An international company that provides measuring and testing systems for electrical power and renewable energy has established its UK division at Newcastle’s Cobalt Business Park.
KoCos UK is aiming to hit £10m turnover and employ 50 people within three years.
Its German parent company, KoCoS Messtechnik, also has branches in South Africa, China, Taiwan, Austria and France, and is a leading manufacturer of measuring and test equipment in the field of industrial and public electricity supply networks.
The UK division, the only company of its type north of the Midlands, is already supplying Scottish Power, Scottish & Southern Electric and UK Power Networks with power quality testing equipment, high voltage switchgear and relay testing products to ensure UK power supplies operate to the highest standards.
Cramlington-born managing director Ken Shewry said: “The company’s decision to base its UK headquarters in the North East was very clear cut. Newcastle has great national and international transport links so we can easily service the whole of the UK and Ireland as well as make frequent trips to Dusseldorf where our parent company is based.
“North East England is at the forefront of many emerging markets and ground-breaking activities are taking place here in offshore wind power, biofuels, photovoltaic technology, hydrogen fuel cells, and tidal power. We wanted to be at the centre of this.
“Finally, KoCoS Messtechnik was already working with North East-based consultants so along with everything else, it made perfect sense to base ourselves here and it’s already proving to be an excellent decision.”
All KoCoS products are developed in-house using a comprehensive modular concept that covers both hardware and software components, enabling the firm to offer tailor-made solutions to highly specialised applications if necessary. They meet the strict quality standard of DIN EN 1S0 9001:2000, but the company aims to make further improvements.
UK operations director Stuart Robinson said that in the UK market, particular interest had been shown in two testing products.
“With the huge increase in renewable energy throughout the UK, we are barely keeping up with demand for our Power Quality Analysers,” he said.
“These measure reliability of supply in real time and relay data back to the provider, end user or both. They are amazing devices that continuously record all the parameters of supply and deliver detailed quality evaluations.
“Precise time synchronization via GPS allows data from different devices to be consolidated so an entire supply system can be monitored in real time. We are supplying these to networked wind farms across Ireland.”
Also proving popular is the protection relay testing equipment that provides lifelong, precise information on the performance of a relay, without requiring it to be removed from the substation.
“The reliability of relay devices is vital for the safety and economic efficiency of electrical supply networks so an excellent, modern testing system is really important,” Robinson added. “We are currently supplying switchgear testing equipment to UK Power Networks and other independent electrical engineering companies.”