Gel-Clear director Paurick Gaughan and account manager Krystal Maitz with the HIVE Innovation Award 2017

UK: Gel-Clear has picked up a second award in the last 12 months for its refrigerated cabinet condensate drain treatment tablet.

Named Refrigeration Product of the Year at last year’s Cooling Industry Awards, Gel-Clear has now added an Innovation Award from the 2017 Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards.

Gel-clear developed the one year, one tablet per case, condensate drain treatment for retail display cabinets in response to the costly and risky problem of leaking display chillers caused by biofilm blockage. According to Gel-Clear director Paurick Gaughan, 50% of reactive call outs can be attributed to water leaks, and that between 90-100% of these leaks are caused by biofilm blockages.

Hive network was established in 2012 to unite, develop and promote business across Blackburn and Darwen. Its annual business awards, now in their third year, are designed to celebrate the very best of business in the borough.

Speaking at the awards dinner at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on May 12, Paurick Gaughan said “It is a real honour to receive this recognition, we were up against some fantastic innovations that seemed to dwarf our tablet. The judges recognised our intensive work with our manufacturer in product development since 2009, and with our end user developing a simple product, a context specific solution to a common industry problem. Our proprietary formula is unique in how it tackles the biofilm problem, we target the ‘Off switch’ in the microbial life cycle, preventing the secretion of exopolymers.”