Tuesday, May 13, 2014

News: Powerstar at 13

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EMSc (UK) Ltd is celebrating 13 years of UK design and manufacture of the innovative Star range of energy saving products.

The Powerstar system is the only voltage optimisation system wholly designed and manufactured in the UK and works by reducing the the voltage supplied by the National Grid. It can actively reduce electrical energy consumption by an average of 12-15% of consumed electricity.

EMSc employs over 100 people and has manufactured more than 4,000 systems installed in 15 countries. Having grown up in Rotherham, the teenage company recently expanded from its premises at Templeborough and relocated to St Paul's Developments' Smithy Wood Business Park in Sheffield, increasing manufacturing capacity by 500%.

Since being launched in 2001, two new Powerstar systems have been added to the range. In 2010 Powerstar MAX was introduced as electronic-dynamic voltage optimisation, for those with fluctuating voltage or varying loads. And in 2012, Powerstar HV MAX was launched which uses a low-loss amorphous core HV transformer combined with its optimisation system. Both products continue to lead the market, and have joined the original low voltage Powerstar variation in saving a plethora of clients millions of pounds on their energy bills whilst reducing their carbon footprint over a successful 13 year period.

Last year the firm secured £3m of additional funding from RBS to support further expansion. It aims to become a £60m company in the next five years.

With internationally renowned Powerstar inventor Dr Alex Mardapittas at its helm, the company has appointed a new non-executive chairman and two new directors to the board as part of a long-term strategy to continue growing Powerstar across the UK and internationally.

Stephen Hepplewhite, who joins as non-executive chairman will work alongside managing director Dr Mardapittas, together with the board, on future strategies, best practice and corporate governance, as the company continues to go from strength to strength.

Mr Hepplewhite has PLC main board and private company experience in a wide variety of sectors including steel, shipping, logistics, food ingredients, chemicals, solvent recovery, ultra sound and brewing.

The two new directors, who have also become board members are, Robert Macklin and David Taylor.

Mr Macklin, who has held a number of senior finance positions in both the metals and food industry, has joined the company as group finance director from his previous role as the commercial financial controller for The 2 Sisters Food Group. Mr Macklin is a qualified accountant and studied accountancy and finance at the University in Sheffield.

Operations manager David Taylor has been promoted to operations director. Mr Taylor has eight years experience as a consulting engineer within the energy sector. He also has 15 years previous experience as an engineer and manager within the motors and drives industry. He is a member of SOE IPlantE and member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET).

Current board member Stuart Clegg, commercial director, who has been with the company for over five years will expand his responsibilities to head up the restructured Powerstar sales department, as well as being the first line responsibility for corporate business development.

Dr Mardapittas, CEO at EMSc (pictured), said: "We are an engineering company designing engineering solutions. Powerstar is the result of our company's innovative engineering approach. We are proud to still be the only company in the world with a Granted Patent in the Voltage Optimisation market, a fact that clearly shows the uniqueness of our product.

"We have ambitious plans to continue growing our market share and presence and by appointing an experienced team of senior managers, with a wide variety of expertise, we will continue to achieve our long term strategic objectives."

Powerstar website

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