Safeguard doors keep region safe

BIG 5: UK firm Safeguard Doors has teamed up with international security consultancy group Spear International in a bid to better target the Middle East with its bomb blast doors.

Bowden: Tieup with Spear will help company address Middle East.
Bowden: Tieup with Spear will help company address Middle East.

UK firm Safeguard Doors has teamed up with international security consultancy group Spear International in a bid to better target the Middle East with its bomb blast doors.

Safeguard, which claims to be the biggest supplier of bomb blast doors in the UK, has recently entered into an agreement with the security firm to give it better exposure to the regional market, John Bowden, general manager of Safeguard Doors, told Construction Week.

The firm already supplies its doors to Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia and Bosnia, but is looking to expand its international business.

"We are not strong in the Middle East at the moment. We're trying to source work in this region," said Bowden.

Educational and financial institutions in the region will be the firm's main target customers, he added.

Safeguard doors, which are used for both the inside and outside of buildings, use composite materials and are blast-tested by the UK government.

In comparison to standard doors, which are typically blown out by bombs, Safeguard doors are able to withstand the impact of a bomb and to offer the same protection as a wall, according to Bowden.

The collaboration with Spear International came about after Safeguard Doors worked with an associate of the firm.

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