Nuaire Boosts XBC Production with £1million Manufacturing Investment

The UK market leader in commercial ventilation, Nuaire has reacted to increased demand for its flagship heat recovery range with an investment of £1 million into a state-of-the-art production line.

Since its launch in 2012, the XBC remains the UKs most popular packaged heat recovery range, renowned for its innovative, compact design. In order to match customer demand with quicker build times, Nuaire has made the substantial investment with the introduction of a flow-line manufacturing facility at its factory in Caerphilly.

Managing Director, Wayne Glover explains: “Traditionally, production operators have made XBC units by bench build, where each unit is built by hand from start to finish by one individual. With the new flow-line process, we can greatly reduce the build time for each unit, making a 30% improvement in productivity whilst retaining the same high quality that our products are known for.”

In order to achieve the ambitious build-time reductions, the manufacturing team has split production into 10 balanced operations, based on the tried and tested ‘Takt’ time principle. The new layout sits within the XBC cell’s existing footprint, and includes the introduction of workplace organisation, standard work and visual management to maintain an efficient working environment.

With powered rollers throughout the system, height-adjustable lift tables, and manual turntables which reduce operator movement, the new XBC flow line will deliver quicker build times and allow Nuaire to react faster to customer needs.

"This investment will enable us to match growing customer demand for the XBC range", continues Mr Glover. "We have worked hard to maintain the product's position as market leader by saving our customers energy and time-on-site. By implementing this flow-line process, we can ensure the same high quality for which the XBC range is known, whilst making more products on faster lead times."

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Second Award Nomination for UNI-X

HV news Award Nomination - Nuaire UNI-X

Nuaire’s unique heat recovery range for student accommodation is shortlisted for its second industry award with a nomination for Commercial Product of the Year in the H&V News Awards 2018.

Designed to create a healthy, quiet home-from-home environment for students in shared accommodation, UNI-X is the only heat recovery range designed specifically for the job. The range has options for studio, 4, 8 and 12-bed clusters, reducing energy by ventilating multi-occupancy apartments with only one heat recovery system.

Indoor air quality is enhanced by the addition of Nuaire’s in-line carbon filter range, IAQ-BOX, or its double-award nominated carbon filter supply valve range, IAQ-VALVE.

Commercial Product Manager, Caroline Radcliffe explained: “We designed UNI-X to help create the optimum learning and living environment for students, but also to meet the needs of the building designers with some really clever features. It’s very reassuring to receive a second industry award nomination for the range, and confirms what we already believe, that UNI-X is a highly innovative heat recovery product.

The winner of the Commercial Product of the Year category will be unveiled at an awards ceremony on 19th April 2018.

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Nuaire’s Student Heat Recovery Range Gets the Judges Vote!

Creating a healthy, quiet home-from-home environment for students is the primary goal of the new heat recovery range from Nuaire, UNI-X. Now the range has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Student Accommodation Awards for Innovation of the Year.

Judges of the nationally-recognised industry award looked for clear evidence of genuine, industry-changing innovation which could improve well-being. The UNI-X range ticked the right boxes with its ability to improve indoor air quality and provide powerful ventilation at ultra-low noise levels, both of which help create the optimum learning and living environment for students.

Ventilation manufacturer, Nuaire launched the new commercial range in June 2017. Product Manager, Caroline Radcliffe explained: “The UNI-X range has been very well-received by customers and we are pleased to be winning some huge student accommodation projects across the country. Today’s students are more demanding of their accommodation, and rightly-so. We designed this range not only to meet the needs of the building designers, but to provide better indoor air quality and lower noise for occupants.

“We’re delighted to be shortlisted for the Innovation of the Year award and look forward to networking with other nominees and sponsors at the ceremony in December.”

UNI-X is the first packaged heat recovery range designed specifically for student accommodation, with options for studio, 4, 8 and 12-bed clusters. The range offers high efficiency, low SFPs and unmatched noise levels.

Ensuring better air quality was paramount in the design process, and UNI-X is further enhanced by the addition of Nuaire’s in-line carbon filter range, IAQ-BOX, which removes up to 99.5% of harmful NOX and up to 80% of particulate matter.

