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WATER MANAGEMENT

Taiwan firm pushes patented floodgate

24/07/2012
Kanana Katharangsiporn

Floods can sock Thailand anytime during the rainy season, and with this in mind Yi Nang Industry Co Ltd has introduced its floodgate locally in a bid to tap business and homeowner demand.

Yi Nang Industry Co says its floodgate can be assembled by one person in 10 minutes and is 100% guaranteed watertight.

Danny Huang, the engineering assistant manager at Luxy Import Export Corporation Co Ltd, a joint venture between Yi Nang and Thai partners, said the company headquarters was set up in Thailand five months ago to tap a perceived opportunity.

"Taiwan has many typhoons that spawn flash floods, as it's a monsoonal country," he said

We've introduced our floodgate in Thailand, as there are many firms that need to protect their property from flooding.

The patented Hercules Floodgate comprises panels of 25 centimetres in height and up to to 5.5 metres in width that can be stacked to the required height, fastened together by C-shaped poles.

Rubber foam lines the edges of each panel to make a watertight seal.

The company lists six critical elements of an effective floodgate.

1. An underseal built into the ground to prevent leaks.

2. Side-pressing nuts to ensure a total seal along the edges.

3. Down-pressing nuts acting with the underseal to ensure a complete seal.

4. Indoor and bathroom drain hole treatment.

5. A lightweight and easy-to-assemble modular design for easy storage.

6. Meeting professional flood containment tests as demonstrated through live presentations.

"Our floodgate can be assembled by one person in 10 minutes thanks to its lightweight design. The panels can be removed and reinstalled depending on the situation and so will not be unsightly," said Mr Huang.

Mr Huang said the product is 100% guaranteed watertight, plus it withstood the test of Typhoon Nari, which struck Taiwan in 2001.

Price depends on order volume.

A house wanting the floodgate at its main entrance and requiring a width of two metres and a height of 1.5 metres would have to pay 67,200 baht.

"Many firms are interested in our product such as Siam Cement, which plans to install our floodgate at one of its factories in Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate. Residential units choosing our product are in the high-end segment," he said.

The product can be installed to protect a variety of properties - logistics, warehouses, factories, power stations, convenience stores, private residences, banks, underground car parks and elevator entrances.

Luxy Import Export was established in Thailand in February with registered capital of 3 million baht, while Yi Nang Industry has operated in Taiwan for 25 years.

(Source: Bangkok Post, WATER MANAGEMENT, Taiwan firm pushes patented floodgate, 24/07/2012, Kanana Katharangsiporn, link


Flood Technology Vocabulary 


floodgate - gates used to control where water goes, creating or preventing water flow into an area (See Wikipedia)

patent (noun) - the legal right to use an invention or special technology, so that only the owner can use or sell a product with this technology (See Wikipedia)
patented (adjective) - meaning: the technology has a patent so that someone owns it and controls its use
patented floodgate

firm - a business or company บริษัท
Taiwan firm

Taiwan firm pushes patented floodgate

sock - hit
floods sock Thailand

bid - an attempt to do something ความพยายาม
in a bid to

tap - to use or get something that exists (and is waiting to be used) 
demand - the need and desire to buy goods and services by households and businesses ความต้องการ 
tap business demand - get businesses to buy your product

Floods can sock Thailand anytime during the rainy season, and with this in mind Yi Nang Industry Co Ltd has introduced its floodgate locally in a bid to tap business and homeowner demand.

assemble - the process of putting parts together to make something ประกอบ

guaranteed - will happen for sure (promises have been given)
guaranteed watertight

Yi Nang Industry Co says its floodgate can be assembled by one person in 10 minutes and is 100% guaranteed watertight.

joint - do some activity or project together; done together ที่ร่วมกัน, ความร่วมมือกัน
venture - a new activity, usually in business, which involves risk or uncertainty ธุริกิจเสี่ยงแต่สามารถทำกำไรได้
joint venture - a smaller company owned and operated by two or more larger companies

partners
- the companies that own part of the joint venture หุ้นส่วน
joint venture partners

headquarters - the place where an organisation or company has its main offices กองบัญชาการ สำนักงานใหญ่
company headquarters

perceived - what people see, believe or understand to be true or exist (may not be true or exist)
opportunity - a situation when it is possible to do something that you want to do (See glossary)
perceived opportunity - a situation that people see as an opportunity (but may not be)

Danny Huang, the engineering assistant manager at Luxy Import Export Corporation Co Ltd, a joint venture between Yi Nang and Thai partners, said the company headquarters was set up in Thailand five months ago to tap a perceived opportunity.

typhoon - a large tropical storm with winds that move in circles (See Wikipedia)

flash floods -
a flood that happens very quickly by surprise, so dangerous because no time to prepare or react (See Wikipedia)

spawn - to create  ก่อตัวขึ้นเป็นจำนวนมาก
spawn flash floods - create flash floods

monsoon (noun) - the seasonal heavy rains in Asia (See Wikipedia)
monsoonal (adjective)
monsoonal country

"Taiwan has many typhoons that spawn flash floods, as it's a monsoonal country," he said

width - the distance across something from one side to the other ความกว้าง
protect property

stack -
put one thing on top another many times to make a high pile of things
stacked to required height

fasten -
attach together firmly and strongly
fastened together

X comprises Y and Z -
X is made of parts X and Z
panel - a flat piece of metal, wood, glass or other material that forms part of something such as a door or wall ไม้กระดานที่ใช้ปิดผนัง

