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ISSUE 58 - NOV/DEC 2016

INTRODUCING OUR MOST COMPREHENSIVE CATALOGUE YET VOLUME FOUR

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CONTENTS

In this issue...

Issue 58 - Nov/Dec 2016

News & Views

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Product news

New manager for Wago

5

Top apprentice in final

7

Solar power investment

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SERC skills development

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Boost in apprenticeship levels

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SEAI award winners

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Dublin Airport flying high

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Budget report

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Company news New appointment at Rittal BPS Ltd marks 35th anniversary

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Cover story – Saturn LED

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Flir promotional offers

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Make it easy with Timeguard

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Hilclare lights up Fane Valley

35

Flying cables FAQs

37

New ECS employer portal

47

Infrared heating innovation

53

In focus Case study – HMS Caroline

ECI Lighting opens new Belfast

Case study – Blackpool Community

premises 42-43

Centre

BT training at ETT

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Project profile – Belfast

Eastern Electrical Cork

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Royal Academy

MAKING A MOVE?

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Jobs - pages 82-83

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WHOLESALERS CAN CONNECT TO WAGO’S NEW CONTACT Interconnection specialist, latest products are always WAGO, has appointed Ruth quickly and readily available. Allen to the newly-created Based in Kildare, Ruth’s role of Area Sales Manager role will see her travelling for Electrical Wholesalers in across Ireland, visiting the Republic of Ireland. clients, offering customer The appointment significantly service and encouraging boosts WAGO’s activities in best practices to ensure the country, and will involve that WAGO’s products are Ruth Allen, Area Sales Manager, Ruth liaising with wholesaler strongly represented. WAGO. customers, delivering support T: (RoI) 087 146 7544 and advice, conducting sales, and E: ruth.allen@wago.com managing demand to ensure that the W: global.wago.com/uk

Pictured at Energia’s Meenadreen wind farm in Donegal are local schoolchildren, Emma McNulty, Daire Gallagher and Cian Gallagher.

ENERGIA WINS 100% GREEN ENERGY AWARD FOR THIRD YEAR

SKILLS’ SHORTAGES HIGHLIGHTED IN DKM REPORT Commissioned by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and carried out by DKM consultants and SOLAS, a recent report has stated that construction activity could potentially generate a requirement for 112,000 jobs up to 2020. The report also states that construction could become a €20billion industry by 2020, ensuring plenty of new opportunities for the electrical industry. According to CIF Director General, Tom Parlon, the report sets out the required number of employees and apprentices to sustain desired activity levels as set down by Government policy. “We will continue to work with the Government and its agencies, such as SOLAS and the Education and Training Boards, to deliver skilled employees and apprentices

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through innovative initiatives,” he said. “It is critically important to get the message to young people, and those who have emigrated, that there is a significant number of quality careers across all the trades and functions in construction companies.” The recession saw numbers working in construction decline by almost 180,000 by Q1 2013 to just 35% of the numbers employed at the peak (2007), explained DKM Director Annette Hughes. “The industry is concerned that, as activity ramps up quickly, there will be a lag in the necessary skilled workers in the labour market and amongst those coming out of fulltime education and training to meet the demand over the medium-term,” she added. W: cif.ie

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Based on the CER’s report on fuel-mix and Carbon Dioxide emissions for individual electricity suppliers licensed in Ireland, Energia has achieved the 100% Green Energy award for the third year running. Approximately 25% of Ireland’s wind power is provided through the firm to homes and businesses. Energia has also invested over €300million in wind farms since 2008 and currently supplies over 800MW of renewable energy, a figure expected to rise to over 1,000MW by mid-2017.

LOWER CORPORATE TAX FOR SMES Irish SMEs involved in research and development activities can now avail of the Knowledge Development Box taxation scheme. The scheme sees profits from Irish inventions resulting from R&D activities in Ireland taxed at 6.25%.

BIOPHARMA ENGINEERING MARKS DECADE OF SUCCESS Engineering design firm, Biopharma Engineering (BPE) recently celebrated a decade of growth and success. The firm, which includes clients in pharmaceutical and bioscience manufacturing, recently added 70 new jobs and a new Dublin office.

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TOP APPRENTICE REACHES ECA EDMUNDSON AWARDS FINALS Congratulations to Thomas Murray, an apprentice with Blackbourne Integrated M&E in Antrim, who was one of three runners-up in the national final of the ECA Edmundson Electrical Apprentice of the Year Award 2016, Wales and Northern Ireland following a rigorous national finalist, Thomas Murray. regional judging process. Edmundson Managing Director, Gordon Love, commented, “Edmundson has a long-established policy of developing young people through an apprenticeship scheme, and in the last six years has also developed a graduate scheme for recruiting and training graduates for sales and management roles.” Thomas, who was the Wales and Northern Ireland national finalist, was awarded £500 and a state-of-theart contractor’s tool kit. W: www.eca.co.uk or www.edmundson-electrical.co.uk

ARE YOU A BRIGHT SPARK? Have you got what it takes to be crowned NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year? The search is on to find the next NICEIC and ELECSA Electrical Apprentice of the Year. Following the success of the inaugural event last year, the 2016/17 contest promises to be bigger and better, with more tasks and even greater prizes up for grabs. The first stage of the contest is an online exam comprising a variety of questions relating to electrical installations. The top 20% performing students from this stage then progress to stage two - a written exam, held at several locations across the UK. The eight students with the

Last year’s NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year, Mark Lee.

highest marks then go to the Grand Final – held at partner sponsor Scolmore Group’s head offices in Tamworth, Staffs on June 6, 2017. W: www.niceic.com/apprentice or www.elecsa.co.uk/apprentice

BIM LEVEL 2 DATA AVAILABLE FOR TAMLITE 2020 PRODUCT RANGE In a move that is set to smooth the processes of designers and architects looking to incorporate high-quality lighting into new buildings in as seamless a fashion as possible,

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Tamlite Lighting has confirmed that Building Information Modelling (Level 2) data files are now available for all of its 2020 products. Colin Lawson, Head of Sales, Marketing and Product Development at Tamlite Lighting, said, “Although a significant move in its own right, it is really just the beginning for Tamlite as we hope in time to be able to deliver BIM data for our entire product range.” T: (NI) 01527 517 777 or (RoI) 0044 1527 517 777 W: www.tamlite.co.uk

BASEC APPOINTED CPR NOTIFIED BODY The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) has been designated by the UK Government Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as a Notified Body for conducting cable testing to the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and a Notified Body for cable product certification to the CPR. BASEC is among the first to be appointed across Europe, and one of few to have scope for both activities. The international cable test and certification body has been assigned the Notified Body number 2661. This number will appear on the label of every piece of cable that BASEC tests or certifies under CPR, before it is distributed and sold. T: (NI) 01908 267 300 W: www.basec.org.uk

Dave Hoare, Product Manager at BASEC, sets up the large-scale vertical ladder test used for CPR.

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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CAN ADD 75,000 JOBS BY 2020

Cera Slevin, Manager of Solar and Storage for ESB Generation and Wholesale markets, with Terra Solar co-founder, André Ferno.

ESB INVESTMENT TO DEVELOP IRELAND’S SOLAR CAPACITY ESB has invested €2.5million in Irish solar company, Terra Solar, to accelerate the development of solar energy generation in Ireland. Terra Solar and ESB have the potential to deliver over 260 megawatts of electricity generation capacity from solar energy, which would power over 50,000 homes every year. According to Cera Slevin, Manager

of Solar and Storage for ESB Generation and Wholesale Markets, the investment will see the future development of multiple solar PV farms within Ireland, which will result in a lower carbon footprint and contribute to increased energy production from renewable resources. W: www.esb.ie or www.terrasolar.ie

According to the CIF, the construction industry can generate 75,000 jobs, deliver infrastructure projects worth over €26billion and create 25,000 houses per annum if the right policy framework is put in place. CIF President, Michael Stone made these comments at the recent CIF annual conference where attendees also heard from expert speakers. According to Michael Stone, research undertaken by the CIF, Solas and DKM consultants indicates that the industry could create an additional 75,000 jobs by 2020 in the delivery of Government’s housing and infrastructure strategies. He added, “These jobs will be generated by the 30,000 plus enterprises in construction – 99% of which have under 10 employees, that are dispersed across nearly every community in Ireland.” The CIF President also said that the global construction market is estimated to grow to $15trillion by 2030, with the Irish industry set to capture these opportunities which will generate jobs and growth and also increasing exports significantly. W: www.cif.ie

SAFETY AWARDS’ SUCCESS The 25th Annual National Irish Safety Organisation/Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISO/NISG) Safety Awards took place recently at a special ceremony in Killarney. The Supreme Safety Award – given for consistently good or continuously improving health and safety performance over a number of years – was announced as

John Paul Construction. The Superior Performance Award was won by Lagan Construction Group, while the inaugural Driving for Work Award was won by Mainline Group. John Paul Construction and John Graham Construction jointly won the Occupational Health Award. W: niso.ie or www.nisg.org.uk

ELECTRICITY RESTORED TO INIS MEÁIN AND INIS OÍRR

Pictured from left are, Mick O’Connor, Technical Manager, Irving Oil Whitegate Refinery; Mike McLoughlin, Health and Safety Manager, John Paul Construction; Mandy Nelson, Chair, Northern Ireland Safety Group; Fergal McKevitt, Secretary, National Irish Safety Organisation; and Pat Breen TD, Minister for Employment and Small Business.

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World-first in-house technology has been used to repair the undersea cable fault located 2km off the coast of Inis Mór, thereby restoring mains electricity supply to Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr. Commenting on the technology used, ESB International Managing Director, Ollie Brogan, said, “Trained divers accessed the faulty part of the cable through a pressurised habitat, mounted around the cable. The habitat is a world first. It was initially used in 2014 to successfully repair the Moyle Interconnector in situ on the sea bed.” W: www.esb.ie

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EATON COMBATS COUNTERFEITS SERC Head of School for Computing and Engineering, Trevor Breadon with SERC mechatronics lecturer, Darren Anderson pictured at SERC’s SPACE campus.

SERC PIONEERING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT TO SUPPORT MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY Manufacturing companies can benefit from specialist mechatronics training at South Eastern Regional College (SERC), after it was named as an accredited Siemens Mechatronics Training Partner. The Academy is currently one of only two accredited providers within the British Isles. The collaboration between SERC and Siemens to offer the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Programme (SMSCP), will equip engineers in the precision engineering, mechatronics and electronics sectors with the latest skills base and help manufacturing

companies increase efficiency. Participants on the course will train at the college’s Lisburn campus, equipped with a mechatronic lab containing state-of-the-art Siemens technology. The handson training uses ISO industrystandard equipment and focuses on the operations, maintenance and designing of an integrated mechatronic system, and is specifically designed for up-skilling. For more information, or to enrol, contact Andrew Megarry. T: (NI) 074075 56658 E: amegarry@serc.ac.uk

WORKERS SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM SUICIDE THAN FALLS Suicide kills six times as many construction workers as falling from heights, according to mental health charity, Samaritans. The issue was raised at ‘Forgotten Issue’, a seminar organised by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA); the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA); and the CIBSE. The three industry bodies and Samaritans agreed that the seminar should be the start of a major initiative to address mental health issues across the building engineering sector.

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The latest annual report from The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) shows that, in 2015/16, workplace fatalities as a whole were down 48% to 12, compared to 23 in the previous year. Construction fatalities fell from five to two, compared to the previous year. However, the number of major injuries reported increased 10% on last year, showing that companies cannot afford to be complacent. W: www.samaritans.org W: www.hseni.gov.uk

Power management company Eaton has participated in the 2016 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference in London to outline industry efforts Text to combat the global trade in counterfeit electrical products. Eaton and the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) work together to combat counterfeiters making fake electrical installation products, and the traders who distribute them to international markets. “Counterfeit electrical products such as wiring accessories, circuit-breakers and fuses are of particular concern because they are a safety hazard, which can cause fires and pose a risk to lives,” said Simon Bircham, Brand Protection Manager, Eaton EMEA. W: www.eaton.com

Pictured, from left are, Matthew McLaughlin, Choice Senior Asset Management Officer; Shane O’Neill and Gerry Dinghy from AMSON; and Michael McDonnell, Choice Group Chief Executive.

£3MILLION ROCK MILLS REFURBISHMENT Choice Housing has appointed a L’Derry based contractor to complete a major overhaul of its Rock Mills scheme on the Strand Road in the city. The newly formed AMSON Consortium – a joint venture between local construction firm AMS Ltd and Omaghbased O’Neill Electrics Ltd – commenced the first phase of the 14-month refurbishment programme in October. The series of works will reconfigure the Rock Mills site to provide 96 modern self-contained units, with the three largest each accommodating families of four. W: www.amsni.com or www.oneillelectrics.com

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COVER STORY – SATURN LED

ANOTHER GAME CHANGER FROM THE LED SPECIALISTS AS THE EVOLUTION OF THE COMPANY’S PRODUCT RANGE CONTINUES…

Four-midable new catalogue from Saturn LED E volution is part of the DNA at Saturn LED and the company has again introduced another industry game changer with the launch of another new catalogue. Such is the level of new products being added to the Saturn range that Volume Four of the Intelligent Lighting catalogue arrives just a year after the launch of the last version. Incorporating a wide range of new products alongside firm favourites, Volume Four provides customers with an insight into an extensive range of lighting suitable for almost every application.

The new Saturn LED Catalogue Volume Four

This consistent evolution of the Saturn LED product range is combating the plethora of cheap, low-quality LED luminaires that have deluged the UK and Irish markets. In contrast, Saturn LED only offers quality, with all LEDs incorporating CREE, Philips or Tridonic components and superb warranties. Throughout the new catalogue, the recurring theme is quality and, given the diversity of the range, this means that this quality can be applied across various projects. Saturn LED consistently delivers quality, innovative and costcompetitive LEDs for the commercial, industrial and domestic sectors, and this extensive product range is only available through leading electrical wholesalers in the UK and Ireland.

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The company also delivers on price. As one of the few independent distributors within the UK and Ireland distribution markets, Saturn’s strong procurement process, coupled with a focus on service, enables customers to benefit from highly competitive pricing across the company’s product range.

The final - yet still vitally important aspect of working with Saturn LED is the high level of service. With a dedicated Irish Distribution Centre outside Dungannon working in conjunction with Saturn LED’s distribution facilities in Chelmsford, the company has both the UK and Ireland covered. What this means is that customers can now select from a greater array of products while also enjoying a great service. With the two distribution centres now in place, all orders placed before 6pm will be delivered anywhere in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland the next day. The launch of the new catalogue marks another important step forward, as the evolution at Saturn LED continues. Already, the company is working closely with its sourcing office in Shanghai, China, to develop the latest LED solutions, and, in anticipation of this product expansion, work is now underway on Volume Five of the catalogue. T: (NI) 028 8788 0063 or (RoI) 048 8788 0063 E: sales@saturnled.eu www.saturnled.eu

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THERMAL-IMAGING CAMERAS

FLIR AUTUMN/WINTER PROMOTIONAL DEALS FOR THERMAL-IMAGING CAMERAS AND PRODUCT PACKAGES…

Pixel power from FLIR

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ixel numbers are important in thermal imaging - the more there are, the clearer the thermal picture and the easier the diagnosis. To demonstrate pixel power, FLIR Systems is offering customers higher image resolution for the same price, in a promotion which runs until the end of the year. That means it’s now possible to buy a FLIR E6 for the price of a FLIR E5, and a FLIR E5 for the price of a FLIR E4. The FLIR Ex-Series point-and-shoot thermalimaging cameras are affordable replacements for a spot pyrometer that provide a complete radiometric picture of the thermal problem. All models provide thermal and visual

imaging, and complement both with FLIR’s unique MSX image enhancement capability. The promotion provides attractive savings of up to £839 across the range. For those seeking the best deal on more sophisticated cameras, FLIR has got that covered too. The FLIR Exx-Series range introduces interchangeable lenses that enable the camera to be used for an even wider variety of tasks. Manual focus also allows the user to dial in the sharpest clarity and finest accuracy. Four models are included in this Exx-Series offer - the E50 and E60, and their building science counterparts, the E50(bx) and E60(bx). Customers can take advantage

of savings up to £1,908 on these FLIR Exx cameras, designed for the professional thermographer. In every sense, the FLIR T-Series professional thermal-imaging cameras are head-turners. These are premium models for use in a multitude of industrial and building diagnostic applications and, for a limited period only, customers ordering a FLIR T-Series camera will also receive additional FLIR products free of charge, up to the value of £6,703. For details of these and other offers, visit the FLIR website. T: (NI) 01732 220 011 or (RoI) 0044 1732 220 011 E: sales@flir.uk.com W: www.flir.co.uk

In every sense, the FLIR T-Series professional thermal-imaging cameras are head-turners.

