Powerstar celebrates becoming a ‘teenager’ with new board appointments

From the left: Stuart Clegg, Robert Macklin, Stephen Hepplewhite, Dr Alex Mardapittas and David Taylor
From the left: Stuart Clegg, Robert Macklin, Stephen Hepplewhite, Dr Alex Mardapittas and David Taylor

Powerstar, the market leading range of voltage optimisation products, which continues to be designed and manufactured in the UK by EMSc (UK) Ltd, is pleased to announce it is celebrating its thirteenth birthday. Launched in 2001, Powerstar voltage optimisation is a unique bespoke system that provides significant electricity savings. It continues be the only voltage optimisation system in the world with a granted patent.

Since being launched in 2001, two new, innovative, Powerstar systems have been added to the range. In 2010 Powerstar MAX was introduced as electronic-dynamic voltage optimisation, for those with fluctuating voltage or varying loads.  In 2011 Powerstar HV MAX was launched as the first High Voltage side optimisation, with the addition of an amorphous core low loss transformer, ideal for companies with their own HV supply. Both products continue to lead the market and have joined the original low voltage Powerstar variation in saving a plethora of clients millions of pounds on their energy bills, whilst reducing their carbon footprint over a successful 13 year period.

Powerstar has remained true to its roots and philosophy – to continue researching, developing, sourcing and manufacturing in the UK – in February 2012 the company moved to a purpose designed facility in Sheffield, which was officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

To ensure the company continues to remain ahead of the field throughout its ‘teens’ and well into ‘old age’, it has strengthened its management team with the appointment of a new non-executive chairman and two new directors to the board.

With internationally renowned Powerstar inventor Dr Alex Mardapittas at its helm, the company has made the appointments as part of a long-term strategy to continue growing Powerstar across the UK and internationally.

Stephen Hepplewhite, who joins as non-executive chairman will work alongside managing director Dr Alex Mardapittas, together with the board, on future strategies, best practice and corporate governance, as the company continues to go from strength to strength.

Mr Hepplewhite has PLC main board and private company experience in a wide variety of sectors including steel, shipping, logistics, food ingredients, chemicals, solvent recovery, ultra sound and brewing.

The two new directors, who have also become board members are, Robert Macklin and David Taylor

Mr Macklin, who has held a number of senior finance positions in both the metals and food industry, has joined the company as group finance director from his previous role as the commercial financial controller for The 2 Sisters Food Group. Mr Macklin is a qualified accountant and studied accountancy and finance at the University in Sheffield.

Operations manager David Taylor has been promoted to operations director. Mr Taylor has 8 years experience as a consulting engineer within the energy sector. He also has 15 years previous experience as an engineer and manager within the motors and drives industry. He is a member of SOE IPlantE and member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET).

Current board member Stuart Clegg, Commercial Director, who has been with the company for over five years will expand his responsibilities to head up the restructured Powerstar sales department, as well as taking first line responsibility for corporate business development.

Commenting on Powerstar reaching this significant milestone and the new appointments, Dr Mardapittas said, “We are an engineering company designing engineering solutions. Powerstar is the result of our company’s innovative engineering approach. We are proud to still be the only company in the world with a granted patent in the Voltage Optimisation market, a fact that clearly shows the uniqueness of our product. We have ambitious plans to continue growing our market share and presence and by appointing an experienced team of senior managers, with a wide variety of expertise, we will continue to achieve our long term strategic objectives.”

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