Exponential customer, WR Refrigeration, wins the Training Initiative of the Year Award in the Cooling Industry Awards 2012.
WR Refrigeration, one of the UK’s leading refrigeration and air conditioning contractors, won the top training award in a national industry competition. The award is in recognition of WR Refrigeration’s creation of the world’s first refrigeration training facility with CO2, HC, HFO and chilled water technologies.
The company’s European Refrigeration Training Academy, near Birmingham, has been equipped with a state-of-the-art working HFO water chiller linked to an integral HC refrigerated cabinet, alongside its existing carbon dioxide refrigeration system. It enables engineers to be trained in the new generation of low global warming refrigerants, hydrocarbons and transcritical and sub-critical CO2 refrigeration systems.
Exponential Director John Moore said, “I am immensely impressed with the company’s commitment to training, innovation and growth. I understand that this latest award is based on the success of bringing together of several technologies which address the needs of its customers who are not looking at single refrigerant solution but need solutions that utilise a mix of technologies.”
Patrick Mullins, Business Development and Marketing Director, said: “While we understand how each of the alternative technologies work in isolation, it is only possible to understand how the systems work when linked together through practical experience. The new facility – uniquely – makes this possible.”
The judges praised WR Refrigeration for its vision in establishing the pioneering facility, which they said represented a genuine first.
Mike Nicholas (centre), WR Refrigeration’s Managing Director, receives the award from Andrew Chandler (left), Managing Director of RDM, with celebrity awards host Ray Stubbs.
Mike Nicholas, WR Refrigeration Managing Director, said: “We aim to be a leader in the field of environmentally responsible, alternative refrigeration. Key to this is equipping our engineers with the theoretical and practical skills to handle all of the major options coming on stream.”
He added: “The new training facility makes this possible and opens the way for fresh insights into new ways of working in the future. It will help the wider industry and end users understand the potential of harnessing several refrigeration platforms together.”
This latest award follows many others, for example, in June it was awarded the International Safety Award by the British Safety Council in recognition of the company’s positive approach to Health and Safety. In March, the company was named Contractor of the Year 2012 in the prestigious ACR News Awards.
“I am delighted that Exponential Training & Assessment has been selected by WR Refrigeration to deliver a bespoke management development programme for the company’s management team” commented John Moore. This month (October 2012), 26 managers will begin working towards one of the Chartered Management Institute professional qualifications as part of an In-house Training Programme. The aim of the programme is to develop the management team so that they can continue to build on the company’s success and growth making it one of the UK’s leading refrigeration suppliers.