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Baxi is celebrating its 150th year anniversary in 2016 and has marked the landmark occasion with a week of activities at his factory in Preston. Events were held on separate days at the end of July for employees and local dignitaries, such as three Mayors and a High Sheriff, where the company’s history was recalled, including periods of expansion through acquisitions and mergers, as well as details of some of the ground breaking products it has launched. So what of the next 150 years? David Pinder, CEO of Baxi, said: “Current boilers are reaching the maximum efficiency possible, so, as well as replacing old standard efficiency boilers with new condensing models, we are committed to finding new and innovative ways to make home heating more energy efficient using state of the art controls. “Future game-changers will include the Internet of Things, smart controls, connected homes. People will become ‘prosumers’ rather than ‘consumers’ of energy and will be more aware and interested in their energy use. “The heating industry has a significant challenge ahead to decarbonise the provision of heating and hot water by 2050, and innovation will be the key to delivering this target,” he said. “Whatever our future heating Drain Center has expanded its flagship branch in Tonbridge with a £120,000 investment. The branch has undergone a structural and operational overhaul to ensure it is best placed to service the demands of the buoyant construction market in the capital. As part of the expansion, Drain Center, part of Wolseley UK, has appointed a new branch manager, Carl Stevens. Carl has already steered the looks like, you can be sure that Baxi will be leading the charge.” In October, Baxi is launching a new range of combi boilers designed specifically for independent heating and plumbing merchants. The 200 and 400 combi boilers are Baxi’s first range of ‘connected’ boilers, which means the householder can control them from a smart phone or tablet, anywhere and anytime. Baxi is also introducing its own smart control, the Baxi U-sense, which is being given to installers on its loyalty scheme to trial and which will be available in the New Year. branch to achieve a record high On- Time-In-Full performance with the overall score rising from 80% to 98.8%. In addition to improving the customer’s in branch experience, the investment also permits a greater volume of core stock to be held for off-the-shelf collection or delivery. Since joining Drain Center, Carl has implemented various Saturday deliveries for customers with specific requirements that ensure their project can continue at full capacity even over the weekend. These measures allow Drain Center customers to better navigate the logistical and operational pitfalls that the construction market in London creates. The investment has also led to several structural changes in branch including a new roof and a mezzanine floor built to hold more core stock as well as specialist drainage products. 13 BUSINESS NEWS A decade after launching its market leading range of air source, ground source and exhaust air heat pumps in the UK, renewable heating specialist, NIBE Energy Systems, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since it first set up as a UK company in 2006, NIBE has grown from a one-person business to a major player in the renewable heating sector, employing 30 people at its Chesterfield headquarters. The company is also operating training facilities at four sites across the UK. Phil Hurley, managing director, said: “In the last ten years, we have grown from being a small subsidiary of Swedish-based NIBE Climate Solutions Business Area to a well-known, respected UK brand. “Demand for heat pumps in particular has risen considerably in the last decade, with sales up 2,000% compared to 2006 and we are proud to have been at the forefront of that growth. “We’re are also proud to have been heavily involved in driving forward several policy changes that have helped the industry flourish and maintain high standards of quality such as, the development of MIS 3005 guidelines for Microgeneration Certification Scheme accredited heat pump installations.” www.hpmmag.com August 2016 NIBE celebrates ten years in UK Baxi honours 150 years £120,000 investment for Drain Center People Worcester, Bosch Group has boosted the profile of its national sales team with the appointment of Rob Leonard as national specification manager. The new role will involve Rob overseeing specification sales for Worcester and taking responsibility for key accounts. Fernox has appointed Dan Osman as national OEM and business development manager. The newly created role provides a vital link between Fernox and original equipment manufacturers. Ideal Standard has appointed Jim Moore as managing director UK & Ireland. Jim will oversee the Group’s activities in UK & Ireland and assume responsibility for the business development across the Group’s leading brands, Armitage Shanks, Ideal Standard and Sottini. Members of The Bathroom Manufacturers Association have elected Paul Massey as its new president. Two vice presidents, Alan Dodds and Nick McGrellis were also voted in. David Pinder


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