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News Archive - December 2011

Graham Manly receives OBE 31 December 2011
GRAHAM Manly, business development director at Gratte Brothers has been awarded the OBE for services to the Building Services Sector in the New Year Honours list.

GGIFT hits back at MP's call to flatten Ice Factory area 30 December 2011
THOSE fighting to save the historic Grimsby Ice Factory and its unique 80-year-old refrigeration equipment have hit back at calls from a local MP for the area to be flattened.

Daikin to build largest factory in China 28 December 2011
DAIKIN is to build its largest residential and light commercial air conditioning factory in China. Production at the £120m factory is scheduled to start in April, eventually producing 1.5 million units a year.

New Zealand fines Embraco over price fixing 23 December 2011
COMPRESSOR manufacturer Embraco has been served with a £1.48m fine in New Zealand for its part in a compressor cartel with an unnamed competitor.

Heronhill and Nordmann join the ACR Show 22 December 2011
Heronhill and Nordmann are amongst the recent new exhibitors to join up to the ACR Show.

Over 100 exhibitors signed up to the ACR Show 20 December 2011
MORE than 100 exhibitors have now signed up to the ACR Show including the most recent editions of FSW and Reflok, Rothenburger, Quidos, KR Associates, VRF Services and Refcom.

EU to investigate Honeywell and DuPont over 1234yf 19 December 2011
THE European Commission has opened antitrust proceedings concerning agreements between Honeywell and DuPont for the development of the new HFO-1234yf refrigerants.

Two engineers die in separate van explosions 19 December 2011
MYSTERY still surrounds the deaths of two refrigeration engineers in Australia following explosions within their vans. The two separate incidents, within days of each other, are being blamed on leaking oxy-acetylene cylinders in their vehicles.

EPA approves three hydrocarbon alternatives 19 December 2011
THE US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added isobutane (R600a), propane (R290) and the R-441A blend (of ethane, propane, butane and isobutane) as acceptable hydrocarbon alternatives in household and small commercial refrigerators and freezers.

GEA Refrigeration Technologies acquires QPM Manufacturing 12 December 2011
GEA Refrigeration Technologies has acquired the assets, operations, production facilities, and patents of the companies QPM LLC and QPM Manufacturing LLC, provider of specialist conveyor-belt solutions from Bellevue in Washington, USA.

Lower chilled food temperatures could cost retailers £100m 12 December 2011
NEW food storage rules being considered by the European Commission could cost retailers at least £100m and have a damaging impact on the environment while making no difference to hygiene standards, says the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Danfoss hit by huge €90m fine 08 December 2011
COMPRESSOR manufacturer Danfoss has been fined a massive €90m by the European Commission for its part in the cartel conspiracy which has already brought fines for some companies in the US, Canada and Brazil. Also fined by the EC were ACC, Embraco and Panasonic in a total fine for the cartel participants of over €161m.

Happy birthday psychrometrics! 08 December 2011
THE formula which underpins the relationship between temperature, humidity and dew point - the basis of all air conditioning calculations - marks its 100th anniversary today.

Danfoss "distressed" at cartel involvement 08 December 2011
THE president and CEO of Danfoss, Niels B Christiansen, has expressed his distress at his company's involvement in the international refrigeration compressor price-fixing cartel which led to a huge Euro90m fine from the European Commission on Wednesday.

Heavy weight exhibitors and visitors sign up to the ACR Show 06 December 2011
CLIMATE Center, Fabdec, ICS Temperature Control, Cool Energy and Carrier UK are the latest exhibitors to sign up for the ACR Show 2012.

Carrier Transicold launches new CO2 technology 06 December 2011
CARRIER Transicold has introduced new CO2 technology to the world of refrigerated containers with its new NaturaLine design, which it has said will offer efficiencies equal to Carrier Transicold's PrimeLine R134a unit.

US hvac equipment demand to soar by 2015 06 December 2011
DEMAND in the US for hvac equipment is projected to increase by 5.1% annually to $16.8 billion in 2015 according to new research.

EPEE lays down its f-gas position 05 December 2011
THE European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) has said that to meet the EU target of a low-carbon economy by 2050 further steps are needed to achieve more reductions of up to 60%.

Mitsubishi Electric offers recycling scheme with Overton 01 December 2011
MITSUBISHI Electric has launched a new recycling programme for its range of air conditioning and photovoltaic modules to help return raw materials back into the supply chain.

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