Mayflex the distributor of converged IP solutions has announced that it will be expanding its Midlands Distribution Centre with the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art warehouse, assembly and office facility located 0.5 miles from the Mayflex head office. The new facility will provide 64,500 sq. ft of warehousing, including 4000 sq. ft additional office, training and demonstration space. The expansion coincides with a considerable investment being made into a new Warehouse Management System (WMS) that will provide a seamless solution to manage the stock held across the various Mayflex locations. Greater storage capacity and office space We will eventually move the Environ build and training facility from the existing Environ House to this larger facility"Andy Cooper, Chief Operations Officer commented “This multi-million-pound investment within our warehouse will ensure that we have the capability to scale to 2030 and beyond based on our growth projections for the business. We will eventually move the Environ build and training facility from the existing Environ House to this larger facility, which will also provide far greater storage capacity and further office space to house our ever-growing workforce.” Andrew Percival, Managing Director commented “Mayflex continues to grow year, upon year, particularly with the Excel brand that is sold across the world and with an expanding portfolio, with a new range of products being launched in January 2019 and new markets opening up in Australia and the USA to name but a few. We are also a major player in the distribution of IP security solutions and this growing market requires us to hold large stocks of products for next day free delivery.” Delivering best solution to customers Andrew concluded “This investment in WMS and the expansion of the warehouse facilities demonstrates our continued commitment to growth and improvement of our services to meet our customer demands. We are passionate about delivering the best solution possible for our customers and in doing so creating a business model that allows us to grow in line with the market demands – it’s exciting times ahead!” The new Mayflex warehouse facility will go live in April 2019.
The Mayflex brand name was introduced in 1985 and became the name of the company shortly afterwards Mayflex the distributor of Converged IP Solutions, is celebrating a significant milestone this year, its 100th anniversary. The company was founded on 17th March 1917 as Mayall & Co as a distributor of Swan Kettles by John William Mayall and stayed in the family for three generations. Mayflex history The Mayflex brand name was introduced in 1985 and became the name of the company shortly afterwards. Around this time the company entered the communication cables market launching a range of coax, voice and RS232 cables. This new venture rapidly gathered momentum and led to the ongoing development of network cabling in the form of copper twisted pair and fibre optic cables as they grew in popularity. In January 1997, Mayflex introduced the Excel brand, a move which in just 20 years has revolutionised the structured cabling and rack market, setting new standards in product choice, performance, support and availability, underpinned by a ‘fair price’ strategy. Since its launch, Excel has grown to become an award-winning brand sold in over 70 countries and holds the number 1 position in the UK, based on the volume sold. Over the years Mayflex has forged many successful relationships with some of the industry’s most prolific vendors across networking, infrastructure and the security market and has been recognised with numerous awards for high service levels and performance. Sonepar acquisition In April 2015 Mayflex was acquired by Sonepar, an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products and related services. Sonepar has €20.2 billion of revenue and is represented by 245 entities operating in 44 countries on five continents and provides Mayflex and its partners unrivalled long term stability, consistency and sustainability. "We continue to expand our Converged IP Solution, adding new vendors together with new products to the Excel range" Andrew Percival, Managing Director at Mayflex comments, “This important and exciting anniversary marks the longevity of our business and demonstrates our adaptability as market conditions and technology have evolved. Mayflex now employs 300 plus associates, from staff that have been in the business for 15, 20 even 30 years, along with newer recruits, bringing a great dynamic to the business. We are active across EMEA and will extend our reach further in the coming months. A huge thank you goes out to the teams across the business that strive day in day out to provide the best service possible to our customers.” Andrew continued, “Our business continues to develop, our key financial measures are improving, customer numbers are growing and we are expanding our geographical reach and entering new vertical and technology markets. We continue to expand our Converged IP Solution, adding new vendors together with new products to the Excel range.” Developing partner business Andrew continued, “Of course we could not have reached this milestone without the support of our loyal customer base, many of whom have worked with us for 20 plus years. As we’ve evolved our converged and cabling product offering, we hope that we’ve also helped our partners to develop their businesses too. I’m pleased to say that many of our customers have become great friends, we value these relationships far more than a simple thank you can express, we are extremely grateful for the support, loyalty and ongoing business given to us. We will continue to work hard to earn this in the future.” Andrew concluded, “Looking ahead we will maintain our investment in people, systems and technology. We have lots of ideas, growth and improvement opportunities. Times have certainly changed through our 100 years of trading, but there is one constant within Mayflex, ambition, this is alive and kicking within our business and will underpin our development over the years to come – we have enjoyed the past, but are excited about the future” There will be both staff and customer events taking place at intervals throughout 2017 celebrating Mayflex’s 100 years, look out for #Mayflex100years in social media and in the industry press.
