Ireland's Electrical Magazine 90 Apr-May

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Issue 90 - April-May 2022






News & Views 5 New headquarters for ABB Ireland Sandyford is the new location for ABB Ireland’s headquarters,

Products 66 Snickers workwear

In Focus 32 Ei Electronics

Snickers keep up with evolving demands by designing innovative

Taoiseach Micheál Martin unveils new Ei Electronic headquarters in Shannon.

relocating from Tallaght which had been home to its workforce for the past 30 years.

state-of-the-art products that make a workday safer, easier, and more productive. 85 SUN@HOME lighting range Ledvance launches its new

37 Wesco milestone

21 Electrical Mentorship Scheme Initiative to partner new and more experienced electricians across Ireland is gaining momentum. 23 ETT tribute to Derek Thompson ETT commends the late Derek Thompson for his hard work, dedication, and commitment to the electrical industry. THE TEAM: Managing Director Karen McAvoy Editor Laura Barr Editorial Heather Campbell Publication Manager Janice Uprichard Advertising Julie Patterson Production Manager Julie Anne Guiney Digital Creative Manager Jo Hendron Design Tomo Pattison Digital Communications Rachel Freeman Accounts Andrea Simpson Photography Gordon McAvoy Printed by W&G Baird

Bumper 26-page feature celebrating Wesco’s 50 years in business. 63 Kirby Apprenticeship Scheme Electrician apprentice, Paul Lynam

SUN@HOME smart lighting range, making lighting feel good.

88 Aurora

discusses his experience with Kirby and aspirations for the future.

Aurora Lighting has launched its first-ever catalogue dedicated to commercial lighting.

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ABB Ireland officially opened their new Irish headquarters on 9 March 2022. Located on the fifth floor Concourse Building, Beacon Court in Sandyford, ABB’s offices are a modern and vibrant premises in which they look forward to welcoming their customers in the coming weeks and months ahead. ABB’s meeting rooms in their new office are a testament to their previous locations in Ireland spanning back over 75 years. They relocated to this new office from Belgard Road in Tallaght which had been their home for the past 30 years. ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies founded in 1883. Within Ireland, ABB operates in five locations and employ 150 people. New headquarters for ABB Ireland

Support your industries charity with a Commercial Agreement

Organisations like yours can support the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) and the colleagues it helps every year by joining forces with the EIC through a Commercial Agreement (CA). This partnership means your organisation fundraises for the charity through the sale of certain products or services. As a CA partner, your product line directly donates to EIC’s sector colleagues in need, and by joining the CA you receive a bespoke marketing campaign advertising the charity’s partnership across multimedia and events. By becoming a CA partner,

you are contributing to your Corporate Social Responsibility commitment and when implementing this initiative, you are donating directly to the industry and your entire supply chain. As a CA partner, you will have access to all standard EIC services and will receive exclusive member benefits in advertising and services. To become a CA partner or for more information regarding CA with EIC, please contact Tessa Ogle, Managing Director by emailing: Tessa.ogle@

(L-R): Debragh Donohoe, Country Holding Officer, ABB Ireland; Uwe Laudenklos, Regional Marketing & Sales Leader Smart Buildings and Smart Power; David Edwards, Electrification Commercial Director, ABB Ireland and Stephen Doyle, Marketing & Sales Regional Director – North Europe, Electrification Distribution Solutions.

Regular electrical safety checks included in new bill for Northern Ireland

In March the Northern Ireland Assembly passed the Private Tenancies Bill. The Bill includes a requirement to introduce regular electrical safety checks for private tenants in NI. Electrical Safety First is campaigning for all tenants, regardless of tenure, to be afforded the same safety standards across the UK. Karter Kane, Policy and Public Affairs Advisor for NI with Electrical Safety First commented: “Electrical Safety First has long campaigned for regular electrical checks in Northern Ireland’s private rented sector (PRS), so we were delighted that they have been included in the Private Tenancies Bill. “As the Minister (Deirdre Hargey) herself has noted, electrical checks are a long- overdue safety fundamental. However,

we believe the Bill can be made stronger and more effective by stipulating that those safety checks of electrical installations are undertaken regularly – we believe it should be every five years.” She added: “We’re delighted to see the Northern Ireland Assembly pass the Private Tenancies Bill (15 March). The bill includes a requirement to introduce regular electrical safety checks for private tenants in Northern Ireland. “We’re campaigning for all tenants – regardless of tenure – to be afforded the same safety standards

across the UK. And this commitment is one step closer to achieving that goal.”

