Our History

1920

In 1920, Reginald Foster Dagnall formed RFD Ltd to manufacture liferafts and soon became famous for pneumatic dinghies.

1932

The first inflatable liferaft was introduced and subsequently used during World War II.

1940

Original floatation life preserver named, "Mae West" was issued by Beaufort and used during Wold War II.

1950

Beaufort designs and manufactures the world's first fast jet anti-g trousers.

1954

Beaufort subsequently introduces the world's first submarine escape suit.

1976

RFD Ltd produces the first welded liferaft as well as introducing the infant version of the latest adult lifejacket.

1979

RFD Ltd manufactures the world's first Marine Evacuation System (MES).

1983

RFD New Zealand is established and shortly after, RFD Australia acquired.

1996

Eurovinil S.p.A. and RFD Beaufort Inc. (formerly Inflatable Survival Systems Inc.) were both acquired.

1999

RFD Ltd launch the first generation Marin-Ark Marine Evacuation System (MES).

2000

Survitec Group was formed and acquired Lifeguard Equipment Ltd.

2001

Survitec acquires rescue and fast boat specialists, DSB Deutsche Schlauchboot GmbH & Co KG; RFD Japan is also established.

2002

Survitec Group acquires WH Brennan and Co. in Singapore.

2003

RFD and Beaufort merge to become RFD Beaufort Ltd.

2007

Survitec Group acquired Survival-One Ltd and Shark Sports Ltd.

2010

Private Equity firm, Warburg Pincus, based in New York acquires Survitec Group Ltd. Survitec Group goes on to acquire Seaweather Ltd in the UK and Revere Supply Inc. in the USA.

2011

Survitec Group acquires the marine division of Cosalt, including Crewsaver and Zodiac Commercial SoLAS Liferaft and MES business.

2012

Survitec Group launches its 'Global Liferaft Hire Programme' at SMM 2012, offering customers highly competitive and flexible hire and servicing contracts, as an alternative to liferaft purchase. Survitec already has over 7,000 out on hire with customers worldwide.

2013

Survitec Group acquires Brude Safety AS, adding three Norwegian facilities as part of its expansion and growth plans into Scandinavia.

2015

Based in Toronto, Onex Corporation, one of the oldest and most successful private equity firms, acquires Survitec Group from Warburg Pincus.

2016

Survitec Group Ltd creates a market leader in safety and survival solutions by merging with Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS Safety Business.