Alpine Components has been crowned King of the Jungle at this year’s Lions’ Lair competition, which took place at Maintec at Birmingham’s NEC. The company was one of four who braved the Lair to pitch its most innovative products in a bid to be announced best at show.

The expert panel of judges (lions) included Mark Yates from Bultch UK, John Ford a Maintenance Consultant and Professor Andrew Starr of Cranfield University.

Alpine Components won with the new Ultraprobe, which uses ultrasound to economically and effectively detect leaks on equipment such as compressors. The easy to use kit is fast too, typically taking just 30 seconds to detect a problem. Its performance impressed the judges, indeed Yates admitted his company uses the equipment.

Alpine Components distributes the Ultraprobe in the UK on behalf of UE Systems. On winning the Lions’ Lair award, Micky Jackson, sales engineer at Alpine Components, commented, “Ultraprobe is the front line tool to combat energy loss within the industry. I am thrilled to have won and receive this recognition. It was a fantastic experience to be involved in and a privilege to attend.”

Lions’ Lair took place on the first day of Maintec 2014. The three day show included a wide array of exhibitors, covering the whole maintenance spectrum, as well as a HAZEX area. In the show’s Business Strategy Forum, expert speakers addressed the key industry challenges. Maintec 2014 also included The Business Exchange programme featuring 20 content rich seminars delivered by some of the show’s most innovative exhibitors.