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September 30, 2018

SouthwireAfter more than 40 years in the wire and cable industry, Southwire’s Executive Vice President and President of Operations and International Business, Hans Meiring, will retire at the end of 2018.

Meiring’s career is storied with many notable experiences and contributions. With a background in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Buckingham Management School in the United Kingdom, he began his career in chemicals and explosives as a pupil engineer. He then worked as a resident engineer in gold and base metals mining before becoming the project engineer in charge of building and commissioning projects like the first stand-alone telecommunication cable plant in South Africa. 

A few years later, Meiring joined Aberdare Cables, where he spent 27 years in roles including general manager of telecommunications, marketing director and group chief executive officer, working with a variety of customers and partners in countries around the globe. In 2007, Meiring retired from Aberdare and became part of Oman Cables in the Sultanate of Oman as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and, eventually, Chief Executive Officer.

In 2012, Meiring joined Southwire, where he has developed efforts to expand the company’s reach into new global markets and served as Chief Operating Officer.“When I arrived at Southwire three years ago, Hans was instrumental in welcoming me to the company,” says CEO Rich Stinson. “His experience in the industry and his ability to lead teams and develop international and operational strategies has been essential to our company’s continued growth. We wish him the very best in his upcoming retirement.”  

Moving forward, Meiring looks forward to traveling and staying active. He and his wife, Marianne, plan to return to their home in South Africa, and spend time with their family, children and grandchildren. Hans also plans to focus on his hobby as a car enthusiast and looks forward to supporting small businesses with a focus on global growth. 

“Being part of Southwire has been an incredible experience in my career. I’ve seen growth, industry leadership and significant advancements for the company, and I am very proud of that,” says Meiring. “I’m very thankful for the time spent here and the ability to serve on effective teams. I look forward to what the future holds.”

LFI Innovation AwardsThe celebrated LFI Innovation Awards marked the opening this week of the 2019 Lightfair International Trade Show and Conference with a dramatic showcasing of the industry’s most innovative products and designs introduced during the last 12 months.

The 2019 awards and trade show opening mark the 30th anniversary of the world’s largest annual lighting and technology event. The 2019 awards saw entries spanning 14 categories, with each submission judged by an independent panel of lighting professionals. Winning entries exemplified the best in innovative design and thinking. 

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Automation LabourforceBy: Thomas Donato, Rockwell Automation

We all are consumers. We all have expectations of quality and service.

When I talk to our customers, I do so with that experience and mindset. If we don’t deliver – we lose. Maybe not immediately, but eventually. It’s as simple as that.

I just lived through a great example of this. Every morning I use our blender. One of the parts broke, and the manufacturer made it quite difficult and cumbersome to get a replacement.

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BritechBritech Corp, one of Canadas largest heating cable companies has signed a formal agreement with Heat Trace Limited, of Cheshire, England. Heat Trace, founded in England in 1974, Heat Trace is one of the world’s leading industrial heat trace cable manufacturers.

The company is known mainly for innovative solutions in self-regulating high temperature heat tracing cables up to 275°C, their exclusive high temperature, 425°C, cut to length, industrial, in the field replacement for mineral insulated cables, and their high temperature Long Line heating cables that can be installed on pipes in one length up to 10 kilometers long.

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