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pyroFire Executives Charged with Negligence
SCB executives invited Wat Traimit assistant abbot Phra Phrommangkalachan to bless the bank's employees in a bid to boost morale after the tragedy. The monk had previously blessed Thai-owned Leicester City Football Club.


The Nation

Two executives of fire-fighting systems firm Mega Planet, who were charged with negligence resulting in eight deaths and seven injuries in the pyrogen-activating accident at Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)'s head office on Sunday, stated that they had done everything according to safety procedures.

Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Maj-General Sanit Mahathaworn, meanwhile, said police would be requesting the court to issue arrest warrants for more suspects.

Sanit said police was interviewing SCB officials after police learned that Mega Planet had hired three sub-contractors, whose safety standards would also be scrutinised, because the contract initially stated that the hiring of a sub-contractor must get SCB's consent. So far there was not sufficient evidence to charge SCB for negligence, he said. Sanit also explained that the pyrogen system had been installed there for almost a decade.

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whatispyroWhat is Pyrogen?

Some of the sizes available

Developed from solid rocket fuel technology, Pyrogen is the worlds' first commercially available Aerosol  Fire Extinguishing System. Designed as a safe & practical alternative to Halon, Halocarbons, Chemical  Powders and Inert Gases, Pyrogen is available from stock in a wide range of canister sizes. Pyrogen is an inert non-toxic solid that remains stable until electrically or thermally activated, where upon it produces  a gas-like extinguishing aerosol. The aerosol attacks the fire chemically and physically, giving virtual  instant extinguishment & preventing re-ignition and, in certain instances, explosions.

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tycoTyco Unites Five Companies to Create Tyco Gas & Flame Detection Super Group



Tyco International has announced that five global companies have united under one brand to form Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, providing complete gas and flame detection solutions.

Under this new brand, Tyco intends to be the global solutions provider of choice for all entities with gas and flame detection needs.

The combination of four companies under Tyco's subsidiary, Industrial Safety Technologies (IST), coupled with the gas and flame detection portfolio of Scott Safety will make this new super group one of the largest global manufacturers of innovative gas and flame detection products, with a complete range of solutions and services.

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utcUTC Chief Defends Jobs Move From US to Mexico
A maintenance worker inspects a Pratt & Whitney engine


By Robert Wright, New York
The Financial Times

Greg Hayes, chief executive of United Technologies defended its decision to close an air conditioning plant in Indianapolis and move the jobs to Mexico in the face of attacks from Donald Trump and signaled that more closures could follow.

Mr Hayes was speaking after an investor day in New York, where the company highlighted the potential to boost profits by shifting further manufacturing from high-cost countries to low-cost areas such as Mexico.

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johnsonJohnson Controls Names Integration Team For Tyco Merger
The Johnson Controls Inc. headquarters in Glendale.


By Molly Dill

Glendale-based global multi-industrial firm Johnson Controls Inc. has revealed additional plans for its integration with Irish fire protection and security solutions company Tyco International plc, including the leaders who will guide the combination process.

Mike Bartschat, vice president and chief procurement officer for Johnson Controls, and Bob Roche, senior vice president, Business Finance at Tyco, will co-lead a new Integration Management Office the companies have formed, according to an SEC filing. They will be responsible for choosing the best parts of both companies to design the new Johnson Controls; making sure both companies are ready for the first day of combined operations; finding revenue and expense synergies in both companies; and creating an operating model for the new company that encourages growth and improved customer experience.

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clintonJohnson Controls CEO Disputes Clinton Ad


Herald and News

MILWAUKEE (TNS) -- The chairman of Johnson Controls Inc., which is in the process of dramatic changes including a spinoff and merger with Tyco International, responded to a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign ad that criticizes the company's planned shift of its corporate headquarters for tax purposes from suburban Milwaukee to Ireland.

Alex Molinaroli, the chairman of Wisconsin's largest public company, said during a breakfast meeting of businesspeople he was in his office when the Democratic front-runner came to the Milwaukee area the day after her debate with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Clinton filmed a commercial across the street from Johnson Controls' battery business headquarters.

