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A new Bender team has been formed in Ireland to support increased demand for its products and services in the region.

Bender Ireland is a business unit of Bender UK. The UK team took over the management of the region in 2014, producing strong business performance ever since.

Worldwide, the Bender Group has been renowned for electrical safety technology since 1946 and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

The UK and Ireland team design, supply and install industrial and healthcare solutions incorporating Bender technology. Their turnkey hospital projects include the design, commissioning, and service of medical IT power (IPS), uninterruptible power supplies, Merivaara operating lights and tables, clinical pendants, theatre control panels and PACS consoles.

Across Northern Ireland and the Republic, the Bender Ireland team deliver entire projects from start through to completion. The experienced team support more than 100 NHS and private hospitals with technical advice, sales, installation and contractual annual 24/7 maintenance, rapid response call-out and repair services.

Chris Simmons, Country Manager, Bender Ireland explains: “As a result of our efforts, Bender has seen substantial growth in Ireland over the past decade and that looks set to continue, thanks to our excellent performance and strong relationships with our customers.

“With our growing customer base and support from Gareth Brunton, Bender UK Managing Director, we felt the time was right to establish Bender Ireland and provide further investment locally to develop a stronger presence here and to further improve the speed of response and local specialist technical knowledge.

“As a business unit, we have the autonomy to do what is right for our customers, while having support from Gareth and the team at Bender UK in Cumbria.”

The Bender Ireland team have worked on numerous major projects. They upgraded operating theatres at Beaumont Hospital with theatre control panels and Merivaara Q-Flow™ LED operating lights. Based on positive clinical feedback, Q-Flow operating lights have since been installed across several more hospitals in Ireland, with further installations planned for 2021.

Bender Ireland, in partnership with Mercury and BAM Ireland, are providing all the specialist power protection for the new Children’s Hospital, Dublin – the largest medical project in Ireland for 20 years.

Chris’s team includes engineering, project management and sales. Lesley Forward is the most recent Bender Ireland appointment. As Business Coordinator, Lesley is the main day-to-day contact for all service clients and brings with her a wealth of FM management experience.

Brian Coffey, Bender Ireland Project Manager said: “Over the past twelve months we have provided critical support for our healthcare customers during the COVID pandemic and while these fast moving projects often present challenges, I am pleased to say we have completed and met all schedule dates as expected.”

Looking ahead the Bender Ireland team will continue to expand their skills and local capabilities. The introduction of new products such as the CP9 24” theatre control panel and the new PACS console further strengthen the ability to support medical professionals in Ireland. Both of these products have already been selected for the latest theatre project in Ulster and Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast, due to complete April 2021.

Merivaara operating tables, exclusively distributed by Bender in Ireland, have been accepted onto the HSE National Framework, ensuring a complete clinical offering is available to all HSE customers.  This framework has led to a noticeable increase in clinical trials of the operating tables and a rise in the number being purchased.

Demonstration stock for Q-Flow Operating lights and the Grand Promerix Operating Table are available to support theatre equipment purchasers and surgeons who are keen to experience the award-winning Merivaara product range before making a final decision.

Currently, the main focus of the Bender Ireland team is on healthcare, but the aim is to extend the supply of electrical safety technology into industrial markets including data centres, eMobility, process and control applications.

For more information on the full range of Bender UK visit  www.bender-uk.com/solutions/healthcare .

Bender UK is a subsidiary of Bender GmbH – a global, independent company established in the 1940s by Walter Bender. The family owned company has 80 offices worldwide, with headquarters and state of the art production facilities in Grunberg, Germany.

Bender is involved in the innovative design and manufacture of quality electrical safety solutions, serving a range of market sectors delivering solutions which identify electrical faults before they become critical. Key markets include defence, oil, gas and mining, manufacturing, data centres, electric vehicles, rail and healthcare.

Cumbrian based Bender UK is responsible for sales, project management, installation and through-life technical support of Bender products in the UK and Ireland.  The Bender UK team work with leading OEMs, consultants, engineers and end-users to deliver solutions which monitor, forewarn and locate developing insulation failure in complex electrical systems.

Bender UK works in key market sectors, to prevent loss of power and shut-down:

Industrial: Residual current monitoring and power quality management devices monitor electrical networks, plant, and buildings to ensure that they are electrically safe. Bender systems provide a continuous health check on electrical systems delivering far-reaching and cost-effective benefits by predicting when and where issues will occur, tracking power usage to identify potential energy savings.

E-Mobility: Bender is a world leader in the application of safety solutions for charge stations and operating systems for hybrid and electric vehicles.  Collaborating with major manufacturers on passenger, transport and commercial vehicle projects, Bender supplies compliant charge station technologies and insulation monitoring for new generation vehicles.

Rail: An approved supplier to Network Rail, Bender UK technology monitors and protects trackside power supplies and signal systems across the UK, identifying and locating electrical faults, anticipating failure to enable predictive and preventive maintenance, keeping rail networks moving.

Oil, Gas and subsea: Effective management of offshore, on-shore and oil and gas infrastructure is facilitated by Bender line insulation monitoring equipment to prevent downtime and loss of production. Bender also collaborates with OEMs on bespoke offshore and sub-sea applications, utilising certified engineers to conduct fault finding analysis, health surveys and commissioning.

Defence: Complex systems on board Royal Navy surface ships and Astute-class submarines are protected by Bender technology to identify and locate earth faults and help prevent electrical failure.

Healthcare: In the UK and Ireland, Bender is market leader in turnkey healthcare solutions, delivering critical care power systems to protect staff and patients from loss of power in hospitals.   Bender also supplies clinical equipment including high performance Merivaara LED surgical lighting and operating tables, infection-reducing touch screen control panels, and clinical services pendants, backed up by 24/7 service, call-out and technical support support to over 400 hospitals.

From off-the-shelf products, to highly customised systems Bender is a supplier of choice to deliver world-class services for critical infrastructure applications.

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