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global air conditioning (AC) market is in recovery, however, the European markets continue to be in recovery and will be challenged by political and legislative issues in 2018.


Large markets, such as the US, are growing “well above the global average”, while the Chinese market is “picking up”.

The market is diversifying: small splits are becoming more of a commodity product which means high levels of competition but opportunities are opening for new distribution channels. There is also a greater interest in mini VRF and water based solutions and a

recent BSRIA

market intelligence study shows the

drive towards offering more solutions and smart products to add value at the commercial end.

One of the key challenges for global AC is the new refrigerants entering the market place.

While the global market saw an overall drop in sales in 2016, primarily due to the impact of the slowdown in China, a recovery in 2017 was better than forecast. This was mainly due to a boost in the Chinese market caused by a hot summer and a focus on upgrading of AC units, for example, with intelligent solutions such as Wi-Fi. BSRIA expects the global year-end sales to reach 137 million units and a value of just over USD 102 billion, with packaged products accounting for 85 per cent by value.

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the world, there has not been much change at the top in terms of ranking. China continues to dominate, followed by the US in second place and then Japan.”

He added: “Recent years have seen an increasing interest in VRF in the USA and the country remains in fourth position in the market with sales reported as close to 50,000 outdoor units in 2017. However, due to the current limited

uDavid Garwood.

David Garwood, Market Intelligence Analyst, BSRIA Worldwide Market

Intelligence, said: “Looking at the top 10 AC countries in

Ideal partners with the Albion

est Bromwich Albion has announced that Ideal Boilers is the Club’s new Principal Partner. Ideal has signed a two-year agreement which will see the Ideal Boilers logo appear on Albion’s kit and training wear for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Ideal Boilers’ CEO, Shaun Edwards says: “From the moment you step into The Hawthorns you realise Albion is a very special club and we are thrilled to join forces with them. We think there is an exciting journey ahead and I’m delighted Ideal will be there supporting them every step of the way." Albion’s Chief Executive Mark Jenkins said: “This summer marks the start of a new journey for the Club and I’m delighted we have found in Ideal Boilers a partner which can point to the same longevity and values.


uPrincipal Partner agreement is a win win for Ideal Boilers and West Bromwich Albion.

It’s three in a row for Bryland Fire Protecon at data centre awards

is no stranger to awards, recently adding to its accolades the ‘Data Centre Safety, Security and Suppression Product of the Year’ award. The award was presented at a gala ceremony on 24 May, at St Paul’s Hotel, London. It’s the third


consecutive year that Bryland Fire Protection has won a prestigious DCS Award. Graham Turner, Managing Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted. This is the third year of entering and the third year of winning against stiff opposition. I am particularly proud of this for two reasons. The entry is based on submitting a real case study which highlighted our fire protection expertise specifically within the data centre management

industry, but was won by people casting their votes. It makes me proud that we not only demonstrated ourselves as innovators in our field, but a popular choice too.”

Chris Wright, Technical Director, added: “Bryland Fire Protection has been in the industry for over 50 years and is synonymous with fire extinguishers historically. That’s what we have been

idlands-based Bryland Fire

Protection Limited

OCOTEC, formerly ESG, is continuing to support the ‘Sullied Sediments’ project in reducing the effect of chemical pollutants on the environment. The University of Hull has been at the forefront of the €4m Europe-wide project, which will enable regulators and water managers to make better decisions about sediment management, removal and disposal – which is currently not managed by local authorities.


SOCOTEC, which provides testing, inspection and compliance services and specialises in marine sediment analysis, recently started a three year

geographical focus for these products and the slowdown in the market for residential multi-family homes, accounting for 20 per cent of sales, there is a view that the market may hit a bit of a bottleneck.” wmi

Thornton Tomasetti, the global engineering consultancy behind the new US Embassy in London, has acquired Romsey-based security consultancy MFD in a deal that will strengthen Thornton Tomasetti’s existing expertise in protective design and security services. MFD specialises in physical, operational and technical security services for the built environment and has provided counter-terrorist measures to protect a number of high-profile buildings in the UK, Middle East, Africa and Australasia.

Fujitsu appoints new BDM

Giles Pratt has been appointed Area Business Development Manager for Fujitsu General Air Conditioning (UK). Utilising over 35 years of experience, he will look to build and strengthen relationships with large contractors and end users. Pratt already has an in-depth knowledge of Fujitsu products, having first become associated with the brand over 25 years ago, when he and a colleague formed FM Air Conditioning – a business that successfully distributed Fujitsu for 13 years.

Cool Designs to relocate headquarters Toshiba and CIAT distributor Cool Designs reports its best

ever start to a year, with air conditioning sales up over 50% in the year to April. The company has announced plans to relocate its headquarters to larger premises in the North East and expand operations nationally. The new site will have a trade shop for accessories and service items, a training centre, and an additional 11,000sq ft warehouse to cater for planned growth over the coming year.

SOCOTEC connues support for EU ‘Sullied Sediments’ project

agreement to provide research into the analysis of sediments for metals, dioxins, hydrocarbons and nutrients. In addition, SOCOTEC is also providing consultancy on the methods for Watch List chemical analysis, such as the contraceptive pill and other pharmaceutical drugs including Triclosan and Diclofenac, which are known to be harmful to wildlife. The partnership aims to reduce the amount of chemicals entering the waterways by raising awareness about what is being released into the environment. These chemicals are not currently subjected to EU monitoring laws. Paul Walker, Senior Development & Technical

Specialist – Specialist Chemistry, Infrastructure & Energy Services, SOCOTEC, commented: “We are delighted that the second round of sampling for the project has been

successfully completed, and we are currently busy in the laboratory analysing the results.

“Furthermore, the second annual meeting of the Sullied Sediments project partnership will take place in Hamburg, Germany, in September. The meeting will give us an opportunity to hear about the progress of the work packages and share the work that we have been doing

throughout the year with our project partners.”

SAV hosts talks with Danish Energy Minister S

uReceiving their award are Chris Wright (le) and Graham Turner (centre).

known for traditionally, but we do offer the full suite of services. Most recently we added to the portfolio by including a full range of practical and e-learning based training courses.”


AV Systems’ low carbon energy centre in Edinburgh recently hosted talks between the Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt, and Danish companies exporting energy efficient solutions to the UK.

The meetings followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Denmark and Scotland to collaborate on low carbon heat, heat networks and energy efficiency in buildings.

The agreement supports the Scottish Government’s aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, with significant reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions by 2032.

Lars Christian Lilleholt said: “The Scottish Government is clearly ambitious in the low carbon energy and climate area. I am very pleased to sign this new cooperation agreement, which I hope will support Scotland's green conversion with Danish energy solutions based on our 40-years of experience.”

SAV Systems is a leader in facilitating low carbon solutions for the UK, often adapting and applying technologies and techniques that have been tried and tested in Denmark. The company’s Danish partners include Danfoss, EC Power, Airmaster and Kamstrup.

The company’s low carbon energy centre in Manor Place, Edinburgh is equipped with working versions of its products, including LoadTracker CHP, Danfoss FlatStation heat interface units and AirMaster Smart Ventilation Units.


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