The range can be specified with Nuaire’s award-winning, all-in-one thermal ducting range, Ductmaster-Thermal, to improve thermal efficiency and reduce installation time. Nuaire is working closely with consultants, providing a free design service to ensure optimum performance of the UNI-X systems.

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Nuaire Celebrates Customer Service Week

Leading ventilation manufacturer, Nuaire will recognise its loyal customers and the staff that serve them with an action-packed schedule of events for National Customer Service Week, 2 – 6 October 2017. 

Commencing today is a full programme of activities, competitions and awards, which will encourage staff from across the business to engage with one-another, share best-practice and have some fun.

Commercial Order Processing Manager, Kathryn Devine explained: “As a company, we’re continually striving to improve our support to customers, and Customer Service Week is a great opportunity to recognise and reward the front-line advisers for their commitment and dedication.

As a business that sells direct to its customers, Nuaire has built up a reputation for providing excellent service and support. This week, the company will focus on and reward its staff whilst seeking new ideas and initiatives to further improve customer satisfaction. “I’m really pleased at how the teams are getting into the spirit of Customer Service Week. We have some great activities planned this week, from fun competitions that test product and company knowledge to tasks that focus on our customers and recognise what makes excellent customer service”, said Kathryn.

At the end of each day, the management team at Nuaire will honour a peer-nominated member of the team who has demonstrated first-class customer service. And as the week draws to a close, the five ‘star of the day’ members will receive a special award from the management team.

Kathryn continued: “We’re looking forward to a lively and engaging week of activities and to aligning people from across the business with our ethos on providing excellent customer service. By the end of what promises to be a fun week, I’m confident that we will have some fresh, new ideas on how to better support our new and existing customers, which is ultimately what Customer Service Week is all about.”


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World's 1st Custom Gold Fan Produced by Nuaire

Leading ventilation manufacturer Nuaire has been commissioned to develop a special, one-off bathroom fan in gold, to complement the overall décor of a very distinguished customer.

After seeing recent coverage of another fan manufacturer who showed a gold fan, Nuaire’s customer – who wants to remain anonymous – felt that it was exactly what was required in his luxurious bathroom redesign, and contacted the company to commission the one-off, exclusive version of the very successful Cyfan.

As gold isn’t Nuaire’s usual material of choice, the firm took advice from local Caerphilly goldsmiths Celtic Gold, and they were delighted to help create a gold extract fan.  Nuaire’s first idea was to reference their Welsh heritage by using only Welsh gold, however Celtic Gold’s owner Alan Jones revealed that there wouldn’t be enough Welsh gold available to produce a fan!  Creating a Cyfan in solid 9 carat gold would have cost more than £400,000, so a one-off special build with gold plating was produced for an undisclosed cost.

The customer was delighted with the result, and the exclusive nature of this piece, and felt that it blended beautifully with the rest of his gold bathroom.

Nuaire’s marketing director Andy Mudie commented: “It was a great honour to be able to produce this hugely special fan, but it’s not something we are looking to be part of our range. We can pull out all the stops for special occasions though. Watch this space.”

While you won't find any gold units, be sure to browse the Nuaire Cyfan as part of our range of Extract Fans

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Nuaire Named Triple Finalist of H&V News Awards

Smart thinking from leading ventilation manufacturer, Nuaire has earned the company no less than three nominations in the H&V News Awards. 

Boxer Packaged Solutions, Nuaire’s catalogue air handling unit range, is nominated for both ‘Air Movement Product of the Year’ and ‘Commercial HVAC Product of the Year - Cooling/Ventilation’. The Q-Aire 1Z all-in-one MVHR and acoustic enclosure is nominated for Best Domestic Ventilation Product of the Year.

The prestigious award ceremony, now in its 23rd year, celebrates innovation and the highest achievements across the building services industry.

While the applications are poles apart, the two products share one common theme. Both Boxer Packaged Solutions (BPS) and the Q-Aire 1Z are designed to meet the biggest challenges facing consultants and contractors in their respective sectors.

