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Industry association celebrates 70th anniversary

This year sees the Boiler and Radiator Manufacturers’ Association (BARMA) celebrate its 70th anniversary.

The landmark celebrations will also include a particular focus on the work of its subsidiary, the Manufacturers’ Association for Radiators and Convectors (MARC), which is reported to represent 80% of the current UK marketplace.

The results of an in-depth study into the use of low water temperatures with radiators and convectors by MARC will be revealed in the first quarter, expected to change the perceptions of many in the industry.

MARC chairman John Colling said: “2011 is an important year for BARMA and MARC. As well as being a year in which to celebrate 70 years of the work of BARMA, it will be a period in which MARC and its members use their strength in unity to give voice to some key issues in the market.

“MARC’s members manufacture leading brands such as Stelrad, Myson, Quinn, Heatline and Zehnder, and their collective knowledge and experience in the industry is invaluable.”

Founded in 1941, BARMA was originally known as the Cast Iron Heating Boiler and Radiator Manufacturers’ Association until it changed its name in 1969.

During the Second World War, the production of radiators and boilers was reliant upon the foundry industry. However, national priorities at the time, as outlined by Minister of Supply Lord Beaverbrook, were for the production at these foundries of engine blocks for tanks and Spitfires for the war effort.

Any foundry capacity for heating products was strictly rationed.

This led to the formation of the association to look after the interests of installers, who had to contend with typical delivery lead times of 12 to 18 months, helping to beat this delay in supply.

MARC was established to give a particular voice to the radiator and convector industry, focussing on the specific needs of, and issues faced by, manufacturers and giving collective voice to its members.