What's going on at Fabdec

Shropshire manufacturer Fabdec has kickstarted a new apprenticeship programme with four talented young people joining the business.

Fabdec, which manufactures heating and cooling products, is looking to support a new generation of engineers and commercial leaders as part of its long-term growth plans.

The business will be working with local colleges and training providers to develop the apprentices, who are: Tom Rowlands, 19, and Sophie Tyrer 19, (welding apprentices); Daniel Fullerton, 21 (engineering apprentice) and Sophie Jones, 23 (commercial apprentice).

All four live within eight miles of Fabdec’s headquarters in Ellesmere, which is home to all of the business’s manufacturing, engineering, commercial and R&D divisions.

Each apprentice will spend four days a week within the business learning their trade, alongside one day at college for classroom-based learning. At the end of their apprenticeships they will achieve NVQ Level 3.

Chris Powell, Fabdec managing director, said: “This is an exciting period of growth at Fabdec and we have recognised that to ensure our long-term future, we need to continue developing our younger members of staff. Through our new apprenticeship scheme, we want to help Tom, Daniel, Sophie and Sophie to build their skills and confidence, up to a point where they become trusted and valuable members of the team. We pride ourselves on being an independent UK manufacturer with a highly skilled and loyal workforce. While we have invested heavily in machinery and technology over the past year, it is the staff who really bring our products to life. As such we view staff training and personal development as vital to our continued growth and success.”

Gaining an apprenticeship at Fabdec is a particularly proud moment for Daniel Fullerton whose close family all work for the business. Dad Chris and brother Liam are production team members and mum Julie has worked for a number of years ensuring the Fabdec offices are clean and tidy.

Daniel said: “This is a great opportunity and I’ve seen from my family that Fabdec is a good place to work. I’m really looking forward to being in the factory and learning from the other welders and engineers. Fabdec has been around since the 1960s and employs a lot of people from the local area – I’m proud to be able to play a part in the future of the business.”

Following growth within its brewery, dairy and water heating divisions in 2017, Fabdec is exploring opportunities to expand its steel fabrication work into sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and soft drinks. The business is also celebrating an increase in demand for exports, with orders being placed in the US, Japan and across Europe.

Shropshire manufacturer Fabdec has kickstarted a new apprenticeship programme with four talented young people joining the business.

Fabdec, which manufactures heating and cooling products, is looking to support a new generation of engineers and commercial leaders as part of its long-term growth plans.

Heating products manufacturer Fabdec is delighted to announce the launch of its WXI Hi-Flo unvented water heater.

The WXI Hi-Flo has a new 28mm inlet and outlet fitting to accommodate either 400 or 500 litre vessels, making it ideal for high-end domestic or light commercial markets where there is a higher water demand or multiple-occupancy.

Stuart Doggrell, Fabdec general manager for water heating, said: “The WXI Hi-Flo builds on the success of products in our Fabdec Excelsior range but has been specifically developed to cater for higher throughput volumes, using our unique 3S Technology.”

This 3S Technology was pioneered by Fabdec and is a self-sustaining internal expansion system, adopting the Venturi principle in which atmospheric air is drawn into the system as water is demanded upstream. Because this occurs in accordance with hot water demand, it does not cause any deterioration in performance. The unique process means the internal air gap is permanently replenished, eradicating the need for recharging or regular servicing.

Stuart continues: “This latest innovation in our product line will allow us to provide this technology to new markets, including leisure, healthcare and hospitality. This is largely down to the maintenance saving but also thanks to convenience, as the water heaters are easy to install and simple to use.

“There are no internal, moving parts in the cylinder and once in place, there are no additional parts required. The absence of an external expansion vessel means the tank can fit into more compact installation spaces, which makes it ideal for everything from small guest houses right up to larger hotels and leisure facilities.

“The WXI Hi-Flo is a great demonstration of our commitment to ongoing research and development as well as the scalability and flexibility of our product range.”

The WXI Hi-Flo water heater is available now. To register interest, email stuart.doggrell@fabdec.com or call 01691 627 200.

Heating products manufacturer Fabdec is delighted to announce the launch of its WXI Hi-Flo unvented water heater.