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Familiar face takes up appointment at Precision Cables

A well-known face in the electrical sector has secured the appointment of Sales Director at Dundalk- based firm Precision Cables. Cathal Grace, who is well received in the industry due to his experience, reliability and excellent interpersonal skills commenced his new role in March. Speaking to Ireland’s Electrical Magazine about his appointment, Cathal said: “I am excited and honoured in equal measure to take up this new role and look forward to contributing to Precision Cables continued success into the future.” His tenure in the cable industry started with Precision Cables over 16 years ago. Cathal and his sales team are looking forward to reconnecting on a face-to-face level with their new and existing customer base to express all that Precision Cables has to offer as it moves into an exciting new chapter in the industry.

Memorial cycle/walk to raise funds for Cancer Research

Braham Electrical, in honour of Paul Braham, is hosting, along with Newry Lions Club, a memorial leisure cycle/walk in aid of Cancer Research UK and N. Ireland. Paul was a hard working and dedicated individual who founded Braham Electrical over 49 years ago. Those who knew Paul personally would have known he had family and community spirit in abundance and supported every local event going. When Paul sadly passed away in September of last year, dozens of tributes were shared from those

who knew him and remembered him for his good character, generosity, and service to the community. The Paul Braham Memorial walk/cycle will take place on Sunday, 24 April. Those who plan to cycle will take off from the Albert Basin in Newry at 9am, while walkers will set off from the same location at 10am. Both groups will finish at Carlingford. If you would like to donate to the Memorial Cycle/Walk, go to:

New quality scheme for circular economy in lighting

Industry leaders have backed a new circular economy assurance scheme designed to support the accuracy of circular economy claims from lighting manufacturers and suppliers. Set up by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Lighting Industry Association (LIA), the TM66 Circular Economy Assured Scheme will provide a quality mark for the design and manufacture of lighting products. Supporting the recently published ‘TM66 Creating a circular economy in the lighting industry’ and accompanying Circular Economy Assessment Methods (CEAM), the scheme forms part of this tool kit for manufacturers and specifiers to assess the circular credentials of products.

David Barnwell, Managing Director of Holophane Europe Ltd commented: “The TM66 Circular Economy Assured scheme provides participating manufacturers with a way to demonstrate their sustainability and provides a clear differentiation from unsubstantiated greenwash”. The scheme combines CIBSE’s deep sustainability knowledge and UKAS accredited certification expertise with the LIA’s Quality Assurance systems and independent UKAS accredited laboratory. For more information, visit FOLLOW US ON:



Premier Electrics is delighted to have delivered the full electrical design and installation of the new Cineworld cinema complex in Belfast, which opened its doors to the public in December. The state-of-the-art 13-screen cinema complex is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, offering viewers an IMAX laser auditorium, a multi-sensory 4DX experience, and a 270-degree panoramic Screen-X to ensure the ultimate immersive viewer experience. Premier Electrics was awarded this project on the back of successfully completing the electrical installation of the newly refurbished Odyssey Pavilion in Belfast, within which Cineworld is located. Project Manager, Liam Martin told Ireland’s Electrical Magazine: “The Cineworld project was great for us to be involved in and I would like to thank our site team for delivering a top-quality electrical installation. At Premier Electrics we have a strong track record of delivering projects in the commercial sector. We would like to wish Cineworld the best of luck with this exciting new venture.” Top-quality electrical fit-out for Cineworld Belfast

Kirby Group Engineering has been awarded the much sought-after CPD Accredited Employer Standard by Engineers Ireland in recognition of their continuing professional development (CPD) strategy.

