The winners of the 2015 ACR Trainee of the Year Awards visited the LU-VE heat exchanger factory in Milan in September. ACR Journal editor, Will Hawkins, went with the group to see how LU-VE, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, operates.
The ever-popular awards to find and celebrate the best talent coming up through the air conditioning and refrigeration industry's training centres came to a climax in mid-September. The three winners and their employers flew out to Milan to spend two days with LU-VE as part of their prize in mid-September.
Data Centre Cooling
The group landed in the heat of Italy's late summer to be whisked off to LU-VE Group headquarters and factory a few miles north-west of Milan. There we enjoyed a delicious, traditional Italian lunch in the staff restaurant (including wine - Who were we to turn it down?) and met some of the leading members of the team.
After lunch and a quick presentation, the group visited the data centre cooling solutions factory known under the brand name TECNAIR. LU-VE bought the company some years ago. The family that started the business is still heavily involved in the firm. TECNAIR is a small but growing brand in the UK market, as well as the niche sector for specialist ventilation for hospital theatres.
Nevertheless, LU-VE has their production line packed with units ready for customers around the world, and their expert team is passionate about creating its high-quality products in a growing market.
Next stop was the centre of Milan for dinner where we ate in a local jazz café, and Steve Taliadoros showed us the latest in Milanese, minimalist hat fashion. A few more beers later, we headed back for an early night (well, for some of us that was the case).
Heat exchangers in the making
Steve showed almost every inch of the LU-VE factory, and we must have walked several miles watching raw materials become finished products. Their speed of production is impressive, but the range of goods which they produce for their customers around the world is remarkable too.
But, the aspect of LU-VE which is the most notable, yet least tangible, is the sense of teamwork and belonging which each employee that spoke to us showed. It means that LU-VE makes great products because their team cares. When you care, people like working with you. No wonder LU-VE is celebrating 30 years of success this year.
The ACR Trainee of the Year Award winners all said they had learnt a lot about LU-VE and how they make their heat exchangers. Another wise investment from the company in bringing people into their family.