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CIAT UK set for expansion


Alistair Walker (above): “Taking a long-term strategic approach” Top: The new CIAT UK hq in Leatherhead

UK: Following the purchase of its French parent by UTC last year, CIAT UK is relocating to Toshiba Carrier’s hq in Leatherhead and expanding its distribution network.   

As first revealed by the Cooling Post, United Technologies, parent company of Carrier Air Conditioning, announced its bid for the French air conditioning manufacturer in 2014. In a statement of its interest, UTC promised to maintain and grow the CIAT brand and reinforce and expand its global network of distribution channels. The transaction was completed at the beginning of 2015.

CIAT UK, which supplies a complete range of chillers, air handling units, fan coils and heat pumps, is now relocating from its existing site at Whyteleafe to new headquarters in Leatherhead, alongside United Technologies’ sister company Toshiba Air Conditioning.

The new base will include a dedicated air conditioning training centre, a showroom and administration offices for technical support and sales staff.

In addition, two of Toshiba’s existing distributors – Cool Designs Ltd in the north and AMP Air in the south – have also been appointed to provide further sales outlets for the CIAT range.

They will work alongside the company’s existing sales agent TIAC, and be supported by CIAT’s internal and direct sales team based out of Leatherhead, offering a selected range of chillers, air handling units and fan coils alongside their existing ranges of Toshiba split and VRF air conditioning systems.

CIAT products will also be available from Toshiba direct, enabling the company to offer a “one stop shop” service to cater for all requirements on a project. Equipment will be stocked and distributed from Toshiba’s UK logistics hub at Plymouth. To support expansion, CIAT is also recruiting additional staff.

CIAT entered the UK in 1978, acquiring the business of Waterloo Ozonair along the way.

Seeing opportunities for growth, Alistair Walker, UK director of CIAT, said: “We are taking a long-term strategic approach, and that includes investing in new technology, adding new people, expanding our presence on the ground, and offering high quality training in the use of equipment.”

David Dunn, director and general manager of Toshiba and CIAT UK, said: “Toshiba has always been strong in splits and VRF, however there has always been an opportunity to expand into chilled water and air movement technology, and CIAT has some excellent products that complement our own range.

“It means we can now provide a one-stop-shop for all requirements, with a unique offering that spans all the key HVAC building services technologies. Few companies can offer this breadth of equipment, backed by the highest levels of technical back-up and design support.”

Related stories:

UTC completes CIAT purchase – January 6, 2015
FRANCE: UTC has completed the acquisition of French air conditioning manufacturer CIAT. Read more…

UTC will grow the CIAT brand – July 24, 2014
FRANCE: United Technologies, parent company of US air conditioning manufacturer Carrier, has confirmed its intention to purchase CIAT and expand its hvac portfolio. Read more…

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