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News Archive - August 2007

Mitsubishi Electric moves into heating market 30 August 2007
Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems UK has created a heating division offering hot water and space heating products for the domestic market.

Maintenance staff exposed to asbestos in boiler room 29 August 2007
A council has been fined £18,000 after workers were exposed to asbestos five years after inspectors discovered it in a leisure centre boiler room.

Beware of rogue trainers says PHIA 28 August 2007
PLUMBERS, fitters and electricians must be wary of rogue trainers charging large sums of money for "fast track" training says the Plumbing and Heating Industry Alliance.

Residents cause a stink over Baxi Heating's site odour 24 August 2007
People living near the Alfer metal foundry owned by Baxi Heating, have been holding their noses but not their tongues and complained about foul smells coming from the Preston site.

Kingspan buys leading UK solar heating firm 23 August 2007
Construction products manufacturer Kingspan today announced its acquisition of the UK's largest producer of solar thermal panels for hot water.

FMA says end users can't ignore ATEX fan rules 22 August 2007
Companies in the Fan Manufacturers Association which supply fans for use in “potentially explosive atmospheres” have noticed a lack of awareness among end-users of their responsibilities under the ATEX directive.

Green building costs overestimated 21 August 2007
Building professionals are overestimating the green construction costs and underestimating the effect of buildings’ energy on climate change, according to a new report.

Briggs finds itself doing the Lambeth 20 August 2007
Leading building services contractor Briggs & Forrester has been awarded a £2.7m contract to install mechanical and electrical services at Lambeth College.

NG Bailey launches first annual green report 17 August 2007
Energy consumption and health and safety is highlighted in NG Bailey’s first annual sustainability report.

Colman is anchor for £50,000 dairy project 16 August 2007
AC and ventilation manufacturer, Colman is supplying diffusers, grilles and displacement units for a giant dairy in Leeds.

Polypipe Group's refinancing deal backed by Bank of Scotland 15 August 2007
Bosses of Polypipe, the UK brand leader in plastic piping and sanitary systems, now have a controlling equity stake in the group thanks to backing from the Bank of Scotland.

OFTEC appoints new director general 15 August 2007
Jeremy Hawksley is the new director general of OFTEC.

FENSA and EXOR to sign up trustyworthy tradesmen 14 August 2007
FENSA Ltd and Exor Management Services are to sign up firms to TrustMark, the government scheme geared to helping householders find reputable tradesmen.

Guy's got a hot new boiler suit 13 August 2007
The 'boiler suit' is the name collectively given to 108 undulating stainless steel tiles encasing the boiler room of Guy's hospital building.

NG Bailey’s operating profit soars 10 August 2007
NG Bailey has experienced a 37% rise in operating profit.

HVCA and ECA to consult members on joint organisational structure 09 August 2007
The Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association (HVCA) and Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) are to ask its members how they think the two bodies could best couple up to form a joint structure.

New GM breezes into Sanyo Air Conditioners 09 August 2007
SANYO Air Conditioners today confirmed the appointment of Robert Morgan as its new UK general manager.

Dimplex buys Applied Energy Products 09 August 2007
Applied Energy Products' main shareholder Graphite Capital has agreed to sell 100% of AEP's share capital to the Glen Dimplex Group.

CORGI to launch student membership scheme 08 August 2007

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GAS safety watchdog CORGI is to launch a free student membership scheme this September for final year students working towards a career in the mechanical engineering industry.

Valve licence is ideal result for Ideal Boilers 07 August 2007
IDEAL Boilers has been granted a licence to use the CP961 valve in its boilers by valve company Cottam and Preedy, the patent holders.

Ebm-papst signs Fläkt Woods as UK distributor 06 August 2007
Flakt Woods is now the sole UK distributor of the ebm-papst range of short-cased and plate-mounted axial fans.

Cofathec buys Resource Environmental 06 August 2007
Leading energy & technical facilities provider Cofathec UK, a subsidiary of Gaz de France, has bought Resource Environmental Services.

Sagard buys Fläkt Woods 02 August 2007
The owner of Fläkt Woods, private equity company Compass Partners, has sold the company to Sagard, another private equity firm.

Profits of doom lurk in UK heating contractors market 02 August 2007
A total of £145m is wasted each year by heating contractor firms, according to recent research.

Noise police set to silence hotel's extractor fan 01 August 2007
Bosses at a four-star hotel have been told a noisy kitchen extractor fan is disturbing the neighbourhood's peace.