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Beijer Ref UK and Ireland recently celebrated the tenth annual supplier dinner in Stockport. The dinner is in recognition of the supplier partnerships forged and in celebration of another successful trading year. One of the highlights of the evening was awarding Lawton Tubes as the 2016 ‘Supplier of the Year’. Pictured is Oliver Lawton receiving the award from John Billson, Beijer Ref UK and Ireland Managing Director.

At the recent National ACR & Heat Pump Awards, held in Birmingham last week, RW won the award for the Wholesaler/Distributor of the year. For RW this was the third time they won in this category against stiff competition. The judges said "RW is a national wholesaler of high quality, multi brand products. They strive to achieve the highest level of service by putting the customer at the heart of all they do. Positioned strategically around the UK, the 12 RW branches are fully stocked one stop shops that ensure customer demand is fulfilled

USA:  With Carbon dioxide (CO2/R744) continuing to gain momentum and fast becoming the refrigerant of choice among supermarkets, and the long-term replacement for HFCs for the foreseeable future. Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., has announced it will be hosting a webinar to explore the many operating implications of CO2-based refrigeration systems from a service technician's perspective. The aim of the webinar is to help technicians to be effectively prepared when dealing with the refrigerant's unique properties.

The free webinar, entitled “Seven Keys to Servicing CO2 Systems,” will be held from 7-8 p.m. GMT (2–3 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, July 14, and cover the following topics:

  • Dealing with the high pressure of R744
  • How to improve CO2 system efficiencies in warm ambient environments
  • Understanding R744’s critical and triple points
  • Managing power outages
  • Dealing with the standstill pressures of R744
  • Preparing service technicians with the proper equipment (gauges, hoses, etc.)
  • R744 cylinder storage, charging and maintenance best practices

The webinar will be presented by Andre Patenaude, director, CO2 business development of Emerson Climate Technologies. Andre is responsible for developing the global strategy around the company’s CO2 industry stewardship, marketing initiatives, communication/messaging activities, channel training and educational programs as they relate to utilizing CO2 in refrigeration systems. Andre has also published a series of extremely informative blogs on CO2 as a refrigerant on Emerson’s Climate Conversations.

You can register for the free webinar here


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UK:  Toshiba Air Conditioning recently joined forces with installer BL Refrigeration to host a two-day training event for consultants at Toshiba’s new state-of-the-art training centre in Manchester.

The event attended by staff from three Belfast-based leading consultants, Arup, Cogan & Shackleton, and WYG, was to provide an update on Toshiba’s expanding range of systems and control technology, and develop the joint hosts’ support for key specifiers in the Belfast and wider region.

The programme included hands-on demonstrations of the latest working systems, plus a tour of Toshiba's new web-based equipment selection and technical support tools. These include a SEER/SCOP calculation package, refrigerant charge and fault code identification software.

Delegates receive practical demonstration on Toshiba Air Conditioning technologyTraining on Toshiba's CIBSE-approved BREEAM and EN378 compliance CPD modules were also provided, earning attendees credits for continuing professional development.

Delegates were given a live demonstration of Toshiba's award-winning refrigerant leak detection, isolation and pump down system, which provides total assurance for end users and building occupants.

Keith Elliott, BL technical director, said: “The two-day event was well organised and offered attendees a useful and informative programme. The mix of presentations and interactive, hands-on elements was particularly appreciated.”

David Willis, BL sales manager, said: “Toshiba has done an excellent job in establishing its new air conditioning training network, and the Manchester facility must rate as one of the jewels in their crown.

“It offers a superb facility to showcase the company’s technology and train people in its use and specification.”

The combined network of 13 Toshiba training centres have the capacity to train some 2,000 engineers each year, making Toshiba one of the largest air conditioning training providers in the UK.


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UK:  Frigesco’s pioneering flash defrost system has won the ‘cooling industry triple’, securing the top refrigeration accolade in all three of the industry’s major national technology awards.

Crowning a remarkable year of recognition and achievement, the company was presented with the Refrigeration Product of the Year Award at a star-spangled evening by celebrity entertainer Jimmy Carr, who hosted the ACR News Awards 2015.

