Original article on This Is Nottingham
A Nottingham technology company is poised for growth after launching a new device which can warn of fires on building sites.
Ramtech, which is based at Basford, made its name developing security systems for holiday parks, which it supplies to customers across the country.
Now, it is branching out by applying its technology to new markets and launching new products.
The latest is WES – a reusable, battery-powered system that acts as a temporary fire emergency system for building and construction sites.
The man who will be driving sales of WES is former service industry CEO Paul Henson, who has joined the business as sales and marketing director from a senior role at the Leicestershire-based photographic retail chain Jessops.
Andy Hicks, Ramtech’s managing director, said: “WES is already attracting a great deal of interest from the construction industry, with a number of the main contractors already starting to use it.
“It is a highly cost-effective way of ensuring that health and safety requirements are met on site.”
Mr Hicks said Mr Henson’s appointment is part of a sales and marketing drive intended to raise the firm’s profile and drive growth.
He said: “The company has gone from strength to strength recently and as part of our continued success we have decided to develop the sales and marketing area of the business and we are confident that Paul will help drive the company further forward.”
Mr Henson was developing and printing director with Jessops, but prior to that spent eight years as chief executive of the photographic processing firm Colab.
He said: “Ramtech has a great reputation in the industry which has been successfully built up over the last 20 years. They have led the market with innovation and excellent customer support.
“I believe that with the new products and services that are currently under development, Ramtech will continue to be the leading provider of wireless solutions in the UK and I am looking forward to being part of that continued success.”
Ramtech’s WES system is the result of 18 months’ development. It has been designed to operate in cluttered and often harsh environments, with an easy set-up and integrated alarm and strobe light.
Developer Kier Partnership Homes has tried out the WES system. Its health and safety manager, Ben Butarazzi, said: “This device was tested in the most difficult of conditions on site, interacting with masses of steelwork and concrete structures. It performed way above expectations.”
Mr Henson’s appointment is the latest in a series of new arrivals. It is hoping to drive expansion through the appointment of Graham Butler to its research and development team, Paul Venner to technical operations