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 1 Mar 2012

Reefer industry gets to grips with contaminated refrigerant

VIETNAM is said to have imposed strict controls over the supply of R134a following the contaminated refrigerant scare which caused a number of explosions and three deaths in the refrigerated container industry last year. It is now known that a total of 1,181 units were serviced in Vietnam in 2011 in terminals identified as using contaminated refrigerant. All these units have been isolated and are being tested. 
 29 Feb 2012

BRA offers support for those dealing with hydrocarbons

WITH the increasing use of hydrocarbons, the British Refrigeration Association (BRA) has issued a code of practice for manufacturers and guidance notes for service engineers dealing with these refrigerants. 
 28 Feb 2012

BEST forms partnerships with ATL and Asset Skills

Building Engineering Services Training (BEST) has agreed new partnerships with ATL and Asset Skills UK as part of its expanded offering for the UK building engineering services sector. 
 27 Feb 2012

Report offers unique insight into UK market

THE move by many major supermarkets to alternative "natural" refrigerants provided a major boost to the UK refrigeration market in 2010, according to the latest market statistics report from the BRA. 
 27 Feb 2012

Two weeks to go - register now for the ACR Show

WITH just two weeks to go to the first ACR Show at the NEC, visitors are being encouraged to avoid any hassle or hold-up on the day by pre-registering their attendance. 
 27 Feb 2012

Eurovent certifies cooling tower performance

EUROVENT, the European Certification body, has developed a certification programme for the thermal performance of cooling towers. 
 27 Feb 2012

Faulty pump flange led to ammonia leak

THE failure of a pump flange is thought to be responsible for a major ammonia leak in Vienna last week, that led to the evacuation of 4,000 people, affecting 62 people and hospitalising 50. 
 21 Feb 2012

Retailers to reveal all at ACR Show

LEADING food retailers will reveal their latest plans for reducing the environmental impact of stores at the forthcoming Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show 2012, which takes place in Hall 19 at the NEC from 13 to 15 March. 
 21 Feb 2012

Powrmatic to sell Midea equipment in the UK

POWRMATIC, an Ilminster company best known for its heating and ventilating products, is to enter the UK air conditioning market with a range of Midea commercial air conditioning products. 
 21 Feb 2012

MHI to sponsor ACR Awards

MITSUBISHI Heavy Industries is the latest company to add its name to the list of headline sponsors for this year's ACR News Awards. The influential Japanese air conditioning manufacturer joins Dean & Wood, GEA, Hawco, Lawton Tubes and Space Airconditioning in sponsoring the industry's leading awards event. 
 15 Feb 2012

Fridge-freezer explodes on Isle of Wight

AN ISOBUTANE refrigerant leak in a domestic fridge-freezer is thought to have been the cause of an explosion which rocked a house in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, on Monday morning. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident which occurred just after 7am but the elderly resident was left in shock. 
 14 Feb 2012

ACR Show draws the major end-users

WITH just a month before doors open, leading users of cooling equipment across the UK are registering to attend the forthcoming Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show, which takes place at the NEC, 13-15 March 2012. 
 13 Feb 2012

UK a leader in transcritical CO2 refrigeration

NEXT to Denmark, where HFCs are banned, the UK is leading the way in the adoption of CO2 transcritical refrigeration systems in European supermarkets. According to natural refrigerants group Shecco, the UK currently has 267 supermarkets running transcritical CO2 systems, behind Denmark's 424, but way ahead of Germany (166), Switzerland (149) and Norway (134). 
 13 Feb 2012

Project aims to stop illegal ODS trade in Asia

A $1.56m project has been launched to detect and prevent illegal cross border trade of ozone depleting substances, other harmful chemicals and hazardous waste in 25 countries of the Asia Pacific region. 
 7 Feb 2012

Eaton Williams Group fined after saw accident

AIR conditioning manufacturer Eaton Williams has been fined after a man's fingertip was cut off by a circular saw at the company's Colman Moducel factory in Stoke-on-Trent. 
 6 Feb 2012

Counterfeit refrigerant is a growing problem

THE trade in counterfeit refrigerants is a growing problem and affects every region of the world, according to DuPont, the refrigerant manufacturer urging members of the air conditioning and refrigeration industry to increase their awareness of and action against counterfeit refrigerant activity. 
 3 Feb 2012

AHR Expo - another record

THE US AHR Expo show continues to grow. The latest event in Chicago from January 23-25 attracted nearly 40,000 visitors. Based on preliminary registration numbers, the 2012 Show will easily surpass the previous record of 38,534 visitors at the 2008 Show in New York City. 
 31 Jan 2012

IOR faces presidential battle

THE Institute of Refrigeration is facing a presidential election battle for possibly the first time in its history. Graeme Maidment, nominated by the IoR council for the role of president elect to succeed current president Andy Pearson, is being challenged for the role by fellow members John Bowater and Steve Gill. 
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