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Sustainable innovation and challenges in the industry

Sustainability is becoming more and more important to companies across a range of sectors worldwide. Many businesses are holding themselves accountable with sustainability goals, and making clear commitments to a ‘greener’ way of working.

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Third student awarded the Koura Alasdair Sinclair Scholarship

The University of Manchester has announced Melissa Pace as the third student to receive Koura’s Alasdair Sinclair Scholarship.

Melisssa is studying MEng Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience and is set to graduate in 2024. Previous students who have also been awarded the scholarship include Sikandar Zaheer Rana and Hashim Hamid, who are both undertaking the MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course at The University of Manchester.

The scholarship was originally set up in 2017 in memoriam of Alasdair Sinclair, the Senior Mechanical Engineer who had been an integral part of the Koura team for more than 27 years. Alasdair Sinclair’s sudden passing in December 2015 had a huge impact on his colleagues, who worked closely with his family to develop the scholarship in his honour.

The scholarship offers £2,250 per academic year to each selected student to support them with living costs and course materials. Scholarship students also get the chance to undertake a work placement at Koura’s Cheshire-based plant, where they can gain hands-on experience across operations, engineering, manufacturing, mechanical and maintenance.

Melissa said: “I wanted to come to the University of Manchester because it has such a good reputation for engineering, but also because of the social responsibility of the university so I knew I would be prepared to find a career to impact the world positively.”

Tipu Salahuddin, Downstream Operations Director at Koura, said: “We’re delighted that the dedication and hard work of Alasdair Sinclair can be celebrated with a scholarship that’s also helping to build the careers of the brightest future generation of engineers. Melissa proved to be an outstanding candidate during the University of Manchester’s selection process and we were pleased when they shared the news with us.”

Click here for more information about the Alasdair Sinclair Scholarship.

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Mexichem Fluor rebrands as Koura

Klea Refrigerant’s parent company, Mexichem Fluor, has unveiled a brand new corporate identity, Koura, to reflect the company’s bold new aspirations, global footprint and innovative and diverse nature of its businesses. We explore why the change has happened and what it means for the future of the business.

Koura’s industry-leading refrigerant range will remain under the highly recognised KLEA® brand, and the company will continue to develop, manufacture and market innovative fluorine products to supply across the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, automotive, and commercial refrigeration industries.


Why the change?

Koura aspires to have a positive impact on the world, and the rebrand mirrors the company’s long term commitment to sustainability and the environment, its heritage, people, communities, safety and health. As a global company, Koura has already begun to ensure positive change, by taking action, in line with its values.


What does it mean for the future?

The company is investing significantly across its global operations to streamline its offerings and is developing lower GWP products across its range, with innovation, performance and sustainability the main focus. As an example of its ongoing drive to meet and exceed sustainability targets and current and future environmental regulations, the company developed a refrigerant recycling program in Japan in 2018.

Supporting its ongoing drive to meet and exceed sustainability targets along with current and future environmental regulations, the company developed a refrigerant recycling program in Japan during 2018. Koura has also invested significantly across its global operations to streamline its offering, whilst in the UK, the company is also producing lower GWP products across its range, with innovation and sustainability the main focus. 

Koura is a proud member of the Orbia community; a group of companies working together to help tackle some of the world’s most complex challenges.


A comment from Koura

Sarah Hughes, Commercial Director at Koura, said,

“As our industry evolves, we lead the way with a modern and progressive approach, striving to produce innovative products and provide excellent customer and technical support. Building on our 60-year heritage, we will continue to grow the company by exploring new opportunities, whilst ensuring we are dedicated to the values and commitments that shape our global brand. 

“We understand the importance of sharing our insight and knowledge with the next generation who will continue to innovate and lead the industry for years to come. Our educational programme aims to spark excitement and passion with pupils in our local communities, whilst encourage aspiring young women to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

“Our new name has its roots in the word ‘courage’ and reflects our identity as a company that takes a courageous approach to the safety and health of our people and the environments and communities where we operate, to innovation and to advancing life around the world.”

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Koura prepares for trio of exhibitions

Global leader in innovation and production of fluoroproducts, Koura, is set to showcase its Klea products at three globally recognised exhibitions in February 2020.

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Koura to showcase industry leading products at The Big 5 2019

Global leader in innovation and production of fluoroproducts, Koura, will be at The Big 5 in Dubai to network with customers and showcase products.

The event will see 68,000 construction professionals and 2,200 exhibitors from 134 countries in attendance, showing over 20,000 innovative products during the three-day event.

Sarah Hughes, European Commercial Director at Koura said: “We’re proud to be attending this event to showcase the latest innovations in our product line.

“Being part of such a huge event allows us to connect with our customers and share our industry knowledge with our peers.”

Koura will partner up with UAE-based Bin Dasmal at the exhibition, which produces products including HVAC equipment and construction solutions. The two companies will share a stand.

You can find Koura and Bin Dasmal at Stand A61 in Zabeel 5.

The Big 5 will take place on 25th-28th November 2019 at Dubai World Trade Centre from 11am-7pm. You can register your interest at

You can learn more about Koura’s products here.

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A Day in the Life… Madhu Kumar

We spoke to Koura’s Regional Sales Manager of the Middle East, Madhu Kumar, about his role, passion for sales and the way the industry has changed.

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The Alasdair Sinclair Scholarship

The invaluable innovations that come from future generations will change the world, which is why Orbia provides the tools for young people to learn through the Alasdair Sinclair Scholarship at The University of Manchester.

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A Day in the Life… Tipu Salahuddin

We spoke to Tipu Salahuddin, Operations Director for Koura’s Fluorochemicals Division about global operations and managing a day across very different time zones.