We've introduced our floodgate in Thailand, as there are many firms that need to protect their property from flooding. The patented Hercules Floodgate comprises panels of 25 centimetres in height and up to to 5.5 metres in width that can be stacked to the required height, fastened together by C-shaped poles.

foam - a soft and light rubber or plastic material with many small holes or bubbles in it  (that cushions)

line - to cover the inside of something (to cover the inside of a container with a layer of some material)  (example: the coat was lined inside with silk)
lining -
the material covering the inside of something (example: brake lining)

foam lines the edges of each panel

seal - to prevent people from entering an area or a building ปิดกั้น

watertight
- water cannot pass into the container
watertight seal

Rubber foam lines the edges of each panel to make a watertight seal.

critical - extremely important because a future situation will be affected by it สำคัญยิ่ง
elements - the basic parts of something ประกอบ
critical elements - important parts of something

effective - works well, gets the job done; producing the result that was intended ได้ผลดี
an effective floodgate

The company lists six critical elements of an effective floodgate.

built into - made as part of something

leak - a hole or crack in a broken thing that water passes out of the thing
prevent leaks

1. An underseal built into the ground to prevent leaks.

press - pushing something; putting pressure on something
press the side

nut - small metal object with a hole in the middle that you screw a bolt through in order to join and fasten things together แหวนสกรู (See Wikipedia)
side-pressing nuts


ensure
- to make certain that something happens or is done รับรอง ให้ความมั่นใจ

2. Side-pressing nuts to ensure a total seal along the edges.

3. Down-pressing nuts acting with the underseal to ensure a complete seal.

bathroom drain - the hole in the bathroom floor that waste water passes out of

treatment - the process of providing special care for something การรักษา
bathroom drain hole treatment

4. Indoor and bathroom drain hole treatment.

assemble - bring parts together in a single group ประกอบ
easy-to-assemble

modular - built up from separate pieces (modules)
modular design

storage
- the putting and keeping of things in a special place for use in the future การเก็บ
easy storage

5. A lightweight and easy-to-assemble modular design for easy storage.

containment - keeping something in a small area (limiting movement out of a small area)
flood containment - keeping the flood in small area (preventing spread and movement to other areas)

6. Meeting professional flood containment tests as demonstrated through live presentations.

lightweight design - not heavy, easy to carry because light
unsightly - ugly; does not look nice

"Our floodgate can be assembled by one person in 10 minutes thanks to its lightweight design. The panels can be removed and reinstalled depending on the situation and so will not be unsightly," said Mr Huang.

typhoon Nari -  large storm that hit Taiwan in 2001 (also hit Okinawa and China) (See Wikipedia)

withstood - be able to resist, nto be damaged (and still operate)
withstood the test of Typhoon Nari -
still performed well under the flooding created by the storm

Mr Huang said the product is 100% guaranteed watertight, plus it withstood the test of Typhoon Nari, which struck Taiwan in 2001.

order - a request from a customer to buy the product in the future
volume - the quantity or amount of something
order volume - the number of customer orders to buy a product

Price depends on order volume. A house wanting the floodgate at its main entrance and requiring a width of two metres and a height of 1.5 metres would have to pay 67,200 baht.

install - put a piece of equipment somewhere and make it ready to be used ติดตั้งอุปกรณ์
install floodgate

residential units - a place where people or families live in such as a house, apartment or townhouse

segment - a part of something ตอน; a separate part ส่วนต่างๆของสังคม
market segment - a group of possible customers who are similar in income, age, habits, etc; and the products produced to meet their special needs  (See Wikipedia)

high-end -
having the highest price, quality or importance
high-end segment - high-end market segment

"Many firms are interested in our product such as Siam Cement, which plans to install our floodgate at one of its factories in Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate. Residential units choosing our product are in the high-end segment," he said.

variety - many different types of things or people ความหลากหลาย

logistics - the activity of transporting, storing, and tracking goods (being sent from one place to another) (See Wikipedia) การขนส่งและจัดจำหน่ายสินค้า
warehouses - large buildings for goods before they are sent to stores

power stations - special places for generating electricity

convenience - the quality of being suitable for your purposes and needs and causing the least difficulty ความสะดวกสบาย
convenience stores - small stores like 7-11 near where you live or work where you can buy things quickly

private residences - homes that people own; that families live in

car park - a building for parking cars
undergound car park

The product can be installed to protect a variety of properties - logistics, warehouses, factories, power stations, convenience stores, private residences, banks, underground car parks and elevator entrances.

established - created

registered - officially recorded as a business with the government (and given permission to operate)
capital - money invested in a business(See glossary)

registered capital - the maximum amount of money that a company is allowed to raise by selling shares, also called "registered capital", "authorized capital", or "authorized share capital" (See Wikipedia and definition)

share capital - the money that investors put into a company when they buy shares, which the company uses to continue its activities (See Wikipedia)
authorised share capital - Same as "registered share capital"

Luxy Import Export was established in Thailand in February with registered capital of 3 million baht, while Yi Nang Industry has operated in Taiwan for 25 years.

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