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Martin Michaelson 1959-2022

UK: Martin Michaelson, co-founder of air conditioning distributor AMP, has died after a short illness. He was 63.

Michaelson, who founded AMP with Polly McConachie in 1989, retired in 2018 following the company’s acquisition by Panasonic.

He originally joined the air conditioning distribution industry in 1984 at BRD and then moved on to Airplan in 1986.

AMP began trading from an office and warehouse in north London, with the two founders adding a Fujitsu distribution subsidiary company FM a couple of years later.

The success of the business prompted a move to purpose-built offices, training room and warehouse in Welwyn Garden City in 2001, growing to become one of the largest independent air conditioning distributors in the UK.

Martin with Polly in 2016

Speaking of her former colleague, Polly McConachie said: “Martin was a true leader and an amazing person. He had a huge personality. His bold and uncompromising view of life was tempered with buckets of charm, a mischievous wit, and an unwavering love of Man Utd and his Porsche 911. He was devoted to his family and so admired and respected by the AMP team and his business colleagues. Life will be so much less without him.”

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