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CDL md Darrell Birkett (front) contemplates the new range with colleagues spearheading CIAT sales

UK: Sunderland-based Cool Designs Ltd has revealed ambitious growth plans following its appointment as a distributor for CIAT air conditioning products.

Traditionally a distributor of DX equipment, CDL’s tie-up with CIAT is expected to open up new markets in large hydronic-based hvac systems and other specialist areas.

“The DX and chilled water sectors obviously cater for different sides of the market,” commented CDL md Darrel Birkett. “Our core business to date has been built in DX technology with a smaller involvement with Carrier hydronic systems. However, the addition of CIAT is highly complementary to our existing ranges, and gives us access to a new category of projects, enabling us to expand our offering to existing customers and win new ones.”

CDL will be offering the full CIAT portfolio which includes chillers, air handling units, roof-top systems, heat pumps and fan coil units.

CDL sees one of the most significant parts of the range being CIAT’s close control air conditioning. This opens up the possibility of supporting high value projects in IT, process manufacturing and healthcare.

The appointment of CDL as a CIAT distributor follows the acquisition of CIAT by United Technologies Corporation (UTC), parent company of Toshiba Carrier at the end of 2014. The move is being supported by significant investment in a global research and development centre, based in France that will pioneer new technology and innovation in new products.

CIAT’s original France-based parent company has more than 80 years of heritage in the sector, with nine factories and sales outlets in 70 countries around the world.

CDL reports that it is already working on proposals for several projects involving CIAT equipment. “We believe CIAT has the potential to become a significant part of our business in the future, and will grow substantially over time alongside our DX offering.”

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