Company News From NFPA, GE, Edwards Systyems Technology, Honeywell
NFPA Expo Features a Larger Presence of Security Manufacturers
There will be a large focus on security at what was once the year’s key fire systems trade show, as the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) World Safety Conference and Expo takes place in Las Vegas from June 6 to 10. The exhibit and seminars will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center.
Among the main speakers during the conference sessions will be television personality Regis Philbin and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) lead investigators into the fires that took place after the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.
Along with the exhibiting companies demonstrating fire and life-safety products, a quarter of the hall will be taken up by a security and electrical pavilion. Honeywell and GE’s fire alarm equipment, Bosch Security Systems, Kidde, Potter and SimplexGrinnell will be among the manufacturers exhibiting at the show.
For more information, go to www.nfpa.org.
GE Completes Acquisition of Edwards Systems Technology
GE’s security business has completed its acquisition of fire detection systems manufacturer Edwards Systems Technology (EST). GE Infrastructure has spent $1.4 billion to acquire EST, which will become part of GE Infrastructure, Security’s Engineered Systems business.
“Acquiring Edwards positions us as a leader in the $5 billion fire detection and life-safety segment,” said GE Infrastructure President and CEO Bill Woodburn in a statement. “By combining Edwards’ technology and channel strength with the broader security offering of GE, we can now offer an integrated facility management solution.”
Honeywell Reaches Into Europe With Novar
After receiving clearance from the European Commission, Honeywell extended its reach across the Atlantic by assuming control of Novar plc.
Novar is the parent company of security product supplier Intelligent Building Systems (IBS). The IBS business is being folded into Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions (ACS) business that includes Honeywell’s fire and security properties.
Honeywell plans to immediately divest Novar’s aluminum and printing businesses.
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