Monday, November 25, 2013

Ervist Group of Companies Presented Proprietary Russian Security Solutions for Industrial Hazards at OIL TERMINAL 2013 Congress

Moscow, November 25, 2013 –  Ervist Group of Companies - the leading Russian provider of products and security solutions for industrial special hazards and fire alarm systems – presented latest proprietary Russian security solutions for Industrial hazards at  VIII International Congress on transportation, storage & transshipment of crude oil, liquefied gases and oil products "OIL TERMINAL 2013".  The Congress was staged  on November 21-22 in St. Petersburg. Over 250 representatives of oil trading companies, oil terminals, Russian and European ports, refineries and oil storage farms from all over the world, as well as Russian federal authorities participated.

“Industrial Security issues are one of the most demanding for Russia,”- states Mikhail Rukin, Member of Committee on Security of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the Founder and General Director of Ervist Group - “Unfortunately, currently security in Oil and Gas in Russia is mostly covered by foreign-made products and solutions. We have decided to fill in the information vacuum and communicate to top managers and to practitioners of industry the latest domestic developments – in many cases they are not inferior to foreign ones, and, in some – are superior”. 

Mikhail Rukin delivered a presentation at the Conference "Innovative Technologies & Equipment for Tank Farms & Oil Terminals" where he described Russian solution for the industry: "Yauza-Ex" product line and its component parts, "Elan" Linear Heat Fire Detector and others. All these are specifically designed and manufactured for operations and instantaneous fire detection – this is extremely important for Oil and Gas facilities. 

Ervist Group’s booth at the Exhibition "Tank Farms and Liquid Bulk Terminals" attracted undivided attention of both top executives and technical directors – for the first time they were presented with an opportunity to compare their existing operations (based on foreign manufacturers’ products) with the Russian ones. As an example, they were impressed with efficiency of "Elan" Linear Heat Fire Detector – it is five times cheaper than the foreign peer’s product, while the qualitative characteristics are far superior. Technical experts highly appraised Spectron-601 IR/UV detector, an integral part of "Yauza-Ex" product line that was recently awarded the Security Reference Award at SFITEX Security Show.

“It was indeed unexpected for us to see presentation of Ervist security systems at the Congress of this type”, - states Alexey Zakhmatov, Deputy Chief Engineer for Security, SPETSMORNEFTEPORT UST-LUGA Port, - “Nevertheless, I guess I would not be mistaken if I express the general opinion of all participants - such display of a Russian technical vision that is transformed into fire security systems, is extremely valuable for our business.  Security is vital for our existence.”

The management of Ervist Group believes that participation in VIII International Congress "OIL TERMINAL 2013" was exceptionally advantageous both for experts of Oil and Gas Industry and for designers and developers of security systems – this is our input into ensuring Industrial Security of Russia.

Ervist Group of Companies  
Since its inception in 1996, Ervist progressed from a small installation company to one of the leaders on the Russian security market in the segment of products and security solutions for industrial special hazards and fire alarm systems. Currently there are four companies in the Group: Ervist-Moscow; Ervist-North-West, St. Petersburg; Ervist-Siberia, Novosibirsk; and Ervist -Engineering, Moscow. That allows for coverage of main part of Russia, and provides for a decent operational infrastructure. Over the years, the Group delivered more than 1.5 million equipment units, designed, installed and successfully maintained more than 5,000 different-scale installations and solution. The major customers are Gazprom, Rosneft, Lukoil, Rosenergoatom, Russian Railways", RAO UES and other large corporations and companies. The Group’s engineers, in cooperation with leading Russian manufacturers, have developed a number of systems and safety equipment for hazardous industrial facilities and industrial plants. The Group is a Reseller and Distributor of more than 30 domestic and foreign manufacturers – among them: TYCO, Xtralis; Trade Partner in Russia for: BOSCH, STAHL, MEDC, MIKA, Protectowire. The Group is certified in Quality Management System ISO-9001. Member of the Russian Association of Security Industry AIB (RASI). 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ervist Group at OIL TERMINAL 2013 Conference

Last week Ervist Group participated in VIII International Congress on Transportation, Storage & Transshipment Of Crude Oil, Liquefied Gases And Oil Products "OIL TERMINAL 2013".  The Congress was held November 21-22 in St. Petersburg in SOKOS Hotel and included:

  • VIII International Congress "Oil Terminal 2013"
  • V International Exhibition "Tank Farms and Liquid Bulk Terminals"
  • IV International Conference "Innovative Technologies & Equipment for Tank Farms & Oil Terminals"

This was the first time that our Group participated in such event and this was worth it. Around 250 representatives of oil trading companies, oil terminals, Russian and European ports, refineries and oil storage farms were present; 50% were top management and 50% technical directors. Generally speaking Vostock Capital did an excellent job. First, this was a relative small hotel with comparatively small space: that means that the crowd was constantly interacting and was not lost in spacious halls. 

