Coventry-based manufacturer is set to help to keep temperatures down in bus cabs across
the UK - with some help from lan Hope, a Business Link adviser at The Chamber.
Climate control specialists, Clayton Heaters Ltd based in Burnsall Road, have developed
an air conditioning system specifically for use in the cabs of buses and coaches.
The firm, which designs and manufacturers heating, ventilation and air conditioning
systems for the transport sector has a well established customer-based both in the UK and
The newly launched product was designed in response to their customers need to improve
conditions for drivers.
Alan Sheffield, general manager at Clayton, said that deteriorating cab conditions were
contributing to an exodus of drivers.
"Assault screens, installed for security, create a greenhouse effect for drivers
while increasing pollution levels discourage them from opening windows.
"Our new product has been designed especially to combat heat build up and give the
To help with the development costs for the project, adviser lan Hope helped the firm
secure a £1 5,000 grant from Konver, a euro funding scheme designed to assist innovative
The investment has paid off and Clayton Heating is already receiving orders for the new
system with interest growing from progressive bus companies across the UK.
]an Hope forecasts that increased business at the firm, which already employs 40, is
set to create new jobs.
"This is an exciting company in a niche sector which understands its market and is
developing new products accordingly.
"The Business Link service provided not only access to funding, but also with
advice on export, staff development and business planning.
"I am confident that their sound strategy and considerable expertise will continue
to drive the business forward."