David Sutcliffe has been appointed as the new sector head for automotive for Siemens Digital Factory in the UK.

Following a period of rapid growth within the sector, Sutcliffe, who has been with Siemens for over 20 years, will be responsible for the development and implementation of the business strategy to drive further growth in the automotive market.

The stigma around mental health issues is one of the biggest silent killers in the electrical sector, but you have the power to change this by donating just £1 to the Electrical Industries Charity’s (EIC) powerLottery.  

powerLottery is EIC’s number one fundraising stream which helps to save and improve the lives of those who are currently struggling from mental health problems and are in need of support to help them look forward to a brighter future. 

This year Danfoss Drives is celebrating two anniversaries for its’ VLT and Vacon brands. It’s 50 years since the Danfoss VLT 5 Drive was launched, being the worlds’ first mass-produced AC Drive and 25 years since Vacon was founded, originally under the name of Vaasa Control. To celebrate this event the company is running a competition to find the oldest drives still in service.

Progman and Schneider Electric have announced they have signed a cooperation agreement, enabling Schneider Electric’s Ecodial electrical calculations to be integrated into the electrical modelling functions of MagiCAD Electrical for Revit, Progman’s BIM software for electrical design. 

Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP (pictured), yesterday took a demonstration tour aboard the Sea Puffin, the world’s first 'daughter craft' based on Surface-Effect-Ship technology. This innovative design uses air cushion technology to dampen out motions in rough seas, enhancing comfort for crew and passengers. This allows for improved access to offshore wind turbines in harsh weather conditions, at the same time saving fuel consumption.

The UK cannot build its way to a low-carbon future without retrofitting the UK’s old, cold homes to meet 2050 climate targets, a new report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Nottingham Trent University states.

JTL chief executive Jon Graham welcomed the chancellor's announcement in this week's Budget of a reduction in the level of contribution required from SMEs, towards the cost of apprenticeships, at a time when the numbers of apprenticeships being started in England is well down on the previous year. 

Bsria will speak and exhibiting at the Smart Buildings Show 2018 – taking place on Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 November at the Barbican, London. The team will be based at stand no B6 – where colleagues will highlight the member offering which covers: practical guidance; networks; webinars and discounted training; online access to business and technical information; and influence on policy. 

More than 1 000 contractors have now taken and passed their 18th Edition training with NICEIC and ELECSA.

The 18th Edition launched in July this year with electrical contractors given a six-month transition period to get up to speed with the changes.