Supplier spotlight: Brooktherm Refrigeration says ‘world-renowned’ Cammell Laird association gives kudos
Brooktherm Refrigeration is a leading refrigeration and air conditioning company, based in Birkenhead and working across the UK.
The business specialises in industrial refrigeration, marine refrigeration and air conditioning, and provides services from design, supply and installation to bespoke maintenance, service and supply of spares.
The family-owned and run company was founded in 2000 and has consistently grown year on year, employing 66 people and turning over more than £10m.
The business began working with Cammell Laird 19 years ago, but managing director Chris Keating’s association with the shipyard began much further in the past. As a 17-year-old refrigeration apprentice, he had worked for a number of weeks on the passenger ferry Koningin Juliana at Cammell Laird.
It was later a speculative visit to the yard that led to the long-running partnership with Cammell Laird. Keating had sold his original business and started Brooktherm afterwards and, because he was well regarded, was invited to quote for work within the yard. That existing relationship, along with the high standards Brooktherm offered, led to the strong links the two have today.
“As our reputation moved forward and Cammell Laird grew more satisfied with our work, we were invited to tender for more projects and our relationship has grown,” he says. “We know each other well now and that means we work together efficiently. We have a greater understanding of them and what they require, and they understand exactly what we can offer.”
Brooktherm designs and installs air conditioning, domestic refrigeration plants and large-scale chill and freeze refrigeration applications, not just to the marine industry, but to food manufacturers, chemical, building services and leisure businesses also.
The business provides refrigeration staff to attend any port worldwide to carry out service, upgrades and emergency repairs to vessels including ferries, cruise liners and cargo ships, tankers and rigs.
At Cammell Laird, this involves having a team spending a minimum of three to four weeks on site for most vessels, either providing new refrigeration systems or maintaining and repairing existing ones. Work tends to begin within two weeks of the vessel docking but the duration of any project depends on the size of the ship. Current notable projects include work on the Sir David Attenborough, where a team of three has been in place for almost four months, and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship the 39,000 tonne RFA Tidespring, whose recent refit at Lairds involved two Brooktherm workers.
Work on Cammell Laird vessels accounts for about five per cent of the work Brooktherm does every year, but it is also invaluable in boosting the business in other ways. “Working alongside Cammell Laird and the Ministry of Defence gives us credibility and kudos,” says Keating. “Sometimes we’re asked by prospective clients who else we work for and we always mention Cammell Laird because they are a world-renowned company.
“Cammell Laird has always been supportive of local businesses and it is fantastic to work for such an iconic company and we hope that our association will continue for many years to come.”