Outside the box ‘future thinking’
“How would you future proof Prysmian for the next 10, 15 or 20 years, today? How about for 2041 with only £1,000 prepaid credit cards at your disposal and starting with a completely blank canvas?” asks Riccardo Weber, Director Marketing & Development and Executive Sponsor of Future Thinking, “That’s the challenge we set our Future Thinkers… Not a chance many people get in their careers.”
To answer these questions Prysmian UK launched an initiative called ‘Future Thinking’ to give employees the opportunity to take part in shaping the future, and learn how the business can become better in delivering effective and rapid change. The results of a pilot project focused on employee engagement demonstrated the great potential for the Future Thinking concept, as the involved group also explored some of the profound technological changes that will affect our industry within the next 25 years. Future groups will work on projects of choice which they believe will improve Prysmian in the UK.
Raising awareness against ‘bad’ cables
Prysmian Group is calling for legislation to oust substandard cables, after it has been campaigning for many years to make the manufacturing and importing of substandard electrical cable into the UK illegal.
Industry estimates that 20% of all the cable in the UK is substandard, non-approved or counterfeit and that some 4,000 fires in buildings each year are down to faulty electrics. As a responsible manufacturer, Prysmian ensures that all of its products conform to the most rigorous quality standards. The company is appalled that dangerous cables are still allowed into the UK market.
Prysmian UK supports the British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) and actively promotes the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI), to try stopping dangerous cable getting into UK homes. The new European Construction Product Regulation (CPR), which came into effect on July 1st 2017, is a step in the right direction, but even this regulation does not apply to all types of cable. Prysmian is always willing to support its customers even during the delicate transition both out of European Union and towards the respect of the new standards.