It follows similar accolades for Frigesco’s innovative flash defrost technology in the recent Cooling Industry Awards and National ACR Awards 2015.

The technology uses a phase-change material to capture waste heat from refrigeration systems and carry out high efficiency defrosts of evaporators, in the process reducing supermarket refrigeration running costs by up to 20 per cent. Flash defrost is now also being developed for use in air-source heat pumps.

David Walter, managing director of Frigesco, said: “By any standards, winning the industry’s top three national awards is a remarkable achievement. However, it is particularly significant given the UK’s extremely high standards of technical innovation.

“Britain is recognised as a world-leader in cooling technology, and the judges view is that Frigesco is ahead of the pack in an extremely competitive field. It is testimony to the creativity and dedication of everyone on the team who has worked to develop flash defrost over the past few years.

He added: “After substantial investment and development work, we are now moving forward to the final phase of commercialisation of the technology. We expect to be able to make further announcements in the near future.”

In addition to reducing electricity consumption and cutting refrigeration running costs, flash defrost improves the stability and resilience of refrigeration systems, extends plant life, safeguards food hygiene, and improves safety for store staff.

The Frigesco system has been developed by a team headed by Professor Tom Davies.

For more information: call David Walter on +44 (0)1392 247 943 or +44(0)7889 368 629; Email:;  Web:

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UK:  Carrier Transicold UK will shine the spotlight on aftersales support at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, highlighting a range of new services designed to improve customer efficiency and protect the cold chain. 

The CV Show marks Carrier Transicold’s first opportunity to present its new everCOLD™ and oneCALL™ services at a major UK exhibition, following their international launch at the IAA Show in Hanover in September 2014.

Carrier Transicold’s everCOLD flexible maintenance package allows fleets to pay monthly, quarterly or annually with the advantage of fixed costs for the duration of the contract, regardless of how much maintenance is required. In addition to helping to reduce administration time, everCOLD includes all required maintenance and system leak checks carried out by certified engineers in accordance with the newly introduced EU517/2014 F-Gas regulation. Plus, for the first time, it gives customers the flexibility to scale their fleet back by up to 10 per cent each year, to meet demand.

Also new to the show is Carrier Transicold’s 24/7/365 oneCALL incident management service, which gives customers access to more than 600 service centres across 32 countries in Europe and Russia. The new service puts fleets just a single call away from support, with the reassurance of receiving telephone updates throughout the incident, plus the option of SMS, email and online case updates via Carrier’s web tracker service.

“It’s not uncommon for a reefer trailer to carry cargo worth many thousands of pounds – rising to millions with pharmaceuticals,” said John Forster, sales director, Carrier Transicold UK. “Being able to provide outstanding aftersales support is of paramount importance to operators. It’s only natural to put it under the spotlight at this year’s CV Show.”

The 100-square-metre stand will also feature Carrier Transicold’s lightweight Vector™ 1350 unit – the most recent addition to the Vector family of temperature controlled trailer systems. The Vector 1350 unit has been built to maximise payload and reliability while minimising fuel consumption and system downtime, all within a lightweight design that carries 27 per cent less refrigerant than its predecessor, the Maxima.

Completing the stand will be an exclusive “innovation lab”, where visitors can gain insight into the future of refrigerated transport. This will provide an opportunity to look at how Carrier Transicold is working in collaboration with customers to test new energy sources and refrigerants to further sustainability in the cold chain.

For more information on Carrier Transicold and its products and services, visit or follow @CarrierGreen on Twitter.

About Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature-controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 40 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with the most advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.


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UK:  The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced details of a series of free one-day training courses, designed to help potential heat pump customers – such as businesses, developers and housing providers - understand how heat pumps can deliver lower energy costs, greater comfort and better buildings.

The courses are NOT designed for installers or consultants, but to give potential heat pump customers in both the domestic and non-domestic sectors the chance to learn more about why heat pumps make sense, build their technical knowledge and understand the financing of heat pumps including unlocking the Renewable Heat Incentive.

