Mayor of West Yorkshire visits OE manufacturing facility.

working towards a greener future

OE were delighted to welcome Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, to our manufacturing facility and head office in Wakefield. Her visit provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the exceptional design and manufacturing talent at OE.

A Warm Welcome and Insightful Tour

Mayor Brabin was greeted by Technical Director and owner, Tim Hobbs, who shared a little about the company’s history and outlined our mission: to offer accessible and reliable power solutions across the commercial office, education and transport sectors. During the tour of our facility, we were keen to demonstrated our commitment to efficiency and sustainability across our manufacturing processes, including our ambitious goal to become power independent from the grid through the installation of wind and solar power systems and to achieve carbon neutral status by 2035. 

OE House, Wakefield – 07/06/2024

Innovation and Sustainability at OE Electrics

Throughout the visit we emphasised our sustainability initiatives and ongoing efforts to improve our carbon footprint. Mayor Brabin took particular interest in OE’s:

  • Modular Product Design: Creating adaptable and efficient products that meet the evolving needs of our customers and reduce waste through their ability to be repaired and recycled. 
  • Research into Sustainable Materials: We are continuously seeking eco-friendly materials to reduce the carbon footprint of our products. 
  • Development of DC Power Systems: Developing systems that efficiently integrate with renewable energy sources, enhancing overall energy efficiency.
We were also keen to engage in discussions about supply chain and offshoring, to demonstrate our commitment to aligning our operations with company environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals.

Commitment to Local Talent and Community Engagement

At OE, we take pride in employing local talent and invest in comprehensive training and skill development programs to continuously develop employees, strengthening the workforce while contributing to the wider economic growth of Wakefield and its surrounding areas. We have introduced initiatives to promote environmentally friendly commuting options such as cycle-to-work programs and most recently, travel loans for monthly bus passes. 


Reflections on the Visit

We extend our gratitude to Mayor Brabin for her visit and look forward to continuing our mission of innovation, sustainability, and community engagement as part of West Yorkshire’s manufacturing community. Mayor Brabin, went on to call Tim Hobbs and OE Electrics “innovators”, recognising our visionary approach to combining technology and sustainability to propel the industry forward.

“It was an honour to host Mayor Tracy Brabin and showcase the exceptional work being done at our Wakefield facility. Her visit emphasised the importance of innovation and sustainability in manufacturing, and we are proud to lead the way in these areas.”

– Tim Hobbs, Technical Director and Owner of OE Electrics.

Making Changes for the Better

Explore more about our Environmental, Social and Governance goals in our ESG report.


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