Life safety systems manufacturer Hochiki Europe has appointed lighting expert Ian Hill as the company’s new emergency lighting business manager. Hill brings a wealth of industry experience to the role thanks to a technical background covering business development, sales of life safety equipment and a focus on product development.
Hill will combine his industry sales experience with technical expertise to bolster Hochiki Europe’s growth in the global emergency lighting sector. As part of his new role, Hill will support the widening of the company’s emergency lighting offer.
Starting his career within the design department at Simplex Lighting, Hill has spent decades developing his skill set across a variety of roles with lighting manufacturers including Philips and Fagerhult. He then made the transfer to emergency lighting during his tenure at Eaton Electrical Systems (previously known as Cooper Lighting and Safety).
Commenting on his new role, Hill said: “I’ve admired Hochiki Europe’s work and reputation for some time, so when the opportunity arose to work for the business, I simply couldn’t turn that down. The company has contributed vastly to the advances made within life safety over the past few years, especially so with products such as those within the FIREscape collection.”
Hill added: “Working in a company with such an international foothold is also incredibly exciting. With so much room for growth within the emergency lighting sector, we have a real opportunity to make a positive difference. I plan on working closely with both the sales and product development teams to further the scope and capabilities of our lighting product ranges.”
Hill’s remit includes supporting the market growth of Hochiki Europe’s aforementioned FIREscape range: an emergency lighting system that can be connected through an EL-2 control panel to provide immediate accessibility and easy installation within large spaces. It’s also designed to reduce running costs by up to 89% over a period of ten years as the standard luminaire consumes less than 0.5 W while charging, which then reduces to 0.1 W once the device is fully charged.”
Speaking about the appointment, Tracy Kirk (general manager of sales and marketing at Hochiki Europe) observed: “Recent events and enquires have shown how vital clear routes of escape can be in an emergency situation. Ian’s extensive experience of emergency lighting will ensure we’re reaching more people around the world with our dependable and intelligent solutions. Our existing customers continue to benefit from the most sought-after innovations within the industry as well as an exceptional service.”