Monday, 27 February 2017

Smith’s And Taco Italia Introduce High Efficiency Domestic Heating Circulator

Smith’s Environmental Products (SEP), the UK’s leading supplier of domestic and light commercial fan-assisted hydronic heat emitters is excited to announce their cooperation with Taco Italia srl, one of the leading global manufacturers of high efficiency circulating pumps. This development is a further demonstration of the Swan Group’s ambitions for the business, since its full acquisition of Smith’s earlier in 2016. The cooperation with Taco Italia allows Smith’s to broaden its portfolio of domestic heating solutions.

Smith’s Managing Director, Gary Haynes stated, “This strategic collaboration with Taco Italia, based in Sandrigo (VI) Italy builds upon the decades of commercial successes enjoyed by both Smith’s and Taco Italia respective parent companies, namely The Swan Group, Randolph MA, USA and Taco Comfort Solution North America, Cranston RI, USA.

Since our acquisition by the Swan Group, it has been our strategic intent to increase the Smith’s range of domestic and commercial heating solutions, providing greater choice for our customers and clients across the UK”.

Taco Italia has been designing and manufacturing high efficiency domestic heat circulator for the European OEM market since 2000.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Lucky seven for St Nicholas’ Church from Smith’s Caspian UV fan convectors!

As part of its long awaited refurbishment, seven of Smith’s Caspian UV fan convectors have transformed the heating system of St Nicholas’ Church in Blundellsands, Merseyside.

The contractor, Colin Wakefield from Wakefield and Wilson, selected Smith’s Caspians because a modern, flexible heating solution was needed to suit the requirements of the church. He specified four units for the large hall, two for the small hall and one to be installed in the reception area. The new heating system enabled each room to be heated separately. The temperature of each Caspian can be adjusted to suit the varying heat output requirements so that during the colder months, the temperature can be increased on each unit to ensure that the whole space is heated effectively. This provides the church with a much more efficient and cost-effective solution.

The church was founded on 25 September 1874 and is part of the Diocese of Liverpool. It plays host to a wide range of services for people of all ages, so ensuring that the building is warm and comfortable when in use is very important. As well as the main church building, there are two halls and a council chamber which are also hired out for clubs and events. The original heating system consisted of one boiler, which meant that in order for one room to be heated, the rest of the building had to be heated too. The temperature of the rooms could not be individually controlled, so it worked under a ‘one temperature fits all’ basis and this is a problem that regularly occurs in commercial buildings.

Colin Wakefield said: “Having worked with Smith’s previously, I knew that the Caspian UV fan convectors would be the perfect solution for this church. The Caspians’ heat outputs, efficiency and low noise make them the ideal product for a church environment.”

Unlike a conventional panel radiator, the fan convector provides more even temperature spread and much faster warmth. The small fan means that the heat produced is distributed using forced, rather than natural, convection and consequently this makes it far more responsive to thermostatic controls. Smith’s Caspian range provides the perfect solution for commercial buildings. As with all Smith’s products, the Caspians come with a free five-year warranty for parts and labour.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Dobre Dan! #MINIBbySmith’s!

MINIB by Smith’s is now clearly signposted on our website We’ve been making in-roads in this sector for the past three months, and seeing invitations flying in for Smith’s to supply all kinds of commercial projects, from community buildings to stately homes, with trench heating.

The relationship with MINIB came about because Smith’s was looking for new ways to grow our business, seeking like-minded partners who share our values of high quality and excellent service. Czech market-leaders MINIB were already a known presence in the UK market and we approached them, visiting their factory in Prague, in the summer of 2016. It became clear, very quickly, that we were quite similar and our ambitions for growth resonated with them profoundly.

Part of my remit is to grow the Smith’s portfolio and extend the reach of the Smith’s brand. There will be occasions when this means we break from tradition and bring in products under the Smith’s brand but sourced elsewhere. With MINIB, their heritage, reputation and brand gave us a clear vision to position MINIB heating products as MINIB by combining our brand names to reach a new audience, while providing reassurance to our existing customers.

We’re thrilled at the reception the MINIB by Smith’s commercial offering has received. Our regional sales team, strengthened by some new faces seasoned in the contractor specifier market, is meeting an interested audience who are pleased to see a new competent offering available. Of particular interest to a small sector of our customer base are the decorative natural convectors MINIB by Smith’s is offering to UK customers. These convectors can be wrapped with any image, logo, photograph or scene that the client chooses and provides an exciting and aesthetic addition to any commercial heating project. We’ve seen them in-situ in high profile business offices in Prague, high on the wall, branded with company logos and providing heating for the reception area. This is an element of our commercial offering that is sparking interest and the whole-building heating solution we now offer, comprising fan convectors, trench heating and bespoke products wherever and whenever the project requires, is attracting a customer base we haven’t previously encountered.

There is a huge amount going on and it’s exhilarating to see how far we’ve come already. Next month we will be at ISH to meet with some of our European partners. Our sales team is charged with the MINIB by Smith’s offering and the Caspian commercial fan convector range; our technical team is working apace to develop new accessories, controls and bespoke fan convectors to meet the challenges the construction industry faces every day when it comes to designing heating. We are punching above our weight and the #MINIBbySmith’s is a great stepping stone to encourage our customers, new and old, to #ThinkSmiths!