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News Archive - October 2010

Africa the preferred destination for illegal waste fridge exports 29 October 2010
CUSTOMS officers in Germany have intercepted a shipment of CFC-containing waste refrigerators bound for Africa in a crackdown on the illegal trade by European authorities.

Canadian court fines Embraco £925,000 for compressor price fixing 28 October 2010
EMBRACO North America Inc has been fined £925,000 by a Canadian court after pleading guilty to criminal charges that it fixed the price of hermetic refrigeration compressors sold to a Candian domestic refrigerator and freezer manufacturer.

Daikin UK reveals names of five new dealers 27 October 2010
DAIKIN UK has now revealed its new dealers to be Freedom Air Conditioning, Gallant Air Conditioning, ICG Air Conditioning, Ultimate Air Conditioning and Smiths Brothers Stores. Effective from November 1, the new dealers will be actively promoting and supplying Daikin's Split, Sky, VRV and VAM product ranges.

ACR Show 2012 - the new industry exhibition at the NEC 26 October 2010
THE Faversham House Group, publishers of ACR News, announce the launch of the ACR Show 2012, a new dedicated exhibition for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry to take place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, in March 2012.

Daikin UK announces new dealers, but who are they? 26 October 2010
DAIKIN UK has confirmed rumours that it has signed a series of new "dealerships". In a short statement made late this afternoon, Daikin UK announced that it had increased the routes to market for its cooling, ventilating and refrigeration products but failed to mention the companies concerned.

Bitzer publishes 16th Refrigerant Report 26 October 2010
THE latest edition of Bitzer's Refrigerant Report is now available for download from the company's website.

AREA calls for split systems to be brought within F-gas regulations 25 October 2010
AREA, the European contractors' association, is calling for changes to the F-gas regulations to require all non-monobloc air conditioning and refrigeration systems to be installed by a certified professional. It also wants to see the F-gas threshold lowered from its present 3kg to just 100g and is backing a call for a mandatory register of acr professionals.

Could the future lie in linear refrigeration compressors? 19 October 2010
LINEAR technology could become the pre-dominant energy-efficient refrigeration compressor design in the future, according to Brazilian manufacturer Embraco. The company, which last month announced the launch of an oil-less linear compressor for domestic refrigerators, has plans to launch a commercial range in the future.

Chemical producers reveal details of new HFO refrigerant blends 15 October 2010
JUST when it looked like so-called natural refrigerants were to be the long-term answer in many applications, two of the world's leading chemical companies have revealed details of a potential new range of low GWP blends. These are based on the technology behind the refrigerant HFO1234yf which is currently being adopted as a replacement for R134a in car air conditioning systems.

Titan signs deal with Spanish refrigeration firm Tecnac 14 October 2010
TITAN Engineering has signed a UK distribution deal with the Spanish company Tecnac, a manufacturer of commercial and industrial refrigeration components. The deal signed at Chillventa on Wednesday adds a range of oil separators, suction accumulators and receivers to Titan's product portfolio.

Ductwork company fined for not insuring employees 12 October 2010
ESSEX-BASED ductwork firm Ductwork Environmental Services Ltd has been fined 1,000 pounds and ordered to pay 750 pounds in costs for failing to purchase compulsory insurance to protect its employees.

SWEP lands market leadership award 12 October 2010
SWEDISH company SWEP, a specialist in supplying heat exchangers to the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, has won the Frost & Sullivan Europe Market Share Leadership Award for 2010 by capturing nearly 40% of the brazed plate heat exchanger market.

Ice factory in top ten endangered buildings list 11 October 2010
The Victorian Society, a national charity campaigning for the preservation of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, has named the Grimsby Ice Factory as one of the ten most endangered buildings in England and Wales.

Daikin to feature R32 air conditioner at Chillventa 06 October 2010
DAIKIN is to feature a split air conditioner running on R32 on its stand at next week's Chillventa exhibition in Nuremberg. This mildly flammable (A2L) refrigerant has previously only been used as a constituent in refrigerant blends (R407C and R410A both contain R32), but is thought to be one of a number of new alternatives that Daikin is exploring.

Swegon buys Italian chiller manufacturer Blue Box 06 October 2010
Swegon AB, the Scandinavian ventilation and air conditioning supplier, has acquired Italian chiller and heat pump manufacturer Blue Box.

Walter Meier launches own-brand chillers 06 October 2010
WALTER Meier (Climate UK) has launched its own brand of air-cooled and water-cooled chillers and heat pumps. The new Climate brand includes versions featuring Danfoss's oil-less Turbocor compressor as well as R410A scrolls.

Future refrigeration: suggestions sought on the way forward 05 October 2010
FOLLOWING on from its successful collaboration with the British Refrigeration Association and the Carbon Trust in putting together the Retail Refrigeration Road Map project, the Institute of Refrigeration is now looking for input from members to help develop a strategy for sustainable low carbon refrigeration in the future.

Now shareholders target Whirlpool 04 October 2010
FOLLOWING the announcement last week that Embraco has agreed to pay $91.8m for its part in an international compressor price-fixing cartel, shareholders of its US parent Whirlpool are reported to have hired lawyers private firm to investigate whether the company was negligent.

Now shareholders target Whirlpool 04 October 2010
FOLLOWING the announcement last week that Embraco has agreed to pay $91.8m for its part in an international compressor price-fixing cartel, shareholders of its US parent Whirlpool are reported to have hired lawyers private firm to investigate whether the company was negligent.

Now shareholders target Whirlpool 04 October 2010
FOLLOWING the announcement last week that Embraco has agreed to pay $91.8m for its part in an international compressor price-fixing cartel, shareholders of its US parent Whirlpool are reported to have hired lawyers private firm to investigate whether the company was negligent.

Panasonic and Embraco to pay $140.9m in price fixing conspiracy 01 October 2010
PANASONIC Corporation and Embraco North America have agreed to pay a total of $140.9m in criminal fines in the US for their role in an international conspiracy to fix the prices of refrigeration compressors.

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