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Fowler Welch profit up

Leeds, UK: Fowler Welch revenue grew by 4% to £83m (2016: £80m) according to parent company Dart Group’s interim results for the half year ended September 2017.

Fowler Welch operating profit increased by £100,000 to £2.4m (2016: £2.3m).

In the reporting period, the business gained volumes from its Dairy Crest operation at Nuneaton, which commenced in June 2016, while the operations at Teynham and Heywood also saw new volumes come on line, Philip Meeson, executive chairman, said in a statement.

Contribiutions from its fruit ripening and packing joint venture operation reduced during the period.

Dart Group, which also owns leisure airline Jet2.com, reported operating profit up by 22% to £204.9m. Group profit before foreign exchange revaluation and tax rose by 18% to £198.2m. Over the period, leisure travel revenue grew by 36% to £1,580.9m reflecting a 41% increase in passenger numbers flown by Jet2.com to 7.14m.

Cold Consortium chooses invisible refrigeration

York, UK: Van converters, the Cold Consortium, is offering Hubbard Products’ Zer0° Invisible Refrigeration.

Hubbard’s Invisible format means the dimensions and aerodynamics of the vehicle remain unchanged from the original specification

The compressor and condenser are mounted in the engine compartment and under the chassis

Two specifications give chill and frozen

A demonstrator panel van has been completed in conjunction with Hubbard Products and Vauxhall illustrating how tomorrow’s refrigerated vans will change the face of food logistics.

Hubbard Products’ Zer0° range covers all customers’ needs from micro-vans through small, medium and large panel van to larger box body vehicles and includes two ‘invisible’ models the Z008 and Z009 – available to chill (0°C) or freeze (-20°C) – in standby, non standby and, dual evaporator specifications.

The ‘Invisible’ format indicates the exterior dimensions and aerodynamics of the vehicle remain unchanged from the original manufacturers’ specification. This ensures that the vehicle retains its overall economy, and the bodywork is undamaged by the installation of a traditional external condenser unit. The low-line evaporator units are fixed to the internal insulation conversion rather than to the vehicle body.

Ian Gardiner, managing director of the Cold Consortium says: “This new approach to vehicle refrigeration offers our customers considerable peace of mind as well as delivering chilling performance to match the needs of today’s food logistics chain the units also have a two-year warranty as standard. With no change to the vehicles overall dimensions, and no disruptive installation, the value and the aerodynamic performance of the vehicle is maintained and ensures its economy, and range (mpg) is preserved.

“The system is simple to maintain with the compressor and condenser units mounted within the engine compartment and under the chassis, making them easy to access for routine maintenance. In the twenty-three years the Cold Consortium has been successfully converting vehicles this is a leap forward in customer convenience, and we are pleased to be pioneering the development of new and practical refrigeration solutions. Working with the major commercial vehicle manufacturers, Ford, Iveco, Vauxhall, Renault, VW, Mercedes and Fiat we can now offer ‘invisible’ refrigeration to suit all needs.”

Available in two specifications R134a (chill to 0°C) and R452a (Freeze to -20°C), Hubbard SFZ Invisible units offer an elegant and powerful solution to modern logistical needs within the chilled and frozen sector.

SFZ008/9 units are suitable for positive and negative temperatures.
Condensing unit weight      5.4/6.1kg
Evaporator weight              14Kg/20kg
Evaporator Airflow              910m3/h
Air throw                             3/4m

Five Reed Boardall staff celebrate 150 years of service

Boroughbridge, Yorkshire: Reed Boardall is celebrating the long service of five employees who are each marking at least 30 years of working for the business.

Front row (L to R): Keith Boardall, Jane Nelson, Frank Appleton and Denzil Cooke; back row (L to R): Sarah Roberts, Stuart Turnbull, Andrew Baldwin, Howard Gill, Stephen Bull and Marcus Boardall

Jane Nelson, finance assistant, who lives in Pateley Bridge; Frank Appleton, fleet manager, from Boroughbridge; Denzil Cooke, compliance manager, of Boroughbridge; Stephen Bull, night manager, from Northallerton; and Stuart Turnbull, trainer, from Ripon, all joined the family firm in Boroughbridge back in the 1980s.

Denzil Cooke says: “Even after 30 years here, every day poses fresh challenges.  It’s a great business which has been built over many years with input from the team and there’s a real feeling that we are all contributing to its continued success.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years with software development having a huge impact on the industry as well as the sophistication of new vehicle design and, of course, a massive growth in the number of rules and regulations.  I’ve been involved in some fantastic building projects as we’ve expanded our Boroughbridge site and I’ve been fortunate to work with some really nice people.”

Jane Nelson says: “Reed Boardall is a very friendly company and a great place to work with lots of investment and growth of the business over the years further improving the working environment.  The management has always been extremely flexible and caring and I couldn`t imagine working anywhere else.”

Front row (L to R): Keith Boardall, Jane Nelson, Frank Appleton and Denzil Cooke; back row (L to R): Sarah Roberts, Stuart Turnbull, Andrew Baldwin, Howard Gill, Stephen Bull and Marcus Boardall

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