A joint venture has been formed between wholesale group Beijer Ref AB and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air Conditioning Europe. The new company is the result of Beijer Ref getting the rights to distribute MHI air conditioning and heat pump equipment in the UK and Ireland.
Beijer Ref is the majority owner of the joint venture, which will be named 3D Plus, and the aim is to build a market-leading brand for the sale and distribution of MHI products.
The first full range of Midea air conditioning products to be launched in the UK will be backed by a 10-year warranty and a refrigerant contribution scheme to ensure all equipment is correctly charged correctly.
FG Europe UK was established earlier this year as the exclusive distributor for the Chinese brand in the UK, with Martin Richards, formerly of Fujitsu and Hitachi, as General Manager.
David MacQueen received the Kooltech Award for his contribution to the industry at the Scottish IOR Dinner in Glasgow.
Independent distributor MacQueen Air Conditioning was set up in Glasgow in 1980 and played a key role in helping Daikin’s growth in the UK. David MacQueen later served as a director of Daikin UK before leaving in 2008.
Turner (Dundee) apprentice John Thompson, a student at Glasgow Kelvin College, was named Apprentice of the Year.
More than 350 guests attended the event at Glasgow's Crowne Plaza, which was hosted by former Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus.,
Surrey-based Pure Air Distribution has ended its distribution arrangement with Haier and signed a partnership agreement with Hitachi.
PAD was established in March this year as the first UK distributor for relaunched Chinese air conditioning brand Haier.
Toshiba has terminated its contract with distributor AMP.
It was announced last week that AMP had been acquired by Panasonic, leading to questions about AMP's existing arrangements with Toshiba, Fujitsu and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.