Aico, an Ei Company, are the European Market Leader in Home Life Safety. All Aico alarms meet UK standards and offer a variety of sensor types to guarantee protection for every home, the cornerstone of which is delivering education, quality, service and innovation. In 2020, Aico expanded their Connected Home offering with the acquisition of leading Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider, HomeLINK. HomeLINK leverages cutting edge smart home integration and analytics technologies, providing a complementary platform to present a synergistic approach to IoT.
Aico offer unparalleled support, from the 29 Regional Specification Managers covering the whole of the UK and the expert in-house technical support team to their free of charge, Fire Industry Association accredited training scheme, Expert Installer. Expert Installer provides Electrical Contractors with all of the information that they require to select, site, install and maintain Aico alarms to the highest quality. It also ensures that attendees are up to date with the latest legislation and requirements.
1990 – Aico is founded
Aico, an Ei Company, was founded in 1990 by Ken Ainsworth with our name originating from Ainsworth Company. By 1993 we had launched three new alarms, including the Ei150 mains powered smoke and heat alarms, the battery powered Ei103C heat alarm and Ei105C optical alarm.
1995 – the first Carbon Monoxide alarm is manufactured
In 1995, we improved our home life safety offering, with the first Carbon Monoxide alarm being manufactured.
In 1997 we achieved our first accreditation, becoming ISO9001 certified to ensure that our customers get consistent, good-quality products and services.
In 1999, we launched our new, circular Ei140 and Ei160 Series of mains powered easi-fit Smoke and Heat Alarms.
2000 – Aico turns 10 years old
We celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2000, and we introduced a number of product innovations in the years to follow, including RadioLINK technology with the launch of our first RadioLINK Base, Ei168RC.
2005 – Support for Installers begins
Between 2005 and 2010, we launched remote control (RC) functionality for the Ei160 Series mains powered easi-fit smoke and heat alarms. We also introduced our dedicated support for fire product installers, with our Contractor Handybook in 2008 and AFPTIS training scheme in 2009; both are designed to ensure installers have the information they need to fit our products correctly and efficiently.
2010 – Aico achieves more ISO accreditations
In 2011, the first Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm was manufactured, the Ei2110.
2014 was a busy year for innovation, with the launch of our first AudioLINK data extraction product for the Ei208 Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
Meanwhile, work began on our Centre of Excellence – a purpose-built home for training, development and innovation.
2015 – Aico celebrates 25 years of business
In 2015, Aico celebrated 25 years of business and opened its very first Centre of Excellence – a purpose-built home for training, development and innovation. It also saw the launch of our Expert Installer training scheme.
2017 saw the release of our technologically advanced 3000 Series with Multi-Sensor intelligent detection, including Optical / Heat Fire alarm and Heat / Carbon Monoxide alarm.
In 2018, we also launched our Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Aico in the Community, focusing on four core areas, Volunteering, Charity, Business Enterprise and Education. In November 2019, we moved into to our new purpose-built headquarters including a brand-new Centre of Excellence.
2020 – The Connected Home
In 2020, we launched our innovative SmartLINK Gateway, providing real-time remote monitoring of alarm systems via the SmartLINK cloud portal. We also acquired HomeLINK, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider, to expand our Connected Home.
We also lauched our brand-new eco-fit range, designed to contribute to our environmentally friendly ethos.
Neal Hooper, Managing Director, Aico
Aico is a BS EN ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO45001:2018 accredited company and as such operates strict quality, environmental and health and safety procedures relating to the stockholding and supply of electrical equipment. The philosophy of quality is extended to all of our operations.
All alarms carry the Kitemark to indicate third party testing by BSI (British Standards Institution) or VdS mark to indicate third party testing by VdS.
In addition, all products are manufactured and distributed to:
Our success relies on passionate people – and being committed to making sure both our colleagues and our customers have all the support they need. Aico offers the chance to build a career with a forward-thinking, innovative company, whether you are an Apprentice beginning your career or as a seasoned professional.
The leader in home life safety, promoting best practice, engaging with our communities and delivering safer homes.
Our culture, like everything at our company, is made possible by each stakeholder’s contribution. Person by person, we create the environment we work in, and we are proud of the Aico we have built.
Through a series of company-wide team development days, our colleagues have created our mission statement and a set of values that empower us to always be the best we can be.