Trox opens new factory for chilled beams
50 000 m a year, and growing — Trox continues to invest in chilled-beam production in this 3700 m2 dedicated facility at Thetford.
With demand for its chilled beams expected to set a record for production this year, Trox is expanding its production facilities with a £300 000 investment in a 3700 m2 dedicated facility and warehouse for chilled beams close to its existing factory in Thetford. The new facility is already on line and includes an investment of £750 000 in new machinery. This will double the company’s production capacity to around 50 000 linear metres of chilled beams a year. Business manager Ian Sams says, ‘Our significant increase in production reflects the increasing popularity of this system and of our competence, particularly on multi-service chilled beams. He adds, ‘Part L2 of the Building Regulations means that many designers are looking carefully at the use of chilled beams instead of fan coils because they are more energy efficient and result in lower whole-life costs. Trox believes that it can further improve the performance of its chilled beams and has embarked on a major research and development project to increase their output and, in particular, to reduce the amount of air required in active chilled beams at the same time as increasing cooling capacity. Ian Sams says, ‘This development is at an advanced stage, and we are confident that the launch of a new product will follow imminently.’