EDA board member Simon Barkes elected ETIM International President

President of ETIM International and, following a formal handover in November 2020, will lead the organisation for the next three years. A long-time champion of digitalisation for the UK’s electrotechnical sector it was in 2017, during the second of his two EDA Presidencies, that Simon led the introduction of the ETIM global data standard to this country. ETIM is the international data


model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data and is managed by ETIM International from its Belgium HQ. As ETIM International President Simon succeeds Jan Janse, formerly of Sonepar, to lead an Executive Board of five representatives drawn from ETIM Member countries: North America, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and Germany. There are currently 22 country members of ETIM International, including the UK.

imon Barkes has been elected as the fourth

electrotechnical sector including the development of EDATA, the new ‘by the industry for the industry’ data pool. Michael will serve for a period of two years alongside fellow Board members. Michael commented “I’m

Simon Barkes Simon, MD at EDA Member

BEMCO (British Electrical and Manufacturing Company), said: “The pandemic has shown how much we all depend upon ecommerce in our business and personal lives. Access to high quality product data is key to the wholesalers’ online sales success and the pressure is on to keep pace with customers who want the knowledge that trade counter teams have but backed by the convenience of ecommerce.”

Dan Grainger and James Maiden join LEW

Michael Wright In other EDA news, Michael

Wright, product development manager at Aico Ltd, has been voted on to the six-member Board of EDA Data Services. Aico is one of 25 founder members of EDATA, the UK’s new industry data pool, and Michael was chosen by representatives from the other founder businesses. The EDA Data Services Board, under the chairmanship of Rexel UK CEO, Edgar Aponte, leads the digitalisation effort for the UK’s

delighted and honoured to join the EDA Data Services board representing manufacturers and look forward to contributing to the continuing progression around data standardisation and seamless data sharing across the electrical industry through the aims of the EDATA platform.” EDATA is a strategic initiative of

the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) under their EDA Data Services Limited banner. Its mission is to facilitate digitalisation of the UK electrotechnical sector bringing tangible benefits for all members of the supply chain. This will be achieved by the creation, management, and transfer of accurate, consistent, high quality product data with ETIM at its heart.

The Iron Bridge finally lights up

Photo courtesy of LPA Lighting

has joined as sales account manager and James Maiden has joined as trade counter manager. James Hancock, LEW Sheffield unit manager, commented:


“I’m delighted to welcome both Dan and James to the Sheffield branch of LEW. We used to work together when we started out so I know how strong these individuals are. I was only promoted to Unit Manager last month, as LEW are really keen on promoting from within and if I had to handpick a team, I would include these two, they’re going to bring an incredible amount of energy and product knowledge to the Sheffield branch!” The three have worked together previously and possess

strong product knowledge and a wealth of experience in electrical wholesaling within Sheffield and the surrounding South Yorkshire area.

EW Electrical Distributors has announced two new appointments for its Sheffield branch. Dan Grainger

were turned on. For years the bridge was occasionally washed with a dim yellow sodium light and when floods damaged the fixtures, they often weren’t replaced so at night, the bridge was all but invisible. The original campaign began with Keven Verdun MBE, then CEO of the Lighting


Association and was then taken up in 2008 by Peter Hunt. Despite many meetings with the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust and English Heritage, the project was thwarted at every turn. In 2017, Telford & Wrekin Council decided to re-light the Bridge as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Telford New Town. In March of 2018, LPA Lighting was appointed to design the new scheme. Liz Peck and Bob Bohannon - both LIA trainers – persisted to deliver the scheme, despite many obstacles along the way. The final lighting scheme delivers a simple white-light scheme to highlight the detail of the bridge during the week, whilst a special effect on weekends evokes a historical reference to the furnaces which are at the heart of the area’s industrial history.

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5 years ago, the LIA began a campaign to have the famous Iron Bridge professionally illuminated and finally on 19 September this year, the lights

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