P&B Grows its Switchgear Division

P&B is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Crawford as Sales Manager and Andy Montague  as Tendering Manager at its Switchgear division.

P&B Switchgear Grows

Paul Crawford (left), Andy Montague (right)

Building on a successful career in Sales and Business Development in the electrical engineering industry, Paul’s work with P&B will focus particularly on the company’s growing demand for MV Retrofit Circuit Breakers.On his appointment at P&B, Paul said “Working with the P&B Switchgear team is like a breath of fresh air. It’s clear to me that the engineers are always keen to find the best solutions for their customers’ requirements.”

As an experienced Tendering Manager, Andy will be responsible for compiling and submitting quotes on a range of P&B’s LV and MV legacy switchgear with a bias on MV for refurbishment, retrofits and maintenance/servicing.  On joining P&B Andy said  “I am glad to be joining the team here at P&B and furthering my career in MV legacy switchgear with new challenges and solutions. It is particularly exciting to join the company just as it is pushing its boundaries and growth.”

For its retrofit Switchgear, P&B has carried out typed testing on a full range of products, using vacuum breakers, including:

  • GEC BVP17, VMX
  • Brush VSI/VMV, SWS, CX, C4X, DX, D4X
  • English Electric E3, E7, E8
  • Reyrolle S14A, S27A, S36A, S45A
  • Whipp & Bourne AK, AH
  • Hawkvac 15

In addition, these have also been approved by the Energy Network Association.

If you are currently operating with old legacy oil fill or air break circuit breakers and are looking to extend the life of your MV Switchgear by up to 30 years – please contact Paul to discuss your requirements – he will be delighted to help!

Paul Crawford  Tel: 07736 451 644   Email: paul.crawford@pbsigroup.com



Electrical Protection Customer Training

Oct 2018 –P&B were delighted to host a delegation of customers from the Middle East to its headquarters in Manchester this month. Using P&B’s dedicated customer training suite, the visitors from PDO were given hands-on training on our latest range electrical protection technologies.

The schedule also included some time for a little extra-curricular activity and the chance for everyone to get competitive at a local indoor race karting track. A great time was had by all!

P&B Middle East Delegation, Oct 2018

P&B Customer Training

P&B Makes Manufacturing Connections in Manchester

The P&B team was pleased to welcome a delegation of visitors to its headquarters in Manchester this week with a Manufacturing Connect event organised in collaboration with – the manufacturers’ organisation EEF.

Managing Director, Phil York presented delegates with an overview of how P&B’s technologies work and the value that they bring to its customers. Delegates were also able to learn about the company’s long and impressive journey over recent decades through investment and growth.

A tour of P&B’s production facility enabled the visitors to find out more about its fabrication of new and retrofit Medium  Voltage Switchgear. They also learnt about P&B’s Protection Relays assembly process, including its rigorous testing procedures and in-house PCB production capabilities.Protection Relays assembly

Richard Halstead of EEF rounded up the event with an update on the state of UK manufacturing Switchgear fabricationincluding the latest news on the Brexit negotiations and its potential impact for manufacturers.



P&B is a leading UK innovator of electrical protection, safety and control technologies.

Our specialist expertise and unrivalled experience is relied upon in heavy industries throughout the world to ensure the highest levels of safety and performance.