Simple Data and Greener Fans, Pledges New ISO and BSI Fans Chairman

Supporting simple test data and wider adoption of fan standards will be the focus for Tony Breen, Nuaire Test Manager, as he takes up the role of ISO and BSI Fan Committees Chairman.

The ISO and BSI committees are the international and British standards organisations that issue standards on fan products. This affects anyone who buys, makes or uses ventilation equipment that includes a fan. Mr Breen, a long-standing technical employee of ventilation manufacturer Nuaire, has just begun a three-year post as chairman.

Creating a “level playing field” for fan manufacturers and fan buyers by creating simple, standardised test data are of particular interest to Mr Breen, who believes wider adoption of ISO standards around the world will benefit the marketplace.

He said: “During my term, I hope to see increased membership of ISO/TC 117 and further improve the cooperation between the CEN and ISO fan committees so that they can share common standards. This will benefit manufacturers who would only work to one set of rules and produce data to one common standard. A better understanding of product data would allow the building industry to make more informed decisions when buying fans.”

Mr Breen described feeling “honoured” to be following in the footsteps of Fläkt Woods technical director Dr Bill Cory, the former chair of the BSI and ISO fan committees. “Dr Cory has been a major influence in the fan world for the last 30 years”, he said.

According to data from the ISO technical committee for fans, ISO/TC 117, the energy usage by fans has been calculated as nearly 20 per cent of worldwide demand, driving a need to produce more environmentally-friendly fans in the future.  ISO has worked with its 160 member countries to improve energy-performance through a new grading system for fans between 125 watts and 500 megawatts, giving these consumers the same clarity that has been enjoyed by homeowners buying domestic white goods.

Mr Breen explained: “This new Standard has given some much-needed clarity to the marketplace and has helped fan manufacturers to focus on a common set of goals that, ultimately, will benefit the environment. The wider these standards are adopted, the more environmental benefits we can expect to see.”

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Nuaire Recognised for Creative Manufacturing and Innovation With Double Win

Caerphilly-based Nuaire, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of energy efficient ventilation systems, has won two awards for innovation and creativity in manufacturing at the Made in Wales Awards 2012.

At a glitzy award ceremony hosted by broadcaster Huw Edwards at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff, Nuaire scooped the Manufacturing Innovation Award and the Creative Design Award in recognition for its efforts to redevelop its residential portfolio to match increasingly strict housing regulations.

The awards, held annually by the Wales Business Insider, celebrate the best in manufacturing, design and product development in Wales while showcasing the highest calibre of the sector. Winners were chosen by a panel of ten industrialists and experts, who examined more than 75 entries across nine categories.

The judges were particularly impressed with Nuaire’s new range of quieter and more energy-efficient mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems for homes, and commented that the product range demonstrated “good forward planning” and “innovation driven by strategic thinking.”

Mark Huxtable, managing director at Nuaire, said: “As stricter regulations are applied to new-build homes there has been a move away from traditional ‘extractor fans’ in bathroom and kitchens to more energy efficient methods of ventilation, such as ‘Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery’ (MVHR).

“To continue to keep our range as up-to-date and innovative as possible, while making sure that we addressed the challenges faced by our target market’s increasingly strict regulations, we worked closely with key housebuilders, contractors, installers and homeowners to determine the requirements for our products.”

The finished result was Nuaire’s range of high efficiency, low power and low noise heat recovery systems, suitable for small homes with one or two wet rooms to those with seven wet rooms. These products combine supply and extract in one unit, taking the heat from the moisture-laden and stale air removed from a house and using it to pre-heat fresh air coming in from outside. This process recovers more than 90% of heat that would otherwise have been expelled with conventional units. The new range is also very compact, leaving more storage space in a home, and extremely quiet, unlike many bathroom fans.

Nuaire has also created a special software package which allows a customer to send in a blueprint of a property for the Design Team to draw up a plan of the house showing the most suitable MVHR product as well as a full bill of materials, including all the ducting and ancillary components.

Mark added: “The growth in sales we’ve experienced as a result of our new MVHR range has been fantastic. Our engineering and manufacturing staff have pushed the boundaries of the industry by reaching the high performance of the European style units in a much smaller space, which is ideal for the UK market.

“By maintaining our awareness of the challenges that are presented by the latest residential housing regulations, we have been able to achieve the smallest, quietest and most cost effective ventilation solution without compromising on air quality and speed. These awards are excellent recognition for the forward-thinking and design innovation by our staff and we’re very proud to have achieved these accolades.”

