“The UK and Ireland markets are important to us and we continuously look at different ways of growing our market share with key partners,” commented Beijer Ref CEO Per Bertland. “The technical expertise of MHI, and the distribution expertise of Beijer Ref, will be integrated to have a broader and more complete offering to the customers through this joint venture.”
The 3D Plus name recalls the former MHI distributor 3D Air Conditioning, which became part of the HRP group in 2004. In 2017 MHI spilt from it's UK distributor AMP following the purchase by Panasonic, a rival air conditioning manufacturer, which left Beijer Ref company HRP as the sole UK distributor for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
“Partnering with MHI on an exclusive basis will strengthen HRP’s position whilst 3D Plus will complement it by opening new doors,” commented Beijer Ref UK and Ireland MD John Billson.
Billson confirmed that 3D Plus will be run as a separate company from the South of England. Personnel have yet to be confirmed, but B Ref is currently in the process of appointing a general manager.
“MHIAE and Beijer Ref have had a successful relationship collaborating in the Scandinavian market for many years,” revealed MHIAE managing director Masayuki Fujinami. “Through the formation of this joint venture, we are happy to be moving beyond a traditional manufacturer and distributor relationship and to joining our two companies together in a way that will allow us to harness our respective expertise and experience jointly.”
“It is our intention that 3D Plus will quickly become a similar size business to other Beijer Ref distribution channels in the UK,” added Per Bertrand. The MHI brand already has a strong market position which is a great platform for future growth. This joint venture further strengthens our partnership and we look forward to seeing the progress of 3D Plus.”
Following the success across the rest of Europe the popular Carrier air conditioning brand is launched in the UK and Ireland.
Carrier, being the inventors of air conditioning, has chosen Beijer Ref UK and Ireland as its distribution partner. The range of high walls and cassettes are now readily available for collection or delivery across the UK and Ireland from Dean & Wood, HRP, RW and DWG Ireland. Carrier Brand Manager Hayley Billson said “we have been working with Carrier for a long time now to make sure the products are just what the UK and Ireland markets want. This included a lot of customer feedback and I am convinced that this well established and reputable brand will quickly find its market position”.
Carrier manufacture efficient quality air-conditioning systems at an affordable price. The feature packed range covers split and multi-split systems suitable for residential and commercial applications supported by both a 5-year warranty and a satisfaction guarantee.
Beijer Ref UK and Ireland recently celebrated the tenth annual supplier dinner in Stockport. The dinner is in recognition of the supplier partnerships forged and in celebration of another successful trading year. One of the highlights of the evening was awarding Lawton Tubes as the 2016 ‘Supplier of the Year’. Pictured is Oliver Lawton receiving the award from John Billson, Beijer Ref UK and Ireland Managing Director.
Beijer Ref's net sales have been boosted by 8.5% in Q4 of 2016 due to contributions from the newly acquired UK based wholesaler HRP and by the Australian company Realcold.
The Swedish refrigeration and air conditioning wholesaling group maintains that the key to its rise in sales to SEK2, 199m (€232m) in the forth quarter was certainly influenced by a good performance in Central Europe, which in no small part was the contribution of the integration and turnaround of the previously loss making HRP.
German-owned Aldi has overtaken the Co-operative to become Britain's fifth biggest supermarket group, highlighting the rapid growth of the discount chain.
Industry data from Kantar Worldpanel showed sales at the discount retailer rose 12.4% to £1.72bn in the 12 weeks to 29 January.
That took its share of the UK grocery market to 6.2% - above the Co-op's 6%, or £1.66bn, and only beaten by the more established big four - Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons.
Aldi and budget rival Lidl have in recent years won share from Britain's traditional "big four" grocers, putting increased pressure on them to lower prices and raise their game.
"Underpinned by an extensive programme of store openings, the past quarter has seen Aldi attract 826,000 more shoppers than during the same period last year," said Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel. "Just a decade ago Aldi was the UK's tenth largest food retailer, accounting for less than 2% of the grocery market. Since then the grocer has grown rapidly, climbing the rankings by an impressive five places to hold a 6.2% market share."
Sales at Lidl rose 9.4 percent, taking its market share to 4.5 percent. Morrisons was the fastest growing retailer within the big four, increasing its market share for the first time since June 2015 with a sales uplift of 1.9% year on year. Despite being overtaken by Aldi, Co-op's 2% sales increase was still well ahead of the market, continuing a run of growth stretching back to July 2015. Growing for the fifth period in a row, albeit at a slower rate, Tesco's sales were up 0.3% year on year as its market share fell to 28.1%. Sainsbury's sales remained flat, whiles its share fell by 0.3% to stand at 16.5%.
The market as a whole continues to grow faster than it did in 2016, with supermarket sales up 1.7% on last year.
Meanwhile, the Kantar figures also showed supermarket prices rose by 0.7%, accelerating the return to inflation seen in December following more than two years of prices falling. "If prices continue to rise at the same rate for the rest of 2017, shoppers will find themselves around 27 pounds worse off," McKevitt said.
The data also revealed that supply issues caused by bad weather in southern Europe meant 759,000 fewer shoppers bought courgettes in January - a fall of 31% - and saw spinach sales slip by 12%.
