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News Archive - March 2011

Dow in Chinese perchloroethylene joint venture 30 March 2011
US CHEMICAL company Dow is to produce perchloroethylene, a key component in the production of HFC refrigerants, in a joint venture with the Chinese Befar Group.

AHRI to evaluate low GWP refrigerants 29 March 2011
AHRI, the US Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, has launched a research programme to identify and evaluate the application of low GWP alternative refrigerants.

US looks set to follow EU ban on R134a in car ac 28 March 2011
THE US looks set to follow the EU and ban the use of R134a in car air conditioning systems. The US EPA has agreed to grant a petition filed by a trio of environmental groups to withdraw the agency's approval for the use of the gas which will be followed by a formal "notice and comment" rulemaking to set the phase-out schedule. This could take six months or more.

Spring sale as G & L Beijer focusses on refrigeration 25 March 2011
DEAN & Wood's Swedish parent G & L Beijer AB has divested its entire holding of 2.7 million shares, in Beijer Alma, a cable and spring manufacturer, as it continues to focus on its refrigeration wholesale operations.

DCI opens CO2 retail test room and training facility 24 March 2011
HAMPSHIRE-based contractor DCI Refrigeration and Electrical has officially opened a new £100,000 CO2 retail refrigeration test plant and training facility in Portsmouth.

UK company trains Italian F-gas engineers 24 March 2011
THE UK training provider Business Edge is helping Italian engineers achieve F-gas certification. Twenty seven Italian engineers have already passed the assessments by the Hampshire-based company in a deal signed with Italian training company Centro Studi Galileo.

Heat pumps on the rise in New Zealand 23 March 2011
Heat pumps are now found in one in four homes in New Zealand, and they are installed in half of all new homes, according to data compiled by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Hydrocarbon refrigerant R441a gets first roll out in the USA 23 March 2011

ComStar, a US producer of chemical products for the HVACR industries will offer compressors that with the newly approved blended-hydrocarbon refrigerant, R441a.

LU-VE Group open New Delhi office 22 March 2011
LU-VE has opened an office in New Delhi to offer its full range of commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning to the rapidly expanding Indian market.

Kathy Cumella retires from Walter Meier after 40 years 22 March 2011
Long-serving marketing manager Kathy Cumella has retired from Walter Meier (Climate UK).

Mitsubishi Electric announces two new partnerships 22 March 2011
MITSUBISHI Electric has appointed two new "value added resellers" – Logicool and Intra-grated Solutions – to the network of companies selling its air conditioning and heat pump products.

Carrier to sell its North America bus air-conditioning business 22 March 2011
Carrier is to sell its bus air-conditioning business in the US and Canada to Mobile Climate Control, a subsidiary of Ratos AB, a Sweden-based financial investment company.

Blane Judd appointed HVCA chief executive designate 21 March 2011
Blane Judd is to replace Robert Higgs as HVCA chief executive in July.

R290 demonstration project in China paves the way for hydrocarbon technology 18 March 2011
An MLF funded project in China for the conversion of a compressor production line to R290 has successfully passed a first technical evaluation. The project aims to enhance the global availability of R290 compressors.

Cold Service shapes up for the future 15 March 2011
Cold Service Group has expanded with the successful purchase of Central Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

"The Eagle" swoops to open new trade centre 15 March 2011
The opening of HRP's new Trade Centre, ­a mere hammer-throw from the new Olympic site in East London, ­was marked by a guest appearance from former Olympic ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards.

Refcom's new-look website simplifies certification 15 March 2011
F-Gas certification body, Refcom, has launched a new-look website this month to make it easier for companies to obtain the mandatory Full Certification.

Industry pledges aid for Japan 14 March 2011
Japan's major air conditioning manufacturers have pledged money to support the aid efforts in areas hit by the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami which hit the country on Friday.

Panasonic backs the ACR Show 08 March 2011
JAPANESE air conditioning manufacturer Panasonic has underlined its serious intentions in the UK market by taking a 204m2 stand - the largest so far - at the ACR Show 2012. In addition, the company will be sponsoring the Heat Pump Arena - one of the major attractions at the event.

France considers ban on pre-charged splits 08 March 2011
THE French government is considering banning sales of pre-charged split system air conditioning units to the general public.

HFO1234yf receives final US approval 01 March 2011
THE US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final approval for the new low GWP refrigerant HFO1234yf designed to replace R134a in car air conditioning systems. It has previously been approved for use in Japan and Europe.

Mitsubishi highlights need for energy saving in existing buildings 01 March 2011
MITSUBISHI Electric has called for a greater energy saving focus on existing building stock.

F-gas funding still available for Scottish companies 01 March 2011
SCOTTISH companies will be still be able to take advantage of the 50% funding available for F-gas training after Skills Development Scotland (SDS) announced it would be extending funding until June 30.

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