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The Expanded Metal Company announces industry-first enhancement to its ExMesh™ Securilath™ range


19th May 2020

Hartlepool, UK-based expanded metal mesh manufacturer The Expanded Metal Company has strengthened its offering to the security and construction sector after achieving new certification for its ExMesh™ Securilath™ product range.

Securilath™ is now the only security mesh range to be certified by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) when applied to metal stud, timber stud and block walls.

The enhancements were made in response to the increasing use of metal stud wall systems in the construction industry and will help contractors and end users to meet insurance and security requirements.

Securilath™ was originally developed by The Expanded Metal Company in the 1990s as a discreet method to target harden critical areas. It significantly delays determined intruders from creating an aperture large enough to gain entry to a building and can be situated within internal and external walls, ceilings, roofs and windows.

It can be easily fitted during construction or retro-fit and is used by worldwide financial institutions and retailers and at many high-risk sites.

Products in the Securilath™ range have long held LPCB certification when applied to timber stud. However, after extensive testing, ExMesh™ Securilath™ MD1 now holds LPCB Loss Prevention Standard (LPS) Security Rating (SR) 1 certification for metal stud, Securilath™ HD1 holds LPCB LPS SR1, SR2 and SR3 certification for metal stud and Securilath™ HDR holds LPCB LPS SR3 certification when applied to block wall.

Securilath™’s LPCB ratings are achieved when installing the mesh on timber stud, metal stud or block wall in accordance with fitting instructions.

The Expanded Metal Company’s ExMesh™ range offers innovative fencing systems and security products which are designed to protect people, property and infrastructure from a broad array of threats.

ExMesh™ products are developed and manufactured at The Expanded Metal Company’s 25,000 sqm site in Hartlepool, which is a long-established global centre for expanded metal expertise. The Expanded Metal Company, which has operated for more than 125 years, was the first UK fencing manufacturer to be awarded ‘Secured by Design’ status.

The ExMesh™ range includes LPCB LPS 1175 SR2 and SR3 rated fencing systems, anti-climb measures, cages, ExMesh™ Fastrack, a fence system developed for the rail industry, and ExMesh™ Electra, designed for the electric and telecoms industries.

Philip Astley, managing director at The Expanded Metal Company said: “By achieving this enhanced certification across our Securilath™ range, The Expanded Metal Company can provide additional peace of mind to contractors and end users who wish to apply a security mesh to metal studs and block walls, and further options to specifiers who wish to specify LPCB approved security laths in new projects.

“As the originator of the Securilath™ concept, it’s exciting to see the product range continue to develop in this way. We pride ourselves on working closely with industry and offering enhanced certification for the Securilath™ range demonstrates our commitment to addressing security challenges.”

When Securilath was launched, it was originally referred to as Expamet Securilath: Expamet was a brand name of The Expanded Metal Company, which had formed the Expamet International plc group of companies in 1918. The Expanded Metal Company left the Expamet group under new ownership in 2006 but has continued to manufacture, supply and continuously develop Securilath™ since then.

The Expanded Metal Company has a rich industrial heritage dating back to 1889 and was founded by John French Golding, the inventor and patentee of expanded metal. It supplies high quality expanded metal mesh products for sectors including construction, filtration, engineering, transport, utilities, automotive, aerospace and architecture.

The Expanded Metal Company works closely with contractors and end users to create bespoke solutions for their projects, drawing on its extensive design and manufacturing expertise, and high-class production capabilities.

It stocks and supplies a wide range of high quality expanded metal mesh products and offers specialist capabilities in metal work, such as cutting, welding, drilling, punching, shearing and roll forming.

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