of next-generation products including the Soteria range. This includes the flush mounted Soteria Dimension designed for commercial environments with high aesthetic requirements and is also ideal for healthcare environments due to its flat, easy to clean surface. Developing reliable technology A specialist variant is also available, designed specifically for applications that require anti-ligature and anti-vandal features. Charles Lombard, Managing Director of Apollo Fire Detectors said: “2020 is an exciting year for us. We’re celebrating 40 years of innovation, integrity and trust, and taking time to recognise our achievements and impact on the industry. Our hard-earned reputation for quality and innovation has been won following 40 years of hard work, including investing in our R&D departments so we can be responsive to change and develop reliable new technology.” “FIREX gives us the opportunity to interact with a wide range of professionals within the fire industry and share our knowledge, expertise and solutions which have been developed over the past 40 years and we look forward to an exciting and fruitful event.” FIREX takes place from May 19-21 at ExCeL London.
Apollo Fire Detectors, alongside Portsmouth-based recruitment firm Astute Technical, recently hosted "Build Your Brand: Power Your Potential," a speaker event celebrating and focusing on women in engineering. The event, held at Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth, hosted two renowned speakers who provided tips and practical ideas to help organizations support female engineers, with the aim to help improve diversity in the industry. Personal branding expert, Jennifer Holloway presented her talk, Personal Branding for Women Engineers, building on the insights from her book, Personal Branding for Brits, and educating guests on the importance and value of personal brand and the impact it has in order to excel professionally. Diversity within innovation is crucial The best-selling author, speaker and businesswoman also provided interview and public speaking advice to the audience. Dr. Inken Braunschmidt, Chief Innovation and Digital Officer at Halma plc, parent company of event co-host Apollo Fire Detectors also spoke at the event. Dr Braunschmidt gave insights into her journey in engineering and how diversity within innovation is crucial through her talk, Diversity, Innovation and You, as well as talking about what it’s like to work at Halma. In October 2019 she was named as one of the most influential women in engineering. Inspiring more females for engineering careers Wendy Osborne, Head of HR at Apollo, said, "We’re committed to achieving a diverse workforce in our company. We know that engineering is a male-dominated industry, which is reflected within Apollo. As such, we’re taking positive action to address this. Not only is this the right thing to do, but more importantly, we recognize the value all diversity brings to our business.” "It’s our intention that initiatives, such as our ambassadors visiting local schools to do fun STEM activities with the aim of inspiring more females to consider careers in engineering, and events such as ‘Women in Engineering’ that we held recently, enthuse women in their motivation to excel professionally, regardless of the industry in which they choose to enter." Charles Lombard, Managing Director of Apollo EMEA, explained in a video why gender diversity is so important to all at Apollo, and he hopes that one day his daughters will work in a world where gender diversity is a non-topic.
Our 2019 event schedule got off to a great start with what is undoubtedly one of the main international trade shows in the fire industry: Intersec Dubai. The three day event welcomed more than 1,300 exhibitors from 59 countires, and attracted close to 30,000 visitors. Charles Lombard, Managing Director of Apollo Fire Detectors: "Being such a well-established global event, Intersec Dubai provided an ideal platform for us to showcase our recently-launched Test Set, and SOTERIA Dimension and Dimension Specialist detectors. Visitors to our stand were very interested to see the Test Set in action, as we had a range of detectors wired into a loop to demonstrate its fault-finding capabilities." new technology used in detectors "Our SOTERIA Dimension and Dimension Specialist Detectors also attracted a lot of interest, with customers keen to speak to our experts about the new technology used in these detectors and the applications they're suited to." The Apollo team was delighted to meet all the visitors who visited the stand and talked about fire detection over the three days. The team hopes to see the visitors again next year.
The royal visit and Apollo’s longstanding achievement in manufacturing excellence are documented by an official plaque His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent visited the headquarters of Apollo Fire Detectors in Havant, Hampshire last week to commemorate 40 years of excellence in UK manufacturing by the company. Official plaque During his visit, the Duke took a tour of the manufacturing facilities and met some of the engineers and assembly workers who are behind the award-winning and life-saving fire detection technology made by Apollo. The royal visit and Apollo’s longstanding achievement in manufacturing excellence are documented by an official plaque, unveiled by the Duke during his visit. “We are very proud to be able to share this important milestone in our history with HRH the Duke of Kent,” said Charles Lombard, Managing Director EMEA at Apollo. “In addition to celebrating Apollo’s long history of manufacturing excellence, this event reaffirmed our commitment to Apollo’s status of Royal Warrant Holder.” Broadened focus Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd, one of the largest regional employers with almost 500 staff in Havant, specialises in the design and manufacture of high quality fire detection products. Over the last 40 years, the company has broadened its capability from a straightforward focus on conventional fire detectors to include the manufacture of sophisticated analogue addressable detectors and interfaces for monitoring and controlling equipment in fire protection systems. Advanced manufacturing systems Apollo has some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies to ensure consistently high quality products and fast response to customer requirements. Through planned expansion, Apollo has reached a leading global position in the market for professional fire detection. With more than 3000 international approvals for its products and regional offices in the United States, China, India and Germany along with exporting to over 100 countries, Apollo has cemented its position as a world-class fire solutions provider. Apollo is part of the HALMA group of companies. HALMA is a FTSE top 250 listed PLC with over 40 subsidiaries worldwide, all engaged in specialist engineering activities.