hotun by RA Tech wins inaugural “Travis Perkins Innovation Awards” Product of the year 2016
14 December 2016
Since its launch in 2015, the hotun dry trap tundish has gained recognition from industry heavy weights Worcester Bosch and Vaillant Boiler and being a finalist in the British Small Business awards.
hotun is designed to take a discharge from a boiler or hot water cylinder’s pressure relief valve straight to drain without allowing any odours back up into the building.
More recently hotun and its stable mate hotun hiflo had its official launch at this year’s Installer 2016 exhibition.
This coincided with the publication of a Technical Bulletin from Worcester Bosch (TB0107B), officially accepting hotun’s use on a boiler’s PRV (provided the waste pipe temperature rating was acceptable).
The show proved to be a huge success for Russell, the inventor of hotun and the brains behind RA Tech Ltd the company set up by Russell Armstrong and his wife Ally.
Since then the product has gone from success to success culminating in its latest accolade afforded by industry giants Travis Perkins.
The event, set up by the Travis Perkins Innovations Awards team, was designed to find and bring new innovative and relevant products to the forefront of the market.
John Carter CEO of the TP PLC states “For a company to stay relevant… it is vital that it demonstrates a devotion to “innovation” in its truest sense.”
In that regard, the Judging panel felt that hotun and hotun hiflo (together with hotun shield) had not only met the criterion but were also worthy of being called winners!
Feedback from the judges said “The (hotun) product is simple by design. It also removes the need to work outside a building at height.
“I can see this being repeatable purchase for multiple trade projects for new and existing buildings.”
Travis Perkins gave prizes worth up to £10,000 to each category winner and product support in the form of being made available from over the counter in their shops.
As hotun and hotun hiflo are plumbing products, they are most naturally found in City Plumbing and PTS branches of the TP Group.
It was with great pride that Russell, together with Jeff Bateman of PlumbPal Products, the UK distributor of hotun, also met some of the group’s top influential shakers and movers at the Travis Perkins Group Leadership Forum day in November.