The biggest names in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry gathered on Thursday 21 March at the prestigious Tower Hotel, London for the ACR News Awards 2019. Organised by Datateam Business Media, publisher of ACR News Magazine, the event celebrated the achievements of the sector over the past twelve months.

Managing editor of ACR News, Lynn Sencicle kicked off the evening’s proceedings with an inspiring speech: “This industry deserves attention because cooling affects almost every sector out there and is critical to many… This is one of the biggest little industries in the world, populated by some incredibly passionate people doing exceptionally innovative things – that is what the whole world should know. And that is also what we are here to celebrate tonight.”

Well-known comedian Marcus Brigstocke and household favourite Alan Dedicoat paired up to host the event, giving the guests lots of laughs during the post-dinner entertainment.

The awards ceremony began with the prestigious Alan Moor Award, presented in the memory of the late one-time managing director of Bitzer UK. This year the company’s current managing director, Kevin Glass presented the award to Mike Smith of BSRIA to acknowledge his outstanding efforts within the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

The Service Engineer of the Year award, sponsored by Smith Brothers Stores, was awarded to Leighton Nottridge of CAD Air Conditioning, while the Trainee of the Year Award – sponsored by Hawco – went to Ryan Walton of AC Solutions Group.

Next, TF Solutions picked up the award for Wholesaler/Distributor of the Year, before the Toshiba Training Portal was revealed as the winner of Website of the Year.

After intense deliberation from the judges, the award for Heat Pump Product of the Year was given to Mitsubishi Electric for their Ultra Quiet Ecodan, while the Chiller Product of the Year accolade went to Carrier’s AquaForce Vision 30KAV Chiller.

Danfoss Drives took home the award for Refrigeration Ancillary Product of the Year for their Enhanced VLT Refrigeration Drive FC103, and the Refrigeration Product of the Year went to Bitzer UK for the Ammonia Compressor Pack.
Advanced Engineering’s HydroFoam 2.0 won Air Conditioning Ancillary Product of the Year, sponsored by Hitachi, while the final award of the evening, the coveted Air Conditioning Product of the Year, went to Kilma-Therm for their Hybrid Adiabatica, Compact Dry Cooler.

To round off the evening, guests at the ceremony had the chance to give a little back with a game of charity ‘Heads and Tails’ in aid of Help For Heroes. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, the total figure raised for the charity was £735.00.

The event was a huge success, recognising the hard work of industry professionals from the past twelve months. The ACR News Awards would not have been possible without the support of category sponsors; Bitzer UK, Hawco, Hitachi, Pacair, Smith Brother Stores, and 3D Plus, and the on-the-night sponsors; Advanced Engineering, First Choice Catering Spares, Fixxy, Fujitsu Air Conditioning, Gel-Clear, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Pump House, Pure Air, Samsung and Toshiba.

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