Bristol Industrial & Research Associates Ltd (BIRAL)

Bristol Industrial & Research Associates Ltd (BIRAL)

Bristol Industrial & Research Associates Ltd (Biral) designs, manufactures and distributes high quality meteorological sensors for professional markets, including aviation, offshore platforms and wind energy. The company has a rich history in designing and making innovative products including advanced weather sensors covering precipitation, wind speed and direction, temperature, visibility and thunderstorm detection through to aerosol analysers. Biral also develops bespoke products to meet specific customer requirements and has a successful history in collaboration with leading universities. As a dedicated member of the scientific community Biral actively participated in European scientific projects such as CRAFT and belongs to the Royal Meteorological Society, the American Meteorological Society, the European Meteorological Society and RenewablesUK. Based in Bristol in the UK, the company was established in 1975 and is privately owned.

Company details

Unit 8 Harbour Road Trading Estate , Portishead , Bristol BS20 7JB United Kingdom
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Industry Type:
Meteorological Monitoring
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
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Biral specialises in the design, manufacture and distribution of high quality meteorological sensors for the professional market.

Biral manufacturers the VPF and SWS range of Visibility and Present Weather sensors as well as the unique BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector. Our meteorological products are used in the most demanding applications such as aviation, offshore platforms and wind energy.

The Biral name has long been associated with aerosol research and this connection is continued with the development of our Aerosol Optical Tweezers in association with Bristol University.

The company was established in 1975 and is in private ownership.

To ensure high levels of quality and reliability demanded by our customers, all Biral products are manufactured, tested and calibrated at our ISO9001 quality-accredited factory in the UK.

As part of our on-going product development and improvement plans we work in collaboration with suppliers, establishing long term relationships and efficient material development and delivery procedures.

Our aerosol instrumentation business is now focussed on the development of innovative research instruments such as the Aerosol Optical Tweezers produced in collaboration with the University of Bristol Aerosol Research Centre.

Biral has a strong track record in the supply and development of aerosol research instrumentation. Our founder, Alan Cussens, was the driving force behind the formation of the Aerosol Society in the UK and we have remained committed to supplying and manufacturing research quality aerosol instrumentation for over 30 years.

Our Vision

To progress the design and manufacture of our industry leading, technically advanced meteorological sensors for the benefit of our customers. Through our own technology expertise and through collaboration with trusted partners, we aim to encourage innovation across our industries and markets to ensure customers can fulfil their measurement and business needs today and in the future.

Our Customers and Suppliers

Long term relationships are important to us but it is also important that they remain fresh and relevant to all. So we strive to work in an honest and ethical way treating both customers and suppliers in the way in which we would wish to be treated.

All our actions are led by the desire to provide our customers with the solutions they require. We will not promise what we can’t deliver but we will try our upmost to deliver what we promise.

Our Employees

We should all enjoy coming to work and take pride in what we do. We encourage people to innovate and will always consider new ideas and ways of working. We encourage people to take responsibility so they can grow along with the company. We try to create an exciting environment where everyone is naturally active and industrious and feels valued within our community.

The Environment

We respect the environment and try where possible to minimise our impact. We regularly examine all our processes to ensure they are as efficient as possible within our resources.