A couple of months ago, as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we brought you a collection of projects from across the world that Sonepar and its local brands had supported, from driverless trains in the Outback of Australia to children's hospitals in Finland. This week, we look at even more great projects we've supported across the world over just the past few years.
2012: Malaysian skyscrapers
The Petronas Towers were constructed in 1998 and were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004 – they are still the tallest twin towers anywhere on Earth. The buildings are a formidable engineering feat, and the pride of Malaysia. Sonepar brand KVC was involved in a major external lighting project at the towers in 2012. To this day, the towers are illuminated each night, and visible across Kuala Lumpur.
(Photo: Jannus Jagomagi on Unsplash)
2013: Where the world meets
The United Nations Secretariat Building sits on the east side of Manhattan, a magnificent example of mid-20th-century architecture designed in part by two of the most celebrated architects of the past 100 years: Brazil's Oscar Niemeyer and France's Le Corbusier. Sonepar's North American brand Cooper Electric had its own part to play in the preservation of this architectural and diplomatic icon, overseeing the updating of the lighting in the building in 2014, along with technical management and safety oversight on the project.
(Photo: Daryan Shamkhali)
2015: Making beautiful music together
Paris' Philharmonie de France is a huge celebration of music, consisting of a 2,400-seat symphonic concert hall, a museum, rehearsal rooms, restaurants and bars. The spectacular, metal-clad building was opened in 2015, after a construction project overseen by Engie Ineo. Sonepar France was contracted to work on the project, providing logistics and expertise, and setting up dedicated stocks to facilitate successful construction.
(Photo: Guilhem Vellut Baycrest)
2016: Positive power
Panama is the home to Central America's first solar power plant, a 2.4 MW installation located in the Sarigua National Park. It opened in 2014 but was expanded and updated in 2016, with Sonepar's Central and South American brand Warren working alongside the Panama Canal Authority to install almost 100 solar panels and their inverters, while providing training to the teams on the ground.
2017: Street style
When the city of Hamilton in New Zealand's Waikato region wanted to replace its street lighting, Corys Electrical went above and beyond, designing the colorful and imaginative lighting solution you see here. The project involved installing 15,000 LED fixtures as well as extensive testing and consultation with the local community.
(Photo: Signify New Zealand, formerly Philips Lighting)
2017: Shoring up Bangkok
Bangkok is susceptible to flooding, sometimes at enormous human cost. In late 2011, more than 800 people were tragically killed when floodwaters breached defenses and inundated the Thai capital. Sonepar brand Sonic Automation supported a defense project to monitor and manage floodwaters and canals. Sonic Automation supplied ControlLogix platforms including wireless communication systems and training, to help Bangkok authorities manage future flooding and protect lives.
(Photo: Daniel Welsh)
2017: Big data
Sonepar's Asia-Pacific brand Pacific Datacom was enlisted by Woodside Petroleum to help complete their new global headquarters in Perth, Western Australia. The project included the largest on-premise data center in WA, complete with complex row-cooling solutions. Pacific Datacom supplied over 1.5 million meters of cable, 30,000 data outlets, 300 floor-standing data cabinets, 150 wall mounted cabinets and 24 in row cooling units for the data center. It was the largest project ever tackled by Pacific Datacom.
(Photo: Cyro A. Silva)
2018: Making connections
As part of a public-private partnership project with the Canadian government, Lumen supplied a unique lighting solution for the Champlain Bridge roadway in Montreal. The bridge, which is used for around 50 million crossings each year, is a main artery in and out of the Montreal area, crossing the St Laurence Seaway. Working with a local supplier of fiber-reinforced pipe and fittings along with Philips, Lumen was able to create these dramatic lighting effects.