History

1975

Following the company’s formation in 1975 Biral became a leading UK distributor of scientific instrumentation in aerosol science, meteorology, fluid mechanics, filter testing and environmental monitoring.

1993

An engineering division was formed which led to a series of contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to develop specialist biological warfare agent detection equipment. The aerosol technology used in these contracts was developed in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire and lead to a range of commercial aerosol monitoring instruments.

1997

Biral acquired market leading visibility and present weather sensor technology from US company HSS Inc. This led to the manufacture of our own meteorological sensing devices, strengthening our market share.

2009

After lengthy development and exhaustive testing the SWS range of visibility and present weather sensors was launched. These sensors proved highly successful and established Biral as a leading manufacturer within this market. HSS range rebranded to VPF.

2013

The ALS-2 Ambient Light sensor is launched for aviation applications involving runway visual range (RVR).

2014

The unique BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector was developed to help drive our rapidly expanding meteorological business. Whilst interest in biological warfare agent detection and general aerosol science instrumentation was reduced, the company continues to work at the forefront of aerosol research instrumentation through the collaborative development of an aerosol optical tweezer with Bristol University.

2015

The SWS and VPF ranges of visibility and present weather sensors are enhanced to provide the longest stand warranties available from any manufacturer at 3 and 5 years respectively.

2017

Biral launched the RWS range of road weather sensors and added the BTD-350 Marine Thunderstorm detector to their offering.