• Electrical Review Smart Lighting Summit 2017

    Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
    Time: 9:00am - 5.00pm
    Venue: The Crystal, 1 Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1GB
  • Vent-Axia Gains ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification

    British fan manufacturer Vent-Axia, a leader in low-carbon ventilation, has been recognised for its commitment to environmental excellence having achieved ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification for its Crawley manufacturing facilities.
    ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard and to achieve certification Vent-Axia demonstrated that it has an environmental management system in place to reduce waste and energy use, improve efficiency and meet all legal and regulatory e
  • Climb to the top for the Electrical Industries Charity Challenge for a Cause

    Enthusiastic trekkers are continuing to sign up to climb the tallest free-standing mountain in the world – Mount Kilimanjaro – to raise money for the Hendrie family. Show your support for this incredible cause and get your company in the spotlight by sponsoring flags which will be placed at the top of the peak.
    The Electrical Industries Charity is appealing to you to give them a hand up in this challenge of a lifetime by making a donation for a flag. Each flag will bear the sponsor&
  • Scolmore Group voted AIEW Supplier of the Year 2016

    Scolmore Group’s commitment to exceptional service levels and customer support continues to pay dividends, with the company named ‘Supplier of the Year 2016’ by members of the AIEW (Associated Independent Electrical Wholesalers) buying group.
    Running since 2001 when the Association was first established, the awards scheme enables members to vote for their top supplier and recognises best practice when it comes to service levels, customer support, product quality, stock availabi
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  • EDA’s first survey provides launch-pad for action

    The Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) has published the results of its inaugural survey into the issues and opportunities facing its electrical wholesaler and manufacturer members.
    The survey – “What keeps you awake at night?” – explores broad themes including technology and online sales, supply-side and sales-side issues, employee training and how to attract a pipeline of new talent to the sector, and the key features of supply-chain relationships.
  • ECA announces an extensive conference season

    Plans include presence at industry-leading ‘UK Construction Week’ and ‘LuxLive’
  • HM Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire visits Europa Components

    Europa Components received a recent visit from Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, to their Head Office and distribution centre in Luton. Accompanying Mrs Nellis were the Mayor of Luton, Councillor Tahir Khan, Cheryl Smart CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Stephen Catchpole CEO of SEMLEP.
    David Sheridan, Chairman and Sonia Freed, Managing Director of Europa gave their guests a tour of the Company including the recently expanded production facility and introduced t
  • New home for cable manufacturer HellermannTyton

    Global manufacturer of cable management solutions, HellermannTyton has announced that its new UK distribution centre in Cannock will be open for business on Monday 21st November 2016.
    Following its relocation from the current site in Aldridge, the purpose distribution centre will provide HellermannTyton with increased storage capacity of more than 120%, allowing the company to build on its recent successes in the UK market.
    The facility will also house a dedicated product training academy, prov
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  • BBC’s DIY SOS answered by Marshall-Tufflex

    Kind-hearted managers at cable management specialist Marshall-Tufflex are backing a TV project to improve the living conditions of a deserving family living in Kent.
    Presenter Nick Knowles and his team of purple shirts from BBC One’s DIY SOS: The Big Build are planning to demolish and re-build the Ratcliffe’s three-bed home on the Isle of Sheppey. Partners Garry and Kyle share the property with their four adopted children, all of whom have complex and life-limiting medical conditions
  • Venture creates bespoke lighting solution for underground car park

    Venture Lighting Europe has supplied a bespoke retrofit gear tray to help a Costco store in the Midlands reduce its energy consumption and improve lighting in its underground car park.
    Working with contractors Solent Lighting, Venture Lighting Europe developed a 50W LED retrofit gear tray to replace 300 150W Metal Halide lamps in a Birmingham Costo’s underground car park, whilst using existing fittings to generate an estimated 70% energy sa
  • Back to school for Wieland refurbishment project

    Wieland Electric’s popular Metalynx2 structured wiring system has been installed for the distribution of all power and lighting throughout the newly refurbished Halley House Primary School in Arcola Street, London, E8. The school, located in the Metropole College’s former building, was purchased by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to ensure the provision of more primary schools in the E8 area in the future.
    Wieland’s Metalynx2 system was specified by
  • Epsilon – the latest innovative LED luminaire from Luceco

