Swegon has responded to a surge in demand for fire safety testing by investing in its own furnace.

The company has installed the new test furnace at its Actionair factory in Kent. Having a test furnace on site is in line with the company ethos of providing products that are well adapted to the local market and developing fully-tested, tailored solutions to specifically suit UK and Ireland customers.

The need for a test furnace had become more urgent following the Grenfell Tower disaster, which led to unprecedented demand for certification testing and put huge strain on existing capacity across the sector.

The furnace at Whitstable will allow Actionair to speed up development testing in line with the appropriate industry technical standards and help to ensure installation methods, well-adapted to local needs.

“The industry has been held back by lack of availability of test facilities for too long. This has lengthened lead times and delayed innovation in this vital market,” said Swegon UK&I Managing Director Robin Vollert.

“We decided to tackle this problem head-on and this significant investment will allow us to accelerate our innovation and deliver fully-tested products to market more rapidly. It will also ensure that our products continue to be robust, dependable and backed up by extensive test data.

“It is another part of our wider strategy as a leading indoor environment quality supplier to provide safe and healthy buildings with the lowest lifecycle costs,” he added.