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 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. 
 14 Oct 2010

Titan signs deal with Spanish refrigeration firm Tecnac

TITAN Engineering has signed a UK distribution deal with the Spanish company Tecnac, a manufacturer of commercial and industrial refrigeration components. The deal signed at Chillventa on Wednesday adds a range of oil separators, suction accumulators and receivers to Titan's product portfolio. 
 12 Oct 2010

SWEP lands market leadership award

SWEDISH company SWEP, a specialist in supplying heat exchangers to the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, has won the Frost & Sullivan Europe Market Share Leadership Award for 2010 by capturing nearly 40% of the brazed plate heat exchanger market. 
 12 Oct 2010

Ductwork company fined for not insuring employees

ESSEX-BASED ductwork firm Ductwork Environmental Services Ltd has been fined 1,000 pounds and ordered to pay 750 pounds in costs for failing to purchase compulsory insurance to protect its employees. 
 11 Oct 2010

Ice factory in top ten endangered buildings list

The Victorian Society, a national charity campaigning for the preservation of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, has named the Grimsby Ice Factory as one of the ten most endangered buildings in England and Wales. 
 6 Oct 2010

Swegon buys Italian chiller manufacturer Blue Box

Swegon AB, the Scandinavian ventilation and air conditioning supplier, has acquired Italian chiller and heat pump manufacturer Blue Box. 
 6 Oct 2010

Walter Meier launches own-brand chillers

WALTER Meier (Climate UK) has launched its own brand of air-cooled and water-cooled chillers and heat pumps. The new Climate brand includes versions featuring Danfoss's oil-less Turbocor compressor as well as R410A scrolls. 
 6 Oct 2010

Daikin to feature R32 air conditioner at Chillventa

DAIKIN is to feature a split air conditioner running on R32 on its stand at next week's Chillventa exhibition in Nuremberg. This mildly flammable (A2L) refrigerant has previously only been used as a constituent in refrigerant blends (R407C and R410A both contain R32), but is thought to be one of a number of new alternatives that Daikin is exploring. 
 5 Oct 2010

Future refrigeration: suggestions sought on the way forward

FOLLOWING on from its successful collaboration with the British Refrigeration Association and the Carbon Trust in putting together the Retail Refrigeration Road Map project, the Institute of Refrigeration is now looking for input from members to help develop a strategy for sustainable low carbon refrigeration in the future. 
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