The Fire Protection Equipment sector in Spain followed a steady growth path until recently. The latest figures released by Tecnifuego-AESPI, the Spanish Fire Protection Association, indicated that total revenue reached $3.6 billion by 2007 (€2,538 Million), showing an increase of 6 percent over the previous year. Since then, the Spanish construction boom has ended, dimming the business outlook for this industry. It is unlikely that total revenue will grow in the near future.
Regarding the latest data available, the total amount of $3.6 Billion (€2,538 Million) was divided between active protection products, (including fixed and movable equipment, extinguishers, detection systems, maintenance and installation) with an estimated market value of $2.2 billion (€1,560 Million), 61.4 percent of the total, and passive equipment (such as structures, coatings, sealants, smoke control, evacuation, signs, application and installation), with estimated market value of $1.4 billion (€978 Million), 38.6 percent of the total.
Fire Protection Equipment is an atomized sector in Spain where the twenty biggest companies gather together only 15 percent of the market.
The Spanish legislative framework is converging with European standards and legislation in this area. An important milestone is the 2006 approval of the Spanish Building Technical Code (CTE - Código Técnico de la Edificación), Royal Decree 314/2006 of 17 March 2006. New or renovated buildings now have stronger requirements regarding areas such as fire protection and energy efficiency.
There are two key networking opportunities in the sector. The International Security, Safety and Fire Exhibition (SICUR) is the main trade fair in Spain for the fire industry. The 17th edition of SICUR will take place at I.F.E.M.A.,on February 23-26, 2010. Companies exhibiting at SICUR are manufacturers and distributors of products, equipment, services, components and accessories, as well as institutions and entities in the integral security industry.
Another interesting networking opportunity is the Fire Safety Conference (SCI) coordinated by Tecnifuego-AESPI, the Spanish Fire Protection Association. The third edition of this conference was last held on June 8-9, 2009 in Madrid.