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News Archive - August 2012

20-year-old film of Grimsby Ice Factory now available on DVD 30 August 2012
UK: A unique record of ice production at the Grimsby Ice Factory has been unearthed by the group fighting to preserve this historic building and the iconic refrigeration equipment it contains. Now the film is being made available on DVD.

Daikin to buy US manufacturer Goodman 29 August 2012
JAPAN: Air conditioning manufacturer Daikin is set to acquire US manufacturer Goodman Global today (Wednesday) according to sources in Japan.

Daikin buys Goodman for $3.7bn 29 August 2012
USA: Following our earlier news story, Daikin Industries has now confirmed the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire US manufacturer Goodman Global.

Refrigeration could reduce CO2 levels 29 August 2012
USA: Refrigeration is often blamed for its contributions to global warming, but in the future it could be used to significantly reduce CO2 levels from coal-fired power stations and reduce levels of other dangerous chemical emissions.

Authorities argue as Quebec LD death toll rises to eight 27 August 2012
CANADA: With the death toll in Quebec's legionnaires' disease outbreak rising to eight, after two more victims were reported yesterday (Sunday), a political row has broken out over the lack of enforcement regulations.

Quebec legionnella death toll rises to six 24 August 2012
CANADA: The legionnaires' disease outbreak in Quebec from legionnaires' disease has claimed two more victims, bringing the death toll to six.

Luvata to build new coil coating plant in Mexico 24 August 2012
MEXICO: Heat transfer product manufacturer Luvata has commenced construction of a coil coating plant in Mexico.

ARCHIVE: Battle to save the ice factory 23 August 2012
UK: The article which originally alerted the air conditioning and refrigeration industry to the plight of the threatened Grimsby Ice Factory and the unique and historic equipment it contains has now been added to our magazine article archive.

U-Line refrigeration equipment coming to Europe 23 August 2012
USA: U-Line, a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of built-in undercounter ice making, refrigeration and wine preservation products, is opening a European office in Finland.

Oceanair completes office moves 22 August 2012
UK: Air conditioning and heat pump distributor, Oceanair, has now completed the relocation of both its offices and warehouses and launched a brand new website to improve customer service.

Toshiba develops powerful magnet without expensive rare earths 20 August 2012
JAPAN: China may be losing its stranglehold on rare earth minerals - the expensive elements used in modern high tech equipment and the powerful magnets vital in fan motors and high efficiency air conditioning and refrigeration compressors.

US approval opens the way for adoption of HFO blowing agent 19 August 2012
US: Final approval from US authorities has paved the way for Honeywell's new HFO-based Solstice LBA to be adopted by Whirlpool in the insulation of all its US-manufactured refrigerators.

Daikin linked with purchase of Sharp air conditioning business 19 August 2012
JAPAN: Daikin have been named as a potential buyer of the Sharp air conditioning business in unconfirmed news reports emanating from Japan.

Customs officers to receive awards for illegal refrigerant seizures 19 August 2012
EUROPE: Customs officers from Europe and central Asia are to receive awards for preventing the illegal/unnecessary shipment of 116 tonnes of refrigerants and other ozone-depleting substances.

R32 could be a viable replacement for R410A 14 August 2012
USA: The flammable refrigerant R32 could be an attractive low-GWP solution for mainstream air-conditioning and heat pump applications with performance comparable to R410A, according to latest research.

US company agrees to pay $430,000 for refrigerant leaks 13 August 2012
USA: A Seattle-based seafood company has agreed to pay a $430,000 penalty for the improper release and management of R22 refrigerant at its facilities.

Emerson man is new EPEE chairman 09 August 2012
EUROPE: Jean Janssen, president of Emerson Climate Technologies GmbH Europe has been elected chairman of EPEE, the European group representing the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industry.

A-Gas buys US refrigerant management company RemTec 06 August 2012
UK: Refrigerant supplier A-Gas International has completed the acquisition of US-based RemTec International, a specialist in the recovery, reclamation and recycling of halocarbons.

Cubigel bought by Chinese company 03 August 2012
SPAIN: Troubled Spanish refrigeration compressor manufacturer Cubigel has been bought by the Chinese company Huayi Compressor Co Ltd.

G&L Beijer to buy Gasco Ireland 03 August 2012
EUROPE: Swedish refrigeration wholesaler G & L Beijer AB is set to acquire Gasco Ireland Ltd for around £560,000.

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