Market demand is largely for fire-fighting systems and equipment

Market demand is largely for fire-fighting systems and equipment

Mideast market to hit $2.3bn by 2025

The UAE, Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be the key drivers of the Middle East region’s fire safety systems market, currently valued at $1.96 billion, says a report

March 2020

The Middle East fire safety systems and equipment market is set for solid growth over the next six years, thus registering a CAGR of 2.6 per cent to hit $2.3 billion by 2025, according to a report by 6Wresearch.

The sector will grow from its current value of $1.96 billion over the next five years with the UAE, Turkey and Saudi Arabia being the key drivers for the Middle East region, stated the report.

According to the report, growth projections are being accredited to economic growth and an increasing demand for sophisticated detection and fire-fighting systems with the bulk of the demand emanating from the commercial and industrial buildings sector.

Market demand is largely for fire-fighting systems and equipment, which accounts for 58 per cent of spend, followed by fire detection and alarms systems at 31.8 per cent and emergency and exit lighting taking up 10.3 per cent, the report stated.

Sweden’s Ultra Fog Company rolled out its game-changing technology at the sector’s trade show Intersec, last year.

Mihaiela Bocancea, the company’s marketing specialist, said sound wave technology, video image smoke detection, fire-fighting drones and robots and water mist systems, which massively conserve water compared to their conventional counterparts will define the industry’s future.

“A fire protection system boosts the chance of surviving a blaze by more than 80 per cent. Government institutions are increasingly supporting the use of fire protection systems by introducing laws and standards that make it mandatory for builders to protect their construction sites,” stated Bocancea.

“Even public transport must be protected. A fire extinguishing system that is capable of early detection, is the solution,” she pointed out.

Bocancea said that apart from providing safety solutions, today’s developers must also ensure that the systems they use are capable of protecting the environment.

“This is why we try to provide the industry with a fire extinguisher system that uses considerably less water and is environmentally friendly,” she stated.

The company rolled out its, ‘Ultra Fog’ systems at Intersec, last October.

“It builds upon 30 years’ experience in research, development, and manufacturing of highly reliable water mist fire suppression systems and remains at the forefront of life-saving technology,” said Bocancea.

The Ultra Fog, said the official, will change the face of fire-fighting due to its high cooling effect, low water consumption, reduced piping dimension and light weight system. “It can protect up to 48 sq m with a single nozzle,” she noted. 

And Ultra Fog believes its technology has particular relevance for the Middle East. “In the Middle East water is insufficient and precious, our water mist system would be the best fire protection solution in this area,” she added.

The UK’s fire detection leader, Apollo Fire Detectors, said it will address the industry’s burning issue of discriminating between false alarms and real fires at Intersec.

Mohammed Al Zaben, the head of Mena sales, said the fire detectors, which pass new tests for resistance to false alarms and new flaming and smouldering polyurethane tests provide a solution.

“Manufacturers are developing new smoke and multi-criteria sensors to improve detector performance in line with the new UL268 7th edition standard, which comes into force in May 2020,” he added.

Al Zaben said the fire industry as a whole is adopting new technologies in many areas: better firefighting equipment, improved fire simulation to design safer buildings and better use of big data to track and predict fires.

Apollo recently introduced its new range of smoke detectors developed to meet stringent UL268 7th edition standards, which comes into force next year.

“The technology used in wireless fire detectors is also becoming more reliable, leading to greater use of this technology in environments where wired systems are not appropriate. This includes historic buildings where the building fabric cannot be penetrated and outdoor environments such as stadia and shopping centres,” he added.

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