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Fire and Disaster Prevention Specialists Aim for the Next Generation of Disaster Prevention

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Article - July 4, 2023

Since its foundation in 1955, NDC continues to provide fire safety solutions to a wide range of industries.

Founded in 1955, Nippon Dry Chemical delivers solutions for fire safety across numerous industries and has risen to the challenge of differentiating its products from others on the market.

“This is my most demanding challenge,” says company president Eiichi Tohyama, who introduces us to the Quick splasher, as “a firefighting device like never before”.

“Quick splasher can prevent gasoline fires before they start. It is filled with 2.5 liters of fire suppressant, which can be instantly emitted from two nozzles over a wide area in as little as 1.8 seconds. The foam or Aqueous film forming foam covers the oil surface and suppresses gasoline evaporation. The danger of gasoline fires is that the vapor is quick to inflame. After 10 seconds, it catches fire, and boom, it's over.”

Of course, multiple firefighting solutions are needed and the technical team at NDC are well equipped.

“Analysis of the most appropriate agent is critical in explaining how the fire suppression agent works,” says Mr. Tohyama. “We know the logic, we know the chemistry, and we are able to explain to customers which system would be the most appropriate one for them.”

Given that the industry is somewhat conservative, the president highlights the importance of collaboration for effective disaster prevention.

“We are joining with an Australian company called Xtralis, a 100% subsidiary of Honeywell, to obtain the rights to market a product called VESDA – Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus – which allows them to detect trace amounts of smoke.”

With a mission to improve Japan's fire protection environment by introducing new fire detection technology like VESDA and providing customers with an environmentally friendly PFOA-free fire extinguishing agent, Mr. Tohyama believes NDC can change the conventional approach to fire prevention and aim for the next generation of disaster prevention.

“If we were able to achieve this mission, Japanese society would become much safer,” he says, with positive hopes for the coming years.

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