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Shaping the future of Fire Safety

Nohmi Bosai Ltd, was incorporated in 1916 in Japan and is exclusively dedicated to the business of fire protection & detection system. It has achieved specialization in Fire Testing, R&D, Manufacturing, System Design, Engineering & Consulting, Installation and Maintenance of various fire protection systems.

The company headquartered in Tokyo Japan is listed at Tokyo stock exchange board first section. The three main segments of its business activities are:

  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Fire Extinguishing Systems
  • Maintenance Services

All Nohmi Bosai products are designed after repeated R&D, manufactured under a strict quality control system. Its professional staff conducts risk analysis of customer’s premises to evaluate factors and potential fire hazards. Appropriate systems are designed based on information obtained from fire test and in consultation with client. Abundant experience of installing fire protection systems ensures that work proceeds smoothly while maintaining safety and quality standards. Further, it offers various inspection services, such as online monitoring, repair services and fire protection consulting services to the building owners.

Products and systems of the company have presence in all type of industry, such as commercial buildings, residential homes, hotels, hospitals, stadium, museum, power plants, chemical plants, various manufacturing plants, airports, stations, highway tunnel etc.

The company has its operation in Japan, China and other parts of Asia.

Research and Development

The first step in preventing fire disasters is to understand fire. It is impossible to develop products and systems based on theory only. To this end, Nohmi Bosai is equipped with a wide range of R&D test facilities and is continuously carrying out various tests on all possible fire conditions. Simulation tests are performed to develop optimum fire alarm and extinguishing systems. Furthermore, fire tests are conducted jointly with authorities and clients to support improvement in its fire protection system ahead of code & regulations.

Services

Regular maintenance and inspections are crucial for maintaining the level of quality necessary for these systems to function reliably and ensure optimal performance. Thus, company maintenance services segment ensures the high levels of safety and performance by offering a wide variety of inspection services as well as repairs.

Along with its R&D for creating the best-suited fire protection systems, Nohmi Bosai provides fire protection consulting services to facility owners and maintenance services. The company conducts survey of properties to be protected and analyzes fire risks to recommend the optimum fire protection systems. It has a strong in-house research, development, manufacturing, planning and installation maintenance capabilities.

Indian Footprint

(L to R): T. Takahira – MD of Nohmi Bosai (India), Takeshi Hashizume – Chairman of Nohmi Bosai Ltd, Ajit Raghavan - Joint MD of Nohmi Bosai (India), Kiyotaka Fujii – President of Nohmi Bosai Ltd, Keiji Kageyama - Director of International Division.

As part of its international business expansion, the company set up its India office to offer turnkey solutions for hydrants, sprinklers, fire detection, gas suppression & aspirating systems. Nohmi Bosai (India) has base in Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and has expansion plans to set up offices pan India to cater to all segments of the market as a specialist fire equipment supplier and installer.

The group offers a range of fire alarm systems and equipment, including automatic fire alarm systems for commercial and industrial facilities. Its products includes control panels, smoke detector, heat detector, infrared ray flame detectors, air sampling type smoke detection systems, fire alarms and bells, transmitters, systems, and auxiliary equipment.

In addition, the company provides sprinklers & hydrant system, water spray systems, foam extinguishing systems, dry chemical extinguishing systems and water cannons for office buildings, leisure complexes, factories, industrial plants, chemical plants and other specialized facilities.

History

In 1916, Teruichi Nohmi established “Nohmi Shokai”(currently Nohmi Bosai Ltd.) in Osaka City that started afire protection business to manufacture and sell automatic fire alarm systems in 1924.

In the year 1981, “Taiwan Nohmi Bosai Kogyo Co., Ltd.”(currently Nohmi Taiwan Ltd.) was established in Taipei.

The Company’s opened its U.S. Representative Office in the United States in 1988 and in 1994, its Southeast Asia Representative Office in Jakarta, Indonesia. The following year, “Nohmi Secom Fire Protection (Beijing) Co.,Ltd.” (Currently Nohmi SecomFire Protection (Shanghai) Co.Ltd.) was established in China and the Shanghai Factory started production.

The company international expansion continued with the establishing of Unitech Nohmi Fire Protection System Pvt. Ltd in India, Nohmi Middle East in U.A.E and new sales distributors in Sudan, Egypt and Libya. In 2014,“Unitech Nohmi Fire Protection System Pvt. Ltd.” was dissolved and “Nohmi Bosai (India)Pvt. Ltd.” as a wholly-owned subsidiary came into being.

Products

Integlex Multicrest N3060:

UL listed analog addressable fire alarm system with 10.4 inch larger color touch screen and versatile informative display modes. The system is networkable up to 64 nodes with maximum 12 SLC and 255 addressable devices per SLC capacity.

 

Integlex Multicrest S508:

UL listed analog addressable fire alarm system with maximum 4 SLC and 127 addressable devices per SLC.

 

 

Protecview:

UL / FM Listed aspirating early smoke detector with maximum coverage of 2400 / 2000 m2 and a bar graph display of smoke density on its display unit. Air-conditioning has a tendency to dilute and diffuse smoke and fumes, making the prompt detection of fire difficult thereby requiring recognizing the early signs of fire for protection of critical or irreplaceable items. The system was developed for use in locations where it is particularly necessary to prevent fire damage such as, rooms housing computers, servers and telecommunication equipment, national assets, and clean rooms.