Kirby Group Engineering awarded CPD Accredited Employer Standard

Kirby Group Engineering has been awarded the much sought-after CPD Accredited Employer Standard by Engineers Ireland in recognition of their continuing professional development (CPD) strategy. The Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited

Engineers Ireland, said: “Investment in professional development is essential for organisations to grow and develop their people. This investment ensures career progression and success for employees

“We aim to deliver innovation through synchronised world-class engineering and operational excellence.”

while also ensuring continued growth and market success, nationally and

Employer Standard is a strategic framework which enables engineers and engineering employers to raise competency levels and deliver tangible business

internationally.” Group Managing

Director of Kirby, Mark Flanagan commented: “Every day, we aim to deliver innovation

benefits by investing in engineers through continuing professional development. Congratulating Kirby Group Engineering on achieving the CPD Accredited Employer Standard, Caroline Spillane, Director General of

through synchronised world- class engineering and operational excellence and being a CPD Accredited Employer highlights these aims prominently.”

Premier Electrics was awarded the electrical contract on the Cineworld Belfast fit-out bringing back cinema magic for moviegoers.

Change of date – AEW Awards lunch 2022

The Association of Electrical Wholesalers inaugural lunch has been rescheduled to Wednesday, 18 May at the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin. The event will recognise and celebrate the best performers in the staff training programme as well as the WEEE recycling initiative. The awards lunch will provide a great opportunity for all electrical

wholesalers across the country to come together and renew old relationships that have sadly been interrupted by Covid since 2020. Both the staff training awards and the WEEE recycling awards will be distributed across the six groups that form the AEW – CEF, Edmundsons, Fegime, IEBG, Kellihers and the Independents, with four awards altogether per group.

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Call for Ireland’s electrical industry to play their part

A non-profit initiative is seeking the goodwill of Irish businesses in helping Ukrainian refugees now living in Ireland. The ‘Tech for Good Dublin’ community launched a new website at the end of March, ‘Pryvit’ to assist refugees with deals and services on a wide range of offers. Speaking to Ireland’s Electrical Magazine about the initiative, Talita Holzer, Managing Director at GoingFar, the organisation behind the idea, said: “Pryvit means hello in Ukrainian, and the aim is to allow people who have been displaced by the war to access special offers, discounted goods and services listed by Irish businesses. It facilitates companies across Ireland to place a ‘welcome offer’ of discounted or free goods to those arriving from Ukraine. If anyone from the electrical industry could offer their services, whether that be in the form of free services/goods or even career advice, they can list it up on the Pryvit website. To find out more, go to:

Huge challenges facing Ireland’s EV charging infrastructure

An independent report commissioned for The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has found that 100,000 EV charging points are needed in the country, yet only 1,900 are in place. The report, which was released by Arup and economist, Jim Power, on reducing light fleet carbon emissions to achieve government targets highlighted that the goal will be a “huge challenge” unless the Government incentivises and supports dealing with the oldest

polluting cars, while also increasing the charging infrastructure nationwide which has fallen behind. The report stated that in order to support the proposed one million EVs on the road by 2030, 100,000 public chargers will be needed here. As it stands, the number of charging points falls short of the 4,700 required as there are 1,900 chargers at 800 sites across Ireland, and 47,000 EVs now on the roads. To read the full report go to:

NICEIC mental health episode hits the spot with contractors

NICEIC has responded to the increasing need for mental health support amongst contractors by dedicating an episode of their hit webinar series The Wire to the topic. Danny Mouskovias, NICEIC’s Learning Design and Delivery Manager, who led the session said: “It is a fact, mental illness is a plague that blights our industry more so than others. Statistics show electrical sector workers are 34% more likely to be diagnosed with a complex mental illness. “This is why it was so important for us to give support to our contractors, and given the numbers in attendance, and the comments received, it seems we have hit

the spot which is really great.” Focusing on identifying the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health, the session provided practical steps to help manage stress and anxiety.

