A CENTENARY of continuous change has secured Sheffield-based Wolf a place as the bright spark in the safety lighting industry.
The Saxon Road company, which started out making miners lamps, and developed colliery lighting powered by compressed air, continues to be at the cutting edge of safety technology.
Wolf’s growth in world markets has been fuelled by a combination of innovation and acquisition.
The company’s own R&D department has masterminded the creation of new products that have taken the company into new and lucrative markets and the continual development of existing ranges to provide something that is both familiar but fresh for long established customers.
Meanwhile Heeley-based Wolf’s acquisitions of competitors and technology – which it uses its own expertise to improve upon – has also enabled the company to expand its range of products and customers.
Wolf continues to make its long-established range of heavy duty battery and air powered lights for hazardous environments where a spark or a naked flame would cause death and disaster.
The company added safety hand lamps to its range in the late 1970s and followed that up a decade later with a range of torches, which are powered by either disposable or rechargeable batteries and use either conventional bulbs or state of the art Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
The company has also developed a range of head torches for maintenance crews and others working in more confined, potentially hazardous environments, including aircraft maintenance.
Wolf recently moved into temporary lighting, acquiring technology developed by a partner company, which it is now adapting and improving to make it easier to deploy and use in hazardous conditions.
That move means the company can now supply lighting products tailored to meet the needs of anyone who wants to illuminate an area for anything from a couple of minutes to several months.
As a result, Wolf has become a world leader in a niche market for highly specialised and technologically advanced lighting equipment used in diverse and critical applications, where explosive gas, vapour and dust are present.
“We are in a very envious position, but we didn’t get there by chance,” says managing director Ian Tinker.
“We have developed markets, increased the number of products in our range and the safety market is an expanding market.”