The Project

Human protection has become increasingly important to many of our existing international customers due to local unrest and threat of terror attacks. Increasingly we assist these customers in providing protective areas for their employees. With a history in armour plate provision for personnel carriers Brown McFarlane are an obvious and capable supply choice.

Our Solution

Brown McFarlane stocks and processes a wide range of high specification steel plates that meet the highest sector requirements and all are subject to stringent quality inspections and sourced from the most reputable of European steel mills. Brown McFarlane offer the range of services and products required to further service this sector and help its customers develop their projects.


Our customer working mainly for international petrochemical companies wanted to provide multiple ballistic protected and secure areas for local staff in event of emergency. Their plan was to use ocean going containers and re-enforce and line these with appropriately sized armour plate as a moveable safe room. The low-cost nature of this provision meant on large sites it was also cost effective to provision multiple facilities close to active work sites.

Specialist Skills

Sourcing the correct grade of material for the required ballistic protection was critical The containers were to be lined on site so accurate profiling capability was an important consideration for ease of assembly ,along with experience in the international logistics of this product.


Brown McFarlane’s access to material and skills required to perfectly execute this project are known around the world. Our latest technology includes the Infinity Skew Head Bevel Plasma Cutter, and demonstrates Brown McFarlane’s long held strategy of being the industry leader in technology and innovation.

Brown McFarlane’s 100000sqft facility is capable of storing , handling and processing massive tonnages of steel plate. A mixture of more traditional and state of the art Oxy, laser and water jet Plasma equipment means we have the capacity as well as the skills, experience and quality standards to meet the customers requirement.

The Agreed Solution Scope

The material would be profiled to exact size at Brown McFarlane’s first class profiling facility in Stoke on Trent UK. Delivery would be to the customer’s local fabrication facility, in accordance with the customer’s schedule, where the parts would be an integral stage of the customer’s production/build process.

We quickly established a gas profiling solution that would give the appropriate tolerances and the appropriate Quality Control process that would ensure this was delivered without problems.

Additional Customer Requirements

Special attention was also paid to delivery schedules as the solution needed to fit our client’s production assembly process and speedy supply of the safe rooms could be a life or death situation.

The Steel Solution

Brown McFarlane secured speedy supply of the correct ballistic tested Armour plate from 1st tier steel plate producers at optimal prices..The material was delivered to the UK for processing within days. The profiling process began upon receipt and passed rapidly through production and quality control ready to be delivered to the customers own schedule as agreed.

The Delivery

Due to Brown McFarlane’s own, extensive know how, coupled with that of our Western European supply partners ; we were able to provide a materials solution to the customer that completely met with the required specification. On top of this, we were able to provide accurate, cut to size parts, which were delivered to the customers exacting requirement saving the customer time, space and money.

The Conclusion

Another satisfied customer!

With increasing skills shortages and leaner workforces the ability to instantly bring traditional or sophisticated processing to the highest quality standard on demand is something our customer understands and recognises as a vital part of solution provision and production planning. All this is another example of our commitment to our customers and demonstrable proof of our ability to assist in the delivery of innovative requirements in full and on time.

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