According to Mayflex MD Andrew Percival, the Canon network cameras fit perfectly into company’s IP Security portfolio Mayflex, the cabling infrastructure, networking and electronic security solutions distributor has formed a distribution agreement with Canon to sell its range of network cameras. Canon’s comprehensive range of network cameras Harnessing over 75 years of imaging expertise, Canon’s comprehensive range of network cameras keep every angle covered. Featuring PTZ, Dome, Box camera models with Full HD or 1.3MP resolution, they deliver a wide field of vision and impressive image quality – even in low light. Canon’s network cameras fuse their optical technologies with their proprietary image-processing and network-distribution technologies providing high image quality, high functionality and high performance. Fit perfectly into Mayflex’s IP Security portfolio Commenting on the partnership Andrew Percival, Managing Director of Mayflex said, “We are delighted to be working with Canon. The Canon brand is one of the most recognised and respected in the world and is built on strong values for humanity with an emphasis on technology and development.” Andrew continued, “The Canon network cameras fit perfectly into our IP Security portfolio and give our customers further choice in terms of which brand and products are right for them. We see the strength of Canon growing in the network camera market and we are extremely pleased to be part of that growth in 2015 and beyond.” Austin Freshwater, Pro-Imaging Director at Canon UK commented, “At Canon we aim to deliver products and solutions that differentiate us from other manufacturers providing superior quality and functionality. We’re excited to team with Mayflex and look forward to developing a strong and successful partnership.” The Canon network cameras will be available from Mayflex in early July. At 4.30pm on Wednesday 17th June at IFSEC 2015, Canon and Mayflex will be celebrating this new partnership with a signing ceremony followed by a drinks reception at the Canon stand – F500.
Mayflex MD mentioned the partnership will offer best in Converged IP Solutions Mayflex, the distributor of Converged IP Solutions including cabling infrastructure, networking and electronic security solutions has signed an agreement to increase exposure of Philips’ innovative connected lighting system for offices to building IT system integrators in the UK. The connected lighting system from Philips uses Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to connect office lighting fixtures to a building’s IT network and interface with other building systems such as heating, ventilation and IT services. The lighting system acts as an information pathway, enabling workers to control and access other building services via their smartphones, allowing them to enjoy greater visual comfort and productivity. Philips’ connected lighting system is based on the understanding that customers are looking to achieve energy savings but also increased control and optimisation of the workplace. Philips’ connected lighting proposition, where every light point is a pathway for information, offers high quality, reliable and energy-efficient illumination and enables building users to understand usage of their space to enhance the comfort of occupants and improve building efficiency. Using standards-based PoE-enabled fixtures also delivers significant cost savings on lighting installation as there is no need for expensive electrical wiring, reducing installation costs by up to 25%. Offer customers best in converged IP solutions Andrew Percival, Mayflex Managing Director commented ‘This a really exciting announcement for Mayflex, our strategy to offer customers the best in Converged IP Solutions is clearly underlined by the partnership we are forming with Philips. The desire to add lighting to modern, networked buildings across vertical markets of all types and sizes is significant; to date there has not been a solution that ticks as many boxes as the Connected Light offering. With connectivity via a standard twisted pair cable directly into industry standard POE switches, multiple sensors, and open API for interfacing with third party or bespoke applications, all from the global leader in lighting, we believe this is a game changer.’ Andrew continued ‘When we look back at the transition from coax to twisted pair based security systems, the pace of change in the market went up a couple of gears when the market leading vendors released systems. We believe in a few years’ time the market will look back at this launch and see it as the point where POE, networked managed lighting became a serious consideration for many businesses.’ Mayflex will be working closely with Philips Mayflex sales and support teams will be receiving details of the connected lighting system for offices this month and demonstration systems will be installed in Mayflex MTech facilities. Moving forward Mayflex will be working closely with the Philips lighting end user sales team.
