BASEC invests in local and knowledgeable technical team!
We took the opportunity to interview the team to learn more about their background, why they joined BASEC, and to learn about the challenges they see within the industry.
Why did you join BASEC?
Mark – Having worked with BASEC since 1997, I was excited about the opportunity to work for a growing brand with credibility and integrity to learn new skills and develop existing competencies. What appealed to me most, was the chance to work for a company that is focused on growth, to better the industry, and where I could be a key part of driving the strategy behind it.
Akram – My personal mission matches BASEC’s and I want to help verify and build confidence of manufacturers’ production processes, controls and management systems to ensure that they achieve quality outputs and meet all of the required and relevant regulations.
With almost 100 years of combined experience, the new technical team has time-served expertise of the cable industry. The team is experienced in all aspects of cable design, construction products regulation and fire compliance, polymer technology, new product and market development, electrotechnical competence and above all, application of testing recognised and relevant standards.
Between them, they have worked for a number of well-known and established companies, including: Draka, British Cables Company, British Cable Association, AEI, Huber & Suhner, CRU International, Elextrolux, Alfanar, Nexans and Elsewedy.
The team has also
had exposure of working across an extensive number of industry sectors,
including: utilities and construction, nuclear and renewable energies, power
transmission, rail and transportation, oil and gas, fire security, aerospace and,
integrated wiring systems.
Where do you see the value in BASEC?
Mark – BASEC offers the cable industry value in facilitating a level playing field. Everyone who undertakes certification through BASEC is treated exactly the same, I know this because I have been a customer, it is great for me as I know everything is being done to ensure consistency and compliance. Value is also gained through technical expertise through both my team of Technical Managers and our specialist Laboratory Technicians.
What are the biggest challenges for the cable industry?
Mark – The manufacture of poor-quality cable products is one of the biggest challenges for the cable industry. Gaining accreditation to the mandatory standards is important to ensure that the cable products sold into the supply chain meet these industry recognised standards.
Akram – The biggest challenge in the cable industry is for manufacturers: finding the right balance between cable cost and quality. As the market is competitive, this can lead to manufacturers taking measures to reduce costs, which can compromise the quality of the cable products manufactured and supplied into projects. There is a knock-on effect to end users. Low cost cable products can be attractive, and therefore caution or technical understanding of the cable make-up and performance should be sought first, over attractive pricing.
Where can people meet you?
Mark – I am based in our Milton Keynes, UK head office, therefore customers can arrange to meet me here, at their factories and at the industry committee meetings I am involved with.
Akram – As I am based in Dubai, I am positioned in the heart of the Middle East and Africa region. I am meeting with many companies right now including regulatory bodies, large consulting companies and of course, the cable manufacturers and supply chain.
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