The WXI Hi-Flo has a new 28mm inlet and outlet fitting to accommodate either 400 or 500 litre vessels, making it ideal for high-end domestic or light commercial markets where there is a higher

The continued growth in demand for real ale and specialist beers has been a boon for Shropshire manufacturer Fabdec, with a steady increase in brewery sales throughout 2017. In the last few months, Fabdec has produced stainless steel tanks and vessels for microbreweries across the UK, including Aston Manor, Hedgedog, Brightside, Kite and The Friday Beer Co. Sales within Fabdec’s brewery division in the first six months of 2017 has doubled that of the same period for 2016.

Chris Powell, Managing Director of Fabdec, says the increase in microbreweries and micropubs is particularly welcome given the continuing decline of traditional pubs. Chris said: “The appetite for craft beers and ales has definitely grown over the past year or so, and along with that the number of independent and innovative breweries and micropubs. Given that around 20 pubs a week are closing nationwide, this is a real ray of light for the brewery and pub industry.

“The companies that we work with share a passion for quality and we are proud that they trust us to deliver first-rate products, often designed specifically for their needs. It is great to see independent brewing undergoing something of a renaissance, with breweries willing to make a significant investment in their operations to create distinctive beers.”

Based in Ellesmere, Shropshire for more than 65 years, Fabdec is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of heating, cooling, storage and processing vessels. For the brewery division, this includes mash tuns, wort ‘copper’ kettles, fermentation vessels, heat exchangers and conditioning tanks. These tanks can be made to order from 5 BBL up to 35 BBL – the equivalent of more than 10,000 pints.

Gerald Williams, Director of Malvern-based Friday Beer Company, said: “As our brewery has grown we have scaled up the size of our tanks to meet the new demand. Fabdec has been with us on this journey and have helped and advised us all along the way. Their technical support and knowledge has been invaluable and the quality and value for money of their tanks is unmatched.”

Fabdec has also produced equipment for breweries including Spire, Hadham, Highgate Davenport, Penpont, Great Orme and Cwrw Llyn.

Following major investment in machinery and engineering last year – and with a highly skilled workforce – Fabdec is currently exploring opportunities to expand its steel fabrication work into sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and soft drinks.

Chris Powell added: “For Fabdec, 2017 continues to be a strong year for growth and we are pleased that our brand is now recognised in the US and other foreign markets. Britain should be proud of its manufacturing heritage, and exporting remains a key target for us across our brewery, dairy and water heating divisions.”

The continued growth in demand for real ale and specialist beers has been a boon for Shropshire manufacturer Fabdec, with a steady increase in brewery sales throughout 2017. In the last few months, Fabdec has produced stainless steel tanks and vessels for microbreweries across the UK, including Aston Manor, Hedgedog,
Anyone with a role in the development, maintenance or refurbishment of Social Housing properties will understand the range of potential issues that arise when work has to be undertaken.

One key area of any upgrade is the heating and hot water supply, which in itself offers various challenges, from costs and installation time, to space and sizing.

Of course, upgrading a hot water system is vital to future-proofing any property and to ensure that both tenant and landlord are receiving acceptable performance allied with maximum energy efficiency. This is to ensure that energy costs remain affordable and that tenants receive a good service.

Social Housing varies enormously across the UK, from family-sized detached homes to one-bedroom flats. Each will therefore have a very different requirement from a hot water system, whether that be heating, bathing or general use.

The refurbishment of this system often requires more than a straight-forward exchange. The scope of works can include removal of existing cylinders, storage tanks and external vessels, replacing pipes and potentially constructing new storage spaces.

Challenges can arise with the physical size of a cylinder and the space available to install a new vessel. For high-rise or multi-storey properties access can also be a problem.

This can all lead to rising costs as the installer will have to spend more time on the planning and ultimately the installation itself. It is therefore mandatory to spend time beforehand checking the exact specifications of product, property size, likely hot water usage and available space.

Manufacturers generally provide a range of models with differing volumes and in some cases a slimline model to fit tighter spaces where access may be limited, which will still deliver high flow rates to meet the modern demand for hot water.

For example the Fabdec SuperSlimline is only 450mm in diameter, so was a perfect solution for one social housing client who was retrofitting a block of flats and had restrictions with cupboard size.

Once the cylinder is installed, certainly in the case of an unvented or pressurised system, there will be a need for regular maintenance – annual checks are recommended. Also on life-cycle costs, a key point for consideration is that a sub-contractor will have to liaise directly with the tenant to gain access to their property.

