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Survitec Acquires Hansen Protection, Strengthening its Position as the Global Leader in Survival Technology

London, UK – 6 May 2021 – Global Survival Technology leader, Survitec, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Hansen Protection, a leading European provider of personal protective equipment.

The transaction reinforces Survitec as the global leader for Survival Technology across the Maritime, Defence & Government, Energy, and Aerospace markets. Survitec’s complete portfolio and its wide-reaching footprint creates a single partner for customers across the globe.

Ron Krisanda, Executive Chairman at Survitec, commented: ‘’The addition of Hansen Protection, and its leading portfolio in personal protective equipment, protective rainwear, and technical textile solutions, fits perfectly within Survitec.  

‘’Our acquisition strategy is intended to broaden and deepen our offering and enhance our ability to service customers and this transaction does just that. The global reach and the combined company’s products and services will offer greater value to our customers by providing one single supplier for Survival Technology across a number of categories, including immersion suits, lifejackets, liferafts, marine evacuation systems, fire systems and servicing.

‘’Hansen Protection has built an outstanding brand, with a strong reputation for the consistent delivery of excellent products and services, and we are committed to maintaining the brand and supporting its growth.’’

Terje Gorm Hansen, CEO for Hansen Protection, added: ‘’Joining forces with Survitec is the next logical step for the growth of our combined business. Coming together means that we can offer our customers greater capabilities and capacity, access to a larger portfolio of Survival Technology and wider geographic reach.

‘’We are two companies with a very strong alignment in culture, with safety and innovation in our DNA. Working together, we will lead the way in engineering and providing world-leading solutions for our customers across the globe.’’

Headquartered in Moss, Norway, with additional locations in Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, Hansen Protection specialises in the design, manufacturing, distribution, and servicing of personal protective equipment, protective rainwear and boat canopies & textile solutions for a variety of tasks in harsh and cold-water environments.

As part of its strategic growth plans, Survitec recently announced the finalisation of a £270 million refinancing agreement, showing strong support and confidence from the company's shareholders and lenders.  

Survitec’s co-controlling shareholders, Searchlight Capital Partners, a leading global private investment firm, and M&G Investments, an international asset manager, supported the company in both the refinancing of the business and the acquisition of Hansen Protection. Hansen Protection was previously owned by the IK VII Fund, managed by IK Investment Partners.


Biardo Survival Suits BV was founded in 1986. We are specialized in Rental, Maintenance, Handling and Sales of ETSO/EASA & IMO/SOLAS approved safety products.

The focus of Biardo Survival Suits BV is always on ‘safety’. Biardo always offers customers the best safety services for their needs.


For over 35 years we rent out survival suits and lifejackets for offshore use and helicopter transportation.

Biardo has a large pool of ETSO/EASA & IMO/SOLAS approved safety products, like rental helicopter transportation suits, survival suits, work suits and rental  lifejackets & PLB's, which almost every offshore company can use.


Biardo Survival Suits BV is one of the few companies who are qualified to repair ETSO/EASA approved helicopter transportation suits and lifejackets.

All maintenance is performed against the highest standards available.

All Maintenance we provide is according to the highest quality maintenance program EASA part 145. We also maintain all kinds of SOLAS approved survival suits, lifejackets and PLB’s.

Biardo introduces extra measures to optimize hygiene of survival suits and lifejackets.

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Biardo Survival Suits BV has a professional distribution network. Our distribution centers are located in Heemskerk and at helicopter airport in Den Helder. From these locations we supply our customers with any equipment they need; helicopter transportation suitsworking suits,  Life Jackets & PLB's for offshore use, with ETSO/EASA &  IMO/SOLAS approvals.


All our safety equipment can be purchased. Sometimes there are more benefits to rent survival suits, lifejackets or PLB’s.

We sell many different types of survival suits, such as working survival suits, immersion suits, helicopter transportation suits, Ships pilot suits and trainings suits. We also have lifejackets with rebreather system or EBS (ETSO), SOLAS Life jackets and personal locator beacons.


In these bizarre times Biardo Survival Suits gives the utmost priority to the hygiene of its survival suits and lifejackets by giving them an extra check after returning from an offshore location.


  • Biardo keeps survival suits/lifejackets coming from flights with infected people in quarantine for at least 72 hours.

  • All suits and lifejackets will be extra disinfected.

  • All employees are instructed to wear protective clothing – special on the airports and the maintenance area in Heemskerk.

  • Visitors are not allowed at the Heemskerk facility until further notice of the authorities.

  • All helicopter companies have received instructions on how to disinfect lifejackets which are used in the helicopters.

  • Biardo provides disinfectant spray to all offshore helicopter companies.

  • By implementing these extra measures, Biardo Survival Suits hopes to contribute to a safe and healthy transport of all passengers.

Only together we can control the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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