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Heat Trace has been in business since 1974, and we are the only UK company that manufactures self-regulating electrical heat tracing cables and systems. 90% of our products are exported.

Major investments in Research and Development have enabled us to become the global technical leader in our field. Heat Trace core technolgy is the development of electrical heating products based on semi-conductive polymers. Heat Trace‘s strategy is to maintain and extend this technological lead by the following five step approach.

  • Heat Trace invests 15% of turnover in R&D. 
  • Heat Trace works with leading UK universities and research organisations so that new technology can be quickly transferred into the development of advanced new products
  • Heat Trace utilises UK and European grants for research, product development and personnel training. Heat Trace has been awarded six major grants in the last five years 
  • Heat Trace’s objective is to launch 4 new products every year. A selection of these new products can be found on our New Products page
  • Heat Trace protects its technology with an extensive patent portfolio. The company has been granted 11 patents, and has another 12 patent applications filed in the major global market regions. The patents granted are as listed in the following table

 

Patent Title

Patents Granted

1

Surface Heating Equipment

US Patent  US 4,121,093

2

Resistance Monitoring Circuit

Great Britain Patent  GB 2080643

3

Heat Sensitive Circuit Interrupter

European Patent  0095315 B1

4

Control of Electrical Heating Apparatus

Great Britain Patent  GB 2156098

5

Electrical Heater

US Patent: US 4,721,848

6

Electrical Heater

Korean Patent  KR-94006521

7

AHT High Temperature Heating Cable

European Patent  EP-01308865.3

US Patent: US-10/ 010328

Canadian Patent CN-2359293

8

Electrical Heating Cable

European Patent  EP-03765165.0

9

Heated Conduit

European Patent  EP-03792458.6

US Patent  US -10/525106

10

Self-Regulating Electrical Heating Cable

Russian Patent. RU-2006113117

11

Heated Fluid Line

German UM  DE-202005004602.7

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