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PEOPLE PROFILE

A FEW WEEKS INTO HIS NEW ROLE AS AREA SALES MANAGER, PAUL MCGARRY, IS ENJOYING A HOST OF NEW CHALLENGES AT RITTAL…

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aul McGarry has enjoyed a varied and rewarding career in the electrical industry, and that journey continues with his recent appointment to Rittal as Area Sales Manager for the Connaught, North Midlands and border counties region. Just a few weeks at the company so far, Paul’s enjoying his new role. “I’ve been out of this sector for a while, so to come back and see some of the old faces and renew old relationships has been great,” he said. Paul’s career began with him obtaining a qualification in Control Systems and Electrical Engineering from DIT Kevin St, and continued with a role in ABB Drives & Motors, which continued for six years. Prior to joining Rittal, he worked with a panel builder and within the electrical wholesale sector, after relocating back to the west of Ireland, where he completed a degree in Business Studies at IT Sligo. Daily duties at Rittal vary from account management and business development to supporting accounts in the Industrial Enclosures (IE) nclosure side of the business. “At Rittal, there are distinct business units for products in Industrial Enclosures and Systems (IE), IT Enclosures and Systems and Climate Control.,” he explained. “Determining new routes to market for each of our business units is also a large part of my new role.” A typical day involves liaising between customers and Rittal’s internal sales/support people, and interacting with the other sides of the business, whether that’s the custom manufacturing division in Germany or the EPlan Engineering design software side of the business in the UK. Exploring new business opportunities with wholesalers or panel builders is also part of Paul’s new role. In the business for 20 years, Paul has seen his fair share of changes in the sector. The most recent recession was, he says,

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Paul McGarry, new Area Sales Manager for the Connaught, North Midlands and border counties region.

extremely tough. “I was made redundant during the height of it and had to reinvent myself. I worked for myself for a while, as a contract Sales Engineer/Agent for companies that I previously had dealings with. It was difficult; hats off to any man or woman who sets up their own business in this country. The support for people who make the decision to go out on their own just isn’t there. The local enterprise office will do their best for you but it’s very difficult to get established and gain traction.” Despite the upswing in the sector, Paul says investment in infrastructure would go some way to helping areas outside Dublin gain momentum. “It’s time that investment in jobs and infrastructure became less Dublin centric and the revitalisation of the rest of the country, in particular the Northwest, commenced in earnest. Investment in a motorway to Sligo, for example, would be very positive, not just for the west of Ireland but also for the rest of the country. There’s certainly a lot more positivity around the country than there was, and that’s something I’m seeing all the time. However, there is still a lag between the west and east coast which needs to be addressed by government.” Customers at Rittal include panel builders, electrical wholesalers and some larger customers in manufacturing and IT. Founded in Germany in 1961 by owner, Dr. Friedhelm Loh, who is still leading the organisation,

Paul attributes the firm’s success and longevity to its ability to innovate. “As the industry has evolved, so too has the company. Innovation in different areas like climate control has ensured we stay relevant and to the forefront of the market. Climate control products are a major part of our business now. We’ve essentially gone from a product manufacturer to a system solution provider for industrial, IT, utilities, pharma and manufacturing sectors.” Rittal is part of the Freidhelm Loh Group which employs over 10,000 people globally, has 13 manufacturing sites, 58 subsidiaries and reported a turnover of €2.2Bn in 2015 “We might be a big company, but we’ve managed to maintain a local focus. Wherever I’ve gone over the past six weeks, people have said the support they get from us is second to none. That’s something to be very proud of. We intend to maintain that local presence as the market continues to evolve and develop.” When he’s not working, Paul holds a Club Officer role in Ballina Stephenites GAA Club and is a First Aider/CFR-C with St. John Ambulance. Any time that’s left is spent running after his 21-month-old son James. “It’s certainly a busy time in Rittal for me right now and James makes sure he gets his share of attention too. He keeps me on my toes!” T: (RoI) Paul McGarry, Area Sales Manager, on 059 918 2100 or 087 633 0833 or (NI) 00353 599 182 100. W: www.rittal.com/ie-en

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HMS CAROLINE - CASE STUDY

WILLIAM COATES SAILS INTO FRESH WATERS WITH UNIQUE M&E SERVICES INSTALLATION ON HMS CAROLINE…

William Coates gets on board for historic ship’s restoration

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&E engineering services company, William Coates, has been involved in many diverse projects over its long history, but perhaps none more so than a recent contract to complete the M&E services on board the historic HMS Caroline, at Alexandra Dock, Queen’s Road, Belfast. The ship is the last remaining British WW1 light cruiser still afloat (and the sole survivor of the Battle of Jutland). The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) and the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment have worked as partners to restore and interpret HMS Caroline through a £11million refit to launch it for a new life as a floating museum. As a result, the public will now be able to enjoy a unique experience, visiting the restored engine rooms and crew spaces, as well as newly introduced

interactive stations, classrooms, event spaces and a café. William Coates was proud to play its part in this historic restoration and refurbishment, employed by main contractor, Blu Marine, to look after the mechanical and electrical services installation. “It was a big project to undertake,” said Gareth Holden, Electrical Project Manager at William Coates. “We hadn’t carried out this type of installation before – there aren’t many of them about. We hadn’t worked with Blu Marine before either, but they’re a very professional company and were a pleasure to work with. At William Coates, we like to continually develop our skills and add to our already extensive portfolio. Working on HMS Caroline has certainly ticked both boxes and allows us to tackle similar jobs,

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should they ever come up in the future, with even more confidence.” William Coates completed a comprehensive M&E services installation on the iconic HMS Caroline. This included mains distribution coming from the dockside onto the ship and terminating in a new mains switchboard. General power was supplied throughout the ship - including power supply to the interactive displays - as well as general and emergency lighting. The old drill hall space was converted into what is now the main audio-visual space. “Intelligent lighting was installed there to compliment the video presentation, but also to enable the lighting to be adapted when the space is used for other types of functions,” explained Gareth. “The main engine room is also a great space with lighting and sound interaction.” M&E services were further installed for the catering facilities in the mess area - an industrial kitchen fit-out to allow outside caterers to be able to use appliances such as portable ovens.

UNIQUE CHALLENGES “It was an interesting project to work on, with some unique challenges,” continued Gareth. “First of all, the ship had be stripped right back because of all its modern add-ons over the years. We were directed not to take any paint off, as it dates back over 100 years and is of historic interest, so we had to work around that as best

we could without causing any damage.” The biggest challenge for the team from William Coates was being able to facilitate the vision of the experts from the National Museum of the Royal Navy - keeping the authenticity of the restoration while carrying out a modern services installation. “It meant that we had to hide a lot of things, such as the modern ventilation and air-conditioning pipe and duct work, which would otherwise have looked out of place in a historical context,” said Gareth. “It took a bit of trial and error, making modifications as we went along, and that meant that the job took longer than normal, which was an additional pressure as there was a tight schedule on this project – the ship had to be ready in time for the 100 years commemoration of the Battle of Jutland, in May. “We started work in November, and because of the nature of the job it was very labour intensive, so we brought in additional people to ensure that we made the deadline. It certainly wasn’t a run-of-the-mill M&E project but, overall, the job went very well indeed.” HMS Caroline has since been towed to a dry dock in the H&W Shipyard in Belfast in order to undergo hull conservation work before opening once again to the public. The public attraction has received a five-star rating from Tourism Northern Ireland and will be returned to Alexandra Dock in Belfast Harbour in February 2017.

Dedicated to high standards William Coates Ltd was formed in 1963 and has grown to become one of the leading mechanical and electrical building services and facility management contractors in the UK and Ireland. With a team of highly qualified and motivated electrical and mechanical professionals, the company is committed to understanding customers and their requirements, executing projects safely to the highest level of quality possible. Its core philosophy of quality, value, service and delivery, enables the team to focus on project completion on time, within budget and carried out to the highest possible standard. This ethos has played a major role in ensuring long-term repeat business, which has been fundamental to the company’s continued success.

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APPRENTICESHIPS ARE ON THE RISE AND SET TO INCREASE FURTHER AS IRISH GOVERNMENT SCHEMES KICK INTO PLAY…

More apprentices as industry recovers

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ith this year’s budget focused on stimulating the construction industry and, in particular, housebuilding, recent statistics pointing to a rise in the numbers taking up apprenticeships are to be welcomed. The Louth and Meath Education Training Board (LMETB), for example, recently reported a surge in apprenticeship numbers at their Regional Skills and Training Centre in Dundalk. National reports suggest that the number of new apprentices are set to double, with the biggest surge in trades linked to construction. Electrical apprenticeships account for 30% of the new apprentices registered in 2016 in Louth and Meath, with carpentry and joinery the second most popular. Commenting on the numbers, Elma McMahon from LMETB’s Regional Skills and Training Centre, said, “The majority of apprentices

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The move is designed to ensure there is adequate training for job opportunities in growth areas of the economy in the years ahead, rather than the traditional reliance on apprenticeships in construction.

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registered in Louth and Meath are employed in the traditional crafts associated with building like carpentry and electrical work. “Together with plumbing and motor mechanics they form almost 70% of the total number of apprenticeships registered with LMETB. However, non construction-based crafts are also gaining in popularity and we are seeing increases in the number of non-traditional trades like pipefitting, metal fabrication, electrical instrumentation and refrigeration.” The figures from LMETB’s database are showing a return to the apprenticeship model as an entry route to work for school-leavers. There are 191 new apprentices to date in Louth and Meath, giving a total number of 643 current apprentices registered with LMETB. The Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) are also reporting a rise in apprenticeships. Three hundred people are undertaking apprenticeships in Donegal, a figure that’s set to increase over the next two years. In an effort to further boost apprenticeship numbers, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is continuing its work with many of the Education and Training Boards across the country to provide short skills courses for people on the live register with construction experience (estimated at around 60,000). The CIF has

also established a website portal – www.apprentices.ie – aimed at companies and students interested in pursuing a construction apprenticeship. A new Government plan is also aiming to increase the number of people registering for apprenticeship and training schemes. The Action Plan for Education sets out a target to create 100 new apprenticeship schemes and 50 new traineeship programmes by 2020, as well as increasing access to work experience for higher level students. The move is designed to ensure there is adequate training for job opportunities in growth areas of the economy in the years ahead, rather than the traditional reliance on apprenticeships in construction. Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the changes would see 50,000 people registering for apprenticeship or trainee schemes by 2020, as well as a 25% increase in the number of higher level students who have access to work experience. The projected number of apprenticeships at the end of this year is 11,025, with the expected number of traineeships expected to stand at 47,489. Visit the new CIF website portal at www.apprentices.ie for more information about companies and students interested in pursuing apprenticeships.

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SPARKSAFE

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SELF-CERTIFICATION AND THE ELECTRICAL LICENCE TO PRACTICE SYSTEM? CHARLOTTE BAMBER, SYSTEMS & COMPLIANCE DIRECTOR AT SPARKSAFE LTP, EXPLAINS…

Self-certification and Third Party accreditation

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lectricians are obliged to inspect, test and certify the electrical safety of wiring systems that they install, repair or alter. This process is sometimes referred to as self-certification. The obligation to carry out (initial, periodic and minor works) certification of electrical systems is based upon the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the BS7671 Wiring Requirements for Electrical Installations.

THIRD PARTY ACCREDITATION Many client organisations and individual customers strengthen this trust-based, self-certification process by specifying an independent, quality control measure. A number of approved, third party accredited scheme operators provide this service. Examples of such organisations include the NICEIC, NAPIT and ELECSA. An examination of the quality and standards around the electrical certification process is central to the objectives of most third party accreditation organisations. The focus of third party accredited scheme operators tends to be on the practices, procedures and the skilled person/s who certify electrical test data in accordance with the BS7671 Wiring Requirements. Typically, scheme operators carry out inspections aimed at assessing the renewal of the electrical contractors approved status. • SCOPE: The procedure includes, but is not limited to, the scrutiny of forms, certificates, insurance details, training records for the qualifying supervisor/s, calibration of instruments, and other desk top checks. One or more on-site visits may be included in the inspection. The (on-site) visit is usually linked to the schedule of test results belonging to current and/or past jobs.

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“SparkSafe Licence to Practice system examines, verifies and assesses the competency of the electrical contractor’s complete manual workforce.” • LIMITATION: Central to third party accreditation of the self-certification process is the competency of the person (Qualifying Supervisor) who supervises the gathering and certification of the electrical inspection and testing data. The procedure does not formally assess the qualifications or competencies of the electrical contractor’s wider direct and/ or indirect manual workforce. Typically, only one or a few key workers designated as Qualifying Supervisors are subject to a suitable assessment of competency. • BENEFIT: Outside of an approved third party accredited membership scheme, electrical selfcertification is based upon a trust system. Many client organisations and individual customers insist on the added protection and quality improvement measure that is offered by the services of accredited scheme operators.

LICENCE TO PRACTICE Where third party accreditation concentrates on a few specialist workers (ie Qualifying Supervisors), the SparkSafe Licence to Practice (LtP) system examines the individual competencies of the many workers who carry out the practical installation tasks. These are the workers who install and connect the electrical containment, wiring, equipment, accessories, power and lighting systems. The electrical Licence to Practice system examines, verifies and assesses the competency of the electrical contractor’s complete manual workforce. This extends to those who are also indirectly employed by the electrical contractor. In comparison to third party accreditation, this is what SparkSafe LtP covers:

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• SCOPE: The SparkSafe LtP system provides online visibility of the electrical contractor’s workforce by individual licence type. This means that the qualitative weighting of the planned and actual workforce can be viewed, and subsequently monitored, in line with the programme, type and scope of individual client projects. • LIMITATION: The system does not seek or intend to duplicate or replace the existing third party accreditation provisions. • BENEFIT: Connecting competency with contracts is at the core of the SparkSafe LtP system. Better workers produce better outcomes. In the electrical industry, ignorance is not bliss. Licence to Practice empowers responsible and discerning clients with the means of raising the quality and improving the standards of electrical installation work that they have commissioned. Project managers are provided with a very useful resource that enables them to swiftly and conveniently determine the numerical and qualitative composition of the electrical contractor’s workforce by licence type.

SUMMARY Third party accreditation of the self-certification system includes an annual assessment of the few operatives who are employed to certify electrical inspection and testing outcomes on client projects. The absence of such a service would mean a dependence upon the inherent weaknesses of a trust-based system. The electrical Licence to Practice system, by contrast, addresses the competency and identity of the many workers who install, fit, connect, repair, alter and maintain the electrical requirements of the client. A top-down, bottom-up, quality improvement measure is available to those client organisations that choose to specify and apply these different but complementary systems.

JIB and SparkSafe LtP - what is the difference? JIB

SPARKSAFE LtP

The JIB proposition is based upon an established plastic card system. The card is a vehicle for carrying an operative’s identity, grade, occupation and health and safety credentials. Many new occupational JIB card types have come into existence. However, with regards to electrical installation, there are five main occupational card types - apprentice, helper, electrician, approved electrician and technician. Each card is linked to designated pay rates and corresponding levels of responsibility, as defined in the JIB Handbook. From the client’s perspective, the relevancy of the JIB card lies with the following:

In contrast, the SparkSafe Licence to Practice (LtP) system makes innovative use of online technology. Plastic cards are replaced by online profiles that provide the name and photographic identify of the worker, as well as the worker’s licence type, membership number and expiry date. In Northern Ireland, the LtP arrangements by client demand, places a firm obligation on those who apply for a QE licence to evidence the achievement of the latest of BS7 671. The strength of the online SparkSafe Licence to Practice system lies with the following:

• Demand for the card at the gate: The client may oblige the electrical contractor to produce an individual card to prove evidence of electrical competency for each worker. • The possession of the card by the person: Lost, forgotten, out-of-date and fake cards feature in the challenge of the system in the modern era. • Management of card by the main contractor: The plastic card system relies upon paper-based management and control systems. In the UK, the JIB does not require ECS cardholders to possess an accredited qualification covering the latest edition of BS7671.

• Demand for the card at the gate: An independently verified competency and photographic identity check for each worker is available 24/7 online to key stakeholders from inception to final handover. • The possession of the card by the person: Issues of fake, lost and forgotten cards are replaced by the online system. The electrical worker has a unique membership number and online licence type, matched to their identity, qualifications and experience. • Management of card by the main contractor: The online system minimises administration costs and management time associated with recording and checking the contractor’s workforce composition.

Learning more about Licence to Practice

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ain and electrical contractors from across Northern Ireland took up the opportunity in October to learn more about the audit requirements and functionality of the new SparkSafe Licence to Practice system. The attendees received an update on the development of the system and a demonstration of how it works. Derek Thompson, Chief Executive, ETT, said, “The basis of compliance with the new system is set out by the Central Procurement Directorate in PGN 01/16. We strongly recommend that main contractors and electrical sub-contractors engaged in

Public Sector tendering, take time to read and understand these requirements.” For further information on the SparkSafe system, and to access the ‘How to Guides’, visit www.sparksafeltp.co.uk. Each guide explains the system step by step, providing tips and advice on managing projects and making connections with electrical workers.

