SMAY – comfort and safety for buildings

SMAY is a manufacturer of innovative ventilation solutions. SMAY fire protection products and systems are available in many countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. The company manufactures high-quality ventilation accessories, devices, and systems, complying with the most stringent standards applicable in the European Union and other countries.  

SMAY is a leader in pressure differential systems. SafetyWay is a system for pressure differentiation in smoke and heat control systems, which is used for the highest skyscrapers in Poland and Europe. 

Easy Engineering: What are the company’s main areas of activity?

SMAY: The SMAY Group provides comprehensive comfort and fire ventilation support. We assist our clients at each stage of the project: from supporting design of the system, selecting the most appropriate solutions, delivering devices, and providing all-around solutions. We also assist our clients in start-up, installation, and commissioning support, as well as in warranty and maintenance. Each construction project is unique and our clients are free to consult not only our technical experts and team of designers, but also our CFD analysis staff in addressing specific project needs. We also conduct smoke tests during the final stages of the project development. 

E.E: What’s the news about new products? 

SMAY: Our R&D team is constantly creating new products and improving current ones. We have recently developed a larger, easier-to-install smoke control damper, and we have improved our SEF fans by leaning towards energy efficiency all whilst a new generation of the SafetyWay pressurization system is under development!

We have introduced a series of new smoke exhaust fans, together with accessories for both vertical and horizontal operations, and we have developed a new CSUP extension card intended for fire damper monitoring. We have also developed a remote access system for our fire ventilation and comfort ventilation systems, which allow us to support our customers and partners from all over the world ever faster. 

We are currently close to the finish line of the patent application procedure for a solution to comfort ventilation, which will make it possible to change the design approach in such systems and to considerably minimise the carbon footprint generated by some devices included in such systems. We are constantly working on new solutions for fire dampers in order to improve the desirability of our offerings.

E.E: What are the ranges of products?

SMAY: We focus on two primary lines of business: comfort ventilation and fire ventilation. We also manufacture ventilation solutions for explosive atmosphere zones – so-called ‘EX zones’ – and for rooms requiring special cleaning standards, such as laboratories and hospitals (‘clean zones’). Our portfolio includes overpressure systems for protection against smoke accumulation in fire-evacuation routes, an innovative Safety Way system, staircase smoke-extraction systems, ZODIC solutions providing airflow regulation in clean zones, SMAYLAB®, as well as jet ventilation systems for garages and tunnels (safety Car Park). We also manufacture air terminal units for ventilation systems and ventilation accessories, and in our state-of-the-art factory, we have our own paint shop that allows us to paint elements in any RAL colour. 

E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active?

SMAY: We are present in many markets, throughout practically the entire EU, but also in the UK and UAE. These are very important markets for us that are currently in a stage of major change in the fire protection industry.

We can see a growing interest in technologically advanced smoke and heat control systems. In Poland, such systems are highly developed and increasingly-often being picked up in Europe. This is probably at least partially an effect of the introduction of the new 12101-6 and -13 standards. We focus on development in this field, but we also develop comfort ventilation systems due to the fact that user awareness is successively growing; users are beginning to recognise that a well-functioning system minimises power consumption for the entire building.

E.E: What can you tell us about market trends?

SMAY: The markets are moving towards sustainability and climate neutrality. This is the right direction, and fire safety protocols must therefore follow them. New developments in architecture and the energy fields present new challenges for smoke control systems—such as green facades, photovoltaic panels, and electric vehicles (cars, but also scooters). We work to provide the most energy efficient solutions and ones that can keep up with safety delivery.

E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed? Safety Way 

SMAY: We have been using machine learning solutions for many years now, always aiming not only to follow but to stay ahead of trends in the market. As a result, we provide the most innovative pressurization systems for the protection of escape routes. We also have excellent products in VAV controllers and demand-controlled ventilation.

E.E: What estimations do you have for 2023?

SMAY: 2023 is a time of strong expansion for us. Last year we opened a new production facility based on the idea of Industry 4.0, which has given us a very solid basis for growth. We are now working intensively to fully achieve our potential—and that despite the apparent slowdown in the construction market!