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News Archive - October 2012

EU sees greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2011 29 October 2012
EUROPE: Initial estimates for 2011 indicate that greenhouse gas emissions are once again falling and the UK leads the way in total reductions.

Emerson to invest $33m in Middle East hq 29 October 2012
DUBAI: Emerson has announced it is investing US$33m in the expansion of its Middle East and Africa headquarters campus in the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai. With new distribution and testing facilities, assembly areas and offices, the expanded headquarters campus will enable Emerson to closely support its customers in the region.

Frascold to set up assembly plant in India 29 October 2012
INDIA: Italian refrigeration compressor and condensing unit manufacturer Frascold is to invest around £1.2m in a factory in Gujarat in a joint venture with its partner Frascold India.

Winning move for Andrews Sykes 29 October 2012
UK: Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell and Olympic silver medal winner Gemma Gibbons, were guests at the official opening of Andrews Sykes newly refurbished premises and depot last week.

Honeywell increases supply of R1234yf 29 October 2012
USA: Following last week's announcement by DuPont, fellow refrigerant manufacturer Honeywell has announced today that it too has begun shipments of additional quantities of R1234yf.

Toshiba Carrier and Fujitsu form joint venture 26 October 2012
THAILAND: Japanese air conditioning manufacturers Toshiba Carrier Corporation, Fujitsu General and its manufacturing subsidiary FGA (Thailand) are to form a joint venture in Thailand to manufacture twin rotary compressors.

Honeywell to buy Saia Burgess Controls 25 October 2012
EUROPE: Honeywell is to buy Saia Burgess Controls, a leading provider of intelligent building controls, from Hong Kong-based Johnson Electric for $130m.

BRA offers guide to flammable refrigerants 25 October 2012
UK: With a growing interest in the use of flammable refrigerants, the British Refrigeration Association (BRA), has produced a guide to these gases, their use, application and safety and training requirements.

Two becomes one - Viessmann reunites 25 October 2012
GERMANY: Boiler manufacturer Viessmann has acquired 100% of the shares of fellow German refrigeration company Viessmann Kaltechnik to reunite the 100-year-old family businesses.

DuPont prepares to ramp-up R1234yf production 24 October 2012
DESPITE concerns expressed by Daimler with regard to the safety of R1234yf, DuPont says it has now successfully established supply of the refrigerant from China and Japan and has put firm plans in place for further expansions.

Acquisitions boost G&L Beijer sales 22 October 2012
EUROPE: Acquisitions have enabled G & L Beijer, Europe's largest refrigeration wholesaling group, to return increased sales and operating profit for the third quarter of the year, compared to 2011.

Climate Center to supply Carrier chillers 22 October 2012
UK: Climate Center has expanded its air-conditioning portfolio in a new ground breaking agreement that will see the company supplying Carrier chillers nationwide.

US study reveals increasing acceptance of CO2 22 October 2012
USA: A new study has revealed an increasing acceptance of CO2 as an alternative to HFC refrigerants in the USA.

ASHRAE to fund research into methyl chloride contamination 22 October 2012
USA: ASHRAE is offering a grant of around $95,000 to look into the effects of methyl chloride on refrigeration system components and to establish safe contaminant levels.

R1234yf: Now the car industry seeks further tests 19 October 2012
SAE International, the standards-setting association representing automotive engineers, says it is working with an international group of car manufacturers to investigate the formation of a new Cooperative Research Program (CRP) to investigate the safety of R1234yf.

Business group criticises Sainsbury's over supplier payment times 19 October 2012
UK: Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has been criticised by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) for having increased all non-food supplier payment times from 30 to 75 days. However, a spokesman for the supermarket group told ACR News that the new payment times would not apply to air conditioning or refrigeration equipment suppliers, contractors, service or maintenance companies.

NuAire wins Welsh awards 18 October 2012
UK: NuAire, the Caerphilly-based air handling, heat recovery and ventilation manufacturer, has received two awards - for Innovation and for Creative Design - at the Made in Wales Awards in Cardiff tonight.

Awards for customs interceptions of illegal ODS 18 October 2012
TURKEY: Awards have been made to customs and enforcement officers from China, Europe, Finland, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia FYR, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Uzbekistan in recognition of their success in intercepting illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances.