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CASE STUDY - BLACKPOOL COMMUNITY CENTRE, CORK

SOLAR PANELS AND LED LIGHTS ARE PROVIDING A COMMUNITY CENTRE IN CORK WITH SERIOUS ENERGY SAVINGS AND SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHER LOCAL GROUPS…

Setting the standard T his year, Blackpool Community Centre in Cork made the brave decision to invest in energy-efficient measures that would see the group pay off its investment in the technology within seven years. The installation of solar PV panels and the addition of LED lighting has also helped the centre play its part in tackling climate change. With the help of a Better Energy Communities (BEC) grant administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the energy-efficient measures are beginning to prove their worth, and the centre is being hailed as a model for other local groups across the country. Blackpool Community Centre plays an important role in the town offering medical services, educational classes, an over-60s club and a youth centre. Mark Cronin is the honorary secretary at the centre and one of

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the initial advocates for the introduction of energy-saving measures at the facility. As a member of the Green Party, Mark is acutely aware of climate change and its effects. “The idea of reducing the centre’s energy consumption was a consideration, as was the idea of saving money through reducing our energy consumption,” he said. “Without the money-saving aspect, the idea probably wouldn’t have developed as quickly.” Mark was familiar with the BEC scheme, having used it previously for his own home. Despite this, he and the team at the community centre came up against a brick wall. “Our initial application was turned down. It was only when we came under the umbrella of NCE Insulation in Cork that we were successful. Really, it was through their hard work that we secured funding

and without them, I don’t think the project would have gone ahead,” he said.

INSTALLATION NCE Insulation is one of the biggest community-based installers of energysaving measures to households in Ireland. The company prides itself on helping home-owners to combat fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs, both economically and environmentally. With NCE’s help, the community centre received a 40% grant, with the remaining 60% provided by the centre itself. “We’re hoping that once the savings kick in, the solar panels and LED lights will start to pay for themselves,” said Mark. Approximately 28 LED light fittings were installed by Daniel O’Leary last March, a local electrician from the area. Before the solar panels were installed, the centre

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€25million will be made available in 2017 for more BEC scheme energy-efficiency upgrades.

saved approximately 15% on its energy bills, thanks to the new LED lighting. With the solar panels working in tandem with the LED lights, Mark is hoping for significant energy savings. “We’re hoping that the solar panels will give us 10,000kwh. We’re taking a very cautious approach to what we think we’ll save – publicly we’ve said we’ll make 40% savings but I would expect it to be more.” A display panel on the energy converter - located in the youth club - shows the amount of energy that the solar panels are producing on a daily basis. “We’re inviting schools to come down and see for themselves what the solar panels are capable of achieving.”

SOLAR Solar Electric installed the solar panels last August. “When I started investigating who could carry out the installation, I noticed that a lot of companies are involved in installing the panels that use water,” said Mark. “Not so many install the purely electric solar panels. That’s partly why we went with Solar Electric in Wexford, a company that had carried out the largest solar panel project in Ireland. The work was

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completed in three days, there was no inconvenience, and the firm was extremely efficient.” Efficiency is guaranteed for 25 years with the solar panels. “A total of 39 panels were installed,” explained Mark. “Within a year I’ll have all the figures, but I can say for certain that we’ll get our money back. Even with the weather we’re having at the moment and the shorter days coming in, I know we’ll be in a much better position, energy-savings-wise, in a year’s time.” Visiting the community centre recently, Denis Naughten, Minister at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, said, “We’re hoping that people will look at projects like this and realise that it makes sense. People can see that this is not halfbaked or cracked — it does save money. Energy prices will continue to rise. That’s the trajectory. We need to be far more energy-secure in this country. “We have good renewable energy sources and we need to concentrate and support those. This all makes sense from a consumer point of view — it makes homes far more comfortable to live in, it reduces the energy bills, but it also

protects us in relation to the long-term effects of climate change.” In Cork, the North Cathedral, Ballyvolane Fire Station, Blackpool Shopping Centre and car park, UCC, Leisureworld in Bishopstown and council housing at Ardbhaile and Glenamoy in Mayfield have all benefitted from an estimated €3million investment in energy-efficiency projects — insulation, LED lighting or solar panels — under the BEC scheme during the year. Around the country, the scheme has supported 300 community energy-efficiency projects over the last five years, with more than 15,000 homes and hundreds of community, private and public buildings receiving energyefficiency upgrades. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has confirmed that €25million will be made available in 2017 for more BEC scheme energy-efficiency upgrades to over 2,600 homes and almost 300 community and commercial facilities. For more information on the BEC grant scheme, contact the SEAI – (RoI) 01 8082100 or (NI) 00353 1 8082100 or visit www.seai.ie

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ELECRICAL TRADE EVENT DUBLIN – REVIEW

THE ELECTRICAL TRADE EVENT IN DUBLIN PROVED TO BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SO FAR WITH OVER 600 PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE INDUSTRY IN ATTENDANCE.

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aking place in October at the Citywest Hotel, Saggart, this popular annual event proved a hit with an array of visitors ranging from electrical contractors and consultants through to electrical wholesalers, facilities managers and lighting designers. Those from the wider construction industry, including builders, architects and specifiers, were also in attendance alongside representatives from County Councils and other Government departments. Over 50 exhibitors showcased hundreds of different products to

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TRADE EVENT DUBLIN 2016 an attentive audience keen to learn more about the latest developments in the industry. “This event has again proved to be the place to come for forwardthinking individuals keen to get ahead of the competition,” said Janice Uprichard, Publication Manager of Ireland’s Electrical Magazine, which organised the event. “The diverse range of exhibitors on show proved a major attraction and we are delighted with the growing success of the Electrical Trade Event.”

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PRODUCT NEWS

THE BEST WAY TO BE COMPETITIVE IS TO FOCUS ON SAVING THE TIME THE JOB TAKES, NOT ON TRYING TO SHAVE A FEW PENNIES OFF THE COST OF THE GOODS YOU INSTALL, ARGUES TIMEGUARD MD ANDY DOUGLAS…

Make it easy W hen you quote for a job, customers will either have been asking friends and family or Google, what they should expect to pay, so you might not have much room for manoeuvre. So you need to work smarter, by investing in goods that are quicker and easier to install. Word of mouth is powerful, and spreads faster than ever these days. It’s taken on new dimensions with internet sites that rate traders and local neighbourhood forums. The world will soon know if you’ve installed duff products, whether the job was fitting a fused spur for £50/e56 or rewiring a family home for £5,000/e5,558. You simply cannot afford the risk of being associated with failing products. The best way to boost your productivity and profitability is by minimising the time it takes to do, and avoiding altogether the need ever to go back and put a bad job right.

WORKING FASTER You’ve probably got a good idea how long a task should take, based on experience, but I’d like to suggest that you look again at some of the routine jobs. Our focus on the installer market has included a determination to design products that you can fit much faster.

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Refinements like bigger wiring blocks, replaceable cable knock-outs, glands shaped for UK’s oval cables, or putting all the wiring in an outdoor light’s back box so that the heavier floodlight can be clipped on in seconds, all give you time (as do wall brackets that won’t remind you of trying to build flat-pack furniture). Squeezing extra functionality like timing and RCD protection into standard back boxes, so that you only need to make a simple wire-for-wire replacement, have been another great leap forward, pioneered by Timeguard. Of course, quality counts, and key things to look out for are how many years the manufacturer has been prepared to guarantee the goods for, and that they are tested and rated to do the job you have in mind. For instance, lower-quality PIR switches might not have been tested with the LED inrush currents associated with their rating. At Timeguard, we were among the first manufacturers to highlight this problem and give a clear indication of tested LED ratings on the boxes.

WORKING SMARTER Looking inside the box pays dividends – especially if there’s no information on the outside. It will show you how easy and quick (or hard and seemingly-endless)

wiring anything from a PIR to a porch light up is going to be. For instance, putting all the wiring in the back box is another way we help to give you precious time. It’s obviously going to be much easier to wire in a small back box and then simply clip on the heavier light and reflector unit, than battle with the whole system at the top of a ladder. By pre-fitting PIR or photocell sensors to the wiring blocks, we turn installation into even-quicker plug-and-play. This year, we’ve added even-larger wiring blocks to our latest range of LED lighting, with an extra terminal available for looping out. Ever had to start again because you made the wrong knock-out? Why not choose Timeguard products with replaceable knock-outs, like our Weathersafe Vision outdoor sockets. Captive screws are always a good idea too – check out our new LED range for an example of that. In summary - fit kit that’s been designed with a focus on what you, the installer, need in terms of reliability and easy installation. You’ll benefit from good reviews and endorsements, and maybe even a shorter working day. T: (NI) 020 8452 1112 or (RoI) 0044 20 8452 1112 E: sales@timeguard.com W: www.timeguard.com

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BPS 35TH ANNIVERSARY

PROTECTING PROPERTIES – AND LIVES – ACROSS THE UK AND IRELAND, BPS HAS CEMENTED ITS POSITION AS MARKET LEADER IN THE FIRE AND SECURITY MARKETPLACE…

Building Protection Systems (NI) Ltd - 35 years and counting

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he year 2016 has been a stellar one for Building Protection Systems (NI) Ltd, as it celebrates 35 years of success in business as an independent specialist. During those years, BPS has grown to become the largest independently-owned specialist electronic fire and security services company in Northern Ireland. “We’re a local independent, offering a personal service,” said Managing Director, Calvin Adams. “Providing both new build solutions and maintenance contracts for companies throughout the UK and Ireland, we can procure and deliver on projects of any size, from £200 up to £2million, supplying everything from fire detection systems to specialist electronic protection devices, such as pool drown alarms. “We offer design assistance to consulting engineers, design and build project teams, and PFI consortia. Plus, we currently provide

supply and installation services to most notable M&E contractors in the SME and multi-national project marketplace, as well as providing aftercare service and maintenance. “We are fully accredited and have worked with all the major contractors in Northern Ireland across a broad spectrum of work, but with particular specialism in the healthcare sector,” continued Calvin. “We’re the ‘goto’ people – customers come for one-stop provision of fire and security solutions and we are proud of the fact that a lot of our business comes through word of mouth recommendation. “Without a quality, experienced, and dedicated workforce, we couldn’t provide that high level of service expected by our customers. Their continued dedication, and commitment to the success of BPS is greatly appreciated, as is the continued loyalty of our many customers over the years.”

THE JOURNEY Building Protection Systems was established in 1981 by Philip Cunningham and David McCombe as a fire alarm service organisation. In 1985, BPS was appointed Zettler UK Fire Systems’ agent for the island of Ireland, which remained the case until Zettler was purchased by Tyco in 1996. This was the start of the BPS specialism within the health sector, as Zettler Fire Systems was successful in providing new fire systems for a number of Northern Ireland hospitals. As a supplier, commissioner, and maintainer of fire detection and alarm systems, BPS was successful in developing many longterm customers, a number of whom are still customers today. As a ‘go-to’ choice of fire alarm specialist for major project works and large service contracts, BPS became the preference of many customers in Northern Ireland.

“I believe we are currently the best F&S specialist in Northern Ireland, always striving to remain competitive whilst embracing new technologies, and providing a service ahead of others.”

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Top team BPS has recently added to its team of dedicated professionals with some new appointments Andrew Craig, Service Manager; Oswald (Ozzy) Gordon, Projects Manager; and Connor Rodgers, Technical Sales and Business Development. The admin team has also been enhanced with the appointment of James O’Brien as Procurement Coordinator; and Siobhan McMahon and Stacey Nelson as Service Coordinators. Thirty years as a Key Partner with Morley-IAS Fire Systems by Honeywell was recognised at the BPS 35th anniversary night with a presentation from Tony Green, UK and Ireland Sales Manager, Morley IAS by Honeywell (left), to BPS Managing Director, Calvin Adams.

Helen Stone and Linda Riddell joined BPS in 1989, and are still contributing greatly some 27 years later. In late 1999, Calvin Adams joined the company as Sales Director, after spending 16 years as an M&E consulting engineer with some of the most respected M&E practices in the province. Coinciding with Calvin’s appointment, BPS recognised that a more sustainable approach for expansion was to diversify into the associated field of security systems. “This, together with our proven strength in fire systems, was a strategy which was to signal our growth to becoming one of very few specialists capable of undertaking some of the most significant new projects in the field of fire and security systems in Northern Ireland,” said Calvin. “Together with our continuing success in securing and retaining significant service customers, it contributed to our successful journey in growing to what we are today.” After ‘buying in’ to take a

Gent by Honeywell ‘Elite Systems Integrator’ status is conferred on BPS by John Lewis, Director UK&I, Honeywell Security & Fire.

minority shareholding in BPS in 2000, Mark Gillespie and Calvin completed a management buy-out of BPS in 2002, with Philip and David retiring from the company. BPS had at that time 22 employees. Clive Kinnear joined BPS in 2001, strengthening the company’s ability to design and sell new integrated security systems, together with the design of fire systems already catered for. BPS has continued to grow, becoming a company with a peak employee number of 50 team members. Mark retired in April 2015, leaving Calvin in sole ownership of the company.

INDEPENDENT “We remain an independent company, privately owned but with the buying power of a multi-national, and with most of our competitors’ being multi-national organisations – this is a fact we are hugely proud of,” said Calvin. “We have a desire to be the best at what we do, and I believe we are currently the best F&S specialist in Northern

Ireland, always striving to remain competitive whilst embracing new technologies, and providing a service ahead of others. “We do not rest on our laurels, but constantly seek continual improvement, an ethos we are now extending into the UK mainland, recently taking an address in Hertfordshire as a launch pad for the next step in BPS’s growth. We have already secured significant projects in London, Nottingham, Bristol, and Aberdeen - not forgetting our continuing success within our core market in Northern Ireland. “As well as Morley IAS Fire Systems by Honeywell, other key distributorships were secured over the intervening period, such as Inner Range Integrated Access Control and Intrusion System, and Honeywell Security and Video Systems. These, combined with last year becoming a Gent by Honeywell Systems Integrator have cemented our position as market leader in the fire and security marketplace.”

SERVICE MANAGER, Andrew Craig. “I lead the service team, ensuring our service level agreements and key performance indicators are at the top end of what our extensive customer base expects and deserves. My job is made easy by the skills and qualities of our coordination team and service technicians.” PROJECTS MANAGER, Oswald (Ozzy) Gordon. “I plan and manage the delivery of all labour and material aspects of what we do, in terms of new fire and security project works. I have a team of dedicated senior field engineers who lead the highly skilled field technicians and ensure we deliver projects to the level of quality which meets or exceeds customer expectations.” TECHNICAL SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, Connor Rodgers. “I am charged with developing new customer business opportunities for the company from both a fire and security and sales and service perspective.”

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BPS 35TH ANNIVERSARY

BPS HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN NEW BUILD SOLUTIONS AND MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS FOR MANY MAJOR PROJECTS ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND…

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s a fire and security services system solution provider, BPS has undertaken many major projects throughout Northern Ireland. “We have particular expertise in the health sector and are proud to be associated with the last three new build hospitals in Northern Ireland, as well as major refurbishments of other hospitals,” said Managing Director, Calvin Adams. “We also have long-term associations with clients such as Belfast International Airport, as well as most of the Health Trusts in Northern Ireland, servicing their fire and security needs over many years. “Leisure is a newer market for us, but again, we have worked on many leading projects in this sector, including the Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex, Bangor, and also Newry and Comber leisure centres, as well as the soon to be completed Olympia Leisure Centre in

Belfast. We are currently undertaking a large project for the Rushcliffe Arena in Nottingham.” Covering every aspect of the market, the BPS portfolio extends to education, commercial, retail and more, with projects such as the IKEA Store in Belfast; Junction One Factory Outlet Centre, Antrim; the Obel Tower, Belfast; Radisson Hotel, Belfast; Ashfield Girls School, Belfast; Belfast Distillery Crumlin Road Gaol; Gobbins Visitors Centre and Coastal Cliff Path; Jobs & Benefits Office Andersonstown; The Bar Library and Building, Belfast; and the Waterfront Hall & Exhibition Centre – to name but a few! “We even worked on the carriages for the new Belmond Grand Hibernian Luxury Train in Ireland. It wasn’t a big project, but providing fire protection services for mobile sleeping accommodation was an interesting new specialism for BPS,” concluded Calvin.

“We even worked on the carriages for the new Belmond Grand Hibernian Luxury Train in Ireland.

New £50million Cancer Centre & Radiotherapy Unit, Altnagelvin Hospital BPS undertook a range of specialist electronic protection systems for this project, which included fire alarm, disabled refuge alarm, TCP/IP CCTV, access control, panic attack, intruder alarm systems, and TCP/IP entrance intercoms.

New Inpatient Ward Block, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald Building Protection Systems is currently undertaking the supply and installation of all the fire and security elements of the new £108million generic ward block at the Ulster Hospital. This includes fire alarm, alarm management, access control, IP CCTV, intercoms and intruder alarm systems.

Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex, Bangor BPS was appointed to undertake a range of specialist electronic protection systems for this project which included fire alarm, disabled refuge, pool alarm, toilet alarm, intruder alarm, access control/intercoms and CCTV.

Waterfront Hall Conference Centre Extension, Belfast Building Protection Systems undertook fire alarm and public address/voice annunciation systems in the recent £25.9million Waterfront Hall conference centre extension.

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BPS 35TH ANNIVERSARY NIGHT

Chris and Nichola McClelland, and David and Kirsty Bryson enjoying the evening.

‘The Ragdolls’ entertaining the crowd.

Chris McClelland receives his 10-year service award.

