Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

September 24, 2021

EIN ETIM NA new 400ETIM North America (NA) announced that Atkore, Rexel Canada Electrical Inc, and Priority Wire & Cable are the newest manufacturers to join the product classification standards organization.

Priority Wire & Cable will be joining other wire & cable manufacturers and distributors, to review and modify the ETIM Model to properly represent their North American products.

Rexel Canada Electrical Inc. operates throughout Canada under four banners, Nedco, Westburne, Rexel Atlantic and Rexel Utility with over 200 branches to deliver quality products and high-quality services.  They strategically partner with the best-in-class suppliers to ensure their customers have access to the best products available on the market. As a Direct Distributor Member, Rexel Canada will be able to participate in as many of the ETIM NA Product Expert (PE) Groups as their expert’s desire. This includes the current groups for Power Distribution, Automation & Drives, Wiring Devices and Lighting Controls, as well as the upcoming Wire/Cable & Conduit/Fittings group being launched in September. Not only will Rexel Canada’s product expertise greatly assist in the ongoing, collaborative efforts of the other members of ETIM North America, as they translate the model to North American terminology, but their fluency in French will help fast track the model’s translation from English to French Canadian.

“I’m thrilled to have Rexel Canada join our group of industry-leading distributors and manufacturers,” said Mary Shaw, ETIM NA Executive Director. “Their extensive product knowledge across a broad array of suppliers will help us build out the ETIM model to properly represent the needs of Canada and the North American electrical market.”

“During Rexel Canada’s review of our PIM and digital data strategy it became clear that the ETIM classification model would be a valuable asset to us, and the Canadian industry as a whole,” comments Roger Little, Chief Executive Office of Rexel Canada Electrical Inc.  “We and the other distributors in Canada have been long awaiting a product descriptor standard that will make it easier for us to use manufacturer data quickly and efficiently, enabling us to sell more product.”

Atkore, an electrical products manufacturer, with leading brands such as: AFC Cable Systems, Allied Tube & Conduit, Calbrite, Calbond, Heritage Plastics, Cope, US Tray, Unistrut, Power-Strut, FRE Composites has joined ETIM North America (NA) to contribute to the development of the ETIM model for North America.

Atkore joins other industry-leading manufacturers like Prysmian, Electri-Flex, ABB, Eaton, who are participating in ETIM NA-led committee activities to build out the classification model according to the needs of the North American electrical market and related verticals. The Wire, Cable and Conduit Product Expert group will be launching in September. Atkore will bring expertise to the group, as well as Wire Management in the existing Wiring Devices group.

According to Shaw, product experts from several ETIM NA member companies have been meeting virtually for over a year now, to advance the Power Distribution and Automation and Drives product categories, as well as the Wiring Devices and Lighting Controls, thanks to many manufacturer members overlapping in these products.  To date, 63 product classes have already been completed with another 400 expected to be completed by the end of the year. As such, Product Expert Groups are now being formed to cover other product areas in the model as membership grows.

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Swati Vora-PatelTalent availability continues to be a key concern among business leaders in the electrical industry: in fact, over 60% of EFC members surveyed said they do not have a robust talent pipeline in place. This pipeline is even further constrained as a result of ongoing employment challenges spurred on by the pandemic.

A global phenomenon known as “The Great Resignation” is underway which reflects a wave of workers who are strongly considering leaving their jobs in search for work that is more closely aligned with their interests with employers who provide flexible accommodations and serve a strong purpose. 

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Building Permits - September 2021The total value of building permits rose 4.3% to $10.1 billion in September, led by Ontario (+6.3%). Construction intentions in the residential sector were up 8.2%, while the non-residential sector decreased 3.2%.


On a constant dollar basis (2012=100), building permits increased 3.4% to $6.9 billion.

Ontario drives residential permits up

High-value permits for two new condo buildings valued at over $300 million in the cities of Mississauga and Toronto helped push Ontario's multi-family permits up 40.4% to $1.7 billion in September. 

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John KerrBy John Kerr

Consolidation is a natural evolution in any industry: technology changes, customers demand more, and the need to drive costs all contribute to this activity. The Canadian electrical market is mature but opportunities still exist in its related segments.

The reality is we are entering a new stage driven by how we define ourselves and how we respond to customer needs. We all understand segmentation today more than ever and desire to provide end users with greater value. 

 

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Gross domestic product by industry - August 2021Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.4% in August, led by increases in accommodation and food services, retail trade and transportation. The continued easing of public health restrictions and further reopening across the country increased demand across many close contact service industries.


Overall, 15 of 20 industrial sectors were up as growth in services-producing industries (+0.6%) more than offset a decline in goods-producing industries (-0.1%).

 

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AD GrowthAD’s Electrical-Canada Division virtually welcomed members and supplier partners for its five-day 2021 Virtual North American Meeting on Oct. 25 - 29, 2021 with the goal of facilitating strategic conversations that help the division devise new ways to stay ahead of the competition.

The event facilitated over 1,200 face-to-face meetings with 40 member companies and 62 supplier companies, cultivating relationship, allowing participants to share best practices and enabling open communication.

 

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EvolutionExpanding its North American footprint, leading control and automation manufacturer RTI today announced that it has named Evolution Home Entertainment Corp., a wholesale distributor of residential technology products, as the second RTI distribution partner for the Canadian market.


Evolution serves over 500 dealers across Canada, who now have the opportunity to get certified for the full line of RTI smart home control and automation products. With products shipping nationwide from its warehouse in Concord, Ontario, Evolution will also offer training and local dealer support to its dealers installing RTI systems.

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SignifyThird quarter 20211


• Signify's installed base of connected light points increased from 86 million in Q2 21 to 92 million in Q3 21

• Sales of EUR 1,643 million; Comparable Sales Growth of -4.8%, impacted by global supply chain disruptions

• Order book increased by 90% in Q3 21 vs. Q3 20

• LED-based sales represented 83% of total sales (Q3 20: 82%)

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Greg WalkerThe Continental Automated Buildings Association begins a new chapter with the appointment of Greg Walker as CEO, succeeding Ron Zimmer. Greg has been with CABA for almost 8 years working closely with the Board of Directors and leading the CABA research program and general operations. 

Mr. Walker is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with over 15 years of experience working with associations, government agencies, universities, not-for-profit and Fortune 500 organizations. He holds a B.A. and B.Sc. from the University of Windsor and an M.Sc. from Dalhousie University.


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Kerith RichardsBy Alyssa Kerslake

This past July, Kerith Richards, who has worked for Service Wire Company for the last seven years, was selected as one of tED Magazine's prestigious "30 under 35" winners. 

"I was so surprised and totally honored. It meant a lot to me that my boss, and my company, thought highly of me to nominate me - and then to be compared and chosen from the other surely incredible nominees was pretty cool, too," said Richards of earning the distinction. "I was running out of time, I'll be 35 at the end of this year, but I feel like I'm just getting started in this industry." 

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