Surge in safety brings expansion for Elimpus

Elimpus founders George McBride (left) and Professor Phil Moore show Anne Clyde of UKSE the new premises and the product that led to their success.
Elimpus founders George McBride (left) and Professor Phil Moore show Anne Clyde of UKSE the new premises and the product that led to their success.

A BELLSHILL technology company has moved to new premises after a surge in the energy safety market.

Elimpus Ltd produces monitoring devices to detect and locate partial electrical discharge from high voltage equipment.

It has seen demand for its technology increase as energy utility companies become more cost and safety conscious, signing a major deal with National Grid earlier in the year.

The company was established five years ago within UK Steel Enterprise’s innovation unit at Grovewood Business Centre in Strathclyde Business Park.

However, surge in demand over the last 18 months has led founders George McBride and Professor Phil Moore to seek larger premises elsewhere in the park and create two new jobs, with UKSE providing £50,000 to help the expansion.

UKSE area manager Anne Clyde said: “Elimpus is a very impressive company and a great example of what can be done when technological expertise and business acumen come together successfully.

“Elimpus has the potential to supply its innovative technology to major players throughout the whole utilities industry, which is especially rewarding for us, having seen the company start out just five years ago.”

The Elimpus technology prevents catastrophic damage or failure at energy substations which can be very dangerous and costly for utilities companies.

Having started trading with just one market-ready product, the firm now offers six versions, including one suitable for fixing to a helicopter.

In addition to the increased number of Elimpus products being deployed in the field there is a growing number of enquiries from across the UK regarding equipment hire and site support services.

Managing director Mr McBride said: “Our devices are built to order on site, with a lead time of six to eight weeks.

“The new premises allow us to work on more than one order at a time, which is a great boost to our productivity.

“Without the funding support of UKSE, SMART and RSA, we would have been unable to take on large orders like the one from National Grid, which are vital to the growth and success of Elimpus.”