Celebrating 30 years of technical excellence in the fire industry

September 99 Fire & Safety

First established in 1969 in Cape Town by Margerett and Robert Macfarlane as 'Fire Fight', Ziton has in 30 years broadened its capacity from selling fire equipment to become one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of smoke, heat and optical detectors and control panels for commercial and industrial applications.

Ziton - a systems company - has joined the ranks of top fire detector and accessory manufacturers in the world, with a range encompassing 250 models. Combined export units now exceed one million a year with worldwide export sales accounting for some 80% of turnover.

The company has invested in a new factory in Maitland, three times the size of its plant in Cape Town. The only manufacturer of fire detectors in South Africa and providing employment for more than 400 people, it has built a reputation of confidence and trust with customers in the UK, Europe and the East.

Linked to its facilities in South Africa, Ziton also has an expert team of consultants in Milton Keynes, UK, responsible for sales and marketing in Europe. This office is run by Macfarlane family members.

Says Margerett, "The company's use of advanced manufacturing equipment, specialist test facilities and highly experienced employees, is clear evidence of a long-term commitment to the fire protection industry. Together with our installation team we help to ensure the survival of many businesses and continually protect people. We are proud of what we do and we do it well."

Ziton's range of fire detectors is advanced in design, improved in performance and has unique features which benefit the installer and the end user. The range includes both ionisation and optical smoke detectors and temperature detectors, as well as a multisensor. All the detectors have an unobtrusive profile and extended data and alarm features. Associated compatible products - including control panels, interfaces, manual call points, isolators and loop sounders - are also available.

The detectors and panels have been carefully researched, developed and manufactured by the Ziton team, with only top grade components accessed from overseas. The end products have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they meet not only European and other standards, but also the demands of today's high technology environments.

Ziton's recent releases include the ZP832 fire detector and Paradigm Panel.

"Throughout the Ziton organisation we insist upon the highest possible standards of quality - modelled on standards followed in Germany and the UK - as well as high standards in technology and service," says Margerett.

Some of Ziton's finest products are installed at Heathrow Airport in London, the Sultan's Palace in Brunei, the European Houses of Parliament in Brussels, the SA Houses of Parliament in Cape Town, the Olympic Village in Barcelona, Leipzig Fairgrand in Germany and the Fiat factory in Italy, to mention just a few high security venues.

Ziton has achieved its quality standard ISO 9002 accreditation and is commended for its research and product development. It was awarded the Exporter of the Year award in 1994 and received the Shell Design Awards in 1983 and 1994 respectively.

Margerett Macfarlane was awarded the Business Woman of the Year award in 1992. Ziton has exhibited at Firex, an international fire detection exhibition held every two years in Birmingham, UK. Ziton agents exhibit worldwide, displaying the Ziton product range.

During May this year, whilst exhibiting at the 1999 International Fire Expo in the UK, Ziton received two awards for technical excellence in the fire industry. These awards were judged by an international panel and were awarded in light of the technical genius of the Ziton engineering team in Cape Town which designed the ZR432 - a wireless radio-based multisensing fire detector and the ZP755 - a loop sounder with a self test feature.

For further information, contact Margerett Macfarlane at Ziton on (021) 462 4020.

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