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

Mechanical joint company Reflok closes

ReflokUK: Reflok, the company behind the mechanical aluminium pipe jointing system, has been closed down due to problems in the US.

The company’s US office in Meridian, Idaho, along with the Reflok Europe office in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, closed this week.

Howard Noble, md of Reflok Europe, the wholly-owned subsidiary of US company Reflok Inc, told the Cooling Post that the closure affected all of its businesses and followed problems with the product and installations in the USA. 

Clearly saddened by the situation, Howard Noble said “It’s deeply frustrating and really annoying when the product is so good.” 

Requiring no heat, the Reflok system had been gaining acceptance as a safe cost-effective, leak-tight, aluminium pipeline connection system for air conditioning and refrigeration systems. In particular its system of precision compression pipe couplings and specially produced VRF components was revolutionising the installation of VRF systems. They had already been cleared for use by two of the world’s largest air conditioning manufacturers Daikin and Mitsubishi Electric.

The parent company in the US, which was responsible for the majority of group sales, is said to have experienced issues with the standard of installations carried out and the application of USA specific products that led to leakages. The scale of the problem was such that the company has been forced to shut its doors.

“We didn’t adopt the problem products, especially the type of gasket used in the US,” said Howard Noble. “We have never had any issues with the copper gaskets we have continued to use in Europe and elsewhere.” 

An email to UK customers earlier this week said “Unfortunately Reflok worldwide has closed for business and the European office is shut.” It referred any short-term parts requirements to Jon Shipman on 07831 239239.

“Our main concern is to support customers,” said Howard Noble. “Our wholesalers Dean & Wood and FSW still have good stock availability.”

Related stories:





Latest News

20th July 2024

Munters set to acquire Geoclima

SWEDEN/ITALY: Pioneering Italian chiller manufacturer Geoclima is set to be acquired by Swedish air treatment and climate solutions company Munters. 
19th July 2024

Bank to retrofit 62% of branches to heat pumps

CANADA: The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has announced a multi-million-dollar retrofit of its branches in Canada to low-carbon heating and cooling systems such as heat pumps.
19th July 2024

Madrid installs cool bus shelters

SPAIN: Madrid’s municipal bus company EMT has installed bus shelters with in-built cooling systems at two locations in the city. 
19th July 2024

Beijer Ref reports record profit in Q2

SWEDEN: Wholesaler Beijer Ref has revealed Q2 as its best ever quarter, with sales of SEK9,681m (€835m) and record profitability.
18th July 2024

Climate committee calls for action on heat pumps

UK: A UK government advisory body has backed calls to make electricity cheaper by removing policy costs from electricity prices. 
18th July 2024

Customs block quota-busting F-gas shipment

ITALY: An unnamed “specialised” company from the Piedmont region of northwest Italy faces a fine of up to €150,000 for exceeding its F-gas import quota.