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F or some time now, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has specified FP Plus on all developments at Dublin Airport, using extensive quantities in the Terminal 2 Building and on an ongoing basis as development and upgrading continues at Terminal 1 and other buildings in the Airport Campus. Other projects completed to date and some which are still ongoing, all specify FP Performance cables. These include Fibonacci Square (Facebook Headquarters in Dublin), Coopers Cross Residential and Commercial, Amazon, and Linkedin in the capital, to name but a few. Why is the FP range in demand? According to Cathal Grace, Sales Director at Precision Cables: “Safety is the number one reason we hear from contractors. There is a big emphasis on using good quality cables, so when specifying cables for life safety, most try to specify Prysmian as the quality is second to none.” “Our customers need to ensure they have 100% faith in the quality of the cable and confidence in the manufacturer,” he continued. “Our cables have been analysed in real construction projects. The findings revealed a superior level of safety, increased energy efficiency and savings on installation time of up to

FP Performance Cables have been used on Fibonacci Square (Facebook Headquarters in Dublin), Coopers Cross Residential and Commercial, Amazon, and Linkedin in the capital, to name but a few.

engineers, installers and regulators. In the unfortunate event of fire, Prysmian’s fire-resistant cable retains vital circuit integrity, which reduces the risks involved in evacuation. “Prysmian continues to lead the way with the FP range of products, meaning a considerable saving on total project cost. This more than recoups any costs saved by purchasing low- quality cables.”

32%. Fire-resistant cables form part of the emergency and essential building service systems required to operate in the event of fire.” FP200 Gold is the first choice for ‘standard’ fire-resistant cable because of its Insudite insulation. Insudite is Prysmian’s specialist tough composite insulation, resistant to impact, nicking and abrasion; common events that can readily result in failure of silicone-only insulation. FP200 Gold is BASEC and LCPB approved, and has excellent data and signal transmission characteristics, which make it ideal for addressable systems. Equally, FP Plus is the first choice for ‘Enhanced’ fire-resistant cable. FP Plus is also manufactured with Insudite insulation, thus giving it a quality lead over all other competitors using the old silicone-based construction. Prysmian’s FP range is the original, easy-to-install and fully compliant fire-resistant cable range, approved by

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ECA DINNER EVENT IS HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR... Triumphant return to branch dinner

E lectrical Contractors Association (ECA) held its Northern Ireland region ECA dinner on Friday, 4 March at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood. This was the first opportunity in two years for members to take part in the dinner after the cancellation of the event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Branch Chairman, Colin Cherry addressed those in attendance by welcoming everyone to the evening and paid homage to those individuals who have sadly passed away in the last year and who had made a huge contribution during their service to the industry. Paul Braham, founder of Braham Electrical and a great supporter of the ECA and most recently, Derek Thompson,

CEO of ETT (Electrical Training Trust) were remembered during the Chairman’s speech. Chairman, Colin Cherry expressed special thanks to the members and sponsors for attending the event and for maintaining their support throughout the past two years when the dinner had to be postponed on four occasions. Colin spoke of how working conditions changed considerably with the onset of Covid-19 in early 2020 and how a lack of direction from local government compelled the local electrical industry to manage the processes. He also spoke of how members of the ECA have welcomed support from the association since March 2020 with their

regular communication updates and webinars to keep members up to date in challenging times. ECA has since launched a new website and app to enable access to services even when on the move. Sponsors present included: Karen McAvoy, Ireland’s Electrical Magazine, Aaron McKeown, MGA Communication, Mark Wilson, Malone Lighting, Lee McGregor, CEF, Simon McCarthy, Knightsbridge, James Beattie, G4S and Tina Spivack from Edmundson’s. Apologies were sent from ECA President, Dave Lewis as well as CIBSE President, Jonathon Grimshaw and NI Master Plumbers’ Federation President, David Taylor.

