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News Archive - October 2007

Vaillant buys majority share in Turkish heating firm 31 October 2007
Vaillant group has paid €229.5m to acquire a majority interest in Turkish heating technology specialist DemirDöküm.

PTS take STEPS towards schoolroom makeover 30 October 2007
Plumbing and heating merchant PTS, has donated taps, sinks, pipes and fittings to help makeover a school room in Leicestershire.

Sinelco's driven to distribute for Danfoss 30 October 2007
Danfoss Drives has chosen Sinelco Control Gear to be its drives partner for Glasgow and the west of Scotland.

Velux solar system burns brightly 29 October 2007
Velux Company has received the Energy and Carbon Saving award for its solar hot water system.

LG's reward scheme looks to gain Advantage 26 October 2007
LG hopes to boost its place in the air-conditioning market with a revamped incentive scheme known as LG Advantage offering contractors rewards for purchases.

Powered by cheese- a new whey found to fuel US plant 26 October 2007
Little Miss Moffat is not the only one making use of whey, for this by- product, created at a Swiss cheese factory is being turned into a biogas to power the plant.

Fläkt Woods is star of X-Factor 25 October 2007
A Flakt Woods' fan is blasting more air at X-Factor contestants than Simon Cowell, at its television studio.

PTS gets a business development director 24 October 2007
Plumbing and heating supplier PTS is expanding its management team with the appointment of Mick Magon as its business development director.

Hollingsworth branded Vaillant's marketing head 23 October 2007
The Vaillant Group has recruited James Hollingsworth as its new head of brand marketing.

ARCA's chairman heads asbestos cause 23 October 2007
The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association has appointed Steve Watts as its new chairman.

CBCA - a new name for historic trade body 23 October 2007
The HEVAC Chilled Ceilings Association has been renamed as the Chilled Beam and Ceiling Association to take into account the expansion of chilled beams.

Green property law is ‘ticking time bomb’ 22 October 2007
New green property law is a ‘ticking time bomb’ set to hit explode in the face of commercial landlords warns law firm Mace & Jones.

AmbiRad group enters heat recovery market 19 October 2007
The AmbiRad group, the space heating specialist, has signed an exclusive deal with Klingenburg of Gladbeck, Germany, for UK-wide distribution of energy-saving plate heat exchangers and thermal wheels.

Buderus' first UK training centre opens 17 October 2007
Boiler manufacturer Buderus unveiled its first UK training academy in West Thurrock on October 17 - the first of three centres scheduled to open its doors to trainees by February 1.

Exhibitors target Birmingham HEVAR stands 16 October 2007
Following on from the success of this year's London HEVAR, the busiest ever, Birmingham HEVAR's Villa Park venue is proving popular.

Mark Worthington steps down as CEO 15 October 2007
Mark Worthington has resigned as CEO at Worthington Nicholls and the firm's board of directors have also announced they expect to write off £6.5m from the group's net assets.

Workers holiday pay to be abolished 15 October 2007
A holiday pay scheme set up to encourage construction workers to take time off has been abolished.

Clueless government fires up green building debate 12 October 2007
Who is accountable in the building services industry for fighting the good green fight? This was one of many questions posed by HVCA chief executive Robert Higgs, who chaired a free for all debate on sustainable buildings at the start of the M&E exhibition on October 10-11.

IMI Indoor Climate buys Pneumatex 09 October 2007
IMI Indoor Climate has acquired a majority shareholding in Pneumatex AG, the specialist in pressure maintenance and water quality for heating, cooling and drinking water systems.

CORGI connects up with Electrical Safety Council 08 October 2007
The CORGI Trust and the Electrical Safety Council have announced the start of talks on a possible merger to become the UK's most influential body to promote gas and electrical safety.

WF Electrical joins bright sparks at EI Awards 05 October 2007
The 15th Electrical Industry Awards, supported by the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) was presented at a gala dinner with WF Electrical among the night's winners.

Council houses carbon-offset with Broag-Rehema's boilers 04 October 2007
Wokingham-based firm Broag-Rehema is helping council houses offset carbon emissions produced by its boilers.

Commercial director buys Denman 03 October 2007
The Denman group's commercial director David Weaver has carried out a management buy-out of the firm and taken over as managing director.

Free energy checks for all homeowners 03 October 2007
Homeowners can now ask for a free energy inspection on their boiler to help them cut fuel bills.

Axair Climate changes include new MD 02 October 2007
Mike Slattery, former head of the applied products division, is Axair Climate's new managing director.

Sanyo Europe appoints Yoda as president 02 October 2007
Masafumi Yoda is the new president for Sanyo Air Conditioners Europe, taking over from his predecessor retiring Katsuhiro Morisaki from October 1.

Rok solid - £16.5m purchase of Avonside 01 October 2007
Rok plc, the building and maintenance firm has bought Avonside Services Group for £16.5m.

SKERRITT: Back to the future 01 October 2007
When I first met Les Francis I was keen to question a man who had taken an m&e contractor which was trading at a loss, and was 500,000 in hock to the bank, and turned it around. Half an hour after meeting Les, I realised why, first, he took on the challenge and, secondly, why he succeeded in making FG Skerritt a profitable company with a future. Paul Braithwaite reports in this contractor profile.