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WR Refrigeration buyer Integral reveals ambitions plans

Integral UK Ltd has revealed ambitious plans to grow its presence in the refrigeration sector following the acquisition of a major part of WR Refrigeration’s business.

The deal with administrators PWC means Integral is now responsible for delivering nationwide contracts for several High Street food retailers, including; Tesco, Morrison’s and Waitrose.

Added to this is a contract with The Co-op Group recently awarded to Integral before the latest acquisition.

It has also acquired an award-winning refrigeration training centre in Birmingham and a cabinet supply and refurbishment operation, giving the company access to Italian-made Arneg display cases.

Integral claims the acquisition adds annual revenue of approximately £30m and brings Integral into the premier league of refrigeration contractors in the UK.

It will operate the newly acquired business alongside its recently won refrigeration maintenance contract with Co-op’s South West and Wales and London, South East Regions.

The acquisition sees the transfer of more than 200 fully qualified refrigeration engineers to Integral’s existing team of 1300 field technicians, which operate from 16 branches across the country.

Bryan Glastonbury, managing director of Integral UK Ltd, said: “Refrigeration has been on our radar for some time as a key target area for growth. The synergies with our existing M&E maintenance services are obvious. Adding refrigeration enriches our offering to existing clients and expands the range of services we can deliver to new clients.”

He added: “Integral’s financial strength and technical capabilities enable us to invest and harness existing expertise alongside refrigeration. Given the changes taking place in the refrigeration market, in particular the drive towards green technology and higher engineering standards, we are excited about the future potential.”

Integral champions Planned and Preventive Maintenance (PPM) in order to reduce the need for Reactive Maintenance. Over the last two years the company has developed a new software platform called Galileo, which utilises predictive maintenance technology to link the measured physical condition of installed plant to the manufacturer’s algorithms.

“It allows us to accurately predict both the condition and life-cycle of major items of plant. The software platform was developed initially for critical sites such as data centres and trading floors. However, I believe it could be applied just as effectively in the refrigeration sector, especially where large systems are involved.”

The company claims it has a policy of carrying out the vast majority of service and maintenance work in-house by its own qualified technicians and engineers. Some 86per cent of all activity is carried out by Integral’s directly employed teams, enabling the company to ensure a high quality service is delivered.

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