    Aesthetically designed LED direct/indirect recessed luminaire
    To assist with BSEN12464-1 compliant design
    Integral lighting control options
    Luceco has further expanded its LED lighting range with the Epsilon, a direct/indirect recessed luminaire designed for a multitude of commercial applications.
    The Epsilon is the latest innovation from the Luceco product development team, designed to optimise lighting performance and maximise luminaire spacing.
    Epsilon enjoy
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  • Call now for the GreenBrook Lighting Season Special

    Have you seen the new GreenBrook Lighting Season Special, featuring details and promotions on all our lighting products for our wholesale customers?
    Inside you will find details of our dimmable LED downlights, our range of occupancy detectors, anti-corrosive fittings, LED floodlights, under cabinetlighting, bathroom lighting and much more.
    Please contact the sales office now for your copy. Call 01279 772 772.
  • New high power options added to Varilight V-Pro dimmer series

    Varilight’s market leading V-Pro LED dimmers series has been enhanced with new high power versions available across the range. The new dimmers are designed to control up to 30 dimmable LEDs with a maximum load rating for LED of 300W.
    In independent tests, Varilight’s V-Pro dimmer has been shown to outperform other LED dimmers in the market. To enhance compatibility with the ever-increasing range of lighting options now available to install
  • Epicor BisTrack distribution software system is a winner

    Epicor BisTrack ERP is an award-winning distribution software system offering the functionality needed to process simple to complex transactions for electrical wholesalers. BisTrack helps bring together the whole business operation, from sales, purchasing and marketing to quality control and warehouse operations – and enables them to work together.
    BisTrack provides a holistic view of your business, or alternatively, a view of a specific custome
  • Marshall-Tufflex launches sleek new Sterling Curve profile

    Sterling Curve is the latest sleek and stylish cable management solution from market-leader Marshall-Tufflex.
    The new 167mm x 50mm data compliant profile is an evolution of the British manufacturer’s ever-popular Sterling range but offers specifiers, contractors and end-users a gently contoured cable containment system that looks great, is easy to clean and impossible to clutter.
    The medium-sized dado and skirting trunking has three compartments, single piece moulded&nb
  • Heat Mat product training days available for electrical wholesale customers

    Heat Mat is running its tenth product and installation training session for electrical engineers and heating installers in November.
    The day is aimed at the customers of electrical distributors and provides a thorough insight into fitting Heat Mat’s electric underfloor heating systems.
    Heat Mat’s Trained Installer Scheme is extremely popular and over the past two years has seen the team visit the length and breadth of the UK to impart their expert a
  • Lithe Audio launches in UK with innovative Bluetooth speakers

    Bring music to any room of your choice: bathroom, kitchen, living room or bedroom, streamed seamlessly using your, smartphone, tablet or laptop…
    Exciting new UK AV brand, Lithe Audio, announces the UK launch of its innovative Bluetooth ceiling speakers. These amazing wireless speakers are different to anything else currently available in this sector.
    They are a fully integrated ‘all-in-one’ solution, meaning that unlike other well-known wireless home sound
  • Illuminating innovation from Carl Kammerling

    Carl Kammerling International has enhanced its C.K tools dextro screwdriver range, with new C.K dextro VDE GLO Insulated Screwdrivers – the UK’s first glow in the dark, professional screwdriver set.
    Following last year’s extensive design optimisation programme, which reinforced the durability of the dextro range, Carl Kammerling has added a unique phosphorescent handle that gives off a highly visible glow.
    The C.K dextro VDE GLO range comes in
  • Megaman launches Rico integrated LED downlight

    Megaman UK, the UK distributor of Megaman’s innovative, marketleading LED lighting solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of its Rico ultra slim, integrated LED downlight.
    The Rico is an ideal replacement for halogen MR16 and GU10 downlights and features Megaman’s latest hybrid reflector technology, delivering excellent beam control.
    The downlight also incorporates Megaman’s new U-DIM technology, ensuring that Rico is compatible wit
  • Putting innovation to the test with C.K Magma

