Aquarea PanasonicUK: Panasonic is to sell its heat pumps through builders’ merchant group Travis Perkins.

The new distribution agreement will see Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), BSS Industrial, and City Plumbing Supplies (CPS), stocking and supplying Panasonic’s Aquarea heat pump range.

Travis Perkins supplies building materials from over 1,900 nationwide sites. Panasonic sees PTS, one of the UK’s leading plumbing and heating merchants, as being central to the relationship due to its experience within the social housing and new build sectors. PTS’ nationwide branch network and its renewables knowledge, combined with Panasonic’s industry expertise, will produce the ideal partnership for encouraging increased use of renewable heat technologies.

“With the RHI very much on the industry agenda, our aim is to be able to provide customers with a wide selection of renewable energy solutions” says Ian Stares, product director of PTS Renewables. “Heat pumps are likely to be the main benefactor of RHI and we were keen to establish relationships with market leading manufacturers who provide these systems. Panasonic offers one of the most comprehensive, versatile and cost-effective range of branded air-to-water heat pumps on the market, so we are delighted to have its heat pumps in our portfolio.”

“This new distribution deal is a significant move forward for us” said Marc Diaz, Panasonic’s UK country manager. “The social housing market is an important sector for us and PTS boasts a wealth of experience within this sector. It has recently invested large resources within their renewable technical team which demonstrates that, like Panasonic, they share our commitment for future greener technologies.”

A statement from Panasonic maintains that PTS will also be promoting Panasonic training to its customers to encourage quality installations as well as protecting the future reputation of renewable technologies.