The roadshows will be held on:

  • Tuesday 16 June – London (non-domestic sector)
  • Thursday 18 June – London (domestic sector)
  • Tuesday 23 June – Glasgow (both)
  • Wednesday 24 June – Newcastle (both)
  • Wednesday 1 July – Exeter (both)
  • Thursday 2 July – Cardiff (both)
  • Tuesday 7 July – Manchester (both)
  • Wednesday 8 July – Birmingham (both)

Places can be booked online at or by calling 020 8469 1333.

It is understood that a further event looking specifically at opportunities for water source heat pumps will be announced shortly.


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UK:  The Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat (SIRACH) Network is once again being allowed access to leading edge research and development facilities when leading refrigeration technology manufacturer Arctic Circle hosts a factory tour for the network on 23rd April at their site in Hereford.

Arctic Circle are well known for providing low carbon solutions for the heat transfer market, through innovation in compressor technology, refrigeration systems, heat recovery, chillers, thermal storage and heat pumps.

The event will focus on the latest developments and innovations in heat pumps and cooling technologies and look at the challenges that integration poses. Presentations will include an overview and technical presentation from Arctic Circle. Neil Hewitt of the University of Ulster will discuss High Temperature Vapour Compression Heat Pumps Utilising Alternative Working Fluids and there will be a case study into integrated refrigeration and air conditioning in supermarkets.

The day will also include a networking session and a unique tour of Arctic Circle's facilities, where you will be able to hear from experts on the design and manufacturing process.

Places are limited so booking is essential. For more information and to book a place visit

About Arctic Circle

The company was set up in 1985 has established a reputation for innovative solutions and have grown consistently to become a market leader in innovation. This has been recognised by :

  • The first ever World Bank contract for technology transfers for semi-hermetic refrigeration compressors under the Montreal protocol
  • Appointed United Nations Industrial Development Organisation consultants for refrigeration compressors
  • The first compressor manufacturer to obtain energy technology listing for the ECA scheme
  • The recipients of numerous awards covering product innovation, training and development, and corporate citizenship

For more information about Arctic Circle visit


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UK:  On the 19th February 440 people gathered to celebrate the 115th Annual Dinner of the Institute of Refrigeration at the Grange St Pauls Hotel. They came together to celebrate the Institute, the industry and the achievements of a range of outstanding individuals from everyday service engineers to world-class innovators.   

Ian Sullivan of Sullivan Air Conditioning, winner of the Service Engineers Section Lifetime Achievement Not many service engineers can boast a career of 43 years in the industry.  But Ian Sullivan of Sullivan Air Conditioning, winner of the Service Engineers Section Lifetime Achievement Award has done just that – starting with an apprenticeship with Indair in 1971. He decided he wanted to join the RACHP industry after an afternoon spent questioning a refrigeration engineer called to his father’s off licence and grocery shop. Today he runs his own business as a self-employed service engineer, sub-contracting to several different companies, and carrying out trouble shooting on air conditioning systems or water chiller be that single splits, VRF or central plant.  Ian still enjoys working on interesting pieces of equipment and the problem solving that a career in refrigeration engineering brings. He also delights in passing on his knowledge to the young engineers that work alongside him. Ian was presented with a cash prize and commemorative tankard donated by the ACR Trainee of the Year award, for outstanding service to the industry.

Angeles Rivero-Pacho, a student at the University of Warwick, winner of the Ted Perry Award for student researchThe Institute of Refrigeration is always keen to encourage young people to pursue their interests in refrigeration and contribute to the development of new technologies and approaches. It established the Ted Perry Award for student research with the Perry Family, in honour Ted Perry who was President of the Institute from 1984 to 1987, and brought many young engineers into the sector.  The winner was Angeles Rivero-Pacho, a student at the University of Warwick, whose project involved modelling, design, construction and testing of a carbon-ammonia adsorption heat pump, which has significantly improved the heat transfer rates achievable. The research was described by one of the judges as “a practical research project with a high potential for commercial exploitation.”

Angeles was presented with a cash prize by Hawco and a set of ASHRAE databooks from the Perry Family Memorial Trust.