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chubbChubb Fire and Security Voted Top UK Brand


By Adam Bannister, Editor
IFSEC Global

Chubb Fire & Security has been named the top Business Superbrand in the Security, Safety & Fire Protection category.

The venerable brand - it was born in 1818 to sell the patented Chubb detector lock - beat Aegis, ADT, First Security, G4S, Kidde, Lumis, Securitas and SmartWater to the accolade.

Chubb, which is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., also made the top 100 of all brands.

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deals$24 Billion in Security Deals - in Two Months


By SecurityNewsDesk

It started with Johnson Controls in January - $16.5 billion for Tyco in a move that angered US Presidential hopefuls as it was primarily for tax reasons; then we saw Honeywell setting out its plans to buy the Dublin based company Xtralis for $480 million before the mid February announcement that ADT would be bought by Apollo Global Management for $6.9 billion. Almost $24 billion of mergers and acquisitions have been announced in the first two months of 2016.

So what does this say about the market? It seems to be saying two things. The first and most important to the security industry is that it is clearly an area where real long-term market growth and potential is seen. Almost $24 billion, more than the GDP of many small countries, is being spent on mergers and acquisitions of a few very large security companies - and that sum isn't committed lightly.

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honeywellHoneywell to Sell Building Solutions Division?
File photo of the corporate sign outside the Honeywell International Automation and Control Solutions manufacturing plant in Golden Valley, Minnesota, January 28, 2010. Reuters/Eric Miller



Honeywell International Inc is seeking a buyer for its building solutions business, the Wall Street Journal reported, adding that the business could fetch $3 billion to $4 billion.

Honeywell has hired Goldman Sachs to help find a buyer for the business, which makes sensing and security technologies for homes and commercial buildings, the Journal said, citing sources.

"We do not comment on market rumor or speculation," Honeywell Vice President External Communications Rob Ferris said.

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wormaldTyco Sells Wormald Brand - Australia
Andrew Lee, Chief Executive Officer (left) and Chris O'Sullivan, Chief Financial Officer (right), Wormald


By Wormald

Evergreen Capital subsidiary company Wormald International, LLC announces the acquisition of leading Australian fire protection brand Wormald from global fire and security company Tyco.

Wormald now has a new local management team with newly appointed chief executive officer, Andrew Lee commenting that the sale presents an exciting opportunity for the Wormald business to return to its roots as a dedicated fire business and benefit from a less centralised and more flexible business structure.

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pacoPA Sprinkler Company Sued


By Gene Johnson

ALTOONA - An Altoona-based builder of automatic fire suppression systems is being sued by an insurance company over a claim of negligence and breach of implied warranty.

Acadia Insurance Company filed a lawsuit Feb. 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Leonard S. Fiore, Inc. alleging negligence and breach of implied warranty of good and workmanlike service and construction.

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argusSuppression Contract Secured by Argus Fire for Waste to Energy Plant - UK
Mercia Waste Management


By Ben Messenger
Waste Management World

Fire detection and prevention equipment supplier, Argus Fire, has secured a £1 million contact from Mercia Waste Management to design and build the fire prevention systems for the new EnviRecover waste to energy plant near Stourport.

The EnviRecover waste to energy plant has been financed by Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire District Council, with Swiss waste to technology provider Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) acting as the main Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor.

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fireiceFireIce Tops Halon for Lithium Battery Fires


Digital Journal

JUPITER, FL--(Marketwired) - GelTech Solutions, Inc. an innovator in the use of polymers for fire suppression and prevention, announced that testing of its FireIce Fire Extinguisher by the Fire & Risk Alliance (FRA) has shown conclusively that FireIce was able to successfully suppress a lithium-ion battery fire in runaway as well as prevent re-ignition.

In a controlled laboratory test conducted at the University of Maryland's Fire Testing and Evaluation Center (FireTEC), FireIce was tested directly against a Halon fire extinguisher. Halon, or a similarly equivalent extinguisher, is currently mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration to be aboard all aircraft flying in U.S. airspace.

