MP hails Hampshire firm

Ray Faulkner (right) demonstrates thermography and drones to Alan Mak MP

Alan Mak MP and iRed’s MD Ray Faulkner – in infra red

MP Alan Mak has hailed Hampshire-based business iRed as the type of company that is leading Britain’s future.

The thermal imaging pioneers were early to utilise drones in order to enhance the capability of the technology.

Mr Mak, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visited the fast-growing firm near Portsmouth and was shown around.

The company provides thermal imaging cameras and bespoke drone packages and also runs training courses in the use of the technology.

Chris Allington, non-executive director, Alan Mak MP and iRed MD Ray Faulkner

Chris Allington, Alan Mak MP and Ray Faulkner

Thermal imaging has endless applications and is used in the building, electrics, veterinary and solar industries amongst many others.

iRed’s managing director Ray Faulkner said: “It’s is great that our MP has a real and genuine interest in technology and what we are doing.

“He spent an hour with us and we were able to demonstrate how thermal imaging works and what cameras and drones we use and supply.

iRed MD Ray Faulkner shows Alan Mak MP some of the kit the company uses and sells

“One of the challenging things we have is getting access to funding and Mr Mak understood this problem and saw how this can potentially restrict our growth.

“He made several suggestions which we are now pursuing.

“Mr Mak also understood the need to promote high-tech business and is passionate about Britain become the world leader of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

iRed has grown rapidly in the last two years and now employs 11 staff and trains hundreds of people in the use of thermography.

Chris Allington, non-executive director, Alan Mak MP and iRed MD Ray Faulkner, with the iRed team behind.

One of its popular products is the ‘search and rescue’ dron package that is being purchased by emergency services across the country.

Alan Mak, MP for Havant, said: “iRed is a fantastic local business creating highly skilled jobs that is helping Britain lead the world in advanced technology.

“Drones and thermal imaging are key to creating a modern future-focused economy. I’m proud that iRed operates from Emsworth.”



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Notes to editors:

iRed was founded in 2002 by Ray Faulkner who has pioneered the advances in thermography. The technology was traditionally used to examine buildings for failing insulation and in the electrical sector to check wiring. Now, there are a plethora of applications with iRed leading the field as a consultancy and specialist training centre.