A new home for FIRA International
On November 1 2021 we began testing services in our new custom-built testing facilities, following significant investment from our parent company, Element Materials Technology.
The new facility, which is close to our previous site in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, helps us continue to support the furniture industry and uphold the highest standards of quality, innovation and research.
Update details you have for us
Please make sure that all correspondence are deliveries are sent to our new site:
FIRA International Ltd
Our phone numbers and email remain the same, so you just need to update address records.
A commitment to sustainability has been key to our planning and fit-out. When FIRA International took control of the building it had an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of 56 (category C). Our improvements have decreased this rating to 42 (category B). We'll continue to review our sustainability credentials and recycling targets for products we've tested.
We're planning a series of Open Days in quarter 1 2022, so to be one of the first to hear details when these are released please email [email protected]
The new test bay is operational
Testing services are underway at the new site, customers should ensure all products for testing are sent to the address: FIRA International Ltd, Unit 3, Cockerell Close, Stevenage, SG1 2NB
new conditioning rooms
Darren, our Quality Manager, validating the new 35%rh conditioning room
Structural test bay
The first of our structural test machines have now been installed in our new test bay. This is where our experts will test products for safety, strength and stability
New finishes testing laboratory
The new finishes testing laboratory, this is where our experts will test worktops and surfaces - assessing abrasion, impact, scrape and scratch resistance; resistance to wet and dry heat; and chemical resistance
Flammability test equipment
Our new flammability testing cabinets have been delivered to site
New meeting and training room
The ceiling is ready to be installed in the main meeting room - this is where our experts will be delivering face-to-face training on key topics like flammability, sustainability and REACH
Large Flammability Room
Our new flammability room is taking shape, this is where our experts will undertake larger scale flammability tests on items such as mattresses and entire products
New office space
The shell of our new office space is in place, ready for fit-out. There will also be facilities for meetings and training in this area
New ergonomics facilites
The area which will house our ergonomics facilities is starting to take shape, located on the first floor of our new building
Overview of the build
A good overview of site progress, the mezzanine floor on the left is taking shape and will house our office space
New BIFMA testing room
The room pictured top left will house of BIFMA testing equipment, supporting those who work with the American market
The new facilities
A good overview of the new facilities, this is from the rear of the site looking to the main entrance for deliveries
The new test bay
An over head shot of a section of the new test bay and the construction of some new laboratories and conditioning rooms
New mezzanine floor
Construction is well underway on a new mezzanine floor which will host our new office space
Our experts test to all the main standards British, European and American standards for all types of domestic and contract furniture.
FIRA Gold Certification
FIRA Gold Certification is the quality mark recognised across the furniture industry, spanning products and installation services.
Our technical services experts have a long history and wealth of experience in the furniture industry, offering support across the furniture supply chain.