Boxer Packaged Solutions (BPS) is a highly-efficient semi-centralised AHU range. After 16 years of designing bespoke AHUs, Nuaire has channelled its knowledge into creating its first standard pre-selected catalogue range up to 6m3/s.

Innovation is evident in the carefully selected sizes, driven by extensive experience and customer interaction. The increments and options for ‘flow versus pressure’ have been chosen to suit the most common customer requests, allowing Nuaire’s customers to specify a unit that is just right for the application.

Nuaire’s Business Development Director, Andy Mudie explained: “BPS gives customers an AHU range that is easy to select and quick to order. And as it’s a catalogue range, we are able to build-in extra features such as pre-wiring and build-in, factory tested controls. These features save customers time and money without sacrificing performance.”

The thermal wheel and plate heat exchangers are up to 94% efficient, and the addition of the pre-wired Ecosmart Control Platform affords users full controllability of their energy-usage at the touch of a button.

The unique construction of BPS is ‘patent applied for’ and meets the highest levels of classification. Its super-strong construction further reduces energy consumption by preventing heat loss and leakage, and reduces condensation damage.

On the residential side, Nuaire’s Q-Aire range of products is designed to complement its market-leading MVHR range. The Q-Aire 1Z is a fully acoustically-treated, all-in-one unit that represents a new direction for MVHR noise solutions. The 1Z places the MVHR system together with a 4-way attenuator, AV-mounts and flexible duct connections all within a sleek, modern acoustic enclosure.

The first of its kind in the domestic ventilation industry, the 1Z solves the problem of MVHR vibration, in-duct and breakout noise all at once. These noise issues have become commonplace in city apartment building where MVHR systems are being used to tackle overheating, but are subject to strict acoustic criteria.

Mr Mudie commented: “The 1Z product really is a game-changer, and we’re delighted it is shortlisted for a H&V News award. The 1Z solves the growing MVHR noise problem facing housebuilders due to the lightweight fabric construction of urban apartments, the issue of overheating and the additional factor of external noise and air pollution. In this way, it is both a highly innovative and highly realistic design.”

The winners will be announced during the glittering awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 20 April 2017. 

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Online tool expands Nuaire’s AHU service 24/7

Nuaire, the UK’s leading ventilation manufacturer, has launched an online selection tool that helps users select bespoke air handling units all day every day to expand its customer service.

The selection tool, known as aireCAD, can be accessed on a microsite specifically developed for the company’s Boxer bespoke range, which is made up of component ventilation parts that can be used to create a tailored system to suit the needs of large public buildings such as hotels, healthcare facilities, retail outlets, offices and schools. From the users’ selections, aireCAD can create custom-made DXF drawings, accurately calculated weights and detailed data sheets. 

Nuaire launched the service with a competition to win an iPad on registration, and so far the software has received more than 2,000 new sign ups.

Matt Cole, of TGA, said of aireCAD: “It’s a fantastic tool that makes the process of selecting the right air handling unit much more quick and easy. It’s very clear, simple to use and is a welcome change from manufacturers’ regular catalogues, which can be confusing and impractical, or difficult online selection tools.”

Another user, Rob Pengelly, of F P Hurley & Sons, said: “aireCAD is extremely helpful. The majority of my day is taken up with meetings in the office and on site, so the convenience of being able to select what I need anytime online and get a full specification right away is incredibly helpful. I will certainly continue to use this tool.”

Caroline Radcliffe, Product Manager at Nuaire, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to offer this online system to make it easier and more efficient for customers to view our range and select a bespoke design for their own needs at any time of day.

“We’ve been thrilled with the response that we’ve had for the service so far and the number of registrations we’ve already received. The iPad offer we set up has also been a great success and we’re very happy to have awarded Matt and Rob with their new iPads.”


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New Group Managing Director leads the way at Nuaire

Nuaire, world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of energy efficient domestic, commercial, industrial ventilation and control equipment, has announced the appointment of a new group managing director.

Mark Huxtable will be responsible for the management of the business' and will oversee all core company functions including sales, marketing, finance, product development, procurement, and manufacturing.

