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News Archive - January 2011

A-Gas and FSW sign new five year deal 31 January 2011
REFRIGERANT supplier A-Gas has signed a new five year distribution agreement with national refrigeration and air conditioning wholesaler FSW.

Trading Standards taking little action over the EPBD 28 January 2011
LITTLE or no action is being taken to enforce the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, according to accreditation company Quidos. The regulations require that all air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kW must be regularly inspected by an energy assessor.

Jon Richardson to present the ACR News Awards 2011 28 January 2011
RAPIDLY rising comedian Jon Richardson is to be the presenter at this year's ACR News Awards.

Foster is top manufacturer 28 January 2011
FOSTER Refrigerator was crowned Winner of Winners at the Engineering Employers' Federation Future of Manufacturing Awards last night. The Kings-Lynn-based commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturer also claimed the Environmental Efficiency Award.

Turbomiser chiller is the first with HFO refrigerants 28 January 2011
THE ground-breaking Turbomiser chiller, which uses the oil-less Turbocor compressor, is to be made available using the latest "fourth generation" HFO refrigerants.

Kevin Glass appointed Bitzer UK md 27 January 2011
KEVIN Glass has been appointed managing director of Bitzer UK Ltd. He replaces Mark Sowden who is leaving the refrigeration industry after three years in the role.

No registration, no deal, says air conditioning supplier 26 January 2011
REFCOM has applauded the actions of suppliers of refrigeration and air conditioning who are refusing to do business with companies and installers who are not F-gas registered.

True relaunches in the UK 26 January 2011
US COMMERCIAL refrigeration manufacturer True Refrigeration has relaunched its business in the UK with a range of equipment specifically designed for the UK and Irish foodservice markets.

Sales boost for LG but no bid for Goodman 26 January 2011
LG Air Conditioning saw worldwide sales increase by 50.5% in the last quarter of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. Full year sales reached $4.2bn, 12.2% higher than 2009.

Advanced Engineering signs for ACR Show 25 January 2011
ADVANCED Engineering is the latest company to join the growing list of exhibitors at the ACR Show. Just under 14 months away from this new launch exhibition for the UK air conditioning and refrigeration industry around 20% of the available space has already been sold. Other recent signings include Larkin (UK) and Rapid Positioning Clips.

Europe bans HFC23 credits but thieves steal €28.7m 21 January 2011
THE European Commission has finally voted to ban emission offset credits for the destruction of HFC23, produced as a by-product of R22 production, but it will not come into force until May 2013.

Carrier and Daikin call for binding energy targets 20 January 2011
LEADING air conditioning manufacturers Carrier and Daikin are amongst a group of more than 30 companies calling for European ministers to agree a binding energy savings target.

Smartcool to buy its UK distributor 19 January 2011
SMARTCOOL Systems Inc, manufacturer of energy saving controls for refrigeration and air conditioning systems, is set to acquire its Hampshire-based UK distributor Smartcool Systems UK Ltd.

Hubbard and Ziehl-Abegg sign up for the ACR Show 18 January 2011
COMMERCIAL refrigeration equipment supplier Hubbard and international fan manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg are the latest big names to sign up for the ACR Show, the exhibition for the UK air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Daikin calls in police over bogus website 14 January 2011
JAPANESE air conditioning manufacturer Daikin has contacted police in Australia after the launch of a website which the company says falsely claims to be Daikin Air Australia and New Zealand. Daikin says it considers the website a serious breach of brand, copyright and intellectual property.

Air conditioning units used for drug smuggling 11 January 2011
TWO Britons and an Irish national have been arrested on the Costa Brava for allegedly smuggling millions of pounds worth of cannabis into the UK inside air conditioning units.

New process reclaims refrigerants to their original components 11 January 2011
A US company has devised a process to reclaim refrigerants to their original chemical constituents. The system, if successful, would enable hydrogen fluoride (HF), an increasingly scarce key chemical component of fluorocarbon refrigerants to be reused.

Places still available at Transforming Technologies Conference 11 January 2011
DELEGATE places are still available at the Transforming Technologies Conference, an event that should not be missed by anyone in the air conditioning and refrigeration industries concerned with rising energy prices and the need to reduce carbon footprints.

CIBSE calls for mandatory lodging of ac inspections 10 January 2011
CIBSE is now calling for the lodgement of air conditioning inspections to be made mandatory. With the implementation of lower 12kW threshold for air conditioning inspections on January 4th, most air conditioned spaces of over 2,000ft2 now fall within the regulations and CIBSE feels it is time to act on compliance.

Hitachi develops solar air conditioning 05 January 2011
HITACHI is the latest company to join the drive for solar-powered air conditioning. Hitachi group subsidiary Hitachi Plant Technologies Ltd has is reported to have developed a solar activated air conditioning system employing its own solar energy collector.

Mike Nicholas is new WR md 05 January 2011
LEADING Leicestershire-based contractors WR Refrigeration Ltd has appointed Mike Nicholas as managing director. He joins WR from Honeywell Control Systems Ltd and replaces Hugh Cole who left at the end of September.

Mexichem to sponsor ACR News Awards 04 January 2011
MEXICHEM Fluor SA is the latest company to pledge its support for the ACR News Awards. The Mexican chemical manufacturer, which last year purchased UK refrigerant producer Ineos Fluor, has announced its decision to sponsor the industry's leading awards event taking place at the end of March.

Toshiba Carrier md joins Johnson Controls 04 January 2011
THE managing director of the UK arm of air conditioning manufacturer Toshiba Carrier, Gboyega "Femi" Obafemi, has left the company to join Johnson Controls as executive director/VP for hvac and controls products for Europe.

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