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News Archive - January 2016

Construction output marginally down in Q4 28 January 2016

UK GDP (gross domestic product) increased by 0.5% during quarter four, according to the latest report by the ONS (Office for National Statistics).

Henderson Green rebrands as TNG 28 January 2016

Henderson Green Ltd, the building services engineering consultancy based in Southampton, has been renamed TNG Consulting Engineers Limited.

Dr Andy Pearson awarded ASHRAE Fellowship 27 January 2016

Dr Andy Pearson, group MD of Star Refrigeration and president of US chiller manufacturer Azane Inc, was named an ASHRAE Fellow during the Society’s Winter Conference in Orlando last Saturday.

Star Refrigeration appoints new group MD 27 January 2016

Star Refrigeration has appointed Dr Andy Pearson as group managing director.

ACR Show visitors invited to IoR training sessions 26 January 2016

Visitors to The ACR Show (16-18 February, NEC, Birmingham) are invited to take part in one or more of the Institute of Refrigeration’s short training "taster" sessions.

ADCAS: quality is key when purchasing ductwork 26 January 2016

ADCAS (the Association of Ductwork Control Contractors and Allied Services) is calling on the construction industry to pay attention to quality when purchasing ductwork.

UK faces electricity supply gap, says report 26 January 2016

A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) says that the Government’s policy to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025, combined with the retirement of the majority of the UK’s ageing nuclear fleet and growing electricity demand, will leave the country facing a 40-55% electricity supply gap.

DiversiTech acquires Pump House 25 January 2016

DiversiTech Corp, a leading manufacturer and supplier of HVACR parts and accessories, has purchased Pump House, a premier supplier of ancillary HVACR products based in Nottingham.

CBI reveals flat start to 2016 for manufacturers 25 January 2016

According to the latest CBI Quarterly Industrial Trends Survey, manufacturing production and order books showed signs of stabilising in the three months to January, but there are limited signs of a recovery in exports.

Progman launches huge online BIM library 25 January 2016

Progman, a leading provider of MEP design solutions, has launched a free browsing library available at

BEST achieves accreditation to international standard 25 January 2016

Building Engineering Services Training (BEST), the training provider and a subsidiary of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), has achieved accreditation to the matrix standard.

CPA reports continued optimism for 2016 despite sales slowdown 25 January 2016

According to the latest State of Trade Survey from the Construction Product Association (CPA), during the fourth quarter of 2015 there was a slowdown in growth in the sales of construction products due to domestic weakness and a fall in export sales. 

Samsung agrees partnership deal with GT Phelan 25 January 2016

Samsung Electronics UK has entered into an agreement with GT Phelan to distribute the brand’s air conditioning equipment throughout Ireland from this month.

Consumer goods industry focuses on low carbon refrigeration 21 January 2016

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has successfully closed its 2010 Board Resolution on Refrigeration and has published its first-ever refrigeration booklet.

BPMA celebrates 75th anniversary 20 January 2016

This year, the British Pump Manufacturers’ Association (BPMA) marks its 75th anniversary.

Javac to supply tools for Skillfridge 19 January 2016

JAVAC has been appointed by Skillfridge as the tools suppler for its 2016 competition.

BSRIA launches Smart Technology topic guide 19 January 2016

BSRIA has released a topic guide on Smart Technology.

Ziehl-Abegg appointment boosts board 18 January 2016

Ziehl-Abegg has appointed another member to its executive board to further strengthen its team.

KPMG sells Rapid Climate Control division to A-Plant 18 January 2016

The business and assets of the hire & sale division of Rapid Climate Control (“Rapid”) have been sold to Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited (“A-Plant”).

Carrier chosen to provide custom-made cooling solutions 18 January 2016

Carrier has been chosen by one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies to design and manufacture custom-made cooling units that address the complexities of process cooling on an oil rig.

IAC survey seeks views of apprentices 18 January 2016

Apprentices are being urged to make their views known to ensure that they and future generations receive the advice, training and career they deserve.

