www.ushalonbank.com   1.800.433.1751                                   January 2020 - Vol 3, Issue 29
UTC Earnings Strong Despite Boeing 737 Max Grounding
JCI Prepared for Steady Ride
2 Dead, 16 Injured in Fire During Testing of New Clean Agent Fire Suppression System (India)
Russia in Illegal Production of Ozone Depleting Substance?
Eastern China Source of Illegal ODS Emissions?
Ozone Depleting Substances Caused Half of Arctic Warming
More Than 1000 NYC Buildings Violate Sprinkler Law
Halon System Discharges - Causes Evacuation of Chicago Police Station
Fire Alarm Disrupts Over 50 Flights - Changi Airport
All Electric Airplane Bursts into Flames
Halon 1301 Leaks Found at NZ Navy Base
FAA Opens $5 Million Facility to Research Safer Fire Fighting Foam
Northern Mariana Islands Sues Tyco, Kidde, 3M, Others over Foam Contamination
Sprinkler Mishap Floods Golf Club
Shipboard Lithium Ion Battery Fire Suppressed with CO2
Airbus Engine Bursts into Flames as Passengers Watch
Jet Engine on Fire? No Problem!
Defective Li Ion Batteries To Blame for Fire - Investigators Say
Most Popular Stories from 2019
Mergers and Acquisitions
Studies and Reports
UTC Earnings Strong Despite Boeing 737 Max Grounding
A Boeing 777X airplane taxis during its first test flight from the company's plant in Everett, Washington, U.S. January 25, 2020.
Terray Sylvester/Reuters

By Reuters

United Technologies Chief Financial Officer Neil Mitchill said he expects 2020 operating profit at the U.S. aircraft parts maker's Collins Aerospace unit, its biggest, to be hurt largely due to the grounding of Boeing's 737 Max aircraft.

UTC forecast sales at the unit, which makes products such as avionics, cabin seating and lighting, to be hit by about $550 million to $600 million.

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JCI Prepared for Steady Ride

By Michael A. Gayed, CFA
Seeking Alpha

Given the market pullback that is starting to happen this week and the upcoming earnings report from Johnson Controls (JCI), it looks like the perfect time to start a position in this steady earning, dividend paying company. Since JCI merged with Tyco in 2016 it has become a leader in the building technologies and solutions industry.

Johnson Controls is in the industry of designing, installing, and maintaining HVAC systems and fire and security systems in buildings. These systems are full of technological enhancements that require regular maintenance and software updates. This is the recurring revenue stream JCI needs to maintain its growth.

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2 Dead, 16 Injured in Fire During Testing of New Clean Agent Fire Suppression System (India)

By Raina Assainar
The Hindu

Two of the 18 workers who were injured in a fire at a company in Mangaon succumbed to their injuries.

Aashish Yerunkar and Rakesh Halde had received more than 80% burns. "Both of them succumbed to their injuries while in the ambulance. They were brought dead," Dr. Sunil Keswani from National Burns Centre, Airoli, said.

The company, Cryptzo Engineering Pvt. Ltd., manufactures clean agent fire extinguishing systems. The blaze occurred around 4.30 p.m. when a demonstration was being conducted in the server room of the factory. There were 34 workers in the premises at the time of the incident.

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Russia in Illegal Production of Ozone Depleting Substance?
FILE PHOTO: A model of a pipeline is seen at the main entrance to the Gomel Transneft oil pumping station, which moves crude through the Druzhba pipeline westwards to Europe, near Mozyr, some 300 km (186.3 miles) southeast of Minsk, September 11, 2013. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko/File Photo


MOSCOW -- The substance that brought one of Russia's longest oil pipelines to a halt in April was carbon tetrachloride, a lethal chemical meant to be tightly controlled by an international agreement, according to the results of three separate, undisclosed tests seen by Reuters.

A summary of the results of a test carried out for Russia's Ministry of Energy and for Transneft, the operator of the pipeline, by a Moscow-based state chemical laboratory seen by Reuters in May, which has not previously been reported, shows that the contaminant was 85 percent carbon tetrachloride.

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Eastern China Source of Illegal ODS Emissions?

By Paul Krummel, Bronwyn Dunse, Nada Derek, Paul Fraser, Paul Steele
The National Interest

A mysterious rebound in the emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals - despite a global ban stretching back almost a decade - has been traced to eastern China.

Research published by an international team in Nature used a global network of monitoring stations to pinpoint the source of the rogue emissions. According to these data, 40-60% of the increase in emissions seen since 2013 is due to possibly illegal industrial activity in the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Hebei.

