Thursday 16 June marked an important milestone for the energy efficiency of low-voltage (LV) motors in Europe.

ABB has welcomed the European Union's (EU's) introduction of minimum efficiency levels for LV motors, as the new requirements are in-line with ABB's focus on providing customers with high efficiency motors both for the NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) market in the U.S. and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) market throughout the rest of the world. Industry accounts for about 42% of the world's electricity consumption and about two-thirds of that electricity is used to power electric motors, so any regulation to improve energy efficiency of motors will have a significant impact on energy usage and help reduce carbon emissions.

The requirements, in the form of Commission Regulation EC 640/2009, came into effect on 16 June 2011. Generally referred to as EU MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standard), the requirements cover most two, four and six pole motors in the power range 0.75-375 kW (kilowatt) for alternating current (AC) power supply frequencies of 50 and 60 Hz (Hertz).

Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) has recently moved its operations to new offices, warehousing and distribution facilities in Swindon from Ebbw Vale in South Wales. The move was prompted by the opportunity to radically improve the company's logistics and carbon footprint while the Ebbw Vale manufacturing facility continues to focus on its core activity of producing industrial batteries only.

Yuasa's new facility at South Marston, just outside Swindon, is close to the M4 providing rapid transport links with customers in the UK, particularly London, the south east and midlands. It is also more conveniently placed for the port of Southampton through which many of the company's products arrive from Yuasa's various global manufacturing facilities.

Ann Watson, managing director of specialist awarding organisation, EAL (EMTA Awards Limited), has congratulated the winners of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Iain Ballingall has joined Concordia Technologies as director to drive business development.

Ballinghall has over 35 years experience in the cabling and connector industry. Having started his career as a design and development engineer Iain has been actively involved in all aspects of business management from sales and marketing through operations, business development ultimately holding a number of senior corporate positions. Throughout his career he has been involved in building successful businesses that have become market leaders in such diverse markets as military aerospace, the railway industry, telecommunications and datacommunications.

The amount of environmental technology training available is not enough to meet potential demand, and could lead to rogue traders and poorly installed kit, according to a new report by SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the building services engineering (BSE) sector.

Gambica has launched a simple calculator that estimates the energy savings installing a variable speed drive (VSD) on a relevant application can achieve. Gambica, the national organisation that represents the interests of the instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology industries in the UK, launched the product on behalf of the members of its variable speed drives group.

A marine energy appraisal service is launched by ABB to help vessels lower their fuel consumption by reducing their energy use and improving the environment by cutting CO2 emissions.

Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) marked its 30th anniversary of business in the UK with the official opening of its new sales and distribution facility near Swindon.

The new sales, warehousing and distribution facilities in South Marston just outside Swindon were officially opened by the mayor of Swindon, Cllr Ray Ballman and Mr Koichi Shiina, snior managing director of GS Yuasa Corporation on 21 July with an open day and luncheon for customers, suppliers and employees.

NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) and the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) have worked together to produce 2021 Vision: The Future of the Electrical Contracting Industry.