World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom


Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology


General articles, applications and industry analysis

Fire-ravaged Coolkit back in the driving seat

UK: Burnley-based temperature-controlled van specialist CoolKit is back operating only days after a devastating blaze that destroyed one of its two manufacturing units on July 6.

Production and operations have successfully been relocated to its second unit on the same industrial estate as the effected unit.

While the company has acted quickly to enable the business to remain operational in the immediate aftermath of the fire, it is looking for a temporary premises nearby. It expects ‘business as usual’ will resume by the end of September.

Work this week focused on completing orders that were in progress within the workshop. Once this work is finished production will move on to addressing the order book.

“We acted quickly over the weekend to put in place a robust and staged recovery plan which means that the business has been able to remain operational,” said managing director Daniel Miller. “The company has in place comprehensive insurance and we will use this to ensure we get back to full production as soon as possible.”

Founder and chief executive Rupert Gatty confirmed that it was looking for temporary premises nearby. “The business is looking for 30,000 to 60,000ft2, ideally with significant parking for our workforce of approximately 100 staff and with several acres of adjacent land for parking our stock of vans securely, and a 3-phase mains supply.

“Thanks to a robust response from our employees, contractors and leadership team here at CoolKit we have been able to remain operational throughout this period, but early occupation of additional premises will help to ensure we are able to fulfil our full order book and continue on our growth trajectory.”

Related stories:

Major blaze at Coolkit factory7 July 2023
UK: Temperature-controlled van specialist CoolKit has been hit by a massive fire at its premises in Farrington Place, Burnley. Read more…

Latest News

20th February 2024

F-gas regulation published in Official Journal

EUROPE: The new F-gas regulation has now been published in the EU’s Official Journal, making it legally binding and entering into force in 20 days.
20th February 2024

Carrier Germany increases heat pump training

GERMANY: Carrier Germany is offering new hydraulics training courses  at its training centre on the IKKE campus in Duisburg to support the growing demand for heat pump expertise. 
20th February 2024

Oceanair acquired by builders’ merchant MKM

UK: Air conditioning and heat pump distributor Oceanair UK has been acquired by MKM, the independent builders’ merchant.
20th February 2024

Carrier to build factory and R&D facility in Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA: Carrier is to build an advanced manufacturing and R&D facility in Saudi Arabia in a partnership with Alat, a new Riyadh-based public investment fund company.
19th February 2024

BDN offers high level monitoring

IRELAND: The first installation of Bitzer’s Digital Network (BDN) in Ireland is providing high-level monitoring, system diagnostics and optimisation for an award-winning deli food specialist.
19th February 2024

Manchester receives heat pump training boost

UK: Daikin UK in partnership with the Green Skills Academy is to deliver the first heat pump training programme for college tutors and staff at nine Greater Manchester colleges.