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News Archive - June 2012

US refrigerant smuggler sentenced to 13 months 29 June 2012
USA: Carlos A Garcia, the US man found guilty in April for refrigerant smuggling, has been sentenced to 13 months prison.

Refrigeration-free cold drink dispenser unveiled 29 June 2012
UK: The first dispenser in Europe of a refrigeration-free drinks can has been unveiled at the University of Surrey.

Number of legionnaires' cases remains static 28 June 2012
No new cases of legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh have been reported for the past two consecutive days.

Edinburgh Legionnaires' outbreak: Cases reach 95 26 June 2012
THE total number of overall cases in the Edinburgh legionnaires' disease has risen to 95 following one new confirmed case and one suspected.

Hitachi invests in Spanish factory 22 June 2012
EUROPE: Hitachi, which recently reorganised its air conditioning business in Europe under a new company, Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe SAS, has also made a significant investment in its factory in Barcelona.

Chilean court fines Whirlpool in compressor cartel action 22 June 2012
CHILE: US compressor manufacturer Whirlpool has been fined approximately US$10m plus costs in the Chilean courts for its part in the international refrigeration compressor cartel.

WR Refrigeration offers combined HFO, HC and CO2 training 21 June 2012
UK: WR Refrigeration has established what it claims is the world's first HFO, HC and CO2 refrigeration training facility.

US seafood company to pay $700,000 for R22 violations 21 June 2012
USA: One of the USA's largest seafood companies has agreed to pay a $700,000 fine for illegally importing R22 and committing other clean air violations.

J&E Hall backs fight to save the Grimsby Ice Factory 18 June 2012
UK: J&E Hall, one of the most famous refrigeration companies, has added its weight behind efforts to save the Grimsby Ice Factory.

Second man dies in Scottish legionnaires' outbreak 15 June 2012
UK: A further death linked to the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh has been confirmed by Lothian health authorities.

Don't use valves with brazed-in nozzles on ammonia systems, says IoR 12 June 2012
UK: THE Institute of Refrigeration has recommended that valves, where the valve nozzles are brazed into the main body, should not be used on ammonia refrigeration plant.

Second company served notice in Edinburgh legionella outbreak 12 June 2012
A second Edinburgh company has been issued with improvement notices by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as part of its on-going investigation into the legionnaires outbreak in the city.

Improvement notice served on Edinburgh firm as LD search continues 08 June 2012
UK: investigations into the legionnaires' disease outbreak in Edinburgh has led to the HSE serving an improvement notice on one of the city's businesses.

Wake up the sleeping giant of heating and cooling, says EHPA 07 June 2012
BELGIUM: THE European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) has accused the European Commission of missing the chance to "wake up the sleeping giant of heating and cooling" in its recent communication to the European parliament on the current 2020 policy framework.

Cooling tower suspected in Edinburgh LD outbreak 06 June 2012
UK: A cooling tower is thought to be the source of the legionnaires'disease outbreak in Edinburgh which has already claimed one life. Lothian Health officials have confirmed 17 cases so far with 15 more cases suspected.

VRF systems added to ASHRAE Handbook 06 June 2012
USA: VRF air conditioning systems, their components and applicable standards, are included within the new 2012 ASHRAE Handbook.

EcoDesign directive could make systems less efficient 01 June 2012
EUROPE: AREA president Graeme Fox has hit out at changes to the EcoDesign Directive which could actually make air conditioning or refrigeration systems less efficient.

Eurovent to merge activities with CERTITA 01 June 2012
BRUSSELS: Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment certification body Eurovent has anounced that it is to merge some of its activities with French heating product certification body CERTITA.

We're on the move 01 June 2012
UK: ACR News is on the move to new premises. The current offices are now effectively closed and telephone lines are down pending our move to new offices in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

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