Survey: engineering services are in a confident mood
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engineering services firms say turnover increased or remained steady during the final quarter of 2017,
according to a sector- wide Building Engineering Business Survey,
sponsored by Scolmore. Run by engineering
services’ trade bodies BESA, ECA, SELECT and SNIPEF, the survey received 416 responses in January. Looking ahead to the first quarter of 2018, 85 per cent of businesses said they expect turnover to increase or remain the same – despite pre-Brexit uncertainty and the collapse of Carillion, which occurred a week before the survey was undertaken. However, many
respondents reported that operational costs had risen,
with 65 per cent facing materials price rises and half facing labour cost increases. In addition, more than half of firms said they continue to be paid late on both commercial and public sector work.
ECA Director of Business Paul Reeve and BESA Director of Legal and Commercial Rob Driscoll said: “These figures show that the engineering services sector overall is in confident mood, even against a backdrop of commercial and political uncertainty and rising operational costs. However, the true effect of Carillion’s insolvency on the supply chain is yet to come through.” SELECT Head of Membership and
Communications Alan Wilson and SNIPEF Chief Executive Fiona Hodgson added:
“SNIPEF and SELECT are keenly aware of the problems caused to SMEs as a result of poor payment practices and we have been lobbying the Scottish Government to make changes to ensure improved payment from public sector contracts as a starting point. “We are also aware of some hefty increases being applied to the cost of materials and some suppliers have indicated impending rises of as much as 15%, which will impact on all contractors.”
SNIPEF members took part in the joint sector survey for the first time. Members of the four engineering services trade bodies have a combined annual turnover of £12 billion, spanning building, infrastructure and maintenance activity.
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ENGIE acquires maintenance contracts
uLe to right: Master Plumber Tyrone Tash, Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers Robert Burgon, Master Plumber David Gammage and Master Plumber John Hamilton Murray.
CIPHE members gain Master Plumber status
Panasonic celebrates its double anniversary at Mallorca convenon
anasonic has hosted a three-day convention in Mallorca to mark 100 years since it was founded and 60 years of heating and cooling innovation. The event was attended by 2,000 customers.
The electronics pioneer has a diverse network of production and R&D facilities on a global level, enabling it to deliver cutting- edge technologies with an impressive 91,539 product patents.
Tony Nielsen – UK Marketing Manager, Panasonic Heating & Cooling, said: “The diversification Panasonic has shown throughout the years demonstrates that it is not afraid to take steps into new territories.” Attendees were given a tour of the Hotel OD Port Portals, the hotel where they were staying. The hotel features Panasonic ECOi two way and GHP ECO G plus DHW solutions, which have helped to reduce energy use by 73%.
Attendees also heard about new HVAC innovations including CO2 condenser units for the retail market, the datanavi app which provides instant product information and service history details directly to a mobile device, and a new floor console, which
uTwo thousand customers were in Mallorca to help Panasonic celebrate two landmark anniversaries.
features Panasonic’s state-of-the-art air purifying technology, nanoe X. Speakers at the event included guest Dr Ayesha Khanna – CEO and Co-Founder of Addo Al – an expert in smart city innovation, who explained what the next 30 years may look like with the development of smart cities. Panasonic Europe’s CEO Laurent Abadie also shared insights into what the future holds for the company.
Nicola Sturgeon to deliver keynote at AllEnergy 2018
cotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP will deliver a keynote address in the opening plenary conference session at All-Energy – described as the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference – on May 2nd. The 18th All-Energy, and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS), will be held at the Glasgow Event Campus (SEC) on
May 2nd and 3rd, bringing together some 7,000 participants, up to 300 exhibitors and more than 400 speakers.
The exhibition, conference and the Giant Networking Evening are free to attend for anyone with relevant professional/business interests. Online registration is open at:
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hree members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) received Master Plumber Certificates at the Glaziers’ Hall in London.
Organised by the Livery Companies Skill Council (LCSC) and hosted by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, certificates were presented by the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman.
David Gammage of Gravesend, John Hamilton Murray of Hull and Tyrone Tash of Uxbridge were all worthy recipients of the prestigious award, which is only attained by the crème- de-la-crème of the plumbing and heating industry.
ENGIE has reached an agreement to acquire long-term heating and building maintenance contracts with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. The contracts, formerly operated by Carillion Energy Services, include heating maintenance for some 38,000
properties and building maintenance for approximately 22,000 of those properties. ENGIE will offer all employees working on these contracts a role with equivalent terms and conditions to their current position.
SOCOTEC to undertake mine entry inspecons
Apprenceships could help plug heang sector skills gap – OFTEC
falling last year – despite increased government support – more must be done to encourage new technicians into the industry and help plug the severe skills gap, warns OFTEC.
Provisional figures from the Department for Education show just 1,070 heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration
apprenticeships were started in England during the 2016/17 academic year. This represents a fall of 1.4% on the previous 12 months and accounts for only 0.2% of the total number of
apprenticeships taken up across the country last year. The news coincides with the first anniversary of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy, introduced in April 2017 to help businesses of all sizes fund on-the-job training. OFTEC Training Manager, David Knipe, comments: “As an industry we are facing severe skills shortages. There is plenty of work out there, just not enough qualified technicians to do it and the issue could be further exacerbated if EU migration is restricted post Brexit.” OFTEC is working with both
uOFTEC Training Manager David Knipe.
ith the number of heating sector apprenticeships
SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, has been awarded a three-year contract by the Coal Authority to undertake mine entry inspections in England, Scotland and Wales. Technicians will conduct field inspections across Britain’s coalfields, aiming to inspect at least 5,000 mine entries a year. The inspections will report and record any landmark features that may have
developed over time, brickwork that requires maintenance and depressions or openings in the ground near a mine entry.
SWEP wins order for 51MW heat transfer unit SWEP has been
City & Guilds and BPEC to improve the standard of heating and plumbing apprenticeships as part of the government’s ‘trailblazers’ initiative. Knipe continues: “For too long, vocational qualifications and
apprenticeships have been viewed as ‘second class’ but this perception couldn’t be further from the truth. Thankfully the tide is changing and more employers and young people are recognising the value of apprenticeships as a highly credible route to further education and future employment.”
awarded its largest ever contract for a single heat transfer unit. The customer is
Vestforbraending I/S, Denmark’s largest waste management company. Each year it handles around 1 million tonnes of waste and then focuses on producing energy from waste incineration. The new project will involve distributing 51MW from Lundtofte Vekslerstation, the Danish Technology University (DTU), to serve the district heating network that supplies residential and
commercial properties in the surrounding western area of Copenhagen.
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