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CIBSE CPD-accredited Panasonic webinars on AC and heat pumps

Vincent Mahony, National Sales Manager, Panasonic Ireland

The team at Panasonic Ireland is currently presenting a series of CIBSE CPD-accredited interactive, online  courses to enhance skills during these unprecedented times. The CPD courses have been developed by Panasonic and support learning in a variety of heating and cooling disciplines and cover the following topics.

Principles of Air Conditioning – Overview of Splits/VRF Technology                        This is an introduction to the principles of air conditioning. The session details the fundamentals of air conditioning and goes on to describe the refrigeration cycle, heating and cooling load calculations, system components and unit selection.

An Introduction to Air to Water Technology                                                                    This CPD looks at using heat pumps to heat water and compares these systems to traditional gas boilers and further provides advice into system design and components. The session also goes through calculating heat losses in houses and sizing heat emitters.

Overview of Gas Heat Pumps (GHP) Technology                                                              The history and development of using gas as the power source for a VRF system. The CPD explains why this type of solution may be considered as an alternative to electric. The session compares the two options and details the design of the system.

To participate in any of the above email eamonn.kent@eu.panasonic.com or call  087 – 439 4032 for details on how to join your preferred session.

Lawlor appointed Toshiba Sales Manager for Ireland

Ken Lawlor, Toshiba Sales Manager for Ireland

Ken Lawlor, Toshiba Sales Manager for Ireland

Toshiba has appointed Ken Lawlor as Sales Manager for Ireland to spearhead further market penetration and growth of the brand. With a brief to develop both the distribution and direct sales channel, Ken will work closely with long-established Toshiba distributor GT Phelan.

Ken Lawlor said: “Due to the excellent work of our distributors over many years, Toshiba has a fantastic reputation in Ireland as a high-quality brand with a combination of industry-leading efficiency, reliability and technical excellence. We will be working closely with GT Phelan over the coming months and years to build on this and realise the potential.”

The company is targeting growth in Ireland across its range of class-leading split systems, high performance VRF air conditioning and air-to-air and air-to-water heat pumps.

David Dunn, General Manager of Toshiba Air Conditioning, said: “Ireland is important to us, and we are investing significantly to develop our presence and to support our growing customer base. This means increasing our support for the distributor channel as well as developing a component of direct sales, as we have done successfully for many years in the UK. Visit their website to see how salesforce saves you time and resources so that you can concentrate on running your business.

“We are proud of the heritage and brand strength Toshiba has in Ireland as a result of the outstanding work by GT Phelan over many years. We look forward to building on our successful partnership, and working to maximise the opportunities presented for the benefit of all concerned.”

Toshiba expects continued growth in 2012

Toshiba executives and distributor representatives from the UK and Ireland pictured at the recent Toshiba annual dealer conference in Dublin.

Despite a lack-lustre UK and Ireland market, Toshiba reports that sales of air conditioning equipment grew in both 2010 and 2011, assisted by the launch of the company’s pioneering new SMMSi 2-pipe VRF system which is claimed to offer the industry’s highest SEER’s values.

This will be followed in the second quarter of this year with the introduction of the SHRMi 3-pipe VRF, adding further enhancements and a sophisticated new controls platform. Toshiba will also introduce important new additions to the popular Estia heat pump range.

David Dunn, Toshiba Commercial Director, said: “With energy costs rising and the pressing need to reduce carbon emissions, the focus has to be on delivering the best possible efficiency while maintaining high quality comfort conditions in buildings.

“The next leap forward for our industry will come from harnessing truly intelligent controls and integrating them seamlessly with high-performance air conditioning and heat pumps. This has been the focus of a lot of thought and development work at Toshiba, and we will be revealing the fruits of this shortly.”

Derek, Kevin and Rodney Phelan pictured with the special commemorative plaque presented to them by Toshiba to mark 30 years of association.

Growth at Toshiba has been assisted by the strong performance of its distribution network, including GT Phelan in Ireland. In fact, Toshiba recently held its annual distributor conference in Dublin and availed of the opportunity to present GT Phelan with a commemorative plaque to mark its 30-year association with the brand.

Toshiba has also introduced a finance arrangement for end users keen to upgrade their R22 fixed speed equipment. Recognising that the banks are reluctant to provide credit, Toshiba has introduced a finance scheme allowing end-users to offset the complete cost of their new installation over seven years. The associated costs can include replacement ceilings and an allowance to remove the existing boiler if necessary. This scheme targets corporate end-users with a refurbishment budget of €100k and over.

On the technical support front, the company has introduced a rapid-response text-back service to supplement its
industry-leading cool line service. This allows an engineer to speak to a Toshiba technical specialist any time of the day or night, to gain valuable on-the-spot support and advice.

Training is another key element of Toshiba’s plans for 2012 and GT Phelan will expand the programme it currently provides to ensure more and more contractors receive hands-on training in installation, commissioning and servicing at its purpose-built training centre. GT Phelan has already begun to roll-out it’s CIBSE-approved CPDs to consulting engineers and plans to expand this roll out during 2012.

Derek Phelan of GT Phelan told bs news: “Toshiba is a strong and respected name in the market with a well-deserved reputation for innovation, high performance and reliability. We have represented the brand in Ireland since 1982 and, by combining our strengths with those of Toshiba, we have carved out a significant market share.

“With exciting new products and extra services lined up for release throughout the course of 2012, we are looking forward to a third year of sustained growth.”

Contact: Derek Phelan, GT Phelan. Tel: 01 – 286 4377; email: derek@gtphelan.ie; www.gtphelan.ie