Chairman, Centiel UK Ltd, Board Member of Centiel and Board Member Centiel AP
I began my career in the UPS industry in 1988 when Fiskas UK (now part of ) as Technical Services Manager, responsible for all post-sales activities including Field Service, Project Management and Services Sales. In 1966 I became the co-founder of the Research and Development team at Invertomatic SA in 1984 In 1993 I became one of the co-founder directors of Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd. (UPSL/Kohler Power), known for selling ABB/Newave manufactured UPS products in the UK under the PowerWAVE brand. In 2005 I led a management buy-out to then become the company’s Managing Director. In late 2008 Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd was sold to the US company, Kohler, and I spent until mid-2010 helping to integrate USPL into Kohler.
After leaving UPSL I joined the Swiss Uninterruptible Power Supply manufacturer, Newave as its CEO. In 2012 Newave was acquired by ABB and I played key roles in both the due diligence and integration stages of the acquisition. After leaving Newave/ABB, I took positions as the MD of Emerson Network Power (now Vertiv) and the UK MD of Benning Power Electronics. Since retiring from executive management late 2017, I have become a non-executive Chairman of Centiel SA’s UK subsidiary, Centiel UK Ltd. and have been appointed to the Centiel SA board.
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David Bond, Chairman Centiel UK Who could have predicted how the events of 2020 would change the world? With the benefit of hindsight we should have given more thought to the possibility of a pandemic creating massive global disruption. Planning for the future,...
By David Bond, Chairman CENTIEL UK CENTIEL is an innovative, high quality UPS manufacturer with a long heritage. The innovators behind the company were pioneers of the industry, previously developing the first three-phase transformerless UPS and the first...
Most companies have environmental policies. However, the majority still reward staff for buying the ‘cheapest’ option rather than incentivising staff to reduce environmental impact. Understandably, executives at board level are driven to improve profit margins and they have responsibility to their shareholders to grow revenues, but at what cost to our environment? Surely, they also have a responsibility to reduce carbon footprints to protect the world we all, including shareholders, live in.
Beware, operational efficiencies are often stated by manufacturers as being ‘greater than 99%’, however, this 99% efficiency is related to ‘offline’ operation or ‘ecomode’. No datacentre ever operates on this mode as they would be operating on raw mains and only transferring (with a short break in power) to full UPS operation when there is a problem. True online efficiency is the important percentage to compare UPS solutions as this indicates the real UPS operating efficiency.
The operating efficiency of a UPS solution and its total cost of ownership are closely linked, and the most environmentally friendly systems enjoy ongoing operational cost savings. For contractors, getting the ‘best deal’ for any organisation is important. However, if we take a long-term view and add the cost of air conditioning, running costs, maintenance, repairs and spares to the initial purchase price, what is actually the ‘best deal’, both financially for the organisation and in terms of the environment is drawn into question.
What would you take to a desert island and why?
The practical part of me would want to take a bow and arrow, however, I would actually take a wine making kit as it would help me pass the time on the island more enjoyably and at least I would starve to death happy.
Leading UPS manufacturer, CENTIEL SA, has appointed Mike Elms as managing director of its UK subsidiary, CENTIEL UK Ltd. Elms, who first joined the company as sales and marketing director last year, has more than 25 years’ experience in the UPS industry and will now have overall responsibility for driving the UK business forwards as part of CENTIEL’s global expansion plans.
In 2000, would anyone have accurately predicted where the world of data and data centres is today? I doubt it, as so much has changed in the past 18 years but let’s try to predict what is going to happen to data centres over the next 15-20 years. Data centres store...
Leading Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) manufacturer, CENTIEL, is to exhibit at Data Centre World Asia for the first time this year on booth B60. The exhibition held between 10 - 11 October 2018 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore, will...