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Centanex Ltd was established to meet the ever changing and increasing demands of Police and Military forces both in the UK and Internationally for high quality, accurate, safe and cost effective solutions. Including but not limited to research and development, concept design, prototyping, manufacturing, HSE (Explosives Inspectorate) CAD processing and ultimately product supply.

All products are designed, manufactured and supplied from within the United Kingdom, utilising effective supplier management protocols to ensure continuity and reliability of supply. The company is accredited to the International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2008 and is currently working towards BS-EN 27001 for information security, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management and ISO 18001 for Health & Safety Management.

Our products have been specifically designed for Law Enforcement and Military use, both in operational and training formats. Our range and capability includes Distraction Devices (NFDDs), Smoke & Irritant deployment and 37/38mm & 40mm launched Grenades, Thunder-flashes & Maroons and Specialist Ammunition along with other bespoke product requirements.

The company is currently directly involved in the research and development of products for the military and police both in the United Kingdom and Internationally.

All products are manufactured in our purpose built facility in Lincolnshire utilising solely UK sourced and produced components and materials, providing you with the assurance that you will not be affected by ongoing currency fluctuations, excessive lead times & high shipping costs.

Smoke Deployment


  • Rapid Screening cover for Operational and training requirements.
  • Target marking and signalling for operational and training requirements.
  • Fire and rescue simulation training

The CTX-C401 is capable of offering a number of smoke and irritant delivery options to meet end user requirements.

Utilising low toxicity smoke in both screening and coloured signal formats.


ThunderFlash / Maroons


  • Explosion / Blast Simulators
  • Public Order / Riot Training Scenarios
  • General Training / Distraction use

Based on military specifications with improvements in construction, composition and design resulting in a premium grade product.

Two versions are available, the Mk7 and Mk9, hand thrown friction strike or   electric initiation models separated only by sound pressure level output.


CTX Ball Grenade


  • Dynamic / Tactical Entry Training
  • Single System Search Training
  • T66 Training Scenarios
  • Public order / Riot Situations


CTX-BG201 is a single burst Sound/Flash unit offering close to 360° of spread from its function point, making it extremely effective at delivering a wide variety of payload options to suit end user requirements.


  • Stinger / Rubber Balls
  • Paintballs
  • Marker Dyes
  • Irritant Deployment

The unit is available with a number of initial delay options ranging from 0.5sec to 2.0sec to suit customer requirements. Designed in conjunction with a number of UK Police Tactical Firearms units.

Specialist Ammunition

Our various ammunition capabilities include specialist 12 gauge rounds for door breaching and similar applications.
In addition Centanex manufactures under licence a number of specialist rounds including Bird Control Cartridges for the airport sectors and municipal waste sites.

Research & Development

Centanex is uniquely positioned to be able to undertake specialist Research & Development projects for the military, police or government and commercial organisations requiring a pyrotechnic or engineering solution to their requirements.
Specialist testing and proofing equipment alongside an experienced and dedicated development team, provide accurate test and evaluation data and the basis to progress projects within a highly structured enviroment.

devices offer a friction strike cap initiation and Maroons are provided with a standard 1 metre igniter lead.

Our Facilities

Centanex Ltd is based within a secure facility in North Lincolnshire employing appropriately vetted staff on a full time basis directly involved in the manufacture and supply of specialist pyrotechnic products. Our product range and capability includes distraction devices (NFDDs), irritant deployment products, smoke and launched 37mm and 40mm grenades, as well as high accuracy ammunition and other specialist products.

The company is directly involved in the research and development of products for the military and police both in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Our head office and factory is based within a 1200 acre secure, Section 5, explosives manufacturing & storage facility approved by the UK Home Office and UK Health & Safety Executive (Explosives Inspectorate) Licence No: Lincolnshire 0477. This facility allows the company to provide end-to-end turnkey solutions and products for our clients within relatively short timescales as all resources required are held within one area.

Significant investment has been made in the past 5 years in regards of the testing and proofing apparatus used, allowing us to promptly respond to new and exsisting customer requirements. In addition to this the facility has both 75 metre and 210 metre indoor range capability, believed to be one of the longest in Europe and suitable for large calibre ammunition testing. The site also hosts secure magazine storage and high explosive firing clearance for up to 6kgs.

Contact Us


Building 150 Skydock Base
Spridlington Road

Telephone: +44 (0) 1673 860960

Fax: +44 (0) 1673 731255




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