The Sanwa Group aims to safeguard the valuable lives of people and realize a more affluent and comfortable society by providing products and services that contribute to the safety, security and convenience of customers around the world.
We will contribute to the realization of a sustainable, enriched society through the development and provision of products and services that protect people’s lives and property from disasters and by promoting ways to lessen the impact of disasters.
The Sanwa Group’s Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) philosophy centers on contributing to society through our core business.
We believe that our company policy of providing products and services that bring safety, security and convenience to society will help solve social issues and lead to the creation of corporate value.
Through our multi-product sales strategy, we offer a diverse array of products to society, aiming to solve issues affecting people’s lives such as those mentioned above.
Disasters such as fires and earthquakes disrupt the safety, security, convenience of society; destroy buildings and other property; and sometimes claim lives. It is crucial to take precautions to minimize damage if a fire occurs, reduce risk by preparing for earthquakes, and to secure a “lifeline” against power outages that accompany these disasters.
The Sanwa Group supplies, worldwide, a broad range of products that protect lives and property from fires, earthquakes, and other disasters.
We track Japanese, North American (ODC), European (NF Group) and Asian sales of products that contribute to the mitigation of risk or damage from fires, earthquakes, and other disasters. In fiscal 2020, sales of these products totaled ¥90.4 billion (21.2% of consolidated net sales)
Classification of Disaster Prevention Products
Products that are fireproof, smokeproof, and fire-resistant as well as products that are seismic-resistant and those designed to keep functioning during power outages, all which contribute to the mitigation of risk or damage caused by fires, earthquakes, and power outages.
- ＜Product Lineup＞
- Fireproof/Smokeproof Shutter, Fireproof Door (condominium/heavy duty), Fire-resistant Panel, Fire-resistant Partition, Fireproof Window Shutter, Seismic-resistant Door, Power outage essentials (E Connect)
Preventing smoke and flames from spreading is crucial when a fire breaks out in places where people congregate such as office buildings, department stores, schools and hospitals. Our fireproof shutters, fireproof doors and other fireproofing equipment are linked to smoke and heat sensors, and automatically close when a fire is detected in the building, delaying the spread of the fire for a certain period of time. These are the Sanwa Group’s core products that protect people’s lives and property in a fire and provide safe places.
Fire-resistant Panel, Fire-resistant Partitions
Japan’s Cabinet Office predicts that the probability of an earthquake occurring in the Nankai Trough or directly under the Tokyo Metropolitan Area within the next 30 years is 70%. Nobody knows when or where such an earthquake will strike. Sanwa Shutter Corporation provides products that will minimize damage from earthquakes, in this way protecting our safe, secure, and convenient way of life.
Earthquake-proof Condominium Door
By ensuring a large clearance between the frame and the door, the door can be opened even if the door frame is bent by an external force such as an earthquake. Even if an object collapses due to an earthquake and there is an obstacle on the outside of the door, we also have a lineup of pivot hinges with an emergency escape mechanism that allows you to remove the door and escape by removing the pivot hinge closer at the top of the door with a screwdriver.
Earthquake-proof SD for common areas／Smood Yuraku with Earthquake-proof design
Using seismically resistant condominium doors and common area doors in combination makes it possible for people who are trapped inside after an earthquake to safely open doors and escape.
The Smood Yuraku with a seismically resistant design is a sliding entryway door for hallways ideally suited for condominiums for seniors. It is also compatible with electric locks.
Earthquake Countermeasures for Heavy-duty Shutters
Heavy-duty shutters installed since 2014 are equipped with anchors on bearings and anti-slip collars on both sides of the roller shaft as standard features to reduce the risk of shutter curtains coming off.
We are retrofitting heavy-duty shutters installed before 2014 with two additional parts that do not require welding: an anti-slip spacer and a bearing coupling bar.
Smokeproof Hanging Partition Sheet
Unlike glass partitions, this product does not crack or come loose during an earthquake or similar event. A tension-type model has transparent, nonflammable glass fiber sheets stretched between the mullions on both ends.
Highly safe, lightweight, shatterproof, smokeproof walls with transparent, nonflammable glass fiber sheets mounted on an aluminum frame. Optimal for railway stations, hospitals, and shopping centers.
Self-assembly Partition "Famipla"
Simple partitions use easy-to-assemble corrugated plastic panels to provide privacy at evacuation sites during disasters. They can be flexibly reconfigured to fit any location and disassembled and stored when not in use.
Power Outage Essentials
Various kinds of disasters, including earthquakes, typhoons, and torrential rains, sometimes cause power outages by damaging the electric power grid. Electricity, almost everywhere, is essential for everyday life. Preparations for power outages play an important role in emergency preparedness.
