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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 3 Simplified. Done. Rittal Roadshow 2022 Our areas of expertise! Safeguarding the future means laying the foundations right now. We’re paying you a visit to show you the possibilities for your company. Bursting with products and expertise, our roadshow highlights ways for you to ensure future industrial value creation by acting now. All the necessary hygiene requirements and coronavirus restrictions are naturally being complied with. Consider the key challenges and allow yourself to be inspired. How can you make your digital transformation faster and more efficient? How can digital solutions make it easy for you to speed up your engineering and production processes? How can end-to-end automation solutions help optimise your value chain? How can Introducing Hitachi Energy - Ireland - Page 32 Kempston Controls - MEM Memshield 1 & 2 and Crane Controls - Page 29 Rittal Roadshow - 16th to 27th May - Page 38 11 5 Editorial 7 OEM International acquires Demesne Electrical. 8 Taoiseach Micheál Martin opens new Ei Electronics Group Headquarters in Shannon, and announces plans to create 200 jobs. 11 Five reasons to buy Resi9, Schneider Electric’s latest residential circuit protection system. 15 RFE & NOARK New MCCB’s Ex9M SU20 with electronic trigger. 17 Luceco - What are the key trends and opportunities around the future of USB charging? 23 Phoenix Contact - Compact modular distribution blocks with lateral Push-in connection. 23 Phoenix Contact - Reliable interface for the blind plugging of modular connections. 25 ABB E-mobility increases majority stake in Chinese EV charging provider Chargedot 27 AEW Awards Lunch 2022 – Change of Date. 29 Kempston Controls Completes Acquisition of MEM from Eaton Electrical. 30 EIFI Awards 2022 - The EIFI have announced that the Electrical Industry Awards will take place this year on September 2nd. 32 Introducing Hitachi Energy in Ireland. 33 €19.8 million for Energy Research Projects in Ireland. 36 ABB launches first touch-free smart sensor to reduce indoor air pollution 37 ABB Head Office moves to Sandyford in Dublin. 38 Rittal Roadshow 2022. 39 Temperature vs Equipment – Who will Win? 41 Golf Fixtures. 43 S.I. No 703/2021 – Sectoral Employment Order. (Electrical Contracting Sector) 47 Cathal Grace has been appointed as Sales Director at Precision Cables. 49 CHINT Ireland's P.Q.A promise. 57 Government announces unprecedented grant supports for home energy upgrades and increased numbers of free energy upgrades for those at risk of energy poverty. 61 Why Rointe Is Fast Becoming The Heating Solution Of Choice For So Many Irish Customers. 65 Appointments 66 Buyers' Guide. 17 Contents 8
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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 5 Editorial electric.ie Electric Bureau Ireland Ltd., Bluebell House Business Centre, Bluebell Avenue, Dublin 12 Tel: (087) 6698028 Info@electric.ie Reg. Dublin: 512293 Colin Sherlock Sales & Marketing Manager Layout/Design email@example.com DISCLAIMER Electric Bureau Ireland Ltd. accept no responsiblity for the accuracy of contributed articles or statements appearing in this publication. Electric.ie is published by Electric Bureau Ireland Ltd. The magazine is circulated throughout Ireland and is available on wholesale trade counters and from representatives of electrical distributors who are members of EMDA The editor welcomes: contributions of technical papers, information on new products, details of installation projects and all editorial input of interest to our readers. Printed by W&G Baird Happily, we seem to be settling nationally into recovery from the ‘worst’ of Covid. The Electrical Industry salutes a confident lead in business growth with the announcement by Ei Electronics with the opening of the substantial extension and investment in their headquarters at Shannon. The Irish Electrical Industry can be proud to include a 100% Irish company that is a global leader in the manufacture of fire and gas detection products. The promise of substantial increase in Cathal Grace, Sales Director, Precision Cables. Inside Ei Electronics New Group Headquarters. employment is good news in this new year of recovery. Full details of the official opening by An Taoiseacht are included on page 8/9 of this issue. The main points of the new Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) for the electrical Contracting Sector are detailed on page 43. Hitachi Energy presents an interesting article on Hitachi Energy in Ireland on page 32. Congratulations to Cathal Grace, newly appointed Sales Director at Precision Cables (See page 47). Demesne Electrical has been acquired by OEM International. Existing management remain in place and they tell us about plans and opportunities that this new ownership will make possible for the future (See Page 7). DATE FOR THE DIARY The AECI have announced that the Electrical Trade Show will take place on the 31st August 2022 at the Lucan Spa Hotel. The Golf will be on the 30th August. L-R: Ei Electronics Manufacturing Director, Jim Duignan; An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin; Ei Electronics CEO, Mick Guinee.
