The liquid, vapour and gas in oil refineries, liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants and chemical processing plants are highly flammable. In these hazardous areas where safety is a priority, B&R Enclosures ensures the security of electrical equipment and prevents costly downtime through its total enclosure solutions. The family-run business has been operating for 56 years, serving the mining, telecommunications and information technology industries with its durable electrical enclosures, local control stations, marshalling enclosures, switchboards building systems, racks and cabinets. In a strategic move to service the growing oil and gas and LNG markets, the company established B&R Ex Systems in 2009 to specialise in total enclosure solutions for these hazardous areas. Targeting international growth, B&R opened a manufacturing facility in Suzhou last year, which it plans to build to full fabrication for stainless steel products. "We will ensure that the quality, delivery and reliability of the products are in place before we go to a broader market within Asia," says B&R managing director Ken Bridges. The company's long-term plan is to increase its supply chain partners on the mainland and steadily expand in Suzhou to fully assemble products that can be shipped to Australia, Asia and the Middle East. B&R's systems and products are ISO-certified and qualified under the International Electrotechnical Commission System standards relating to equipment for use in explosive atmospheres (IECEx). Clients rely on B&R because it offers guaranteed high quality, technical value-added expertise and a total system solution. As the biggest single racking equipment provider to Telstra and the National Broadband Network in Australia, B&R handles complete system configuration, logistics and engineering solutions. B&R has the technical capability to assemble electrical, telecommunication and electronic control systems within IECEx-certified enclosures. "Although our core business is enclosures and cabinets, it is more important that we give our customers a complete system solution," Bridges says. "We will continue to do this particularly for the oil and gas market."