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 29 Nov 2010

Foster wins top manufacturing award

FOSTER Refrigerator, the Norfolk-based commercial refrigeration manufacturer, has been named among the country's top companies by the Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF). 
 29 Nov 2010

Consumer Goods Forum pledges to phase out HFCs

THE Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a body comprising over 650 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders from 70 countries, has pledged to phase out HFCs from 2015. CGF members boast a combined turnover of $2.8 trillion and include, in the UK, retailers Alliance Boots, Booker, M&S, Tesco and Waitrose, and manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline, British American Tobacco, Innocent Drinks, Kraft Foods and Kimberley Clark. 
 26 Nov 2010

EU set to close carbon credit loophole

THE European Commission has announced plans to close the loophole in the EU's cap-and-trade system which perveresely encourages developing countries to over-produce R22 refrigerant in order to cash in on credits available for destroying the high GWP by-product HFC23. 
 25 Nov 2010

Mexichem joins race for low GWP refrigerant blends

MEXICHEM looks set to become a major rival to DuPont and Honeywell in the development of new fourth generation refrigerants. The company, which earlier this year bought the Ineos refrigerants business, has revealed plans to launch a new high efficiency, low GWP blend as a replacement for R134a in car air conditioning systems. Known as AC5, it and other low GWP blends are also being trialled for stationary systems as well as foam and aerosol applications. 
 23 Nov 2010

Ellis Training passes its 1,000th F-gas student

WITH the deadline for F-gas qualifications now just seven months away, Hertfordshire-based Ellis Training Works (ETW) has just seen its 1000th candidate successfully pass the City & Guilds 2079 F Gas qualification. 
 23 Nov 2010

Embraco to build compressor factory in Mexico

COMPRESSOR manufacturer is to build a factory in Monterrey, Mexico, to produce its high efficiency EM hermetic compressor for domestic and small commercial applications. 
 23 Nov 2010

Toshiba to enter data centre market

TOSHIBA in Japan has announced that it is to enter the market for space-saving and environmentally conscious modular data centres. The announcement follows the completion of an experimental demonstration facility at its Fuchu Complex in western Tokyo. 
 18 Nov 2010

Fridge future in young skilled hands

THE reputation of the UK refrigeration industry should be in good hands when the WorldSkills competition comes to London next year. 
 16 Nov 2010

Adcock to open new training facility

THE Adcock Group is to open a new purpose-built training centre in Kings Lynn. The well-respected Cambridge-based refrigeration and air conditioning engineering business is to invest £500,000 in the new training facility which will offer training for its own engineers to NVQ levels 2 and 3, 2079, as well as short courses in brazing, pressure testing and electrics. 
 14 Nov 2010

HSE issues coldstore safety alert

THE HSE has issued a safety alert after a coldstore ceiling gave way, causing two workers to fall to the floor. One of the men died from his injuries. 
 13 Nov 2010

Support grows for HFC curbs

SUPPORT for curbs on the production and consumption of HFCs gained momentum at this week's Montreal Protocol meeting in Bangkok. While, as expected, no decision was taken on the future of these refrigerants, 91 countries signed a declaration of support for what has popularly been dubbed a phase-down. This was a significant increase on last year's meeting when only 41 countries showed support for the idea. However, three of the most influential developing countries - China, India and Brazil - argued for further discussions of the amendments proposed by the USA, Mexico, Canada and the Federated States of Micronesia. 
 9 Nov 2010

Carrier relinquishes control of its Korean operations

CARRIER has sold a controlling equity interest in its Korean air conditioning operations, CLK, to Sinokor Pipe Co, a Korean industrial manufacturing company. CLK will continue to be Carrier's distributor in Korea. 
 9 Nov 2010

Fridge recycler fined after worker is knocked out by nitrogen

THE Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a fridge recycling firm after nitrogen gas, used to stop explosions, made a worker pass out. 
 8 Nov 2010

Bookings roll in for ACR Show 2012

WITHIN days of the announcement of the ACR Show 2012, this exciting new event has already attracted stand bookings from a number of leading refrigeration and air conditioning equipment suppliers including leading wholesaler Thermofrost Cryo and top refrigeration service tools supplier Javac UK. 
 5 Nov 2010

New Saudi institute backs UK training methods

THE Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, one of the leading UK providers of vocational air conditioning and refrigeration training, is to work with a major new training institute in Saudi Arabia which is determined to base its courses on UK qualifications. 
 3 Nov 2010

Canadian court fines Panasonic $1.5m for compressor price fixing

PANASONIC has been fined $1.5m by the Canadian Federal Court, the same as the fine imposed on Embraco last week, for its part in conspiring to fix the price of hermetic refrigeration compressors sold to a refrigerator and freezer manufacturer in Canada. 
 29 Oct 2010

Africa the preferred destination for illegal waste fridge exports

CUSTOMS officers in Germany have intercepted a shipment of CFC-containing waste refrigerators bound for Africa in a crackdown on the illegal trade by European authorities. 
 28 Oct 2010

Canadian court fines Embraco £925,000 for compressor price fixing

EMBRACO North America Inc has been fined £925,000 by a Canadian court after pleading guilty to criminal charges that it fixed the price of hermetic refrigeration compressors sold to a Candian domestic refrigerator and freezer manufacturer. 
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