The Pioneer Safety Group which is a worldwide leader for explosion protection solutions, Ex products and industrial safety solutions and part of the Longacre Group has acquired Petrel Limited, a UK based manufacturer of explosion proof lighting solutions. 


Petrel, based in Birmingham, has over 40 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of Ex lighting products suitable for a range of industries and hazardous area classifications.  Petrel also provides bespoke lighting solutions through its lighting design service which optimises the layout for the users and minimises costs for the facility.  Petrel sells through distributors and strategic partners to provide end users, system integrators and OEMs their high-quality lighting solutions which proudly bear the “Designed and Made In Britain” marking.   

Steve Noakes, Pioneer Safety Group’s MD said, “the Pioneer Safety Group has a long history in supplying trusted explosion protection solutions across a wide industry base, and the addition of Petrel broadens the complementary product portfolio to our customers. Its long history in Ex lighting further strengthens the brand pedigree of the Group and marks another milestone in the exciting growth strategy for the Group.” 

Mark Pemberton, Petrel’s MD said, “joining Pioneer Safety Group is an exciting opportunity for Petrel.  Our products complement the existing brands to provide a comprehensive range of solutions to our customers.  We have common values and the Group’s technical and operational experience, the ability to access and expand our global distribution network and the Group’s commitment to people development will help Petrel achieve its exciting growth ambitions.” 

Kevin Price, Chamberlins CEO said “The Petrel team have made huge progress over the last 2 years, implementing its new strategy and delivering record profitable growth. The Chamberlin Board now believe the time is right for Petrel to continue that journey as part of a Group that has the resources and strategic fit to deliver on its true potential. We believe that the Pioneer Safety Group Group are the ideal new owner for the business and are well positioned to support Petrel and the ongoing development of its strategy.”


PyrobanEXSolutionsPyropress, Ex-tech SignallingEx-tech Solution and Petrel are all Pioneer Safety Group brands.

Visit the Pioneer Safety Group Website.

Visit the Petrel website.