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Yousaf Mohammed, Trainee Design Engineer, has been shortlisted for Student of the Year in RAC Cooling Awards.

The Student of the Year Awards have been held for over 20 years, celebrating those individuals that have grasped the opportunities the sector offers for a challenging and rewarding career.

Yousaf joined the company in July 2018 and has made considerable progress in a very short space of time and has an insatiable thirst for knowledge which we encourage and nurture.  Manufacturing Director, Rob Pegg says “Yousaf is a brilliant find for us and we are proud of how much he has achieved in just under a year.  He learns as much as he can and then passes back that knowledge to his colleagues and other students within the industry.  We are pleased to be supporting Yousaf through his Chartership with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and delighted he has now been chosen as a finalist for the RAC Student of the Year Award 2019”.

Yousaf came to A1 and worked with the design team for 6 months to learn about refrigeration supermarket designs, from small through to medium and large designs and working closely with our experienced design engineers to learn all about HFC and CO₂.

It was soon recognised by the CLADE engineering team that Yousaf was grasping the concept of refrigeration supermarket design very quickly and with the fast growth of our manufacturing plant, Yousaf transferred to our plant manufacturing division. He has worked closely with our technical experts in plant manufacturing and is currently working on the development of new CO₂ plant designs for BLDC and Heat Pump Technology.

Yousaf is thrilled to be a finalist.  In his personal statement he said “from a very young age I was always intrigued about how mechanical systems functioned around me from aeroplanes to tall structures, from bicycle pumps to fridges. I really enjoyed and excelled in engineering related subjects such as Maths and Physics at high school and then on to college with the same and more subjects all working towards a career in engineering. I feel that you get so much more out of life if you can have a career in something you enjoy and understand, so I pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering.”

One of Yousaf’s ambitions is to develop innovative systems that can achieve a refrigeration effect in a greener and more efficient way. This is something A1 Engineering along with CLADE are very passionate about – recognising the responsibility we have to the environment and the urgency with which we must act to reverse the effects of global warming, so we wholeheartedly support Yousaf in his quest.

We congratulate Yousaf on being nominated for this prestigious Award and would like to wish all of our nominated industry colleagues the best of luck at the Awards Ceremony on 25th September.

We are proud to announce we have been shortlisted for three of the 2019 RAC Cooling Industry Awards

The RAC Cooling awards are one of our industry’s biggest and most prestigious awards. A1 Engineering along with CLADE are proud to have been announced as finalists for the RAC Contractor of the Year Award, Diversity Impact Award and the Low Carbon Achievement Award.

Diversity Impact Award

In 2018 we adopted the policy ‘inclusive for all’ seeking to employ much needed skill sets and embracing the need to encourage women and ethnic minorities into our industry who are underrepresented in refrigeration.  We have invested in the development of apprentice engineers graduate design engineers, and armed service leavers. The contribution from all our new employees is very apparent and is changing the face of our company and hopefully our industry, in order that we better reflect the demographics of the UK and demonstrating we are both inclusive and open as a business and industry.

Low Carbon Achievement

The board at A1 / CLADE recognised in early 2018 that doing good business means doing green business, by reducing waste and carbon.

Our 2018 challenge was split into two areas, the first was the profitable management of all waste leaving our factory in Leeds along with waste being returned to the factory from sites and service operations.  The second challenge was to rebrand our plant manufacturing to be a Naturals only provider of refrigeration plant whilst managing the HFC expectations of customers, put simply, phasing down our HFC plant build operations throughout 2018 and making our customers aware of our new found commitment to natural refrigerants.

With reducing carbon emissions and the environment in mind, a closely managed recycling and waste management process has been developed. Reduce consumption, reduce waste, recycle more and reuse where possible 

Our recycle, reuse methodology for unwanted refrigeration plant has paid dividends. Older plant has been returned to our factory in Leeds and stripped of all usable components. Working with our service customers these components are recycled back into the retail estate, reducing the need for new products. This has been extremely successful, especially the recycling of compressors, vessels and controls.

In support of our Naturals Only plant manufacturing, we are planting trees for every item of natural refrigeration plant we sell. Depending on the size and duty of the plant and working in partnership with Carbon Footprint limited, we are planting either 1, 3 or 6 trees which are indigenous to the UK. The trees are planted on school grounds across the UK, this initiative is extremely popular with our staff and customers

We have issued communications to our supply chain requesting that they also advise what they are doing to reduce their waste, packaging and plastic in particular, due to the heightened risks faced from micro plastics in our seas and oceans.

The team are extremely proud to be leading the way with the manufacture of natural refrigeration technologies and doing our best to recycle as much as we possibly can, or alternatively remove waste from the supply chain.  It is firmly our intention to continue to find new ideas to reduce carbon and meet our environmental obligations whilst protecting the planet.

Contractor of the Year Award

For the past 34 years, A1 Engineering Solutions has been delivering a quality service to the retail refrigeration sector through its installation of refrigeration systems and equipment. In recent years our company has developed, becoming a multi divisional business with three distinct branches, namely refrigeration contracting, service & maintenance and the manufacture of natural refrigerant plant under the name of CLADE Engineering Systems. 

Through the development of CLADE, A1 has been able to innovate, design, manufacture, install and maintain something which many claim to do wholly, but often do only in part. With the continued support of our industry friends we fully intend to put UK manufactured refrigeration products back in the heart of European retail operations, creating valued engineering jobs here in the UK. 

