UK: Manufacturers’ association FETA has learned of the passing of Tony Bendall, a significant figure in the development of the UK air conditioning and heat pump industry.

Tony, who spent the majority of his career in HVAC manufacturing sector, passed away on March 7, after a long illness. He was 82.

In addition to being a former sales director of Qualitair and of Myson’s air conditioning division, he also worked for J Samuel Whites, Andrews, Sabroe and Temperature.

He became manager of the Heat Pump Association in 1995, where he represented the association and industry on a number of bodies including the UK Heat Pump Network, Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group and the European Heat Pump Association.

He retired in 2001 but remained an active member of the HPA until 2005. His contribution over many years was recognised when the HPA made Tony an honorary member.