Atex Ltd, designers and suppliers of lighting systems and controls, has set its sights on expanding into different sectors.
Twenty-one years ago, Atex was founded to primarily serve the harsh and hazardous markets throughout Ireland. Now, the company is applying its expert knowledge to other sectors and offering clients and consulting engineers a fully integrated service – a one-stop-shop that begins at the very early stages of design and continues right through to handover and maintenance of their projects.
Traditionally, Atex has specialised in hazardous area lighting and equipment, industrial/commercial lighting, cleanroom lighting, lighting controls and emergency lighting systems. Now ATEX has taken that expertise and expanded into areas of growth such as office blocks, data centres and healthcare.
“We’re tailoring the products we supply to the client’s specifications and bringing them into different markets and to do that, we offer full integration, from design through to commissioning and maintenance contracts. Having the same solution provider makes the process much easier for the client,” says Brendan Neenan, Managing Director at Atex.
All products supplied by Atex are of the highest quality and are targeted at the quality end of the market. “There’s a certain amount of engineering that is required when you’re specifying higher-end emergency and mains lighting products integrated with networked control systems solutions and we can provide that level of engineering.”
Atex provides a full set of integrated services to its clients, something not many companies can lay claim to. “There aren’t too many companies like us. We’ve been successful in Ireland for over 21 years and have an excellent track record so we feel we’re more than ready to tackle other markets and sectors.”
The recent establishment of a dedicated estimating team, along with an engineering and technical division, means that Atex can offer a truly integrated service. The estimating team, which is headed up by Colm Farrell, Technical Manager, supports new business and tailors services to fit new and emerging areas.
Other key members of staff include Paul Murray, Commercial Manager, John Walsh, Sales Manager, David Moore, Business Development Manager for Northern Ireland, the UK, Paul Black, Projects Manager, and Rebecca Lawlor, Marketing Manager.
Atex has also expanded its portfolio to include projects outside Ireland and as the company continues its upward trajectory, staff numbers have increased to 20 over the past few months.
“To ensure clients are aware of our capabilities, we have also created a brochure that sets out the disciplines we’re involved in. We also run a CPD programme for consultant engineers, end users and electrical contractors covering areas such as emergency lighting, cleanroom lighting and LED lighting controls and applications which have all proved very popular. The more they get to know us through our courses, the easier it is for us to expand into new sectors.”
A dedicated training room at the Atex head office in Tallaght lets clients see for themselves how the company’s lighting, controls and emergency system can all be easily integrated and visualised onto one PC.
As well as continuing to offer clients a full turnkey solution, Atex plans to develop its product range and expand into other sectors. “Over the past two decades, we have worked hard to become experts in our area and we intend to take that expertise and transfer it to other areas. We aim to offer the market what it wants, rather than what we have to sell.”
Atex projects range from simply supplying product to the complete integration and commissioning of single systems to multiple systems such as lighting, emergency lighting and lighting controls. Typical market segments include commercial, industrial, pharmaceutical, life sciences, healthcare, refineries and data centres throughout Ireland, the UK and Benelux.
As one would expect, these projects require a staff with a varied expert knowledge of products. When coupled with its in-house engineering and external engineering teams.
BRENDAN NEENAN -MANAGING DIRECTOR
Brendan established the company in 1996 as a supplier of emergency and hazardous equipment. He completed his electrical apprenticeship and a post graduate programme at UCD and went on to develop extensive managerial experience within the electrical industry. He was also a member of the leadership team in ABB before setting up Atex Limited in 1996.
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PAUL MURRAY – GENERAL MANAGER
Paul has worked as a senior manager with Atex Ltd since it was first established in 1996. He has extensive knowledge and experience within the electrical industry, having worked with companies such as ASEA and ABB in senior positions prior to joining Atex Ltd.
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COLM FARRELL- TECHNICAL MANAGER
Colm graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from UCD and a postgraduate Masters degree from DCU in electronic engineering. He has 12 years design and field experience in the lighting industry specialising in controls and testing protocols based systems.
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JOHN WALSH – SALES MANAGER
John joined the company in February 2016. John graduated from DIT in Electrical Engineering and is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ experience in the industry having most recently worked for the last 5 years as Business Development Manager with Eaton.
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PAUL BLACK – PROJECT MANAGER
Paul graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical services engineering top of his class, receiving a CIBSE award of excellence from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2007. Paul’s professional experience includes over 16 years in the electronic engineering industry, working as a senior electronic engineer for companies such as RPS, EEL, Fluor, Curley Smith Design Partnership, PM Group and M+W Group.
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DAVID MOORE- BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
David joined Atex in May 2017. David began his career as an Electrician and has accumulated over 10 years of on-site experience. David now professionalises in lighting, with over 20 years’ experience in the lighting industry having most recently worked as an account manager with Eaton.
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