Independence for collaboration. This concept might sound like an oxymoron, but in the era of smart manufacturing, valuing independence can be the difference between failure and success. Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial software specialist COPA-DATA UK, explains why manufacturers should consider independence when striving for more collaborative facilities and supply chains. 


Bsria has responded to a recent speech given by Greg Clark, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy to the Institute of Energy Economics highlights how the UK can cut the cost of energy; cut how much carbon the country generates; drive economic growth and improve the quality of life.

Mackwell, the global leaders in lighting technology solutions is pleased to announce the appointment of René Joppi to their senior management team as Commercial Director. René has been responsible for the Middle East Office for the past two years and has achieved considerable success over that period, leading to significant growth in the region.

Sontay has announced its managing director, Sandy Damm, has been appointed to the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Management Committee 

Following a vote by members of the BCIA, Sandy Damm along with two other candidates has been elected to sit on the Management Committee. 

Testo, a provider of portable and stationary measurement solutions, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

A JTL apprentice who works for Chris Bowker in Morecambe has won the Apprentice of the Year Award at the Electrical Industry Awards 2017. Joel Collins was delighted to be shortlisted and to hear his name called out at the awards evening as winner of this prestigious award.

"The ECA and the Fire and Security Association (FSA) has just contributed to the Independent Review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety. This review follows the Grenfell Tower fire, but it will look at the overall effectiveness of the Building Regulations in particular, including Part B (fire) and Part P (electrical safety). In our joint response, it has proposed regulatory and other measures that would greatly reduce fire and electrical safety risks in ‘multiple occupancy accommodation’ which include, but are not restricted to, tall buildings.

DCDZettastructure takes place November 7-8 at Old Billingsgate, London
Conference highlights:

Jock Simpson was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by SELECT, the campaigning trade body for the electrotechnical industry in Scotland.The award recognises that, over a long and distinguished career, Simpson has been at the heart of the energy and electrical industries and his expertise, wisdom and experience have had a beneficial effect on many people's lives.

AEI Cables has added a further service to its portfolio to more closely collaborate with building designers.

The electrical software provided through Amtech means designers can adapt their specifications more easily for each specific project.

The Association of Technical Lightning and Access Specialists (Atlas) 2016 Accident Survey shows the fantastic safety standards achieved by its members. No fatalities were recorded for the eighth consecutive year and only one reportable injury, meaning the incidence rate for all types of accidents was the lowest ever recorded at 1,053 per 100,000 workers. This is also shown in the accident frequency rate (hours worked per accident), which also decreased to the lowest ever recorded, meaning ATLAS members worked 167,466 hours without an accident.