ANNIVERSARY EVENT CELEBRATES COMPANY SUCCESS AND CONTRIBUTION OF LONG-SERVING STAFF MEMBERS…

BPS marks 35 years with gala evening at Waterfront Hall

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PS’s 35th anniversary year was marked in style at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, in a celebratory event attended by over 70 staff, customers and suppliers. As an occasion to celebrate the longevity of BPS, it was appropriate that a number of BPS team members with long service were also recognised. Chris McClelland, John Ackerley, Ciaran Smyth, Mark Mitchell, and Neil Heron were presented with watches to mark over 10 years’ service, while Clive Kinnear, Glenn Fisher, and Gavin Maskey received Waterford crystal glasses to honour 15, 21 and 21 years of service respectively.

John Ackerley receives his 10-year service award.

BPS was also presented with two awards – one for Elite System Integrator status presented by Gent, and another by Honeywell to commemorate 30 years as a Key Partner with Morley-IAS Fire Systems. “It was a memorable occasion, and the Waterfront provided an apt location, as BPS installed the fire and PAVA systems for the recent conference extension work there,” said BPS Managing Director, Calvin Adams. “It was also quite poignant looking out of the glass-fronted space with its magnificent views over the city of Belfast and identifying numerous buildings that BPS has been involved in over its long history.” Paying tribute to Calvin Adams and

Clive Kinnear receives his 15-year service reward.

the team at BPS after attending the anniversary event, Ivan Humphreys, Associate Director at JCP Consulting Ltd, Belfast, said, “I always think that the staff within a company are a good guide to the way in which the company is managed. It was obvious from my perspective, that your staff are a very happy and contented bunch.” Adding further praise, Jillian McCord of C&H Jefferson Solicitors, Belfast, commented, “It is clear that the future is bright for BPS, and I would personally wish everyone connected to BPS every success for the next 35 years and beyond.”

Calvin Adams speaks to the assembled guests.

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CASE STUDY – FANE VALLEY, MOIRA

NEW HEAD OFFICE FOR PROGRESSIVE AGRI-FOOD BUSINESS INCORPORATES A COSTEFFECTIVE LIGHTING SOLUTION…

Hilclare lights up Fane Valley

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ilclare Lighting has carried out a lighting upgrade at the headquarters of Fane Valley in Moira. The farmer-owned co-operative is now one of Ireland’s most progressive agri-food businesses, with interests in red meats, porridge oats and breakfast cereal, feed compounding, agricultural supplies, and renewable energy, operating across Europe. Working with Stephen Clarke Consulting Ltd, Hilclare Lighting designed a bespoke solution to meet the specific lighting requirements of the company while also keeping energy costs to a minimum. “When considering a lighting upgrade, reducing future energy costs is now as important as the initial investment,” said Steven McMurray, Hilclare Lighting’s Project Engineer for Northern Ireland. “Our extensive range allows us to meet a wide range of requirements but, just as importantly, we can combine this with a cost-effective design.”

This project included a number of LED solutions such as Seville, Destello and Cataluna. A range of low-profile recessed modular luminaires with a back-lit LED light source, the Seville LED Panel is suitable for use in many interior applications including offices, hospitals, hotels and retail areas. They proved the perfect fit at Fane Valley where they were installed alongside the attractive, low-profile design of Cataluna LED. Simple to install with either ceiling or suspension mounting, this range comes with a wide range of LED wattages. The new Fane Valley board room is lit using the dimmable Destello range. This adjustable LED gimbal in a square recessed bezel is also suitable for use in foyers, display areas and other areas in commercial buildings and retail shops. The Fane Valley project also included lighting from the Bandera, Destello, Hachero1 and Perez ranges.

“When considering a lighting upgrade, reducing future energy costs is now as important as the initial investment.”

Bandera downlights are a range of recessed wide-beam LED downlight luminaires, suitable for use in foyers, meeting rooms, corridors and other areas in commercial buildings and retail shops while the Destello is an adjustable LED gimbal in a recessed bezel that offers a range of recessed, individually adjustable, LED display luminaires. The surface-mounted Hachero1 are not only decorative but, thanks to the range’s adaptability, come with many diffuser, finish and light source options that can be tailored to the project’s requirements. The Perez range is an economy IP65 corrosion-resistant luminaire, designed to be surface, suspension, trunking or cable tray mounting. “This was a straightforward project for us but only due to the fact that our extensive range is able to meet so many different requirements,” added Steven. “On projects such as this - where you have to consider a lot of various requirements – that can make all the difference.”

Hilclare Lighting Ltd (NI) Steven McMurray, Northern Ireland Project Engineer – T: 07710 073 250 - E: sm@hilclare.com (ROI) Wyer Lighting & Electrical Products Ltd – T: 045 408 132 - E: sales@wlep.ie

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CABLES

JASON HALLAM, TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION MANAGER, CPN-CUDIS ANSWERS SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FLYING NEUTRAL AND FUNCTIONAL EARTH CABLES ON SINGLE-POLE CPN RCBOS… A. No, only live is disconnected, and this applies to most other manufacturers. However, CPN offers a range of RCBOs for all applications.

Flying cables FAQs Q. Why do some RCBOs have no functional earth? A. RCBOs do not have to have a separate earth connection to meet the standard EN61009. The UK seems to be one of a very few countries that have a functional earth facility. Eventually, with the CPN single-pole RCBs, you may see the functional earth facility disappearing.

Q. What is the fly small functional earth cable for? A. This is used in the event of a loss of neutral during an earth fault giving the RCBO reference to earth. At least one incident of loss of neutral supply is reported each day in the UK. Q. What colour should the functional earth cable be? A. In most cases this will be cream/ white. Q. Can I extend functional earth cable? A. Yes, this is not a problem. Q. Can I group the functional earth cables when connecting into the earth box? A. This is plausible but we would recommend that they are connected to the earth bar with the corresponding circuit for clear identification.

CPN offers a range of MCB-sized RCBOs for single-phase applications up to 32A.

Q. Can I shorten or lengthen the flying neutral cable? A. Yes. If shortened, ensure that the end is correctly terminated – eg with a boot lace ferrule – before connection is made into the neutral bar. If the neutral flying lead is required to be longer, ensure that you select an adequate splicing crimp which is properly insulated, and that the same CSA of cable is used.

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Q. Can I cut off the functional earth cable? A. No, this is bad practice. Even though testing of the RCBOs, as required by BS7671, will be fine, we, as a manufacturer would not recommend this as the RCBO has been type-tested and certified with the functional earth attached. Q. Do CPN single-pole RCBOs which are used in consumer units and distribution boards disconnect neutral?

Q. Can I use single-pole RCBS for caravan parks and marinas? A. No, single-pole switching of the live conductor only, and not the neutral, does not meet the requirements as set out in BS7671 Regulation 708.553.1.13 for caravan parks, and Regulation 709.531.2 for marinas and similar locations. When using RCBOs for these applications, a double-pole RCBO, which disconnects live and neutral conductors, must be used. This would also apply to three-phase applications in these locations. Q. Can I mount RCBOs horizontally? A. Yes, this is most common in threephase distribution boards. Q. Why doesn’t CPN offer a 50A or 63A RCBO? A. CPN is working towards higher current RCBOs. Having a high current rating, in such a compact space, with a neutral supply, has its challenges. Q. Do I have to disconnect the cables (eg the functional earth and neutral cables) when carrying out an insulation resistance test? A. Yes, we need to remember that insulation resistance testing is for the installation only and not the protective device. Subject to voltages used, this could cause damage to the electronic component within the RCBO if not disconnected.

GOING FORWARD RCBOs are getting smaller and more compact. CPN offers a range of MCB-sized RCBOs for single-phase applications up to 32A, providing you with some welcome space in your enclosures. CPN also offers double-pole RCBOs, which allow the switching of live and neutral up to 32A in B and C curve for applications such as marinas and caravan parks, along with the traditional double polesized RCBO. W: www.cudis.co.uk

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LIGHTING

DES DUIGNAN, AURORA GROUP’S SALES DIRECTOR, EXPLAINS HOW LUMINAIRES CAN BE USED TO IMITATE DAYLIGHT, PROMOTING A SENSE OF WELL-BEING…

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uring the winter months we spend much more of our time indoors due to darker evenings and colder weather. However, daylight has the ability to invigorate and promote a sense of wellbeing, so interior lighting with adjustable output and colour temperatures should be a serious consideration. In the Enlite Edition 4 catalogue, there is a luminaire that changes colour and dims at the push or rotation of a button. The PolaCX colour switching and dimmable downlight is ideal for creating the perfect mood or environment. It works with a standard rotary dimmer switch, so the colour temperature can be adjusted as required. A colour temperature of 2700K

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offers warm, relaxed, ambient lighting; 3800K attains light levels needed for accent lighting; and 5700K delivers an alert task lighting mode. The PolaCX LED downlight is ideal for residential, office, educational and communal lighting applications where light colour and output can be adjusted to suit the task and/or mood. It’s also IP54 rated, meaning it’s suitable for bathroom installations, has 1.5kV surge protection and comes with a three-year warranty. Particularly suitable for healthcare and residential care homes, PolaCX was one of several solutions chosen to illuminate patient and consultancy rooms at Luton

and Dunstable University Hospital (LDUH) which, as part of a major lighting refurbishment, was replacing halogens and fluorescents with LED. T: Des Duignan, Director for Ireland, (RoI) 01 696 8028 (mobile) 083 420 6847 (NI) 00353 1 696 8028 (mobile) 00353 83 420 6847 E: des.duignan@auroralighting.com W: www.auroralighting.com

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AWARDS

IRISH COMPANIES MAKE €100MILLION IN ENERGY SAVINGS AS THIS YEAR’S AWARDS AGAIN DEMONSTRATE THE COMMITMENT TO CUT ENERGY COSTS…

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Pictured (from left) are Tim Lucey, Chief Executive, Cork County Council, winner of The Public Sector Award; Paul Walsh, Campus Ireland Energy Lead, J&J Ireland, winner of the coveted Leadership Award; and Kevin Barry, Dell EMC, winner of the Large Business Award at the 2016 SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards. Pic:Naoise Culhane.

ntrants to this year’s Sustainable Energy Awards show Ireland is on the right path to reducing carbon emissions. Presented by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and sponsored by Enprova, the 2017 Sustainable Energy Awards have once again demonstrated the commitment Irish companies have when it comes to reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions. Amongst this year’s winners were Cosgrave Developments who scooped the Buildings Award for the development of super energy efficient homes. These homes include a district heating system, payas-you-go billing and Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems with a special device to incorporate a load management module to allow home-owners to maximise electricity output on site. This helps reduce energy bills and energy usage and also minimises dispatch to the grid. In addition, homeowners can use a remote control option on their smart phones to control their heating from anywhere in the world. The Innovation Award went to DaysE for the creation of a ‘Donate As You Save’ fundraising model which uses energy savings as a means of raising funds for energy projects in non-profit organisations. The model facilitates the transfer of energy savings and/or energy credits from donors to charities; the donations are then used by

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the charity to implement energy upgrades to reduce their energy bills and running costs. The Community Award went to Camphill Communities of Ireland for their Better Energy Communities project, which involved energy upgrades to 78 projects including commercial, residential and community buildings. These measures included biogas electricity generation systems, biomass boilers installations, solar panels and a wind turbine. The annual energy savings have been estimated at €300,000 which is equivalent to a 20% reduction in energy use. Also a winner on the night was Cork County Council, which walked away with the Public Sector Award. As the first local authority in Ireland to develop and implement an Energy Management System that’s fully certified to ISO 50001, the council has managed to create a template that will undoubtedly be implemented by other local authorities. J&J Campus Ireland won the big award of the night – the Leadership Award – for reducing CO2 emissions between four Johnson & Johnson Irish-based companies by 20% by the year 2020. Speaking on the night, Jim Gannon CEO, SEAI, said, “€100 million is the highest figure for collective savings made by companies since the Awards began 13 years ago. As CEO of SEAI, I am immensely

proud of the successes achieved by the finalists in bringing innovative solutions to energy management. The organisations here are not only leaders domestically but globally and I commend all those who took part in the Awards on their energy achievements and encourage them to keep the momentum going and inspire others to take action.”

Energy Award Winners 2016 – who won what? Innovation Award: DaysE Buildings Award: Cosgrave Developments Research Award: NVP Energy Community Award: Camphill Communities of Ireland Design Award: Hybrid Energy Solutions Large Business Award: Dell EMC Public Sector Award: Cork County Council Small Business Award: Adventure Company Leadership Award: J&J Campus Ireland

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COMPANY NEWS

The ECI Lighting team outside their new Belfast premises – (from left) Paul Jackson, Area Manager; Steven Gregg, Telephone Sales/Stores; Peter Brady, Sales Director; Conor Trainor, Telephone Sales/Stores; and Denise McNicholl, Administration Manager.

NEW PREMISES, GROWING STAFF AND CONTINUED PRODUCT EVOLUTION HIGHLIGHTS A RANGE OF POSITIVES IN WORKING WITH THIS LEADING LIGHTING DISTRIBUTOR…

Belfast expansion benefits ECI Lighting’s customers T he growth of ECI Lighting has continued with the company opening new premises in Belfast and expanding its team in Northern Ireland. After outgrowing the company’s former premises at North City Business Park, ECI Lighting has now moved to Duncrue Industrial Estate, opening a new trade counter, complete with lighting displays. However, the big addition is the expanded warehouse facilities that have enhanced the stock levels available to customers. “Our focus is all about customer service and now that we have more than doubled

the size of our warehouse we are able to react even quicker to meet customer needs,” explained Paul Jackson, ECI Lighting Area Manager who heads up the Belfast team. “Our former premises simply weren’t big enough to meet the growing demand for our products and we have been searching extensively over the last two years to find the right location. With our new location so central to a wide range of electrical wholesalers and with so many contractors coming in and out of the area we have already noticed an increase in business, so

the location has provided us with an even stronger foundation.” ECI Lighting continues to look ahead with optimism and, in addition to the company’s continuing product evolution, ECI Lighting is also expanding its personnel. “We have added one new member of staff to the Belfast team and we want to recruit more, specifically on the specification aspect of lighting,” added Paul. “At present our lighting design is carried out by our team in Dublin but we are keen to offer that service in Belfast and will soon be actively recruiting to fill this role.

BELFAST - 3 Duncrue Industrial Park, Duncrue Road, Belfast BT3 9BP. T: 028 9075 6436 - E: belfast@ecilighting.co.uk DUBLIN - 34/35 North Park, North Road, Finglas, Dublin 11. T: 01 860 1860 - E: info@ecilighting.ie CORK - Unit 1, Barryscourt, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. T: 021 488 3434 - E: lslye@ecilighting.ie www.ecilighting.ie

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“These are exciting times for the company and we are confident that our product range and service will continue to prove to be a winning combination.”

Quality that stands the test of time

“These are exciting times for the company and we are confident that our product range and service will continue to prove to be a winning combination.” ECI Lighting has clearly worked hard to find the much sought-after balance between quality products and competitive prices. “That is very important to us and something we pride ourselves on,” said Paul. “While there is a drive to the bottom regarding price, our focus is on the longerterm, with proven products that last. Value for money is the most important aspect.” While the company’s direct route to market is via electrical wholesalers, ECI Lighting works closely with electrical contractors and consultants to provide bespoke solutions for their lighting needs. The customer can then nominate their preferred electrical wholesaler to supply the product range. “We have an extremely strong relationship with the leading electrical wholesalers and we value that relationship,” said Paul. “With our increased warehouse capacity we can now enhance our service to

wholesalers. We have such an extensive range we can meet the requirements of almost every application and we can even tailor the package to work within a strict budget.” With price, availability and product quality all accounted for, ECI Lighting can also add experience to its service package. Area Manager Paul Jackson has been with the company for six years while Steven Gregg joined two-and-a-half years ago and he was joined by Conor Trainor earlier this year, with the pair working on the trade counter and warehouse. They are ably supported by Denise McNicholl who has worked with ECI lighting since it opened in Belfast. The Belfast operation is part of an allIreland network that includes offices in both Dublin and Cork, providing a lighting service you can trust. Paul concluded, “We’re here for the long haul and the opening of our new warehouse and the addition of new staff shows that we are moving forward with confidence.”

Established in 1960 as the Electrical Company of Ireland, ECI Lighting has stood the test of time. With offices in Dublin, Belfast and Cork, for over 55 years the company has provided the industry with recognised leadership, knowledge and expertise in the area of lighting design and supply. ECI Lighting introduced the Prelux LED range as an own-brand solution to meet the increasing demand for affordable, high-quality, energy-efficient fixtures. Incorporating the most advanced energy-saving technology, the Prelux range has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and now boasts over 100 models for a broad range of applications. However, this not the only product available from ECI Lighting, with the company representing major names such as: • Ares • Bega • Belid • Deltalight • Florian Light • Fumagalli • Glashutte Limburg

• Lucente • Megaman • Nobile • Orbit Lighting • Prelux LED • Regent • Roxo Lighting • Venture Lighting

These products are available through the company’s strong partnerships with all the leading Irish electrical wholesalers, with ECI Lighting also offering lighting design services to enhance its enviable service package.

