Electrical Industry Awards 2006


he electrical industry was out in force to celebrate the Electrical Industry Awards and the NICEIC’s 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 20 September. The evening brought together over 800 electrical engineers, manufacturers, wholesalers, contractors and industry association members, to celebrate the very best of the industry.
Radio 2 and BBC Newsnight presenter, Jeremy Vine, hosted a memorable evening providing lively commentary as the winners stepped up to claim their well deserved awards.
Feedback from those who attended was very positive. Jack McDavid from the HVCA wrote: “I enjoyed the experience very much indeed, and agreed wholeheartedly with the many fellow guests who pronounced the evening a success.”
The standard of entries was extremely high, but after much deliberation, the judges announced the following winners:

Commercial Electrical Contractor of the Year (sponsored by Schneider Electric)
Winner: Unidata

Best Electrical Health & Safety Initiative (sponsored by NICEIC Insurance Service)
Winner: The Dodd Group
Best Wholesaling Initiative (sponsored by Basec)
Winner: BDC

Customer Service in Wholesaling (sponsored
by ABB)
Winner: WF Electrical

Test & Measurement Product of the Year (sponsored by Electrical Times)
Winner: Kew Technik

Best Lighting Initiative (sponsored by WF Electrical)
Winner: Thorn

Best Product Innovation (sponsored by Electrium)
Winner: Thorn

Wholesaler of the Year (sponsored by Unitrunk)
Winner: Edmundson Electrical

Energy Efficiency Product of the Year (sponsored by ABB)
Winner: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Outstanding Communications in the Electrical Industry (sponsored by Yell.com)
Winner: Voltimum UK and Ireland

Best Registered Training Provider (sponsored by EDF Energy)
Winner: Electrical Test Services

Automation Project of the Year (sponsored by Electrical Review)
Winner: Schneider Electric

Power Product of the Year (sponsored by Amps)
Winner: Terasaki

Best Electrical Product of the Last 50 Years (sponsored by Professional Electrician Magazine.)
This category asked voters to choose from one of five products that attracted the most requests for information from Professional Electrician Magazine. The winner was Super Rod for its cable rods.

Best Environmental Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Edmundson Electrical)
Winner: ABB

Best Practice in Energy Efficiency (sponsored by Kew Technik)
Winner: The Lowe Group

Domestic Electrical Contractor of the Year (sponsored by Rexel Senate)
Winner: Owen Bowness & Son

Electrical Skills for the Future (sponsored by Mr Electric)
Winner: Clarkson Evans

Best Customer Service Provider for Domestic Installations (sponsored by Domestic & General)
Winner: TBS Adaptations

Outstanding Contribution to Electrical Excellence (sponsored by Megger)
The winner of this special award was Peter Lawson-Smith for his dedication to promoting electrical safety.

Spotlight on Automation Project of the Year

Schneider Electric provided the winning entry in this category, with a £3m product packaging line for a leading pharmaceuticals manufacturer, relying on the expertise of the system designer PES Technology and Schneider Electric products.
The packaging line in question handles diagnostic treatments for individual patients, treatments with a useful life measured in hours. The flasks containing the treatments are despatched all over the world. Product must be at a hospital within 36 hours and used within a further 72 hours. If a production delay occurs, the customer must scrap each order in-process – a truly mission-critical system. Drives, servos, motion controls, sensors, automation controllers, HMIs and software from Telemecanique, a brand of Schneider Electric, were all integrated within the system.
A full review of the Electrical Industry Awards can be found in the Book of the Night Souvenir Issue accompanying this magazine.