The programme of evening papers presented at the Institute is designed to showcase new developments and case studies of innovation that will impact our industry in the future.  This year IOR members were invited to vote for their choice of the best paper in the session to be presented with the Lightfoot Medal for best paper. The winners were Tom Davies, Robin Campbell and Varun Thangamani for their presentation “A novel low energy defrost process for the frozen food chain”.  A cash prize and medal was donated by Lightfoot Defence.  You can read their paper and listen to the webinar of the talk on the IOR website.

Dr Reinhard Radermacher (centre), Director and co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland, winner of IOR’s J&E Hall Gold MedalInternational recognition for outstanding practical contribution is made through the IOR’s J&E Hall Gold Medal. This award allows the Institute to bring world-class innovators to the UK to present on their field of work. It has been supported by J&E Hall International consistently for 37 years. This year’s winner was Dr Reinhard Radermacher, Director and co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland. Dr Radermacher has been pushing the research frontiers by exploring new technologies and developing them for real life applications, and is a world authority on energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable thermal systems research. The simulation packages developed under his direction are used by more than 60 organisations worldwide and have helped to enable researchers, policy makers and designers to analyse life cycle estimate of natural and low GWP refrigerants.   Dr Radermacher will return to the UK in the autumn to give a talk on his work.

Nominations for next year’s awards are now open, please see our website at for more details of categories and how to enter. 


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UK:  As 2015 begins, Adande starts the year bringing their ground-breaking unique and expanding product range to the fore at The Hospitality Show 2015, taking place 19-21 January at the NEC Birmingham.

It’s well documented that Adande consistently outperforms conventional refrigeration and although the arrival of lookalike drawer clones on the market offer promise and style, they do not deliver the same performance benefits.

How so?  Opening a drawer or door cabinet compromises the contents by allowing warm air infiltration, not so with Adande’s ‘Hold the Cold’ technology (constant temperatures mean lower energy bills, cooler kitchens, longer lasting fridge motors and compressors;  less food spoilage and wastage too).  Performance testing and independent reports together with testimonials from top chefs and key foodservice brands, have culminated with a cache of awards from across the UK and internationally too. If it is not an Adande unit it will not show that performance.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say.  What we expected, and indeed what we see, is more competition in the market emulating the look, dimensions, modularity and ergonomic aspects of the Adande. The attractive proposition of benefits through the convenience of additional workspace, modular design options, and flexible temperature control is desirable for the customer - so whilst marketplace competition verifies our vision, it cannot realise the performance and payback benefits of the patented insulated drawer technology. Drawers in themselves do not give the change in performance. It is the unique insulated container that makes Adande units different. Food quality and shelf life are massively affected by temperature stability and in this respect Adande are best in class!” says Nigel Bell, Adande’s Chairman. So make sure you are buying or specifying an Adande unit.

2105 will see Adande continue to expand its modular core range and accessory options still further to suit individual operators’ unique operational footprint and complex workflow needs.

Why compromise with a ‘one size fits all’ solution when so many answers are delivered by Adande without sacrificing the benefits and payback? 

From the standalone Matchbox, Saladette and Compact units, to the launch of the NEW Shallow Drawers (which combine and maximise height options), and Locking Rollers for manoeuvrability - there are many  advantages for the designer and on-going benefits for the user, their budget and the environment.

“In 2014 we introduced the Shallow Drawer concept to the market and 2015 sees these products now fully available, adding more options for kitchen design and priced lower than the Standard unit to reflect the smaller capacity.  ” continues Nigel Bell.

“Refrigeration is a very important part of the kitchen, and even if your purchasing decision is almost made, it’s certainly worth running it past us, as often our expertise can help maximise and understand the operation to negate costly mistakes in the long term. It’s something that purchasers and designers are doing ever more, and we are more than happy to advise or organise a visit to help.” Says Karl Hodgson, the UK Sales Director, whose Sales Team will be on hand to advise and demonstrate.

Visitors to the Hospitality Show can find Adande at Stand 339, and find out just why Adande products are ‘Cooler by Design’.

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