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Ozone Depleting Substances Caused Half of Arctic Warming
A new study shows that half of all Arctic warming and corresponding sea-loss during the late 20th century was caused by ozone-depleting substances. Here, icebergs discharged from Greenland's Jakobshavn Glacier.
Credit: Kevin Krajick/Earth Institute

By Columbia University

A scientific paper published in 1985 was the first to report a burgeoning hole in Earth's stratospheric ozone over Antarctica. Scientists determined the cause to be ozone-depleting substances-long-lived artificial halogen compounds. Although the ozone-destroying effects of these substances are now widely understood, there has been little research into their broader climate impacts.

A study published in Nature Climate Change by researchers at Columbia University examines the greenhouse warming effects of ozone-depleting substances and finds that they caused about a third of all global warming from 1955 to 2005, and half of Arctic warming and sea ice loss during that period. They thus acted as a strong supplement to carbon dioxide, the most pervasive greenhouse gas; their effects have since started to fade, as they are no longer produced and slowly dissolve.

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More Than 1000 NYC Buildings Violate Sprinkler Law

By Naomi Millán

The grace period for complying with a New York City law mandating automatic fire sprinklers in commercial facilities is up and over 1,000 buildings are non-compliant, according to amNewYork.

Local Law 26 of 2004 creates a requirement for commercial buildings of or over 100 feet to retrofit sprinklers, exit signs, and photoluminescent markings. It was enacted on October 22, 2004, and facility managers had 15 years to comply.

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Halon System Discharges - Causes Evacuation of Chicago Police Station
A Chicago Fire Department hazardous materials crew responds to what police called a "minor explosion" at the Central District Chicago police station, 1718 S. State St., on Jan. 24, 2020.
Sam Kelly/Sun-Times

By Luke Wilusz
Chicago Sun Times

An explosion in a computer room prompted an evacuation at the Central District Chicago police station in the South Loop.

The "minor explosion" occurred about 3:10 a.m. on the second floor of the station, 1718 S. State St., according to Chicago police.

An "electrical issue" triggered a halon gas fire suppression system in the room, prompting a hazardous materials response, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

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Fire Alarm Disrupts Over 50 Flights - Changi Airport
People look at planes from a viewing gallery in Singapore's Changi Airport. (Reuters)

By Bhaswati Guha Majumder
International Business Times

Over 50 flights at Changi Airport were disrupted as the airport control tower was evacuated after a fire alarm went off. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) posted on its Facebook page that the regular flight operation was disrupted at around 12.10 am and was restored at around 1.40 am.

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All Electric Airplane Bursts into Flames
Source: BillyPix
Eviation has aimed to fly its Alice prototype for the first time in 2020.

By Jon Hemmerdinger

An electric system fire significantly damaged a prototype of Israeli company Eviation Aircraft's in-development, all-electric Alice aircraft at an Arizona airport on 22 January.

The Prescott Regional airport confirms the nine-passenger Alice prototype was damaged by a fire that started at about 18:30 local time.

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Halon 1301 Leaks Found at NZ Navy Base
Satellite view of Royal New Zealand Navy Devonport Naval Base/HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, North Shore, Auckland.

By George Block

A firefighting chemical banned from manufacture has been repeatedly leaked from Devonport Naval Base.

The eight leaks of halon - described as a powerful global warming agent - were among nearly 150 hazardous chemical spills investigated at the Auckland base in the past decade.

They included a 500l spill from a wastewater tank and an 800m slick of firefighting foam in the ocean after it washed off the deck of a ship.

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FAA Opens $5 Million Facility to Research Safer Fire Fighting Foam
The Federal Aviation Administration has opened a new indoor firefighting chemical testing facility at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township. FAA/Provided

By Michelle Brunetti Post, Staff Writer
The Press of Atlantic City

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP -- The Federal Aviation Administration has opened a new $5 million indoor facility for testing more environmentally friendly firefighting compounds at its William J. Hughes Technical Center, the agency announced.

Current firefighting foams - which were tested at the FAA here decades ago, polluting groundwater - are highly effective against jet fuel fires. But they contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of potentially hazardous fluorine chemicals also used to make Teflon, Scotchguard and other products.

The 2,500-square-foot facility opened last month and "will support research on fluorine-free firefighting foams," according to the FAA announcement.

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Northern Mariana Islands Sues Tyco, Kidde, 3M, Others over Foam Contamination

By Bryan Manabat
Marianas Variety

Attorney General Edward Manibusan has sued companies that manufacture and sell fire extinguishers in the CNMI, alleging that they contained chemicals harmful to the environment and have adverse health effect on island residents.

Manibusan is also demanding a jury trial in the 62-page complaint he filed on behalf of the CNMI government in Superior Court.

The defendants are 3M Company, Tyco Fire Products, Chemguard Inc., Buckeye Fire Equipment, Kidde-Fenwal Inc., National Foam Inc., E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., Chemours Company, and Does 1-20.