Speaking at the event, Huw Edwards praised the 220 people present from Welsh industry, he said: "You’d have to have a long memory to recall the days when Cardiff, Swansea and Flintshire were hazy with smoke, and pit hooters echoed through the Valleys. Manufacturing isn't so 'in your face' these days. We still create products in Wales. These products are used and enjoyed around the world. They also contribute a lot to UK exports, employ hundreds of thousands of people, and keep suppliers and local economies busy."

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Nuaire Staff Support Fashion For Food

On Friday 11th December staff from across the council, and supporting companies, dressed down in exchange for donations to local food banks.‘Fashion for food’ is an annual appeal co-ordinated by the council’s Caerphilly Homes team, who are responsible for housing in the county borough. 

A number of suppliers and contractors also donated to the appeal including Robert Price Builders’ Merchants, Contract Services, Mi-Space, Spotless Recruitment, Keepmoat, Wavin, Redring, Seren, Spirotech, Nuaire, Worcester, Marley, F & P, Wholesale, Crabtree, AKW, Pegler, 3D, Nicobond,. Rangemaster, Quinn, Carrara & Matta, LED Robus and Rixonway. The companies are all currently working with the council on delivery of its £200 million Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) improvement programme.

All donations were distributed equally to four food banks in the county borough: in Blackwood, Caerphilly, New Tredegar and Risca.

Last month the Trussell Trust reported that their food banks had given more emergency supplies to people in the first six months of financial year 2015/16 than in the same period last year.  The number of people relying on food banks is likely to increase significantly over winter, as people low incomes have to decide between eating and heating.

Cllr David Poole, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, said “With the steady rise in the number of people accessing food banks in recent years, the council’s annual ‘Fashion for Food’ appeal is more important than ever.  Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for families on low incomes and local food banks provide a lifeline for many. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our suppliers and contractors who donated considerably to the appeal.”

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£2.2 million investment to double manufacturing capacity for Nuaire

Nuaire, the market leader in the design and manufacture of commercial and domestic energy efficient ventilation systems, has signalled confidence in its future growth by making its largest ever investment in its manufacturing plant.

With grant assistance from the Welsh Government, Nuaire has invested in a £2.2 million sheet metal processing system to replace its ageing machines. The new plant will more than double the company's existing capacity and boast a range of new features to transform its manufacturing systems.

 Nuaire annually processes 75,000 sheets of metal for use in its ventilation products, including galvanised, mild steel, aluzinc and plastic coated steel, totalling 2,200 tonnes. Output has increased by 28% in the last 18 months and this additional capacity will support the company's continuing growth initiatives in all markets.

 The two new punching machines have an integrated automatic handling line that is linked to a state of the art storage and retrieval system. The complete facility allows the storage and retrieval of raw sheet metal blanks, delivery to the automatic punching machines, and return to the store of punched components before folding, or delivery of the components direct to the operator for immediate use.

 Commenting on the investment, Nuaire's manufacturing director, Alun Jones, said:

 "This investment will transform our manufacturing systems here at Nuaire. The new machinery will bring greater capacity, higher flexibility and lower costs, which, when combined, will allow us to offer further improvements in delivery performance and quality both to our existing and new customers.

 "Quick delivery of accurately punched and folded sheet metal panels is essential in delivering the high levels of quality and on-time delivery that our customers have come to expect from Nuaire. Our entire manufacturing operation is focussed on achieving industry leading levels of on-time delivery performance, and exceptionally high levels of product reliability to support our trusted brand.

 "By making such a significant investment at a time of such economic uncertainty, we are demonstrating our confidence in future growth while also ensuring our new processes have a positive effect on the environment."

 Minister for Business, Edwina Hart commented:

"I am delighted that through our Single Investment Fund we have been able to play a part in helping this truly innovative business expand its manufacturing plant. The Welsh Government recognises the strategic importance of Nuaire and its vital contribution to the regional economy.

 "Nuaire is a great example of a confident Welsh business that is investing in its future now, despite the challenging economic conditions, and I wish them every success."

 As a responsible manufacturer, Nuaire considers the environmental impact of every major change programme and this project will deliver enormous benefits in this area. The automatic segregation of scrap materials to reduce contamination and the more efficient use of each sheet will deliver lower scrap rates and higher scrap purity.

 The new machines also use servo-electric technology rather than the hydraulic system used on previous machines, which means that energy is only consumed when actually processing components. Machine electricity consumption will fall from 760,000kWh/year to 55,000kWh/year, a reduction of over 90%.

 The proposed machines integrate fully with Nuaire's manufacturing and CADCAM Systems, and include automatic dynamic nesting, which will considerably improve material utilisation. The extended storage will allow a wider range of raw material blank sizes to be stocked increasing efficiency from 85% to 90% and resulting in a reduction in scrap rates.

