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December 5, 2023 - Technologies

Minimax presents PVProtect

Bad Oldesloe / Cologne, December 6th, 2023 – PVProtect is the First VdS-Approved Fire Suppression System for Roof Surfaces with Photovoltaic Systems. Premiere at VdS-FireSafety Cologne.

With PVProtect, Minimax presents a brand new water-based fire suppression system at the VdS-FireSafety Cologne: The holistic protection concept for roof surfaces with photovoltaic systems is the first of its kind on the market that is VdS-approved.

Roofs containing flammable insulation materials pose significant risks. Even small fires on roof constructions can lead to severe business interruptions and loss of sales. PVProtect helps to significantly reduce or even entirely prevent such damages. The system offers protection against fire hazards on roof surfaces with an incline of up to 10° on which photovoltaic systems have been installed. Consequently, Minimax is the first fire protection company to offer a solution for such previously unprotected environments.

The first water-based fire suppression system of its kind – early detection combined with automatic fire fighting

The holistic protection concept combines early detection with automatic fire fighting. By preventing fires on the roof, PVProtect, thus, can also protect the entire building against consequential damages; in addition, it alerts people on site in good time.

Heat detectors are arranged in a targeted manner around the photovoltaic modules. In case of an unusual rise in temperature, the detectors pass on the information to the fire detection and extinguishing control panel, which simultaneously alerts the fire department. The close-meshed arrangement of sensors makes it possible to precisely locate the source of fire. Extinguishing nozzles are arranged in the vicinity of the photovoltaic modules to ensure water coverage over the entire area. In this way, PVProtect automatically fights incipient outbreaks of fire before they spread widely.

Efficient water consumption, easy to retrofit – VdS-approved

Special extinguishing nozzles ensure a risk-appropriate distribution of water even at low operating pressures. Localization of the source of fire in conjunction with a suitable extinguishing control system and effective area distribution allow for water requirements to be further reduced, while also reliably keeping fire hazards under control.

Because of the minimal water requirements and low operating pressures, PVProtect can usually be connected to the existing water supply of a sprinkler system. Integration into an existing fire protection system is, therefore, cost-effective and uncomplicated.

The effectiveness of PVProtect has been evaluated in fire tests and approved by VdS Schadenverhütung. The VdS approval applies to both the system and the individual components. PVProtect, thus, provides a basis for making the building insurable again.

First-time presentation at the VdS-FireSafety Cologne – presentation included

Minimax exhibits the new PVProtect fire suppression system for the first time at the VdS-FireSafety Cologne on December 6th–7th, 2023 at booth D-07 in hall 10.1.

As part of the VdS Fire Extinguishing Systems conference, responsible Minimax fire suppression system manager Thorsten Gieseke will hold a presentation on PVProtect at 2:45 PM on December 7th at the Koelnmesse Congress Center East. Information on how to register to attend the lecture can be found here.

For further information on PVProtect, please visit here.

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November 15, 2023 - Technologies

Minimax France awarded with prestigious Security Oscar for the MXOne

Bad Oldesloe / Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, November 15, 2023 – Minimax France has received the prestigious “Oscar de la Sécurité” in the category “Innovation” for the MXOne Firefighting Turbine.

Minimax France was awarded by the French Association of Firefighting Professions (FFMI) for the MXOne high-performance firefighting turbine.

The “Oscars de la Sécurité” are handed out annually by a panel of experts appointed by the FFMI to honor outstanding achievements in the field of fire protection. The prize is awarded in four categories: "Innovation", "Fire protection", "Fire protection management" and "Special locations". The Security Oscars have been the benchmark event for the fire protection sector in France for more than 20 years. This year, Minimax France competed in the "Innovation" category.

The awards were presented to the laureates on November 13, 2023 by Mrs. Dominique Faure, Minister Delegate for Local Authorities and Rural Areas, during a festive ceremony at the Palais du Luxembourg.

