Siemens has appointed George Giles to a newly created role as head of environmental power to strengthen the company’s offering in this market across all divisions of Siemens in the UK & Ireland. Giles, who previously headed up Environmental Power and Oil & Gas across Siemens’ Process Industries & Drives and Digital Factory divisions, will lead a team focusing on developing sustainable and decentralised power generation solutions.

Rittal is expanding its production capabilities and building what it says is the world’s most advanced production plant for compact enclosures in Haiger, Germany, with completion scheduled for 2018.  

British fan manufacturer, Vent-Axia, has continued its 80th anniversary festivities with a staff celebration at its head office, located at Manor Royal in Crawley. At the event staff enjoyed lunch and cake to celebrate Vent-Axia's landmark 80 years and a formal photograph of the staff was taken to mark the occasion. Staff members were each given 80th Anniversary mementoes and a framed copy of the photograph from the day. Similar celebrations also took place in Vent-Axia's Dudley manufacturing facility.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has appointed a new chair for its Exhibition Committee, which oversees the organisation of MACH, a UK manufacturing technologies event. Chris Pockett, head of communications at global engineering company Renishaw, who has been a committee member for eight years, was appointed chair of the Exhibition Committee due to his extensive knowledge and experience of international trade shows and event management. The new position also sees Pockett join the Board of the MTA where he will contribute his additional knowledge of communications and international marketing.

NICEIC and Elecsa are urging householders to think electrics when they carry out their checks on the elderly this winter.

Proportionately, older people suffer more fatal and non-fatal injuries from electrically-related house fires than the rest of the population.

Power quality specialist EMC Standards is a new company that has been set up in Staffordshire to educate design engineers, electrical engineers, plant managers and other electrical practitioners about electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) issues. Set up by expert electrical engineers, the company aims to refresh the way people learn about EMC issues, moving away from the old ‘bricks and mortar’ methods to a new service that reaches a wider audience.

Napit is inviting installers nationwide to join them as they continue on their tour of the country with Napit Expo… On the Road 2016. Providing technical knowledge, insight, facts and opinion on vital industry topics and the latest industry regulations and standards. The free roadshow has six events remaining starting on 26 October in Surrey, then onto Wrexham, Bristol, Chelmsford, Plymouth and Southampton throughout November. Discover all dates on the Napit Expo website  www.napitexpo.co.uk.

Following a new report on future energy provision by the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change (ECC) Committee, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has voiced its full support for the report’s recommendation to boost the UK’s energy storage capacity and demand side response.

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