A1, along with CLADE, are looking forward to attending this year’s event which will bring together over 500 refrigeration and air conditioning professionals.  Congratulations to all of our industry colleagues who have been shortlisted in this year’s award categories and the very best of luck to you all.  

Proud sponsors of the annual Institute of Refrigeration Dinner

A1 Engineering has recently re-branded its plant manufacturing business as Clade Engineering Systems and therefore we sponsored this years event as CLADE to promote our ambitious plans for both 100% British manufacturing whilst increasing the number of skilled jobs in the UK.

We were also pleased to introduce two of our young engineers to the president of the IOR, Kevin Glass and they met with other budding engineers alongside those with far more experience. The IOR do a magnificent job of providing a central resource for people from all over the world to improve the application of refrigeration, in recognition we were happy to be one of the sponsors and support them in all they do for the industry.

Alternative approach

The visit included a tour of our customer facing area, offices and manufacturing space, followed by an interview between Andrew Gaved, Dean Frost, Managing Director and Rob Pegg, Manufacturing Director.

As part of the ongoing development of CLADE Engineering Systems, working with the refrigeration and cooling industry’s leading journal is a key part of our marketing strategy. The article in this months RAC Magazine follows on from our initial CLADE launch article earlier this year, and covers a number of topics from a general business update to the development of young engineers and natural refrigeration plant technologies.

To see the showcase for natural refrigerant technologies, please follow this link http://digitalissues.racplus.com/2019/Jun/index.html and go to page 13 with our Article featured on pages 16 and 17.

Inclusive for all

In order to meet the recruitment objectives, A1 adopted a policy of ‘inclusive for all’.

In 2018 we actively encouraged recruitment reflective of our society at large, seeking to bring engineers from ethnic minorities who are underrepresented in refrigeration whilst also promoting women into senior positions; not through positive discrimination but on merit and ability.

By doing so we have found we are tapping into a much deeper and richer seam of talent which will help UK industry to continue leading the development of innovative technologies and manufactured products.

To support A1’s expansion and CLADE, we have invested in the development of graduate design engineers, apprentices and armed service leavers plus several more senior engineering staff.  In no other year has A1 invested in people as much as during 2018.

This is not only an investment for A1 but for our refrigeration industry and the UK’s manufacturing sector. This is at an uncertain time when UK manufacturing is seeking to expand onto the wider world stage, which CLADE aims to do.

Our war against plastic waste

The team at Clade recognise the responsibility we all have to the environment and the urgency with which we must act to reverse the effects of Global warming. The board of directors have made huge improvements to our environmental strategy, including, but not limited to, promoting the uptake of natural refrigerants, planting trees for every refrigeration pack we build thereby offsetting our Carbon footprint.  We also encourage the team to choose low emission vehicles and we recycle all waste we receive from suppliers and/or produce during the manufacturing process.

Our retail customers are now asking what we are doing about waste and therefore this question must be asked of the whole supply chain. In October 2018, Managing Director Dean Frost sent a letter to all relevant suppliers asking them what they are doing to help reduce plastics in the environment.  He stated that as a first step, we would like to see a reduction in plastic packaging and for them to let us know what their plans are to reduce waste packaging and plastic in particular, due to the heightened risks faced from micro plastics in our seas and oceans.

The response has not been as good as we’d have liked however we continue to persevere to get all suppliers to help our cause.  In the meantime, we use recognised recycling specialists who offer environmentally responsible solutions to manage all waste materials.

Good Business is Green Business.

The Coolest Day of the Year

World Refrigeration Day takes place for the first time on June 26th 2019 and is aimed at raising awareness and the profile of our industry all over the world. The initiative, branded ‘The Coolest Day of the Year’ will help recognise the important contribution and life enabling work our industry carries out on a day to day basis. Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps play a key role in our day to day lives from food processing, medical sectors, IT and comfort cooling to name just a few.

The event will be an annual celebration of our industry’s successes and achievements as a global collaboration, and will help to aid the development of new technologies, young talent and improvements in carbon reduction across the world.

https://worldrefrigerationday.org/

Proud sponsors of the 119th annual Institute of Refrigeration Dinner

A1 and CLADE were delighted to attend and support the 119th annual Institute of Refrigeration Dinner on 21st February in London. A1 Engineering has recently rebranded its plant manufacturing business as Clade Engineering Systems and therefore we sponsored this years event as CLADE to promote our ambitious plans for both 100% British manufacturing whilst increasing the number of skilled jobs in the UK.

We were also pleased to introduce two of our young engineers to the president of the IOR, Kevin Glass and they met with other budding engineers alongside those with far more experience. The IOR do a magnificent job of providing a central resource for people from all over the world to improve the application of refrigeration, in recognition we were happy to be one of the sponsors and support them in all they do for the industry.

A1 and Clade support Aldi’s transition to natural refrigerants

Through the combined efforts of both A1 Engineering and CLADE, Bitzer have passed the delivery milestone of 300 compressors to Aldi. This past success has been endorsed still further with Aldi’s recent award of further business for both installations and plant manufacturing across four Aldi regions, this for the next three years.  Please see the press release issued by Bitzer for further information.

Click here to view Aldi’s press release (pdf)