Long-standing exhibitors mark two decades of global growth at Intersec 2018

The 20th anniversary edition of Intersec, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, will be a notable milestone for a number of exhibitors that have grown with the exhibition since its inception in 1999.

NAFFCO is one of 13 companies at Intersec 2018 that exhibited at the inaugural edition 20 years ago, and will line up alongside more than 1,300 exhibitors from 58 countries when the three-day event opens from 21-23 January at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Intersec’s own growth has been immense since its debut show, when Pelco was one of just 61 exhibitors from 13 countries. Now two thirds of the world’s top 50 security solutions providers are on board for 2018, including 19 of the top 20.

Other returning companies that exhibited at the inaugural edition include Teleste, Corodex, Dafoos Fire Protection, NAFFCO, Siemens, Zener Electronics, the British Security Industry Association, Technoalarm, Kidde Fire Protection, Kidde International, and Vicon Industries.

UAE-based NAFFCO offers another success story of its remarkable expansion over the last two decades, having established itself as one of the world’s leading suppliers of life and fire safety solutions with a global network spanning over 100 countries. From a 12sqm stand 20 years ago, NAFFCO will occupy more space than any other exhibitor at Intersec 2018. The global powerhouse will cover 1,700sqm at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, from where it will showcase its vast range of UAE-made firefighting equipment, protection systems, trucks and vehicles.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said much of Intersec’s growth and success is also due to the long-standing support of the show’s official government partners, which now includes the Dubai Municipality.

“The Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, and Dubai Police Academy have been Intersec’s official partners for many years, and their support is crucial as we continue to expand the show together,” said Pauwels.

“We’re delighted to also have the Dubai Municipality on board as an official supporter, which becomes even more important with major events such as the Dubai Expo 2020 drawing ever closer, and the need to keep critical infrastructure, assets, and people safe with the latest security equipment and technology.”

Intersec 2018 is expected to attract more than 31,000 visitors from 128 countries visitors, and covers the seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Perimeter & Physical Security, Cyber Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation.

Serving the Middle East’s US$4.4 billion fire protection market

According to analysts Frost & Sullivan, the Middle East’s fire protection market is estimated to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 12.4 percent, from US$2.21 billion in 2016 to US$4.4 billion in 2021, making it one of the largest fire protection markets in the world.

Pauwels said technology advancement and smart integration is the way forward, and the industry is set to scale to new heights: “The Gulf region is home to the world’s tallest buildings and hotels, with 26 of the world’s 100 tallest buildings located in the GCC,” he added. “In Dubai alone, there are 90-odd buildings that stand taller than 180 metres and many more in the pipeline.

“Moreover, growing investment in infrastructure projects for the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 and FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, is expected to spur demand for fire safety systems, and these systems will need to adhere to strict regional fire safety mandates.”

Pauwels added: “Key trends shaping the future of the regional fire safety market include the integration of IP-enabled detection and suppression with building management systems, while multi-sensor detectors and eco-friendly gas agents are expected to gain more market share.”

These technologies, and many more, will be on show by more the 400 exhibitors at Intersec’s Fire & Rescue section, which in 2018 covers more than 20,000sqm.

All the leading global players are back in January 2018, spearheaded by the likes of NAFFCO, Apollo, Honeywell, Hochiki, Siemens, Kidde, Fike, and Oshkosh, to name just a few.

Returning Fire & Rescue features include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion, as well as an Outdoor Demonstration Zone of the latest fire rescue applications in action. The Intersec Fire Conference, taking place over the first two days of the show, will also run the rule over the latest updates in the UAE Fire Codes, fire safety and evacuation strategies for high rise buildings, and best practices testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment.

Intersec 2018 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

For more information, go to www.intersecexpo.com

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