BELFAST - 3 Duncrue Industrial Park, Duncrue Road, Belfast BT3 9BP. T: 028 9075 6436 - E: belfast@ecilighting.co.uk DUBLIN - 34/35 North Park, North Road, Finglas, Dublin 11. T: 01 860 1860 - E: info@ecilighting.ie CORK - Unit 1, Barryscourt, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. T: 021 488 3434 - E: lslye@ecilighting.ie www.ecilighting.ie

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TRAINING WORKS

The magnificent 12 step up to Level 4 with City & Guilds 2396

The Magnificent 12 with Michele McCormick, ETT, Graham Robinson, Lecturer, and Amanda McCloskey, ETT.

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t’s been many months in the making for the team at ETT. Charged with the task of developing a fast track delivery model, for the C&G 2396 (an alternative to the old C&G C course), they have persevered and produced the goods with the first class of 12, up and running in October. The course provides electricians with an excellent opportunity to acquire an accredited qualification in electrical design erection and verification. Amanda McCloskey, ETT Business Support Manager, said, “It’s been a great opportunity to introduce new expert lecturer, Graham Robinson, from our partner organisation, CTTCUK.” The course has been welcomed by companies like BT, IPCE, WIlliam Coates and JBE, and has been a hit with candidates

from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Speaking on behalf of the magnificent 12, Darryl Fulton, Contracts Director at IPCE, said, “We’ve got off to a great start. The course is well organised, with good resources and the lecturer is clearly the right man for the job.”

Due to high demand, ETT is already working with CTTCUK to agree the next dates for the C&G 2396. If you want to take steps to build your career, and impress with a Level 4 qualification, get in touch with the team today to reserve your place - e-mail enquiries@ett-ni.org or call 028 2565 0750.

Training works SOME OF ETT’S SUCCESSFUL EXAM CANDIDATES AND RECENT COURSE ATTENDEES… Great to see a full class at the recent AM2 Preparation Course.

Aaron Ewbanks is delighted to receive the C&G 2382 17th Edition with ETT.

Joe Whyte is presented with his C&G 2382 17th Edition certificate.

ETT is delighted to be once again working with Diversity NI to deliver CSR training to ENKI employees.

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Thermal visionaries see new business opportunity The BT in-house electrical team updated their existing periodic inspection and testing qualifications with ETT.

BT training at ETT

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T is one of the leading communications companies, serving the broadband, phone, TV and mobile needs of customers in the UK. Part of the company’s success in maintaining this enviable position is down to planned investment in high quality staff training. “We trust BT for our communication services, so we are delighted that BT has trusted us with an opportunity to provide electrical inspection and testing training for their in-house electrical team” said Amanda

McCloskey, Business Support Manager for ETT. The BT team has undertaken refresher training and updated existing periodic inspection and testing qualifications with ETT. With the responsibility to ensure that electrical systems throughout the BT infrastructure are compliant with the current electrical installation requirements. Electrical safety, best practice and accredited knowledge are high on the agenda for BT’s Ballymena-based electrical team.

EAL better, faster or cheaper?

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TT chose better and faster to support a decision to offer EAL initial verification and periodic inspection and testing courses, from January 2017. ETT believes that customers will benefit from a “better and faster” approach to achieving their objective, of gaining one or more of the industry approved Level 3 qualifications. Chris Walker, ETT, commented, “There

are two advantages for our customers when choosing EAL. First of all, the online exam requirement for the initial verification award is reduced from two exams, to one. Secondly, the online exams, are open book. That means you can bring Guidance Note 3 into the exam with you. Inspection & Testing isn’t just a memory test, it’s knowing how to check the regulations, just like you would do if you were onsite.”

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TT’s recent series of Thermography Workshops in October got off to a colourful start. A select group of thermal visionaries took some time out to gain specialist, hands-on training, with the latest FLIR kit. Course participants also benefited from a voucher for a generous 15% off any new camera, compliments of Instrument Repair Calibration (IRC). Speaking for IRC, Frank Silo said, “These short-form workshops are an ideal opportunity to improve the vision of your business and learn how the latest IR cameras can help generate new and recurring revenue streams.” ETT believes that thermographic technology will help your maintenance team see things in a completely new light. This is the perfect tool to add value and strengthen your business proposition for customers in the building services and property maintenance market. Whether you are a new user or simply haven’t got the best out of your existing camera investment, here is the ideal opportunity to refresh and boost your knowledge for sound, commercial gain in a few hours. Learn to earn with ETT’s Thermography Workshop and book your place now by calling the team on 028 2565 0750.

Book and pay online for any EAL Inspection & Testing course before December 31, 2016 and get it for £350. Book at www.ett-ni.org or call the team.

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ECS EMPLOYER PORTAL ALLOWS YOU TO MANAGE ALL YOUR OPERATIVES’ CARDS IN ONE PLACE…

New employer portal eases ECS card admin

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ompanies that employ a number of staff with ECS cards are benefitting from a new system that eases the process of multiple card applications. The ECS Employer Portal, launched by the JIB, allows companies to manage all their operatives’ ECS cards in one place. Initial card applications and renewals can be processed via the portal, along with the facilities to view all ECS cards registered to a company and their expiry date, upload documents directly as part of the application process, and monitor the progress of an application. The portal also complements the online ECS Health & Safety System, and will display the outcome of a health and safety assessment as soon as the result is available.

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Boulting Group was one of the initial employers to use the portal. “Previously, we spent a lot of resources around paperwork, forms, cheques and queries - it was extremely time consuming and not very cost-effective,” said Labour Administrator, Eileen Grantham. “The portal is saving us time and money – it’s more efficient, user friendly, and turnaround times for cards are much faster. It’s allowed us to minimise queries and deal with issues more effectively than before.” The portal is a free to access and is best suited to companies which have more than 10 members of staff with an ECS card. JIB members can also secure a discount on the ECS card fees by using the portal. W: www.ecscard.org.uk/portal

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CASE STUDY – DUBLIN AIRPORT

THANKS TO A RANGE OF ENERGY EFFICIENT INITIATIVES, THE AIRPORT HAS BEEN GRANTED ISO 50001 CERTIFICATION…

Energy takes off at Dublin Airport

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he result of two years’ hard work, Dublin Airport has been recognised and rewarded for the quality of its energy management and efficiency systems. Achieving the ISO 50001 Certification brings the airport that bit closer to its target of improving its energy efficiency by one third within the next three years. ISO 50001 Certification is an International Energy Management Standard (EMS) that establishes systems and process necessary to improve energy performances including energy efficiency, use and consumption. The award was made by Certification Europe, the world’s leading accredited certification body, in relation to energy management system certification. Dublin Airport Asset Care Campus Manager, Martin McGonagle, said the award demonstrates exemplar energy performance at the airport. “We are delighted to receive this certification which is the culmination of two years’ hard work and great team work, led by the Asset Care department and supported by many departments at Dublin Airport. “Achieving this standard will support us on our journey towards achieving an energy improvement target of 33% by 2020 as part of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2009 and Public Sector Energy Partnership Programme.”

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In order to receive the certification, Martin and his team implemented a number of energy saving measures at the airport, including: • Lighting retrofit of Terminal 1 with LED energy efficient lighting. • Smart lighting control installed in car parks allowing for lighting to be adjusted to occupancy profiles. • Pumps replaced on potable water system resulting in more efficient pumps. • Main boilers upgraded in Terminal 1 and campus areas with energy efficient burners. • Operation schedules revised and tighter control of the Building Management Systems (BMS). • Awareness initiatives carried out throughout the year across the campus. In other good news, Dublin Airport has also been shortlisted for an Aviation Award in the category of Aviation Sustainability & Environment. The award recognises the achievements of organisations that have introduced measures to reduce CO2 emissions, fuel consumption, carbon footprint, noise abatement. Winners will be announced on December 7, 2016. The team at Dublin Airport will continue to introduce energy conservation measures now and into the future. Just some of the measures planned for the near future include a project to replace the long term car park surface lighting with low energy LED lights; the installation of solar PV at the reservoir site; a replacement of the existing high mast lighting with low energy LED lighting; and the installation of a new smart

metering system to track performance and identify opportunities for improvement and allow the airport share detailed profiles with its customers. “We have been managing energy at Dublin Airport for many years and continued success requires a long term, planned approach that involves anyone who can impact or influence energy use. The standard has helped us to embed energy management throughout the organisation from design to end user”, said Martin.

Benefits of ISO 50001 and why it’s worth it • Reduced greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and carbon footprint • Increased knowledge of equipment efficiencies. • Informed decision-making processes from system design through to operation • Increased energy awareness among staff members at all levels • Structured approach to the Right First Time methodologies • Improved corporate image and credibility with all stakeholders and customer • Enhanced security of energy supply as you will have identified your energy risk exposure in areas within the organisation and commenced processes to reduce them • Improved operational efficiencies and maintenance practices

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WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT

REACT IRELAND STREAMLINES WORKFLOW PROCESSES AND IMPROVES BUSINESS PERFORMANCE THANKS TO WORKPAL…

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ne of Ireland’s leading full-service providers for property insurance claims, React, has benefited from using WorkPal, an awardwinning software solution from Barclay Communications for mobile workflow management, reporting, tracking and invoicing. “React has a team of fully trained technicians and provides a 24-hour emergency response service. As our business has grown, we have found it increasingly inefficient to use paper-based job sheets,” said Ben Noble, co-owner of React Ireland. “Paperwork could be lost, filed incorrectly or take days, even weeks to return to head office. Our field operatives lacked visibility of job details and what needed carried out on site. “After researching a number of workflow management Ian Megahey, WorkPal (Centre) with Ben Noble (left) and Simon Noble of React Ireland solutions, we decided to use WorkPal as it is a locally owned and operated company with a team of in-house developers. The system offered everything we needed to ensure we were improving business performance.” how the work is progressing. at handling their claims. We’ve become SOLUTION “Instead of using multiple systems, React more competitive and with a fluid workflow Ian Megahey, Business Development can now use WorkPal to take control of its management solution in place, we are in Manager for WorkPal, explained, “We entire workflows from job management, better shape. We’re noticing an increase in created digital job sheets that every field tracking, reporting and invoicing.” profits, better collaboration between teams operative now completes on their tablet or and more satisfied clients.” smartphone, and this syncs back to head BENEFITS Barclay Communications is Northern office instantly. That means there’s no more Ben Noble added, “We’re now more Ireland’s largest, independent B2B waiting for completed paperwork - the efficient in our business processes, helping telecommunications provider. A local expert field operative can proceed to the next job, us take on more work from our clients. in mobile, landline, IT, web design and and the accounts team can invoice the job Jobs are now easily created, which are software development, it has over 19 years’ faster. then detailed on field staffs’ mobile experience in business communications. “During our initial meetings, Ben had devices with a clear task list of what WorkPal is the company’s flagship solution mentioned that there was a lack of they need to do. Information is stored for mobile workflow management, consistent communication between the securely in the cloud, meaning it’s readily reporting, tracking and invoicing. office and field staff. The WorkPal app accessible anywhere. T: (NI) 028 9096 0366 or can track all field staff and give real-time “WorkPal now enables us to work with (RoI) 048 9096 0366 updates on job progress. This gives all key clients who have higher claim volumes E: info@yourworkpal.com stakeholders visibility of active sites and as we are more efficient and effective W: www.yourworkpal.com

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• Mirror – This versatile heated mirror can be used in bathroom, bedrooms, salons etc. The use of titan glass maximises the heat output. It is available in different sizes and designs including a circular and backlit LED option. No condensation will form on the mirror and this will eliminate damp and mould.

• Aluminium – In terms of both range, width and positioning options, Plusheat’s Satin Aluminium heaters are the most versatile and flexible panels on offer. Operating at a fraction of the cost of traditional heating, they offer superior design and comfort levels. The panels can be used in both domestic and commercial environments. They can be flush or surface mounted to the wall or ceiling and also come in a variety of colours and sizes. Bespoke designs can also be offered such as a personalised picture on the heating panel.

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• Towel Rail – A fantastic heating solution for any bathroom, Plusheat towel rails provide 100% control and are reliability and safety assured.

• Infrared Plinth Heater – Available in aluminium or glass and designed to fit under kitchen cabinets, the Plinth Heater is a great way to save space in a kitchen. Up to four plinths can be daisychained together to add a greater level of heating. Regardless of the choice, each option comes with a range of wattage selections with up to 10 year warranty and 20 year service life. There are no moving parts therefore there will be no need for servicing, thus prolonging the panel life. • Smart Controls – Plusheat infrared heating systems can be controlled with a free app from a tablet, smartphone or computer. Electric switches and thermostats can greatly reduce costs by ensuring that each room and infrared panel is controlled independently. To increase your control even further, window and door sensors can be added. In fact, anything electrical within the property can be controlled. For more information on the Plusheat range, visit any branch of National Electrical Wholesalers or contact ( ROI) 01 2541907 or (NI) 00353 1 2541907, e-mail sales@plusheat.ie or visit www.plusheat.ie

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BUDGET REPORT

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS PLACED CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE FOREFRONT OF IRISH POLITICS. BUT WILL THE MEASURES OUTLINED IN BUDGET 2017 DO ENOUGH TO HELP IRELAND MEET ITS LOW CARBON TARGETS?

New measures to make Ireland even greener! T his year’s budget saw Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe address the challenges posed by climate change for the first time since the recession began. Several measures were outlined that are intended to help Ireland meet its target of a low carbon economy but concerns have been raised by some groups who feel these measures don’t go far enough. As part of Budget 2017, the Government has announced that it will spend over €100million on energy projects in 2017 with the aim of reducing our carbon emissions by 116,000 each year and supporting 3,000 jobs. Plans to expand energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes across the country at a cost of €24million were also announced, while €500,000 will be invested in a forum to discuss best climate practices. There’s some relief for home-owners too; €7million has been allocated to a new Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme, and €2million will be given to the Better Energy Homes Scheme to support individual householders in making energy efficiency improvements to their homes. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) has indicated that the design consultation paper for the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme should be issued prior to the end of 2016 and that a scheme may be operational by Q3 2017 (this scheme was first announced in 2013). A €4million Better Energy Communities Scheme

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and a €8m Warmth and Wellbeing pilot scheme for people living in energy poverty were also announced. Other measures designed to meet the challenge of climate change include the following: • A relief from vehicle registration on electric vehicles for five years, as well as extending the relief for hybrids for two years. • Drivers of large vehicles will be encouraged to switch from diesel to natural gas. • All solid fuels that have a biomass element will gain a relief from carbon tax. • €50million in capital spending will be spent on the Renewable Heat Incentive, better energy grants as well as the electric vehicles subsidy. • The Green Low-Carbon Agri Environmental Scheme (GLAS) will increase to €211 million. Although the Government has acknowledged it will not reach its goal of retrofitting one million houses by 2020, this year will, however, see an additional 25,000 homes insulated. While all these measures have

been largely welcomed, the Government has been criticised for failing to go the extra mile and for not implementing initiatives that would go much further in helping the country deliver on its EU 2020 renewable energy target. Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, pointed to a lack of funding for new public transport projects and for no new initiatives to set Ireland on the path to being a clean economy. Other groups have derided the Government for failing to include incentives to reduce consumption, waste or pollution and for not considering mandatory feed-in tariffs for renewable energy producers. Support tariffs for Irish solar and offshore wind development, which could go much further in helping the country deliver on its EU 2020 renewable energy targets, have also been called for since the Budget 2017. Opinion is split on whether these climate change measures go far enough but it seems everyone is in agreement that they’re a step in the right direction. Whether it’s a step that has come too late remains to be seen.

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CABLES

WITH SUBSTANDARD CABLES CONTINUING TO MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE SUPPLY CHAIN, IT’S VITAL THAT INSTALLERS BUY FROM RELIABLE MANUFACTURERS SUCH AS CLYNDER CABLES…

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ontractors and distributors need to be more vigilant and proactive to ensure that they avoid the hazard of substandard cable within the cable supply chain, according to the ACI. Contractors should look for BS or other relevant standard numbers, to ensure that their cable choice has a reference number or UK cable code and to check the number of cores and nominal cross sectional area, says the ACI. It is also important to detail the order with quantity and lengths of cable required and to note the manufacturer’s details for every drum to help with traceability. By only purchasing third-partyapproved cable, the contractor has added

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protection, and they should always check for the correct cable mark. Clynder Cables has over 30 years of experience in the supply of UKmanufactured industrial electrical cables to the UK, European and international markets, specialising in single core cables, such as its famous Tri-rated cable. The company holds both UL and CSA accreditations to ensure reliability through high-quality products with consistent colour and short lead times. Tri-rated cable is a flexible PVC cable that is flame retardant and can be used in high

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VINCENT BYRNE, PROJECT ENGINEER AT SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IRELAND, DISCUSSES THE BENEFITS OF BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM)…

The benefits of BIM B uilding Information Modelling (BIM) is changing how buildings, infrastructure, and utilities are planned, designed and built. The move from Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to BIM has been heralded as an evolutionary advancement in buildingdesign technology. This new approach promises to turn building plans into virtual libraries of equipment data and requirements – including, for example, product specifications, electrical connections and clearance requirements. BIM software provides a robust framework for building out complex 3D representations of building systems, and it has already had a significant impact on the electrical contracting industry.

