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Follow us on Twitter: @HPMMag Worcester, Bosch Group opens £9 million Distribution Centre Grafton acquisition Worcester’s building reaffirms the boiler manufacturer’s commitment to the local area Flogas Britain buys Portal Gas Services McQuay (UK) to trade under new name Flogas Britain, the Liquified Petroleum Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and alternative energy supplier, has acquired Portal Gas Services from administrator, KPMG, for an undisclosed sum. 12 Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com BUSINESSNEWS APRIL 2015 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY B&ES bolsters regional management team Tim Acland has been appointed to the new post of head of regional management by the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES). Tim joined the staff of the association in 2002 as regional manager for London and the south east and will continue in this position, in addition to his national responsibilities. Tim has been employed in the building engineering services sector for 40 years. PEOPLENEWS WWW.HPMMAG.COM Worcester, Bosch Group was joined by local MP, Robin Walker, to officially open the doors of its new £9 million Bosch Distribution Centre, located in Warndon, Worcester. The building reaffirms the boiler manufacturer’s commitment to the area and ensures it can now consolidate its two existing distribution facilities into one, efficient location. The company's finished boilers, heat pumps, cylinders, commercial products and accessories have already been moved from the previous warehouses to the new 6.7 acre site, which is able to hold more than 10,000 pallets at capacity. Internal sales teams and the logistics planning departments have also made the move to the new building. The site also features a three-tier mezzanine and additional racking to house the spare parts pre-pack and despatch departments for greater efficiency. When fully operational, it will allow for the despatch of 10,000 items per day. Carl Arntzen, managing director of Worcester, Bosch Group, said: “This new building supplements the huge investment we have undertaken at our head office and factory on Cotswold Way, and will ensure our business continues to produce and distribute the quality and innovative products for which Worcester is known, as effectively as possible. “The move has involved a great deal of logistical planning to combine the two previous locations but we are already seeing the benefits. “Not only has it made it easier in terms of storage and distribution space, but the extra office facilities also give flexibility for future growth, as we continue to strengthen our position in the market.” Grafton Group, the builders’ merchanting and DIY group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, has completed the acquisition of TG Lynes, a distributor of mechanical engineering products for use in commercial and public sector buildings, apartments and industrial processes. TG Lynes has a leading position in the mechanical services market in London and the south east, and trades from a distribution facility in Enfield, North London. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, enhances Grafton Group's presence in this segment of the merchanting market and complements developments in its Plumbase Industrial business, which serves major contractors in the mechanical and electrical market. Manufacturer of energy efficient air handling units and chiller products, heat pumps, cooling systems, ventilation and air conditioning systems, McQuay (UK) will trade under the new name Daikin Applied (UK) and Daikin Applied Service from April 1. Jim Henley, general manager at McQuay (UK), said: “The decision to rename McQuay (UK) and McQuay Service is part of a global rebranding strategy to more clearly define and communicate our HVAC offering to the UK and markets worldwide. “While our name is changing, our legal status, office address and contact details will remain the same. The company’s business remains fundamentally unaffected. All contracts with existing customers, suppliers and stakeholders will remain unaltered, with obligations and rights assumed under the new names.” Portal Gas Services was part of T Baden Hardstaff, a Nottingham-based business that entered administration last month. While T Baden Hardstaff’s main business was road haulage and fleet maintenance for commercial vehicles, the Portal Gas Services division specialises in the supply of LNG and has developed Oil Ignition Gas Injection dual fuel technology for commercial vehicles. The acquisition will see Flogas strengthen its position in the LNG market, expanding its transport capacity and increasing Flogas’ network of refuelling stations. As part of the deal, Flogas will continue to supply Portal Gas Services’ customers. Fernox appoints business development manager Fernox has appointed Mike Bradley as its new business development manager in the north west region. Mike’s early career involved working as a branch manager at Wolseley UK. He then spent four years as a senior account manager for Travis Perkins. SenerTec general manager announced SenerTec has bolstered its team of specialists with the appointment of Gary Stoddart as its new general manager. Gary has spent the last 30 years at Baxi Commercial, joining the company as a commercial service engineer in 1985 with Potterton Commercial. Gary will head up a team of three engineers, four sales managers, a technical officer and a service manager. Paul Large joins Nerrad Tools Nerrad Tools has appointed Paul Large to the position of national sales manager. Paul brings with him over 25 years of experience from within the sector, joining from Rothenberger UK, where previously he was southern divisional sales manager. Darren Chalkly, managing director, said: "Paul will enable us to meet the growing demand from stockists and further develop our portfolio of accounts.”


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