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News Archive - May 2013

R32 shows positive benefits in R410A drop-in test 31 May 2013
USA: An R32 refrigerant drop-in test carried out on an existing 27kW R410A Daikin VRVlll system is reported to have shown improvements in both capacity and energy efficiency.

Bitzer signs for ACR Show 2014 30 May 2013
UK: The giant German compressor manufacturer Bitzer is the latest company to back the ACR Show 2014. Occupying one of the largest stands at the last show in 2012, Bitzer’s UK subsidiary has now booked an even bigger stand for the 2014 event which takes place at the NEC from February 11-13.

Atosa makes UK refrigeration debut 29 May 2013
UK: Chinese manufacturer Yindu has set up a subsidiary in the UK to market its Atosa brand of commercial refrigeration and kitchen equipment.

Air conditioning manufacturers gear up for Indian boom 24 May 2013
INDIA: While increased prices and cooler weather this year are forcing companies to contemplate a third flat year in India - after predictions of 15-20% growth - the world's leading air conditioning manufacturers are still itching to capitalise on the predicted boom in the market.

Efficient air conditioners could save over 360TWh/yr 24 May 2013
USA: The deployment of super-efficient air conditioners worldwide could avoid the need for more than 120 500MW power plants by 2020, saving over 360TWH/yr, according to a new report by the USA's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Chinese acr demand to hit 237 million by 2016 24 May 2013
CHINA: Chinese demand for air conditioners will reach 124,000,000 units and refrigerators will reach 113,000,000 units by 2016, according to the China Refrigerant Compressor Industry Report, 2013-2016 released by Sino Market Insight.

LG appoints more UK distributors 24 May 2013
UK: LG has appointed three new distributors - two for its air conditioning range and one for air-to-water heat pump products.

BOC trials cryogenic refrigeration in trucks 24 May 2013
UK: BOC has initiated trials of Frostcruise, a cryogenic alternative to diesel-powered mechanical refrigeration in refrigerated transport systems.

Wigan the centre for Japanese-led heat pump study 23 May 2013
UK: Leading air conditioning manufacturers Hitachi and Daikin are part of a Japanese-led consortium which is to study the feasibility of heat pumps and information and communication technologies (ICT) in a demonstration project in Wigan.

MITIE pulls out of M&E 21 May 2013
UK: MITIE, one of the UK's largest services contractors, is closing down its mechanical & electrical division, due to the slump in the market and poor margins.

Aspen to distribute Castel products 21 May 2013
UK: Aspen Pumps has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for Castel Engineering brackets, ducting, drip trays and mounting blocks.

Bob Cowlard appointed Carel UK md 21 May 2013
UK: Bob Cowlard is to be the new managing director of Carel UK, the UK arm of the leading Italian humidification and controls manufacturer. He joins the Chessington-based company on June 3, replacing Enrico Mirandola who has taken up a role at Carel's hq in Padova.

Sainsbury's award for refrigeration companies 21 May 2013
UK: Refrigeration businesses Space Engineering, WR Refrigeration, CBES, Carter Thermal Industries and Arcus Engineering have received awards for their 'quality and service' by supermarket giant Sainsbury's.

WR Refrigeration launches electrical business 21 May 2013
UK: Contractor WR Refrigeration has expanded its business with the launch of WR Electrical.

Refrigerant demand to grow by 50% by 2018 16 May 2013
USA: Worldwide refrigerant consumption is set to grow from an estimated $10.5bn (equivalent to 1,207 thousand MT) last year to $15.7bn by 2018, with a CAGR of 6.9% from 2013 to 2018.

SAE looks at two other MAC refrigerant alternatives 15 May 2013
USA: With R1234yf still being shunned by some German car manufacturers as the replacement refrigerant for R134a in car air conditioning systems, the engineers group SAE has been assessing two other potential alternatives. The two low GWP blended refrigerants, both developed by Mexichem, meet the requirements of the EU MAC Directive.

Fujitsu adds two new distributors 15 May 2013
UK: FG Eurofred has appointed two new distributors in the north of England for the Fujitsu range of air conditioning units.

Fluorochemical industry to grow 5% per year to 2018 15 May 2013
USA: The value of the fluorochemicals industry, of which the manufacture of refrigerants is a major part, is expected to grow by 5% per year over the next five years.

Warwick Uni's £5.25m funding to develop efficient cooling 09 May 2013
UK: The University of Warwick is to lead a £5.25m project to develop energy-efficient heating and cooling technologies.

Ice factory featured on Prince's Regeneration Trust website 07 May 2013
UK: Fresh from being featured on the BBC tv programme Coast, the Grimsby Ice factory and the fight to save it is now featured on the website for the Prince's Regeneration Trust (PRT).

Chinese customs success with illegal refrigerants 06 May 2013
CHINA: Reports from customs officers in the port of Ningbo suggests that Chinese authorities have had some success this year in intercepting export shipments of illegal refrigerants.

Russia to ban disposables in bid to stop illegal imports 06 May 2013
RUSSIA: Following meetings earlier in the year the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has recommended that Russia bans the use of disposable refrigerant cylinders in line with the EU, USA, Canada and other developed countries.

Interest in CO2 refrigeration grows in USA and Canada 03 May 2013
NORTH AMERICA: Interest in CO2 refrigeration is growing in the USA and Canada according to reports. Over 125 secondary, cascade and transcritical refrigeration installations systems are said to have been installed in North America with many more planned.

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