Leeds-based Airedale International helps tech systems stay cool during crisis

A Leeds-based air conditioning manufacturer is playing a significant role in keeping technology functioning during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Greg Wright
Sunday, 29th March 2020, 10:49 am
Updated Sunday, 29th March 2020, 10:52 am
Airedale employs hundreds of staff around the world
Airedale employs hundreds of staff around the world

Despite scaling back production to protect staff, Rawdon-based Airedale International has put processes in place to protect and strengthen the operation of technology hubs across the country.

Managing director Anthony Cole said: “Due to the critical role our business plays in supporting UK and international key infrastructure, such as data centres, healthcare, energy, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals, it has been determined by the management team that Airedale International must continue to operate during this national emergency, albeit at a reduced capacity.”

Mr Cole added: “We are still seeing enquiries, receiving orders, making deliveries and fielding requests for commissioning, spare parts and technical support from industries which support everyday life for businesses and citizens.

“These industries must continue to operate at all costs during this unprecedented time and as such, we have a responsibility to ensure the data centres that support their IT infrastructure can function effectively through our specialist air conditioning technology.”

Formed in 1974 Airedale International Air Conditioning is a world leader in the design and manufacture of high efficiency cooling systems. It has offices in three continents and customers in more than 60 countries. It employs 450 staff around the world.

Mr Cole said: “Data centres play an integral part in keeping our society functioning and without effective cooling, the servers which hold the nations bank details, WhatsApp conversations, medical records, TV streaming services and emails, would soon overheat and fail.”

He added: “Our engineers play an incredibly valuable role in keeping these systems afloat by ensuring these data centres continue to operate at increased levels through effective cooling methods.

“We’re acutely aware of the need for proactive and rapid issue resolution in these unprecedented times.”