What does the future hold for the fire suppression industry?
There is a very difficult situation in some countries where people are manufacturing fire suppression pressure vents products that have not been tested. The risk is that some of these pressure vents could find their way into the UK market. Apreco invests heavily in the research and development of our pressure vents.
However, when you read the specification of some products out there in the market, you realize that they are not fit for purpose. The testing, research and development that Apreco carries out on our pressure relief vents is expensive but necessary and this can make it difficult to compete on price with competitors that are not offering certified products. In the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries, they are tightening up on their specifications, and increasingly, companies want to know that the products they are purchasing are certified. This, of course, is goods news for the Fire Suppression Industry.
The fire suppression industry has seen changes in best practice across the world and people are now accepting the fact that, for certain things, you need pressure relief venting. This has been helped by gas suppression manufacturers also stating that they believe these pressure vents are required.
The biggest challenge we face as a business is the issue of price and quality, particularly in the fire sector, as everyone is trying to do things for the lowest price. Apreco worries that competitor products being delivered to the customer that are not of the highest quality and specification can have a real detrimental effect on the final installation – a genuine concern for such a safety-critical system. Apreco fire suppression vents are designed for over-pressure venting associated with Inert Gas Fire Suppression Systems, Dual Flo for Synthetic Gas Suppression Systems and for use in the pressurisation of stairwells.
The benefits of choosing Apreco:
• UK Manufactured products to ISO 9001:2015
• An Annual inspection by Warringtonfire Certification to ensure compliance with EWCL5
• All Apreco fire-rated products are re-tested for Fire Integrity within a 5-year period