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Keen to promote energy efficiency

04 March 2013

At the British Compressed Air Society’s annual ball on the 24th November, Derek Turnbull MBE, general manager for Parker Hannifin’s domnick hunter Filtration and Separation Division was officially welcomed as the new president of BCAS. Here, he outlines some of the key areas on which he plans to focus

Commenting on his new role, Derek Turnbull says: "It was a huge honour to be appointed as the Society’s 54th president. Founded more than 80 years ago, the society remains vital in promoting the safe and efficient use of compressed air throughout the UK and beyond.


"The role brings with it big responsibility, with many traditions to carry forward and standards to maintain.”


In addition to continuing the work of outgoing president, Colin Mander, Turnbull’s main aim in his role as president will be to promote energy efficient products and services within the compressed air industry.


"With initiatives such as the government’s CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, the business case for sustainability has never been stronger. As budgets are reduced and energy costs rise it is essential that the compressed air industry can raise awareness and help to generate cost saving opportunities for air users.”


Another area of focus for Turnbull will be continuing to encourage the voice of the distributors in the Society, helping manufacturers and distributors to generate added value for each other. Turnbull continues: "General economic trends may also present some challenges to the Society and we must offer an excellent value proposition if we are to continue our relevance in the market. I therefore plan to search out opportunities for closer working relationships with other trade associations and to offer improved services to our members.