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INDUSTRY NEWS Where’s Watty? A

fter a competition was launched in their newsletter last year, Little Watty Baxter was the name chosen for the Baxi-SenerTec UK badger which appears on the company logo. Short for ‘Little Walter’, it was thought that Little Watty reflects the emphasis of the business being represented, which is Combined Heat and Power (CHP), both of which have the unit ‘Watt’. Little Watty is very inquisitive about all things low carbon and has been finding out from people and companies all over the world how he might reduce his carbon pawprint (he obviously travels using the most energy efficient methods!) He even takes photographs of all the places he visits. Unfortunately, he can get so excited talking to people that he forgets to label his pictures!

Lochinvar confirms AO Smith deal

AO Smith has completed the $418m acquisition of fellow water heating and boiler manufacturer Lochinvar. The merger of these two major US- based firms allows AO Smith to diversify into high efficiency boilers and expand its range of water heating products. The market for high efficiency condensing systems is growing rapidly in the US and around the world and with a $200m turnover Lochinvar is already a significant player in that sector. David Pepper, Managing Director of


In each issue of BSEE, we will be featuring a different photograph of the audacious Little Watty Baxter and asking you to work out where he is. This month, Little Watty visited an ancient castle steeped in history founded by the equally intrepid William the Conqueror, in a town that means ‘dwellings by the weir’. To be in with a chance of winning your very own cuddly Little Watty Baxter, simply look at the photograph and tell us – where’s Watty? Please email your answers to: The winner will be chosen at random and will receive a cuddly badger. The closing date for this competition is 01 November 2011.

Lochinvar’s Banbury-based UK subsidiary, welcomed the news. He said: “We see this as a wholly positive development,” he said. “We have already been told that the new owners intend to maintain the two brands and run the companies as separate businesses because of their respective strengths in the global heating marketplace. “However, being part of an enlarged group will bring additional commercial benefits to Lochinvar as an established manufacturing, sales and distribution business with 35 years of experience in the UK. “It is extremely significant that the President of AO Smith Water Heating Products, Ajita Rajendra, focused on our ‘proven high efficiency boiler technology’ as a key motivation for the purchase. This is an area of major potential growth worldwide and by bringing the two companies together the management has created a platform for us to exploit that growth to the full.” Lochinvar CEO Bill Vallett said the alliance was: “A very good fit for both companies

given our complementary product offerings” and AO Smith CEO and Chairman Paul Jones said he was delighted the Vallett family, who founded Lochinvar, had agreed to remain as part of the enlarged group’s management team.

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