Pascal Bichet, Country Manager Minimax France, said about the award: “Minimax France is very proud to have received this award, especially since we were recognized by our industry colleagues.”


The award-winning Minimax high-performance firefighting turbine MXOne – Next generation firefighting

The Minimax MXOne en­ables in­nov­at­ive fire pro­tec­tion using highly ef­fi­cient water mist from a safe dis­tance. Thus, it rep­res­ents a new gen­er­a­tion of stationary fire­fight­ing sys­tems. It al­lows highly ef­fi­cient, pre­cise and tar­geted sup­pres­sion from a sig­ni­fic­ant and safe dis­tance. The tur­bine achieves a large dis­charge range thanks to the ad­justable jet pipe, even when using a foam agent.​

Dur­ing a fire, the water mist ab­sorbs a huge amount of en­ergy, cools par­tic­u­larly ef­fect­ively and reaches hid­den fire sources due to the three-di­men­sional mode of ac­tion. It binds smoke gas, pol­lut­ants and odors and can quickly de­velop its ef­fect over large areas without, like clas­sic mon­it­ors with their fo­cused jets, dis­pers­ing burn­ing ma­ter­ial and pos­sibly con­trib­ut­ing to the spread of fire.


Further information on the MXOne to be found here.

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EconAqua sprinkler U16
December 5, 2022 - Technologies

Minimax extends EconAqua extinguishing system

Bad Oldesloe / Cologne, December 5, 2022 – Minimax will be presenting the brand new extended version of the Minifog EconAqua low-pressure water mist extinguishing system for the first time at the VdS

The new development of the EconAqua water mist sprinkler U16 now makes EconAqua the low-pressure water mist system with the widest range of applications on the market. Moreover, it is the only one which is approved by VdS for use in car parks and underground parking areas with a ceiling height of up to 3.6 meters.

Confirmed efficacy approved by VdS
With its low-pressure technology, EconAqua achieves an effectiveness comparable to high-pressure water mist sprinkler systems, meaning that the new U16 sprinkler is just as effective as conventional sprinklers. This was proven in a series of standardized fire tests in accordance with VdS 3883-4 and prEN 14972-5, where the arrangement of vehicles typical of a parking garage was simulated in the Minimax fire safety research center. In the fire tests supervised by VdS Schadenverhütung, it was possible to show that the EconAqua low-pressure water mist system provides fire protection with a ceiling height of 3.6m similar to classic water sprinkler systems, while using far less extinguishing water.

Consequently, Minifog EconAqua has far greater efficiency regarding water used to extinguish fires than conventional sprinklers. This can even mean savings of up 85 percent in water in certain cases. Due to the extremely low amount of water required, possible extinguishing water damages in the event of a fire are kept to a minimum.

Minifog EconAqua water mist extinguishing equipment can also be used to safeguard against fires in car parks and other areas at risk of frost without the need to install costly pipe heat tracing, because dry pipe systems can be set up like with conventional sprinkler equipment. In a standby state, these are filled with compressed air.

Minifog EconAqua systems also have an advantage over conventional sprinkler systems because they take up considerable less space. This is due to the compact water supply and the smaller pipe diameters in the pipe network – especially within suspended ceilings. This not only saves on construction costs. In many existing buildings, it makes it possible, for the very first time, to retrofit an extinguishing system at all.

Consequently, Minifog EconAqua provides particularly efficient fire safety in buildings, not only in offices and public administration buildings but also hospitals, museums, hotels or even car parks and underground parking areas. This is especially the case where damage caused by extinguishing water needs to be avoided at all costs, in areas where there is an acute shortage of space, or in places where a conventional sprinkler system cannot be connected directly to the drinking water supply.

More Info (Link)

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Minimax site in Gothenburg
August 5, 2022 - About Minimax

Minimax opens first Office in Scandinavia

Bad Oldesloe / Gothenburg, August 8, 2022 – We are pleased to announce that the Minimax Viking Group has established a Minimax office in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Minimax Scandinavia AB is represented by managing director Mr. Leif Martinsson.

