BST Detectable Products

BST pioneered the concept of detectable products more than 30 years ago. Since then we have led the way in making plastic items safer for food production areas. The materials used in detectable items are designed to trigger a metal detection or x-ray inspection system, in case the item is accidentally, or deliberately introduced to food during the food production process.

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Who are we?

BST Detectable Products were first founded in 1985 by former British Bakeries engineer, Brian S Teasdale. The company initially focused on providing engineering supplies to UK bakeries, before inventing the concept of metal detectable products and the world’s first detectable pen.

Today we supply a wide range of food grade detectable products to all corners of the globe and we’re still expanding. As of July 2017 we employ 24 people, produce around 1.8 million detectable pens per year, stock approximately 400 different detectable products and have a net turnover around £2.2 million GBP (2016).

We’re based directly next to an international airport in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom – which is a perfect location for the distribution of our products and convenient for travelling to and receiving visits from our international partners. 70% of our product range is produced within Great Britain and around 55% of our sales revenue is generated by exports to overseas distribution partners.

The advantage of using detectable products is that foreign bodies can be rejected on the production line, rather than finding their way to the consumer! The use of detectable products is a clear display of due diligence, and help food producers comply with BRC and retailer audit requirements, as well as improving food safety.

What do we do?

We specialise in metal detectable, x-ray visible, shatter resistant and antibacterial food safe products, that are utilised across all food sectors including bakery, confectionery, meat, fish, fruit, vegetable and pre-prepared meals.

Many of our best selling products are of our own design and are produced locally using our own injection moulds/tools. Other detectable products we distribute on behalf of other companies that are specialists in specific areas, such as PPE, safety knives and food grade lubrication. We keep granular compounds and sheet detectable plastic and rubber materials in stock, ready to be sent to any of our manufacturing partners for stock production or bespoke projects.

On a daily basis, we are manufacturing detectable products, developing new products with our partners, building new business relationships and also trying to educate the world about the benefits of using detectable products and materials within food production environments. We have seven members of staff dedicated to Detectapen® assembly, which is a major part of our operations at our premises in Doncaster.

What makes us different?

Most importantly, we care. As the original developers of detectable products and materials, we do not like to see low quality or dangerous products on the market place. As such we undertake huge research and testing with every new product development to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

We work closely with leading metal detector and x-ray system manufacturers to test our products performance, document the results, advise our clients and also find ways to improve our materials. As a small and family owned company, we pride ourselves on integrity, sustainability and excellence in everything we endeavour to achieve.