Aico’s Michael Wright joins EDA Data Services Board

October 9, 2020
Michael Wright of Aico joins the EDA Board

The drive to digitalise the UK’s electrotechnical sector received a further boost as Michael Wright, Product Development Manager at Aico Ltd is voted on to the six-member Board of EDA Data Services. Aico Ltd is one of Founder Members of EDATA, the UK’s new industry data pool, and Michael was chosen by representatives from the other Founder businesses.

The EDA Data Services Board, under the chairmanship of Rexel UK Ltd’s CEO, Edgar Aponte, leads the digitalisation effort for the UK’s electrotechnical sector including the development of EDATA, the new ‘by the industry for the industry’ data pool. Michael will serve for a period of two years alongside fellow Board members:

  • Richard Sherin, Group Commercial Director, R & M Electrical Group Ltd;
  • George Brickwood, eCommerce Director UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric Ltd;
  • Margaret Fitzsimons, EDA CEO, and
  • Richard Appleton, General Manager of EDA Data Services.

Michael commented

“I’m delighted and honoured to join the EDA Data Services board representing manufacturers and look forward to contributing to the continuing progression around data standardisation and seamless data sharing across the electrical industry through the aims of the EDATA platform.”

EDATA is a strategic initiative of the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) under their EDA Data Services Limited banner. Its mission is to facilitate digitalisation of the UK electrotechnical sector bringing tangible benefits for all members of the supply chain. This will be achieved by the creation, management, and transfer of accurate, consistent, high quality product data with ETIM at its heart.

The EDA Data Services board were pleased to see the progress being made on the EDATA Project, despite difficult economic circumstances brought on by COVID-19. A target of a further 15 manufacturers, in addition to the 15 founders, had been agreed for 2020. With 14 already signed up and verbal commitments from a number of others both this, and the target number of SKUs uploaded to the pool looks set to be exceeded. The EDA Data Services team work closely with each manufacturer to onboard their data and, due to the application of rigorous quality standards, the overall quality of data is also set to exceed expectations.

There are 25 EDATA Founders, but general membership is now available for manufacturers and wholesalers.

Wholesaler Founder Members:

1. BEMCO – British Electrical and Manufacturing Company
2. BED Electrical Distributors
3. CEF
4. Edmundson Electrical Ltd
5. ERF Electrical Wholesalers Ltd
6. KEW Electrical Distributors Ltd
7. LEW Electrical Distributors
8. Rexel UK Ltd
9. R & M Electrical Group Ltd
10. Stearn Electric Co Ltd

Manufacturer Founder Members:

11. ABB Ltd
12. Aico Ltd
13. Ansell Lighting
14. Deta Electrical Company Ltd
15. Eaton Electric Ltd
16. Electrium Sales Ltd (A Siemens Company)
17. Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation
18. Hager Ltd
20. Luceco Plc
21. Prysmian Cables & Systems Ltd
22. Schneider Electric Ltd
23. Scolmore Group
24. Signify (Philips Lighting)
25. Vent-Axia


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