The latest improvement in Aldi's fortunes appears to confound widely-reported recent criticism that customers were being put off by long queues, untidy stores and crowded car parks. The supermarket's rapid expansion has seen its number of stores grow to around 700.
CHILE: Beijer Ref’s Italian manufacturing subsidiary SCM Frigo has supplied the equipment for Chile’s first ever transcritical CO2 supermarket refrigeration system.
The 5,300m² Jumbo store in Chile’s southern city of Valdivia, which opened its doors on January 12, has become a showcase for sustainability. In addition to the incorporation of Chile’s first transcritical CO2 system, the store uses LED lighting throughout and includes a BMS systems for the intelligent control of all building system.
The project was implemented by the Ministry of Environment’s Ozone Unit and was funded by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The two SCM Frigo units, are designed for a total capacity of almost 400kW for medium temperature refrigeration and 100kW for the low-temperature requirement. They serve a total of 115 MT/LT cabinets and 30 cold rooms.
Hailing the installation as an opportunity to promote the technology in the country, Claudia Paratori, coordinator of the Ozone Unit said: “This project will connect the different actors in the cold chain supermarket sector and promote the adoption of this technology and help minimise the introduction of HFC-based systems in Chile.”
The project aims to highlight ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and introduce environmentally friendly technology. It also has economic benefits with approximately 20% in energy savings.
“After the adoption of the Kigali Amendment and the entry into force of the Paris agreement, nations and the industry must move quickly to seize the immediate opportunities at hand to avoid the growth of HFCs and realise energy efficiency gains of technology change in the refrigeration sector,” added Jacques Van Engel, director of the Montreal Protocol/Chemicals Unit, UNDP.
“Since sustainability is our challenge, we are proud to be part of this team contributing to the goal,” said SCM Frigo managing director Nicola Pignatelli.
Established in 1979, SCM Frigo became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beijer Ref in 2014.
At the recent National ACR & Heat Pump Awards, held in Birmingham last week, RW won the award for the Wholesaler/Distributor of the year. For RW this was the third time they won in this category against stiff competition. The judges said "RW is a national wholesaler of high quality, multi brand products. They strive to achieve the highest level of service by putting the customer at the heart of all they do. Positioned strategically around the UK, the 12 RW branches are fully stocked one stop shops that ensure customer demand is fulfilled”
Integral’s on-going development of its UK Industrial Refrigeration and Specialist HVAC capability continues with the opening of a new office in Herefordshire. This further enhances the existing regional centres in Bristol, Cardiff, Leicester, Leeds, Sheffield, Newmarket and Faversham.
Integral’s HVAC division is expanding rapidly and in the past few months have delivered key projects within a very diverse customer base, including but not limited to:
This clearly demonstrates the diverse nature and capabilities of Integral’s specialised HVAC division.
Ian Hussey, Specialised HVAC Sales Director, said ‘opening a new office in Hereford will allow us to expand our specialist services, design, service and maintenance, and installation projects nationwide, all within one location to enable us to provide a fast and effective service within the specialised HVAC market.’
Despite the outcome of the EU Referendum, the cooling industry will not see any change to regulations covering the use of fluorinated refrigerant gases (F-Gas) or the requirement for refrigerant handling registration, according to experts.
While the original F-Gas Regulation (EC517/2014) emanated from Brussels and was driven by the European Commission, it was transposed directly into UK law. Therefore, it is now part of the British legal system and it would require Westminster to repeal one of its own laws for the industry’s F-Gas measures to be changed. The EU regulation itself has no legal status.
As a result, there will be no impact for the foreseeable future on companies operating in the UK market and no change to the mandatory requirements for certification with industry registration schemes like Refcom.
“Our government, the Environment Agency and regional equivalents are all committed to environmental responsibility so I cannot foresee any circumstance where we would rescind this law,” said Graeme Fox, senior mechanical engineer at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).
“The certification and personnel competence requirements have all been set at UK level. They are all different across the EU; even though we have the mutual recognition status between international schemes.
“So again, despite the Brexit vote, there will be no change to the requirements for legally working with fluorinated greenhouse gases and systems containing them here in the UK,” added Mr Fox, who is a former President of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA) and a director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB).
A-Gas UK issue Statement on the outcome of the EU referendum.
“The outcome of the referendum has ushered in a significant period of uncertainty for the HVAC industry and the broader economy. The exact terms of Britain’s exit from the EU have still to be determined and are likely to take several years to complete. In the interim, it will be business as usual for A-Gas. The result has however, raised a number of questions from customers seeking clarity on some key issues.” said John Ormerod, A-Gas UK Managing Director.
How does this affect the F-Gas regulation?
“The F-Gas regulation has been adopted into UK law and therefore the provisions in it will still apply to the UK even after Brexit.”
What about exchange rates?
“We have already seen significant volatility in both the £/€ and £/$ exchange rates. This is likely to have an effect on the volatility of refrigerant prices as the cost of production is based on these currencies.”
Will Brexit affect refrigerant availability?
“We do not foresee specific problems in the supply chain arising from the referendum outcome. Our supply chain is protected by supply contracts and our own sources of reclaimed refrigerant place us in a good position to continue to meet our clients’ requirements.”
Currently, A-Gas say they are not answering any further questions on this.