News Archive - February 2015

ACR Awards 2015: Winners revealed! 27 February 2015

This year’s ACR News Awards took place last night (26 February) at The Brewery in London.

Belimo Group names new ceo 26 February 2015

Belimo Holding AG has appointed Lars van der Haegen as the new ceo of the Belimo Group with effect from 1 July this year.

£750,000 injection positions RefSols for global growth 26 February 2015

A company which has developed a more environmentally-friendly range of refrigerant gases has received a £750,000 investment to boost its growth from The North West Fund for Mezzanine.

BSRIA says rise in new housing starts must not compromise energy performance 26 February 2015

There was an increase in the number of new home starts in England during 2014, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

IOR Annual Dinner Awards celebrate excellence 26 February 2015

The 115th Annual Dinner of the Institute of Refrigeration took place on 19 February at the Grange St Pauls Hotel, with 440 guests in attendance.

80% of ammonia refrigeration systems fail 25 February 2015

According to a survey of more than 100 ammonia refrigeration systems operating in food manufacturing facilities in the UK, fewer than 20% met DSEAR and ATEX Legislation.

European installers report positive Q4 2014 results 25 February 2015

According to a new report from the USP Marketing Consultancy in The Netherlands, the final quarter of 2014 was positive for many European installers, although French installation firms saw turnover although French installation firms saw turnover decline.

BSRIA unveils ten-year strategy 25 February 2015

BSRIA has launched its strategy for the next ten years.

LG joins Heat Pump Association 25 February 2015

LG Electronics has joined the Heat Pump Association and renewed its membership of HEVAC – both under the auspices of FETA.

Skills concerns continue despite industry growth 23 February 2015

According to the latest Construction Trade Survey, published by the Construction Products Association (CPA), construction activity rose for the seventh consecutive quarter during the fourth quarter of 2014.

B&ES members report increase in workload and turnover 23 February 2015

According to the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), almost half of its members who responded to the latest state of trade survey experienced an increase in both workload and turnover during the second half of last year.

Bitzer UK announces new appointments 23 February 2015

Bitzer UK has made two new appointments.

Manor Concepts acquired by Arneg SpA 23 February 2015

Arneg SpA has acquired a 100% shareholding of Manor Concepts Ltd.

Dorin reports a strong year for 2014 19 February 2015

Italian air conditioning and refrigeration firm Officine Mario Dorin SpA has reported a strong year for 2014 with many new products launched.

Co-operative Group appoints first independent non-executive chair 19 February 2015

The Board of The Co-operative Group has appointed Allan Leighton as the Society’s first independent non-executive chair under the reformed governance structure.

Anne King awarded Honorary Membership of BSRIA 19 February 2015

BSRIA has announced that Anne King MBE, its retiring marketing director, has been awarded Honorary Membership.

Eastleigh College holds refrigeration and air conditioning event 19 February 2015

More than 40 delegates from local employers and suppliers recently attended a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning event at Eastleigh College to learn more about the latest regulation  updates, emerging technologies within the industry and apprenticeships.

Jet Environmental to host KEEN project champagne reception at Coventry University 19 February 2015

Jet Environmental and Coventry University are set to present their collaborative research into the design and implementation of advanced energy efficient control of HVAC systems at a champagne reception on 25 March from 6pm-9pm, at the Techno Centre, Coventry University.

Big Foot Systems joins bimstore 18 February 2015

Big Foot Systems’ rooftop building services support structures are now available to view and explore on bimstore at

BSRIA responds to Geneva climate talks 18 February 2015

BSRIA has welcomed the progress made through the UN Climate talks in Geneva, which ended with an agreement on a formal draft negotiating text for the summit in Paris in December.

Jet Environmental continues to grow through research and innovation 18 February 2015

Jet Environmental, the provider of climate control solutions for industrial and commercial buildings, has revealed that it has doubled its revenues and profits in the last 12 months.

IET to publish new Code of Practice for Connected Systems Integration in Buildings 18 February 2015

New guidance is set to be published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to ensure engineers’ skills and knowledge are up-to-date with constantly evolving building systems.

New construction strategy will support SME firms to deliver local economic growth 18 February 2015

According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the Local Government Association’s (LGA) newly launched local government construction procurement strategy sets the framework for improving public procurement for small and micro firms. 

Daikin UK joins list of Carbon Trust accredited HVAC suppliers 18 February 2015

Daikin UK has been accepted onto the Carbon Trust Accredited Supplier scheme.

Torin-Sifan opens new Swindon production facility and celebrates 50 years 18 February 2015

Torin-Sifan has invested more than £2m in a new state-of-the-art production facility.

A-Gas International forms A-Gas Americas 18 February 2015

A-Gas International has announced the formation of A-Gas Americas following the merger of sister companies Coolgas, RemTec, CIJSA and A-Gas Performance Chemicals. 

Techdrives launches new design guide 18 February 2015

A new Design Guide from Techdrives helps industrial designers and specifiers to reduce the running costs of their machines.

London construction outlook strong for 2015 18 February 2015

According to a new report, there are encouraging signs for construction in London after steady growth in 2014, positioning 2015 to be a strong year with forecasted growth at 5.3 per cent and a number of major schemes in the pipeline.

