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News Archive - January 2013

Harp warns of dangerous CO2 refrigerant practices 28 January 2013
UK: A leading refrigerant supplier has warned of highly dangerous installation practices which it says could cause CO2 refrigerant cylinders to explode.

Olympic gagging order lifted 28 January 2013
UK: Suppliers to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics can finally publicise their involvement in last summer's events following the lifting of the gagging order which had previously prevented them from doing so.

UK base for MHI's new dedicated acr business 25 January 2013
JAPAN: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is to establish a wholly-owned subsidiary in the UK to oversee its air conditioning and refrigeration interests in Europe. 

Pre-charge ban is disproportionate – EPEE 25 January 2013
EUROPE: EPEE, the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment which represents much of the heating and cooling industry in Europe, has expressed its concern at the proposed ban on pre-charged equipment under the F-gas regulations, describing it as disproportionate and counter-productive.

Hitachi factory in India back on line 24 January 2013
INDIA: The Hitachi air conditioning factory in Gujarat, which was destroyed by fire in July last year, is back up and running.

Green backing for pre-charge ban 24 January 2013
The proposal to ban pre-charged equipment under the F-gas revisions has received environmental backing.

Honeywell hits back at 1234yf controversy 24 January 2013
EUROPE: Honeywell is pressing ahead with the supply of R1234yf and has hit back at the controversy created by Daimler in rejecting the gas on flammability grounds.

Industry split over pre-charged equipment bans 23 January 2013
UK: The European F-gas revision proposal to ban pre-charged air conditioning and refrigeration equipment has created a difference of opinion amongst UK stakeholders. MP Richard Benyon's statement yesterday that government had concerns whether the proposed ban would have a disproportionate effect on the industry is a reflection of lobbying by both contractors and equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

Air conditioning sales set to grow 22 January 2013
USA: Global demand for air conditioning is expected to grow at a rate of 10.5% per year to 2018, according to a new report.

Chemical companies consider HFO/CO2 blends 22 January 2013
The search for low GWP refrigerants has revealed the intriguing possibility of the development of blends containing both "natural" and man-made components.

UK considers consequences of pre-charged equipment ban 22 January 2013
UK: While broadly supporting the recently published F-gas revision document, the UK government has admitted to having issues with the control of use and bans on certain gases in specific applications and has some concern with the possible affects of a ban on pre-charged equipment.

Industry bodies back ACR Show 2014 21 January 2013
UK: The air conditioning and refrigeration industry's leading trade bodies have given their official backing to the next ACR Show, which takes place on 11 to 13 February, 2014, at the NEC in Birmingham.

DuPont repeats counterfeit refrigerant warnings 20 January 2013
USA: They may have been out of the headlines of late but DuPont has reminded the air conditioning and refrigeration industry worldwide of the dangers of knowingly buying or using couterfeit refrigerants.

Carter Synergy increases CO2 capabilities 16 January 2013
UK: Carter Synergy has signed a partnership agreement with the Swedish company Green & Cool, a world-leader in the supply of transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems.

Honeywell ready as EC reconfirms MAC enforcement 15 January 2013
USA: Honeywell says it is fully prepared to supply automakers with the new HFO refrigerant 1234yf after the European Commission reconfirmed that the MAC directive would be fully enforced from the start of this year.

Dean & Wood and Harp back ACR News Awards 15 January 2013
UK: Leading refrigeration and air conditioning wholesaler Dean & Wood and its refrigerant supplier Harp International are the latest names to join the prestigious list of companies backing this year's ACR News Awards.

Bitzer acquires German component supplier 12 January 2013
GERMANY: Compressor manufacturer Bitzer has taken over fellow German air conditioning and refrigeration component manufacturer Armaturenwerk Altenburg GmbH (AWA).

Honeywell releases new HFO blend replacement for 410A 11 January 2013
USA: Honeywell has announced the availability of its new Solstice L-41 low GWP refrigerant alternative to R410A in residential and light commercial air conditioning and heat pump applications.

Finalists announced for ACR News Awards 2013 11 January 2013
Companies large and small have been named today as finalists in the ACR News Awards 2013.

The "fridge" needs defrosting 10 January 2013
USA: As Chicago's original 1920s-built Fulton Market Cold Store begins its transformation into a new headquarters for a major bicycle component manufacturer, those involved in the building's redevelopment have released some stunning images of its interior.

Mitsubishi Electric establishes Turkish office 08 January 2013
JAPAN: Mitsubishi Electric has established a direct presence in Turkey to act as a base to expand and support its business in Turkey and surrounding regions.

Commercial refrigeration sales set to rise 06 January 2013
USA: Global demand for commercial refrigeration equipment is forecasted to rise 4.4% per year through 2016 to $32bn, according to a new US report.

Hydrocarbon-blown fridges are hazardous waste 04 January 2013
UK: The UK Environment Agency has advised that all waste refrigerator insulation foam produced using a hydrocarbon blowing agent should be considered highly flammable and, as such, should be classified as hazardous waste.

Danfoss attains full ownership of Turbocor 04 January 2013
FRANCE: Danfoss has acquired full ownership of the joint venture company Danfoss Turbocor Compressors, in which Danfoss has had a 50% stake since 2004.

Fire brigade calls for higher standards in fridge freezers 04 January 2013
UK: The London Fire Brigade has called for higher safety standards in fridge freezers in a new report which describes them as the 'most dangerous household appliance when involved in a fire'.

Suspected R22 smuggler surrenders 03 January 2013
INDIA: A key suspect in a Euro1.4m refrigerant smuggling case has surrendered to police in New Delhi.

Zamil buys Indian coil company, reduces interests in Geoclima 03 January 2013
SAUDI ARABIA: Zamil Industrial, the Saudi-based manufacturing company and leading air conditioning producer, has acquired the Indian coil manufacturer Advantec and reduced its shareholding in Italian chiller manufacturer Geoclima as part of a restructuring of its business.

Ghana blocks secondhand fridge imports 01 January 2013
GHANA: One of the major destinations for waste refrigerators has been blocked after Ghana announced the full implementation of a ban on the importation of secondhand refrigerators and air conditioning units today.

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