    Carl Kammerling International has enhanced its C.K Magma range of premium tool storage with the C.K Magma Test Equipment Case – an industry first, allowing electricians to carry diagnostic testing equipment and a selection of essential tools in one handy case.
    After researching how electricians store and transport test equipment, Carl Kammerling International developed the C.K Magma Test Equipment Case. The new product is the first of its kind t
  • High standards from Carl Kammerling International

    Carl Kammerling International has reconfigured and improved its C.K tools RedLine VDE High Leverage Side Cutters, making it safer and easier to cut through electrical cables.
    The slimmer profile offers easier access in tight spaces, while the high leverage design maximises the transmission of force from handle to cutting jaws, taking the strain out of cutting through cables up to 6mm.
    Available in 180mm and 200mm, the C.K High Leverage Side Cutters feature induction
  • Scolmore expands Click essentials Metal Clad range

    Scolmore has added to its comprehensive Click essentials range of wiring accessory products, with the launch of 1-gang and 2-gang Metal Clad Switched Sockets with Outboard Neon Rockers.
    Providing contractors and installers with all the ancillary products vital for any installation – such as junction boxes, flush mounted switch and socket boxes – Scolmore’s Click essentials range continues to grow and is an indispensable requirement for all projects, large or smal
  • R&B Star announce the death of much-loved founder, Bill Robertson

    Electrical wholesaler, R&B Star – which has branches in Maidstone, Greenwich and Crayford – is mourning the loss of the company’s joint founder, Bill Robertson, who has died in his 90th year, following a fall.
    Grandson, Andrew Robertson – the company’s Managing Director – told EW: “Even though Bill was in his 90th year he was very alert and mobile for his age and I’m sure had he not had the fall at home – sorting out his CD collection &nd
  • Vent-Axia celebrates 80 years of innovation

    UK ventilation company, Vent-Axia, celebrated its 80th anniversary at its Crawley HQ last month, with a ceremony attended by the town’s Mayor, Cllr Raj Sharma and local MP, Henry Smith. To mark the occasion, Vent-Axia buried a time capsule in its grounds.
    Founded by Joe Akester in 1936 when he invented the world’s first electrically-operated window fan, Vent-Axia has been a leading British manufacturer ever since. Now a multi-million pound company, Vent-Axia has become a household n
  • Safe signage – are you up to date?

    Signs are an important part of health and safety in and around the work place. Introduced in 2013, the British Standard relating to safe signage – BS EN ISO 7010 – is still relatively new and as such there is still some confusion surrounding it. Paul Dawson, managing director, ESP Ltd, seeks to clarify some of the questions it raises.
    What is BS EN ISO 7010?
    BS EN ISO 7010 is an international standard for consistent safety sign regulation across Europe. It aims to bring consistency
  • Marshall-Tufflex solves historic museum’s exhibition challenge

    When Cambridge’s historic Fitzwilliam Museum required a flexible power delivery system for temporary exhibition galleries it turned to cable management solutions manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex and its MT32 prefabricated modular wiring system.
    The Fitzwilliam Museum, founded in 1816, is the principal museum of the University of Cambridge and a leading centre for art historical research and conservation. In addition to permanent galleries, the museum has two galleries for temporary exhibition
  • Back to school for Wieland

    Wieland Electric’s popular Metalynx2 structured wiring system has been installed for the distribution of all power and lighting throughout the newly refurbished Halley House Primary School in Arcola Street, London, E8. The school, located in the Metropole College’s former building, was purchased by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to ensure the provision of more primary schools in the E8 area in the future.Wieland’s Metalynx2 system was specified by Etech Southern, who design
  • Scolmore sponsors second Electrical Apprentice competition

    Following the success of the inaugural NICEIC and ELECSA Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition last year, Scolmore Group has announced it continued sponsorship. The competition is open to all Level 3 students, and will once again test the skills and knowledge of the entrants.Prizes include holiday vouchers worth £2,000 for the winner, £750 for the runner-up and £250 for third place. The eight finalists will also each receive an engraved trophy, an iPad and a ‘Van
  • CEF invests in £10m centre for IT, data and marketing team

