Martin Richards has been appointed to head 3D Plus, the joint venture formed earlier this year between wholesale group Beijer Ref and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).
A Beijer Ref statement said: "Martin Richards, a stalwart of air conditioning distribution, has joined 3D Plus as Business Director and will head all UK operations.''
Richards, who was most recently General Manager of Midea distributor FG Europe UK, has also worked at Carrier, Mitsubishi Electric, Fujitsu and Hitachi during almost 30 years in the industry.
He said: “I am delighted to be setting up this new joint venture between Beijer Ref and MHI. The MHI brand is very strong in the UK and through this joint venture 3D Plus will undoubtedly grow on this success.”
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.