Petrel Ltd

Starting out in the 1930s as a company manufacturing metal conduit products, the company acquired hazardous area expertise from acquisitions and mergers during the 1970s and became part of the Chamberlin & Hill group at this time. Solenoids & Regulators Ltd had operated since the early part of the 20th century, and grew into manufacturing generator controls before producing motor control gear for use in hazardous areas. They were based in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, UK and became part of the Chamberlin & Hill group in 1979.

As of February 2024, Petrel was acquired by the Pioneer Safety Group from our Chamberlin owners. The Pioneer Safety Group is a UK headquartered, worldwide leader for explosion protection solutions, including Ex products and industrial safety solutions with companies and brands including Pyroban, Pyropress, Ex-tech Signalling and Ex-tech Solution.

Joining the 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.  The Group’s technical and operational experience and the ability to access and expand our global distribution network will help Petrel achieve its exciting growth ambitions.  

Within the Group structure, Petrel has remained an independent company based at its current location in Birmingham with all staff and management structure retained.

About Petrel's heritage and Our Products


These two companies joined forces in Aston, Birmingham in 1984 as Petrel Ltd., and a few years afterwards acquired ‘Heyes of Wigan’ from BICC. Heyes were manufacturers of lighting for use in hazardous areas and, although the Heyes name has since disappeared, the well known range was updated and absorbed within the Petrel range.

In 1997, Petrel had outgrown the Aston site and amalgamated with Fitter & Poulton, in the Chamberlin & Hill group, to become Petrel, Fitter & Poulton Ltd. (PFP), now based on the current 3650 square metre facility and employing over 30 people and operating on shifts. The plant includes power presses, CNC machines and paint spray plant, plus special purpose and assembly lines and test equipment.

PFP became Petrel Ltd in 2007 and manufacturing placed greater emphasis on the hazardous area lighting and control equipment part of the business. Since that time the business has grown steadily to become a highly reputable brand for Hazardous Area Lighting and Control Equipment, developing a robust high quality product offer serving customers all around the world.


  • LED Lighting

    Area Flood Light | LED Linear | LED Bulkhead | LED Industrial | Portable

  • Zone Lighting

    Zone 1 | Zone 2

  • Traditional Technology

    Traditional Linear | Traditional Bulkhead | Traditional Industrial

  • Custom Build Products


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