As one of the few women to head up a UK manufacturing company, Joanna Robinson, Managing Director of air management specialists Mansfield Pollard, shares her plans to promote the career opportunities available in the industry ahead of International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June.
In the UK, engineering has an image problem. In Europe’s league table of women participating in engineering, Britain comes rock bottom. Just 9% of engineers are women and we must address this imbalance now. The extreme shortage of women engineers in the UK shows that engineering is still a male-dominated career with little diversity.
When developers demanded very low sound limits for two new apartment building in London, Cool-Therm worked with contractors to come up with the answer.
Cool-Therm has supplied an ultra-low sound, high efficiency 1.8MW air conditioning solution for a prestigious development of luxury apartments in London’s Westminster.
Leading research bodies agree that refurbishment of buildings has a lower environmental impact than new build. Even so, it is still all too common for consultants and contractors to propose a comparatively straight-forward new build project over a complex refurbishment and still parade their ‘green’ credentials.
So, when a major retailer needed more capacity for its frozen products, it was presented with the usual two choices: build a new warehouse from scratch, or repurpose an existing building. Like all businesses facing these choices, the decision requires careful consideration and understanding of a number of factors.
Franklin Electric acquired the brand in 2006 when it bought the Little Giant Pump Company of Oklahoma City.
Little Giant traces its origins to 1939 when a couple of enterprising Oklahoma City inventors received a patent for their design of a small, submersible motor used for commercial evaporative coolers. Popular at the time, the pump provided cooling in cinemas and other buildings during the hot Oklahoma summers. The submersible motor was a success. In 1941, Little Giant Vaporizer Company began making and marketing the product.
The name Little Giant is an antonym referring to the fact that the product is LITTLE (compared to other similar products at the time) but delivered GIANT performance and benefit to the user.
Global air conditioning giant Gree is set to challenge the status quo in the UK air conditioning market with the launch of Gree UK Limited.
Part of the London-based Calibre Services Group, Gree UK will supply the manufacturer’s full range of splits, VRF, heat pumps, chillers and award-winning photovoltaic-powered systems across the UK.
The company has already secured orders with national air conditioning specialists and has many active enquiries in the pipeline for major projects.
Gree is the world’s largest air conditioning manufacturer, with sales of more than £16bn and employing more than 8,000 research and development engineers in 570 laboratories and five research institutes across the world.
With the recent news that industrial and commercial cooling experts EJM had bought Derby-based Cryotech, ACR Journal editor, Will Hawkins, spent some time with the company's top team, Matt Morton, Paul Cable and Ron Mearns to learn more about their business while shooting in the grounds of Ripley Castle.
Before Christmas, Matt Morton, chairman of EJM Engineered Systems announced that, after talks over a number of years with Cryotech majority shareholder, Ron Mearns, they had agreed terms for Matt to buy Cryotech’s business. The fit was natural. Both companies have extensive and varied experience in the refrigeration industry, and each business needed to find a better way of growing their enterprises and serving their customers.
Chemours is the new name in refrigerants.
Although the name is new, the company itself has over 80 years of history in the refrigeration market, stretching back to the days of Freon™. Chemours was formed in July 2015 when DuPont spun off its performance chemicals business. Under its new name, Chemours has continued to lead in the development and commercialisation of new refrigerants to meet the latest challenges.
The Opteon™ range of refrigerants is based on the groundbreaking HFO (hydro-fluoro-olefin) technology that is set to revolutionise the refrigerants market. These new HFO building blocks have a global warming potential (GWP) lower than that of CO2. These materials also retain many of the favourable properties of HFCs (hydro fluoro carbons) that made them excellent refrigerants, but without the drawback of the high GWPs of products such as R-404A.
Bosch is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heating products. In the UK, Bosch Commercial and Industrial, along with Worcester Bosch Group, is part of Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd., a company that specialises in providing complete heating and cooling system solutions for the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.
New for 2016, Bosch has entered the UK air conditioning market with the launch of a new and extensive Variant Refrigerant Flow (VRF) range.
Will Hawkins flew out to Seoul, South Korea, to visit Samsung at the launch of its new air conditioning products.
Samsung had a big week, recently. The South Korean company kicked off its global campaign to introduce four new air conditioning solutions for the domestic and light commercial markets. They flew out the international ACR press and several hundred partners and customers to learn about products which Samsung hopes will help them reach further into new and existing markets.
Samsung arranged a slick round of 5-minute presentations on each product and a launch on stage reminiscent of another, USA-based technology company's product launches. It was delivered with a punch and focused on performance and style from the new products.
When the manufacturers have products made in a similar ways using similar components, what can Samsung do to make their solutions stand out?
(See the Samsung AC Forum Gallery)
Toshiba Air Conditioning recently revealed ambitious plans to double sales by 2020, as part of a five year growth strategy.
It is supporting the initiative with the launch of innovative new air conditioning products, such as its latest SMMS-e VRF system, increased UK stocking levels, a major expansion in worldwide production capacity, plus its roll-out of a UK network of training centres and a new global training facility.
Stock levels at the company’s Plymouth site are being increased dramatically with the addition of a further 44,000 sq ft of racking space, ensuring immediate availability across all popular ranges of Toshiba split and VRF air conditioning.
Will Hawkins visits the air movement specialist, Fläkt Woods, at its factory in Colchester to hear how the business is developing.
I met Ian Morehouse, the UK Managing Director, Operational Marketing Managers, James Griffiths and Andy Cardy who gave me a detailed insight into how they are adapting to a competitive market.
Fläkt Woods has been in Colchester since 1909 producing fans. It now turns over £66 million in the UK, with around 350 employees, and makes about 7,000 fans a month. The global business specialises in two market sectors, namely 'air comfort' and 'fire safety'. Their solutions go into all types of buildings including offices, factories, shops, schools, power plants and hospitals. One fact about Fläkt Woods is that about 85,000 buildings in the UK contains one of their fire safety or ventilation fans.
Will Hawkins visits bespoke air conditioning and air handling systems manufacturer, Weatherite, to see what makes this company so successful.
It must be good being a Weatherite customer. The 'Black Country Welcome' is probably one of the warmest in the industry. And that comes right from the top of the business from Weatherite's chairman, John Whitehouse.
John explained how he started the business in 1972 from 'humble beginnings' and how it evolved into the group today, which is designing, making, installing and maintaining heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for retail and industrial customers. Weatherite has no products on its shelves. Everything it produces is bespoke.
PACAIR - The Air Conditioning Experts
PACAIR has a proven record in providing multi-disciplinary Air Conditioning solutions attained through years of excellence in the Design, Application and supply of Air Conditioning systems. As an Air Conditioning Supplier, PACAIR has successfully evolved its range of expertise.
Through continual development and improvement we keep ourselves at the forefront of the industry, always striving to maintain our knowledge of Current regulations, new procurement routes and innovative products.
We operate a Quality Management System that has gained BS EN ISO 9001:2008 certification including aspects specific to the design, supply and distribution of air conditioning systems and we aim to provide defect free goods and services to our clients on time and within specified budgets.