 The new machines support an extended tool range constantly available on the machines. This feature gives the flexibility to further optimise the performance by selecting more complex single hit tools to produce frequently required profiles rather than multiple hits to achieve the same result. New features available for consideration include: threaded holes, hinges, louvered ventilation slots, inter-locking tags and strengthening ribs - all features of great interest to Nuaire's design team.

 Nuaire manufactures a wide range of ventilation and associated control equipment from its site in Caerphilly. The company, which was established in 1963, employs 400 people involved in the design, manufacture, sales and distribution of industry leading products serving residential, commercial and industrial customers in UK and international markets.

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Apprentice Wins Quality Award for Nuaire

An apprentice at ventilation system market leader Nuaire has gained a prestigious quality award for his work in introducing a robust quality and efficiency improvement programme at the Nuaire group’s Welsh headquarters.

Usmaan Nasir, who works full-time for Nuaire, won the Welsh Chartered Quality Institute’s top award for putting the programme in place for the company, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Mr Nasir took on the task after one of Nuaire’s regular product reviews brought a renewed realisation that product quality had to be retained to maintain the company’s reputation yet manage the cost of quality. Department restructuring and the introduction of management training provided a framework to establish effective leadership and resulted in a workforce dedicated to quality and supportive of continuous improvements in products and processes.

His approach, which he implemented using 5S and Kaizen methods, also addressed training and resourcing issues, ensuring these were in place before changing the processes themselves, leaving a workforce properly prepared to embrace the change in culture, and avoiding the usual extended period of confusion and disruption. Establishing training facilities in the workplace also meant staff could be updated and reskilled in a familiar environment, reducing the capacity for conflict between the managers’ perception of processes and the practical necessities apparent to the production people.

Mr Nasir, who studied for a Higher Certificate in Quality Management at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales), a course recommended to him by his employer Nuaire, says that, importantly, the managers did not expect to see “an immediate regeneration” of processes. Instead, they accepted that a piecemeal approach would be less disruptive, more flexible, would bring better buy in from staff people, and made it easier to balance the costs of the change against improved productivity and quality.

And while Mr Nasir adds that the benefits have not been easy to quantify, they are clearly apparent in the improved workflow,   and better motivation at all levels at Nuaire’s Caerphilly headquarters. “Implementing effective improvement initiatives can be far more difficult and expensive than textbooks and training courses generally indicate,” says Mr Nasir. “While numbers can be put on the cost of rework and other failure incidents, it is not so easy to put a price on a company’s reputation for technical excellence and reliability of supply in a globally competitive sector.”

Mr Nasir says that many academic references state improvement initiatives more often result in failure than success, with common problems such as poor communication, leadership and process knowledge.  Nuaire however, renowned for its expertise, commitment to innovation and outstanding quality, had found a way to succeed by using sound management rather than textbook process to eliminate such obstacles.

Though the changes have currently only been implemented in production,  Nuaire has plans to address other office functions such as design and administration using a similar, progressive style, he adds.

Steve Flood, QSHE Manager at Nuaire said: “The knowledge and experience Usmaan has gained has positively influenced the Quality culture within Nuaire through the implementation of various quality tools and techniques learnt through his studies with the professional academy at the University of Glamorgan”.

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Nuaire’s James makes a splash in Kier Living Charity Paddle Board Race

(James Mullane hands sponsorship cheque to Kier Living's Louise Harris)

Always up for a sporting challenge, James Mullane from Nuaire has gone the extra mile to show his support for valued customers, Kier Living, by taking part in their 13 mile stand up paddle board race in aid of the Welsh Velindre Cancer Care charity.

This summer, the Kier Group has organised an ambitious company-wide charity event to raise money for worthy causes and make a point about sustainable living. The ‘500 Miles’ challenge links up all of its UK sites and offices in a green relay using non-motorised forms of transport. The race concluded this week for the Kier Living team in charge of the high profile Cardiff Pointe development in the capital’s bay area.  

The Kier Living team made a watery contribution in the form of a team of Stand Up Paddle boarders, sponsored by a host of suppliers including ventilation manufacturer, Nuaire.  In bright sunshine and favourable paddling conditions, the team of 11 Kier Living staff, including project managers, site managers, quantity surveyors, commercial, development  and design managers, donned board shorts and mounted their 10ft paddle boards in the River Taff and began the gruelling 13 mile course up and down the River Taff to the River Ely via Cardiff Bay.

Nuaire Residential Sales Manager, James has worked closely with the Kier Living design team, helping them source low-energy ventilation systems for luxury apartments and larger homes at the Cardiff Pointe development.  Upon hearing of the unusual charity event, James was keen to donate sponsorship money to support a worthy cause, and was keener still to take part.

