Nuaire Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation!

As ventilation manufacturer Nuaire reaches half a century, Nuaire Managing Director, Mark Huxtable shares the secret of their success.

We hope our customers weren’t fooled by our ‘Gold Fan’ advert in H&V News. It’s not real, but Nuaire’s Golden Jubilee definitely is.

Nuaire was officially incorporated in April 1966 and has grown and flourished ever since. We have worked hard to forge a reputation for innovation in the ventilation industry, and today the Nuaire name is known for excellent customer service and high quality, British-made products.

From the success of the ‘Tack 41’ extract fan, originally marketed to local shops, and the invention of Positive Input Ventilation with the enduring Drimaster, through to the launch of our award-winning, energy-saving XBC, Nuaire has shaped the industry with ground-breaking products for five decades. We continue to set the standard in clean air and energy-efficient ventilation products.

So what’s our secret? How have we remained buoyant while the wider construction industry has been shaken by economic uncertainty? I’m a firm believer that our philosophy in investment is the answer. We don’t shy away from investment into new product development, our salesforce, our manufacturing facilities and in the latest technology, all of which help us deliver first class service to our customers.

Through this long-term approach and investment in many facets of the business, Nuaire has attracted and retained a loyal, highly-skilled workforce which is the key attribute that often allows organisations to set themselves apart. We have recently refurbished our offices and named the meeting rooms after eight members of staff that have each served more than 40 years continuous service with the company.

I joined Nuaire in 1988 and have witnessed exponential growth and innovation. I’m extremely proud that we continue to lead the ventilation design field in innovation and customer service. We’re still driven by the same pioneering spirit that set the wheels in motion back in 1966, and we’re even more passionate about improving air quality. Our 550-strong workforce and our loyal customers can look forward to many more years of innovation.

As we celebrate this very special milestone, it gives me real pleasure to announce that our year of celebrations has officially begun - watch this space for 50th anniversary activities!

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Nuaire wins prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Award

Caerphilly-based ventilation manufacturer, Nuaire has been named winner of the EEF South West Region Environmental Efficiency Award, for demonstrating how investing and implementing environmental efficiencies can result in significant cost savings for a business.

Nuaire is a UK market leader in the design and manufacture of energy efficient domestic, commercial and renewable ventilation solutions. The company won the award, sponsored by ENER-G, for its hugely successful campaign over the last 12 months, where it has reduced waste to landfill and recycled literally tonnes of metals, wood, cardboard, plastic and paper. It also invested £2m, with funding from the Welsh Government, in the upgrade of the plant machinery needed to ensure higher efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Commented Mark Huxtable, Managing Director of Nuaire : “We’re delighted to win this award. The company has bucked the trend seen in the wider manufacturing industry by continuing to grow and through its environmental and efficiency measures, its output has already increased by 28% over the last 18 months; with the £2m machinery investment made earlier this year, the company’s output is now set to more than double over the following year.”

The EEF awards, presented at @Bristol, recognise excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development among UK manufacturers. The Environmental Efficiency Award is presented to the company which has done the most to improve its own environmental performance and/or reduce its carbon footprint whilst improving operational efficiency.

 

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Nuaire Offers XPRESS Service to its Customers

A market leader in the ventilation industry, Nuaire has launched a new handy A5 Xpress service catalogue for its customers offering next day delivery on stocked products. With the largest choice of stocked products in the UK, Nuaire can choose from hundreds of options to find a unit to meet their customers’ requirements and timescales. From small residential fans to larger commercial XBOXER heat recovery units, this catalogue covers a wide range of next-day products.

Marketing Manager Andy Mudie explains, "With a dedicated Nuaire Xpress team and over 50 sales staff throughout the UK, you can be assured that we put you first. We recognise the importance of the right product, at the right price at the right time, and truly caring about our customers is why thousands of customers keep coming back to us."

Andy continues, "Through investments like our automated machinery and our large 100,000ft2 warehouse, both located here in the UK, we can respond to our customers’ demands.  Our dedicated Xpress team are here to help; whether it’s just one fan that’s missing on an urgent job, or a range of fans you need, give us a call."

The new Xpress catalogue also features offers of the month, where customers can get up to 30% off products and great deals.

To get a copy of the catalogue please call our dedicated Xpress team on 029 2085 8200.

 

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Nuaire Is Top of the Blogs with Construction Marketing Award Nomination!

Five months after its launch, Nuaire’s first official company blog has earned itself a nomination in the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) 2014.

The Nuaire Blog has been shortlisted for the Best Construction Blog award after taking part in a live online vote for over a month. It joins 10 other construction blogs in the finals; each one judged on its design, content, interaction and strategic integration with wider marketing goals.  

