Even at a national level inputting products from manufacturer A at wholesaler B can be costly and time-consuming. With ETIM, the classification model for the electrical industry, practically any article can be described exactly and unambiguously.

Even at a national level inputting products from manufacturer A at wholesaler B can be costly and time-consuming. With ETIM, the classification model for the electrical industry, practically any article can be described exactly and unambiguously.

Because setting up and specifying the catalogue basis are the same, there is no need for all the data formatting and adaptations which have been necessary up to now and are as a rule time-consuming. The result is quick and trouble-free data exchange between manufacturers and dealers.

Naturally, the story gets really interesting at international level. Here as well ETIM allows all the relevant information to be distributed in all the supported languages and above all to be inputted without any problems into the systems of the respective distribution partner on the spot.

Thus it is not surprising that ETIM is also increasingly gaining in international currency. Last year, thanks to the two new partner countries of Denmark and Norway, the number of members could be extended to 11. In 2015 Finland will be added. Other interested countries are Russia, the Czech Republic and Italy, and in addition intensive talks are being held with IDEA (USA/Canada) on the further development of the cooperation in North America.

The make-up of ETIM’s executive committee is correspondingly international. Replacing B. Hogborn (Sweden), who has stepped down for reasons of age, his Swedish successor S. Skoklund and in addition D. Boucard for France were elected to the management board at the annual general meeting in June 2014. The office of president is held by Franz Ernst (Sonepar Germany), the vice-president is Ryszard D’Antoni from the Polish electrical wholesale association SHE, the treasurer is Yves de Coorebyter from the Belgian purchasing association FEE and the technical director is Marc Habets from ETIM in the Netherlands.

Future programme: For April/May the production of a new common guide to data transmission from suppliers is planned, and in addition preparations are under way for the publication of the version ETIM 7. In addition the classification model will gradually be opened up to the HVAC sector (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). This has already happened in the Netherlands, and Sweden, with Denmark and Poland about to follow shortly.

The next annual general meeting will take place on 4th June 2015 in Lisbon,as always a day before the annual general meeting of EUEW.

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The Bocchiotti Group, which is based in Arenzano, specializes in the manufacture and sale of solutions and services in industrial and domestic cable trunking.

The Bocchiotti Group, which is based in Arenzano, specializes in the manufacture and sale of solutions and services in industrial and domestic cable trunking.


The company is the Italian market leader in its core business, with brands such as Iboco, Inset and Steel line.

Founded in 1965, today it manufactures its products at 5 locations in Italy and sells them in over 40 countries, especially Italy, France and the USA. With a total of approx. 400 employees, Bocchiotti generated a turnover of about EUR 120 m in 2013.

“This acquisition strengthens our position in cable routing and the fantastic complement to our current range enables us to offer our customers even better solutions,” explains Daniel Hager, chairman of the Hager Group.

In this way his company is particularly improving its position on the French and Italian markets in this sector. At the same time, with this takeover Hager is initiating activities in North America, where Bocchiotti also operates.

The Hager Group’s service spectrum ranges from energy distribution to cable routing, security technology and building automation.

11.400 employees generate an annual turnover of about EUR 1.6 bn. The components and solutions for customers in over 80 countries are produced in 22 locations all over the world.
 

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Prices for building new conventionally constructed residences in Germany (construction works on the building including value added tax) rose by 1.6% in November 2014 compared with November 2013.

Prices for building new conventionally constructed residences in Germany (construction works on the building including value added tax) rose by 1.6% in November 2014 compared with November 2013.

As the German Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) has further revealed, the price increase in August 2014 had stood at 1.7% in the annual comparison.

From August 2014 to November 2014 building prices rose by 0.2%.

Prices for raw construction works rose by 1.3% from November 2013 to November 2014, while those for extension works went up by 1.7%.

Prices for maintenance work on residential buildings (without decorative repairs) increased by 2.3% compared with the prior year.

New construction prices for office buildings rose by 1.7% and for commercial buildings by 1.8% compared to November 2013.

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Since 1st January Christian Zwolsky has been the head of marketing and sales at Ludwig Leuchten. In this function he is responsible for developing the lighting specialist’s market position.....

Since 1st January Christian Zwolsky has been the head of marketing and sales at Ludwig Leuchten. In this function he is responsible for developing the lighting specialist’s market position.....

at home and abroad and combining the sales activities through the electrical wholesale trade and the existing commercial agencies.

Together with CEO Florian Möckel he will at the same time establish new structures and redesign the market presence.

Most recently the 42-year-old business economist and marketing expert (CIC) worked for the last six years for the lighting manufacturers Ansorg and ERCO. Besides this he brings with him experience from companies in electronic security solutions and medical technology.

Zwolsky succeeds Albert Sippl, who left at his own request at the end of the year after more than 20 years’ employment with the company.

Bruno Miller, who until now has shared responsibility for sales with Sippl, becomes the head of project management. The 57-year-old electrical engineer, who has been working at Ludwig Leuchten for 32 years, will develop and strengthen this strategically important business field.

 

 

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With effect from 1st March 2015 Joe Doering is to transfer from Swisslog Holding AG to the Rosenheim family-owned company, where he will be responsible for sales and marketing.

With effect from 1st March 2015 Joe Doering is to transfer from Swisslog Holding AG to the Rosenheim family-owned company, where he will be responsible for sales and marketing.

One of his most important tasks will be to develop the firm’s new international sales organisation. In this way Kathrein wants to intensify its contacts to its customers and to respond even better to regional demand.

Joe Doering (44) has comprehensive experience in communication technology, sales and marketing. Previously the qualified engineer’s career included more than ten years at Siemens AG in a variety of positions, and for Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) he assumed the task of boosting business in regional markets.

Most recently Doering has been responsible for the Warehouse & Distribution Solutions division at Swisslog AG.

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Four firms at once joined Sonepar in Asia in the last few days of 2014, not only bringing in an additional EUR 23 m in turnover and ........

Four firms at once joined Sonepar in Asia in the last few days of 2014, not only bringing in an additional EUR 23 m in turnover and ........

67 more employees, but much more, enabling Sonepar to strengthen its position substantially in the markets in Hong Kong and Macau as well as in the South-East Asian oil and gas business in general.

In Hong Kong and Macau Sonepar’s subsidiary Supermoon is taking over two companies, Hip Tung Cables and Min Kwong Electric. Hip Tung Cables made a turnover of more than EUR 11 m in 2013, while Min Kwong Electric generated about EUR 3 m.

In Singapore ETS-Oakwell, another company which belongs to Sonepar, has taken over the firm Dilon, which specializes in the oil and gas business and makes a turnover of EUR 3 m. ETS-Oakwell is a joint venture belonging to ETS Engineering, ETS Provider and Oakwell, makes an annual turnover of EUR 6 m and is based in Bangkok.

This means that in 190 business units in 41 countries Sonepar employs about 36,000 people. In 2013 the group turned over approx. EUR 16 bn.

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