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  • Award hat trick for Midlands based Alcomet

    Alcomet, the Midlands-based specialist supplier of electrical metals and components, has received yet another prestigious award for the development of its Guardian Security Products range.

    The E.ON Changing Supplier Award for People and Culture was given to Alcomet for demonstrating the success that can be achieved when a supplier and customer work collaboratively sharing one objective.

    Alcomet’s innovative Guardian Security Products range was developed in response to the persistent problem of copper and aluminium theft at electricity sub-stations in the Midlands region and beyond.

    Alcomet’s managing director, Gary James worked closely with specialist engineers at E.ON and a solution to the problem was developed. The Guardian Security Products range provided a simple and yet effective answer to a serious dilemma that had blighted the power industry for decades.

    Mr James said: “For those not directly involved in the power industry the problem of metal theft may be viewed like any other form of petty crime and yet the implications of stealing electrical materials from electricity sub-stations have much wider consequences.

    “The stripping of copper earthing tape from a site can render it hazardous and also result in a power cut, leaving businesses and homes without electricity. The development of the Guardian has been something that has helped the industry as a whole to improve site safety and cut the costs of replacing an extremely valuable commodity.”

    Two years ago Alcomet received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2009 for the Guardian as well as being shortlisted in the National Business Awards ‘Business Innovation’ category.

    I think the success of the Guardian really does demonstrate the power of collaborative working because when two organisations share the same vision, so much can be achieved:” adds Mr James.

    Richard Cerutti of E.ON said: “Working in partnership with suppliers to develop products and solutions is vital to our continued success. It allows us to bring together many perspectives and talents that will hopefully lead to innovative solutions that improve operational effectiveness. I would like to congratulate Gary and the whole Alcomet team on what is a thoroughly deserved award.”

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