Barrier Group launches new hazardous area equipment business

Barrier Group launches new hazardous area equipment business

Wallsend-based Barrier Group has launched a new business, Barrier-Ex Ltd, to provide specialist ATEX and IECEx certified technology to industries dealing with potentially explosive atmospheres.

The business will supply hazardous area solutions, focusing on explosion-proof enclosures and systems, in addition to hazardous area lighting equipment.

Serving sectors such as oil and gas, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, manufacturing and mining, Barrier-Ex Ltd will design and manufacturer bespoke solutions at its facility in Wallsend, utilising highly-tested Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) components and accessories.

The enclosures, which contain components such as switches, terminals and transformers, protect human life, plant and equipment from explosions and subsequent fire hazards.

Initially employing engineers from within the Barrier Group, the new business aims to create 10 new jobs within the next 12 months, and increase its manufacturing capabilities to produce enclosure systems under licence in the North East.

It will also use a supply chain of North Tyneside engineering businesses to support its operations.

Alongside the supply and bespoke engineering of equipment, the company also provides training, consultancy services, project management and technical advice services.

Steven Lee, who has more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, has been recruited as managing director, and will work alongside technical director, Martyn Chapple and lead electrical design engineer, Jason Hamilton.

Steven said: "This new business will support the ongoing evolution of hazardous area operations through the development of new technology and industry standards. Working closely with customers across key sectors we will also be able to support their workforce development and upskilling through dedicated training programmes."

Robert Bowles, chairman of Barrier Group, said: "This is an interesting new direction for the Barrier Group, building on our expertise of working in hazardous and safety-focused industry environments. Establishing these strategic partnerships will provide a strong platform for growth for the business with the intention of creating further employment and establishing ourselves the market."