Senior Hargreaves sold to M+W 17 October 2012
UK: One of the UK's longest established ductwork companies, Senior Hargreaves, has been sold to the German-owned engineering and construction company M+W Group.

ACR News Awards: Enter now 16 October 2012
UK: Companies and individuals from all sectors of the air conditioning and refrigeration industry are now invited to enter the ACR News Awards 2013.

Danfoss ceo warns: Danish production is becoming too expensive 16 October 2012
DENMARK: The boss of Danish refrigeration equipment manufacturer Danfoss, has threatened to move production abroad unless conditions for Danish manufacturers improve.

ACR Show website goes live 15 October 2012
UK: The new official website for the forthcoming Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show 2014 is now live.

Cryogenics has key role in renewable energy storage idea 15 October 2012
UK: Refrigeration has a pivotal role in a technology which could provide an answer to the problem of large-scale storage of renewable energy.

Blast chiller is first to use new HFO refrigerant 12 October 2012
UK: Commercial refrigeration manufacturer Precision has launched what is believed to be the world's first blast chiller running on a new low GWP HFO refrigerant.

Chillventa ends on a record 11 October 2012
GERMANY: Chillventa has ended its three-day run with a record 915 exhibitors. Visitor figures were again around 29,000, of which 55% were from overseas, according to close of exhibition reports by the organiser.

Honeywell offers Daimler help to find R1234yf solution 11 October 2012
GERMANY: Following a meeting with Mercedes-Benz earlier today, refrigerant manufacturer Honeywell says it did not see any evidence that the car manufacturer's findings into the safety of the refrigerant HFO1234yf had added any substantial new information to previous comprehensive risk assessments.

AREA publishes minimum training for low GWP gases 11 October 2012
EUROPE: The European air conditioning and refrigeration contractors association, AREA, has published what it sees as minimum requirements for the training and certification of contractors working with low GWP refrigerants.

"Yes" to a realistic HFC phase down, "no" to bans 10 October 2012
EUROPE: Air conditioning and refrigeration industry group EPEE has reiterated its support for a cap and phase down of HFC refrigerants, while restating its opposition to product usage bans and a proposal in the F-gas revision to bring an end to pre-charged equipment.

DuPont shuts down another refrigerant counterfeiter in UAE 08 October 2012
UAE: DuPont, working with the aid of law enforcement in the UAE, claims to have made a significant seizure of counterfeit DuPont SUVA refrigerants in Sharjah.

EPEE prepares to fight F-gas proposals 07 October 2012
EUROPE: European manufacturers and others within the air conditioning and refrigeration industry are preparing to fight proposals revealed within the leaked F-gas revision document.

R32 refrigerant "has potential" for European air conditioners 05 October 2012
EUROPE: Following news that air conditioning manufacturer Daikin was to adopt the "mildly flammable" refrigerant R32 in future air conditioning models in Japan, the company's European subsidiary has admitted that the refrigerant could also be introduced here.

Lennox combines hvac and refrigeration 05 October 2012
EUROPE: Lennox is to amalgamate its hvac and refrigeration businesses in Europe

Honeywell stands by safety of R1234yf 04 October 2012
GERMANY: Honeywell has announced today that its stands firmly behind the safety of HFO1234yf following last week's announcement by Daimler that it would not be using the new refrigerant in its vehicles due to its flammability.

96% of subbies "unfairly treated" by main contractors 03 October 2012
UK: A survey of specialist sub-contractors operating in the UK has shown a high level of dissatisfaction with main contractors, with 96% saying they are being treated unfairly.

ACR News Awards - call for entries 02 October 2012
All companies and individuals involved in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry are now invited to enter the ACR News Awards 2013.

Check out our daily news from Chillventa 02 October 2012
EUROPE: Are you visiting the Chillventa exhibition in Nuremburg next week? Or perhaps you can't make it but want to keep abreast of new product launches and events?

Daikin to ditch R410A in favour of flammable R32 01 October 2012
JAPAN: Leading air conditioning manufacturer Daikin has announced plans to switch to the "mildly flammable" low GWP HFC refrigerant R32 from the current R410A.

A-Gas buys US refrigerant supplier Coolgas 01 October 2012
UK: Bristol-based refrigerant supplier A-Gas International has acquired US company Coolgas Inc, a leading independent supplier and distributor of refrigerants to the US market.

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