Power Panels strikes national pneumatics partnership

Powe Panels' Tony Hague and SMC's Steve Bangs celebrate a new new partnership between their firms.

Midlands-based specialist controls systems and automation solutions provider, Power Panels Electrical Systems, has become SMC Pneumatics' UK integration partner.

The new deal with SMC Pneumatics will add value for customers of its electrical, electronic and electro-pneumatic offerings.

The partnership will combine engineering and manufacturing technologies and know-how at the two companies and introduce new components and processes to key markets in the food processing, machine tool, medical device and semi-conductor industries.

Commenting on the partnership, Tony Hague, managing director of PP Electrical Systems said that it was indicative of a culture of continuous improvement at his company which is constantly seeking ways to increase quality and diversity in its solutions for customers.

“We have been working closely with SMC for a number of years and the signing of this agreement further strengthens this relationship and signals our intent to jointly use the best components and the best processes in the build of our systems and machines,” Mr Hague added.

PP Electrical, which employs nearly 200 people at its state-of-the-art facility in Cheslyn Hay, works with twelve of the world’s largest machinery manufacturers.

The firm invests over £1m each year in workforce development technological capability.

Steve Bangs, manufacturing director at SMC pneumatics (UK), officially signed the agreement with PP Electrical Systems and agreed the relationship built on common technology and customer value interests.

SMC Pneumatics (UK) Ltd has over 50 years’ experience in the pneumatics, fluid power and automation markets and is renowned for its commitment to innovation.

Its UK manufacturing operation is based in Milton Keynes alongside its European Technical Centre.

In 2013, SMC was recognised by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 100 most innovative companies in the world for the third consecutive year.