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News Archive - September 2011

Former executives charged in price-fixing conspiracy 28 September 2011
THREE former executives of Panasonic Corporation, Embraco and Tecumseh have been indicted in Detroit for their role in the international refrigeration compressor price fixing conspiracy.

Recycling scheme launched for condensate pumps 27 September 2011
CLIMATE Center and Aspen Pumps have teamed up to create a nationwide recycling scheme for condensate pumps.

Union calls for new law on maximum temperature 26 September 2011
THE Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has launched a campaign calling for a maximum working temperature in the UK.

EC to consult on F-gas emission reductions 26 September 2011
THE European Commission has launched a public consultation on strengthening the F-gas regulations in an effort to eliminate up to two thirds of today's fluorinated gas emissions by 2030. Suggestions include new voluntary agreements, bans for new products and equipment and the introduction of a scheme for phasing-down the placing of HFCs on the EU market.

Emerson hits one million Digital Scrolls 26 September 2011
TEN year's since its introduction, the Copeland Digital Scroll compressor this month reached the significant milestone of one million installations.

Company fined for coldstore fall 23 September 2011
SPARKS Mechanical Services Ltd, the Aberdeen electrical and refrigeration services company, has been fined £10,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell 2.6m from a scaffolding tower.

Daikin to build its largest ever factory in China 23 September 2011
DAIKIN is to build an air conditioning factory capable of producing 1.5 million units per year in China's Jiangsu Province, according to unconfirmed reports in the Chinese media.

Boost for heat pumps as Chris Huhne opens Freedom event 20 September 2011
CHRIS Huhne. the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has confirmed that the need for planning permission for air source heat pumps will be lifted.

F-gas regs could be tightened next year 15 September 2011
THE European commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, has suggested that a further tightening of the F-gas regulations can be expected next year.

Report warns of steep rise in HCFC smuggling 15 September 2011
THE steep growth in consumption of HCFCs in developing countries suggests that the illegal trade in these refrigerants will outstrip that seen during the phase-out of CFCs, says a new report.

MEPS call for rapid phase-down of HFCs 14 September 2011
MEPS have today voted for a revision of the F-gas regulations and called for a rapid phase-down of the production and consumption of HFCs.

Solstice is Honeywell's HFO brand 13 September 2011
SOLSTICE is the new name that Honeywell has adopted for its new HFO refrigerants and blowing agents. The brand name will be used for the company's new mobile air conditioning refrigerant HFO-1234yf and the new blowing agent and propellant, HFO-1234ze.

Fridges are a high priority in modern life 12 September 2011
THE importance of refrigeration is underlined in a new survey of British adults which shows access to a fridge is one of the most important creature comforts.

Brunnock at the helm of FG Eurofred 12 September 2011
JULIAN Brunnock, formerly business development at Daikin UK, has taken over the helm at air conditioning supplier FG Eurofred and promised a better service for distributors.

Panasonic begins Sanyo integration 09 September 2011
THE integration of Sanyo into the Panasonic business has begun in North America.

Walter Meier acquires humidification specialist ML System 09 September 2011
WALTER Meier has acquired ML System, the Danish specialist in direct room humidification.

Honeywell defends "killer refrigerant" against German opposition 09 September 2011
HONEYWELL has hit back at a German motoring magazine article describing its new HFO-1234yf as a "killer refrigerant."

New Zealand considers contractor licensing 06 September 2011
NEW Zealand could introduce a licensing scheme for acr contractors in a number of measures discussed following the fatal IcePak coldstore explosion in Tamahere in 2008.

China imposes more restrictions on vital ac raw materials 06 September 2011
FURTHER air conditioning product price rises are feared following China's imposition of further production controls and export restrictions on certain raw materials vital to the industry.

Inquest opened into fatal propane blast 05 September 2011
THE Icepak coldstore which exploded in 2007 following a propane refrigerant leak had no gas detection systems in place and had experienced a massive leak just six months earlier, an inquest has heard.

G & L Beijer to buy United Refrigeration UK 01 September 2011
SWEDISH refrigeration wholesaler G & L Beijer, owners of Dean & Wood, is to buy United Refrigeration's refrigeration wholesale operations in France and the UK form a reported 23.3m pounds.

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