80 year old Saval smoke aspiration systems in Breda

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Since last year, traffic control installation cabinets in Breda are covered with beautiful images of old Breda. To our surprise, one of those cabinets was covered with a special photo from Saval history.

According to the city archives, it is a photo of the Saval factory on Haagweg, taken somewhere between 1935 and 1940. The photo shows two men assembling Saval smoke aspiration systems. At that time, the systems were frequently installed on large sea-going vessels.


Saval smoke aspiration system on board of the ss Rotterdam


At the time, the Netherlands was a shipbuilding nation, and Saval got a piece of it. A good example of this is the steamship Rotterdam, which was equipped with such a Saval smoke aspiration system. The ship has now returned to Rotterdam as a museum ship with the option of staying overnight. This was a “flagship” project for Saval and it was of course used in the documentation from that time.


Pipeline scheme ss Rotterdam 19 November 1958


Saval celebrates its 95th anniversary this year. We are very proud of what we have achieved in almost a century and that we still produce the vast majority of our products in our factory in Breda. From standard solutions such as fire extinguishers and fire hose reels to customer-specific custom solutions.

Take a look at the product development department where these solutions are devised and developed: WATCH VIDEO

Written by Wim Kwakkenbos
Manager product development