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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 7 Industry News OEM International acquires Demesne Electrical ‒OEM International has recently acquired Demesne Electrical in Ireland. Demesne is Ireland’s leading independent importer and distributor of electrical control, switchgear, energy saving & installation products. Demesne Electrical has a total revenue of € 20 million. The head office is located in Dublin with branch offices in Cork and Dungannon in Northern Ireland. The company has a strong product portfolio based on long partnerships with many of Europe’s leading manufacturers. OEM with a portfolio of more than 60,000 products is one of Europe's leading technology trading groups, bringing value to its customers by offering an extensive and diverse range coupled with considerable technical and applications expertise. With 37 operating business units in 14 countries split into three geographic regions. The company's domestic market is Sweden, where OEM holds a market leading position in most of its product areas. In other regions, the company's position varies from market to market. The goal is for OEM to be one of the largest players in all its chosen markets. Dave Williamson, CEO of Demesne Electrical commented "Over the last couple of years our board has been planning for the next steps in the future growth of Demesne. In this regard OEM is an ideal fit and we are certain that Demesne will continue to flourish under this new ownership". Paul Fitzsimons, Sales Director of Demesne Electrical said “We wish to thank the customers over the years for their loyal support, the three of us are delighted to be continuing to grow Demesne Electrical. An opportunity for fundamental change stands in front of us not because we have been lacking, but because we have been successful. We are ready to embrace this opportunity not because we fear the future, but because it excites us. What will emerge will still be Demesne Electrical, bigger better and with more opportunities for all". Paul Fitzsimons, Dave Williamson and Chris McKenna of Demesne Electrical. Jörgen Zahlin, President and CEO of OEM International said “Demesne, which has been active since 1977, enjoys a very strong position in the Irish market. Their business model fits well into OEM and through this acquisition, we will have access to new opportunities in a new and very interesting market. The ambition is to further develop and grow the existing Demesne business and to gradually strengthen the customer offering”. The acquisition date was January 13 2022. Phone: +353 1 4047700 www.demesne.ie
8 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • TaoiseachMicheál MartinOpens New Ei Electronics Group Headquarters in Shannon, and Announces Plans to Create 200 Jobs On Friday 4th March Shannon based Company Ei Electronics welcomed Taoiseach Micheál Martin to officially open its state-of-theart new Group Headquarters on its existing Campus. The Company also announced plans to hire 200 additional staff over the coming 12 months at its Shannon Facility. The new Headquarters Building on the existing Ei Campus comprises a 10,000m2 facility. It includes significant additional manufacturing capacity, Research and Development, and office space. The expansion underpins a strategy of maintaining 100% of manufacturing in Shannon, in addition to the co-location of other key functions on a single site. Commenting on the announcement at the Ei Electronics Campus in Shannon, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “I’m pleased to be here to witness first-hand the continued expansion of Ei Electronics, one of Ireland’s largest and most successful manufacturing and electronic companies. For over five decades the company has been a remarkable contribution to Shannon and the Mid-West region and its ambitious plans for future growth and job creation are very welcome. Ei Electronics is an outstanding Irish-owned company creating solutions with a global reach and I commend Michael and his team on today’s milestone announcement.” With a turnover in 2021 of circa €320m, and 1,100 employees worldwide, Ei Electronics www.eielectronics.com. commands a leadership position globally as a manufacturer of residential fire and gas detection products. The Company is 100% Irish L-R: Ei Electronics Manufacturing Director, Jim Duignan; An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin; Ei Electronics CEO, Mick Guinee.
ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 9 Ei Electronics owned, and is in existence for over 55 years. Over 30 years ago it became a fully-fledged Irish Company after a management buy-out from General Electric in 1988. Today Ei Electronics is one of the most significant employers in Ireland’s Midwest. Ei CEO Michael Guinee added, “We are delighted to welcome An Taoiseach for what is another milestone in Ei’s long history. Today we embark on our next phase of growth, on the site in Shannon we have occupied for over 55 years. This building is a testament to the dedication of very many people over several decades, built on a strong culture of loyalty, respect, commitment and long service.” The Company’s Irish sales operation www.eielectronics. ie had grown steadily in recent years, occupying a leadership position and the supplier of choice for installers and wholesalers alike. Ireland Country Manager, Tom Meehan said “The new state-ofthe-art facility here in Shannon means a bright future for our loyal Irish customer base. The additional manufacturing capacity will position our Irish sales and support team to offer Irish customers best in class support and service into the future. In line with our Sustainability strategy, the building is also one of the first Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in Shannon.” Ei ranks as one of Ireland’s largest indigenous manufacturing and exporting electronics Companies. It occupies a 32,000m2 campus in Shannon where all business functions are headquartered; R&D, Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing, Customer Service and Finance & Admin. With customers in over 30 countries worldwide, Ei also employs an additional 100 people in its 5 wholly owned overseas subsidiaries in the UK, Germany, France, the USA and Poland, bringing total headcount today to over 1,100. Over 90% of turnover is accounted for by exports, the primary overseas markets today being the UK, Germany, USA, The Netherlands and Australia. The Company has also recently completed the expansion of its Shannon Campus. The new development comprises a 3 storey, 10,000m2 building adjoining its existing headquarters. It includes additional manufacturing capacity, R&D, and office space, to significantly expand its current production capacity. The expansion plans underpin a strategy of maintaining 100% of manufacturing in Shannon, in addition to the colocation of other key functions on a single site. January 2020 saw the opening of its new UK Headquarters in Oswestry, Shropshire. This also co-incided with the 30th anniversary of Ei’s UK subsidiary Aico. This came on the back of an expansion of Ei’s German facility in 2019. July 2020 saw the acquisition of Bristol based Company HomeLINK to further expand Ei’s footprint in the Connected Home and IOT arena. A suite of Environmental Sensor solutions developed jointly by Ei and HomeLINK were brought to market in the middle of 2021. Over the years the Ei has added a range of value-added monitoring, management and data extraction software tools to its product suite to enable interconnectivity between devices and local and remote control of complete installations. The most recent Gateway and Remote Inspection product launches mark the transition to the cloud-based management of systems, further increasing ease of management and compliance, and reducing overall cost of ownership. Ei’s fire detection and carbon monoxide products have been keeping families safe in their homes for generations – both in Ireland and globally. Today, as the Company embarks on its next phase of double digit growth, its core sensor technology will ensure it remains at the forefront of emerging cloud-based “Connected Home” and IOT developments. L-R: Ei Electronics Ireland Country Manager, Tom Meehan; An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin; Ei Electronics CEO Mick Guinee; Ei Electronics Technical Sales Manager, Sean Meally.
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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 15 RFE RFE & NOARK New MCCB’s Ex9M SU20 with electronic trigger ‒RFE introduce Noark's new electronic series of Ex9M SU20 MCCB family. This LCD display will allow an easier, clearer and more accurate commissioning of the device since it has a higher adjusting resolution and increased range of configuration of the parameters. Ex9M SU20L: Ex9M SU20L series (pic 2) are electronic circuit breakers designed for applications that does not require the higher technical functionality, but still demands accuracy and the robustness of electronic evaluation principle with the best investment efficiency. The user interface of the SU20L series is composed of notification lights and DIP switches. These DIP switches will allow the configuration of the protective parameters of the circuit breakers. The DIP switches are organized according to the parameter that they are related to, for example: long overload current, long overload delay, short overload current etc. Inside of each group of DIP switches is a legend that shows the available DIP ON/OFF combinations and the value of each combination expressed as a percentage of the maximum range of the parameter. This system makes the configuration of the circuit breaker easy and intuitive. The LED lights in the interface of the controller will show the status of the breaker depending on which light is activated. The yellow and red lights will help to recognize if there is an abnormal situation in the power grid and which will show the severity level. In the case of the SU20L this information is stored, but this is not normally accessible. It can be read by the special communication interface only. Technical parameters/Frame size: The frame construction of all NOARK’s MCCB’s are the same (electric / thermo-magnetic / switch disconnectors, AC or DC). It allows you to swap accessories from one series to another. It relates to the external accessories such as connection devices/ accessories, and also to the internal accessories that are going to be installed such as trip unit, under voltage release unit. These electronic types are available from M2 size up to M6. The M2 frame size offers current range up to 250A. Frame sizes M3 and M4 up to 630A. Frame size M5 up to 800A and frame size M6 up to 1600A. For more information, please visit www.rfe.ie Pic 1. Pic 2. NOARK is introducing the new electronic series to the Ex9M SU20 family. The new additions in our portfolio are the Ex9M SU20S and Ex9M SU20L controllers with electric triggers, providing our customers with simpler parameter configuration solutions. First, let’s discuss the basic differences between the model Ex9M SU20S (LCD display) and Ex9M SU20L (DIP switches) Ex9M SU20S: One of the most significative advantages of the SU20S (pic 1) controller is its LCD display which eases the monitoring and maintenance of the installation. Showing relevant information such as the measured current on each phase of the breaker as well as other important information. Among the advanced functionality of this controller, is that the faulttripping history can be found. It records the last 3 fault events and specifies the details of the failure, overload, short circuits, ground faults as well as the values of such events.
