News Archive - December 2012

Illegal R22 importer gets six months 27 December 2012
USA: The Florida man who pled guilty to knowingly importing approximately 15,640kg of illegal R22 into America has been sentenced to six months in prison, and six months under electronically monitored home-confinement, followed by 18 months of supervised release. The Miami Court also imposed a criminal fine of $3,000.

EC to enforce MAC directive despite Daimler's R1234yf concerns 24 December 2012
EUROPE: The European Commission has declared that the MAC directive will be fully implemented on January 1 despite the safety concerns expressed by Daimler over the car industry's preferred R134a replacement, the refrigerant R1234yf.

Eurovent establishes VRF certification programme 23 December 2012
EUROPE: The long awaited Eurovent certification parameters for VRF air conditioning is now in place and manufacturers are now invited to join the programme.

Chinese refrigerant counterfeiter hit with hefty fine 19 December 2012
USA: DuPont has finally released details of an action it completed last year against Chinese refrigerant counterfeiters which resulted in fines and damages of over $70,000.

Bitzer buys Lumikko's transport cooling division 18 December 2012
GERMANY: Refrigerant compressor manufacturer Bitzer has taken over the truck- and trailer-cooling division of Finnish company Lumikko Oy from private ownership for an undisclosed fee.

Honeywell confident of SAE clearance for R1234yf 17 December 2012
USA: Friday's announcement by engineering body SAE International that new research into the safety of R1234yf for car air conditioning systems has so far failed to find any new areas of concern has been welcomed by refrigerant manufacturer Honeywell.

Mitsubishi Electric ac now available through FSW 17 December 2012
UK: FSW Ltd, the Fujitsu and Hitachi air conditioning distributor has been appointed as a value-added reseller by Mitsubishi Electric.

Ninety-seven arrested in Spain for R22 offences 17 December 2012
SPAIN: The Guardia Civil has arrested and charged 97 people allegedly involved in the illegal trade in more than 150 tonnes of R22 refrigerant.

Latest SAE research finds no problem with R1234yf 14 December 2012
USA: The updated review of the safety of R1234yf by the SAE has so far failed to find any new information which might require a change to the risk assessment of the new refrigerant for car air conditioning systems.

Ian Parker RIP 13 December 2012
UK: It is with great sadness that we report that Ian Parker, sales manager for Emerson Climate Technologies (Alco controls) in the UK and Ireland, passed away on December 7.

ACR News Awards 2013 – still time to enter 11 December 2012
UK: There's still time to enter The ACR News Awards 2013 - the air conditioning and refrigeration industry's premier awards event.

HSE to carry out LD checks in Scotland 10 December 2012
UK: The HSE and local authorities are carrying out visits and inspections to companies with cooling towers in the west of Scotland to ensure they are managing legionella risks appropriately.

LG to establish Academy at Oldham College 10 December 2012
UK: Air conditioning manufacturer LG is to provide the equipment for an LG Academy at Oldham College.

Linking low GWP refrigerants to energy policy may be counter-productive 06 December 2012
EUROPE: The tendency for the European Commission to address direct refrigerant emissions through energy policy may not have the desired effect, say industry groups representing the European air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Mitsubishi Electric to open Jakarta office 05 December 2012
JAPAN: Mitsubishi Electric is to establish a sales company in Indonesia to handle sales of air conditioning systems, home appliances and factory automation.

Sanhua supports the ACR News Awards 05 December 2012
UK: Sanhua, the Chinese air conditioning and refrigeration component supplier, is the latest sponsor to sign up for the ACR News Awards 2013.

Ebm-Papst to buy German gearbox company 04 December 2012
GERMANY: Fan and motor manufacturer Ebm-Papst is to acquire the German gearbox manufacturer Zeitlauf.

Toshiba supports ACR News Awards 04 December 2012
TOSHIBA Air Conditioning is the latest top-name sponsor to lend its support to the ACR News Awards 2013. Toshiba joins Hawco, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Space Airconditioning in acknowledging the importance of industry's leading and longest-established awards event.

Luvata to licence coil coating system 04 December 2012
USA: Luvata, the coil and heat exchanger manufacturer, is introducing a certified training and licensee programme for its Insitu spray-applied, corrosion resistant coil coating.

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