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Unravelling the complexities of Part M

Unravelling the complexities of Part M

The Approved Document M of the Building Regulations was first published in the early 1990s, designed to help those with a disability to access and use buildings and the facilities within them. There have been various amendments made since the original document – the most recent coming into effect in 2013. Marie Parry (pictured), group […]

Time to back young talent in the electrical industry

Time to back young talent in the electrical industry

By Wolfgang Schickbauer, CEO, Voltimum The electrical industry is facing somewhat of a dilemma with the rapid emergence of burgeoning technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT). A Voltimum survey of 5,000 wholesalers, contractors and manufacturers revealed that 75 percent of contractors had never bought a ‘smart’ device, indicating that more needs to be […]

Fire protection doesn’t need to be complicated
By February 3, 2015 Read More →

Fire protection doesn’t need to be complicated

Clever fire safety systems that are easier to install and don’t cost the earth could bring significant advantages to all and importantly, be a life-saver, writes Nick Rutter (pictured) Managing Director of Sprue Safety Products. Simplifying the fire safety process by aligning legislation to give the same level of protection to all and eliminating confusion […]

Make education and training a New Year priority

Make education and training a New Year priority

I have long been an advocate of training and this month, training is a continuing theme. In our January issue, the EDA (Electrical Distributors’ Association) tells us that it’s been a record year for the Association’s education and training programme while this month, we also announce two new training categories for the Electrical Wholesaler Awards. […]

Editor’s comment: All hail the inventors! We love a ‘Eureka!’ moment…
By November 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Editor’s comment: All hail the inventors! We love a ‘Eureka!’ moment…

Three Japanese professors had a real lightbulb moment when they invented the first blue LEDS back in the early 1990s, paving the way for a new generation of bright, energy-efficient white lamps, as well as colour LED screens. And now, the ingenious profs have been rewarded with the Nobel Prize for Physics. This was a […]

Electric radiators fly the flag for energy efficient heating
By November 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Electric radiators fly the flag for energy efficient heating

RICHARD BROWN, Managing Director of Electrorad, considers recent claims that infrared heating uses 50% less energy than most other forms of heating and argues the case for electric radiators as an all round superior heating solution. There’s been much ado recently about infrared heating being the latest energy-efficient source of heating set to take the […]

£multi-million cable recall could happen here, warns BASEC
By October 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

£multi-million cable recall could happen here, warns BASEC

A while ago, I was talking about the trade in counterfeit and substandard goods. Now, news reaches me of a cable recall affecting up to 40,000 homes and businesses in Australia and costing an estimated £43m. And electrical wholesalers have been left picking up the pieces. The distributor is in liquidation, the owner has criminal […]

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Smart metering – an opportunity for electrical wholesalers?
By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Smart metering – an opportunity for electrical wholesalers?

FROM THE EDITOR I nipped over to Tunbridge Wells this month to interview the new Electrical Distributors’ Association director, Margaret Fitzsimons. We both took on our new roles on April 1 (nothing significant in that date!) and we had an interesting discussion about the EDA and its role supporting electrical wholesalers. We will be running […]

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Editor’s comment – Taking action against the counterfeiters
By August 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Editor’s comment – Taking action against the counterfeiters

Counterfeit and non-compliant goods are a concern for all members of the supply chain and it’s a growing problem that was recently drawn to our attention by Trade Skills 4 U, the electrical training provider. According to Trade Skills 4 U, electrical components such as MCBs, RCDs and other wiring accessories, make up the main […]