Minimax Scandinavia AB is part of the internationally operating Minimax Fire Solutions International GmbH, headquartered in Germany. The new office will strengthen the local presence in all Nordic countries.

“We are going to act as a sales and service hub that can offer process related and holistic fire protection solutions and services for the marine, industry and energy sector”, Leif Martinsson explains. Martinsson is working in the field of fire protection business for more than 20 years, and has been representing Minimax in Scandinavia through his former company Safetech IPS AB.

“We are very glad to welcome Leif Martinsson on board of our team. With the new entity and setup we are getting much closer to our many esteemed existing and also new customers in Scandinavia”, Thorsten Westphal, Managing Director of Minimax Fire Solutions International GmbH, declares at the opening ceremony in Gothenburg.

Minimax öppnar sitt första kontor i Skandinavien

Bad Oldesloe / Göteborg, augusti 08, 2022 – Vi är glada att meddela att Minimax Viking Group har öppnat ett Minimax-kontor i Göteborg, Sverige. Minimax Scandinavia AB representeras av VD Leif Martinsson.

Minimax Scandinavia AB är en del av det internationellt verksamma Minimax Fire Solutions International GmbH med huvudkontor i Tyskland. Det nya kontoret kommer att stärka den lokala närvaron i alla nordiska länder.

"Vi kommer att fungera som ett försäljnings- och servicecenter som kan erbjuda processrelaterade och kompletta brandskyddslösningar och tjänster för marin-, industri- och energisektorn", förklarar Leif Martinsson. Martinsson har varit verksam inom brandskyddsbranschen i mer än 20 år och har representerat Minimax i Skandinavien genom sitt tidigare företag Safetech IPS AB.

"Vi är mycket glada att välkomna Leif Martinsson till teamet. Med den nya enheten och organisationen kommer vi mycket närmare våra många uppskattade befintliga och även nya kunder i Skandinavien", förklarar Thorsten Westphal, VD för Minimax Fire Solutions International GmbH, vid invigningsceremonin i Göteborg.

Om Minimax
I 120 år har Minimax varit ett av de ledande varumärkena inom brandskydd. Minimax Viking-koncernen har en nuvarande årlig registrerad omsättning på 1,9 miljarder euro och sysselsätter cirka 9 500 personer över hela världen. Koncernen, som har sitt huvudkontor i Bad Oldesloe i Tyskland, har flera forsknings-, utvecklings- och tillverkningsanläggningar. Minimax erbjuder skräddarsydda lösningar för tillämpningar inom sektorer som bilindustri, kraft, olja och gas, förnybara energikällor, batteritillverkning, trä, papper, pellets, återvinning, avfallshantering, IT eller sjöfart, varhelst det finns ett brandhot. Ett omfattande utbud av produkter och tjänster från en enda leverantör under brandskyddsteknikens hela livscykel kompletterar erbjudandet. För ytterligare information, se:

Kontakt för media
Minimax Scandinavia AB
Leif Martinsson
Sisjö Kullegata 8
436 32 ASKIM, Sweden
Telefon: +46 31463600

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WindEnergy Hamburg
July 18, 2022 - About Minimax

MFSI Renewables at WindEnergy Hamburg

Fire Protection for Wind Turbine Generators

For more than 110 years, Minimax has been one of the world's leading brands in fire protection. Headquartered in Bad Oldesloe, Germany, the group has several in-house research, development and manufacturing facilities and is committed to sustainability. Every fire that we can prevent is a contribution to environmental protection. The use of environmentally friendly extinguishing agents and fire protection for green energy are two of many sustainable approaches pursued by Minimax.

Minimax Fire Solutions International has been developing fire protection for WTGs since 1998. The Competence Center Renewables and Special Hazards benefits from decades of experience in fire protection for highly specialized applications such as turbines, machinery and sophisticated industrial plants. Nowadays, WTGs are high-performance power plants in their own right. The construction of higher power rates for onshore as well as offshore installations today require enormous investments – and thus also protection against operational interruptions or a possible total loss.

