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New Product Development

Prysmian has always prided itself on its dedication to new product developments to ensure it offers customers the right products for the right applications. Since 1976 Prysmian has worked extensively to develop, test and launch new fire performance products to keep it at the forefront of the fire resistant cables market, whilst meeting the ever more arduous requirements and standards for this market. Its state of the art UK fire test facilities allow rapid new product development and exhaustive testing so that the market can be assured of quality products that will perform reliably throughout their working life.

The snapshot below shows some of the key products that have been introduced in the market over time since the first FP product in 1976. This picture also shows the development of our Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSOH®) products.

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Fighting fire through product development

It's during the development of these high performance products that fire testing facilities take centre stage, such as Prysmian's fire test laboratory in Bishopstoke which carries out in excess of 1,500 tests per year , and helps set the leading FP cables apart from the rest.

In house fire testing laboratories allow manufacturers to run quality assessments on existing cables, new cables and materials, type approval for products or contracts, customer service demonstrations, and development of new fire specifications for the industry. This ensures that cables comply with stringent British and European Standards, which set the benchmark to provide specifiers and installers with the correct knowledge and understanding about a cable’s fire survival time, flame propagation and smoke emissions. They also set out the environment and equipment that should be used when conducting fire tests, coupled with details to make sure all tests relevant to a particular standard are carried out under the same conditions. Prysmian’s state of the art fire test facility is one of the reasons that the company has remained the market leader in fire resistant cables for over 30 years.

From its position within the Prysmian Group, the UK is also able to call upon world class research facilities and experience offer the best in product design, materials, and construction. Prysmian has always attributed key strategic importance to Research & Development in the management and growth of its business.

 The Group has:


  • 7 Research & Development Centres (Italy, France, UK, Germany, Spain, United States and South America) with headquarters in Milan
  • Established collaboration agreements with major universities and research centres (including the Polytechnic of Milan and the CNR, Italy’s national research centre)
  • 400 dedicated professionals
  • over 3,000 patents granted and filed
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