In addition to Eastern Europe's growing national economies, the market has benefited from a variety of factors including a move to more environmentally friendly solutions, a robust construction sector and a close association with significant industries.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (buildingtechnologies.frost.com), European Fire Suppression Systems Markets, finds that the market earned revenues of $603.4 million in 2007 and estimates this to reach $805.8 million in 2014.
"The two dominant drivers of the European fire suppression systems market are construction and industry investment," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Niles Newberry. "The growth of gas fire suppressing systems is closely linked to the increasing demand from industrial and ICT applications. Examples of these growing applications include investment in LPG terminals, the protection of mobile phone masks and manufacturing process control systems."
Specific sectors of the construction industry generate more demand for fire suppressing systems than others. For example, very few fire suppression systems are installed in dwellings despite that residential construction and renovation accounted for 47.7 per cent of the construction industries output in 2005 (Euroconstruct). Instead, the most appropriate sectors of the construction industry are non-residential construction and renovation, which accounted for 31.1 per cent of construction output in 2005. The increasing construction of warehouses is particularly significant because of the strong growth and the common adoption of sprinkler systems.
However, environment concerns continue to be a key issue for the European market, particularly clean agent systems. HFC compounds, which largely replaced Halons, are now under scrutiny due to their extremely high global warming potential.
"While these gases were promoted as environmentally sound with no ozone depleting potential, they are found to have a long atmospheric life and a very high global warming potential (GWP)," says Newberry. "For example, HFC-227 has an atmospheric life of 31-42 years and GWP 3,500 times that of carbon dioxide over a 100-year period."
While environmentally friendly alternatives are available, they remain considerably more expensive. For example, a fluorinated ketone has a similar effectiveness but is approximately 50 per cent more expensive. Inert gas mixtures are less effective and require much more space. Hence, system manufactures and agent producers are focusing on developing cost-effective environmental solutions.
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