DL Mechanical is a Nottingham-based business specialising in plumbing and pipe fitting engineering services. The company works with a broad portfolio of clients in the commercial and educational sectors designing, engineering and installing new pipework for water, steam & condense, oil and gas, soil and vent, rainwater among a range of other services.

An FE college in Nottinghamshire called on DL Mechanical’s expertise to advise on a change of use project that would improve the facilities for mechanics apprentices. Changing a classroom to a workshop required the installation of a wash down area. A site survey confirmed that no drains were in the immediate vicinity of the required area, so an alternative solution was found.

With advice from local plumbers’ merchant, Willbond, a Saniflo Sanispeed+ grey water lifting station was specified to discharge the water from the new washdown area. With its robust 400-watt motor and low activation level of 95mm, the unit was connected to a Zip water heater and the washdown areas to discharge hot and cold waste water through small bore pipework up 3m to an adjoining pipe. This ran by gravity to a soil and vent pipe some 60m away.

Terry Fisher, Mechanical Contracts Manager at DL Mechanical, oversaw the project;

“The Sanispeed+ pretty much enabled the project to go ahead. Bar drilling a bore hole – which would have been prohibitively expensive – a pumped solution was the only way forward. The Saniflo unit is a simple plug and play solution, so proved easy to install and it has been working efficiently and effectively from day one.”


The Sanispeed+ is ideal for pumping waste water from appliances and sinks in light commercial applications and with four inlets it connects to a range of appliances. It has a working temperature of 35°C but can handle temperatures up to 75°C for short periods. It has a quiet motor and can be installed below counters or in cupboards out of sight if required.




Ariston was named ‘Plumbing, Heating & Showrooms Supplier of the Year’ at the annual National Buying Group (NBG) Conference in November. Fending off strong competition in the category, Ariston was recognised for its contribution to the business success of NBG’s merchant partners.

Mustafa Findik, Managing Director at Ariston, collected the Award and commented “This accolade gives us great recognition, as well as a platform from which to grow the business among new and existing customers in the NBG. To win such a prestigious award after only three years as a supplier is a great reflection of the hard work everyone at Ariston has put in since we joined forces with the organisation. We have been overwhelmed with the support received from NBG members, which we hope to build on in the future.”

He continued “At Ariston, we are aware of the important role builders merchants play throughout the heating industry. That’s why we decided to work with the National Buying Group, to ensure its members were being provided with high quality heating and hot water products, backed up by exceptional levels of customer service and technical support. We hope that this award is the first success of many – and that our relationship with NBG and its customers lasts for many years to come.”

The NBG Conference 2017 took place in the spectacular surroundings of Liverpool Cathedral and focused on the importance of building successful brands, under the title ‘Bigger, Bolder, Better’. NBG has over 80 merchant members with a branch network in excess of 300 nationwide, with a combined turnover of around £1 billion.

Since becoming a supplier of NBG in 2014, Ariston has worked closely with individual members to support their businesses and offer a flexible approach to promote opportunities and improve profitability. Ariston supplies its range of high quality boilers and water heaters to NBG’s independent merchant partners nationwide, achieving a high local presence throughout the UK, with visibility and reach increased through a series of displays and promotions.

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76% of people surveyed think country of manufacture is an important factor when it comes to purchasing. A survey, carried out by Giacomini UK, explored attitudes toward manufacturing and revealed some interesting post-Brexit insights.

When asked if the country of origin was checked before purchasing building and HVAC supplies, just 19% said that they never check which demonstrates the importance of a products’ origin when making decisions about purchasing.

83.5% of respondents said they prefer to buy products from a European manufacturer with just 8% saying that they would not ever buy a product if they knew it was made in Europe.

The survey also focused on more specific issues within the HVAC industry and asked respondents if heat interface units have made converting offices to residential properties more achievable. An overwhelming 84% agreed, which reinforces the noticeable growth that Giacomini UK has seen since regulations surrounding planning permission were altered, meaning that Class B1 offices could be converted to Class C3 residential dwellings without the need for specific planning and development permission.

Giacomini UK is the UK division of the Italian company, Giacomini, one of Europe’s largest producers of plumbing brassware and radiator valves and prides itself on its products being made to the highest specification at the company’s sophisticated manufacturing facilities in San Maurizio d’Opaglio, Italy.

Matt Lowe, managing director of Giacomini UK, commented: “Post-Brexit attitudes towards all the EU were always going to be interesting and our survey gave us some fascinating insight into mindsets and purchasing decision making factors. It would appear that people are now more conscious of where products come from but that EU are products still thought to be the best – despite the outcome of the referendum!”

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