Minimax offers a full range of fire protection solutions in this respect. The spectrum goes far beyond water, gas and fire alarm systems. The solutions for WTGs are based on a unique range of tested and certified components and systems based on Minimax development and manufacturing facilities. Retrofit of existing WTGs and integrating into new systems are both feasible. The special challenges of WTGs, such as permanent vibrations and extreme range of temperatures, were taken into consideration.

A special highlight of our trade show appearance will be the high-performance MXOne extinguishing turbine from Minimax. It enables innovative fire protection using highly efficient water mist from a safe distance. Thus, it represents a new generation of firefighting systems. It allows highly efficient, precise and targeted suppression from a significant and safe distance. The turbine achieves a large discharge range thanks to the adjustable jet pipe, even when using a foam agent.In the wind energy sector, it is particularly suitable for use on converter platforms or helicopter landing pads.

Our experts have many years of experience and accompany each project individually in order to meet the requirements of authorities, insurers and operators, taking into consideration the applicable guidelines. The Minimax experts will be happy to support you to find the best solution for your WTGs. Please, do not hesitate to contact:

More information: (link)

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July 18, 2022 - About Minimax

Aluminium 2022

Fire Protection in the Aluminum Industry is a Special Challenge

Even small fires can paralyze the entire production plant. Fire risks are considerable: high temperatures during casting and processing by rolling, forging, extrusion or bending favor the development of fires. Technical defects in production equipment, open construction methods and the interconnectedness of production areas favor rapid fire spread.

Different extinguishing techniques and fire protection concepts are required for the various protection areas within aluminum plants. Minimax offers these fire protection techniques from a single source. In doing so, the experts in fire protection can draw on extensive experience in various industries: whether in automotive, aluminum or energy power plants, logistics centers, offices and administration buildings, data centers or on ships - wherever fire hazards arise, Minimax supplies customized solutions and is also available with a comprehensive range of services after the fire protection system has been installed.

At Aluminium 2022 in Düsseldorf, Minimax will be highlighting two fire protection solutions that are typically used in aluminum plants:

Carbon dioxide systems
Due to its out­stand­ing prop­er­ties, the car­bon di­ox­ide ex­tin­guish­ing sys­tem is the ideal fire pro­tec­tion solu­tion for many areas of ap­plic­a­tion. Car­bon di­ox­ide ex­tin­guish­ing sys­tems are well-suited for high risk areas, where, in the event of a fire, it is ne­ces­sary to keep the pro­tec­ted ob­jects avail­able and func­tion­ing, to min­im­ize op­er­a­tional in­ter­rup­tions after a fire. More information (Link)

Minifog ProCon XP High Pressure Water Mist System
Minifog ProCon XP highpressure water mist systems by Minimax offer excellent fire protection with minimal water consumption and are ideal for turbines, machines and equipment with combustible liquids that are operated in confined spaces. More information (Link)

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Minimax at Feuertrutz
May 11, 2022 - About Minimax

Home game: Minimax and Feuertrutz

Nuremberg June 29-30, 2022

In addition to the numerous industry trade fairs for recycling, data center, marine or logistics, Feuertrutz as the leading trade fair in the fire protection world is like a home game for Minimax. Here, too, we present the entire range of fire protection solutions and technologies that Minimax can offer from a single source:

  • Clunid FMZ6000 - fire detection and extinguishing control panel
  • Fendium - corrosion-protected pipe system
  • LiquidProtect - sprinkler protection concept for hazardous materials stores
  • MXOne - high performance extinguishing turbine
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Minimax at Interschutz
May 3, 2022 - About Minimax

Minimax Product Innovations at Interschutz, Hanover June 20-25, 2022

After seven years, they’re back: the Interschutz. And Minimax will of course show up again.