As a leading ventilation manufacturer, Nuaire’s blog team have concentrated on topics that are currently affecting the construction industry and housing sectors, such as solving acoustic problems, reducing energy, curing condensation, and how to meet building regulations. Others have opted to give technical advice on Nuaire’s latest products, or just blog about issues they feel strongly about.

Nuaire’s Marketing Communications Manager, Alex Gallop explained: “We are delighted to be included in such a high profile competition, especially as the Blog was only launched this summer. Our goal for the blog is to share the views, opinions and voices of real people within Nuaire. Often the messages shared with the media and customers through PR, digital and print content and even Social Media, tend to be from a corporate perspective. We wanted to put the spotlight on people within the company that have unbelievable expertise and knowledge on subjects that our customers are interested in or want advice on.

“The blog is our way of giving individuals the opportunity to say what they think. None of our writers are from a marketing or editorial background, and all were virgin bloggers. It has been a leap of faith for the Board of Directors and even the bloggers themselves, but being shortlisted for this award is, in itself, proof that this activity has real merit.”

Now in their 14th year, the Construction Marketing Awards is a prestigious competition run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG), which works on behalf of members to raise the status of the marketing profession within the construction industry. The awards will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, The gala awards dinner presentation will take place on December 3, at the Radisson Blu on Portman Square in London.

Visit the Nuaire blog: nuaire.co.uk/blog

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Nuaire wins award for its commitment to the green agenda

Caerphilly–based Nuaire, a market leader in the manufacturing of energy efficient ventilation systems for homes and businesses, has won the Go-Green environmental award at the Institute of Welsh Affairs Business Awards.

Hosted at Cardiff City Hall, Nuaire was recognised at an elaborate ceremony for its wide-ranging and on-going environmental strategy including its significant reductions in waste and energy use and the increased efficiency of its plant.

Now in their second year, the awards, sponsored by PwC, showcase the best of Welsh business recognising their successes and achievements, and the judges were particularly impressed with Nuaire’s commitment to carbon and waste reduction at their plant.

Various measures have been implemented to address the company’s green agenda, including the upgrade of its boiler systems, the introduction of daylight and motion sensor lighting and the installation of timers into the plant’s own ventilation system. 

In addition, during the last 12 months Nuaire has successfully achieved an 18% reduction in waste to landfill, recycled 93% of the 988 tonnes of waste produced and introduced smart metering to identify and remedy energy hotspots.

Mark Huxtable, managing director at Nuaire, said: “We are delighted with our achievements to reduce waste and carbon emissions in the last 12 months, and this award is the perfect recognition for the efforts we have made.

“As a company creating energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly products, we take our own environmental strategy very seriously. Since being one of the first businesses in Wales to achieve the Carbon Trust standard and the Green Dragon level five accreditation we have continually been looking at ways to improve our environmental performance.”

“Over the years, we have made changes that have not only reduced the carbon emissions at our plant but we have also implemented various energy efficiency measures at a company level, including measures to ensure that our staff are on board. 

Nuaire has a dedicated quality, safety, health and environment team which operates the company’s environmental management system that improves efficiency in its operations. The company has implemented various changes in the last year, which include requesting that suppliers deliver goods in recycled or reusable packaging where possible, establishing the Nuaire energy management team to encourage efficient working practises, and the formulation of a green transport plan for employee commuting.

Mark continued: “It’s fantastic to see that the whole team has got behind our new environmental strategies and we hope that, through winning this award, our systems can be used as best-practice for other manufacturers. What we have achieved demonstrates the positive impact that a green strategy can have for a company, both environmentally and also financially.”

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Nuaire's Smart Approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Nuaire, the market leader in the design and manufacture of energy efficient commercial and domestic ventilation systems, has gone live with a new system to expand its current service offering to its customers.

As the industry migrates closer to the Government launch date of January 2016, it is gradually becoming a necessity of clients, consultants and contractors alike to be able to react, adopt and develop 3D BIM models for all publicly funded projects.

As a company that prides itself in its ability to provide up-to-date, modern selection tools and to innovate throughout its product design, we are proud to announce that on 3 June 2013, Nuaire went live with BIM; Building Information Modelling – being the first ventilation manufacturer in the UK to launch a catalogue library of products.

BIM is a software platform that allows you to integrate all elements of a buildings construction into one drawing or file. Each service element is then layered on top of the last providing clash detection and full co-ordination throughout the design phases.

In addition to this, designers and construction teams are also able to co-ordinate site services during design and construction phases via accurate 3D modelling of the site. Individual phases and elements of the design can then be auto-scheduled or specifically sectioned out in the drawings. This will improve project timescales and is planned to reduce downtime on site.

Key design features of the software include: Thermal models, acoustic analysis, building extensions and structural loading which all play a part of the “BIG BIM” portrayal.

