Over 300 guests at the new Vox conference centre at the NEC, Birmingham, saw Climalife pick up awards for Website of the Year with its F-gas solutions app and Environmental Project of the Year for its application of lower GWP refrigerant R449A in the Lincoln Co-op.
Toshiba also tasted success for the second time in less than a month with further acclaim for its SMMS-e VRF air conditioning system. Replicating its victory in the National ACR & Heat Pump Awards in January, Toshiba’s new VRF was chosen as Air Conditioning Product of the Year in the ACR Awards.
One of the highlights of the evening was a fine speech by Chris Baillie, winner of the silver medal in Refrigeration at last year’s WorldSkills competition in Brazil. An apprentice with Belfast-based BL Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Chris paid tribute to and presented this year’s competitors in the UK’s SkillFridge competition which is taking place at the NEC during this week’s ACR Show.
Himself a former SkillFridge Gold Medal winner, Chris described how the opportunity to subsequently represent the UK at the WorldSkills competition had been the best experience of his life. He revealed how it had helped him both professionally and personally, making him more dedicated, determined and driven. His presence and self-assured presentation on the night, from someone still so young, was testament to that and suggested that the industry had found itself a fine ambassador.
Full list of winners
Training Initiative of the Year
Birmingham Society of Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Website of the Year
Contractor of the Year
Marketing Initiative of the Year
Consultant of the Year
Environmental Project of the Year
Environmental Product of the Year
PV-powered centrifugal chiller
Wholesaler/Distributor of the Year
Refrigeration Product of the Year
Air Conditioning Product of the Year
Customer Service Award
Matthew Hearne, Capital Cooling
Alan Moor Award
Mike Duggan, technical manager, FETA
Toshiba VRF is Product of the Year – January 29, 2016