A Chartered Engineer with a degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Mr Huxtable joined Nuaire in 1988 and moved quickly from a development engineering role into the realms of manufacturing.

Having joined the board of Nuaire in 1994, the 49-year-old from Newport moved to France for three years as President of its subsidiary AREM, one of Europe's largest manufacturers of high temperature axial fans, acquired by Nuaire in 1998. After successfully integrating the business within the group, Mr Huxtable returned to Nuaire's UK base in Caerphilly as group manufacturing and engineering director whilst retaining responsibility for the French operation.

On his promotion to group managing director, Mr Huxtable said: "My objective is to continue the trend of profitable growth and to establish a sustainable, three-year business plan with a strategy that underpins the growth requirements of the shareholders. We will be working to implement what is an ambitious strategic plan but one which the business and its people are fully capable of achieving."

Nuaire is currently backed by private equity firm Electra Partners LLP. Mr Huxtable, together with the group financial director Mr Robert Parry, was part of the original management buyout team in 2007.

Mr Huxtable continued: "Against the backdrop of a construction industry which is currently experiencing challenging times, we must continue to focus on development and innovation not only in terms of our products but also in the way we do business in order to capture a bigger slice of a static to diminishing market."

With a turnover in the region of £65million, Nuaire recently benefited from Welsh Government funding to assist it in securing major new factory equipment. The purchase of new sheet metal processing equipment represented an investment in the region of £2.2 million by the business, making Nuaire the most heavily invested ventilation manufacturer in the UK.

Mr Huxtable added: "We will also be continuing to grow our presence in terms of international markets, particularly the Middle East but also with a firm objective of seeking new opportunities that may exist in other emerging world markets. Nuaire is one of the few ventilation experts to have successfully developed a reputation for specialist knowledge and product innovation across residential, commercial and industrial markets. This versatility, together with unrivalled expert industry experience, is an attribute which continues to set us apart from our competitors and places us very much at the forefront of both the UK and European ventilation industry."

Nuaire now employs more than 450 people worldwide and has been considered a leader within the ventilation industry since 1963. Based in Wales, the business occupies 250,000 sq ft of space across its premises in Caerphilly and Bedwas, with further facilities in France, Dubai, and Ireland.

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Nuaire to feature on BBC Radio Wales, Wales At Work Programme

BBC Radio Wales will be profiling Nuaire on this week’s Wales At Work Programme.

Discussing the world of work and business within Wales, the programme hosted by Nick Servini, will feature Nuaire’s Technical Director Colin Biggs.

The programme will be broadcast this Thursday, the 21st of March 2013 at 6.30pm and repeated on Sunday 24th of March at 6.30am.

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Ventilation Experts Nuaire to Share Ideas and Advice through Industry Blog

Following a recent string of high profile industry awards for product innovation and manufacturing processes, UK ventilation manufacturer Nuaire has chosen to share the expertise and knowledge of its talented workforce through a new company blog.

“As a British manufacturer, we are well known for designing and manufacturing innovative, low-energy ventilation products, and for coming up with new strategies that help answer industry needs”, explained Andy Mudie, Nuaire Marketing Director. “However, we don’t often get the opportunity to share the ideas and opinions of the people within the company that drive the business.”

“The Nuaire blog will put the spotlight firmly on key members of staff from across the company’s engineering, commercial, sales, marketing and training departments, demonstrating the value we place on our people and our faith in their expertise.”

Mr Mudie himself, often cited in industry publications such as H&V News and CIBSE Journal, sees the Nuaire blog as a way of sharing his views on the challenges facing the building services industry.  “Blogging is something that some of the team are fairly new to, however they often provide advice at by phone, email and in person at meetings and events. They have found the process of sharing opinions on hot industry topics to be very enlightening”, he added.

The blog team will offer the latest insight and guidance on topics from all market sectors such as BIM modelling, controls, MVHR installation best practice, tackling condensation, indoor air quality, acoustic guidelines, and the impact of building regulations.

Visit the Nuaire blog

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