16 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • CONNECTIVITY SMART USB CHARGE FAST FITS BOX 25MM 30W USB-C This latest innovation from BG Electrical is the only true fast charging wall socket with integrated fast charge ports for both USB-C and USB-A. Delivering true, fast charging of mobile phones, small laptops and tablets, BG Electrical’s superior solution, which is easy to install and can deliver a 50% charge in just 30 minutes – 70% faster than standard 5W charging*. Available in White moulded, Polished Chrome, Brushed Steel and Black Nickel. www.BG-TYPE-C.uk *please see www.BG-TYPE_C.uk for performance claims. 30W TYPE-C U S B S O C K E T S
ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 17 Luceco What are the key trends and opportunities around the future of USB charging? For contractors, an opportunity is being created to advise and service these changing customer needs, as well as upsell the latest USB charging technology. David Cleaver, Head of Product Management at BG Electrical – part of Luceco plc – considers trends and opportunities for contractors as we look to the future of USB charging. Emerging trends To understand the future of USB charging, it is important to look at emerging trends. According to Ofcom’s Online Nation 2020 report, 82% of the UK population now use a smartphone, with 52% owning a tablet. There is further, albeit unsubstantiated data, that puts smartphone ownership at over 90% in 2021. This comes as little surprise, but what is driving this device dependency? Firstly, changing working patterns have had a significant impact. With the rise in flexible and mobile working, coupled with working from home, the demand for accessible technology in residential and commercial spaces has meant we need and want to use our devices more than ever before. With people carrying an unprecedented number of devices, and dependency on these devices growing, this leads to a new experience; ‘charge ‒There is no denying that consumer usage and dependency on smartphones, tablets, and other batteryoperated devices is exponentially rising, resulting in a rapid increase in demand for fast charging USB technology. anxiety’. This describes the stress or anxiety experienced by individuals when their devices are running low on battery, with no access to a charging facility. Independent research commissioned by BG Electrical found that 68% of people have experienced worry, concern, stress, or anxiety over an electronic device running out of battery while outside of the home. Opportunities for the contractor These established and emerging trends are creating an undeniable demand for fast USB charging. For the contractor, this opens up an opportunity to look for settings where having a fast USB charging wall socket would reduce these anxieties, help people feel more settled, and for commercial venues to attract paying customers. Looking at the residential environment, we see an increased demand within the home to charge multiple devices at the same time, as well as faster and easier charging. This has become even more prevalent with the rise of home working and the uplift in the number of devices we each own and use. In the commercial sector, high-footfall venues present a significant opportunity. From coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, to hotels, conference venues and airports, having access to a fast USB charging socket is a selling point. As society becomes increasingly digital, and staying connected being critical, offering the ability to conveniently charge devices and in turn reduce ‘charge anxiety’, could be key to attracting paying customers.