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Sprinkler Mishap Floods Golf Club
The Cedar Hill Golf Course clubhouse sustained extensive damage after a flood. (District of Saanich/Twitter)

By Devon Bidal
Victoria News

A flood at the Cedar Hill Golf Course clubhouse has resulted in an extended closure.

On Jan. 15, a flood caused by a malfunction in the fire suppression equipment left extensive damage in the clubhouse.

The next day, the District announced the clubhouse will need to be closed for six months. Staff expect the immediate restoration to take about a month to complete while the full repair will likely take six months.

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Shipboard Lithium Ion Battery Fire Suppressed with CO2
Lasse Boesen (Viking): Fire-fighting capabilities have not kept pace with increasing vessel sizes

By Rebecca Moore

Container fires on board very large container ships have been sufficiently frequent in the last 12 months for the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) to call for a review of firefighting equipment on board existing vessels.

In fact, as I write, it is only a matter of days since another container fire broke out on board a 10,000-TEU capacity ship in transit between Malaysia and India. Having been entered on the ship's manifest as 'spare parts and accessories', the combustible cargo turned out to be a misdeclared batch of lithium batteries, which are considered dangerous goods due to their corrosive character.

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Airbus Engine Bursts into Flames as Passengers Watch

ARY News

A Vietnam-bound aircraft carrying 208 passengers including 27 kids narrowly escaped crash after one of its engines caught fire movement before take-off from a Russian airport, ARY News reported.    

The flight with 208 passengers on board was ready to take off on the airport's runway when the pilot noticed that emergency signals displaying a technical fault in the plane.

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Jet Engine on Fire? No Problem!
The back of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine used on the Boeing 787.
Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

By Chris Loh
Simple Flying

Your aircraft's engine is on fire - but you might not need to worry (too much). Back in April, we wrote about a UTair Boeing 737 that was filmed with flames spewing out of the engine. Fearing for their lives, some passengers climbed out of the emergency overwing exit on the opposite side. After convincing the three passengers to come back inside, a flight attendant insisted that the flames were "normal". She also said that there was nothing to be concerned about. We thought it was a strange response but she could have been right...

According to Airbus, a typical tailpipe fire occurs during ground engine-start or shutdown and is the result of an excess of fuel in the combustion chamber or in the turbine area. The excess of fuel ignites in the combustion chamber with the engine not rotating or under-rotating, incapable of utilizing the energy released.

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Defective Li Ion Batteries To Blame for Fire - Investigators Say
The second public-private joint investigation committee on energy storage system (ESS) fire accidents has tentatively put the blame on defective batteries.

By Michael Herh

The second public-private joint investigation committee on energy storage system (ESS) fire accidents has tentatively put the blame on defective batteries, battery industry insiders say.

The committee held a meeting on Jan. 15 to finalize its report. Currently, it is carrying out verification work to determine whether the battery defects stemmed from a faulty manufacturing process or problems in the installation and operation processes. It is likely to present the outcome of its probe soon.

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huronHuron Capital (Sciens) Targets Growth in Special Hazard Fire Suppression

By Benjamin Glick
Middle Market Growth

When James Mahoney, a senior partner at Detroit-based Huron Capital, describes the market segment he's focused on, he puts it in simple terms: "It's about protecting lives."

The impact of natural and manmade emergencies has underscored the importance of a building's ability to prevent accidents and protect occupants.

Those conditions presented an opportunity and in 2015, Huron partnered with industry veteran Terry Heath to launch Sciens Building Solutions, a buy-and-build platform focused on design, installation and maintenance services in the fire detection and security services vertical.

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summitSummit Companies Completes 33 Acquisitions with Branches in 14 States

Summit Companies
Cision PR Newswire

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Summit Companies, a premier fire and life safety company, announced the recent completion of three strategic acquisitions by the company's subsidiaries. With these acquisitions, Summit continues to build a national footprint. The January 2020 add-on acquisition of Farmington Fire Equipment establishes a presence for Summit in New Mexico and Colorado. The December 2019 add-on acquisitions of Bay Line Fire Protection (Saginaw, Michigan) and Byrd's Fire Protection (Salt Lake City, Utah) complement existing branch locations acquired earlier by Summit in those states.

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jensenJensen-Hughes Acquires SAFire (Korea)

By Jensen Hughes
Security Infowatch.com

BALTIMORE -- Jensen Hughes, a global leader in safety, security and risk-based engineering and consulting, announced its acquisition of SAFire, a major fire protection engineering firm in Korea.

SAFire's acquisition by Jensen Hughes, a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, expands Jensen Hughes' core fire engineering business in Korea and provides a platform to extend the reach of its fire protection engineering business across other Asia-Pacific markets. SAFire was founded in 2010 by CEO and President Seungmin (Simon) Park, a highly respected fire protection engineering expert in Korea. The firm's services include fire protection design, code consulting and performance-based design work supporting many of the world's largest Korean entities.

