SEP 01] SPRUE AEGIS NEWS
Coventry Innovators To Set The World On Fire
fire safety innovators, Sprue Aegis, are looking to go global
with the help of the CW2000 internet project.
Aegis was formed three years ago by two Coventry University
design and engineering graduates, Nick Rutter and Sam Tate.
this year the company launched FireAngel, the world’s first
plug-in smoke alarm. It will be on sale in the UK shortly
through major DIY and high street stores.
Aegis hit the headlines by raising £1.2 million through
floatation on OFEX, a trading facility for small companies, a
move in anticipation of FireAngel’s launch.
tend to find conventional smoke alarms difficult to install
and maintain, and our design has addressed these problems. The
user simply removes the light bulb from any ceiling light,
fits the FireAngel, and reinserts the bulb. The battery is
automatically recharged when the light is on."
FireAngel is produced in China, which was the initial reason for
a round-the-clock reliable internet connection is essential
for our business in terms of global communication and CW2000
provided exactly what we needed as part of a cost effective
from the email facility, we use the internet to source
material samples for new products to download specification
sheets. In time we aim to have a separate e-commerce site to
take advantage of increasing on-line trading
Aegis are also adding to their FireAngel range, by introducing
other fire safety products such as the FireAngel fire
extinguisher. This product is due to be produced in France and
is the only known domestic fire extinguisher that can be used on
chip pan fires.
company are also planning to roll out their products to Europe
and the USA next year.
Gillingham, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Coventry University, part of
the CW2000 partnership said:
and Nick have worked incredibly hard to attain the success
they have. It is particularly pleasing that they are both
Coventry University graduates and that CW2000, a University
backed initiative, has played a significant part in their