Why Profab 2018-08-29T10:36:07+00:00


Horizontal access specialist Bilco UK has acquired the UK’s leading manufacturer of vertical access panels, riser doors and steel doors – Profab Access Ltd. The acquisition was successfully completed on 9th May 2018.

Profab Team

Established in 2001 Profab employs a team of 75 and operates from a 46,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and distribution facility in Atherstone, Warwickshire.

Bilco UK serves the commercial market with standard and bespoke roof access hatches, floor door, ladders and smoke vents. The company has been operational in the UK since 1989 and in the US since 1926. Bilco was acquired by the Tyman Group in March 2016 and Bilco UK became part of home security specialist ERA in April 2017 following the acquisition of Howe Green Ltd.

Howe Green is a manufacturer of fabricated floor access covers, linear drainage, tree pit covers and bespoke metalwork. The company was founded in 1983 to serve the demand for a safe access solution for services concealed beneath terrazzo flooring. Initially serving the supermarket sector Howe Green access covers are now specified across a diversity of industry sectors including aviation, infrastructure, education and health.

The acquisition of Profab will strengthen the Bilco UK “Safe Access All Areas” proposition. It will provide architects, specifiers and building service professionals with a one stop shop for trusted, high quality, safe access solutions for roofs, floors, walls and ceilings.


To keep pace with both UK and global demand for our products, In January 2014 we invested in a new 46,000ft manufacturing and distribution facility. This new facility has enabled us to exceed current market share through increased production capacity and strengthen our position as market sector leaders.


As Investors In People we provide our committed team of professionals, designers and engineers with the necessary tools, training and opportunities to access their full potential. Together, our combined talent possesses all the qualities required for product improvement and future innovation of access panels and access solutions.


Providing products that are fit for purpose is a cast iron Profab policy. To emphasise our commitment to integrity, we are the first access panel manufacturer to guarantee our products fire rating performance and ensure manufacturing consistency with Certifire 3rd party certification.

  • ISO 9001:2015 Manufactured.
  • CERTIFIRE Tested and audited.
  • Fire tested to BS EN 1634-1: 2000.
  • Fire tested to UL 10B.
  • Sound Test (Acoustic) to BS EN ISO 140-3: 1995, BS 2750: Part 3: 1995.
  • Pressure Tested (Airtight) to BS EN 12207: 2000 & BS EN 1026: 2000.
  • Smoke Tested to BS 476: Part 31, Section 31.1:1983.
  • Safety Tested (Handrails) to BS6180:2011.

Our Core Values

Profab Access is the UK’s market leader in the manufacture of access products for the construction industry. We have achieved this position through our commitment to manufacturing high quality products, through our outstanding customer service and through our innovative design and delivery processes. Having become established as market leaders, we use our position to continually strive to raise standards within the sector.