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potterPotter Acquires Tower IQ
Potter Electric Signal Co. acquired TowerIQ for undisclosed terms.

SSI Staff
Security Sales & Integration

ST. LOUIS -- Potter Electric Signal Co., based here, has acquired TowerIQ, a designer and manufacturer of emergency communication systems with offices in New York, Florida and Kiev.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition will allow Potter to expands its capabilities in life-safety and emergency communication systems by providing partners and end users with state-of-the-art wireless communications technology, according to an announcement.

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fire-tekState Systems Inc. (TN) Acquires Fire-Tek - 7th Acquisition Since 2015
Founded in 2009, Fire-Tek was previously owned and operated by Bill Almon and Will Farris. The Columbia-based business was acquired by Memphis-based State Systems Inc. (Courtesy photo/Google Maps)

The Daily Herald

Memphis-based total protection company State Systems Inc. announced its acquisition of Columbia-based Fire-Tek Inc.

The acquisition marks the company's seventh acquisition since 2015 and the third in Middle Tennessee, alongside Community Fire Safety Systems in 2017 and Columbia Fire Equipment in 2016, the company said in a statement shared with The Daily Herald.

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arapahoeArapahoe Fire Acquired by Private Entity
SDR Ventures advises Arapahoe Fire Protection Services on acquisition by a private entity.

By SDR Ventures
Cision PR Newswire

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- SDR Ventures is pleased to announce that Arapahoe Fire Protection, Inc. has been acquired by a Private Entity. SDR served as the exclusive sell-side advisor to Arapahoe Fire throughout the transaction process.

Locally owned and operated Arapahoe Fire Protection first began serving the State of Colorado in 1989. Arapahoe Fire's expert team boasts over 100 years in the fire protection industry with its customer satisfaction always top of mind. Since its inception, AFP has grown into a full-service fire protection company that designs, engineers and installs best-in-class fire protection systems.

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fire_ships_batteriesNew Study Evaluates Fire Risk for Lithium Ion Batteries (Marine)
Bergen Fire Department responds to a battery fire aboard the ferry Ytteroyningen (infrared image) Oct. 2019. The fire and subsequent gas explosion caused over $2 million in damage, according to operator Norled.
(Image courtesy Bergen Brannvesen)

The Maritime Executive

DNV GL has released a new study on managing the fire risks involved with lithium ion battery installations, and its findings point to important new safety considerations.

Like diesel engines, batteries come with fire risks, and they require special safety measures to reduce the hazard to the ship and crew in the event of a fire. In its new study, DNV GL examined what happens when lithium-ion battery cells are overheated to the point of failure (thermal runaway), and it evaluated several common methods of avoiding or minimizing harm. The biggest takeaway is that ventilation alone is not enough to prevent an explosion if a very large number of battery modules (totaling 4,000 amp hours or more) fail in the same compartment at once.

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DNV GL's Large Battery Destructive Test Chamber in Rochester, UK

By Craig Jallal

The rise of electric and hybrid energy propulsion systems necessitates improved guidelines on gas detection and better fire suppression techniques for lithium batteries

At the start of 2020, three containers on the 2008-built, 10,800 TEU containership Cosco Pacific combusted creating the seafarers' worse nightmare - a fire at sea. The initial investigation found that the containers were filled with lithium batteries and should have been stowed separately. However, the shipper had falsely declared the batteries as 'spare parts and machinery'. The incident highlights the inherent dangers associated with lithium battery technology, which is now being applied to electric and hybrid propulsion systems.

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detectionFire and Gas Detection Technologies and Extreme Offshore Risks
Line-of-sight detectors used to continuously monitor combustible hydrocarbon gas concentrations in harsh environments should include control temperature and obscuration triggers, as found on the Det-Tronics Flexsight LS 2000 LOS IR detector. (Courtesy Det-Tronics)

By Aaron Paterson, Det-Tronics

To perform their vital functions in harsh and remote applications, fire and gas safety systems should be designed to perform despite offshore conditions.

The list of the industry's most demanding fire and gas (F&G) safety system applications includes offshore drilling platforms and FPSOs. At sites such as these, it is not enough to deploy systems that monitor high-risk processes involving combustible liquids and gases and respond quickly to danger signs. F&G systems used in offshore environments should be able to operate accurately and dependably when exposed to a wide range of external challenges, including violent storms, temperature extremes and vibration caused by wind and waves.

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Most Popular Stories from 2019
There were so many great stories that we highlighted in 2019 that it was hard to just pick a few. So here are the top 20 most read stories in the Halon Herald in 2019:

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