Some of these tenants could be vulnerable persons and will therefore need to be treated accordingly. There could also be issues with tenants being unable or unwilling to answer their door and allow access.

Having to return to properties and complete the necessary administration is a further pitfall.

However, there are ways to minimise the impact of this.

When unvented cylinders were first approved for use in the UK in 1986, to accommodate for the expansion of the water as it is heated inside the water tank, an external pressurised expansion vessel had to be installed in the piping system.

Whilst there was also an allowance for limited internal expansion in the system, the expansion vessel was a necessary additional fitting which could cause multiple installation issues. It would need extra space and was another functioning part of the system that would require regular maintenance – including having to be re-pressurised throughout its life cycle.

As technology developed, the next innovation was an internal expansion device – commonly known as a floating baffle – which is still used extensively today.

This causes issues however, as the air gap or ‘bubble’ has to be re-charged, which may or may not be frequent dependent on the conditions of use.

Because the baffle is designed to move up and down the dip tube outlet length (as the water level fluctuates) there is wear-and-tear plus the outer ring can never fully seal against the inner wall of the vessel; so ultimately, the system still requires maintenance.

At Fabdec we researched a system that would be totally self-sustaining, replenishing the internal expansion device permanently, with no need for recharging or regular servicing.

The resulting 3S Technology is now used across our Excelsior WXI unvented water heater range, which has no internal, moving parts in the cylinder and is very much a fit-and-forget product. Maintenance is minimised to the extent that only a pressure relief valve check would be necessary, a simple and quick process.

Housing Associations can spend a lot of time planning for the regular upkeep and maintenance of water heating systems, as well as liaising with sub-contractors to carry out work and respond to call-outs when problems arise.

With the fast-improving technology and design in the water heating sector, replacing cylinders as part of improvement works is easier than ever; and in the long-term, the efficiency and financial savings will far outweigh any initial cost outlay on purchasing a product and paying for its installation.

Anyone with a role in the development, maintenance or refurbishment of Social Housing properties will understand the range of potential issues that arise when work has to be undertaken.

One key area of any upgrade is the heating and hot water supply, which in itself offers various challenges, from costs and

Following a year of growth across the business, Fabdec is delighted to have been named as a finalist in the Shropshire Business Awards.

Fabdec is shortlisted with three other finalists for the Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics Award, which will be revealed at a ceremony on Friday June 23.

Fabdec is one of the UK’s leading heating and cooling manufacturers. We have been based in Ellesmere for more than 50 years, where we research, design and manufacture all our products.

2017 has been a strong year for the business, with growth across our dairy, brewery and water heating divisions. We continue to expand into foreign markets, exporting to North America for the first time this year and increasing sales to Germany, Russia and Japan.

Recent investment in new machinery and engineering equipment means that we are better placed than ever to provide bespoke solutions to customers that other manufacturers simply could not deliver.

We have also identified a number of new opportunities for growth in the UK, and in the past six months have taken on new sales agents in Scotland and the South West to help us reach a wider customer base.

Fabdec is proud to be an ambassador for the Shropshire region and we look forward to the awards, and of course wish our fellow finalists the best of luck!

Following a year of growth across the business, Fabdec is delighted to have been named as a finalist in the Shropshire Business Awards.

Fabdec is shortlisted with three other finalists for the Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics Award, which will be revealed at a ceremony on Friday June 23.

Fabdec is looking to Scotland for growth, following the appointment of Peter Ferguson as technical sales agent.

Peter has more than 30 years of experience within the heating and plumbing industry, and will be working across Scotland to develop the Fabdec brand with installers, distributors and merchants.

Fabdec is one of the UK’s leading heating and cooling manufacturers, providing water heating systems for commercial and domestic buildings. The company, which is based in Ellesmere, Shropshire, has identified Scotland as a key area for growth within its water heating divison.

Peter, from Stirlingshire, has worked across the UK in a variety of ownership and senior roles with companies including Infrarad and Trianco.

Peter said: “Fabdec is a strong brand but I believe there is real opportunity for growth in the Scottish heating and plumbing market, particularly for Fabdec’s wide range of unvented water cylinders. The products are first class and there is huge potential across residential, commercial and industrial sectors.”

One key product that Peter will be working with is the unique Excelsior i unvented water heating range, which Fabdec launched in 2015 and is patented with 3S Technology. The revolutionary 3S Technology is the first true self-sustaining cylinder, based on an internal expansion system that greatly reduces the need for maintenance and upkeep.