    City Electrical Factors (CEF) has signalled its ongoing commitment to innovation with the announcement of a new, state of the art, IT, data and marketing centre just outside Durham.CEF has an impressive internal IT team that develops its own software and web services. But having reached capacity at its Meadowfield offices near Durham the company is investing in a new, £multi-million environmentally friendly office on land opposite the existing premises.
    Pauline Kirk, Head of IT for CEF sai
  • It’s going to be a night to remember at powerBall 2016

    Guests at powerBall 2016 can look forward to an unforgettable night with breath-taking entertainment from the Jersey Boys to look forward to. Book your table now to avoid disappointment.
    This year, City Electrical Factors (CEF) is the headline sponsor for this prestigious event in the electrical industry’s calendar which takes place on Friday, 11 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane.
    Managing Director, Tessa Ogle says: “We are delighted to have CEF as ou
  • Paul Schwenk joins Theben Executive Board

    Theben AG, which specialises in KNX building systems technology, motion detectors and presence detectors for offices, public buildings and private homes, has announced a major new appointment.
    Paul Sebastian Schwenk will take office as a member of the Executive Board of marketing, business development, digitalisation, IT and HR, as well as the innovative smart energy business field.
    This move sees another member of the company’s founding and owning family taking on key management dut
  • ECA judges go wild about Harry Bartle of Chris Bowker Ltd – winner of the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award

    The ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on September 21st, with Harry Bartle, 21, of Morecambe-based ECA member-firm Chris Bowker Ltd, being crowned this year’s winner.Harry beat off stiff competition from three other regional winners: Luke Towers, of Eaton Electrical Ltd, Joshua Lee, of P&R Hurt Electrical & Mechanical Services and Thomas Murray of Blackbourne Integrated M&E. They each won £500 and a contr
  • Top apprentice wins 2016 ECA Edmundson Award

    Harry Bartle of Chris Bowker Ltd wins coveted industry prize
  • Epicor Announces the ‘Customer of the Year’ Global Winners in the 2016 Customer Excellence Awards Programme

    Companies recognised for leveraging Epicor solutions and services to transform and grow business
    Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, announced today the ‘Customer of the Year’ winners in its 2016 Epicor Customer Excellence Global Awards programme. Launched earlier this year, the global awards programme recognises innovative organisations that have successfully transformed operations by deploying Epicor so
  • Crompton Lamps announce Kitching as new MD

    Crompton Lamps, the UK lamps and LED specialist, has appointed Adrian Kitching (pictured) as Managing Director. Kitching has been in senior roles in the electrical industry, most recently with Megaman, for more than 28 years. He has a strong technical background and is enthusiastic about the development of lighting technology.He says: “It’s important in this day and age to be able trust the products you supply to your contractors, and that they hold the highest performance
  • LIA statement on directional halogen lamp ban

    September 1st 2016 saw Stage 3 of the Energy Related Products Regulation 1194/2012 take effect.
    This means that directional (reflector) mains voltage halogen lamps such as GU10, R63, R50 etc, are no longer allowed to be placed on the market.
    Products captured by this regulation that are already placed on the market according to the definition of the term may continue to be sold. This means that existing stocks may be sold through and it is incorrect to state that retailers will not be able to se
  • AW Electrical marathon runners help two great good causes

    Anthony Oliveri, a company director at AW Electrical Suppliers, in Great Cambridge Road, Enfield, tackled two marathons in two days during a testing charity challenge in Iceland.
    The Laugavegurinn Trail covered 56 miles, with wilderness camping under the sun. At the time of the trek, Iceland had an average temperature of just 10 degrees Centigrade, with 22 hours of daylight each day.
    AW Electrical Director, Bill Oliveri told EW: “I wanted to tell you about my brother and fellow company ow
  • Are you ready to future-proof your business?

