A Welsh manufacturing firm whose products have been used in international projects including the New Safe Confinement dome at Chernobyl and the Riyadh metro system in Saudi Arabia, is reaping the rewards of its export strategy with record breaking sales.

Pontypool-based Flamgard Calidair manufactures fire and blast protection used in ventilation systems for the nuclear, tunnel and oil and gas industries.

Its products are used to ensure the containment of smoke, fire, toxic gases and blast waves in accidental conditions via the ventilation system.

Following growing success overseas, Flamgard is now projecting record breaking turnover for 2021, which it aims to double by 2025 by expanding its international portfolio of clients and penetrating new sectors within established geographical areas.

The company’s export journey began 30 years ago after working with a number of multinational businesses on UK-based projects in the North Sea.

Exports have increased steadily over the last five years and now account for around 75 per cent of Flamgard’s trade. The company plans to further build and expand its global pipeline as catalyst for future growth going forward.

Today, Flamgard exports its products to more than 10 countries around the world and has contracts with leading industry names including EDF, Chevron, Exxon mobile, Shell, BP, Siemens and Rolls Royce.

The company has also recently signed contracts with Thames Tideway to work on the £4.1bn super sewer project in Central London.

Shuresh Maran, business development manager, said: “Since Flamgard began working with its first international clients 20 years ago, exporting has been at the forefront of our business. Exporting has provided us with exponential opportunities for growth and has helped us to remain resilient during difficult economic times.

“By exporting to multiple locations, with a good geographical and sectoral spread, we have ensured that we are not wholly dependent on just one marketplace. This has been crucial in ensuring our resilience throughout challenges to the oil and gas sector, as well as during the pandemic.

“Support from Welsh Government has been vital in our international expansion and I would urge any company who is thinking about exporting to get in touch with them. They have a wealth of expert export advisors who can help get your company and products onto the global stage.”