Peter said: “Switched on installers will be particularly interested in the Excelsior i due to the fact that it is a plug-and-play solution that requires little, if any, ongoing maintenance.”

Chris Powell, Fabdec managing director, said: “Peter has great expertise and a wealth of contacts in Scotland and we are excited to have him on board. We have seen increasing sales in our water heating division in England and Wales over the past 18 months, and we see Scotland as a natural next step for long-term growth.”

Fabdec is looking to Scotland for growth, following the appointment of Peter Ferguson as technical sales agent.

Peter has more than 30 years of experience within the heating and plumbing industry, and will be working across Scotland to develop the Fabdec brand with installers, distributors and merchants.

Managing Director Chris Powell predicts a strong start to 2017
Fabdec is breaking into new export markets as it predicts a strong start to 2017. The company produces stainless steel heating and cooling systems, has a long tradition in exploring overseas markets and is already a recipient of the Queens Award for Export.

Fabdec continues to seek new markets for its high quality products. After having strong connections to Germany, Russia and Japan the company has succeeded in a leap over the Atlantic and started exporting to North America. Plans for other markets are on the way.

Fabdec has developed a range of tanks that extend to 32,000 litres but are compact enough to fit into a dry container. This cuts transport costs and secures a safe delivery to remote places.

Managing director Chris Powell said: “The dairy sector has improved globally and the rise in milk prices means that farmers are beginning to invest in better cooling systems and technologies. As farm sizes are growing worldwide the need for big farm tanks is growing. The technology of producing such tanks is not so common worldwide.

“The UK is our main market but we have customers across Europe and are always looking at new export opportunities. The tanks we are manufacturing for North America could be a great stepping stone into the market there and we are excited about the potential. We have also had significant orders coming in from Eastern Europe, markets which had previously dipped, which is a real sign of improved confidence in the dairy industry world-wide.”

Following major investment in machinery and engineering last year – and with a highly skilled workforce – Fabdec is currently exploring opportunities to expand its steel fabrication work into sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and soft drinks.

Chris added: “We have a huge production site, years of expertise and know-how, and the manufacturing capability to work on cylinders and tanks of any size and for any industry. “It takes years of experience and real engineering talent to adapt to bespoke manufacturing, but we have the expertise and flexibility to turn around projects quickly and to budget.”

Fabdec is breaking into new export markets as it predicts a strong start to 2017. The company produces stainless steel heating and cooling systems, has a long tradition in exploring overseas markets and is already a recipient of the Queens Award for Export.

Fabdec continues to seek new markets for its high

FOOT-WASH counts the cows, allows the used water to drain away, rinses and then refills the bath.
FOOT-WASH is the name of the new automated footbath for cows from Fabdec. The footbath, which holds up to 200 litres, is easy to operate and ensures consistent and effective hoof hygiene. It counts the cows and then allows the solution to drain away through a pneumatic valve at the base of the bath after the set number of cows have been through. The drain valve is the full width of the bath to ensure quick and complete drainage of the solution. Then the bath is automatically rinsed and refilled. It can be filled either with plain water or using a hoof-care product. FOOT-WASH comes with 2 high volume perestaltic pumps, meaning 2 different hoof-care products can be used in the water.

The footbath is made of stainless steel and the top is covered by rubber matting. Pipework for the water and the hoof-care products is on both sides of the bath to ensure an easy installation.

FOOT-WASH is the name of the new automated footbath for cows from Fabdec. The footbath, which holds up to 200 litres, is easy to operate and ensures consistent and effective hoof hygiene. It counts the cows and then allows the solution to drain away through a pneumatic valve at the base of the bath after the set
3S Pre-Plumb » 28th November 2016
Fabdec launches pre-plumb water heater with 3S Technology
Fabdec are introducing a pre-plumb version of its pioneering Excelsior i range of unvented water heaters. Fabdec launched the Excelsior in 2015 as the world’s first self-sustaining unvented heater, using patented 3S Technology to circumvent the need for an external vessel or floating baffle. The pre-plumb version is primarily aimed at the domestic sector, allowing for a simple and fast installation, even in enclosed spaces. Fabdec unveiled the range at the PHEX Chelsea show in November and it will be available to buy in 2017.

