Innovation in Action
Over the years, we have always invested in strategic research and development to manufacture products that are designed to withstand rigorous testing conditions and quality control checks at all levels of production. As one of the world’s leading manufacturers, we never stop creating and we always strive to be the first to introduce new technological breakthroughs and latest developments in the humanitarian field.
Fire retardant tents and tarpaulins make camps safer
In 2014, our subsidiary NRS Relief has proudly introduced the first-ever fully fire retardant (FR) tents and tarpaulins to the humanitarian community . The essence of FR innovation is to improve safety in refugee camps and prevent loss of properties, injuries and deaths. The introduction of the FR products is considered a significant milestone in the history of the humanitarian sector. The FR benchmark, which took years of extensive research and development, meets the following international standards:
- Pass CPAI section 5 and 6 with maximum 10s after flame average and maximum 30s after flame per test piece
- Ageing under ISO 4892-2, type A, 360 hours.
Our Viva™ Family Tents (UNHCR/Save the Children/DFID Standard) and all our tarpaulins are available with FR applied to them, making camps safer.
Winner of Aid Innovation Challenge Award 2014
NRS Relief is proud to have won the prestigious Aid Innovation Challenge Award 2014 (Business Entry) during the annual AidEx Summit in Brussels for its ground-breaking Fire Retardancy solution. NRS Relief hopes that the recognition for this Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project inspires other humanitarian suppliers to safeguard the continuous improvement of core relief items.
The all-new, life-saving Jerry Bucket is the result of NRS Relief‘s collaboration with Oxfam’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team. The design of the 14L bucket has been upgraded so that it serves as a stackable safe water container rather than a multi-purpose bucket. Its new features include a new HDPE lid that is tightly fitted to the body of the bucket through an improved rim lock design, and a larger 100 mm lid opening with a clip-on cap to allow easier cleaning and filling from hand pumps. With the Jerry Bucket innovation, we can now help improve the lives of beneficiaries by combating the alarming incidence of drinking water contamination and associated adverse health effects.
NRS Relief’s HuggyPRO™ tent is the next generation multipurpose tent. It was originally developed as a school or accommodation tent. However, it was used in much more demanding environments, such as a hospital tent during the Ebola crisis, and so we embarked upon an ambitious research programme to address these challenges.
The HuggyPRO product highlights include:
- Strong light-weight steel frame
- High-performance laminated, disinfectable PE material
- Shade net
- Winter cover
- Lighting kit.
TANA Netting‘s DawaPlus® Canopy Hammock is specifically designed to reduce malaria transmission in the remote forests of the Greater Mekong Subregion and was developed in partnership with the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp and communities in the Mekong Delta (Cambodia and Vietnam). This is just one example that has served as a catalyst for progress in the humanitarian supply industry, and will improve the lives of people affected by disasters.
Solar Shelter Kit
The first-ever Solar Shelter Kit was developed by our new subsidiary Enlight, in collaboration with PRACTICA Foundation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society’s Shelter Research Unit. The Solar Shelter Kit promises to bring a better life to those living in humanitarian settlements set up in the aftermath of natural disasters or in response to humanitarian crises. The durable solar panel can be attached to any shelter structure and offers 55 hours of light and smartphone charging capabilities.
We not only innovate, but we lead by example through exploring and creating innovative sustainable solutions for the improvement of the daily living conditions of the people affected by disasters. As critical mentors, we are proud to have built strategic public partnerships with renowned universities and non-profit academic institutions to jointly develop new products that are beneficial to the humanitarian aid sector. Through these critical partnerships, we continue to cultivate a corporate culture of innovation, learning, evaluation and creativity and we are better able to serve clients and beneficiaries across the globe.