Thermal systems company’s sales are heating up 

Birmingham-based Grayson Thermal Systems has bounced back from the pandemic after securing more than £8m worth of orders.

The designer and manufacturer of cooling and HVAC products to the transport sectors has sealed a string of new contract wins, to take the company past pre-Covid levels. 

Group turnover has now risen to £32m and more than 40 new jobs have already been created, with another twelve positions now available across engineering, operations and administration.

Customers including ABB, Solaris, Skoda and Wrightbus are among some of the orders. 

Matt Hateley, European sales manager at Grayson Thermal Systems said: “Like many manufacturers, Covid-19 caused a fair bit of disruption to day-to-day activities and a temporary drop in sales, but what it did give us was the opportunity to accelerate new innovations, focus on product R&D and improve our manufacturing capabilities at our three sites in Birmingham.”

Founded in 1978 by current chairman Graham Hateley, the company has recently expanded into the off-highway, commercial vehicle and rail sectors. 

It says its new Battery Thermal Management System (BTMS) is extremely popular with its core bus and coach market. 

The company says the BTMS system is a ‘plug and play’ technology that helps to regulate the temperature of electric vehicle batteries, providing optimum temperature control that is critical to their function and operational life.

Hateley said:  “With COP26 still fresh in the mind, zero-emission mobility is on everyone’s minds and how we can ‘heat and cool’ electric vehicles in an energy-efficient and cost-effective way are two questions we believe we already have the answers to. This includes driveline components, such as batteries, electric motors, hydrogen fuel cells and HVAC systems for passengers and drivers.

“We had products developed and installed on a number of vehicles being showcased at COP26, including the Hydroflex train launched by Porterbrook, the UK’s largest owner of rail rolling stock.”