18 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Luceco Choosing the right fast charging technology Something for contractors to consider is the longevity of any solution they install. Charging technology rapidly evolves and USB Type-C is fast becoming the charging preference of the future. It is already being used in many of the latest mobile devices, tablets and laptops. There are several factors driving this. Not only does it carry more power so it can charge larger devices such as laptops, as well as smart phones, it offers a faster transfer speed enabling quicker charging. USB Type-C is also reversible, so it inserts into the socket both ways. Furthermore, it is the international standard, eliminating the need for travel adaptors. The market has responded quickly to this changing preference and a number of solutions to meet this demand are readily available. Paving the way, BG Electrical has developed a market-leading solution with its 30W Type C USB wall socket, the most powerful of its kind. This latest innovation is the only true fast charging wall socket with integrated fast charge ports for both USB-C and USB-A. Delivering true, fast charging of mobile phones, small laptops and tablets, BG Electricals superior solution can deliver a 50% charge¹ in just 30 minutes – 70% faster² than standard 5W charging. In addition, the integrated smart charging automatically switches the socket to standby mode once the device is fully charged, thus eliminating any potential damage caused by overcharging. Despite the higher power output, it easily fits into a 25mm back box and includes inline angled, colour coded terminals to aid installation. The changing world may mean we have to adapt quickly, but for contractors that do, there is a wealth of opportunity out there to create additional revenue, while helping residential and commercial clients alike. To find out more visit: www.bg-type-c.uk
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22 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Phoenix Contact First type 2 Push-in surge protection Easy handling during installation The VAL-MS PT is the first type 2 surge protective device in the world with Push-in connection technology. Benefit from the advantages of this proven connection method for tool-free installation. Testing the recommended tightening torque is a thing of the past. For additional information, visit phoenixcontact.com/val-ms-pt TT 04-21.000.L1 i t t s -i r t cti Easy handling during installation The VAL-MS PT is the first type 2 surge protective device in the world with Push-in co nection techn logy. Benefit from the advantages of this proven co nection method for t ol-free installation. Testing the reco mended tighte ing torque is a thing of the past. For add tional information, v sit phoenixcontact.com/val-ms-pt TT 04-21.000.L1 n o s li g uri g i s ll ion i fi st y surg r tective device in the world with u -in tio te l . e fit fro the advantages of this proven n ti t f r to l-fre i stallation. esting the reco ende tig t ing t r is a thi g f the past. F r additi nal inf r ation, visit phoenixcontact.ie or call +353 (0) 12051300 INT01-21.000.L1
ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 23 Phoenix Contact Compact modular distribution blocks with lateral Push-in connection The lateral Push-in connection features great advantages, in particular where space is limited. The small size and the modular compatibility of the distribution block system is also an advantage. The right mounting option is available for all applications. The range of versions include base blocks without a preassembled mounting option, as well as with horizontal and vertical mounting options for the NS35 DIN rail, and adhesive versions. The new PTVFIX product program includes distribution blocks with 6, 12, and 18 connections, each 2.5 mm². As an option, they are also available with a 6 mm² feed-in contact. This means that the distribution blocks are an alternative to the terminal blocks with lateral screw connection that are used in applications throughout the world. The marking on these blocks is also clearer and easier to read. With the Pushin connection, the conductors are contacted immediately ‒The new PTVFIX distribution blocks from Phoenix Contact are a combination of the PTFIX distribution block system and the PTV series with vertical conductor connection. and without tools. The special contact spring allows easy insertion and guarantees a high level of contact quality. Reliable interface for the blind plugging of modular connections Protruding guide elements enable connections to be contacted blindly and reliably. The male and female sides are aligned together due to the floating mounting of the frames. A significant advantage is the easy assembly of the frames with modular contact inserts, which are inserted simply due to the latching springs. Customized and compact interfaces can be created by combining a wide range of transmission media in a single docking frame. The extensive product range of modular contact inserts in the Heavycon product family features the ideal inserts for the transmission of signals, data, power, and compressed air for every application. The robust diecast zinc docking frames are touch- ‒The new docking frames of the Phoenix Contact Heavycon product family enable the time-saving installation and maintenance of push-in systems and other applications in which the interfaces cannot be seen. proof and available in the market standard sizes of B6 through to B24 with two to six slots.