“A larger, stronger association can only be of benefit to the whole industry.”

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Morris Cairns, Billy Dowds, Bob McAteer, Tom Conway, Noel Rutherford.

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D ali (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) is an open protocol intelligent addressable emergency lighting testing solution which allows an installation to be supervised, tested and monitored from a central location in accordance with the latest national standards. It offers the customer the short- term opportunity of recovering the cost of the installation and make considerable cost saving in the long term against the ever-growing maintenance costs, combined with providing confidence and peace of mind that the emergency lighting installation is fully compliant to the testing requirements of the national standards. It negates the necessity of a maintenance engineer to physically/visually check all

Long-term maintenance – Easier maintenance and less risk of confusion on site in the long term. No rewiring – Rewiring is not required for wireless implementation in existing projects or in future extensions. The system works in conjunction with the wired DALI controllers as a mixed system or complete wireless solution. “DALI allows sites to be tested in non-working hours, causing less disruption to the work environment and saving the end-user money.”

connected to a cloud-based server. The Zigbee mesh network has a considerable increase in distance compared to a wired solution. The Zigbee network can range up to 50m within a building environment and 100m in open air. This system is suitable for large or small installations. Key benefits of the new wireless DALI Reduced capital costs – The wireless system doesn’t require any communication cable, additional cable fixtures, additional trunking or any additional connectors, thus effectively reducing the capital investment. Installation costs – Implementation of DALI Wireless drastically reduces the time and cost incurred during installations as there is no requirement for any additional wiring communication bus, attaching fixings or additional drilling. Self-healing – DALI MESH is a self- healing network that routes back to the DALI Control module irrespective of the number of faulty luminaires in the network. Mesh network is far superior to point to point.

emergency luminaires on a regular basis, while also not needing to check emergency luminaires during test periods. DALI allows sites to be tested in non-working hours, causing less disruption to the work environment and saving the end-user money. The Wireless DALI can have up to 128 luminaire connections to each channel running off a Zigbee Mesh Network

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Gerard McCarthy, Electricians Community Ireland.

A n electrical mentorship scheme aiming to pair up new contractors with more experienced ones is well underway thanks to a passionate team of electricians from the Facebook group, ‘Electricians Community Ireland’. Cork-based electrician, Gerard McCarthy had the idea after his own experience of starting off in the electrical industry a decade ago. Speaking to Ireland’s Electrical Magazine about his plans, Gerard explained that he hopes the scheme will be a “huge asset” to both parties to learn from each other. The mentorship scheme will cover all of Ireland, north and south, and as well as Gerard’s involvement, other electricians have got on-board with the idea too. Administrators of the Facebook group, ‘Electricians Community Ireland’, Stevie Power, Christopher Ruddy, Colin McNally and Stuart Parkinson, who between them have over 90 years’ experience, will all be involved in the scheme alongside Gerard. “The guys were excellent and got stuck in straight away,” Gerard explained, “and we started taking names of those looking to get involved. There was a great response from both newly registered contractors and more experienced guys willing to share their wealth of knowledge, with the goal of pairing up newer contractors with the older wiser heads.” ELECTRICAL MENTORSHIP SCHEME SPARKS INTEREST FROM NEW AND MORE EXPERIENCED ELECTRICIANS... Electrical mentorship scheme

Gerard, owner of GMC Electrical, felt that the online platform was the best place to get the scheme up and running. When starting out, he used the group to seek advice on various things from accountants to regulations and he found the ‘Electricians Community Ireland’ group very helpful. “All contractors have to start somewhere, and from experience, more experienced contractors, are always willing to help out and give advice where possible. A mistake maybe an older contractor made when he was starting out, if they can avoid that happening to another contractor then that is a win straight away,” Gerard added. He is hoping that more people will

register their interest in the scheme to share experiences and help others. For anyone who wants to get involved, further information is available on the ‘Electricians Community Ireland’ Facebook page which you need to join. You can then message the page to get in touch with one of the admin team to get involved. Gerard hopes to have the programme up and running very soon and is currently in the process of matching those who have already shown interest. Further information can be found on the Facebook group ‘Electricians Community Ireland’ or by contacting Gerard on: +353 (0)87 940 5477.