Stuart Doggrell, Fabdec general manager for water heating, said: “The Excelsior i range offers a wealth of benefits to installers, developers and specifiers, and the pre-plumb version just takes it an extra step further in terms of ease of installation. Since launching the Excelsior i last year, sales have been strong across a range of sectors, with heaters going into refurbished apartments, social housing developments, leisure centres, offices and more. With 3S Technology, the vessel requires absolutely minimal maintenance and this is proving particularly popular with social and private landlords. Add in the negligible heat loss and ease of operation, and the Excelsior i is an efficient and cost-friendly hot water solution.”

Fabdec have been a leader in stainless steel vessels for more than 50 years, producing and distributing high quality water heaters from its design and manufacturing HQ in Ellesmere, Shropshire. Its 3S Technology is a unique self-sustaining system, adopting a simple natural phenomenon based on the Venturi effect, a patented system in which atmospheric air is drawn into the system as water is demanded upstream. Because this occurs as per the hot water demand it does not deteriorate in performance over a period of time. The 3S Technology and automatic replenishment of the air gap saves time and money – there are no internal, moving parts in the cylinder and once the Venturi valve is installed, no additional parts are required. The absence of an external expansion vessel means the tank can fit into more compact installation spaces. The 3S technology also maintains 3 bar working pressure at outlet, subject to adequate incoming mains water pressure. Fabdec carried out extensive field trials and completed WRAS approved endurance testing to verify the credentials of this revolutionary technology. The tanks provide 60mm insulation, giving market leading heat loss figures, while the immersion heater, temperature and pressure relief valves have also been insulated for added reduction in heat loss.

The Excelsior i pre-plumb range ensures that the Venturi, the control valves, combination inlet valve, and pump are all pre-assembled and wired to a central wiring centre, adding further to the ease of installation and compact packaging. It will be available in a range of sizes from 175l to 305l to suit most domestic needs.

To register interest in the pre-plumb range email stuart.doggrell@fabdec.com or call 01691 627 200.
Fabdec are introducing a pre-plumb version of its pioneering Excelsior i range of unvented water heaters. Fabdec launched the Excelsior in 2015 as the world’s first self-sustaining unvented heater, using patented 3S Technology to circumvent the need for an external vessel or floating baffle. The pre-
New Appointment » 9th September 2016
Fabdec appoints new South West technical sales agent
Manufacturer Fabdec is continuing its growth in the South West of England with the appointment of Grant Williams as technical sales agent.

Grant will be working in the south west of the country to develop the Fabdec brand within the HVAC and building services sectors, while maintaining key accounts and installers across the region.

West Midlands-based Fabdec is one of the UK’s leading heating and cooling manufacturers, providing water heating systems for commercial and domestic buildings. The company, which is headquartered in Ellesmere, Shropshire, and has more than 150 staff, has identified the South West as a key area for growth.

Grant, 54, from Chippenham in Wiltshire, has extensive experience in the domestic and commercial heating industry, as well as experience in building services being an accredited Part L SAP assessor. He has worked as an agent for 14 years for various manufacturing companies including British Gas, Worcester Heat Systems and Viessmann.

Grant said: “I’m looking forward to joining the team at Fabdec as it gives me the opportunity to open new doors with existing and new clients in the South West.

“I will be looking to create more contacts for the business across the region, connecting with consultants, architects, local authorities, housing associations and contractors to raise the profile of Fabdec in the area.”

One key product that Grant will be working with is the unique Excelsior I unvented water heating range, which Fabdec launched in 2015 and is patented with 3S Technology. The revolutionary 3S Technology is the first true self-sustaining cylinder, based on an internal expansion system that greatly reduces the need for maintenance and upkeep.

Grant said: “The unique feature within the Excelsior I range means it has the opportunity to greatly reduce the ongoing maintenance for both local authorities and housing associations and as such it has real advantages for both sectors.”

Chris Powell, Fabdec managing director, said: “We are very excited to have Grant on board to work with us as we expand in the South West. We see a lot of opportunities for Fabdec in the region and with Grant’s industry knowledge and network of contacts we are planning for sustainable long-term growth.”

Manufacturer Fabdec is continuing its growth in the South West of England with the appointment of Grant Williams as technical sales agent.

Grant will be working in the south west of the country to develop the Fabdec brand within the HVAC and building services sectors, while maintaining key accounts and installers

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