During a power outage, our electric fireproof and smokeproof shutters can still be operated without hardware such as chains or handles by connecting them to a battery or a generator.
In California, a state frequently hit by natural disasters, garage door openers are required to have a backup battery. Our products comply with this regulation.
Maintenance and Servicing
In buildings, shutters and doors are access systems that play a critical role in disaster prevention such as crime prevention and fire prevention. Maintenance and servicing is crucial to ensure that products can be used by customers with confidence, day in and day out.
By expanding our maintenance and servicing business we can maintain and enhance social infrastructure and achieve a safer society.
The Sanwa Group’s suite of products that prevent, protect, and separate—including shutters, doors and partitions—demonstrate their functionality during the “new normal.” We support new lifestyles and ensure safety in various daily life locations, such as houses, offices, and factories.
Hands-free system for condominiums
Ideal for entrances where large numbers of people pass through, such as shops, offices, or condominiums. Sanwa Shutter Corporation's hands-free system for condominiums allows users to open the automatic door to common areas without making contact by holding a key fob, even when it is inside a bag or pocket.
ODC’s automatic door business (Horton) has swing door systems that automate existing hinged doors. These doors help to reduce the spread of infectious diseases through contact with door handles at healthcare facilities, schools, offices, and other places.
Antiviral Bathroom Stalls
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Bathroom stall doors that are automatically locked and unlocked without touching them reduce the risk of infection due to contact with bathroom doors and toilet handles used by many people. We also offer a line of antiviral products that use surface materials and hardware that have received the Society of International Sustaining Growth for Antimicrobial Articles’ Antivirus SIAA marks.
High-speed sheet shutter (automatic mode)
Quick Saver is a high-speed sheet shutter made by Sanwa Shutter Corporation that is used for the entrances to factories, warehouses, and logistics centers. Our extensive lineup now includes sensors that can open or close the shutter without touching a switch and switches that can be operated by passing a hand over them. For food factories that demand even greater cleanliness, it is possible to link the Quick Saver with a hand washing station so that the shutter will only open after a worker washes their hands, contributing to more thorough hygienic control.
Smood antibacterial design／ linear-motor type
Smood antibacterial door handle
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Sanwa Shutter Corporation's lightweight Smood sliding door used for the entrance to rooms and lobbies in hospitals and senior care facilities is a hanging sliding door that can be opened or closed with minimal effort. The door comes in a number of types with an anti-bacterial stainless-steel mirror finish or anti-bacterial plastic handle. Combining a linear-motor automatic door with a pedal switch or transom sensor enables the door to be opened and closed without touching the handle.
Self-assembly partition Famipla
Evacuation Center Privacy Partitions Famipla—easily assembled and installed for any layout—have been revamped with the addition of transparent acrylic panels so that they can be used for many applications, such as preventing crowding or close contact in hospital waiting rooms or for preventing droplets contagion in offices. With a height of 1.8 meters, this partition is an ideal solution for a “New Normal” workplace.
Parcel drop off locker
This product is an industry-first that combines a parcel drop off locker and condominium door. It not only helps to eliminate the need for re-delivery of packages, which has become a social issue in Japan, but also prevents the spread of the virus through person-to-person contact. In the future, more people are expected to work from home and make online purchases. This is expected to increase demand for home delivery boxes, an existing product.
This is a parcel drop off locker for single detached homes marketed jointly by Sanwa Shutter Corporation and Group company Tajima Metal Work Co, Ltd.
Awning, Window Shutter
Meiji Awning sashes for low/mid-rise office buildings provide ventilation when multiple louvers are open at the same time. The louvers are operated by a lightweight handle. We offer an extensive lineup of residential window shutters that provide ventilation while preventing crime and ensuring privacy. These includes blind- and slit-style shutters and Mado More Screen ventilation shutters, which have slats that help ventilate homes even when the shutters are closed.
SanSchool school partition receives 14th Kids Design Award
SanSchool, a school partition made and marketed by Sanwa Shutter Corporation and Sanwa System Wall that offers functionality, comfort, and security has won an award in the design category that contributes to children’s safety and security at the 14th Kids Design Awards, These awards are organized by the Kids Design Association and sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Cabinet Office, and Consumer Affairs Agency.
The partition prevents accidents involving children using a structure that stops falls, pinches, and collisions. It is also compliant with “sick house” syndrome following the School Environment and Hygiene Standards set out in the School Health Act.
The partition comes in an extensive lineup of functions tailored to application and purpose, including functional stainless steel, warm wood, as well as a sliding or opening door unit. It contributes to a safe, secure, comfortable, and healthy learning environment for children.