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ETT tribute to Derek Thompson

I n February 2022, ETT lost a friend, colleague and mentor in CEO Derek Thompson. Derek brought many personal qualities (not to mention his vast experience of electrical contracting and business management) to the organisation and we owe him a great deal. His hard work, dedication, and commitment to the electrical industry is to be commended. Derek joined ETT in 2003 and always demonstrated a strong commitment to the sustained success and development of the organisation, working hard on behalf of the industry to promote the interests of electrical contractors. History Since its establishment in 1997, ETT has endeavoured to protect and secure the long-term interests of the industry through an employer-led ethos. The organisation has successfully changed and adapted to external influences and market demands. By listening to employers, being innovative and restructuring, the organisation

has remained relevant and aligned to its core purpose. SparkSafe LtP Following a five-year consultation

period with the electrical contracting industry, ETT

developed the first UK electrical online Licence to Practise system with the local government and community’s approval in 2013. SparkSafe Licence to Practise (LtP) incentivises the recruitment of apprentices and encourages the workforce to remain up to date with national occupational standards to improve productivity, safety, and quality outcomes. Legacy The ETT/SparkSafe team, with the support of the Board of Employers will continue to work hard to build on the legacy that Derek has left, with the aim of improving quality and raising standards within the electrical contracting industry. The organisation remains dedicated to supporting and helping individuals, employers and professionals working within the industry to improve their knowledge, enhance their skills and prove their competence.

Future Looking forward, the organisation will refocus efforts on the upskilling and training of individual workers, as well as developing further collaborative relationships with other UK industry stakeholders aimed at advancing the uptake of SparkSafe Licence to Practise. improving quality and raising standards within the electrical contracting industry.” “The ETT/SparkSafe team, with the support of the Board of Employers will continue to work hard to build on the legacy that Derek has left, with the aim of FOLLOW US ON:





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BOOK YOUR TABLE NOW FOR THE GALA NIGHT AT IRELAND’S ELECTRICAL AWARDS 2022… Countdown underway for the 2022 Ireland’s Electrical Awards

T he final preparations are being put in place for the exciting return of our Gala Awards Ceremony in the Crowne Plaza, Santry on Friday, 10 June. The deadline to enter has now passed, and this month (May) our independent panel of respected industry experts will meet to go through the entries for each of our categories. We have received an incredible level of entries and can’t wait to see which companies/ individuals are crowned the 2022 winners. Our booking system is now live for a table at the black-tie event which includes a drinks reception, four course meal with wine and entertainment. Ireland’s Electrical Magazine, Managing Director, Karen McAvoy said she is “thrilled” with the level and calibre of this year’s entries. “Our expert team of judges have a tough job ahead of them, but I

have no doubt that their expertise and professionalism will guide them through the judging process. “We are extremely proud of our awards and are particularly looking forward to hosting our live Electrical Awards ceremony after two years of virtual awards.” Karen added: “As a team, we are very proud of how our awards have developed through the years and continue to grow. We are proud that our awards ceremony is the stand- out night of the year for the electrical industry in Ireland, featuring Ireland’s leading electrical businesses to best apprentices and companies who are setting the bar higher than ever in terms of innovation and excellence to individuals who have given a lifetime’s service to the industry. “I look forward to welcoming you all to the Crowne Plaza, Santry on June 10 and wish the very best of luck to all of our finalists.”

Finalists will be announced the week commencing 9 May and we will contact you directly if you have been successful. Following the event, the awards will be reviewed across Ireland’s Electrical Magazine and its social platforms.

