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Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Grundfos HQ is given a ‘green’ makeover Pay deal rejected Unite is demanding that the Grundfos Pumps’ four-storey HQ in Building and Engineering Services Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, has Association (BESA) improve its been given an extensive makeover. below inflation pay offer for The brief for the existing building, thousands of skilled workers and get which is the head office for UK sales back to the negotiating table, after and marketing, as well as the HQ for union members rejected the deal in the western European region, was to a consultative ballot. make it as energy efficient as Plumbing, heating and ventilating possible, with an emphasis on engineers voted nine to one against innovation, comfort and style. accepting a two-year pay offer which Practising what it preaches, the includes freezing pay for the first refurbished building now benefits year, followed by 1.5% increase for from 28.5kW solar panels on the the second year. roof, which provides more than Bernard McAulay, Unite national enough energy to meet Grundfos’ officer for construction, said: “This hot water needs. insulting pay offer has been roundly A variable refrigerant volume rejected by our members. The system has also been installed, employers are hiding behind the which offers sophisticated control Grundfos Pumps’ refurbished HQ now features many energy saving measures economic climate to try and push between heating cooling modes - through this paltry pay offer.” that are zone controlled. to reuse the energy anywhere in the The plant room has also been If the BESA refuses to improve its Units also have the ability to building - providing a coefficient of decommissioned as the company no offer, Unite will consider moving recover heat of cooling capacity and performance rating of 3+. longer requires a gas supply. towards an industrial action ballot. Ideal to distribute Showerlux products Cistermiser’s online service for spares With Showerlux’s UK operating “Following the unfortunate closure Cistermiser has launched an online company closing down, the brand of the Showerlux UK operation, we spares shop, which will carry spare will continue to be available in the entered into negotiations with parts for all of its products. UK, as Ideal Bathrooms has secured Duscholux, who has manufactured The online shop which allows an exclusive distributorship for almost all of Showerlux’s products customers to purchase Cistermiser Showerlux branded products. sold in the UK. In effect, Ideal spares will accept online credit card This agreement means that Ideal Bathrooms will now perform a payments. Grouped by product Bathrooms will be supplied directly similar operation, importing from range, the spares will be dispatched from the overseas production the manufacturer to supply within three to five working days. facilities of parent company merchants and retailers. This reflects Cistermiser will run this service Duscholux. the current trend for global sourcing alongside its call centre operation. service, visit: www.cistermiser.co.uk Danielle Lillis, commercial – a key feature of Ideal Bathrooms’ For more information and to and click on the “Shop” button in director, Ideal Bathrooms, said: 2012 ‘An Ideal World’ campaign.” register for Cistermiser’s spares the navigation bar. PEOPLENEWS New group head of supply chain OEM sales expert goes out on the road Methven Group has appointed Mira Balac as group head Inta has appointed Andy Carpenter as OEM sales manager to of supply chain. Mira, who will be based at Methven UK in head up the company’s existing UK sales team. Stuart Gizzi, Leigh, Greater Manchester, assumes overall responsibility director at Inta, said: “We’re confident that Andy’s in-depth for the purchasing and supply chain for the Group. Joining industry knowledge will help to maintain our great customer the business from Bristan where she held a similar role, relationships and introduce us to other opportunities in the Mira has extensive experience in both the bathroom market OEM field. He’s a familiar face to many in the industry and and supply chain in Europe and Asia. we’re proud to have him out on the road flying the Inta flag.” Internal management changes Two new senior roles at expanding AKW A number of internal management changes have been AKW has made two appointments in product development and made at Uponor. Kevin Brown is national sales manager design and manufacturing. Wendy Ryley (pictured) joins as UK and Ireland and will be responsible for 12 area sales product director, while Tim Cowin takes on the role as project managers. He will also head up the growth strategies with engineering director. Wendy will head the team responsible for independent distributor partners. Andy Thompson is now new product development, across the full range of bathroom key account manager for Wolseley, while Anthony Mansi is fittings and equipment. As project engineering director, Tim will the group account manager for the Travis Perkins Group. be steering new design and manufacturing projects for AKW. 8 OCTOBER 2012 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY


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