SPAL Automotive UK has appointed T7 Design Ltd, an innovative HVAC manufacturer and supplier, as the first official distributor of its high performance advanced brushless technology fans and blowers.

Previously only supplied to OEMs, this represents a new departure for SPAL to promote the benefits of brushless technology more widely by making them available to the aftermarket.

Adam Mudge, Director of T7 Design Ltd which specialises in the development of vehicle heating, cooling and ventilation products for automotive, commercial, utility, recreational & emergency vehicle sectors, describes how the arrangement came about.

“Our story with SPAL goes back 5 years, when I was looking for a replacement radiator fan for a vehicle project I was working on at the time to replace the woeful no-name, budget fan, that was currently fitted. I started looking into who manufacture and supply the best aftermarket radiator fans and SPAL’s name kept cropping up.

“Upon further research I was so impressed by the range, quality and reliability, backed by extensive R&D which ensures their products are second to none, making SPAL the obvious choice!

“The next stage was to put forward our business as a potential stockist and distributor to the automotive aftermarket. After a successful bid, we have gone on to sell thousands of SPAL fans and blowers to customers in over 50 countries worldwide – and counting!

“Being able to offer SPAL’s new brushless technology is an exciting opportunity for our business as we can offer technical assistance not only at the design stage but also advise customers on how to get the best out of the technology for their specific application.

“In the short time that we have been selling the product, we have already had some very interesting discussions with customers who are very keen to implement the technology in racing and electrified vehicle applications. We are excited to see what the future holds and the unique projects that we can assist with!”

SPAL Automotive UK MD Matthew Morris said of the appointment:

“Adam is very creative we are working with him in several ways including a 3D printing project to produce custom mounting brackets for SPAL fans.  He has really taken on board the benefits of smart controlled brushless technology, making him the natural ‘go to guy’ for our brushless fans and blowers.”


Editor’s Notes:

 About T7 Design

Suppliers of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Cooling and Winterisation systems & components for automotive and specialist vehicles.

Design and development of bespoke HVAC systems to meet unique customer requirements.

In-house 3D Laser Scanning & 3D Printing capabilities for product development & prototyping. Offered as a service to customers for a huge variety of applications including aerospace and heritage projects, plus their own product development.

Development of high quality CNC machined aluminium aftermarket parts for Japanese recreation vehicles.

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About SPAL Brushless Technology

SPAL’s latest generation brushless drive technology has become the ‘go to’ cooling solution for automotive applications – providing intelligent, software driven thermal management for cars, bus & coach engines, battery and hybrid engines, as well as oil cooling and air conditioning.

Features and Benefits

  • Intelligent operation
  • Up to 1.2 Kw power output
  • Sealed Motor IP6k9k – so spark free and water/dustproof too
  • High performance
  • Optimum efficiency
  • Lower fuel costs, lower emissions
  • Lightweight, yet robust
  • Extended temperature range

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Everyone recognises the need to be more informed about how much water and energy they use in their home.  However, energy seems to take centre stage, with water efficiency not seen as being so important and while energy is important we cannot live without water.

Here at the Unified Water Label we believe that consumers would take actions to use water wisely if they had information about how much water products use.

Well the good news is that there is a smart tool, the Unified Water Label, which is readily available on many bathroom products, and it can help homeowners make more informed choices.

Recent research has found that almost half of all homeowners surveyed significantly underestimate how much water they use in the home.  Commissioned by Water UK and Waterwise the results show that 46% believe their household uses under 20 litres a day (roughly equivalent to taking a two-minute shower), when the true figure is closer to 142 litres per person per day.  This means an average family of four in the UK could use more than 500 litres each day.

The same research found that while people are unsure about the amount of water they consume, the vast majority (68%) say they are willing to reduce the amount of water they use at home to help protect the environment.  This resonates with previous research that has shown that consumers do want to know more about water and energy consumption of bathroom products but can’t find the information they seek easily.

The Unified Water Label addresses this issue as it is found on many bathroom products, supported by 160 brands across Europe, and provides clear and simple information on the water and energy consumption of the product.  Products are easily identified from a database that includes over 13,000 products across 14 water using bathroom categories, with numbers growing every week.

When researching new bathroom products, consumers can ask retailers or installers about products that carry the UWL.  The label can be found on the manufacturer’s website, their online literature, product literature and often on the packaging itself.

When you choose a UWL product it will not only help you use water wisely but will reduce energy wastage and save you money.  A large proportion of your energy bill comes from heating water so you will see a reduction in your utility bills.  You will also be making a positive contribution to climate change and a difference to those people around the world that don’t have guaranteed access to safe running water.

The UWL is currently available on bathroom products such as shower heads, shower controls, taps, WC suites, cisterns and baths.

Visit  to find out more and access a directory of products.

Global MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Operations) procurement and supply chain specialist Entec International has appointed senior executive Chris Cullen to lead the next phase of its ‘Project Fulcrum’ 3PMRO service to a global leader in beverage alcohol.

Chris brings extensive international experience in the FMCG sector, as well as the Oil & Gas industry, gained over his years in senior roles with major companies including Carlsberg, British Gas, BP and Diageo.

Chris was responsible latterly for creating and delivering a global strategy to drive improvements in equipment reliability and safety standards, within the packaging operations of a global beverage alcohol client, achieving significant cost and efficiency improvements. This links well with his new role at Entec, as Chris will oversee ‘Fulcrum’ ensuring the right spares are available at the right time, underwriting equipment performance and reliability.

Starting in Nigeria, Chris and his team will run constant analysis of parts procurement, consumption and inventory data, rightsizing stock and moving static inventory to dynamic need across African operations. The project, managing demand, procurement, logistics and stores optimisation, will service west and east African operations initially, but could ultimately deliver value globally, as MRO inventory and procurement are restructured around global, regional and local demand.

Entec’s 3PMRO service releases cash into the client’s business by rationalizing and reducing inventory, controlling parts purchasing and consolidating shipments. It replaces multiple suppliers, currencies, purchase orders and invoices to a single point of contact, significantly simplifying and streamlining the supply chain, while driving down costs and carbon emissions.

Commenting on this key appointment, Entec CEO Mike Robinson said, “I have known Chris for a number of years; in the months before formally becoming part of the team, Chris has been working with Entec on a consultancy basis. As a former executive operations and engineering manager for a global corporate client, he has tremendous expertise in the sector and operational insights that make him a great asset to Entec, particularly in the further development of Project Fulcrum. We are delighted to welcome him to the team!”

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