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Meet the team - Alan Roberts

Today, Drives Business Manager Alan Roberts is under the spotlight as we quiz him about his busy role and find out a few of his favourite things.

1. What does your day-to-day role involve?

As well as providing technical advice for variable-speed drives, I deal with enquiries, prepare quotes and work with clients to ensure we offer the ideal solution to their needs. Energy surveys are becoming increasingly important, so I do plenty of those too. We’re a long-standing ABB partner so I’m always in contact with them to keep up to date on new products and services.

2. Are the upcoming IEC standard changes keeping you busy?

Very much so. From January next year all electric motors must have an energy-efficiency rating of either IE3 or IE2 if coupled with a variable-speed drive, so we’re seeing drives enquiries and sales increase as we get closer to that deadline.

3. What’s been your most satisfying achievement at work recently?

In January I represented Gibbons at a special ABB event as we were made members of their Authorised Value Provider network. We’re one of only 18 members across the UK and the selection process was very stringent, so that was a proud moment.

4. Do you have any interesting drives projects in the pipeline at the moment?

I can’t mention anyone specifically as the larger clients like to keep things low-key, but we’re currently doing a lot of work at home and abroad for large blue-chip companies which has been very exciting.

5. Have you seen many changes at Gibbons in your time with the company?

I’ve been here 17 years now and it’s amazing how much the firm has grown in that time. When I started we only offered a few of the products and services we do now, plus there’s the new office and workshop building.

6. What’s your favourite food?

I love steak and all my wife’s cooking (I’d better say that!).

7. What stresses you out?

I love my golf, although I don’t enjoy it much when I’m playing badly! Maybe it’s best that I don’t get to play as much as I’d like to these days!

8. What type of music do you like?

I like a bit of a mix and recently I‘ve been listening to quite a lot of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Ed Sheeran.

9. What’s your favourite film?

I’d have to say Love Actually – Bill Nighy is brilliant in it.

10. Which football team do you support?

This will please Claire - the Tractor Boys, Ipswich Town!

If you’d like to discuss your variable-speed drive requirements with an expert, call Alan on 07966468430 or email Alternatively you can visit our website for more information.

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