Donald Mackay started sole trading as a contractor in major projects across London, such as the Tobacco Docks and the MI6 Building at Vauxhall Cross, as ‘Firemac.’
First fire test for ‘Firemac FM Fire Screen’ (our original fire resisting ductwork system) with Blackburn Fire Testing, UK, passes. This started the beginning of Firemac’s journey from a one-man trader to a multi office, international provider of passive fire protection solutions. That year, Firemac officially registered as Firemac Limited, and begins all operations out of Donald’s home office.
Firemac’s first major project, the Scottish Parliament building, was signed off. The £414 million iconic Scottish building has won 9 major architectural awards, including the 2005 Royal Institute of British Architects Award.
After a successful first few years operating out of a small home-based office, the expansion of the business resulted in an increase in workforce and required the expanding team to move into our first official office space just outside Edinburgh, UK.
An accidental opening of a SPAM email from a company in Qatar, led to Donald Mackay form one of his most crucial contacts. With a new relationship and export sales in Qatar, the beginning of our International presence was established.
Export sales grew and Firemac expanded overseas in the UAE and neighbouring countries, becoming involved in projects such as the Doha Metro Gold Line, Dubai Mall, and Hamad Medical Centre, Qatar.
Firemac welcomed Norman Macdonald as our Technical Director to oversee testing and development across all our products and services. Norman brought a huge amount of expertise within the passive fire testing industry, with over 40 years’ experience in Technical positions within the passive fire protection field. Prior to joining Firemac worked at BRE (Building Research Establishment) for almost 10 years as a Senior/Principal Consultant.
Norman Macdonald prompts the development of Firemac’s second product, Firemac FM Blue, and its introduction into the UK market. The galvanized steel facing board has been extensively tested to both BS and EN standards to provide fire resisting, and where required blast resisting, systems to landmark projects such as the London Underground and Sea Containers House, London.
To accommodate the team, Firemac purchased a local unused yard with surrounding land which after a 1 year renovation was turned into a 6-room office space, which houses our Finance and Management Teams.
With an increased workforce, and further investment into R&D, our Technical Team and Managing Director developed our previous fabric system into our award-winning innovative PSA Fabric. Still providing the same tested fire resistance.
Increasing sales lead to an increase in production and the work force expanded. To accommodate this, Firemac signed off a 5-year contract to rent a 7000 sq ft industrial unit in Dunbar, Scotland, 15 minutes away from our Head Office. Firemac Distribution Centre (Firemac DC) incorporates warehouse, production and training facility. Further investment was made for new machinery for the facility.
In 2017 Firemac reached a huge milestone: we currently have over 100 UK customers, supplying hundreds of rolls a year to large iconic projects, such as Anfield Stadium and Heathrow Airport.
2018 proved to be one of our busiest years yet. An unexpected win of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category was easily one of Firemac’s highlights over the past 20 years. The only Scottish company in the awards 52 year history to have ever been awarded in this category, it was a huge honour for the team to have our primary product recognised on such a prestigious level. To receive the award, owners Donald and Fiona Mackay were invited to Buckingham Palace for an exclusive private party celebrating some of the UK’s successful SME’s.