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News Archive - March 2008

Hamworthy price tag swallowed by Atlantic 31 March 2008
Heating equipment manufacturer Hamworthy Heating has been sold for £35m to French engineering group Atlantic Sfdt.

Papa gets Birchall's backing in Clio chase 31 March 2008
M&E building services provider Birchall is keeping a key ally ahead of the game by sponsoring a father and son in the Renault Clio Cup.

McCoughlin is Rinnai's man in the south 27 March 2008
Gas heating manufacturer, Rinnai, has appointed Shaun McLoughlin as its Southern specification manager.

Final day of Nintendo Wii giveaway 27 March 2008
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IKK 2008 is scrapped 26 March 2008
IKK 2008, the international trade fair for refrigeration, air conditioning, and ventilation, which had been scheduled to take place this October, has been cancelled.

Diploma delivers the three R's to industry 25 March 2008
English, Maths and IT is the cornerstone of a new diploma that promises to deliver the right skills for the construction industry.

Manchester HEVAR springboard for HVAC debate 20 March 2008
Spring has well and truly sprung and with it Manchester HEVAR (March 26-27) which promises a packed seminar schedule at the start of play at Lancashire Cricket Club.

Credit crunch bites into Wolseley's profits 19 March 2008
Wolseley's profits fell by 23% and the group blames the US housing market for 'increasingly difficult trading conditions.

BEST focus on online training presence 19 March 2008
Apprentices and employers who are keen to stay ahead of the game when it comes to skills, can click to a new website set up by the Building Engineering Services Training provider (BEST).

HVCA gets member support for convergence 18 March 2008
The creation of a single organisation to represent M&E contractors, in the form of convergence, would be "beneficial" say 81% of the HVCA members who responded to a consultation survey.

Firms' 'Heat Call for Evidence' deadline looms 18 March 2008
UK firms have until March 31 to tell the government what renewable heat opportunities exist and how best to decarbonise the way homes and businesses are heated.

Last chance to win a Wii 18 March 2008
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Lawsons gets building supplier gong 17 March 2008
Lawsons, a family -run timber and building supplier has won best overall performing merchants award in the Building Supplies R Us scheme.

New benchmark to stop industry getting burnt 17 March 2008
Benchmark, the quality mark for the installation, commissioning and servicing of domestic heating and hot water systems, has been updated with new best practice for manufacturers and installers to follow.

PTS workers' homes tested for carbon monoxide 17 March 2008
Plumbing Trade Supplies has given its employees, nearly 5,000 of them, CO detectors to test their homes for carbon monoxide.

Bovema aims high with bulging order book 17 March 2008
This time last year Bovema took £45,000 worth of orders but began 2008 with an order book totalling more than £400,000.

Public face of Glow-worm leaves big impression 17 March 2008
The UK's retail parks were the focus of the 'Warm Glow Tour' aimed at promoting Glow-worm's energy efficient heating and hot water goods.

DuPont steps up to protect rights 17 March 2008
Refrigerant producer DuPont has taken a further step to protect its intellectual property rights and protect customers from the damaging effects of counterfeit refrigerants by instigating a labelling programme using its 3D Izon technology.

Industry hotfoots it to Mostra Convegna 12 March 2008
MILAN'S Mostra Convegna Expocomfort exhibition opened its doors this week to showcase HVAC products from around the world until March 15.

Wolseley spends £33m on five acquisitions 10 March 2008
Wolseley, the world's largest plumbing and heating distributer has made five acquisitions for £33m and expects the purchases to add £45m to its revenue.

Grundfos' Mexico factory gets royal seal of approval 07 March 2008
Pump supplier Grundfos Pumps' 12m factory in Mexico has been officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

Government's F-Gas helpline to aid UK compliance 07 March 2008
The UK government has set up a helpline to deal with all queries about F Gas regulations.

Energy minister gives Baxi's Ecogen the thumbs up 07 March 2008
Baxi has unveiled its micro-CHP unit to Energy minister Malcolm Wicks MP and key figures from the housebuilding, utilities and heating industry.

Renewable heating - a hot issue in Wales 06 March 2008
Proposals for more efficient heating in Wales could save the nation 98,000 tonnes of carbon a year between 2008 and 2017.

Pulsar's Wolf and Vampire race round Britain 06 March 2008
A boat named Wolf and another named Vampire will be racing around Britain as part of Pulsar direct's bid to show it can stay ahead of the competition.

IPHE honoured with royal charter 06 March 2008
The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (IPHE), has been awarded royal charter status.

UK street finds comfort from green heating 05 March 2008

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A heating makeover in a London street has cut its CO2 emissions by 60%.

New FPB chief appointed to fight on for small firms 05 March 2008
The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has appointed Phil Orford to be its chief executive.

Zehnder buys Greenwood 04 March 2008
Ventilation manufacturer Greenwood Air Management has been bought by the Zehnder Group.

New boss for Bitzer UK 04 March 2008
MARK Sowden is Bitzer UK's new managing director.

OFTEC fired up about oil heating show 03 March 2008
The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) is fired up about its 2008 UK trade tour, which begins with an oil heating show in Somerset on March 5.

Landmark ruling calls 'not agreed' pay cuts unlawful 03 March 2008
Housebuilder giant Barratt has lost a landmark pay discount case and was ordered to repay £19,000 after admitting it had no contractual right to deduct 3% from payments to Southern Glass Services.

BSS Heating buys Birchwood for £18.4m 03 March 2008
HVAC distributor, the BSS Group has acquired Birchwood Products for 18.4m.

Heave-ho to HEVAR 03 March 2008
More than one thousand visitors are expected at Manchester HEVAR, the heating and ventilating industry show on March 26-27.