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Importance of humidity underlined as brand turns 50

Humidity Solutions managing director John Barker has highlighted the critical importance of humidity control in buildings, at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the production of the Vapac brand of humidifiers in the UK.

Humidity Solutions managing director John Barker with the Vapac team including Richard Leese, general manager for Nortek Global in Europe

The celebration took place at the London Classic Car Show, held at Syon Park in West London last week.

Originally produced by the Eaton Williams Group in Edenbridge Kent, the Vapac product line was purchased by Nortek Global HVAC in 2015 and is now manufactured at their facilities in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands.

At the Syon Park event, Mr Barker said: “Fifty years is indeed a landmark worth marking, so here at the classic car show – where the series 3 Jaguar e type is also celebrating a similar anniversary – it seemed like an opportunity not to be missed.

“Both machines are British manufactured and, whilst I think we have to accept that the Jaguar wins in so far as being a style icon is concerned, the Vapac humidifier has been the leader in its field for half a century – so it has truly passed the test of time.

“So, as the positive effects of good humidity control become more widely understood in manufacturing, human wellbeing and conservation, there is no sign of its popularity slowing down any time soon.

“Vapac’s manufacturing combined with Humidity Solutions application knowledge and customer service has seen this product strengthen its position as the market leader for this type of equipment in the UK and further afield.

“It is both company’s desire to promote humidity control still further as part of the increasing awareness of Indoor Air Quality, and greater understanding of how creating a stable humidity improves human comfort and health, whilst from the employers’ standpoint also increasing productivity and efficiency – creating a measurable payback.

“In the past year – although in drastic circumstances – the link between poor indoor air quality and the transmission of airborne bacteria, viruses and pollution has received long overdue publicity.

“Perhaps our industry and political leaders will use this data to put into place legislation covering recognisable standards for indoor air quality within the work place and home.

“So, the Vapac humidifier is even more relevant today than in 1971 when it was first produced.

“Not a style icon but an important piece of British design and engineering which has not only survived but increases its relevance in the modern world.”

2 July 2021

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