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Bowers celebrates most successful year in 68 year history…

After the most successful year in its 68-year history, Bowers Electricals has launched an energy-saving transformer that could slash the EU’s carbon footprint. We look at how the Bowers Ecodesign range could save businesses money here in the UK

Michael accepting award

Mark Stevenson of Custard Care (left) handing the Manufacturer of the Year award to Michael Bowers.

Although its roots go back to 1947,Bowers Electricals is a company looking to the future. Even before new legislation was published in May 2014, stipulating that ecodesign requirements would be introduced in 2015, the company was behind one of the most efficient medium power transformer ranges in the world. Now, just months after the strict regulations were brought in, Bowers have engineered a completely new range of Ecodesign transformers and will be exhibiting at Sustainability Live at Birmingham’s NEC. “The EU Ecodesign Directive was introduced to ensure that all transformers from July onwards comply with strict new specifications regarding design and energy losses,” explains Bowers’ senior transformer design engineer, Anthony Hall. “We are fully supportive of any EU initiative that promotes energy saving and effectively prohibits the placement of inefficient products onto the market. Our new transformers are fully compliant with the legislation and customers buying from the Bowers Ecodesign range can be confident they have a product which is fully compliant with the regulations that will soon become a legal obligation.” The development of the range – carried out concurrently with Bowers engineers contributing their expertise to the Cenelec Working Groups responsible for producing the forthcoming European Standards on both Ecodesign and Voltage Regulating Transformers – came at the end of Bowers’ most successful year to date.

Bowers won two business awards in 2014 following successful exhibitions at Sustainability Live last April and Emex at London’s ExCeL centre in November. “Winning the awards was a great boost for the team after working so hard on the new product ranges and this year we’ve been put forward for the prestigious UK Private Business Awards, for the contribution we’ve made – and continue to make – to the British economy,” says Michael Bowers, the company’s managing director. “It’s a truly exciting time for us. While the new Ecodesign legislation has forced a lot of businesses in the industry to completely rethink what they do, it’s given us the opportunity to build on what we’re good at, which is designing and building products that use the best technology and materials to offer the best results for customers. “Our new Ecodesign range has the potential to save millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions a year and of course there are financial as well as environmental benefits.” The Intellivolt and Ecodesign range are unique additions to Bowers’ turnkey solutions, which includes everything from bespoke power and distribution transformers and HV and LV switchgear to the overhaul, rewind and repair of customer property, installation, on-going service, maintenance and project management of developments of all sizes. Having its own in-house designers and a team of engineers with unrivalled experience and expertise also enables Bowers to tailor the very best energy saving package for each customer, including considerations of power factor correction equipment and, where necessary, harmonic filtration.

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