Electrical Contracting News (ECN) March 2017 - Page 4

EDITORIAL SMART OBJECTIVES Believe it or not, the world has got smarter – and will continue to do so. I’ve had a busy start to 2017, with various pro duct launches to attend, and almost all of them have had a ‘smart’ element to them. Where once upon a time the subject of smart technology might have skirted around the fringes of the building trade as a whole, its prominence has grown and has become the main driver of new innovations in the electrical trade. Manufacturers have known about and forecast the potential of smart technology for some time, but based on discussions I’ve had with some of them, they have experienced some difficulties in bringing their innovations to the mass market. Part of the concern lay in the fact that a lot of this technology was new to not just the end user, but to contractors as well, and therefore a lack of awareness of the benefits or skills in installing the products, meant they were not reaching their target consistently. Manufacturers, however, are wise to Russell Drury, Editor this and we are seeing more and more of them offering training workshops on their new products so that contractors can not only increase their own knowledge, but can confidently pass this information on to their customers, some of whom might still be doubtful and daunted by smart technology. As well as these workshops, the industry events calendar is now full of trade shows and conferences dedicated to smart buildings. Of course it is impossible for any busy tradesperson to attend all of them, but it is worth getting to as many as possible. ECN, as you might have noticed, has covered smart technology more extensively in the last couple of years, and this month we have an extra treat for you – a Home Automation & Intelligent Buildings pull-out supplement, which looks at some of the industry’s latest developments and viewpoints. Smart buildings, in the long term, will make our lives easier and safer, and our living and working environments more comfortable and energy efficient. Our industry is in a prime position to help deliver – it’s an opportunity not to be missed. Robus has announced two senior management appointments. John Humphery has been promoted to UK & European managing director. In his new position, John will draw on his extensive sales and marketing experience to bring fresh energy and a harmonised approach to Robus’ European business. Mick Slein has also been promoted to commercial director, where he will use his skills to lead the LED Group’s greatest investment areas of RD&I and NPD into a promising future. Marco’s expansion into Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Isle of Man continues to gather pace with the appointment of industry expert Gareth Howes. Gareth has over 20 years’ experience working in the cable management industry having previously worked with businesses including Schneider and Mita. MOVERS & SHAKERS… Adi Group has hired Steven Farmer as chief operating officer to help fulfil its pledge to create 500 new jobs and double its turnover by 2020. Steven join s the Group from construction engineering company Mabey Hire. Prior to that, Steven was employed in senior management positions at construction and rail companies, such as Balfour Beatty and Jarvis. He is also a qualified electrician and began his career as an electrical contractor. Unitrunk has appointed Neil Bullock to the role of business development manager with responsibility for working with customers and suppliers in the East Midlands region. Joining Unitrunk with more than 20 years’ experience in the M&E sector, Neil has specialised in cable management for the past 12 years. His career also includes a recent role with the Energy Industries Council (EIC). Delivering Innovation CUDIS RCBOs ARE ON OFFER THIS MONTH! Key Features: - Single Pole and Neutral - 6Ka breakage capacity - Earth leakage rating 30mA - B & C Curves available - Complies to EN61009/-1 - Ideal when L&N disconnection is required. Key Features: - 2-pole electromagnetic - 6Ka or 10Ka short circuit capacity - 30mA earth leakage - B & C Curves available - Complies to EN61009 sales@cudis.co.uk 0161 765 3000 www.cudis.co.uk