Nuaire now has a dedicated BIM team offering libraries of CAD/Revit/BIM to a customer’s exact specification. Nuaire’s libraries offer collision detection through geometry, connection positions and weights. Project specific performance criteria and support for design, project management and building operations can be requested which will result in improved design efficiency. For enquiries please email: Bim@nuaire.co.uk.

DOWNLOAD OUR BIM FILES click here to be taken to our library. 

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Respected Industry Figure Joins Nuaire as Chairman

(Group MD Mark Huxtable welcomes Kevin Sargeant as new Chairman)

Ventilation manufacturer Nuaire has announced the appointment of Kevin Sargeant as its new Chairman.  A highly recognisable figure within the ventilation industry, Sargeant brings many years of relevant industry and private equity experience to the already well-established team at Nuaire. The new appointment coincides with company’s plans for further growth in both the UK and Internationally.

Sargeant says: “I’m delighted to have taken on the Chairman role at Nuaire, having known the business for many years as a strong competitor and customer of my old business and joining them at an exciting period in their development. They are undoubtedly at the front of the UK commercial ventilation market and have real potential to be the leading residential ventilation supplier also, whilst they continue to strengthen their export business. Mark has developed a very strong management team and I’m looking forward to working with them in the future”

Established in 1966, Nuaire is now a private equity backed UK based company and a leader in the design and manufacture of energy-efficient ventilation solutions for the commercial, and residential sectors. Nuaire’s reputation for using advanced technology comes from the invention of several key ventilation strategies that have been widely adopted by the air movement industry, including Positive Input Ventilation, and the first Constant Pressure Twin Fan System.  The company has continued to strengthen its name through winning national awards for product innovation and manufacturing processes; most recently the CIBSE Building Performance Award for its energy-saving commercial heat recovery system – XBOX, and The National House-Builder Product Award for its Ductmaster range of thermal ducting.

Commenting on the new appointment, Nuaire Group CEO Mark Huxtable says: “I am delighted to welcome Kevin onto the board as our new chairman. He brings a wealth of relevant experience to the business and potentially adds a further dimension in some key new areas of development.”

A qualified chartered management accountant, Sargeant has built an impressive career in the ventilation sector.  From small beginnings at Initial Services PLC he became the Group MD in 1986 before leaving to form his own company - Airstream Products in the late 80’s. His company was later bought by the Vent Axia Group, for which Sargeant became Group MD for a period of five years.

Sargeant was a VA board member when the company was bought out by Smith Industries PLC and in 2002 he led a management buy-out of Volution from Smiths Industries with Private Equity backing from Montagu. A secondary buy-out followed in 2006 with ABN Amro which he finally exited in February 2012 when the Volution Group was acquired by Towerbrook, a US based Private Equity firm.

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Nuaire Named Top HVAC Employer

It's official. If you're in the HVAC sector, ventilation manufacturer Nuaire is a great place to work! The company was one of the top performers in Thornhvac’s Best Ventilation Companies to Work For survey. Managing director Mark Huxtable agrees that product quality and innovation are a key factor in attracting good people.

With 100 per cent UK based manufacturing, and a ventilation heritage dating back to 1966, Nuaire is a prominent employer in the UK ventilation industry. Most of its staff are from the local community, which has been shaped by the firm’s presence over several decades.

Huxtable joined Nuaire in 1988 and has been responsible for introducing a strong personal development ethic.

“Because we require high calibre, knowledgeable staff, we believe in training up apprentices and junior staff members,” explains Huxtable.

“The challenge for any manufacturing company is retaining high calibre staff who are keen to fast-track their careers. Where possible we recruit and promote from within to ensure our best people have opportunities for lateral and vertical movement and progression.”

Huxtable believes investment has helped the business thrive through recession and is key to attracting both customers and good sales people.

“We don’t shy away from investment into new product development, our salesforce, our manufacturing facilities and in the latest technology, all of which help us deliver first class service to our customers.

“Through this long-term approach and investment in many facets of the business, Nuaire has attracted and retained a loyal, highly-skilled workforce which is the key attribute that often allows organisations to set themselves apart. We have recently refurbished our offices and named the meeting rooms after eight members of staff that have each served more than 40 years continuous service with the company.”

Huxtable is proud of the fact that there is a family feel to the business, despite its size and profitability.

“Many of our people have worked for the company for over 25 years, some as long as 40 years. Because so many have given decades of service to the company, the spirit of the company is one of solidarity, passion and loyalty. There is no blue-collar/white-collar divide.

“There is also plenty of potential for progression, and many of our senior people have worked in several departments of the company, which gives them invaluable experience and understanding of the business from all aspects.”

In keeping with the survey’s findings he believes Nuaire’s products are a major factor in attracting employees.

“We’re known for innovation and our customers are keen to know what’s next in the pipeline. There is a general buzz in the industry and in the trade press when we unveil a new, high-tech product innovation. That attracts new people to the company as they’re keen to be part of the buzz.”

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