History of innovation

Established in 1963 and part of the Survitec Group since 1983, RFD NZ Ltd. is one of the longest running safety and survival businesses in the country.

We are an exclusive distributor for many leading brands of safety products such as RFD, DSB, Zodiac and Plastimo liferafts; Comet pyrotechnics;  Kannad EPIRBs and we sell our own range of foam and inflatable lifejackets as well as those of our sister company, Crewsaver.  Our customers include marine retailers, yacht builders, defence forces, fishing companies and civil aviation operators as well as keen yachtsmen and boaties.  We have full regional coverage with 4 branches in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.

We've worked hard to grow our business and have become extremely well known for our RFD branded products and services and also our ability to attract and distribute the best names and brands in marine and aviation safety.  We've been part of Survitec Group for many years now, and having a strong global parent company has helped us to establish a stable and sustainable business - one that customers can count on for the best range of products, best value and great customer service.

We look forward to being able to build on this excellent foundation and offer customers an even better and broader range of services from the group.  Now is the right time to take the next step and adopt the Survitec Group brand so that our customers can benefit fully from this global range of products and services.  As of 1st July 2012, RFD New Zealand will rebrand to Survitec Group.

 

Survitec Group firsts

1932

First automatic inflatable life raft system - adopted by the Air Ministry

1954

First life raft to be approved by International Maritime Organisation

1965

First life raft to gain SOLAS approval for use on commercial vessels

1976

First welded life raft - significantly stronger than the competition

1979

First marine evacuation system

1997

First dry-shod marine evacuation system for cruise ships and passenger vessels

1999

Survitec Group receives prestigious Millennium Award for Innovation, for the Marin Ark, Marine Evacuation System

2009

New generation Marin Ark 632 attains MED approval, making it the world's largest fully enclosed marine evacuation system

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