    By Marie Parry, marketing director, Scolmore Group
    The days when electrical installers would spend most of their time on simple rewiring projects is becoming a thing of the past. With advances in technology continuing to drive the electrical industry, and homeowners and businesses looking to add energy-saving and security features to their premises, electrical installers are having to up their game to keep up, and home automation and security requirements are high on the agenda.
    As well as ensur
  • Electric radiators – the facts uncovered

    As electric radiators continue their rise in popularity, Richard Brown, Managing Director of Electrorad, dispels the myths and outlines the benefits they bring to uncover just exactly why they are a number one heating solution.Due to changes in legislation, ease of fit and more properties now being built on non-gas plots, electric radiators are fast becoming a first choice when looking for heating solutions. With no messy pipe work required, no yearly maintenance and such flexibility of control,
  • Interior design trends and new technology influencing decorative wiring accessories

    Andrew Wilson, Commercial Manager at Varilight, considers the influence of interior design trends and new technology on decorative wiring accessories.There was a time when you could choose wiring accessories in any colour, so long as it was white. In the ’80s and ’90s, a gradual expansion of decorative options in wiring accessories began, with brass and chrome finishes becoming widely available. An even greater proliferation of decorative finishes and styles has followed, with an inc
  • Harnessing the power of PVs

    Domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are big business. Installations have surged, and as PV panels become more popular, manufacturers are investing in ways to harness the full potential of the power they generate. As such, new and exciting innovations are entering the market. John Forster, product manager at Heatrae Sadia, explains.
    According to a recent study, 60% of Brits who have yet to install solar panels would consider going solar by 2020. Thousands of installations have already taken p
  • Tools: Stocking up on safety

    For electricians, health and safety at work goes far beyond a hard hat and high vis vest – John Dabb, Sales and Marketing Director at Hyde, looks at the kind of tools that wholesalers should be taking stock of…
    There are many health and safety considerations to take into account when working with electricity, and just as the installer needs to take the appropriate steps to ensure they carry out a safe job in safe way, the electrical wholesaler also has a duty of care to offer custom
  • Data Centre TradeOff Tools: Simple, Interactive Calculators to Support Data Centre Planning

    Uncertainty characterises most IT growth plans. You face questions such as: What's the impact of containment on my PUE? How much more would my data centre capex increase if I added redundant power and cooling? What rack density should I deploy?
  • Leading trade body joins with Considerate Constructors Scheme

    ECA links up with socially responsible construction body to promote best practice
  • Creating a better future with the Electrical Industries Charity

    The Electrical Industries Charity has launched its Practical Participation Programme to expand the support network and allow electrical industry professionals to show their support to people who need help the most. The programme offers an opportunity for companies to get involved using their unique skills of time, equipment and materials to provide the best practical support to people in the electrical industry.It was created by the charity to get everyone within the electrical industry involved
  • Electricians first to finish new industry training scheme

    Two newly qualified electricians complete innovative career progression initiative
  • New dimmable LED fire rated downlights – the Vela range

    Ready for the lighting season why not have a look at the GreenBrook range of LED fire rated downlights – the Vela range.
    Available in Fixed, Tilt and the hugely popular Anti-glare options, these attractive and compact low profile fittings (only 57mm deep) are offered in matt white with a choice of replaceable bezel colours from the contemporary matt black to the ever popular polished chrome, satin chrome and gold.
    Rated IP65 and including a dimmable
  • High power options added to Varilight V-Pro dimmer series

    Varilight’s market leading V-Pro LED dimmers series has been enhanced with new high power versions available across the range. The new dimmers are designed to control up to 30 dimmable LEDs with a maximum load rating for LED of 300W.
    In independent tests, Varilight’s V-Pro dimmer has been shown to outperform other LED dimmers in the market. To enhance compatibility with the ever-increasing range of lighting options now available to installers, V-Pro dimmers are pr
  • Vent-Axia revives social housing ventilation

    Vent-Axia has launched the intelligent Lo-Carbon Revive, a new filter-less unitary fan designed to meet the needs of social housing. Boasting powerful, quiet, efficient ventilation, Revive provides good indoor air quality and comfort while being quick and easy to install and reliable.
    Revive is designed to offer simple specification. Highly versatile Revive offers a choice of run speeds for multiple installation options and can be ducted or through the wall, making

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