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News Archive - July 2012

Who pays to clear-up 150,000 litres of leaked coolant? 31 July 2012
NETHERLANDS: A row has broken out in the Netherlands over who should pay to clear up an estimated 150,000 litres of a secondary refrigerant leaked from an outdoor skating rink.

Hot tub is likely source of Stoke legionnaires' disease outbreak 31 July 2012
UK: Public and environmental health experts investigating the legionnaires' disease outbreak at Stoke-on-Trent believe they have traced the probable source to a hot tub.

Fake refrigerants: we should be very concerned 30 July 2012
BANGKOK: The world should be very concerned about the dangers of counterfeit refrigerants. This is the overriding message to come out of a roundtable discussion during the 32nd Open-ended Working Group Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Bangkok last week.

UK firms told to address cooling tower safety 30 July 2012
UK: The Health & Safety Exectutive (HSE) has told businesses with evaporative cooling towers to do more to protect workers and members of the public from exposure to legionella.

New BRA and HEVAC presidents 27 July 2012
UK: John AustIn-Davies, commercial director of George Barker & Co is the new president of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA). He takes over from Bob Arthur of Marks & Spencer and will hold the position for a period of two years. Mike Lawrence of JTL Systems is the new vice-president.

Trane adds Thermax chillers 27 July 2012
EUROPE: Trane has expanded its chiller offering in Europe with the addition of Thermax absorption chillers.

Refcom audit confirms F-gas regs are working 24 July 2012
UK: Refcom's latest audit of registered companies suggests that the F-gas regulations are working with the majority of firms being fully compliant.

Sainsbury's makes geothermal pledge 19 July 2012
UK: Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has announced its intention to use geothermal technology to power up to 100 stores.

Former Norpe UK md must pay back stolen cash 19 July 2012
UK: Colin Fell, the former managing director of Norpe UK who was jailed last year for stealing from the Stockport-based commercial refrigeration supplier, has been ordered to repay more than £400,000.

Fire destroys Hitachi's air conditioning factory in India 19 July 2012
INDIA: The Hitachi air conditioning factory in Gujarat, India, has been destroyed by fire, according to reports.

Emerson celebrates 100 millionth scroll 19 July 2012
USA: Emerson Climate Technologies has celebrated the production of its 100 millionth Copeland Scroll compressor for air conditioning and refrigeration applications.

Customs officials seize counterfeit R134a 19 July 2012
SERBIA: Customs officials at the border with Bosnia and Herzegovinia have seized 17 cylinders of counterfeit R134a refrigerant.

Edinburgh legionnaires' outbreak officially over 18 July 2012
UK: The Edinburgh legionnaires' disease outbreak, which claimed three lives and infected a total of 101 people, is now officially over.

Further case in Edinburgh legionnaires' disease outbreak 17 July 2012
UK: THE latest reports on the Edinburgh legionnaires' outbreak show that one further person has been confirmed with the illness.

Traces of dangerous refrigerant found in returned cylinders 16 July 2012
AUSTRALIA: The dangerous methyl chloride constituent found in fake R134a refrigerant cylinders has turned up in cylinders returned to an Australian refrigerant recycling company.

Canada faces disposable refrigerant cylinder battle 16 July 2012
CANADA: The Canadian province of Manitoba is fighting a battle against refrigerants being sold in illegal, disposable (non-refillable) cylinders.

ACR News Awards coming to London in 2013 16 July 2012
UK: The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration News Awards are returning to London next March with a glittering celebration night at the new Grange Tower Bridge Hotel.

Edinburgh legionnaires cases hit 100 13 July 2012
UK: The total number of cases affected by the Edinburgh legionnaires disease outbreak has hit 100.

Klima-Therm installs first chiller with Turbocors running on HFOs 12 July 2012
UK: Eighteen months on from announcing that it was to be the first company to use HFO1234ze with the highly efficient oil-less Turbocor compressor on one of its Turbomiser chillers, UK company Klima-Therm has achieved its wish with an installation at a department store in Milton Keynes.

Association formed for air conditioning energy assessors 11 July 2012
UK: A new association has been formed to represent assessors carrying out TM44 air conditioning inspections in the UK.

Kenyan customs intercept illegal R12 consignment 11 July 2012
AFRICA: Kenyan authorities have successfully intercepted and impounded 55 cylinders of illegal R12 refrigerant at the port of Mombasa.

Tecumseh backs Spool compressor development 11 July 2012
USA: Compressor manufacturer Tecumseh is to help develop a new style of compressor for use in commercial refrigeration, which is said to be smaller, lighter and cheaper to manufacture than current technology.

Dates for ACR Show 2014 announced 10 July 2012
UK: Following the successful launch earlier this year, the organisers have announced that the next Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show will take place from 11 to 13 February, 2014, at the NEC in Birmingham.

Search for LD source continues after third death 06 July 2012
UK: There have been no new cases of legionnaires' disease detected in Edinburgh since the death of a third man on Tuesday but the source of the outbreak has still not been identified.

Increasing demand for HFCs to 2016 05 July 2012
USA: Increasing worldwide demand for HFC refrigerants is expected to be a significant factor in a predicted 3.9% year-on-year increase in the fluorochemical market to 2016.

Renewable cooling could provide close to 100% of cooling demand 03 July 2012
EUROPE: Although largely ignored as a sustainable technology, a new report suggests that with the right commitment renewable cooling could provide close to 100% of cooling demand in Europe by 2050.

Edinburgh legionnaires cases hit 98 03 July 2012
UK: The latest reports on the Edinburgh legionnaires' outbreak show two further cases of the disease - one confirmed and one suspected - bringing the total to 98.

Environmental groups step up calls for rapid HFC phase-out 03 July 2012
EUROPE: With the European Commission currently formulating its review of the F-gas regulations, environmental groups have stepped up calls for a phase-out of HFCs.

New bid for Invensys? 02 July 2012
UK: Controls group Invensys is reportedly the target of a possible bid from a Chinese train manufacturer.

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