He commented: “I’ve taken part in a few charity challenges over the years but this one was definitely the hardest by far.  Racing 13 miles on paddle board in 26oC heat is hard work. We had a really good team of people from Kier Living so that made it somewhat easier; however towards the final couple of miles I must admit that I was glad to see the finish line. I know several people with various types of cancer so I know how worthwhile charitable events like this can be.”

See James and the team live from training!

Kier Living Design Coordinator, Louise Harris said: “The 13 mile race required real stamina and strength, and the many hours of training put in by the team really paid off. The weather was perfect and the whole team united to pull each other through five hours in the sizzling heat.  James’ contribution was paramount to our successful completion of the race. He was a strong team member and helped set a good pace for the team, ensuring we didn’t rush or lag behind. The task was definitely not for the faint-hearted and, even with less training than the others, James was fantastic and proved to be a superb team member.”

“The aim of the challenge was to raise as much money as possible for Velindre Cancer Centre and the £400 donation from Nuaire gave us a great boost to achieve our fundraising goal. To date we have raised over £2290 with donations still pouring in.”

Kier Living 500 Mile Challenge flag

If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause the Kier Living ‘just giving’ page is still open for business.

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Nuaire Celebrates International Marketing Win

Nuaire has scooped a top prize at the prestigious B2B Marketing Awards. Now in its 11th year, the awards ceremony took place in London on 19th November, with Nuaire winning Best Product Launch Campaign with the B2B product launch campaign of DAVE, in conjunction with creative agency Lesniak Swann.

Nuaire and Lesniak Swann worked together to develop an integrated product launch campaign to promote their new DAVE range of single extract fans, creating a huge amount of interest in the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning industry. The launch campaign was a great success, generating over £2.4 million in quotes in the first 12 weeks.

The B2B Marketing awards are the largest and most prestigious B2B marketing awards in the world. Launched in 2005, the Awards have since grown to become the must-attend event in the B2B marketing calendar. The Awards are designed to recognise excellence in B2B marketing and celebrate the success of the industry.

Winners of the B2B Marketing Awards reflect organisations from across the business community and include the most innovative, creative and forward-thinking B2B brands and agencies in the world. Previous winners include Google, Fujitsu, Microsoft UK, Barclays, HP, Canon, Lloyds TSB, Unilever, Siemens Enterprise Communications, Michelin, TalkTalk and Carillion.  Nuaire was up against major brands such as LV, BT and Nissan, so can be extremely proud of winning such a high profile award.

The B2B Awards are judged by an independent panel of top-industry marketers and celebrate the most innovative, creative and forward-thinking marketing of the year.

Examples of the award-winning campaign can be found at

Andy Mudie, Marketing Director at Nuaire Group, commented: “Lesniak Swann came up with the strong initial concept of ‘releasing Dave’, to generate interest in a very traditional market.  Nuaire worked with them through all the different stages of the campaign from brief, through the teaser phase, to the ultimate reveal and then post-launch.  Working together allowed us to do all sales and marketing activity – when we gave them ideas they didn’t just fulfil the brief, they were able to develop the creative as the campaign progressed and breathe life into all the elements of the campaign.”

Alex Swann, Director at Lesniak Swann, commented: “The B2B Marketing Awards feature work from all over the world - we’re really thrilled to win this award. The whole team who worked on the Nuaire launch really pushed the boundaries of B2B marketing, with a creative, innovative campaign. The industry Nuaire operate in has a history of very traditional marketing - so thanks to Nuaire for taking the bold decision to go with a more creative approach!”

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Nuaire reaches agreement with Titon Holdings Ltd.

Nuaire are pleased to announce a settlement with Titon Holdings over alleged patent infringement.

The agreement is over the Nuaire MRXBOX95-WALL heat recovery model, one of the first developed by Nuaire in the early designs of MVHR.

Nuaire now has over 30 models within the MVHR family and through significant research and development these MVHR ranges improve customer satisfaction through:

  • Improved efficiency
  • Providing better specific fan powers
  • Integrated sensors and enablers
  • Easy maintenance features

As well as a new acoustic enclosure for MVHRs, Nuaire are pleased to announce the release of their latest wall mounted MRXBOX95-WM1, which will directly replace the duty addressed by the MRXBOX95-WALL model. It incorporates easy access front filters and increased performance.

Nuaire will be showcasing its MVHR range, along with a number of other new products and services, at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition. Ecobuild is at London ExCel between the 5th and 7th of March 2013, with nuaire at stand N3620.  

