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 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. 
 27 Oct 2010

Daikin UK reveals names of five new dealers

DAIKIN UK has now revealed its new dealers to be Freedom Air Conditioning, Gallant Air Conditioning, ICG Air Conditioning, Ultimate Air Conditioning and Smiths Brothers Stores. Effective from November 1, the new dealers will be actively promoting and supplying Daikin's Split, Sky, VRV and VAM product ranges. 
 26 Oct 2010

ACR Show 2012 - the new industry exhibition at the NEC

THE Faversham House Group, publishers of ACR News, announce the launch of the ACR Show 2012, a new dedicated exhibition for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry to take place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, in March 2012. 
 26 Oct 2010

Daikin UK announces new dealers, but who are they?

DAIKIN UK has confirmed rumours that it has signed a series of new "dealerships". In a short statement made late this afternoon, Daikin UK announced that it had increased the routes to market for its cooling, ventilating and refrigeration products but failed to mention the companies concerned. 
 26 Oct 2010

Bitzer publishes 16th Refrigerant Report

THE latest edition of Bitzer's Refrigerant Report is now available for download from the company's website. 
 25 Oct 2010

AREA calls for split systems to be brought within F-gas regulations

AREA, the European contractors' association, is calling for changes to the F-gas regulations to require all non-monobloc air conditioning and refrigeration systems to be installed by a certified professional. It also wants to see the F-gas threshold lowered from its present 3kg to just 100g and is backing a call for a mandatory register of acr professionals. 
 19 Oct 2010

Could the future lie in linear refrigeration compressors?

LINEAR technology could become the pre-dominant energy-efficient refrigeration compressor design in the future, according to Brazilian manufacturer Embraco. The company, which last month announced the launch of an oil-less linear compressor for domestic refrigerators, has plans to launch a commercial range in the future. 
 15 Oct 2010

Chemical producers reveal details of new HFO refrigerant blends

JUST when it looked like so-called natural refrigerants were to be the long-term answer in many applications, two of the world's leading chemical companies have revealed details of a potential new range of low GWP blends. These are based on the technology behind the refrigerant HFO1234yf which is currently being adopted as a replacement for R134a in car air conditioning systems. 
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