BSRIA to hold information management in FM event 18 January 2016

BSRIA is staging its Information Management in FM Event on Friday 5 February, from 9:30 until 13:30 in London and is urging industry members to attend.

LJJ appoints central operations manager 18 January 2016

LJJ has appointed Aaron Swain to the new role of mechanical operations manager at its central office.

Bosch launches into UK air conditioning market 18 January 2016

Bosch Commercial and Industrial is entering the UK air conditioning market with the launch of a new Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) range.

Tecumseh Europe Sales & Logistics appoints MD 14 January 2016

Tecumseh Products Company has appointed François Bouillot as MD, to lead its European sales, marketing and logistics activities.

Skills shortage continues to hamper UK construction 14 January 2016

According to the latest UK Construction Market Survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the final quarter of 2015, the shortage of construction skills is pushing wages in the sector higher than the national average.

Tesco reports strong Christmas trading 14 January 2016

Tesco saw a 1.3% increase in UK like-for-like sales over the Christmas period for the six weeks ending 9 January.

Humidity Solutions boosts sales team 13 January 2016

Humidity Solutions has strengthened its sales team further with the appointment of Andy Munson as dehumidification sales manager.

LG appoints new director 13 January 2016

LG Electronics has appointed Andy Reed as its new director of air conditioning and energy solutions, based at its head office in Brooklands, Surrey.

Sainsbury’s Q3 like-for-like sales down 13 January 2016

Sainsbury’s saw like-for-like sales (excluding fuel) fall by 0.4% for the 15 weeks to 9 January.

Morrisons Christmas sales exceed expectations 12 January 2016

Morrisons has reported a 0.2% increase in like-for-like sales, excluding fuel, in its interim Christmas trading statement for the nine weeks to 3 January.

BSRIA appoints new business manager 11 January 2016

BSRIA has appointed June Davis as business manager for its northern operation effective from today (11 January).

IET London: Savoy Place opens 11 January 2016

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s new flagship venue IET London: Savoy Place has officially opened its doors, following a £30m, two year redevelopment on London’s embankment.

Gram UK shortlisted in ACR News Awards 11 January 2016

Signalling a great start to the New Year, Gram UK has been shortlisted for the Refrigeration Product of the Year at the ACR News Awards.

BESA strengthens technical team 07 January 2016

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA, formerly B&ES) has appointed Tim Rook to the new senior position of technical director and Jack Verber as technical assistant.

Dearman gets £16 million injection 07 January 2016

Dearman, the clean cold and power technology company, has announced that Park Vale Capital has committed to invest £16 million in the business.

Adcock wins Portsmouth tower contract 07 January 2016

Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning has won a service and maintenance contract at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.

Crowcon supports volcanoes expedition 07 January 2016

Crowcon, a leading manufacturer of portable and fixed gas-detection equipment, is sponsoring the ‘Trail by Fire’ scientific expedition to the volcanoes of the South American Andes with the loan of Gas-Pro portable gas detectors.

Jon Culshaw to host the 2016 ACR News Awards 05 January 2016

The ACR News Awards takes place next month, on Wednesday 17 February at the Vox in Birmingham, a brand new venue which is conveniently located at the NEC where the ACR Show is also taking place. The ACR Show is known for its ‘fun factor’, with top ...

Max Fordham makes predictions for 2016 and beyond 04 January 2016

A team of experts at leading environmental engineering firm Max Fordham has compiled a list of predictions for the coming year, with a focus on reducing energy consumption and ensuring that building designers put the health and wellbeing of the people who use a building first.

Private sector growth up at year end 04 January 2016

According to the latest CBI Growth Indicator, economic growth across the private sector picked up in the three months to December 2015.

RW Refrigeration Wholesale expands Bow branch 01 January 2016

 In response to increased sales and customer demand, RW Refrigeration Wholesale has doubled the size of its Bow branch in London.

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