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News Archive - April 2012

Daikin set to launch VRV lV 30 April 2012
DAIKIN is set to launch its fourth generation VRV offering variable refrigerant temperature, continuous heating on heat pump and simplified commissioning.

Criticised over F-gas, now Italy must go to court over EPBD 27 April 2012
CRITICISED by the European Commission for its failure to comply with the F-gas regulations, Italy is now being taken to court for failure to fully comply with another piece of environmental legislation - the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive.

Stakeholders call for changes to the F-gas regulations 26 April 2012
THE vast majority of respondents to the EC's consultation on the review of the F-gas regulations have agreed the existing law is not sufficient but are divided on the appropriate action to take.

Methyl chloride confirmed in Heatcraft recall 26 April 2012
HEATCRAFT Australia has confirmed that the "flammable and poisonous" counterfeit refrigerant responsible for the recall of certain models of Kirby packaged refrigeration units in Australia does have methyl chloride (R40) as one of its constituents. It has also been confirmed that the suspect units were manufactured and charged with the refrigerant at its own factory in China.

EC warns Italy and Malta over failure to comply with F-gas regs 26 April 2012
THE European Commission has warned Italy and Malta that they could face legal action if they fail to comply with the F-gas regulations.

Heatcraft Australia recalls units charged with counterfeit refrigerant 24 April 2012
A MAJOR manufacturer and supplier of stationary refrigeration equipment in Australia has been hit by the counterfeit refrigerant scandal.

Firm fined for dropping ahu onto passer-by 20 April 2012
THE company responsible for dropping an air handling unit on a woman waiting at a bus stop in 2008 has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £21,000 costs.

Killer gas found in illegal refrigerant seizure 19 April 2012
A CONSIGNMENT of refrigerant seized by Russian customs contained cylinders of the dangerous methyl chloride cocktail blamed for the fatal reefer explosions last year. Rumours of the seizure first appeared in Russian newspaper reports at the end of February.

World market for ac up 13% 18 April 2012
WHILE the Euro crisis continues to affect the air conditioning market here, worldwide sales were up 13% last year, according to a new report from BSRIA.

Man faces prison for dealing in smuggled R22 18 April 2012
A US man faces up to 20 years in prison for admitting to knowingly dealing in smuggled R22 refrigerant.

Walter Meier acquires evaporative cooling firm 16 April 2012
WALTER Meier has acquired the US portable evaporative cooling unit company Port-A-Cool.

Elco sells Airwell business in Asia 16 April 2012
ELCO Holdings has sold its Airwell air conditioning business in Asia to Singapore's Hong Leong Asia Ltd for £8.2m.

Business Edge backs Ice Factory fight 16 April 2012
BUSINESS Edge is the latest acr company to become corporate supporters of the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust (GGIFT), the group fighting to save the historic building and its 80-year-old refrigeration equipment.

Honeywell reveals more details of Chinese counterfeiter 10 April 2012
HONEYWELL has released further details of the case, first reported by ACR News on January 1, of the Chinese man convicted for selling counterfeit refrigerant.

A-Gas buys Australian refrigerant business 10 April 2012
BRISTOL-based A-Gas, one of the largest independent refrigerant gases, environmental services, speciality gases and chemicals providers, has completed the acquisition of an Australian based refrigerant re-packer, Technochem for an undisclosed sum.

Mostra attracts 155,000 04 April 2012
MOSTRA Convegno Expocomfort, the plumbing, sanitaryware and domestic, commercial and industrial hvacr show in Milan at the end of March, attracted over 155,000 visitors, according to figures released by the show organisers.

Emerson acquires Johnson's marine control business 03 April 2012
EMERSON has acquired the Marine Container and Boiler business of Johnson Controls, enabling Emerson Climate Technologies to expand its refrigeration technology and solutions offerings in the global transportation sector.

Honeywell to destroy CFCs in the US 03 April 2012
HONEYWELL in the USA has begun destroying its inventories of certain CFCs and CFC blends and selling the resulting emission reduction credits for use in California's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade programme.

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