Wednesday, August 18, 2010

News: Powerstar awarded "Made in Sheffield" mark


They may be based in Rotherham, but EMSc UK Ltd, the manufacturers of Powerstar voltage optimisation, are the latest company to be allowed to use the world famous "Made in Sheffield" mark.

In order to be awarded the mark, a company must first demonstrate their commitment to producing high-quality products.

Powerstar is manufactured at the company's Templeborough base in Rotherham which qualifies for the mark as it holds a Sheffield "S" postcode.

Following the successful assessment process, Powerstar proved it was a creditable product to carry the prestigious mark. It 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.

Dr Alex Mardapittas, Powerstar designer and Managing Director of EMSc said: "We take great pride in the fact that EMSc has been awarded with this accolade.

"We are a manufacturing company that endeavours to source all the components to build the Powerstar voltage optimisation system locally. This provides us with the flexibility to custom build our systems to meet the exact requirements of the client and gives us an extra edge over our competitors who rely on imported "off the shelf" systems.

"It's great that Sheffield is promoting the 21st Century manufacturing diversity and excellence of companies based here.

"I am delighted that EMSc and Powerstar have been recognised as one of the modern Sheffield success stories."

Powerstar's customer base includes many Yorkshire based companies including AESSEAL and PALRAM Polycarb, while around the UK large blue chip companies like ASDA and Punch Taverns, government departments, local authorities and the NHS are all benefiting from the technology.

The company is also expanding internationally, recently signing two distribution agreements to supply Powerstar voltage optimisation in Australia and South Africa and commencing operations in Cyprus and Greece.

In the past 12 months the company has increased turnover by 166% to almost £8m, is employing 70% more staff and has expanded its Rotherham base with new buildings to house a new assembly and testing facility. The company also won the Yorkshire Forward Innovation in Action award in March.

Other Rotherham firms who have been granted permission to use the "Made in Sheffield" mark include Aesseal, Macalloy, Newburgh Engineering, Polymer Techniques, Sizer Pelleting and Trelleborg.

Powerstar website
Made in Sheffield website



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