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I rish firm Demesne Electrical are confident that its recent acquisition by OEM International will provide more opportunities for the business and help it to move forward in the right direction. The acquisition aims to gradually strengthen the customer offering while maintaining its very strong position in the Irish market. As Ireland’s leading importer and distributor of electrical control, switchgear, energy saving and installation products, Demesne has its headquarters logistically located in Dublin as well as branch offices in Cork and Dungannon.

Demesne Electrical is a highly successful company and has been trading for 45 years within the Irish Business Community and this step will position Demesne well for a brighter future within the OEM Group. The business was founded in 1977 by brothers Noel and Cyril McLoughlin. Existing owners, Dave Williamson, Paul Fitzsimons, and Chris McKenna will continue in their roles, and it will be business as usual for employees, customers and suppliers. Dave Williamson, CEO of Demesne Electrical commented: “Over the last couple of years, our board has been

planning for the next steps in this 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 added: “We wish to thank the customers over the years for their loyal support and the three of us are delighted to be continuing to grow Demesne Electrical. The buy-over was an opportunity to embrace this deal not because we fear the future, but because it excites us.” “We are immensely proud of the success of Demesne Electrical to date and credit that success to the talent,


“Demesne fits well into the OEM group and creates new opportunities.”




ability and loyalty of our incredible team,” Chris McKenna said. “Our past achievements have always been collaborative and collective – our future growth will be founded on the same principle.” Announcing the deal which took effect on 13 January, OEM said the company had a “strong product portfolio based on long partnerships with many of Europe’s leading manufacturers”. With its head office in Tranas, Sweden, OEM has a turnover of €360 million and comprises 34 operational units in 14 countries. The group trades in industrial components and systems for “What will emerge will still be Demesne Electrical, bigger better and with more opportunities for all.” Paul Fitzsimons, Director of Demesne Electrical

L -R: Chris McKenna, Paul Fitzsimons, Dave Williamson of Demesne Electrical.

industrial automation. OEM’s extensive product knowledge, years of experience and outstanding applications expertise offer customers a strong partner all along the supply chain, from product development and design to purchasing and production. CEO of OEM International, Jorgen Zahlin said: “Demesne fits well into the OEM group and creates new opportunities both based on the fact that Ireland is a new interesting market and that the company has served product areas that fit well into OEM.” OEM understands that acquisitions

are central to business development and growth creation. It maintains that acquired businesses add new products, extend the customer base, and bring new expertise to the group. Based on its philosophy to be an active and long-term owner, OEM creates a development plan for each business it acquires. OEM can make its existing operations work to the advantage of the acquired company by opening up new markets and customer groups. The acquired company can continue to operate as a separate company or is integrated into one of the existing operations.

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L-R Ei Electronics Manufacturing Director Jim Duignan, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Ei Electronics CEO Mick Guinee.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaking at the official opening of Ei Electronics’ new headquarters in Shannon.

L-R Ei Electronics Ireland Country Manager Tom Meehan, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Ei Electronics CEO Mick Guinee and Technical Sales Manager Sean Meally.

AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR THE CREATION OF 200 JOBS AT NEW EI ELECTRONICS GROUP HEADQUARTERS... Taoiseach Micheál Martin unveils new Ei Electronics Group headquarters in Shannon

L ast month, Ei Electronics welcomed Taoiseach Micheál Martin to officially open its state-of-the-art new group headquarters on its existing campus. Plans to hire 200 additional staff members over the coming year at the Shannon facility were also revealed.

The new building comprises a 10,000m² facility and 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. The new development consists of a 3-storey building adjoining its existing headquarters. With a turnover in 2021 of approximately €320m, and 1,100 employees worldwide, Ei Electronics commands a leadership position globally as a manufacturer of residential fire and gas detection products. The company is 100% Irish-owned and has been operating 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. Official opening Speaking at the opening of the Ei Electronics campus in Shannon on Friday, 4 March, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “I am pleased to be here to witness

Ei Electronics new headquarters in Shannon.

