Electrical Contracting News (ECN) May 2017 - Page 8

INDUSTRY NEWS CHALLENGE FOR A CAUSE TEAM MAKES IT TO THE TOP OF MT KILIMANJARO The Electrical Industries Charity’s team of nine enthusiastic trekkers successfully made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in February. Nine adventurers joined Tessa Ogle, managing director of the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) for the Challenge for a Cause trek and made it to the Uhuru peak of the highest free standing mountain in the world. They include Johanne Stimson of Heat Mat; Andrew Dykes of SES Engineering Services; Mike Smith of SES Engineering Services and senior vice president of the ECA; Denise Hillier of Spring Electrical; Mark David Ward of Power 1 Group; Dave Gilbert of SCV Electrical, Rosemary Phillips of RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services and Joseph Hogg of Edmundson Electrical. Tessa Ogle commented afterwards, ‘Our first Challenge for a Cause was a great success that required a lot of mental and physical strength but together we made it to the top and raised a tremendous amount for the Hendrie family. I would like to thank all of the trekkers who took part in this incredible challenge and to everyone that has donated so far.’ The team joined forces and climbed the tallest free standing mountain in the world to raise money for the Hendrie family. It is not too late to show your support and help the Hendrie family to look forward to the future by donating today. To make your donation please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/EICChallengeforaCause EDA LAUNCHES PLANS TO OVERHAUL PRODUCT DATA FOR THE UK The Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) has launched its ETIM-UK campaign, designed to transform the quality of technical product data flowing through the electrical installation supply chain. The EDA’s vision is for all UK manufacturers and distributors to adopt ETIM’s global standard for classifying technical products, bringing us in line with key markets across Europe, the USA and Canada, where millions of products have already been classified using the long established and centrally maintained ETIM standard. Simon Barkes, managing director at BEMCO and EDA president, explained, ‘The reason for ETIM is clear; currently the UK’s manufacturers and distributors have each developed their own standards and structures for capturing and publishing technical product data, whether that data is intended for back office stock control systems, customer facing printed catalogues or websites. The result is a confusion of Big Data which differs hugely in terms of content, format and quality. At one end of the spectrum customers can access fully comprehensive and highly technical product information, but at the other end the data is patchy and inconsistent. ‘By adopting one standard across the sector, product information can be served up in print and online with minimal work arounds. Potentially, businesses can make savings in terms of the technical resources and labour needed to maintain the current mix of data sets and structures, and the end customer will benefit hugely. Contractors will be able to access comprehensive and consistent technical information to accurately compare products like- for-like, ensuring they buy the right product for the job, first time.’ 8 | May 2017 MARSHALL-TUFFLEX MARKS 75TH BIRTHDAY WITH CAREERS HELP FOR TALENTED YOUNGSTERS Hastings employer Marshall- Tufflex is marking its 75th year in business with a renewed drive to raise awareness of the career opportunities across its manufacturing business. The cable management manufacturer is committed to assisting young local job seekers and has already supported five apprentices through relevant NVQ Level 3 Advanced Modern Apprenticeships. Hastings school children touring the Marshall-Tufflex factory. And, as in previous years, the company has announced its attendance at a number of careers events for 2017. ‘Marshall-Tufflex is committed to Hastings and we really want to nurture and “grow our own” talent to the benefit of both our business and the town,’ said chief executive Paul Hetherington. ‘Over the last two years we have been actively promoting engineering and other career opportunities in the company to primary and secondary school students. We want to continue to develop local talent, keeping skilled workers in the town and inspiring young people to consider engineering – and Marshall-Tufflex – as a future career, much as we have done over the last 75 years.’ Marshall-Tufflex will be attending a range of careers events, including local jobs fairs, school career programmes, engaging with the Enterprise Advisor Network, activities coordinated by the Education Futures Trust and those arranged by STEM/STEAM Sussex. All of these aim to support the development of careers and increase awareness, helping the next generation with entering the world of work. CONTRAC LIGHTING ANNOUNCES MERGER WITH HIGH TECHNOLOGY LIGHTING UK lighting providers Contrac Lighting and High Technology Lighting have offi