• Siddall and Hilton Products awarded FIRA Gold Certification

    Published on : Thursday, December 21, 2017

    Brighouse based Siddall and Hilton Products Limited has been awarded FIRA Gold Certification for their furniture springs.   To achieve FIRA Gold the springs were assessed against specified durability levels through rigorous pounding tests conducted by FIRA International. The tests …

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  • FIRA expands its furniture testing team

    Published on : Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    FIRA International has bolstered its furniture testing team through the new appointments of a Customer Service Coordinator, and due to expansion, a Flammability Technician.   As Customer Service Coordinator, Lorna Middlewood is responsible for leading and developing the Testing Services …

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  • FIRA International invests in ergonomic equipment

    Published on : Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    FIRA International has invested significant sums in new measurement equipment in order to offer enhanced ergonomic assessment services to the furniture industry supply chain, and to complement its current equipment base.   A newly purchased pressure mapping system has an …

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  • Humanscale receives Ergonomic Excellence Award from FIRA

    Published on : Monday, July 24, 2017

    Humanscale’s new range of ‘Trea’ chairs has received FIRA International’s Ergonomic Excellence Award, which recognises companies who design and manufacture ergonomically outstanding products. The award identifies genuine ergonomic excellence in both domestic and workplace furniture products; clearly distinguishing from other …

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  • UK furniture and interiors trade associations form FIESTA

    Published on : Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Trade associations from across the UK furniture and interiors industries have united under a single banner, the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA), to combat the threat of a widening skills gap.   The new organisation aims …

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  • FIRA meets companies across the furniture supply chain

    Published on : Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    On May 18, FIRA opened its doors to the furniture supply chain as part of its programme of 2017 Open Days, welcoming representatives from furniture manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to their UKAS-accredited facilities in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.   Delegates had a …

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  • Clerkenwell Design Week joins hands with FIRA

    Published on : Thursday, February 16, 2017

    The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) has once again been confirmed as a partner of Clerkenwell Design Week, which will take place from May 23 to 25, 2017. The festival is an annual focus for London’s leading design district, which …

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  • FIRA to help in regulation of illegal logging

    Published on : Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    FIRA International has released details on its 2017 EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) training programme, which aims to promote regulatory compliance. The EUTR entered into force in March 2013 and aims to reduce illegal logging worldwide. Essentially the Regulation makes it …

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  • FIRA presents three products with Ergonomics Excellence Award

    Published on : Friday, September 2, 2016

    Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) is delighted to announce that the following products have been awarded with FIRA’s prestigious Ergonomics Excellence Award, having met the stringent assessment criteria:   •   The Go Flex document reading and writing slope from …

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  • FIRA expands their Consultancy Team

    Published on : Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    FIRA International, under the head of Furniture Industry Research Association, recently announced the addition of 3 new experts to its Consultancy team.   Gareth Mayhew joins as Technical Manager. He will be responsible for the team of Technical and Environmental …

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  • Upholstery Expert joins FIRA

    Published on : Tuesday, July 5, 2016

    Gemma Buffham is the new member of staff to join at FIRA International, the furniture technology centre. She has joined as FIRA’s Testing division as senior technician for flammability and physical upholstery testing.   Gemma is a graduate of the …

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  • Heico achieves FIRA Gold certification

    Published on : Friday, July 1, 2016

    Heico, a leading supplier of components to the furniture industry, has achieved FIRA Gold Product Certification for its Blaquer range of zig-zag springs covering all 9 gauge springs from 23” to 30” in length.   Dave Read, General Manager at …

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  • FIRA collaborates with Orangebox for the Circular Economy project

    Published on : Friday, April 22, 2016

    The Furniture Industry Research Association’s recently initiated “Circular Economy” project is benefiting from an important collaboration with Orangebox. The project challenges the prevailing economic model of ‘take-make-consume-dispose’ and aims to explore the opportunities of a more sustainable manufacturing model which …

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  • British Furniture Confederation welcomes a new chairman

    Published on : Friday, April 8, 2016

    Jonathan Hindle, group managing director of KI (Krueger International) has been appointed as the new chairman of the British Furniture Confederation (BFC). Paul von der Heyde is stepping down from the chairman post after serving for four years.   Jonathan …

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  • Triumph Furniture wins FIRA Gold Certification

    Published on : Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Triumph, a major supplier of workplace furniture has again maintained Gold Certification for its top line range of Lm lateral Storage, from the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA). The scheme is said to be the ultimate mark of product excellence …

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  • Furniture Industry Research Association announces new Chairman

    Published on : Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    The Furniture Industry Research Association has named Charles Vernon as the new Chairman. Industry veteran for over 38 years, Charles will be taking over from Michael Powell, who is stepping down as Chairman after five years with the Association.   …

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  • New European Standard Outdoor Seating from FIRA

    Published on : Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Fira is going to introduce the new European standard for outdoor seating.   BS EN 581-2: 2015 Outdoor furniture – Seating and tables for camping, domestic and contract use. Part 2: Mechanical safety requirements and test methods for seating.   …

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  • FIRA announces Changes to consumer law

    Published on : Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    Judith Turner, Senior Ombudsman for The Furniture Ombudsman says “Whilst most of the provisions relating to when a product breaches a contract, such as fitness for purpose and satisfactory quality, remain the same; there have been some subtle changes to …

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  • Furniture Industry celebrates the great success at Westminster

    Published on : Thursday, September 24, 2015

    An event held by the Furniture Industry Research Association and FIRA International, the UK’s largest furniture association and leading furniture technology centre, at the House of Lords last Friday (11th September) was a great success.   250 guests attended the …

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  • Clinchplain Bagged FIRA Gold Product Certification

    Published on : Friday, August 7, 2015

    Clinchplain Ltd, A sprung seat cushion by a Lancashire-based foam supplier is first of its kind to receive FIRA Gold Product Certification. The family-run business of 27 years which specialises in converting polyether foam and fibre, has received the prestigious …

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