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The main aim of the BIM strategy is to reduce waste and create a more efficient programme delivery. This should improve the contractor’s margins and reduce contractual conflicts as it breaks down the work silos and promotes collaborative working environments. There are numerous economic gains and other efficiencies on offer through the use of BIM. A number of the cost-saving examples have been centred around clash detection and waste reduction, both at the design stage and construction. Going forward, there will also be financial benefits in the facilities management of the building, thanks to defined maintenance and repair cost reduction.

The driving technology behind BIM is more advanced when compared to other IT related design tools such as 3D modelling. Of course, 3D modelling and clash detection form an important part of BIM, but BIM is much more than that. BIM Level 2 is a set of coordinated information which is both geometric and data centric. It is produced in a collaborative way across all of the disciplines and trades, and delivered in an electronic format. Recently, Schneider Electric partnered with BIMobject, Europe’s largest digital content management system for BIM objects. This partnership provides engineers, architects and designers with access to a range of Schneider Electric products through the BIMobject Library.

THE FUTURE The industry as a whole is just beginning the BIM journey, with many still needing to get on board. Those who are not BIM-ready, or not actively using it, may well start to find that their pool of potential projects starts to dwindle. However, Ireland has a window of opportunity to capitalise on the success of its domestic programme and to become an advocate of BIM on a global scale. By embracing BIM, we can enhance the global image of Irish designers, contractors and product manufacturers as a whole, and drive industry-wide growth opportunities for all involved. T: (RoI) 01 800 805 800 or (NI) 00353 1 800 805 800 W: www.schneider-electric.com

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COMPANY PROFILE – EASTERN ELECTRICAL – CORK

Pictured at the official opening of the new Eastern Electrical Cork branch are (from left) Joe Horgan, Sales Manager; Paul O’Brien, Manager; Phil O’Shea, Managing Director, EWL Electric; Phil Browne, Key Accounts; and Roy Cremin, Service Manager.

BUSINESS BOOMS IN LITTLE ISLAND AS ELECTRICAL WHOLESALER UPGRADES TO LARGER, PURPOSE-BUILT FACILITIES IN A NEW LOCATION…

Eastern Electrical Cork opens new premises

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astern Electrical in Little Island, County Cork, has a lot to celebrate at the moment. Moving from a small facility to larger, purpose-built premises in a much more convenient location in Little Island has proven to be a smart move for the branch. As well as maintaining its core customer base, staff have seen an increase in customers who are keen to check out the diverse range of products available at the busy trade counter. In turn, the 18 members of staff are well equipped to deal with even the most obscure customer query, such is the level of training that all staff receive. Paul O’Brien has been manager at Eastern Electrical in Little island since 2004. He began his career as a sales rep in the branch in 2000 and, since then, has seen significant changes in the industry. “In 2008 and 2009, we had a very tough time,” he said. “The construction industry was in the throes of the recession, and that

downturn had a big impact on us. “In 2008 we were fortunate to be taken over by EWL. Their business model suited the culture we have here and allowed us to take the pain that came with the recession. By the time we got to 2010, we had the basic fundamentals in place to allow us to start growing again. Since then, we’ve grown year on year and have gone from eight people in 2009 to 18 today.”

NEW START The branch’s success has led to its recent move to a modern 18,000sqft facility in the Euro Business Park in Little Island - a move that’s certain to allow Eastern Electrical Cork to continue to grow and prosper. The old premises were 11,000sqft and the difference, according to Paul, is enormous. “We fitted out the new place from scratch and received a lot of input from Jon Bloom, Edmundson Electrical’s Property Manager,

as well as all staff. Being part of EWL also meant we were able to benefit from their expertise. Everyone, from sales to admin, put their tuppence-worth in to come up with something that we’re very proud of. “The larger, more modern premises has boosted the morale of the staff and we’re also getting a great response from customers and suppliers to the new trade counter. We’ve always had a very wide spectrum of customers who require a very diverse range of products, so it’s crucial that we maintain that product range and ensure all staff members continue to receive the highest level of training.” Given the diversity of the customer base, that knowledge base is a necessity. Eastern Electrical Cork services all sizes of electrical contractor/installer, as well as FM companies and the MRO departments of every type of Industry in the bustling, vibrant, local Cork area.

CORK - Eastern Electrical, Unit 14, Euro Business Park, Little Island, Co Cork, T45 XV77 T: (RoI) 021 435 1800 or (NI) 00353 21 435 1800 – E: cork.803@easternelectrical.ie www.ewl.ie

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COMPANY PROFILE – EASTERN ELECTRICAL – CORK

The warehouse team of (from left) Tom O’Neill, Anthony Ronan, Evan Horgan and Paul Naughton, with Eastern Electrical Cork’s fleet.

EASTERN ELECTRICAL OFFERS AN EXTENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE THAT COVERS ALMOST EVERY REQUIREMENT…

‘If electricity goes to it or through it, we do it!’

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rom commercial and domestic to industrial, all facets of the industry are catered for at Eastern Electrical in Little Island. “We have a motto here – ‘If electricity goes to it or through it, we do it’. You never know what the next customer walking through the door will ask for, so we prefer to maintain a large, varied range of products at all times, as opposed to a limited range,” explained Paul O’Brien, Manager at Eastern Electrical, Cork. Paul says one of the most popular products at Eastern Electrical at the moment is LED lighting, along with energy-efficient heating. “A great success has been the appointment of Pat Neville as our lighting engineer. With over 20 years’ experience

and high expertise, Pat provides an add-on local service to our customers by delivering bespoke lighting solutions,”said Paul. A major strength of EWL and, therefore, Eastern Electrical is its commitment to satisfying the demands of its customers with high-quality, innovative and cost-effective ‘branded’ products sourced from the world’s leading manufacturers. Constantly adapting to the needs of an ever-changing market has ensured that Eastern Electrical provides the products that the market requires. Paul added, “We are more of a solution provider than just a product provider. We avoid the race to the bottom ranges and, instead, we try to offer best value for money products from established suppliers that provide the best long-term solutions for our

customers.” Through excellent customer service, Paul and his team have developed trust with their customers. “The most important aspect of our job is ensuring the customer is satisfied with both the service and the product,” he said. “If they’re happy, they’ll come back to us again and again. We’re proud of the fact that we have a lot of repeat business.” This repeat business is thanks to a team who embrace the culture here and go that extra mile for their customers. Close relationships with customers have also been developed and have created an element of trust that’s hard to replicate in other wholesalers. All this is backed up with an excellent delivery service covering most of Munster.

CORK - Eastern Electrical, Unit 14, Euro Business Park, Little Island, Co Cork, T45 XV77 T: (RoI) 021 435 1800 or (NI) 00353 21 435 1800 – E: cork.803@easternelectrical.ie www.ewl.ie

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THE POWER OF A MULTI-NATIONAL COMBINED WITH THE FLEXIBILITY OF AN INDEPENDENT MEANS THAT CUSTOMERS ARE THE REAL WINNERS…

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eing part of the larger EWL group doesn’t mean that Eastern Electrical Cork is unable to forge its own way. EWL - known as Edmundson Electrical in Northern Ireland - operates a highly decentralised business philosophy that allows its local managers to make allimportant business decisions and fine-tune the business’ offerings to the particular needs of its locality. That allows staff in Eastern Electrical in Little Island to offer unbiased advice to find the best solution to customers’ specific needs. Services include knowledgeable technical advice to help customers choose the right product; reliable and fast local delivery service; emergency out-of-hours telephone cover; and a vast, diverse stock of wellknown electrical branded products ready and waiting for customers to choose from. Each and every customer can be sure they’ll be treated with the utmost respect and

courtesy with the emphasis on service, from a knowledgeable and dedicated staff, and competitive pricing. Manager, Paul O’Brien, attributes the success of the trade counter to its staff. “If you want to be successful you must look after your staff - who in turn will look after the customers,” he said. “You often hear a lot of lip service from companies saying their staff are their most important asset, but I think here at Eastern Electrical Cork we truly have a culture and environment that seems to bring the best out of people. “We’ve built up important and long-lasting relationships with customers and it’s gratifying to see them coming through the doors excited to see how we have laid out the new trade counter and sales office. “We’re not afraid to diversify and offer the customer something new, and that’s why we continue to be successful. It’s a challenging place to work, but I’m told by

the staff that they enjoy it!” Staff members include Phil Browne, who was part of the original team who opened the first location in Sitecast Industrial Estate in 1980. “Phil has been a major part of the education and development of new staff members, especially over the last few years. He’ll be retiring next year after 37 years and will be sorely missed,” added Paul. “Roy Cremin, Service Manager and Joe Horgan, Sales Manager, have also been part of Eastern Electrical Cork for nearly 20 years, and they’ve both been of huge support to me over my time here as manager.” Other staff include Gordon Coffey, Evan Horgan, Siobhan Kelly, Kevin Long, Ken Morgan, Ryan Monaghan, Paul Naughton, Pat Neville, Gavin O’Callaghan, Eric O’Leary, Tom O’Neill , Anthony Ronan and Patrick Walsh. With superb products and knowledgeable staff, the sky’s the limit for Eastern Electrical Cork.

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GO BACK TO SCHOOL WITH A LOOK AT THIS IMPRESSIVE PROJECT AT BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY… g

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PROJECT PROFILE

Electrical contractor BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY

LEADING ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR FINDS THE RIGHT BALANCE DURING THIS COMBINED RESTORATION AND NEW BUILD INSTALLATION PROJECT…

Educational excellence from Mac Electrics

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hey say that every day is a school day and for Mac Electrics that was quite literally the case during a recent education project in Belfast. The company has earned a reputation for excellence in education project recently, having completing around 10 such projects in the last two-and-a-half years. That experience was put to the test during work at Belfast Royal Academy with Mac Electrics having to seamlessly integrate the old with the new. The £4million investment was part of the Government’s School Enhancement Programme and the project included the construction of a new two-storey building to provide purpose-built accommodation for music and learning support together

with the extension and refurbishment of the Jackson building which provided new dining facilities, HE accommodation and toilets. It was that balance between the new build and working in the Listed Building that proved the biggest challenge for Mac Electrics. “Working in the Jackson building offered a lot of different issues and was certainly a lot less straightforward than the new build section of the project,” explained Philip McBirney, Contracts Manager at Mac Electrics. “Restoration projects require a certain skills set but with a Listed Building you have to be additionally respectful of the structure.” The fact that this project incorporated the

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latest technology, such as audio-visual touchscreens, energy efficient lighting and fire and security systems, also created a problem. “The existing voids were not created for this high level of service, so it was a bit of balancing act overall. Also, the wiring didn’t always follow the plans that we had and, as the school was operational, we had to ensure that we didn’t just pull the plug and turn the lights off on students and staff. “We are experienced in working in these environments, however, and were able to find suitable solutions to these issues.” As Philip mentioned, the school being fully operational during the project also placed an added emphasis on health and safety and planning. “Health and safety is a priority on every project but having so many pupils and staff on a live site increased the risks overall, so we had a specific plan to deal with this,” he said. “In addition, we also had to be mindful of not disrupting the normal school day so had to carefully plan ahead. For example, we had to think carefully about any work that created a lot of noise or when we scheduled in deliveries. We understand the importance of a flexible approach and of working

closely with the main contractor and the client to ensure the works programme runs smoothly.” This attention to detail is one of the reasons why Mac Electrics is so successful and that is clear to see when you take a closer look at the high standards of finish delivered at the Belfast Royal Academy. From the new recording studios in the music department through to the new dining facilities, Mac Electrics worked closely with main contractor, Felix O’Hare & Co, to create a truly modern school environment. “The finishes are all of a high specification and when you look at the new dining hall, complete with a coffee dock, it is hard to imagine that this is actually a school,” concluded Philip.

Project Team... Client: Belfast Royal Academy Architect: Samuel Stevenson & Sons Main Contractor: Felix O’Hare & Co Electrical Contractor: Mac Electrics Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: JCP Consulting

Specialist service While school projects have become a speciality in recent years for Mac Electrics, it is the company’s versatility that has ensured its continuing success. Based in Armagh, Mac Electrics has over 30 years’ experience and the company boasts a workforce with an established pedigree when it comes to skills and professionalism that has established it as one of Northern Ireland’s leading electrical contractors. This reputation has, more recently, been expanded into the Republic of Ireland. The company is known for its specialist services and its ability to work closely with the main contractor, to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget. This attention to detail is one of the reasons why Mac Electrics has been so successful in projects where a partnership approach is paramount, such as those within the education and healthcare sectors. Mac Electrics also works extensively on new build and retrofit projects, including other specialist areas of leisure and heritage.

ARMAGH - Mac Electrics, Unit 42 Armagh Business Centre, Loughgall Road, Armagh, Co Armagh, BT61 7NH T: (NI) 028 3752 4007 or (RoI) 048 3752 4007 - E: admin@mac-electrics.com www.mac-electrics.com

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Emergency lighting and cable management systems BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY

SAFETY AND RELIABILITY GUARANTEED WITH THESE SELF-TESTED EMERGENCY LIGHTING AND DATA-COMPLIANT ALUMINIUM CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS…

Core delivers first-in-class solution

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ore provided an advanced electrical solution to the Belfast Royal Academy project, advising on, and delivering, a secure self-tested emergency lighting system which exceeds the requirements of the UK and European Standards. The self-tested P4 SRM system offers a cost-

efficient solution by alleviating the need for significant capital expenditure, thanks to a leased, fully-maintained system delegated to Core Northern Ireland – a P4 system expert. Adrian McGarrity, Director of Core NI, explained, “P4 leased SRM installations are ideal for premises such as schools, healthcare centres and smaller commercial and industrial premises where there are limited resources that can be regularly devoted to emergency lighting testing or maintenance.” Core also supplied highquality data-compliant aluminium trunking, specifically designed to meet the stringent demands of the Northern Ireland school sector. The company used the fast-fit 170mm Elegance

“The self-tested P4 SRM emergency system offers a cost-efficient solution by alleviating the need for significant capital expenditure.” Aluminium from Marshall-Tufflex, with added tamper-proof safety features to help keep pupils safe, and extruded sections that are finished with a high-quality, powdercoat providing a blemish-resistant surface. Elegance 170 is also lightweight for a simple and fast installation that gives the contractor the benefit of a cost-efficient, labour and time-saving system. Core, a turnkey solution provider, offers operative training as well as organisational, logistical, technical and engineering supports at every stage of the project.

BELFAST - Core NI, Unit 4, Duncrue Industrial Park, Duncrue Road, Belfast, BT3 9BP. T: 028 900 200 66 DUBLIN - 17b Goldenbridge Industrial Estate, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8, D08 WD50. T: 01 453 7033 coreelectrical.ie

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Audio visual solutions BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY

James Cleland, ICT Manager at BRA checks out the HD projection and multiple Clevertouch interactive touchscreen installation, watched by Niavac’s Managing Director, James Conlon (left) and Project Sales Manager, Terry McParland.

EXPERIENCED TEAM FROM NIAVAC PROVIDES BESPOKE AUDIO VISUAL SOLUTIONS TO MEET THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF AN OPEN-PLAN RESOURCE AREA AT BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY…

Top marks for Niavac N iavac Ltd, the largest independent audio visual (AV) integrator in Northern Ireland, provided a bespoke solution for the Belfast Royal Academy project. “We offer professional full-service AV solutions, including design, installation, maintenance and rental to an extensive customer base within the corporate and public sector in Northern Ireland, and more recently in the Republic of Ireland,” said James Conlon, Niavac’s Managing Director. The company’s growing event division also provides high-quality technical support to organisers of large conferences, award ceremonies, exhibitions and events. “Locally-founded in 1958, we moved to purpose-built £2million premises in Belfast during our 50th year to prepare for growth in the business,” said James. “This included a dedicated showroom with demonstration areas displaying end-to-end solutions with

state-of-the-art technology. It has been described as one of the leading facilities in the UK and Ireland by visitors and customers alike.” Growing year on year, Niavac now has a team of 25 employees, which includes a comprehensive sales, design and installation team.

CLEVER SOLUTION School requirements specified that Belfast Royal Academy needed to be able to use its open-plan resource area for various activities, including teaching, presentations, parent/ teacher evenings, and also as a dining area. “Flexibility, and the ability to use each area individually, or as one large open plan room, was very important to the school, so we proposed installing two Clevertouch interactive touch screens for teaching Niavac is the NI partner of Clevertouch, which is the UK no1 best seller in the

education market,” explained James. “Presentation is via a Hitachi 5500 ANSI lumens WXGA projector, which creates a 2.6m wide image on the ceiling recessed projection screen. This screen is operated using an RF remote control. Control of the projector is via a simple-to-use eight-button keypad. Also, a 60” semi-commercial display is installed in the canteen area that has the ability to show TV via a terrestrial aerial. “The sound installation consists of a PA system which provides the school with three zones of background music. There are also individual volume controls and a wireless handheld microphone. “We pride ourselves in the work we do for our clients, and with strategic innovation leading to a growing client list over the years, the company has reinforced its title as Northern Ireland’s leader in AV solutions. We continue to invest to stay ahead in an up-and-coming marketplace,” added James.