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rotarexRotarex Launches New Website



Rotarex Firetec, a business unit of Rotarex SA, announced the launch of its new, next-generation website. For the first time, Firetec Building and Room fire protection systems and FireDETEC Object Protection systems can be found in one website. The site features a contemporary, intuitive design that provides users with easy access to Rotarex Firetec's complete range of very high quality fire suppression valves, components and systems. Responsive design ensures excellent performance on all devices.

There are two product families showcased in the website. The first is dedicated to building and room fire protection. Here, all components and accessories for complete state-of-the-art total flooding fire protection systems are shown, with detailed information and specifications. It includes fire suppression cylinders, valves, actuators and discharge components for inert gas, CO2 and Clean Agent systems.

The second section contains innovative FireDETEC fire suppression systems. FireDETEC installs directly inside business-critical equipment, vehicles or machinery where it suppresses fires closer to where they start. It has pioneered a whole new category of fire protection called "object protection."

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portalevelImproved Fire Safety with Portalevel MAX



Hand-held device designed to make testing of fire-suppression systems quicker, safer and more accurate

With different combinations of fire-suppression systems used in different facilities, Coltraco Ultrasonics UK, specialists in fire safety, say their Portalevel MAX could make the testing of such systems much quicker and more accurate, thereby improving safety, delivering cost savings over the long term, and reducing the need for external third party checks.

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powderEnclosed Powder Conveyors - Fire and Explosion Hazards
Figure 1: Still shots from the CSB video "Inferno: Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar" showing the belt conveyor under the silos before being enclosed (left) and after being enclosed (right).


Powder & Bulk Solids

Catastrophic dust explosions during the last 15 to 20 years have placed an increased emphasis on the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. In response to these incidents and subsequent Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigations and recommendations, OSHA introduced a Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) and has greatly increased enforcement efforts. One area, where prescriptive guidance often seems unclear to facilities, is protection methods for fire and explosion hazards in conveying systems.

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dupontDid DuPont Just Ensure 3M Future Dominance?
The DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del. Image source: DuPont.

The Motley Fool

Through a merger with Dow Chemical, followed by a three-way split, DuPont hopes to improve its fortunes. But the big beneficiary might not be DuPont's shareholders: it might be 3M's.

Less than a mile from my childhood home stands the Hagley Museum, which features the remnants of DuPont's original gunpowder mills from 1802, as well as a space suit and NASCAR vehicle featuring DuPont products. It's a reminder of how far the company has come since its founding.

Just across the river from Hagley is DuPont's sprawling Experimental Station complex, opened in 1903 as the first industrial laboratory in the world. It's where Nylon was invented. Also Teflon, Kevlar, and the world's first synthetic rubber Neoprene. As DuPont's largest lab, it's the heart of DuPont's materials science endeavors.

But tragically, it seems that the company's dominance may be better suited for the museum than the lab. Recent changes are poised to benefit its main materials science rival, 3M.

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honeywellutcReasons to Cheer UTC/Honeywell Merger Failure
Credit: UTC Aerospace Systems


By Kevin Michaels
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Why a Honeywell-UTC merger would have been bad for aerospace

No Deal

The drama is over, at least for now. On March 1, Honeywell withdrew its bid to acquire United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in what would have been a $90 billion megamerger of two U.S. industrial giants that also happen to be the industry's largest aircraft systems suppliers. Combined, the new firm would have boasted revenue of $97 billion and world-beating positions in numerous aerospace and industrial markets.

Honeywell CEO David Cote labeled the bid "an incredible deal" for UTC shareholders. UTC CEO Gregory Hayes countered that the deal raised major aerospace customer concerns and would never survive antitrust scrutiny. Who was right, and what does this acquisition attempt mean for the aerospace industry?

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meetingSystems Working Group Meeting Registration Now Open


By April Horner, CMP

Electronic registration is now available for the May 18-19, 2016, Systems Working Group meeting in Toulouse, France, at https://www.fire.tc.faa.gov/meetings/meetings.asp.

IMPORTANT: Please note that there is a limit of 70 attendees, so be sure to register ASAP if you plan to attend.

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