OE Electrics Ltd began life more than 30 years ago in a small warehouse in Wakefield. It is now a leading designer and manufacturer of mains power and USB charging solutions.
The company works with commercial furniture manufacturers all over the world, and has its purpose built manufacturing site in Wakefield, as well as sites in Germany and Australia. This allows it to service the whole world, providing custom solutions to many global brands.
“Winning the Queen’s Award is, in a large part, due to our wonderful staff, from manufacturing to customer support, to technical and quotations,” says the team. “Our in-house product design department work closely with our customers to provide the best solutions. And each product goes through a rigorous testing process with national and international testing houses. This ensures we meet all the relevant standards for each individual country we supply.
“Recently we have concentrated our innovation on designing an industry leading USB charger. Our patented replaceable ‘TUF-Charger’ can be installed into not only any of our standard products, but also into virtually any suitable environment required. The unique design allows facility managers to replace or upgrade the USB charger without the need for an electrician, or indeed turning off the power.
“Our ‘Always Innovating’ motto not only applies to our products, but also the way in which we work. Our success, as a company, is due to our innovative approach to manufacturing processes and staff development. We are continuously looking for ways to improve, whether that is supply chains or routes to market.
“In 2014, when we realised we could supply industries other than office, we rebranded from ‘Office Electrics’ to ‘OE Electrics’. We now support airport seating manufacturers, laboratory fit out companies and universities to name but a few.”
As a result of being able to supply many other industries, the company has grown dramatically, increasing staff numbers and expertise. This has propelled the company forward to become the ‘go to’ firm for advice and custom solutions.
In order to improve its reach into Europe, it created OE Electrics GmbH. This manufacturing site near Cologne will work closely with distributors in Germany, France, Poland and Holland. Its new ‘click and connect’ modular system – QikFit – allows distributors and customers to design and assemble their own units. The innovative design allows distributors to buy the product in kit form so they can service their customer without the need for complicated manufacturing processes.
QikFit is also compatible with OE’s Australian subsidiary company Elsafe’s range of products, offering more opportunity for new markets internationally.
This year the team won ‘Insiders: Manufacturer of the Year’ for Yorkshire, and have also been entered into the national awards. They also featured in the Sunday Times’ Profit Track: Ones To Watch, and are exhibiting at Interzum in Cologne to launch OE Germany and QikFit.
“To be a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a real honour for all at OE Electrics,” says MD David Masters. “As a brand, we have been predominantly recognised in our markets for our innovative products. This award, especially, acknowledges the hugely talented team here at OE Electrics for our export achievements. To be a part of the select group of Queen’s Award winners brings a great sense of pride to everyone involved.”