Seven years is a very long time in business. Innovative companies like Minimax have launched numerous new products and developments. So the appearance at Interschutz becomes the showcase for a new generation of products.

  • Clunid FMZ6000 - fire detection and extinguishing control panel
  • Fendium - corrosion-protected pipe system
  • LiquidProtect - sprinkler protection concept for hazardous materials stores
  • MXOne - high performance extinguishing turbine
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Minimax at Recycling Technik
April 21, 2022 - About Minimax

Minimax Recycling Specialists at Recycling Technik, Dortmund, June 22 and 23, 2022.

This year, the Minimax fire protection experts will present a true sensation to the recycling industry: innovative fire fighting with highly efficient water mist from a safe distance.

The Minimax MXOne high-performance firefightiing turbine represents a new generation of fire fighting. It enables the highly pre­cise, targeted use of water mist from a safe and great distance. With the adjustable jet pipe, the turbine reaches long discharge ranges even with the addition of foam agent. In contrast to classic monitors with their focused jets, the turbine's gentle water application prevents burning material from being dispersed and possibly leading to additional fire spread. The ideal fire protection for high halls and external stockpiles.

Also on board is the multiple award-winning new development of the Clunid FMZ6000 fire detection and suppression control panel. High levels of operating safety and simple operation characterize the unique Clunid control panel generation. The application possibilities are almost limitless. From the standardized and standard-conformant control of complex multi-zone extinguishing systems to the freely programmable situational fire control system, anything is possible. With this the Clunid FMZ6000 offers a technology with a high degree of flexibility which is ahead of its time.

The modular UniVario YMX5000 detection system consists of a control unit with three ports and detached sensor units for spark and rapid flame detection. The spark detectors are mainly used in gas and dust explosion hazardous areas in industrial environments, e.g. in pneumatic or mechanical conveying units. The system is ideally suited for confined installation conditions in harsh, industrial environments. Especially for the application area of spark detection, the UniVario YMX5000 system can also be used in extreme temperature ranges from -40°C to 105°C.

In addition, of course, we will again show the early fire detection via IR cameras. Let us surprise you with what Minimax has to offer to the recycling industry!

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Minimax at LogiMAT
April 21, 2022 - About Minimax

Leading Trade Show LogiMAT, Stuttgart, Germany, May 31 - June 2, 2022

Minimax shows fire protection for logistics centers and hazardous materials warehouses

The Minimax “Expert Team Logistics” is the preferred partner for fire protection in logistics centers and must not be missed at LogiMAT.

With LiquidProtect, Minimax presents a VdS-approved sprinkler protection concept for hazardous materials warehouses. The concept is based on several modules interacting with each other. In the event of a fire, spilling fluid is deliberately directed to the rack aisles with the help of sloped rack stands and baffles installed in the racks. So-called fuel stops are embedded in the floor at regular intervals along the aisles, which collect the flammable fluid, preventing it from spreading along the aisles. Special sprinklers are placed near the fuel stops, ensuring early release and targeted distribution of the water-foam mixture into the aisles. Additional quick-release sprinklers distribute water and a special foam agent into the racks. This concept enables rapid, effective and localized firefighting, helping to keep fire damage and operational downtimes to a minimum.

The new corrosion-protected Fendium pipe system is suitable for high-rack warehouses. These polymer-enhanced steel pipes have a special polymer on both the inside and out to protect them against corrosion. Corrosion in standard pipes can lead to rough surfaces, encrustations and deposits which increase pipe friction and reduce the free cross-section of the pipes. This is a sustainable approach, because when used as intended, Fendium pipes have a significantly longer service life than standard pipes. The lower pipe friction makes it possible to use smaller nominal diameters or smaller pumps. The advantages include weight savings, easier installation and reduced space requirements. 

For deep-freeze warehouses Minimax can offer specialized solutions, e.g. via oxygen reduction like for Coppenrath & Wiese.

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