A newly built state-of-the-art fire testing laboratory in the United Arab Emirates is raising the standards of Ducab FlamBICC range of Fire Performance cables to ensure that major loss of property and life can be avoided by eliminating substandard and non-certified cables.
Cables can produce poisonous gases with black smoke that obscure visibility in the event of a fire, so Ducab, a UAE-based manufacturer of cables and cabling products, has ensured the new facility is testing according to BS EN/IEC standard.
Its NuBICC nuclear cables are being tested in accordance with IEEE International standards. IEEE 1202 is specifically used for testing Ducab NuBICC range of nuclear grade cables making it the only facility to conduct this test in the region.
The BS EN 50399 test is a new requirement to meet CPR (Construction Product Regulation) for assessment of the ‘reaction to fire’ performance of cable which will be mandatory across Europe by 1st July 2017.
Ducab works closely with UAE Civil Defence in ensuring public safety and supports this with its ‘PowerOverFire’ initiative, a mobile roadshow launched during 2015, that distributes information to the public, traders and retailers in the electrical product supply chain through visits by a custom-branded 40-foot mobile display unit that travels the UAE.
Ducab is owned equally by state-owned holding company Investment Corporation Dubai (ICD) and Abu Dhabi’s Senaat, the UAE's largest industrial conglomerate. Ducab also has an aluminium rod and conductor facility in Kizad, located near Khalifa Port, which provides Ducab’s facility with global market access.
Mohammed A. Al Mutawa, Ducab’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Ducab commits to meet and adhere to all new certification standards as laid down by the UAE and international authorities, and we are confident of meeting the new standards in the UAE as well.
“As a respected UAE national company, we believe that we have a responsibility to elevate the overall cable standards in the industry and reduce instances of loss to property and life due to non-certified and fake cables with their black smoke and acid halogen emissions in a fire. Our state-of-the-art laboratory will test all Ducab FlamBICC series cables, ensuring that all material used will behave predictably in the unfortunate instance of a fire. It is imperative to gain as much time for a safe evacuation as possible in the event of a real fire scenario.”