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News Archive - October 2009

Factory fire prompts Heatrae Sadia md response 29 October 2009
Following this website's report in September of a fire at Heatrae Sadia's Norwich factory, the md of the water heating manufacturer has responded by reassuring its customers that it's business as usual at the plant.

Chief executive leaves NG Bailey 28 October 2009
NG Bailey's CEO Mark Andrews has left the company after five years in the firm's top post.

Cummings comes top in 2009 SkillPLUMB UK contest 28 October 2009
The plumbing industry crowned Nathan Cummings the UK's SkillPLUMB champion for coming top in a three day contest in Birmingham.

Repairing Britain petition almost halfway to 10,000 signature goal 28 October 2009
The Repairing Britain petition has reached almost halfway point with 2,120 signatures posted online and 2,373 on paper. The petition urges government to allow a reduction to 5% in the VAT charged on property repairs.

Speakers gear up for Transforming Technologies event 28 October 2009
The Transforming Technologies conference in March 2010, promises to inform the air-conditioning industry about new innovations hoping to become the mainstream low carbon cooling solutions in the future.

Heating and ventilating wage rates frozen 22 October 2009
A wage deal for the heating and ventilating industry sees hourly rates and allowances frozen at the October 6, 2008 rate until October 2010 to support the industry in tough economic times.

EU grants competition clearance for DDR/Baxi merger 22 October 2009
The European Commission today (October 22) granted approval for the Dutch heating manufacturer De Dietrich Remeha Holding to merge with British competitior Baxi Holdings.

New directors at Space Air 20 October 2009
Guildford-based Daikin distributor, Space Airconditioning and its subsidiary Space Air Solutions have appointed two new directors.

BDR Thermea- proposed name in DDR/Baxi merger talks 20 October 2009
BDR Thermea is the proposed name of the third largest heating manufacturing business in Europe, subject to EU competition authorities agreeing Dutch firm De Dietrich Remeha's merger with British competitor Baxi Holdings.

BSS Industrial becomes Buderus distributor 19 October 2009
Pipeline and heating solution specialist BSS Industrial has been made a distributor of Buderus commercial heating systems.

CIBSE/ASHRAE graduate of the year honoured 16 October 2009
Emma Marshall of Northumbria University has won the CIBSE/ASHRAE Graduate of the Year award.

Gas firm's acquisition saves jobs 15 October 2009
A facilities management firm has bought Thorpete Associates, the Leicestershire-based gas servicing company which went into administration last month.

UK firm sells majority stake in solar firm to Siemens 15 October 2009
Siemens has agreed to buy the London-based investment firm Ecofin's majority stake in thermal power firm Solel Solar Systems for $418 million (USD).

Systemair buys dehumidification division 14 October 2009
Ventilation firm Systemair has acquired the dehumidification division from the Canadian firm W.C. Woods.

Building stars honoured by Boris 14 October 2009
Young stars from the building services industry were honoured by Mayor of London Boris Johnson for their achievements at WorldSkills 2009.

EIC wins £3.6m academy contract 14 October 2009
M&E firm EIC has won a £3.6m contract for the City of London Academy.

UK must replace 12 million non-condensing boilers by 2022 says CCC 12 October 2009
Some 12 million non-condensing boilers in the UK should be replaced with condensing boilers by 2022 recommends the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in its first annual report to parliament.

Siemens manager becomes BCIA president 07 October 2009
Marketing manager for Siemens Building Technologies, Ian Ellis has been elected president of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA).

Salus mourns sudden death of young director 06 October 2009
Heating controls specialist Salus Controls is mourning the loss of its technical operations director, Les Roberts who collapsed and died.

Carillion pays out nearly £50,000 for safety breaches 06 October 2009
Carillion has been forced to pay nearly £50,000 for safety breaches after one of its workers suffered 11 broken ribs, a bruised lung and broken femur when he fell down a shaft.