“Today Ei Electronics is one of the most significant employers in Ireland’s Midwest.”




An Taoiseach Micheál Martin with employees at the official opening of Ei Electronics’ new headquarters in Shannon.

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.” An Taoiseach continued: “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.” CEO of Ei Electronics, 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 which 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 has grown steadily in recent years, occupying a leadership position and the supplier of choice for installers and wholesalers alike.

Ireland Country Manager, Tom Meehan explained: “The new state-of-the-art facility 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.” Global position 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 and Admin. With customers in over 30 countries worldwide, Ei employs an additional 100 people in its five wholly owned overseas subsidiaries in the UK, Germany, France, the USA and Poland, bringing the total headcount to over 1,100. Over 90% of turnover is accounted for by exports, the primary overseas markets today being

the UK, Germany, USA, Netherlands and Australia. Company growth January 2020 saw the opening of its new UK headquarters in Oswestry, Shropshire. This also coincided 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 marked 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, 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 Electronics Campus, U 40-47, Shannon Industrial Estate, Shannon, V14 H020, Co. Clare, Ireland. T: +353 (0)61 471 277 - E: FOLLOW US ON:



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ELECTEX trade event coming to Cork this month

W e are delighted to return to Cork this month to deliver an amazing show, promising an event bigger and better than before! The Clayton Hotel Conference Centre will be the venue on Tuesday, 26 April from 12pm to 9pm for the industry’s foremost electrical trade- only exhibition. ELECTEX provides an excellent platform for visitors to have the chance to meet industry experts face-to-face, for demos and advice as

well as the opportunity to receive special offers and giveaways. Exhibitors will cover every single aspect of the electrical sector including cable management, EV charging, fire and security, health and safety, heating, lighting, power supply, smart technology, tools and testing, training and wiring accessories. The extensive range of experts and products on hand will provide a valuable and worthwhile day out for all electrical contractors.

ELECTEX Cork welcomes visitors from the Southern and Western regions of Ireland, to visit a variety of exhibitors to suit all aspects of the industry and its specialists’ sectors. Our 2019 Cork event was hugely successful, and we are confident the 2022 trade show will be even better. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE To register for free to attend the event, go to FOLLOW US ON:



IEBA Golf Day ‘paring’ ahead

T his year, IEBA has secured the Jack Nicklaus designed Killeen Castle Golf Club with exclusive use of the course for the day. Taking place on Friday, 13 May, shotgun will start at 11am, followed by dinner at 5pm. IEBA hopes to see new and familiar faces for what promises to be a great day of golfing among industry friends again. If you


Day at the Races in aid of the IEBA Dinner at The Leopardstown Pavilion Suite with stunning trackside views of the finishing straight. • Prosecco reception and wine on the table. • IEBA hopes this new date suits and would appreciate if those that have already booked could confirm their attendance as soon as possible. • For anyone who has already paid but is now unable to attend, a full refund can be issued. • IEBA promises a fantastic day racing among friends in the industry. The association would like to thank everyone for their patience and looks forward to seeing everyone again. To find out more, contact a committee member today by emailing

cannot enter a team, you could consider sponsoring a tee box, helping to raise vital funds to support the IEBA. A team of four costs €650, which includes golf, prizes and dinner. The cost of sponsoring a tee box is priced at €150. There will be lots of prizes, a raffle and a ‘Beat the Pro’ competition on a par 3. Founded in 2001, the IEBA has been active in helping many members of the electrical industry, and their families, who have experienced difficulties with bereavement, depression, terminal illness, accidental death, special treatments or retraining. The association has made and continues to make a real difference to the lives of electrical industry employees and their families. With your help, awareness and support the association can do a lot more to assist those less fortunate in the electrical industry in Ireland. For further information, contact T: +353 (0)87 233 3008 or T: +353 (0)86 606 0678


Raising vital funds is a priority for the IEBA. Your company can get involved by hosting a range of fun-filled

fundraisers which is the perfect team building experience in aid of a great cause.




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