Electric.ie Magazine Nov - Dec 2019

6 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • E I F I PATRONS EIFI Gathering Lunch and National Electrical Industry Awards 2019 A BIG THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS ELECTRIC T Š‡ ͳ”† ƒ—ƒŽ ƒ–Š‡”‹‰ —…Š ƒ† ™ƒ”†• –‘‘ ’Žƒ…‡ ‘ ‡’–‡„‡” ͢–Š Žƒ•–Ǥ Š‹• ‡˜‡– ‹• –Š‡ ‡•–ƒ„Ž‹•Š‡† ’Žƒ–ˆ‘” ˆ‘” –Š‡ ”‡…‘‰‹–‹‘ ‘ˆ ‡š…‡ŽŽ‡…‡ǡ ‹‘˜ƒ–‹‘ ƒ† ƒ…Š‹‡˜‡‡– ƒ…”‘•• –Š‡ ‡Ž‡…–”‹…ƒŽ ‹†—•–”› Š‡”‡ ‹ ”‡Žƒ†Ǥ This year the Awards returned to the Moran Red Cow Hotel to induct another wave of outstanding manufacturers/ suppliers/wholesalers and electrical contractors into its prestigious ‘Hall of Fame’. The event is an opportunity for Ž‡ƒ†‡”• ˆ”‘ –Š‡ †‹ơ‡”‡– •‡…–‘”• ‘ˆ our industry to meet in an informal setting. Š‡ ”‘‘ ™ƒ• ƤŽŽ‡† –‘…ƒ’ƒ…‹–› ™‹–Š just over 300 guests. We had a record number of Award entries and a huge amount of votes across the web categories. Some though decisions also had to be made in the judging categories. The atmosphere was set with a wine 300 people celebrate innovation, quality and excellence at the EIFI Awards Lunch reception giving guests time to network and relax. ƒ” ‡‘‰Š , the president of the EIFI, then greeted the audience. In his address he said “Business continues to be buoyant, but we are still aware of some headwinds which will bring challenges over the coming months and years. Brexit, no matter what is agreed in the end, ™‹ŽŽ Šƒ˜‡ ‹–• ‡ơ‡…– ‘ –Š‡ ‡…‘‘› and hence the electrical industry in general. Similarly, digitisation and government policy on climate change and sustainability will present both opportunities and challenges. Upskilling of our industry and people needs to be a priority if we want to be leaders in new technology. If we tackle this correctly we can become best in class in Europe and drive continued growth for our economy." The EIFI is currently working with several large multi- national manufacturers from across the industry to create an e-learning ’‘”–ƒŽ ‘ –Š‡ ™‡„•‹–‡ ™™™Ǥ‡‹ƤǤ‹‡Ǥ After lunch, †ƒ…‘‡ŽŽ of NSAI spoke about the development ‘ˆ ͱͰͱͰͱǣ ƒ–‹‘ƒŽ —Ž‡• ˆ‘” Electrical Installations. This new edition of the Electrical Wiring —Ž‡• ‹• ‹ –Š‡ ƤƒŽ ƒ’’”‘˜ƒŽ• stages and will be published before the end of the year. McDonnell •’‘‡ ƒŽ•‘ ƒ„‘—– –Š‡ „‡‡Ƥ–• of getting involved in agreeing standards documents – either through the Your Standards, Your Say commenting portal or by participating directly in the committees agreeing the standards. Our second speaker was ‹‡”…‡ ƒ”–‹ . (General Manager of RECI/Safe Electric) He told us “Electrical installation practice is evolving rapidly to meet National Enda McDonnell, NSAI