BELFAST - Niavac, Conlavon House, 5 Prince Regent Rd, Belfast BT5 6QR T: (NI) 028 9079 3000 or (RoI) 048 9079 3000 - E: sales@niavac.com www.niavac.com

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Cabling BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY

Supportive cabling solutions from S&S Communications

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&S Communications used Sterling CAT6 cable, modules and patch panels for the structured cabling/data at Belfast Royal Academy. “Our job entailed terminating the modules, which are the data outlets in the rooms,” said Robert Byrne, Sales and Marketing Executive. “We sorted, dressed (tidied) and terminated all the CAT6 cables in the comms room cabinet and also tested each of these points with our Fluke Networks DTX-1800 Cable Analyser, providing a certificate which activates the cable warranty. “Our work also involved labelling each outlet according to its cabinet location.

“The job was carried out over four phases in different areas and included rooms in the main block, canteen, classrooms and offices. All the cables in the first and second phases went to the same main cabinet, while cables for the third and fourth phases went to their own cabinets.” S&S Communications specialises in installing and supporting network voice and data cabling, providing an infrastructure to support all communication requirements. “Whether it’s a new network installation or an upgrade on an existing network, our team is more than capable of providing efficient and reliable services to get the job completed,” added Robert.

NEWRY - S&S Communications, Unit 6, Greenbank Industrial Estate, Newry, Co Down, BT34 2QX T: (NI) 028 3026 7108 or (RoI) 048 3026 7108 - E: info@sscommunication.com www.sscommunication.com

Lighting supplier BELFAST ROYAL ACADEMY

Service matters at Walter S. Mercer, Portadown

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he strong relationship that Walter S. Mercer, Portadown, enjoys with the leading manufacturers was on show again during the Belfast Royal Academy project. Working closely with long-term customer, Mac Electrics, the leading electrical wholesaler supplied all the Concord Lighting products used throughout the project. Working with an Armagh-based electrical contractor on a project in Belfast, Walter S. Mercer co-ordinated the supply and delivery of the lighting for this impressive new build and refurbishment. Living up to the company’s ‘Where Service Matters’ motto, Walter S. Mercer, Portadown, is a reliable supply chain partner

on projects of all sizes. John Boyd, Branch Manager at Walter S.Mercer, Portadown, said, “Whether it is buying small items at the trade counter or a bulk order direct to site for larger projects such as this, we aim to provide the same high standards of service. “In the current climate, time is of the essence, so co-ordination and lead-in times are so crucial on every project. Our customers rely on us delivering on schedule and also having the adaptability to react quickly should something unforeseen arise. First and foremost, our stock levels are second-to-none and we back this up with a high level of service, which makes all the difference.”

PORTADOWN - Walter S. Mercer, Mahon Industrial Estate, Mahon Road, Portadown T: (NI) 028 3833 5215 or (RoI) 048 3833 5215 - E: portadown.388@eel.co.uk www.edmundson-electrical.co.uk

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TOOLS

BAHCO LEADS THE WAY WITH THE NEW ‘SLIM’ 1,000V INSULATED SCREWDRIVER FOR CONFINED SPACES…

Bahco’s new ‘slim blade’ screwdriver solves old problem

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ahco designers have solved an old problem which electricians have wrestled with for years - how to reach sunken screws and spring elements in especially confined spaces, safely and easily. Not only is the blade of the new ‘Slim’ 1,000V insulated screwdriver, manufactured by Bahco, 30% narrower than others, but its ergonomic handle is slimmer too. With many 1,000v screwdrivers, the insulation often obstructs and prevents access to low-lying fasteners. Bahco’s ‘extra slim’ solution reduces the blade diameter by using integrated protective insulation. The new screwdriver also enables a higher transfer of force with less effort, while its ergonomic features protect even the toughest hands from the risk of muscle strain or injury. Safety has always been a

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top priority for Bahco. All the brand’s insulated screwdrivers are water bath tested at 10,000v to ensure safe working at 1,000v, fully meeting the IEC 60900 standard. The quality of the ‘Slim’ screwdriver blade exceeds current standards relating to hardness by 130% and, in relation to torque strength, by 200%. Several materials, each with individual properties, are used to make the ergonomic handle. A resistant plastic is used for the core, ensuring that the blade is held securely, even under high strain. A softer material is used for the coloured zones, providing high frictional resistance and allowing the transfer of high forces, resulting in less screwdriving effort being required. T: (NI) 1709 731 731 or (RoI) 0044 1709 731 731 E: info.uk@snaeurope.com W: www.bahco.com

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NEXT GENERATION PERFECTLY CONNECTED, NETWORKED TOOLS FROM KLAUKE…

Klauke sets the new standard

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complete redesign has seen the launch of the impressive ‘Next Generation’ battery crimping and cutting tools from Klauke. Ergonomics have been further enhanced, including soft grips and better balance. There are more powerful batteries (up to 5.0Ah for longer working between recharge), and the construction has been made more robust and weather resistant for reliable, trouble-free operation – ready for hard use in tough environments. An innovative LED display allows pressures, battery life and user profiles to be directly read from the tool. Data transfer for QA certification is now more easily achieved via the new Klauke app, linking any Smartphone or tablet using

Bluetooth, meaning that this data can be recorded in the field easily and conveniently. No matter where you are in the world, you are able to stay in contact with your tool fleet via GPS tool tracking and remote interrogation. The online Klauke connectivity applications give you information about the physical location, condition of the tools, and how much work they have completed, as well as when the next service is due. Next Generation tools range from the compact basket tray cutter (6mm steel rod),

to cutting steel armoured power cables in Cu and Al up to 105mm diameter. Crimping tools range from 6mm² up to 630mm², which are the most powerful and compact solutions on the market today. Klauke’s New Generation tools are available from all branches of Demesne Electrical Sales. T: (NI) 01986 891 519 or (RoI) 0044 1986 891 519 E: sales@Klauke.textron.com W: www.klauke.com

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MUSIC SYSTEM CONTROLS

SYSTEMLINE E50 OFFERS MUSIC LOVERS AFFORDABLE HOME MUSIC SYSTEM WITH INNOVATIVE MOTION SENSOR…

Affordable, state-of-the-art Bluetooth music system from Systemline

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ystemline, Europe’s leading manufacturer of installed music systems, has launched E50, a highly affordable built-in Bluetooth music system that allows more music lovers than ever to embrace superior sound fitted into the home. The stylish E50 incorporates an innovative wall-mounted control and amplifier panel, as well as a pair of high-performance 6.5” ceiling-mounted speakers from the award-winning Q Acoustics. Ensuring that you can have a fully-fitted music system from Systemline without breaking the bank, this single-room solution fits perfectly within any openplan living space, kitchen or bedroom. The integrated Bluetooth technology allows you to effortlessly play music stored on your smartphone, tablet or laptop through high-performance speakers. You can also use the E50 to listen to favourite tracks from online streaming sites such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music or Google Play. Meanwhile, the E50 also seamlessly connects with television sound, so you can experience high quality audio whilst enjoying favourite shows or movies.

WOW FACTOR The sleek control panel boasts the wow factor - a touch-sensitive keypad and an innovative motion detector that allows you to adjust the volume by rotating a finger clockwise or anticlockwise in front of the sensor. Jonathan Bennett, Marketing Director at Systemline, said, “E50 is both smart and stylish, and will become the focal point of any room. The look, feel and functionality of the wall panel will impress family and friends during parties. The ability to crank up or turn down the volume without actually touching the control panel is a fantastic innovation, which particularly benefits those messy wannabe chefs that want to listen to their favourite tunes whilst preparing dinner.” E50 has been expertly designed so that it is easy to install in any room without major disruption. The control panel

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simply fits within a double-gang back box and can be fitted by an experienced DIYer or a professional installer or electrician. Jonathan Bennett added, “Our ambition was to design a cost-effective, single-room audio solution that boasts the functionality to satisfy the millions of consumers that buy music digitally or utilise streaming services. The result is a highly affordable

Benefits The first impression of an installed E50 is one of gloss-black elegance, but it doesn’t just stop there. This is because not only does E50 feature touch-sensitive control but also contactless hand-gesture operation. This is particularly useful in locations such as kitchens, where not having to touch a panel whilst kneading the pizza dough is of obvious practical benefit. E50 is a pleasure to use, because it is so easy and features a number of important benefits over standalone Bluetooth speakers: • No clutter – E50 is built into the wall or kitchen cabinet.

and sophisticated product that produces superior sound, whilst also reducing the ‘clutter’ associated with a standard stereo system.” Enabling professional electricians and electrical installers to add value to any installation, the E50 is easy to install and simple to use. W: www.systemline.co.uk/E50

• Touch-sensitive panel and contactless gesture control. • Built-in Bluetooth audio receiver – facilitating robust wireless music streaming from any suitably equipped smartphone, tablet or laptop. • Superb sound quality with superior stereo sound stage delivered from separate left and right installed ceiling speakers. • Direct line input: There is an easily accessible front panel mounted jack socket. • TV sound connection. • Elegant design with an attractive gloss black finish. • Wipe clean – not a dust and grime collector.

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NORTHERN IRELAND’S

ELECTRICAL

AWARDS

2017

2017 APPLY FOR YOUR ENTRY FORM TODAY CATEGORIES…

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Apprentice of the Year Manufacturer’s Representative of the Year Best Marketing Campaign of the Year Lighting Product of the Year Product of the Year Energy Efficient Product of the Year Lighting Project of the Year Unsung Hero

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Fire & Security Contractor of the Year Domestic Electrical Installation Project of the Year Commercial Electrical Installation Project of the Year Domestic Contractor of the Year Commercial Contractor of the Year Wholesaler of the Year Overall Achievement Award

GALA EVENT: Friday 15th September 2017 - Titanic Iconic Building, Belfast For more information, contact Janice on (NI) 028 9261 2990 - (RoI) 01 6968319 or E: janice@kmpltd.co.uk


ELECTRICAL AWARDS - 2017

NORTHERN IRELAND’S

ELECTRICAL

AWARDS

2017 NORTHERN IRELAND’S ELECTRICAL AWARDS 2017 ARE ONCE AGAIN SET TO CELEBRATE THE EXCELLENCE OF PEOPLE, PROJECTS, COMPANIES AND WHOLESALERS FROM ACROSS OUR INDUSTRY.

Get your entries in for Northern Ireland’s Electrical Awards 2017

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aunched in 2013, the biennial awards continue to grow in popularity, with this year’s event moving to the beautiful setting of Titanic Belfast to accommodate the increasing numbers of people who want to attend this gala awards night. A wide range of categories have been selected to enable as many companies as possible to take part. This year’s categories include: • Domestic Contractor of the Year • Commercial Contractor of the Year • Fire & Security Contractor of the Year • Wholesaler of the Year • Apprentice of the Year • Manufacturer’s Representative of the Year • Unsung Hero • Overall Achievement Award • Best Marketing Campaign of the Year • Lighting Product of the Year • Product of the Year • Energy Efficient Product of the Year • Domestic Electrical Installation Project of the Year • Commercial Project of the Year

“The awards are judged by an independent panel of judges”

The awards are judged by an independent panel of judges and offer the perfect opportunity for industry professionals to showcase the high calibre of their work and achieve the benchmark of excellence that comes with winning a Northern Ireland’s Electrical Award. The winners will be announced at a gala awards night at Titanic Belfast on Friday, September 15, 2017. For more information and to request an entry form, telephone Janice Uprichard on 028 9261 2990, e-mail janice@kmpltd.co.uk or visit www.elecmagazine.com Gordon Nixon, Scotts Electrical Service, (centre) receives the Overall Achievement Award at the 2015 Electrical Awards from Paul Bannister of main sponsor Blue Sky Pensions, and Lynda Bryans.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE! Contact Janice Uprichard on 028 9261 2990 for more information.

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RECRUITMENT

The UK and Northern Ireland’s Wholesaler of the Year DUE TO CONTINUED EXPANSION WE HAVE A VACANCIES FOR

INTERNAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE & TRADE COUNTER PERSONAL Candidates should be a good communicator, self motivated and have experience in the Electrical Trade. Benefits include a competitive salary and entrance into our profit sharing scheme and company pension. Please email David Adgey at belfast@kewelectrical.co.uk for a job description and application form, please include your up-to-date CV. All applications will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

KEW ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTORS LTD. T/A Eds & Eds Ltd, 385 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 2LS T: +44 (0)28 9047 1727 F: +44 (0)28 9047 1153 E: belfast@kewelectrical.co.uk www.kewelectrical.co.uk

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RECRUITMENT

We’re Hiring

We’re Hiring

SALES EXECUTIVE –

PROJECT DIVISION We require a Project Sales Executive to join our Project Sales Team in the Core Electrical Dublin Branch. This external role is to provide the highest level of support to our customer base within Leinster for project solutions using our range of products.

The Role • • •

To advise and support Specification Engineers, Electrical Contractors and Electrical Wholesale Customers on the correct products and best value solutions to be used in specific electrical installations. Prepare project quotations based on the interpretation of information given within the tendering process. Offering market leading solutions which show the USPs of the project solutions from our product range. Working closely with the manufacturer to maintain an up-to- date knowledge of market trends and pricing structures, as well as liaising and supporting both the internal project sales team and external project sales team.

The Requirements • • • • • •

To have the knowledge and ability to interpret technical drawings and specification information and convert this information into project solutions. To have project sales experience working within the Irish electrical market, dealing with Consultant Engineers, Electrical Contractors and Electrical Wholesalers. Excellent communication skills and telephone manner. Strong customer service skills, a confident, approachable, enthusiastic outgoing personality is a must. The ability to work with Microsoft, Sage, CRM Applications, some Auto CAD and design experience would be useful. Technical qualification and/or experience essential. A full clean drivers licence is essential as a company car will be provided.

INTERNAL SALES EXECUTIVE – PROJECT DIVISION

We require a Technical Sales Executive to join our Project Sales Team in the Core Electrical Dublin Branch. This internal role is to provide the highest level of support to our customer base throughout Ireland for project solutions using our range of products.

The Role • • •

To advise and support Specification Engineers, Electrical Contractors and Electrical Wholesale Customers on the correct products and best value solutions to be used in specific electrical installations. Prepare project quotations based on the interpretation of information given within the tendering process. Offering market leading solutions which show the USPs of the project solutions from our product range. Working closely with the manufacturer to maintain an up-to- date knowledge of market trends and pricing structures, as well as liaising and supporting both the internal project sales team and external project sales team.

The Requirements • • • • •

To have the knowledge and ability to interpret technical drawings and specification information and convert this information into project solutions. To have project sales experience working within the Irish electrical market, dealing with Consultant Engineers, Electrical Contractors and Electrical Wholesalers. Excellent communication skills and telephone manner. The ability to work with Microsoft, Sage, CRM Applications, some AutoCAD and design experience would be useful. Technical qualification and/or experience essential.

