LIA agrees co-operation deal with wholesalers

The Lighting Industry Association and Electrical Distributors’ Association have announced a joint agreement to work closely together and share member benefits. The agreement covers a wide range of services from training to social events but is principally aimed at improving the supply chain links between manufacturers and distributors. 

‘The transition to LED technology has brought its challenges for both manufacturers and distributors’ said LIA chief Steve Davies. ‘Electrical distributors are increasingly looking for assurance that the products they sell are complaint and perform to claims. By improving our ties with the EDA we can help provide the information they need through access to expert training. Furthermore EDA members now have access to our new UKAS-accredited lighting laboratory along with a range of other benefits’.

EDA president Tom Jones, said: ‘The electrical wholesaler is positioned right in the centre of a supply chain linking the manufacturer to the installer.  It’s absolutely vital that the wholesaling channel works with its upstream suppliers to ensure a successful flow of products to the market.  

‘There are many factors to take into account to achieve this success.  One of the most important of these is open and clear communication between the supply chain partners so that each understands the opportunities and challenges of the other.  

‘Another is training and education of wholesaling staff to understand new products and technologies and also to recognise compliant and non-compliant products.  At a time when new and unfamiliar LED products are appearing on the market it is important to have the reassurance of LIA certification. We are delighted to engage more closely with LIA and exchange member benefits including access to training and to the services of the new LIA Laboratory.’