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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 25 ABB E-mobility increases majority stake in Chinese EV charging provider Chargedot ‒Transaction builds on ABB’s initial investment, increasing stake from 67 to 80 percent. ‒Positions ABB E-mobility for further growth in China, with increasing demand for high-power charging and export opportunities for Chinese EVs. ABB have announced it has increased its majority stake in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) charging provider, Chargedot Shanghai New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (“Chargedot”) to 80 percent. ABB had previously acquired a 67 percent stake in Chargedot in March 2020. The additional investment is part of ABB E-mobility’s growth strategy and further strengthens ABB’s position in the rapidly growing Chinese e-mobility market. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. China recorded the highest number of EV sales globally in 2021 for the seventh consecutive Industry News year, with more than 3.5 million electric vehicles sold; a 1.6 fold increase on 20201. Frank Muehlon, President of ABB’s E-mobility division comments: “Since ABB’s acquisition in 2020 we have seen strong doubledigit growth in the Chargedot business. ABB has helped deliver innovations in safe, smart and sustainable charging hardware and software solutions to the Chinese market, supporting leading companies such as SAIC, Xpeng and GAC Toyota. Looking ahead, Chinese demand for high-power charging solutions and export strategies for Chinese OEM’s are both showing significant growth. With this we see strong opportunities to leverage our global experience to further support our Chinese customers and increase market share.” Drawing on ABB’s expertise as the global leader in EV charging infrastructure has enabled Chargedot to increase its market penetration, supplementing its established AC charging business with ABB’s innovations in highpower, liquid cooled charging and smart, load management technology. ABB has also leveraged Chargedot’s expertise to further strengthen its position in a rapidly growing global AC charging market and will continue to maximize global supply opportunities. Companies supported by Enterprise Ireland increased net employment by 11,911 in 2021 - highest jobs gain in a single year ‒This is the highest annual increase in net employment reported by Enterprise Ireland. Employment increased across all economic sectors, with particularly strong jobs growth reported in Life Sciences (14%), Business Services (12%) and Digital Technology (10%). The positive jobs figures saw increases in employment across all regions in Ireland, with, for example, employment increasing by 9% in the North West and by 7% in the South East. In total, 68% of new jobs created were outside of Dublin. In total, 20,342 new jobs were created by companies supported by Enterprise Ireland, resulting in a net job increase of 11,911 when job losses are taken into account. Total employment by companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2021 was 207,894. Other key achievements supporting jobs in 2021 highlighted in the End of Year Statement issued by Enterprise Ireland included: • 125 new start-up companies supported • 1,375 overseas contracts secured with Enterprise Ireland assistance and the resumption in September 2021 of physical trade missions. • €61.6m in funding approved for 341 Covid-impacted companies in 2021. • 218 companies received funding of more than €100,000 to support other projects in 2021. • €14.6m was approved for 1,048 projects under the Ready for Customs Grant.
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ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 27 AEW Awards Lunch 2022 – Change of Date ‒The inaugural AEW Awards Lunch, originally scheduled for Wednesday 11th May 2022, has been re-scheduled for Wednesday 18 May 2022 at the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin. There will be two sets of awards presented on the day – The WEEE Recycling Awards will be presented before lunch and the Staff Training Awards will be presented after lunch. Both sets of awards will have winners and runners-up in all six member groups within the AEW – CEF, Edmundson Electrical, FEGIME, IEBG, Kellihers and the Independents – with the qualifying period being the 12 months from 1st April 2021 to the 31st March 2022. Industry News The awards will be hosted by a well-known TV personality. This event is a testament to the progress that has been made in recent times with regards to staff training as well as the recycling of electrical products in the electrical wholesale industry. For further information, please contact the AEW Administrator, Ken Legros on 085-2072761 or via email at email@example.com Apart from the awards themselves, this event will be a fantastic opportunity for the industry to get together and renew old acquaintances in a relaxed social atmosphere. Steinel from Switch Floodlight collection Daylight for large areas Phone: 01 452 4182 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web: www.switch.ie For more information contact Switch Distribution
28 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Since December 2021, Kempston Controls are now the proud custodians of MEM MEMSHIELD 1 & 2 and Cranes range. The plant manufacturers a range of products including MEM MEMSHIELD 1 & 2 and a variety of Cranes products. As an overview, the main product ranges that have been transferred include: • MR30, MBH, MCH, MDL, devices for use with legacy distribution MEMSHIELD 2 and Bill Talisman Plus boards • Memera 2000 range of domestic consumer unit + QB, MB, MC, MD 6K and 9K MCBs used with MEMSHIELD 1. • Crane Control range Our friendly Sales & Technical Teams are available to answer any queries you may have. Kempston Controls 042 9359393 kempstoncontrols.ie email@example.com
ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 29 Industry News Kempston Controls Completes Acquisition of MEM from Eaton Electrical ‒Kempston Controls have announced the acquisition of MEM (Midland Electrical Manufacturing). The deal, completed on the 1st December 2021 includes Eaton’s MEMMEMSHIELD 1 & 2 and Cranes range. The aim is to continue MEM’s history of innovation by developing, manufacturing, and selling these dependable product ranges for years to come. and sales teams, MEM will continue to innovate, manufacture, and sell products for many years to come, catering to the needs of an ever-growing industrial and commercial marketplace that demands quality products at the best possible price. Richard Regan, Group Managing Director of Kempston Controls, said: “This is a great acquisition for Kempston Controls and we are very excited to continue the development of MEM as a leading UK manufacturer.” Founded in Birmingham 1908 by Walter Barber, MEM initially found success designing and manufacturing switch & fuse gear and in 1927 began to produce products such as the ‘Ironclad’ switch range and fuse gear to meet the demands of a rapidly modernising industry. Constantly innovating, MEM was one of the first companies to introduce cartridge fuses, and by the early 1960s, their range of products included switches, fuses, motor control gear, electric fires, and convectors. In the early 60s, MEM opened a new factory in Holyhead, Anglesey, and announced their first range of Miniature Circuit Breakers, a product line that they would become famous for. In 1971, Delta Metal Co. acquired MEM and consolidated several divisions under the MEM brand, during the early noughties the electrical division of Delta, including MEM, was acquired by the Eaton Corporation who continued with the company’s tradition of providing worldleading products. Going Forward With the support of Kempston Controls’ technical department The product ranges include: • MR30, MBH, MCH, MDL, devices for use with legacy distribution MEMSHIELD 2 and Bill Talisman Plus boards as well as Memera 2000 range of domestic consumer unit + QB, MB, MC, MD 6K and 9K MCBs used with MEMSHIELD 1. • Crane Control range The acquisition of MEM creates Kempston Controls (Manufacturing), a new division in the Midland Automation Group that will focus on the development of new & innovative products. Unit 1 Coes Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91 Y6FH. Tel: 042 9359393 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
30 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • In a world where home heating has become increasingly focused towards sustainability, Rointe are paving the way with a range of solutions that focus on innovations that not only benefit the environment, but can also help improve efficiency to reduce customer heating costs. SMART Rointe’s technically advanced heating systems help create comfortable spaces by employing smart technical features such as their patented Fuzzy Logic Energy Control. This system helps optimize stable heating by analysing thermal variations to select the perfect output level. Coupled with Rointe’s connectability through WiFi these products can be easily operated from a smartphone or other device (such as Alexa) using the Rointe Connect app to put you in complete control of your smart heating system. STYLISH Rointe’s focus on technical design is matched with a passion for creating stylish products that compliment your interiors. Every Rointe product is designed with the user in mind from high-quality value lines such as the Kyros range right up to Designline; Rointe’s premier product category. The rointe Designline series gives the customer a huge range of style options. By using metals and textures like black copper, green oxide and silver satin, alongside beautiful RAL colours like ruby reds, vibrant yellows and cool greys, Rointe have created a great range of beautiful heating solutions designed with you, the customer, in mind. SAFE Rointe’s electric radiators' low and steady output makes them a much safer option for families when compared to more traditional heating systems. Their surface temperature does not exceed 43°C once a steady working rate has been achieved. In other products, temperature gradients occur between different parts of the product causing a variability in surface temperatures. Oil Filled radiators can reach 58.4°C while Storage Heaters (70.2°C) and Panel Heaters (81.2°C) can reach temperature levels that could cause significant burns in young children in a matter of seconds. If you would like to know more about becoming a Rointe stockist please feel free to get in touch with our sales team today. Why Rointe Is Fast Becoming The Heating Solution Of Choice For So Many Irish Customers See our comprehensive range of heating solutions below at www.rointe.ie SMART.. STYLISH.. SAFE.. Radiators - Towel Rails - Underfloor Heating - Water Heating - Heat Pumps - Smart Controls The EIFI Electric Gathering Lunch nd Awards Event is bein held on Friday, September 2nd. It is a great opportunity for us to once again get together, celebrate and encourage excellence within the industry. It is also a chance to meet old friends, colleagues and customers. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Watch out for details on our website at www.electric.ie The Electri al Industry Awards 2022 Red Cow Moran Hotel on Friday 2nd September E I F I Electrical Industry Federation of Ireland Bringing the Irish electrical industry together 2nd September - A Date for your Diary NOMINATIONS IN ALL CATEGORIES WILL BE OPENING SOON E I F I 2022