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Mackwell Solutions officially open for business

Electronic Manufacturing Service (EMS) provider Mackwell Solutions, which forms part of the hugely successful Mackwell Group, has fully opened for business.

Expanding the capabilities offered within the Group, Mackwell Solutions will offer services from PCB assembly to full box-build production, plus engineering-innovative technical solutions for partners across a diverse landscape of market sectors. This includes sensing & detection, test & measurement, health, infrastructure and safety-critical industries.

With the capability to offer dedicated support from design to delivery, Mackwell Solutions is ideally placed to meet the unique needs of its clients.

The business is being led by co-founder and General Manager Graham Leonard. Graham brings his extensive experience in the electronics sector to Mackwell Solutions, which will undoubtedly be of great benefit to this new offering.

Graham said: “It’s fantastic to see Mackwell Solutions move from a concept to a reality. We’ve taken our time to plan our offering carefully and ensure we can deliver quality engineering and production solutions for our customers and partners. Now that we’re officially live, we’re incredibly excited to build our customer portfolio and start supporting clients throughout the engineering and production cycle.

“They can take assurances from the fact that Mackwell Solutions has the backing of a market-leading and respected brand. The synergy between Mackwell Group and Mackwell Solutions is clear for all to see, sharing the same values, and commitment to quality, compliance and safety.”

As well as the direct benefits of working with Mackwell Solutions, clients can take advantage of improved efficiencies as they can access even more services from one successful and renowned business group.

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Studio Lumen Elevates Creative Hub with Expansion of Dubai Office

Studio Lumen, a leading lighting design powerhouse in the Middle East, proudly announces an expansion of its Dubai office, solidifying its status as an industry leader committed to innovation and creative excellence. This strategic move includes the establishment of a dedicated floor for its dynamic design team labelled Studio 9. Within the building Studio 1 remains the creative space for the rest of the team, together effectively creating a vibrant and collaborative hub space all under one roof.

While the Dubai office has always served as the headquarters for Studio Lumen, this significant expansion onto an additional floor within the same building marks a pivotal moment for the firm. The move signifies a substantial investment in fostering a work environment that promotes continuous growth, development and above all, unwavering creativity.

Siddharth Mathur, Founder and Director stated: “The decision to allocate an additional floor for our design team is a testament to Studio Lumen’s commitment to shaping the future of design. This expansion is not just about physical space; it’s about creating an ecosystem that stimulates collaboration, fuels innovation, and facilitates the unrestricted flow of creativity.”

By redistributing the team throughout the office space Studio Lumen aims to enhance communication and synergy among team members, ensuring a seamless exchange of ideas and expertise. This strategic move aligns with the firm’s vision to be at the forefront of cutting-edge lighting design solutions.

The expansion is a reflection of Studio Lumen’s deep-rooted confidence in the region’s burgeoning creative landscape. Studio Lumen has always considered Dubai as a cornerstone of its operations, and this development affirms the region’s importance in the firm’s global strategy. The Dubai office, now spanning multiple floors, serves as the central hub for the firm’s innovative operations, allowing for streamlined project management, increased collaboration, and an enhanced client experience. With Studio 1 and Studio 9 now firm locations for the company’s creativity it leaves room for Studios 2-8 in the future, with new locations and further expansion on the horizon.

Studio Lumen’s continued investment in its Dubai office underscores its commitment to providing clients with top-tier design services while fostering an environment where talent can flourish. The recent expansion demonstrates the firm’s confidence in the region’s ability to attract and retain top industry talent.

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Whitecroft Lighting Goes Nuclear at Hinkley Point C

– UK manufacturer is the first supplier to be approved for the UK nuclear industry

– 40,000 Energy efficient LEDs will save enough power each day to run 3,000 homes

UK commercial lighting manufacturer, Whitecroft Lighting, has secured a landmark contract to supply 40,000 low-energy LED lights to the nation’s newest nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C, in Somerset.

Whitecroft Lighting is the first supplier to have its LED lighting system approved for use in the UK nuclear industry.

The culmination of six years of research, collaboration and customised testing, the Greater Manchester-based company has designed and manufactured a unique LED lighting system.

Although high-quality, energy efficient LED lighting has become the new standard across most industries in the UK, the nuclear industry still mainly uses traditional fluorescent lighting.

LED technology needed to be approved for the UK nuclear industry. Working with EDF, Whitecroft had to test the lighting and supporting electronics to ensure it could operate in areas containing radiation and higher-than-normal heat levels.

Tony Male, Whitecroft Lighting’s Regional Sales Manager, Wales and West says: “This is a landmark moment for Whitecroft UK lighting.

“No credible testing or research existed for LED lighting in these challenging environments, so Whitecroft led an accelerated testing regime that simulated years of constant exposure to radiation at varying levels in each zone.

“Whitecroft embraced this as an opportunity to be part of one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects, break new ground for lighting, and set new standards for the UK nuclear energy industry for years to come.”

As part of the construction of Hinkley Point C, EDF was keen to find a UK lighting manufacturer that could make an LED work in this environment, with Whitecroft developing the ideal solution, supported by the Hinkley Point Supply Chain.

Following extensive work undertaken by Whitecroft’s specialist research and development team, LEDs can now be specified for Hinkley Point C and future nuclear projects.

Around 40,000 LED luminaires will eventually be installed across 90% of the Hinkley Point C estate, in a broad range of buildings and facilities, including some specialist environments such as the power generation halls.

Tony Male continues: “The unique nuclear-approved LED luminaires manufactured for the project will be around 40% more energy efficient than traditional fluorescent lighting, and the 40,000 LED luminaires supplied will save around 11,200 KWh each day, or the equivalent of the power needed to run around 3,000 average family sized homes.””

An important legacy for Whitecroft Lighting’s investment in research and development for the Hinkley Point C project is that future nuclear energy developments across the UK will also be able to share in the benefits of high-quality and energy efficient lighting.

Tony adds: “Some obvious potential candidates include Sizewell C in Suffolk, which will be a close copy of Hinkley Point C, and so will benefit from many of the same components.

“There will also hopefully be opportunities to collaborate with the much-talked-about ‘mini’ or ‘modular’ nuclear power stations currently being proposed as the next step in transitioning away from fossil fuel-dependent energy generation.”

Whitecroft Lighting is part of the Fagerhult Group, has 343 employees and turns over £55m. The company undertakes all R&D, product design and manufacturing in its UK HQ and neighbouring 10,000 sqm manufacturing facility.