Northern exposure for WES+
Interest in the world’s only EN 54 compliant wireless fire alarm system, WES+, continues to grow in Europe with Norsecraft Tec AS becoming the latest new distributor.
Norsecraft has just been appointed the new WES+ distributor for Norway and follows in quick succession from Dafo in Sweden, Dafo in Finland and IBP-Brandschutz in Austria.
Norsecraft was first attracted to WES+ because it is the only wireless fire alarm system that is EN 54 compliant, a mandatory European standard that specifies requirements and laboratory test for every component of a fire detection and fire alarm system.
Being fully compliant with EN 54 and using Category 1 (ETSI 300-220-1) receivers means that WES+ is suitable for immediate use on any construction site in any European country. Being battery powered, with a minimum three- year life, means that different electrical systems in each European country – voltage, frequency and physical interface (plugs and sockets), doesn’t present a problem either.
Norsecraft is a distributor of key brands in the fire suppression and lubrication sector as well as having established connections in the construction and insurance industry. This provides a perfect fit for Ramtech Electronics’ WES+ fire alarm system – insurers, including the large European insurance companies, are already requiring that construction sites in the UK have an EN 54 compliant fire alarm system.
It has 10 reseller-partners in Norway, providing customers with local availability of WES+. The fire alarm systems are available to hire or buy from Norsecraft. The company has a team of rental fitters although WES+ can be set up in minutes and because it is wireless it does not require specialist trades such as qualified electricians.
The fire call points can also be repositioned quickly and easily as the construction, refurbishment or demolition schedule progresses. Wired fire alarm systems present a number of issues in this area, including trailing leads and exposed cables.
Glenn Mellegaard, Managing Director at Norsecraft Tec AS, said:
“We have been very impressed with WES+ and have had encouraging feedback from our customers. As a result, our management team has already taken the decision to invest in a dedicated sales executive to maintain focus on WES+.”
“Adding WES+ to our service portfolio will help us build stronger relationships with customers and lead the market in terms of fire safety on construction sites in Norway.”
WES+ is already helped improve fire safety on construction sites across in Europe, including Germany, Sweden and Austria. UK projects range from Crossrail, Heathrow Terminal 5, and demolition of Earls Court, plus many others.
WES+ is used by around 75 of the top 100 UK contractors and Ramtech Electronics is looking to replicate this growth on mainland Europe.
Paul Henson added:
“Norsecraft becomes our latest European distributor and follows in quick succession from the agreements we have in place for Sweden, Finland and Austria. The great think about WES+ is that customers immediately understand its benefits, which are centered on compliance, protecting personnel and ease of use. We are confident that it will help Norsecraft lead the Norwegian market in for fire safety on construction sites.”