If you would like to know more about the new ranges, design services or if you have a query with current outstanding orders, please do not hesitate to contact your local sales representative or Nuaire’s main office on 02920 858200.

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Nuaire leads the UK with a second Carbon Trust re-accreditation

Leading manufacturer Nuaire has become the first British company in the ventilation industry to achieve a second re-accreditation of the Carbon Trust Standard. The company, which designs and manufactures low-energy commercial and residential ventilation products, has again demonstrated its commitment to tackling climate change with this recognition from the Carbon Trust.

This achievement signals significant progress towards carbon reduction over a six year period, and further validates the two environmental awards won by Nuaire in 2012, the National EEF Future Manufacturing Award for Environmental Efficiency, and the Western Mail Go Green Business Award.

Nuaire employs over 430 staff and manufactures over 40,000 products from its 13,000m2 site in Caerphilly, South Wales. Reducing the environmental impact of its operations is a high priority for the manufacturer, which is recognised within the construction industry as a leader in developing innovative, low-energy products that reduce carbon emissions. 

In 2009, Nuaire became the first ventilation manufacturer in the UK to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, having already attained environmental accreditation ISO14001 in 2008. It successfully retained this title when, in 2011, Nuaire was re-accredited for a further two years.  Today’s announcement of a second re-accreditation is the culmination of six years of on-going carbon management initiatives and investment into energy-reducing machinery and practices.

Nuaire’s energy policy is overseen by group director Robert Parry and implemented by a dedicated Green Team. In order to attain re-accreditation for a third time, the company undertook a range of proactive energy efficiency and waste reduction measures. Highlighted by the Carbon Trust were  the installation of a low-energy lighting system; improvements to insulation of pipework and glazing, and machinery investment into a state-of-the-art £2m sheet metal forming system which has helped Nuaire reduce its energy costs by over £30,000 per year.

Nuaire continues to focus on improving the energy-efficiency of its ventilation products. As a market leader in heat recovery systems, Nuaire continues to promote the environmental benefits of using its energy-efficient ranges. The company maintains its active post as a champion of installation best practice, which includes providing free BPEC installer training to ensure that its low-energy domestic ventilation products are correctly installed and commissioned for optimum energy reduction and performance.

With on-going initiatives to tackle climate change at all levels within the company, Nuaire has worked with its employees to develop a green travel plan for commuters and has recently launched a car-share scheme in conjunction with Sustrans, involving other large organisations that share the same industrial estate. The company is currently working with the Carbon Trust in a pilot scheme to reduce the energy consumption of its Welsh supply chain, effectively closing the loop in its efforts to achieve low carbon impact in all of its production, processes and activities.  

Group director, Robert Parry explains: “We are delighted to achieve this second reaccreditation of the Carbon Trust Standard. We take our environmental stance very seriously and have dedicated hard work and significant investment into reducing our carbon footprint by 2.8 per cent against our last audit.

“Within an industry prone to green-washing, we have looked for real, tangible and measurable ways to make a difference both within our manufacturing operations and with our employees and supply chain. Retaining this mark of trust for a further two years is an exceptional achievement and we aim to show other businesses that reducing their carbon usage can not only help tackle climate change but can also make a significant and positive financial impact on the bottom line.”

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Proud to Be Local Say Nuaire On Caerphilly Business Forum Award Wins

As an exceptional year for award wins draws to a close, staff and directors at Nuaire are celebrating recognition a little closer to home. The Welsh ventilation manufacturer won both Business of the Year and the Winner of Winners title at the Caerphilly Business Forum Awards 2014, confirming the company as one of the most successful businesses in the county.

Now in its 13th year, the awards are open to businesses of all sizes and sectors within the Borough of Caerphilly. The formal black tie awards dinner was held at Bryn Meadows Hotel, supported by sponsors including Norgine, Coleg Gwent and the Welsh Government. Nuaire was nominated for Business of the Year, for companies with over 25 employees; a category sponsored by Finance Wales. The company was later presented with the Premier Winner award in recognition of its outstanding performance and impressive growth in recent years.

Marketing Director, Andy Mudie was delighted to accept both awards on the night. He said:

"It was the first time we’d entered the awards and it is great recognition for the staff here. We’ve gone from a small family business to a large company with a turnover of £55m, and still growing at an enormous rate. Winning the Business of the Year award in a highly respected local award is a fitting end to what has been a record year of achievements for the company.

"Going on to win the ‘Premier Award’ as the most impressive entrant overall was the icing on the cake at Friday evening’s awards dinner. As a long-standing local employer with a great many of our staff Caerphilly residents, it gives us a real sense of local pride to be presented with these two coveted awards."

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