The opening session was very interesting to listen to: especially with analytic that Mr. Montepeke of Platt’s delivered on global trends on Oil & Gas

 The exhibition was also compact and presented a good opportunity to engage in discussion and see some samples. The exhibition itself showed the general Russian picture: most of the exhibitors were foreign and/or Joint Ventures, Partnerships. In fact, the only domestic products that we have seen was the display of Ervist Equipment and solutions of an innovative Russian company that makes equipment for recuperation and recovery of oil and oil products vapors in the tanks. Here is how the system looks at one of the petrol filling stations in Russia:

 By the way, this an extremely good solution for oil terminals and petrol filling stations:  it does not only reduce hazards but also allows for recuperation from vapors and sale of oil products. It is only starting its sales in Russia but I am sure it has a good future.

Ervist booth was located at strategic crossroad within the Exhibition and attracted a lot of visitors.

Ervist Group presented its integrated solutions for Oil & Gas Industry with the Yauza-Ex Suite of Equipment and Elan Fiber-Optics Laser Fire Detector. We also featured an array of various fire detectors from Spectron, our Partner. 

Most of our guests were top managers from Oil Terminals throughout the world, and many of them were indeed surprised to learn about our solutions. As an example, Director of a terminal in one of the Baltic States, compared Elan characteristics with the one that he already has from a European vendor – the fact the Elan equipment is capable to locate over the fiber optics cable the source of heat within four meters over total span of 8 km. He notes that Elan is far superior over similar equipment by European manufacturer

Coming to this show, we were expecting some flow of visitors, but never that big – on the first day only we had about 50 different groups visiting. One of the peculiarities of our solution was presentation of Yauza-Ex suite with complete set of associated equipment: detectors, sensors, flashing lights, annunciators, etc. This was highly appreciated by experts. Mr. Alexander Malinovskiy, Chief Commercial Officer, Ervist Group was eloquent, but extremely (and obviously happy) tired at the end of the day.  

 Another significant event within the Congress was IV International Conference "Innovative Technologies & Equipment for Tank Farms & Oil Terminals". I, personally, did not expect much, but, to my surprise, the attendance was full – at least of the session that was dedicated to fire security.

The opening report of moderator of the session – Professor Felix Demekhin of the State Fire Academy of EMERCOM, was indeed perceptive and sophisticated – there was a clear and definite classification of all fire hazards on Oil & Gas installations – with actual pictures and suggestions for improvement. It was our pleasure, that the report delivered by Mikhail Rukin, General Director, Ervist Group, “A Modern Approach to Fire Alarm and Special Hazards Systems Design at Industrial Installations. New Fire Alarm Products” – in fact was the continuation of the ideas and suggestions that presented by Professor Felix Demekhin.

 Summarizing Ervist experience of participation in "OIL TERMINAL 2013" it should be noted that it was a real accomplishment.  First, we were able to communicate to top management of Oil & Gas terminals the ideas of our domestic, Russian-produced fire safety solutions. These are based on advanced technologies, are user-friendly, and – what is of most important – cost-effective as compared to foreign vendors.  Second, we had the opportunity to exchange views and find actual requirements of the industry. We do hope that the seeds that we planted at the Conference shall yield in a good crop – first and utmost – INDUSTRIAL SECURITY of Russia.

Over the cup of coffee – Mikhail Rukin, as a Member of Committee on Security of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, General Director of Ervist Group discussed the issues of fire safety for industrial hazards in Russia with Professor Felix Demekhin of the State Fire Academy of EMERCOM.

Monday, November 18, 2013

SFITEX 2013 – A Personal View

Last week 22nd International Security and Fire Exhibition was held in St.Petersburg.  What surprised me personally – a rather modest scope and actually information vacuum around the show. During my years in business, I had a chance to participate in a number of shows in telecommunications, finance, natural resources and security. This was the most shy one.  Despite the name “International”, very few global players were present, mostly through their distributors; and it was a tough job to find anything in the press.  Even now, when I look at official Web-site – I can find only 6 insignificant news items. Yandex, a Russian search engine gives only ONE relevant news item about the running show; while Russian Google - FOUR news reports on the running show. This is really astonishing, since during my meetings with experts, many of them mentioned some exceptional Russian developments in security and fire technology. However, I have heard one unanimous verdict – SFITEX is an image building event with really low commercial outcome.

Anyways, there were several things that attracted attention – large lavish booths by major trading houses, some of them were trying to attract attention of numerous students by theatrical shows like this one…
Ervist Group participated in partnership with Rielta Company:

We did have some meetings with a few of potential customers and system designers,

But what was really important, we met with a lot of our partners and were able to discuss our plans and latest developments. 
 A good pleasurable moment was the news that Spectron-601 fire detector, an integral part of "Yauza-Ex" product line, was awarded the Security Reference Award. Ervist Group congratulates Spectron NPO with this achievement, as this detector represents a unique Russian technology development that allows for provision of quality protection.

Another interesting discussion was with the management of Eternis Group of companies when they reported the Group’s latest fire extinguishing equipment. This is also one of the things that is in demand in the market.  Just watch this test show here

 Anyways, the visit was useful, as we have discussed a lot of plans and now we are bound to implement them…