Since Cooltherm started in 1992 a lot has been achieved and changed, here follows a brief history of our time.
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Cooltherm was founded in 1992 in Bristol by Ken Strong and Peter Kent, both individuals had significant experience in the field of air conditioning chillers which was developed whilst working for companies including Carrier, McQuay, Westinghouse and York.
The company originally specialized in the supply, installation and maintenance of large scale McQuay centrifugal chillers to clients including the government with one of our early notable projects being the provision of 8+mW of cooling for the original GCHQ complex in Cheltenham.
In 1992 a relationship which is still at the heart of our company today was formed. Cooltherm and the fledgling Italian company Geoclima entered into a partnership to develop and distribute water chillers with the vision of bringing technologically advanced machines to the market whilst remaining commercially competitive.
Over the next few years Cooltherm aimed and developed itself as a leading bespoke chiller supplier with the flexible support of Geoclima and specialised in the more challenging chiller replacement market.
The flexibility of the Geoclima philosophy allowed us to design and build chillers at their Italian facility which made the installation of replacement chillers as simple as possible, thus reducing the cost of the mechanical installation, and reducing the overall project cost.
This key market and concept still remains at the centre of Cooltherms’ new equipment business today.
Intergrated Free-Cooling chillers developed & installed upto 1.3mW
Ultra low noise machines
Bespoke chillers physcially designed to architecturally match their surroundings
'The Plantroom' in the chiller concept
Pioneering energy efficiency and green refrigerants
Cooltherm and Geoclima were one of the first OEM's in the world to apply the Turbocor magnetic oil free compressor, and the first to successfully apply the technology in an air-cooled configuration.
Turbomiser™ is born
Over the next decade, our air and water cooled Turbomiser chillers have evolved to be the most efficient chillers on the market, with adiabatic and ultra-low noise variants available.
We are constantly developing all our compression technolgies from scroll and screw to Turbocor®
In 2016 Ken Strong retired after a lifetime of service in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, and long standing Cooltherm Directors Alex Strong and Rob Young, Rob Strong and Dave Blackmore purchased all the Cooltherm Companies and Turbomiser® forming parent company Cooltherm (Group) Ltd.
Being “Green” is at the heart of our business and we are proud to be paving the way with the latest HFO and natural refrigerants which have Ultra Low Global Warming potentials.
We also take pride in reducing the carbon-foot print of the new equipment we install and also the older equipment we service and maintain.
As mentioned above we are constantly developing the Turbomiser product, and after 10 years of constant development we advanced the efficiency of the air-cooled machines so much that it evolved into a completely new concept. Circlemiser™ which is 15% more efficient than Turbomiser™ which is already 30%+ more efficiency then the closest alternative.
In 2018 The Carver Group acquired Cooltherm. The West Midlands-based Carver Group centrally manages competence centres for research and development, manufacturing and project management in order to create innovative heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions for a wide range of market sectors including retail, industry and the public sector. As well as having its headquarters in Walsall in the UK, the group has representation in 50 countries and offices in Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Canada.
Aidan Killeen, Carver Group chief executive officer, said: “The acquisition of CoolTherm clearly demonstrates our intention to create a Group offering high quality bespoke products and services to all our customers. We see the business as remaining a separate organisation from our current manufacturing businesses, but believe that after five years of rapid growth for the Group, it will offer us the opportunity to grow in other directions, both nationally and internationally and will form a key part of our new five-year plan for expansion.”