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News Archive - February 2008

Police hunt air coolers used to smuggle £1.5m worth of heroin 29 February 2008
DETECTIVES investigating a failed attempt to smuggle more than £1.5m worth of heroin into the UK by hiding it within the packaging of several air coolers, want the industry to help find more of the units.

Industry must step up to stop height-related accidents 28 February 2008
Shattered Lives is the name of the campaign launched by the Health and Safety Executive this month, which warns the industry it must act to prevent falls in the workplace.

Ammonia leaks at pork pie plant for second time 28 February 2008
Ammonia gas has leaked from a pork pie-making plant for the second time this month and in both cases a refrigeration component system failure is suspected as the cause.

Air-conditioning firm fined £20,000 for safety breach 27 February 2008
AN air-conditioning maintenance firm has been fined £20,000, after one of its ac engineers fell from a roof while carrying out repairs.

Industry could face £20m bill for F-Gas assessment 25 February 2008
THE cost of assessing the estimated 40,000 ac and refrigeration engineers to the F-Gas regulations could cost the industry as much as £20m, say informed sources.

Life after F-Gas 25 February 2008
LIVING with F-Gas Regulations - The 1st six months that's the talk being given by Dr John Davey in Carlisle on Tuesday, February 26.

Sanhua Europe's ready for business 25 February 2008
ZHEJIANG SANHUA Refrigeration Industrial group, a manufacturer of refrigeration controls for ac systems has announced the launching of new company Sanhua Europe S.L.

Bitzer to build scroll plant in Syracuse 22 February 2008
GERMAN compressor manufacturer Bitzer is to build a $30m scroll compressor factory in Carrier Air Conditioning’s heartland in Syracuse.

Industry honours acheivers at 108th IOR dinner 18 February 2008
NEW president of the Institute of Refrigeration Jane Gartshore speaking to an audience of 700 industry professionals at the institute dinner last week, said "In my first year as president I've been asked what is the point of the IOR?"

Copeland firm renamed Emerson Climate Technologies 15 February 2008
EMERSON has changed the name of the Copeland firm in Europe to Emerson Climate Technologies, effective from February 1.

DuPont adjusts Freon prices 14 February 2008
DUPONT Fluorochemical Refrigerants has announced a 25% price rise for DuPont Freon 22 HCFC refrigerant in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

IOR dinner 13 February 2008
THE annual IOR dinner is one of the largest networking events for the refrigeration industry and was held at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

Mitsubishi Heavy elects Hideaki as president 12 February 2008
MITSUBISHI Heavy Industries appointed senior executive vice president Hideaki Omiya to take up the post of president from April 1.

Systemair buys its Italian distributer 11 February 2008
SWEDISH ventilation firm Systemair has completed the purchase of its Italian distributor Climaproduct.

Toshiba appoints Heronhill 07 February 2008
TOSHIBA Air Conditioning has appointed Somerset-based Heronhill Air Conditioning as its first UK spare parts distributor.

Worthington Nicholls culls workforce 07 February 2008
ONE third of Worthington Nicholls' staff have lost their jobs after the air-conditioning installer suffered a one million pound operating loss.

LG finds Sensible solution 07 February 2008
LG has selected Sensible Acon Solutions to help expand its distribution network in Ireland.

Daikin buys Swedish distributor Svenska Daikin A.B. 06 February 2008
DAIKIN Europe has bought all shares in Svenska Daikin A.B, its distributor in Sweden.

Lander's WorldSkills efforts praised by Cram 05 February 2008
MATTHEW Lander a refrigeration apprentice from Huddersfield has been honoured with an award presented by Steve Cram MBE.

Fridge magnate Gu stuck in jail 04 February 2008
GU CHUJUN, the former chairman of Chinese manufacturer Guangdong Kelon Electrical Holdings, has been sentenced to ten years in jail and fined US $940,000.

DuPont acquires Chemtura Fluorine chemicals business 01 February 2008
DUPONT has completed its purchase of Chemtura Corporation's fluorine chemicals business, the firm announced on February 1.

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