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News Archive - January 2009

Alfa Laval buys German heat exchanger firm 30 January 2009
The Alfa Laval group has bought HES (Heat Exchanger Systems), a German specialist in spiral heat exchangers.

MHI and Swedish heating firm sign heat pump deal 30 January 2009
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is collaborating with Swedish heating manufacturer NIBE Industrier to develop heat pump technology to target the European air-to water heat pump market.

Sustainable Ecodan wins recognition 30 January 2009
The Ecodan range of residential heating products has received recognition by securing the Rushlight Ground and Air Source Power Award at a prestigious black tie event held at London’s New Connaught Rooms last week.

Construction firm bucks bad news with best year ever 29 January 2009

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Despite the economic downturn's negative impact on the construction industry, 2008 was for Yorkshire's Redworth Construction a record-breaking year with turnover increasing by 25% to £30 million.

Sanyo unveils heat pump courses 29 January 2009
SANYO Air Conditioners is launching a training programme to teach acr engineers how to install its carbon dioxide-based ECO heat pumps.

Gledhill Building Products gets new MD 29 January 2009
Heating manufacturer Gledhill Building Products, has appointed Tricia Holland as managing director.

Manchester HEVAR registers record numbers! 28 January 2009
More people have registered to visit this year's Manchester HEVAR than ever before and the line up of HVAC's big names is proving to be popular.

Hembling sweeps into Swiftclean board 28 January 2009
Martin Hembling has been appointed to Swiftclean's board of directors, following his promotion to the role of sales director.

Lord bows out but SEC fights on for Construction amendments 28 January 2009
Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan has withdrawn proposed amendments to the Construction Act, but the chief executive of SEC Group (Specialist Engineering Contractors) has vowed to fight on for amendments.

Pipe up and nominate your talents! 27 January 2009
SkillPIPE 2009 is the brand new M&E skills competition seeking to crown the UK's top talent from the heating and ventilating industry.

Rehau makes senior appointments 27 January 2009
Former Kingspan employee Graham Hughes has been appointed as Rehau's business unit director in charge of heating and plumbing and cable management divisions.

Recession tips offered to HVCA members 26 January 2009
A recession guide featuring 10 crunch-busting tips has been created by the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association to help its members ride out the economic storm.

Energetix and Daalderup produce CombiVolt boilers with mini-CHP 26 January 2009
Chester-based firm Energetix Genlec has signed a deal with Netherlands heating supplier Daalderop to start producing and selling 30,000 Genlec micro-CHP units over the next three years.

ARGI chair criticises CORGI's actions 26 January 2009
In comments made to Heating and Ventilating Review, the chair of the Association of Registered Gas Installers (ARGI) has criticised CORGI's record and is publicly backing CIPHE's 'immoral' claim.

CORGI hits back at CIPHE's 'immoral' claim 22 January 2009
A war of words has broken out between the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering and CORGI, which has been called 'immoral' by CIPHE which says installers are being persuaded to pay for CORGI branding to avoid losing business.

Balfour Kilpatrick appoints managers for East 20 January 2009
M&E firm Balfour Kilpatrick hopes to strengthen its business development and bid processes in the east of England by appointing two new managers for the region.

165 more UK jobs go at Wavin 20 January 2009
Plastic pipe supplier Wavin is shedding 165 more jobs from its UK workforce.

EU red tape threatens regeneration 20 January 2009

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Councils are getting tied up in EU bureaucracy, putting vital regeneration projects at risk says the British Property Federation (BPF).

Baxi's Neville promotes 'carbon ease for our time' 19 January 2009
Neville Small has joined Baxi commercial division as business development manager for Andrews Water Heaters & Potterton Commercial.

Ormandy buys Aquatherm Sales 19 January 2009
The Bradford-based Ormandy Group has bought Aquatherm Sales UK - the exclusive supplier of Aquatherm plastic piping systems.

ATCO Consulting bought by Hurley Palmer Flatt 19 January 2009
Hurley Palmer Flatt has bought Glasgow-based building services firm ATCO Consulting for an undisclosed sum.

1,000 new jobs in Bosch HQ plans 15 January 2009
One thousand new jobs could be created if heating manufacturer Bosch Thermotechnology gets the thumbs up to build a new head office to expand its manufacturing, distribution, R&D and training facilities.

Kem Edwards selects regional managers 14 January 2009
M&E supplier Kem Edwards has appointed two regional account managers at its new branches in Bristol and Manchester.

Balfour Beatty reports strong growth in 2008 14 January 2009
Balfour Beatty has reported strong growth in 2008 in the building sector, in a trading update published on January 14.

Industry gears up for next week's Manchester HEVAR 14 January 2009
Tony Bowen, Mike Nankivell, Andy Neave and Nic Wincott are the heat pump speakers joining HVAC professionals at Manchester HEVAR on January 28-29.

Eighteen firms named as BSF advisors 13 January 2009
Eighteen firms have been picked as technical advisors to help deliver the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF).

Wolseley uncovers insulation talks at SBC 12 January 2009
Wolseley’s Sustainable Building Center (SBC) in Leamington Spa, is hosting insulation seminars for installers.

Construction figures count on a 2012 recovery 12 January 2009
The construction sector may be predicted to recover in 2012, but even by 2013, the sector will not have sufficiently recovered to hit the growth levels enjoyed in 2007, says the Construction Products Association.

CIBSE reveals energy assessors' conclusions 08 January 2009
Most property professionals who require commercial energy performance certificates are most concerned about getting the cheapest standard certificate, say energy assessors in a CIBSE report.

Brown's 100,000 jobs pledge slammed by construction body 07 January 2009
Gordon Brown has announced 100,000 UK jobs will be created to ease the economic downturn, but the construction industry is demanding more action and less political point scoring.

Lochinvar's champion powerlifter gets gold 07 January 2009
Water and boiler manufacturer Lochinvar has helped a British sportsman achieve a world championship gold medal.

Dimplex heatpumps make the grade in Ealing schools 07 January 2009
Ealing council's decision to use Dimplex ground source heat pump at a new school has produced good results, prompting the council to install heatpumps at three more schools in the area.

Laing O'Rourke pays £90,000 for safety failure 07 January 2009
Laing O'Rourke Construction must pay nearly £100,000, after one of its employees, William Taylor, fell more than three metres during the construction of concrete stairs in an apartment block.

Nicholls gets back into ventilation chair 05 January 2009
The group managing director of building services hygiene contractor Swiftclean, Gary Nicholls, has been elected chairman of the HVCA Ventilation Hygiene Group branch.

HETAS offers new solid fuel guide 05 January 2009
HETAS has released a new version of its solid fuel and biomass guide, which lists approved fuels, installers and 400 approved appliances.