NAFFCO director Mr. Jaradat speaks about new company projects
Published on 8 July 2011
Mr. Jaradat informs of the company's involvement in prestigious projects, and plans for the development of eco-friendly products.
NAFFCO's excellent reputation has enabled the company to be involved in a large number of landmark projects in a wide range of industries. “The markets we deal in include residential buildings, commercial complexes, telecommunication centres, industrial installations, oil refineries and petrochemical plants, airport installations, power plants and substations, and the metal processing industry,” Mr Jaradat lists.
Two of the most important projects the company has been involved in are the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the tallest tower in the world – and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. For the Burj Khalifa, NAFFCO provided and installed the fire fighting system consisting of fire hose reels, wet risers and landing valves; the sprinkler system consisting of different types of sprinklers like upright and sidewall sprinklers, which are recessed sprinklers connected by zone control and alarm check valves; and the gas suppression system consisting of HFC-227ea gas with fire extinguishing panel, abort switch, manual release, manual actuator, fire alarm bell and flashers. This equipment was installed under NAFFCO supervision and is monitored by the main fire alarm panel. It also installed the pre-action system consisting of a control panel, pre-action valve, air compressors and sprinklers; the foam deluge system consisting of foam control panel, deluge valve, foam tank and nozzles; and the external hydrant consisting of a valve, which is installed outside the building premises and is connected to the fire pump. All the design, supply, supervision of installation, testing and commissioning and final hand-over was done by NAFFCO as per NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards and local authority approvals.
For the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a project valued at between AED 13 million and AED 18 million (US$3.5 million and US$4.9 million), NAFFCO undertook the design, supply, installation, site supervision, testing and commissioning of all the fire fighting systems, fire alarm systems, and voice evacuation systems. The company has also provided its services to the Dubai Metro, the New Abu Dhabi International Airport 2K, Emirates Aluminium Company and Dubai Festival City.
Committed to quality
The reason NAFFCO has such a good reputation is explained by a number of attributes, according to Mr Jaradat, the first of which is its commitment to quality. “NAFFCO's ISO 9001 quality management system is certified by UL (Underwiters Laboratories), LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board) and BV (Bureau Veritas). We always endeavour to continually and effectively improve the quality of our products in accordance with the requirements of international standards like LPCB, BSI (British Standards Institution), SAI Global, UL, FM Global and NFPA.
“In recognition of the success of our business growth, we were awarded the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award in 2005 for excellence in exports. The Dubai Quality Appreciation Award in 2008 bears further witness to our constant focus towards the excellence of our business and the quality of services we provide. And, as one of the world’s top five manufacturers of fire fighting equipment, fire protection systems and safety engineering, we were awarded the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award in 2010 for manufacturing excellence, under the free zone category.
“Other key strengths of NAFFCO are the highly-qualified engineers among our 500 employees who carry out and ensure the provision of the highest quality products. Also, due to our research and development department, we are able to maintain the continuous production of new technology systems to meet future demands, and to expand our product lines. Furthermore, NAFFCO is an associated member of the NFPA, the supreme body for international fire and safety standards, which keeps us updated with the latest information and standards needed in the fire and safety industry, as well as any new developments in technology taking place, and our professional R&D department enables us to take actions to implement these technologies in the market in a suitable manner. In addition, we are working on a very special project alongside the NFPA to control and offer effective solutions for forest fires.
“The use of approved and certified products is becoming mandatory due to advice from government regulatory bodies and authorities,” he explains. “NAFFCO is taking the prime responsibility in spreading the awareness of the importance of using certified products.”
Turning to the future, he concludes: “We have pledged to continue to be true to our slogan: ‘Think Safety, Think NAFFCO’ as we strive to provide comprehensive and reliable fire protection solutions to make the world a safer place to live in. We also plan to focus a lot on market education and awareness-raising, increasing NAFFCO’s profile as a disseminator and resource for critical information and expertise. Additionally, very soon you will hear that NAFFCO is launching a new technology in sustainable green and eco-friendly products in the field of fire protection.”
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