PLEASE APPLY BY EMAIL ONLY TO:

PLEASE APPLY BY EMAIL ONLY TO:

John McDonagh, Project Sales Manager jmcdonagh@coreelectrical.ie

National Sales Director (RoI), Dan Fisher, dfisher@coreelectrical.ie

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PRODUCT NEWS

VENTURE CREATES BESPOKE LIGHTING SOLUTION FOR UNDERGROUND CAR PARK n Venture Lighting Europe has supplied a purpose-made retrofit gear tray to help a Costco store in Birmingham reduce its energy consumption and improve the lighting of its underground car park. The company developed a 50W LED retrofit gear tray to replace 300 150W metal halide lamps, whilst still utilising the existing fittings to generate an estimated 70% energy saving. W: www.venturelightingeurope.com

SIMPLY SAVING ENERGY WITH DANLERS NEW HIGH BAY PIRS n DANLERS has launched a new range of High Bay PIR occupancy switches. The range is ideal for energy-saving lighting control in areas such as warehouses, factories and sports halls. The products detect a person moving within the detection area and control the lights accordingly. Each product includes an adjustable time-lag function, plus an adjustable photocell. There are versions for simply switching the lighting load on/off, as well as products for DALI, DSI or 1-10VDC ballasts, which automatically dim or brighten the lights in response to changes in the ambient light level. The products either come with manual adjustment or as versions which are programmable using the free DANLERS ‘EasyZAPP’ or ‘ControlZAPP’ apps on an Android phone or tablet. Tel: (NI) 0124 944 3377 or (RoI) 0044 124 944 3377 Fax: (NI) 0124 944 3388 or (RoI) 0044 124 944 3388 E: sales@danlers.co.uk W: www.danlers.co.uk

TRADE IN YOUR TESTER

EVC SYSTEM BIM OBJECTS FROM BALDWIN BOXALL

n Until December 31, Fluke is offering cashback for any brand of multifunction tester traded in when purchasing a latest model of Fluke 1660 Series Multifunction Installation Tester, or kit/ bundle which includes one of these testers, from an authorised Fluke distributor. The cash rebate is dependent on the model of 1660 Series purchased, and can be claimed by registering on the website and following the instructions on-screen. W: www.fluke.co.uk/1664FC

n BIM objects are now available from Baldwin Boxall for its two Emergency Voice Communication (EVC) systems – Omnicare and CARE2 – which encompass disabled refuge, fire telephones and disabled toilet alarms. BIM (Building Information Modelling) increases efficiency, reduces costs and saves time for building and infrastructure projects and, because of this, it is being increasingly adopted by companies worldwide. Offering a complete service, Baldwin Boxall’s EVC systems have been wellproven and are the systems of choice for many. W: www.baldwinboxall.co.uk

HYGIENIC CLIMATE CONTROL n With its new, hygienic-design, air/water heat exchangers, Rittal is offering a standardised solution for efficient enclosure climate control in applications where hygiene is critical. Thanks to their IP69K protection category, the units are suitable for use in industries such as food and pharmaceuticals, which use high-pressure cleaning systems. Two versions of the unit are available, offering the option of cooling outputs of either 700 watts or 1,300 watts. W: www.rittal.co.uk

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NEW PRODUCTS

SMARTER HOMES WITH ABBFREE@HOME

AURA LIGHT EXTENDS LIGHTING RENTAL SCHEME

n With ABB-free@home, all functions in a house or apartment can be managed automatically, based on time, temperature, or movement detection, or be called up at the touch of a button. The programming and commissioning of the system are simple, and based on visual representation of the rooms and devices. The client can interact with the system using any smartphone or tablet, and it can also be set up for voiceactivated commands. W: new.abb.com

n Aura Light’s lighting rental scheme has seen a significant take-up by large companies wanting to spread the cost of their investment. This is now able to be spread over seven years. By upgrading to a sustainable energy-efficient lighting scheme, and using LED technology coupled with lighting management systems, you can achieve some 70% in energy savings, which will help pay for the systems and installation. W: www.aura-light.co.uk

WIRE-FREE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS FROM ESP n GuardCam WF is a complete, all-in-one, energy-efficient PIR LED floodlight, with 720P high definition CCTV system. Simply fix to the wall, connect to the mains power, set and pair the external unit to the monitor by the press of a button. Once switched on, it will detect an intruder, floodlight the area and wirelessly transmit a high resolution video recording directly to the internal monitor. W: www.espuk.com

HELLERMANNTYTON LAUNCHES CORE OFFERING FOR SMART METER ROLLOUT n HellermannTyton has introduced its innovative CORE tool to market. Available for 16mm and 25mm cables, the CORE tool strips cables at the precise length required for smart meter installation, saving time and money, and eliminating unnecessary waste. It also safely collects cable offcuts meaning no waste is left behind after the work is completed, providing an easy and compliant installation. W: www.hellermanntyton.co.uk

JUST PLUG AND PLAY WITH RITTAL’S NEW 19” FASTENER

CP ELECTRONICS GET MODULAR WIRING SOLUTIONS DOWN TO A TEE n CP Electronics has launched a modular wiring solution which features a complete pluggable system, allowing for the configuration of any lighting installation in minimal time, using just four components: tee modules, extender leads, luminare leads and connectors. The VITM6 tee module is a six-pole component used to provide a simple interlinking connection within fixed wiring installations. W: www.cpelectronics.uk.com

n The time-consuming business of assembling and positioning components in IT racks is now a thing of the past. Components can be quickly and easily installed on, or removed from, the 482.6 mm (19”) mounting level of racks with Rittal’s new fastener. Following the ‘plug and play’ principle, the 19” fastener is simply slid onto the rail from the inside and then locked. At the same time, the integrated contacting ensures the potential equalisation needed. W: www.rittal.co.uk

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DISTRIBUTORS OF: •  Thorn Lighting • MEM Switchgear • MK Accessories • Gewiss • Click • Avo • Trench Trunking System • Sensotec Fire Alarms & Emergency Lighting • GE Lamps & Tubes • Appleby • Crabtree • Pirelli Cables • Creda • Dimplex, Redring etc n BUNCRANA Unit 4A Milltown Business Park, Buncrana

Tel: +353 (0)74 9322569 - Fax: +353 (0)74 9321771

n OMAGH 53 Derry Road, Omagh

Tel: +44 (0)28 8225 2642 - Fax: +44 (0)28 8225 2645

n LIMAVADY 16 Connell Street, Limavady

Tel: +44 (0)28 7772 2188 - Fax: +44 (0)28 7776 8991

n DERRY Maydown Works, Derry

Tel: +44 (0)28 7186 0834 - Fax: +44 (0)28 7186 0834

n LETTERKENNY Fiesta Port Road, Letterkenny

Tel: +353 (0)749126788 - Fax: +353 (0)749126539

BRANCHES Pennybridge Industrial Estate - Ballymena. T: +44 (0)28 2565 4000 - F: +44 (0)28 2565 5000

HEAD OFFICE...

Unit B2 Balliniska Business Park, Balliniska Road, Derry. T: +44 (0)28 7136 8822 - F: +44 (0)28 7136 8833

Balliniska Business Park, Springtown Industrial Estate, Londonderry. T: +44 (0)28 7136 0110 - F: +44 (0)28 7126 3796

sales@bmelectricalwholesale.co.uk

www.bmelectricalwholesale.co.uk

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ONE OF NORTHERN IRELAND’S LEADING SUPPLIERS TO THE ELECTRICAL TRADE NOW LOCATED AT:

NEWRY Unit 4, Campbells Yard, Belfast Road, Newry BT34 1QH T: +44 (0)28 3083 4050 F: +44 (0)28 3083 3295 E: newrysales@centuryelectrical.co.uk Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 8.00am - 5.00pm Sat 9.00am - 12.00pm

BELFAST DUNMURRY 207 City Business Park, Dunmurry, Belfast BT17 9HY T: +44 (0)28 9061 8666 F: +44 (0)28 9060 6788 (Sales) F: +44 (0)28 9060 6785 (Admin) E: belfastsales@centuryelectrical.co.uk Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5.00pm

BELFAST EAST Century Electrical Wholesale Ltd, Unit B1 Portview Trade Centre, 310 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1HE T:+44 (0)28 9045 1056 F: +44 (0)028 9046 0662 E: belfasteast@centuryelectrical.co.uk Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 8.00am - 5.00pm

BELFAST NORTH Unit 3, Coastal Warehouse 83 Dargan Road, Belfast BT3 9JU T:+44 (0)28 9077 1950 F: +44 (0)028 9077 0845 E: bns@centuryelectrical.co.uk Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 8.00am - 5.00pm

COOKSTOWN Sandholes Road, Kilcronagh Business Park,  Cookstown BT80 9HG T: +44 (0)28 8676 2626 F: +44 (0)28 8676 2425 E: cookstownsales@centuryelectrical.co.uk Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 8.00am - 5.00pm Sat 9.00am - 12.00pm

ENNISKILLEN Killyhevlin Industrial Estate, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 4EJ. T: +44 (0)28 6632 6555 F: +44 (0)28 6632 8585 E: enniskillensales@centuryelectrical.co.uk Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm

QU A L I T Y PR O D U C T S COM PE T I T I V E PR I C E S E X CE L L E N T D E L I V E R Y S E RVI C E www.centuryelectrical.co.uk

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BATTERYMAN

THE

A battery solution for every situation SLIGO DUBLIN LETTERKENNY CASTLEBAR FINGLAS MULLINGAR NAAS RED COW DUNDALK CORK WATERFORD LIMERICK TRALEE

Unit 9&10 Duncans Island, Finisklin, Co Sligo. T: (071) 9151820 94-96 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. T: 01 8788180 Unit 2, Kiltoy, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. T: (074) 9106100 Unit 10 Castlebar Business Park, Breaffy Road, Castlebar, Co Mayo. T: (094) 9027196 Unit 25 Northpark, North Road, Dublin 11. T: (01) 8239000 Unit 12A Clonmore, Mullingar Buisness Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. T: (044) 9385515 Unit F3, N7 Business Park Naas, Co Kildare. T: (045) 4898099 Unit B1, JFK Trading Centre, John F Kennedy Rd, Dublin 12. T: (014) 242042 Unit 3, Butterly Business Park, Coes Rd, Dundalk, Co Louth. T: (042) 9327305 Units 8&9 Lehenaghbeg, Forge Hill Cross, Togher, Cork. T: (021) 4321820 Unit 10E, Six Crossroads Business Park, Waterford. T: (051) 372825 Unit K1, East Way Business Park, Ballysimon, Limerick. T: (061) 423310 Units 5,6 Westside, Monavally Industrial Estate, Tralee, Co Kerry. T: (066) 7103955

Providing PVC-U, Aluminium & Metal Cable Management, Medical Bedhead, Original Flat Cable, Underfloor to Desk, Emergency Lighting and Lighting Control Solutions to the industry since 1981. Northern Ireland: Unit 4 Duncrue Industrial Park, Duncrue Road, BT3 9BP Belfast Tel: +44 (0)28 900 200 66 - Fax: +44 (0)28 900 213 08 Email: info@coreelectrical.com Republic of Ireland: 17b Goldenbridge Industrial Estate, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, D08 WD50 Dublin Tel: +353 (0)1 453 7033 - Fax: +353 (0)1 453 8911 Email: info@coreelectrical.ie www.coreelectrical.com

• Alarm Panels • Emergency Lighting • UPS Battery Backup • Sound Tech • Education • Film Production Also • Golf • Leisure • Lawnmowers • Domestic & Commercial Vehicles • Motability • Motorcycles • Classic & Vintage Cars

DUNGANNON ELECTRICAL WHOLESALE

New eCommerce Website www.dungannonelectrical.co.uk

• Wide range of items in stock • Pay via card or account • Same day delivery (see website for details) • Click and collect orders from 7.30am • Technical datasheets attached to a large number of products

Supplying to Retail & Industry For more info:- +44 (0)28 9269 8203 www.batterymanni.com

MALLUSK BRANCH

Unit 5, Antrim Line Business Park, Sentry Lane, Mallusk, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim BT36 4XX Tel: +44 (0)28 9083 0303 - Fax: +44 (0)28 9083 0306 Email: info@eweni.co.uk

MAGHERAFELT BRANCH

Unit 1b, Loves Hill, Castledawson Road, Magherafelt BT45 8DP Tel: +44 (0)28 7946 9600 - Fax: +44 (0)28 9746 9699 Email: sales@eweni.co.uk

Serving the Electrical Industry

DUNGANNON ELECTRICAL WHOLESALE 199 Killyman Road, Dungannon, BT71 6RR Telephone: +44 (0)28 87729787 Fax: +44 (0)28 87752166

www.dungannonelectrical.co.uk

SUPPLIERS OF:

EEW

Ltd.

Electrical Wholesalers and distributors

• Dublin Branch +353 (0)1 404 7700

• Tyrone Branch +44 (0)28 8772 5033

• Cork Branch +353 (0)21 435 5440

• Belfast Branch +44 (0)28 9075 6808

• Luton Branch: +44 (0)1582 848402

www.demesne.ie

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WINNER

NORTHERN IRELAND ELECTRICAL AWARDS 2013 BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 7.30am - 5.30pm Fri 7.30am - 4.30pm - Sat 9.00am - 12 noon

EEW HEAD OFFICE Enniscorthy - T:+353 (0)53 9233494 Carlow - T:+353 (0)59-9142044 Tipperary - T:+353 (0)52-29819 Portlaoise - T:+353 (0)57-8672542 New Ross, Wexford - T:+353 (0)51-421916 Wicklow - T:+353 (0)402-29939 Wexford - T:+353 (0)53-9184656

www.electricalwholesaleexpress.co.uk

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FAIRLEY & SMYTH E lectrical W holesalers L td

Suppliers of:Cables, Heating, Lighting, Fans, Switchgear, Showers, Decorative Wiring Accessories etc

Tel: +44 (0)28 9077 5888 Fax: +44 (0)28 9077 2100 Unit 7, Duncrue Crescent, Duncrue Ind Est, Belfast BT3 9BW Email: sales@fairleysmyth.co.uk

FOR A FRIENDLY & RELIABLE SERVICE

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Mullingar Branch

30 Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath T:+353 44 9343040 - F:+353 44 9343517 Email: sales@mullingarelectrical.com

Longford Electrical Wholesale 3 Cartronageeragh Business Park, Athlone Road, Co. Longford T: +353 43 334 6380 - F: +353 43 3346 381 Email: longford@mullingarelectrical.com

Midland Electrical Wholesale

5 Sragh Business Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly T:+353 57 9351561 - F:+353 57 9323748 Email: tullamore@mullingarelectrical.com

WALTER S. MERCER

Units 11 & 12 Duncrue Industrial Estate Duncrue Road, Belfast BT3 9BW Tel: +44 (0)28 9037 1888 Fax: +44 (0)28 9037 1471

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WALTER S. MERCER

North East Electrical Wholesale 11 North Link Business Park, Inner Relief Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth T:+353 42 9328472 - F:+353 42 9328784

ALSO VISIT Northern Ireland’s Leading Independent Electrical Wholesaler

THE

LIGHTING

SHOWROOM

1 Clonmore Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland T:+353 44 9343299 / 9341781 - F:+353 44 9341805 E: lighting@mullingareletrical.com

“Competitive Prices, First Class Service, Products and Staff” • Ultra modern trade counter & lighting showroom • Next day delivery to anywhere in Northern Ireland • Same day delivery service • Call and collect service • Open Saturdays 9.00am – 12.30pm • Branches also in Mainland UK • Supplying the trade for over 100 years

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twitter.com/ edsandeds

KEW ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTORS LTD. T/A Eds & Eds Ltd, 385 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 2LS T: +44 (0)28 9047 1727 • F: +44 (0)28 9047 1153 E: belfast@kewelectrical.co.uk

www.kewelectrical.co.uk

T:+44 (0)28 9047 1727

www.mullingarelectrical.com Your local electrical wholesaler

SUPPLIERS OF: PHILIPS • MK • CED • DIMPLEX • GE • HKC • UTC Fire & Security • ABB • ACT • DRAKA HEAD OFFICE Unit 46 Rosemount Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 11, D11 K26W T: +353 (0)1-2541900 - F: +353 (0)1-2541925 new@new.ie BRAY BRANCH Unit 48 Beechwood Close, Boghall Road, Bray Co Wicklow, A98 K5D4 T: +353 (0)1 2453970 - F: +353 (0)1 2116200

MANUFACTURER OF LED LIGHTING

GREENER, BRIGHTER... BETTER!

LED LIGHTING

FLOODLIGHTS, GU10’S, PANELS, HIGHBAYS, LAMPS www.polarisled.com 86-88 Dargan Crescent, Belfast. T: +44 (0)28 9039 6945 F: +44 (0)191 4999626 E: info@polarisled.com

CORK BRANCH Unit 16/17, Northlink Bus Park, Old Mallow Road, Cork, T23 VY28 T: +353 (0)21-2432990 - F: +353 (0)21-4396966 NAAS BRANCH Unit B4 M7 Business Park, Newhall, Naas, Co. Kildare, W91 F762 T: +353 (0)45-895896 - F: +353 (0)45-895898 BALLYMOUNT BRANCH Unit 3B Sunbury Ind. Est. Ballymount Road, Lower Walkinstown, Dublin 12, D12 FY06 T: +353 (0)1-4567100 - F: +353 (0)1-4566366 MARINO BRANCH 68 Malahide Road, Marino, Dublin, D03 CY67 T: +353 (0)1-5631900 - F: +353 (0)1 8054834 CASTLEDERMOT BRANCH 18 Main Street, Castledermot, Co Kildare T: +353 (0)59-915-8060 - F: +353 (0)59-916-2591

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YOUR ‘OTHER’ WAREHOUSE Specialist Distributor of Lamps and Control Gear to the Electrical Wholesale Trade

DISTRIBUTORS OF:

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t: +44 (0)28 9034 2233 e: info@scanalarms.co.uk

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Unit 13, Duncrue Industrial Park, Belfast, BT3 9BP T: +44 (0)28 9077 1506 E: belfast@stearn.co.uk www.stearn.co.uk

58a Dargan Crescent Belfast, BT3 9JP T: +44 (0)28 9532 0506 F: +44 (0)28 9532 0606 E: sales@slg-belfast.co.uk

Downlight fire prevention covers

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Fits larger recessed lights

Reduces heat loss (in closed

Ventilated (in open position)

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position)

E X T R A C T O R FA N C OV E R S A L S O AVA I L A B L E

T: +353 (0)86 831 4581 E: info@thermoproducts.Ie

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Cuthbertson Laird Group

Test Equipment Sales Worldwide • SALES • REPAIRS • CALIBRATION • HIRE

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EDMUNDSON ELECTRICAL Mahon Industrial Estate Mahon Road Portadown BT62 3EH T: 44 (0)28 3833 5316 E: portadown.372@eel.co.uk

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WALTER S MERCER Mahon Industrial Estate Mahon Road Portadown BT62 3EH T: 44 (0)28 3833 5215 E: portadown.388@eel.co.uk

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WALTER S MERCER Unit 11-12 Duncrue Industrial Estate Belfast BT3 9BW T: 44 (0)28 9037 1888 E: belfast.386@eel.co.uk ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT GREENTECH 58 Boucher Place Belfast BT12 6HT T: 44 (0)28 9066 1177 E: belfast.244@eel.co.uk

IN NORTHERN IRELAND OVER 200 YEARS OF HISTORY AN UNBEATABLE AND UNRIVALLED SERVICE

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Providing a dedicated SERVICE to trade and industry A wide range of quality electrical PRODUCTS and services Total management FLEXIBILITY from all our branches

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