Wakefield-Based Electrical Manufacturer Expands into New Markets and Supports WBW
OE Electrics Ltd., has been servicing the office interiors market since 1993 and has become a name well-recognised within the industry. Thanks to this long term success, along with a move to its new 65,000 sf purpose-built facility in Calder Park last year, the 2017 ‘Wakefield Business of the Year’, now has the infrastructure to expand beyond that of just offices.
OE Electrics manufactures power sockets and USB charging solutions, helping those of us working with a laptop, mobile phone or tablet keep their devices charged so we can keep working and avoid the stresses of a low battery. With the evolution of cloud storage and better online applications for collaboration, the rise of agile working, remote working and the gig economy has led to a huge rise in demand for solutions to keep our device batteries charged.
And not just in the office. As more of us travel for business and work from coffee shops, co-working spaces and hotel lobbies, the office is no longer the only place we get work done. A recent New York Times article said that last year 43% of us spent at least some time working remotely.
OE Electrics has responded to this demand by introducing its products into markets far outside that of the standard office. People are now using their smartphones on buses, coaches and trains; coffee shops are now used for meetings and even job interviews, often with power sockets, USB charging and wireless charging in short supply. Airport departure areas and lounges are hotspots for travellers looking to juice up their devices or send some last minute emails before their flight.
OE Electrics is working with leaders in each of these sectors to assist with their electrical distribution requirements. On 25th and 26th of September, OE Electrics will be exhibiting as part of Hotel & Spa Tech Live Expo at London’s ExCeL, a show expecting attendance levels upwards of 30,000 delegates from the hospitality industry. Along with shows in Germany, London’s Clerkenwell Design Week, and Buy Yorkshire and Made In Yorkshire, both in Leeds, OE Electrics has been working hard on the trade show angle to increase exposure in new market sectors.
OE Electrics’ products are proudly manufactured in the Wakefield facility, currently employing 165 people, mainly from the Wakefield area. This summer, OE Electrics partnered with Wakefield College to offer an apprenticeship programme to local engineering students. And to continue their support of the local community, OE Electrics will be the headline sponsor for this year’s ‘Wakefield Business Week’, running from the 1st to the 5th of October, which will bring together those who are passionate about the city and the district within which they work and have chosen to be located.