In the July issue of Sparks Electrical News, Managing Director of Regent Lighting Solutions, Randal Wahl, discusses why a healthy local lighting manufacturing sector is crucial for South Africa. “Lighting plays a significant role in employment, and it is important that we do not compete with high volume, medium quantity production, but focus rather on medium output, high quality fixtures. Africa cannot compete with the mass production of Eastern Europe and Asia, but we can compete in terms of understanding the conditions in which we operate and in developing products to meet these requirements,” he says. Read our July cover story to see what else Wahl has to say on the subject.
Elsewhere in the issue we look at Cables and Cable Accessories, Standby and Emergency Power as well as Lighting.
IESSA takes courses online
To ensure precautionary, proactive measures to minimise the risk of spreading the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) IESSA has announced that it will be taking its courses online, via the Zoom Webinar based platform. The first course to be presented online is Module 2: Interior Lighting, scheduled for the 14th and 15th July.
Why local lighting manufacturing is critical
To ensure we are not totally dependent on external resources, it is critical that the lighting industry retains its IP and knowledge within the African continent so we do not need to rely on overseas companies to inform us. Investing in local lighting manufacture, developing skills and providing quality solutions for our unique conditions could help to reverse this trend.
Personality of the Month
Sales Manager of SW Products, Louis Pelser, attributes his success in the industry to out-of-the-box thinking. With a philosophy of keeping things simple whilst still encouraging creativity, his goal is to double the size of the company within a year; he sees the future as a fresh start for the company with new ventures and products on the horizon.
Introducing two state-of-the art cabling products
Despite more than 50 years of experience as a quality approved manufacturer and distributor of cable accessories, test instruments, tools, connectors and components for use within the electrical and associated industries, HellermannTyton refuses to rest on its laurels and has recently introduced two new products to make the lives of electrical contractors a little easier
Creating partnerships for growth
When it comes to business growth and expansion, relationships are essential. You need to have good relationships with your customers, so they keep coming back to use your services. You also need solid relationships with suppliers to keep your business moving. Most importantly, you need partnerships that will help you to grow your business into new markets and explore new opportunities.
Maximise your work performance with LED lighting
Having a home office is crucial for most of us these days. People need to be able to work effectively and consistently from home, when possible, and so they need the right workstation to get the job done. And what should be the top workstation priority? Adequate lighting. PioLED Lighting offers a broad range of fittings and fixtures conducive to maximum output in a home office environment.
The July 2020 Buyers’ Guide lists manufacturers and distributors of products and services in the Cables and Cable Accessories sector. Download the latest Buyers' Guide here.