University of Bristol Engineering Doctorate Student Helps Local Company Win Queen's Award for Enterprise

April 30 2018

A University of Bristol Engineering Doctorate student has helped a Somerset business win its second Queen's Award in five years. On April 21, it was declared that Jo Bird, a company specializing in the design and manufacture of lifesaving and fire safety equipment storage, had won The Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2018.

This is the company's second Queen's Award in Innovation recognizes the redesign and manufacture of a high volume/low margin fire safety cabinet. The spur to innovate was a combination of a desire to embrace new technology and increased competition for its smaller cabinets from overseas competitors in the oil and gas industry.

The composite material used for these products is Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP) manufactured using resin transfer molding (RTM) to provide products that are high-quality, with zero corrosion, lightweight, exhibiting high specific strength and stiffness, maintenance free, together with long-term cost saving. The cabinet range is designed to protect fire safety equipment at risk of prolonged exposure (10-15 years) to harsh environments such as high winds, tropical rain, salt water spray and extremes of heat and cold (-40C to +50C). These are the first cabinets in this market segment to use advanced RTM technology to create a structure based on advanced composites.

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