With 30 participants, racing was very competitive and winners of the one-hour endurance race were long-term customer Paul Hetherington, from Intermech, and his race partner, Steve Hardiman from Logicool. Marc Newbold and Alister Bolstridge of Aircon Services Tamworth (a company which has been purchasing equipment for every one of the 10 years Logicool is celebrating), came in a close second and another long-term client, John Lewis of Brookair Danfab, and his karting partner, Dan Lewis of Logicool, were third. Hadyn Oxlyn and Indi Thamvithian from Panasonic were awarded the wooden spoon trophy for receiving the most black flags and driving over the grass verges during the race.
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Paul Hetherington, managing director of Intermech, said: “Karl [Richardson] and the team at Logicool have an in-depth understanding of the industry and this, coupled with their consistent reliability, has kept us coming back as a repeat customer over the 10-year business relationship. Furthermore, all the team at Logicool are a real pleasure to do business with.”
An evening of celebration followed at the New Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. Karl Richardson said: “The last 10 years have seen us witness numerous challenges and experience unforgettable high points that have made us what we are today. The Logicool business retains a strong ethos promoting respect, standards and teamwork throughout our involvement in the supply chain. We aim to continue to grow our Panasonic Air Conditioning sales by continuing to deliver great customer service, whilst also focusing on emerging products and technologies. We expect that this will include growing sales in heat exchangers, air to water, chillers, air handling units and IT cooling. What we will not do however is to lose the focus on our clients that have got us to where we are today. Our strategy is to grow together with partners such as Panasonic.”
The evening ended with Enrique Vilamitjana, managing director of Panasonic Air Conditioning & Heating Europe, presenting the Logicool team with a commemorative wall plaque and birthday cake. He said: “Karl Richardson has an exemplary CV which spans over 25 years in the industry. He has led the Logicool team well with a clear vision and determination to keep focused on where the business needs to be. We at Panasonic look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”