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14/07/2017 / Graham Lowe

Another Year, Another Firex!

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The Grenfell Tower fire happened only days before the doors opened to Firex 2017. It therefore came as no surprise that the event attracted its largest ever audience; in fact, UBM reported a 44% increase in the number of government visitors alone. UBM even changed their planned schedule of seminars to include discussions about Grenfell Tower, which has led to ongoing debates about the need for building regulations to be reviewed.

In the Expertise and Guidance Theatre there were daily presentations from the FIA regarding the future of qualifications in fire industry, and later in the day, a law firm opened visitors’ eyes to recent fire related case law. There was also a panel discussion regarding ‘a new construction strategy for improving passive fire protection’, which Tracy Kirk, General Manager at Hochiki and member of the FIA Export Council, formed part of.

firex seminar.pngMeanwhile, on the Hochiki stand, we also had seminars running!

Our first presentation ran through some of the new products displayed on our stand. This not only included the newly released L@titude modular panel, but it also included products such as LEAKalarm and our new multi CO sensor, which are both coming to market soon.

Our second seminar focused on Emergency Lighting. Ian Watts gave a quick overview of the recent changes to BS5266 Part 1 2016, focusing specifically on ‘Emergency Safety Lighting’.

Finally, we discussed the importance of selecting the most suitable fire detection technology for the environment, albeit; point detectors, beam detectors, flame detectors, aspirating systems, SIL approved products etc. Failing to install suitable technology could result in false alarms, or even worse, a delayed response to a real fire!

If you would like a copy of the seminar content, or a copy of our white paper titled ‘Understanding Fire Detection Technology and its Application’, please email our marketing department to request a copy.

Going back to the number of visitors; UBM has reported that a total of 17,430 people visited from 22 different countries. Amongst the visitors, were a number of end users from the healthcare, education, transport and housing industries; and as you would expect, large numbers of fire installers, electrical contractors, consultants and security companies.

We would like to thank all of our existing customers, and potentially new customers, for visiting our stand at Firex. Plus, big congratulations (and thank you) to our top customers who received award trophies live on the stand in recognition of their sales performance.


Next year we will be celebrating Hochiki’s 100-year anniversary, and highlighting the pivotal contributions Hochiki has made to the fire industry in that time. For example, did you know, in 1920 Hochiki designed and installed the first ever public fire alarm in Japan! Put Firex 2018 in your diary now (19-21 June) so that you can come and celebrate with us! And if you have any ideas for celebrations, pop them in the comments below!

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