 

 

 

NN100:

The UL listed fire suppression system employs nitrogen gas and has storage cylinder valve with in-built function of discharge pressure control. The nitrogen gas occupies 78% of the air and has no adverse effect on the natural environment. It does not produce any toxic gases even when in contact with fire, making it safe for the user. The product uses side wall type discharge nozzles which provide flexibility when compared to the pendant type discharged nozzle.

 

Interview

Tomohiro Takahira – MD & Ajit Raghavan – Joint MD of Nohmi Bosai (India) in conversation with Buildotech

 

The fire protection products market in India

Raghavan: There are many small & medium size integrator companies which are into installation of fire systems. They are supplied products by various global and local manufacturers. As per the recent Frost & Sullivan report, the fire and safety market is estimated to have earned revenue of approximately INR 12000 crores. Around 60% of the business was generated through sales of detection devices and the remaining came from suppression products. Currently, the total market is estimated to be growing at CAGR of 16.7% with the detection segment (consisting of fire and gas detection systems) growing at a CAGR of 15.4% and the suppression segment (comprising water-based, gas-based, and special suppression systems) growing at a CAGR of 18.5%.

Importance of Integrated Fire Systems

Takahira: Fire is a focused field and needs specialized fire engineers to look at all aspects of safety before, during and after the installation. Fire Systems need to be integrated, like the detection with suppression, smoke extract fans or even pre action
systems to reduce water damage in certain cases. There is also a need to create a cause & effect in many cases when the system is being designed. It is preferable to have the fire design made during the planning stages so that safety codes can be followed
in totality which also includes passive clear Fire exits,clear distance from the road for the fire vehicles to go around the building in case of any emergency.

India specific challenges

Raghavan: The major challenge industry faces in India is the delayed revisions of fire safety standards to keep pace with changes as compared to International standards. Most of the Indian standards have been adopted either form British Standards or NFPA. National Building Codes which is adopted by most of the states – as Fire rules are set by individual states has not been revised since 2005. While, some individual states have formulated their own Fire Standards depending on local requirements, MNC’s in India either follow NFPA or FM standards. However, the awareness is growing and many public institutions like hospitals and IT companies etc. are relooking at their fire systems.

The other challenge is that of getting skilled manpower. There are institutes which are training fire engineers; however, with the growth of the industry we need more institute’s which can train people. Currently even after an engineer is recruited he needs to be given substantial amount of training by the companies. Also, most of the engineers, Project Engineers/ Managers do not prefer to work in smaller cities.

Last but not the least, maintenance is a very important aspect for which regular equipment check is required. States like Maharashtra now mandates Fire licenses for installers approved by the relevant authorities and regular audits of the fire systems. We are hopeful that many more states will follow this practice.

What are some of the latest technologies & systems in fire protection segment?

Takahira: One of the latest technology is the automatic detection and suppression system which is used in high atrium areas. Atriums has always been a challenge for all designers as sprinklers are not effective in high ceiling areas. There are window sprinklers which need to be installed in buildings with glass facades. The new Cabinet based Gas Suppression system for smaller rooms are useful for completed projects where they have changed the occupancy or in case there is a need for gas suppression in high hazard small areas like telecom rooms or Base station sites.

Given the buildings are structurally & functionally getting complex, what are the essential fire safety systems?

Raghavan: The basic fire system consists of Fire Hydrants, First Aid Hose Reel systems, Sprinklers, Fire Detection systems and Gas suppression for High Asset rooms. Buildings with glass facade and atriums need to be treated with care as this could be a major fire hazard because of smoke spreading in case of a fire. Areas like basement parking needs sprinklers or foam systems. Transformers in building needs to be protected with high velocity water spray systems. The smoke extract system needs to be designed in case of high rise buildings. The cables need to be Fire Survival for critical circuits & fire stops should be applied to stop fire spread in the buildings. Fire Rated doors need to be provided at all entries & exits.

Company growth strategy for India

Takahira: Nohmi in India is mostly in execution of industrial projects and is working on many local commercial & industrial projects. Nohmi Bosai has regional offices in Mumbai, Bangalore & Chennai. We plan to make India as a major hub for providing design services across Asia and have recruited some very senior and experienced people to strengthen our presence in India in addition to our Japanese staff who come with major project execution & design experience. Iswar I.S. who has considerable experience in designing complex systems and who has considerable knowledge on both Indian
and International Codes and Standards has joined our team. Swarjita has joined our team in Mumbai as Regional Manager – West & Venkat has joined in as Regional Manager – South. Sooraj K has been recruited for product sales and he would be appointing distributors across India.

The company has recently launched Protecview Aspirating High Smoke Detection System & had already installed it in some major installation in India. Integlex Multicrest fire Alarm system another new launch is a system that is expandable up to 12 loops and has a large 10.4 inches colour touch screen. This is networkable & could be linked to graphics for large complexes.

 

 

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