Denco-Hereford

UK: DencoHappel has confirmed that it has ceased manufacturing at its UK site in Hereford.

The local Hereford Times had published unconfirmed reports in the run up to Christmas that 23 employees were to lose their jobs in a restructuring of the business that would bring to an end production at its Hereford site.

While no mention is made of the number of redundancies, the company has now confirmed the closure “as part of a new strategy to refocus the manufacturing division of the global business”.

The former Denco company was renamed DencoHappel in August this year as part of a renaming process following Triton’s acquisition of GEA Heat Exchangers in 2014. The unified business has manufacturing facilities in Germany, Czech Republic, Turkey, China and India.

Denco’s involvement in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of air conditioning systems since 1944. The company was the subject of a management buy-out from AMEC in 2000 and moved to its current site in Hereford in 2005.

The company was sold to the German GEA group in 2006, joining GEA’s Air Treatment division which already included air handling unit manufacturer Happel.