Richard will help strengthen & support various technical & manufacturing elements of business Mayflex, the cabling infrastructure, networking and electronic security solutions distributor has appointed a Technical Services Manager. Richard Cann joined Mayflex during February 2015 to help strengthen and support the various technical and manufacturing elements of the business, both pre and post sales. Richard has worked for several manufacturers in related industries gaining experience in production and product engineering and design, manufacturing, engineering and operations management with relevant experience in the fibre manufacturing and IP network design and configuration services. The last 8 years have been spent with a major IP integrator. Andrew Percival, Managing Director at Mayflex comments, “Richard’s role has been introduced to help Mayflex bring together its existing support offerings, to introduce services that complement our product roadmap and assist our customers in increasing their revenue and customer numbers. We plan to introduce a wide range of new facilities and services which enable Mayflex and its customers to take advantage of the evolving Converged IP market place”. Percival continued, “Richard’s appointment will allow Mayflex to bring all of its technically led roles under one lead, making us more efficient and achieve greater synergy within the team. It will also allow us to maximise on the resources that we have to offer our customers. We have a number of projects in the pipeline which Richard will oversee and implement into the business.”
Andy Cooper joins Mayflex with a wealth of experience gained from over 30 years in executive supply chain and operations roles Mayflex, the cabling infrastructure, networking and electronic security solutions distributor has appointed Andy Cooper in the position of Supply Chain Director. Role & responsibility Andy Cooper joins the business with a wealth of experience gained from over 30 years in executive supply chain and operations roles across a range of manufacturing and distribution sectors, working in Central Eastern Europe, China, UK and North America. Andy will take responsibility for stock purchasing and management, sales operations and support services, IT, warehousing and distribution with existing members of the senior management reporting directly to him. Comments on the new appointment Commenting on the appointment Andrew Percival, Managing Director, stated “This is great news for the business, our customers and suppliers, we continue to grow at a very fast pace and see this continuing for years to come with new technologies, customers and geographies all key drivers. The diversity and speed of our development demands focus on our efficiencies and improvements across our operation’s from customer service to stock management through to use of capital and resource. We are delighted to have been able to secure the services of someone of the calibre of Andy and are counting the days to him joining the board.” Andy Cooper is looking forward to the challenges ahead and comments “I am truly excited to be joining the Mayflex team at a time of step change development across our customer value propositions both in terms of our value added services and breadth of product offering. I believe my experience will enhance an already dedicated and focussed management team resulting in the successful execution of significant scaling within our business operations and continued recognition as a market leader within our service segments.” Andrew Percival concluded “At the heart of every strong distributor is first class supply chain service and support, we intend to lead the market in this area with investment in quality team members, systems and facilities. Andy’s experience in strategic planning, operational improvement and cost management will be key ingredients to us achieving this objective” Group revenue exceeds £100m The announcement of the expansion of the Mayflex board coincides with group sales passing the £100m milestone for the first time, Andrew Percival confirmed “With over 3 weeks of our trading year to go we passed the magic £100m revenue mark, a great achievement for the business reflecting another year of high teens growth. I would like to thank our customer and vendor partner’s for their on-going support, and of course the fantastic team we have at Mayflex for the hard work, loyalty and commitment they give day in day out. We continue to look forwards and set ourselves further growth and improvement challenges.”
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