BSRIA Blue Book now available as an app 18 February 2015

BSRIA has introduced an App version of its popular Blue Book.

J & E Hall launches new customer-focused website 18 February 2015

J & E Hall has unveiled a new website that makes it easier for customers to find key information on the company’s extensive range of refrigeration and HVAC products and services.

TROX staff raise funds for hospital unit 18 February 2015

Staff at TROX UK have raised more than £700 for the Jenny Lind facility (a hospital within a hospital at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital).

Klima-Therm announces two appointments 18 February 2015

Klima-Therm has announced two further appointments as part of its strategic growth plan.

Cooling and refrigeration energy specialist gains top safety accreditation 11 February 2015

Excalibur Energy, a UK specialist in optimising energy efficiency and resilience for critical cooling and refrigeration systems, has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. 

Tickets selling out fast for the ACR News Awards 2015! 11 February 2015

With just two weeks to go, tickets are quickly selling out for the 2015 ACR News Awards.

B&ES Yorkshire announces winners of training awards 11 February 2015

The Yorkshire region of The Building & Engineering Services Association’s (B&ES) Yorkshire Region presented its training awards for this year during its annual ball at the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford.

SDEA survey reveals positive outlook 10 February 2015

According to the latest survey by the Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA), its members’ sales are increasing.

F-gasman website answers industry questions 09 February 2015

Since was launched by HRP in December 2014, the website has proved popular with contractors.

Beijer Ref UK hosts 10th annual supplier dinner 09 February 2015

Beijer Ref UK and Ireland, parent company of Dean & Wood, RW, DWG, Air Creation and Cabinet Spares, hosted its 10th annual supplier dinner in February in recognition to the hard work, loyalty and commitment from its supply chain partners.

Ziehl-Abegg reports 9% increase in sales for 2014 09 February 2015

Fan and motors manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg, has reported an increase in global sales of 9 per cent to €423m for 2014.

Toshiba appointed an official sponsor of the 2015 Rugby World Cup 09 February 2015

Toshiba Corporation has been appointed an Official Sponsor of the Rugby World Cup 2015, renewing its support for the biggest tournament in rugby for the third consecutive time.

Daikin relocates offices and training centre to Birmingham Business Park 09 February 2015

Daikin UK has opened a new 2,100sq ft office and 2,000sq ft training centre for the Midlands region in Birmingham Business Park.

Co-operative calls on members to help shape its future 09 February 2015

The Co-operative Group has called on its members to play a direct role in the future of the organisation by standing in the first ever elections for the newly formed Group Board and Council.

Airedale attends meeting at No 11 Downing Street 09 February 2015

Airedale International recently joined other representatives from the Yorkshire region at an event hosted by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon George Osborne MP.

Waterloo joins Institute of Customer Service 06 February 2015

Waterloo Air Products plc has joined the Institute of Customer Service and says it is the first UK manufacturer of air distribution products to do so.

AMP Air staff celebrate NVQ success 05 February 2015

Staff at AMP Air, the expanding Toshiba air conditioning distributor, have successfully completed advanced NVQs in Management and Customer Services as part of a training initiative.

Pipe Center unveils new Measham distribution centre 05 February 2015

Pipe Center has officially opened its Measham distribution centre (DC), the newest and most technologically advanced distribution facility in Wolseley UK’s supply chain.

ONS launches survey to measure UK ‘green economy’ 05 February 2015

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is launching a major new survey that will assess the value of the ‘green economy’.

Ingersoll Rand takes another step forward in its climate commitment 05 February 2015

Ingersoll Rand has reached another milestone in achieving its climate commitment, a roadmap to significantly reduce the environmental impact from its operations and product portfolio by 2030.

Construction output growth picks up 03 February 2015

According to the latest figures from the Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) output and new business growth in construction has rebounded from the lows seen in December.

Customer Service shortlist announced 03 February 2015

The voting for the recipient of the ACR News Customer Service Award has now closed. This Award is the only one run online, with five people nominated this year. The voters numbered well into the hundreds across all five, demonstrating that each ...

Ocado delivers a profit for 2014 03 February 2015

Ocado has announced its preliminary results for the 52 weeks ending 30 November 2014.

Thermo King expands dealership network 02 February 2015

Thermo King, the manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, underlined the continued growth of its worldwide dealer network during 2014 with the appointment of nine new full-line sales and service dealerships and 17 other main service locations. 

Parker and RDM agree global partnership for stepper control solution 02 February 2015

RDM and Parker (Parker Hannifin Corp) have announced an exclusive partnership to deliver a flexible stepper valve control solution for the retail sector.

Manor Refrigerated Cabinets and coolsuredoors achieve third certification 02 February 2015

Manor Refrigerated Cabinets and coolsuredoors, both trading divisions of Manor Concepts Limited, have been awarded ISO 14001 certification.

CPA predicts construction growth but election doubts could slow progress 02 February 2015

According to the latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association (CPA), construction output is predicted to increase by 5.3% in 2015 and by 17.8% by 2018.

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