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Supplier: Thomas & Betts
22 September, 2009

After 29 years in Australia this global company is set to launch two significant new ranges that will set the benchmark for user friendliness.

Thomas & Betts Corporation can trace its roots back to 1898, when practical, incandescent, electric lighting was first introduced to New York City and two young engineers from Princeton University, Robert M. Thomas and Hobart D. Betts, formed an agency for selling conduit to electrical distributors.

Thomas & Betts entered the Australasian market in 1980 distributing the Ty-Rap cable tie range of products from its head office in Sydney. The range quickly expanded and was further bolstered by the acquisition of the Stanilite emergency evacuation lighting business in 1998. Since then, Thomas & Betts Australasia has solidified itself as a key supplier to the Australian electrical market built upon a culture of continual improvement and superior customer service.

The Businesses

Emergency Lighting

For over 30 years, Stanilite has been the evacuation lighting industry innovator, pioneering products like the Quickfit exit featuring a unique steel slide and connect bracket, the Spitfire emergency, Nexus evacuation lighting monitoring and long life Stanilite Lumatec Cold Cathode lamp technology. The Quickfit has won many awards including an Australian Design Award in 1982 and an Australian Designmark in 2002. Stanilite products have been so well received that the brand Spitfire has become a generic term for 10W halogen emergency lighting.

Stanilite is regularly specified as the evacuation lighting product of choice and can be seen in a vast assortment of major buildings including Sydney's Star City Casino and Q1 - the world's tallest residential tower on the Gold Coast.

Stanilite Nexus has long been at the forefront of computer monitored systems and in 2007 Thomas & Betts launched the Nexus RF wireless monitoring system which has gone on to expand the market possibilities for monitored systems and solidify Stanilite as the market leading brand.

Electrical Hardware

Global strength with local focus is the best way to describe the Thomas & Betts electrical business. The worldwide Thomas & Betts business markets over 450,000 different items and the Australian team has the ability to select from this vast range as well as developing product lines specifically for the local market.

The majority of the range is dedicated to the management, protection and connection of electrical cable. With trusted brands including Ty-Rap and Nicote, Thomas & Betts is well positioned to supply both day to day needs and to provide specifiable products with specific performance criteria.

National Support Network

Thomas & Betts is committed to supporting their customers around the country with a National Support Centre and the National Quotes Centre staffed with people dedicated to ensure that customers can receive the support they need when they need it.

Thomas & Betts also maintains sales offices and warehouses in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, with professional agencies in Newcastle, Tasmania and New Zealand. All are able to supply local customer needs right across the Australasian region.

Latest Developments

Stanilite Excel LED Legend

Due to its ease of installation and aesthetic appeal, the Legend edgelight has been a customer favourite for years. Now the new Stanilite Excel LED Legend takes the edgelight to the next level. Designed to significantly reduce running and maintenance costs, the Stanilite Excel LED Legend also provides high visibility and remains architecturally pleasing with a chic, slimline design.

The Excel LED Legend consumes only a quarter of the power of 8W and 10W fluorescent edgelights and additionally, a conventional lamp would need to be replaced more than 7 times before the 50,000 hour LED needs replacing. These two factors make Stanilite Excel LED a great economic and environmental choice.

Stanilite always designs end user driven products and this is further evidenced by the high emergency classification of the Excel LED, which eliminates the need for an adjacent luminaire and therefore reduces overall project costs.

Installer friendly, the Excel LED Legend comes as a one box solution with screwless, lightweight assembly using a Snap-n-Clip mechanism that allows for quick and easy installation.

Finally, Excel LED Legend can be purchased as either a single point module or in Nexus LX or Nexus RF enabled models to further gain all the benefits of Stanilite computer monitored systems.

Hi-Flex Flexible Conduit Systems

Liquidtight flexible metal conduits in Australia have typically been designed and manufactured for use in overseas markets. The new Hi-Flex range from Thomas & Betts has primarily been designed and manufactured to comply with the stringent Australian and New Zealand standards, reflecting Australian conditions. The entire Hi-Flex liquidtight flexible heavy duty metal conduit system, conduits and fittings have been independently tested and shown to comply with the relevant AS/NZS 2053 standards.

The new Hi-Flex range strives to be the most user friendly on the market and features Type HLT. This combines flexibility, mechanical strength, oil resistance and an excellent 105°C maximum temperature rating all in one cost effective, general purpose product.

The comprehensive Hi-Flex range contains metallic and non-metallic systems, low fire hazard and explosion proof systems, tight-spot and high temperature resistant systems among others.

Local focus, global strength

Thomas & Betts strives to be the preferred supplier in its chosen markets. When you recommend or purchase a Stanilite emergency light fitting or a TyRap cable tie, you can rest assured that before that product was released to the market there was painstaking research and testing to ensure that it meets or exceeds the industry requirements.