Alan Patrick Colbourne, the founder of Wica (UK) and SRS-Frigadon, was a pioneer in encouraging use of greener refrigeration technologies
Alan Patrick Colbourne, who during a varied career in the refrigeration industry formed Wica (UK) and later SRS-Frigadon, passed away on August 30 2017 at the age of 74.
As sales director for Stanley Refrigeration in the 1970s and 1980s, Mr Colbourne played an important role in UK cooling for the burgeoning supermarket sector.
It was during this period that he helped expand Stanley Refrigeration as a nationwide service and installation contractor leading to the formation of branches around the country.
Mr Colbourne went on to form his own company, Wica (UK), which supplied display cabinet and commercial refrigeration systems. The company went on to purchase Sweden-based chiller manufacturer Frigadon AB.
Following the sale of the Wica-Cold AB in Sweden, Mr Colbourne established a new venture under the name of SRS-Frigadon.
The company was devised to provide chillers, heat exchangers and fluids for secondary systems that built on its founder’s belief in pushing use of more environmentally friendly systems and natural refrigerants in the market.
Those close to Mr Colbourne said he delighted in driving take up of new and novel technologies within the refrigeration industry.
A husband, father and grandfather, Mr Colbourne leaves behind his wife Jill and sons Daniel and Rupert.