No job is too large or small for Sonepar and its network of brands around the world, and over the years we've been involved in some major projects, from renovations of national monuments to the construction of new hospitals, schools and cultural centers. Take a look at a selection of some of the major projects we've worked on, over just the past few years.
2012: Driverless trains in Australia (1)
Back in 2012, two Sonepar companies teamed up to provide advice, pre-assembly services and supply chain services on a project to deploy driverless trains in the Australian Outback. Lawrence & Hanson and Pacific Datacom worked in collaboration, helping a contractor to roll out the driverless trains to shuttle iron ore between a mine in remote Pilbara and the capital of Western Australia, Perth.
(Photo: Peter Boer)
2013: Putting on the Ritz (2)
Long renowned as one of the most elegant hotels in the world, the Ritz Paris first opened in June 1898, but by 2012 it was decided the hotel needed a major overhaul. It closed for four years, during which time Franco Belge Electricité was engaged to supply new cabling and appliances.
The work proved a great success, and the Ritz reopened in 2016, more spectacular than it's ever been. The project proves that the Sonepar Group can deliver on any project, from small domestic upgrades to the grandest palaces in the world.
2014: Let there be lights (3)
From Paris to Brazil, and the South American nation's most iconic monument, Cristo Redentor - Christ the Redeemer - the 30-meter statue of Jesus Christ that stands atop Mount Corcovado, overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.
In 2014, Sonepar and its company Centelha took on the job of creating new lighting installations for the art deco monument, bathing French sculptor Paul Landowski's work in colored hues. Key to the project was lightning protection, as the sculpture is struck by lightning three to five times each year, on average.
(Photo: Cyro A. Silva)
2015: China takes the Mickey (4)
Mainland China opened its first Disneyland in 2016, and three of Sonepar's Chinese brands were involved in its construction. Shunmoon Shanghai Lighting, a specialist in lighting systems and solutions,delivered various outdoor lighting, street lamps, emergency lighting and more; Hagemeyer China, a leading distributor of power distribution, industrial control and industrial MRO products, provided panel builders; and Electric Fever China, a cable master distribution specialist, provided cables.
All companies did their bit to bring the Magic Kingdom to Mainland China.
(Photo: Baycrest - Wikipedia user - CC-BY-SA-2.5 / Baycrest - 維基百科用戶 - CC-BY-SA-2.5)
2016: Hamburg's ode to joy (5)
Known fondly to locals as Elphi, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg was completed in late 2016 and immediately recognized as one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world.
Sonepar Deutschland supported the project throughout its construction, supplying lighting systems and solutions, cables and building management equipment. It was their largest project of 2016, and one that demanded unparalleled levels of innovation, flexibility and speed.
The concert hall hosted its first performance on January 11, 2017, and celebrated with a light show – naturally.
2017: A commitment to excellence (6)
With more than 1,000 staff and 600 medical students on site, the New Children's Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, is one of Europe's most advanced treatment facilities for pediatric patients – 2,000 rooms, 12 operating areas, 16 intensive care units all spread across an eight-story facility.
Constructed to a rigorous budget and timeline, the hospital required a contractor that could deliver the utmost levels of reliability. They engaged SLO, which supplied flawless logistics and products from lighting and electrical equipment to fiber-optic cabling.
2018: Ground control (7)
Sonepar brand Cooper Electric took up the challenge of installing a wide range of substation equipment at the Delta Terminal of LaGuardia airport in New York, in 2018, as part of a $8bn upgrade going on at the site. Airport projects bring their own host of obstacles, including security matters (the airport remains fully operational during its overhaul) and coordination between multiple manufacturers and project managers from the private and public sectors.
Cooper Electric brought their signature brand of service efficiency and diligence to the project. The upgrades are ongoing, with four new concourses for Delta Airlines due to be fully operational this fall.