UK: Carrier Rental Systems (UK) has acquired Gloucestershire-based HVAC rental firm Watkins Hire.

Headquartered in Lydney, Watkins Hire provides air conditioning and chillers, as well as steam boilers, heating and hot water boilers, for temperature control projects across the UK.

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It has branches in the midlands and north of England, as well as Scotland and operates a specialist division to provide equipment for major events.

“Watkins Hire is a respected company within the UK temperature control rental sector and will further enhance our ability to serve our customers – in terms of geographic presence, equipment availability and choice of service and product offerings,” said Richard Jones, managing director, of UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s HVAC UK business.

“Watkins Hire adds specialist rental expertise particularly in steam, heating and hot water boiler applications, and has a strong presence with key accounts in industry and the events sectors,” he added.