Representatives of the Greek refrigeration and air conditioning industry have written to their government over concerns surrounding the illegal trafficking of fluorinated refrigerants.
It is not the first time that Greece has experienced problems with illegal imports and the industry believes soaring prices are leading to an escalation of the trade through its borders, with the impact potentially felt throughout Europe.
REFCO welcomed more than 100 guests from 30 countries to Lucerne to help celebrate its 45th anniversary.
The Swiss manufacturer of service tools and components for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry has grown significantly since 1972, with exports now accounting for more than 95 per cent of its total sales. Customers and business partners joined REFCO employees and their families to hear chief executive Manfred P. Ulrich outline plans for expansion into new markets and the continued development of new products.
Guests were able to tour the company's headquarters, as well as Manometer and Feinwerktechnik Wiegand, to see the manufacturing processes and learn about new products, including REFCO's condensate pumps and wireless pressure and temperature set, TAP.
From left: Gianni Parlanti (BITZER CSMO), Andrea Zocche (Managing Director, BITZER Italia), Fabio Fogliani (Managing Director, ECR Italy), Marco Curato (Purchasing Director, Beijer Ref), Christiane Schaufler-Münch (Chairwoman of the Administrative Board of BITZER SE and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION), Christian Wehrle (BITZER COO), Rainer Große-Kracht (BITZER CTO), Frank Hartmann (BITZER CFO)
ECR Italy won the top prize at the annual BITZER EMEA distribution conference in Leipzig, Germany.
Gianni Parlanti, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at BITZER, said: "ECR Italy consistently has a lot of BITZER products in its range and supports the development of our Green Point service and maintenance network. This year, we are also carrying out a unique project all across Italy with our ECOSTAR Roadshow. Stops include Milan, Brescia, Florence, Rome and Turin. I would like to thank ECR Italy for its magnificent collaboration.''
Greek company Tairis Aeve was named as the New Product Top Performer 2017, having worked successfully with BITZER since 1981.
A special prize went to RSL Ireland, which has been a wholesaler for BITZER UK since 1967.
In response to industry requests, the EU Commission has published a paper to give guidance on the independent verification required when producing, importing and exporting fluorinated greenhouse gases.
The EU regulation (514/2014) states that companies involved in making, importing or exporting F-gases have to submit their verification data by 30th June. That only applies if they have placed 10,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent or more of HFCs in the previous calendar year into the market. Verification will also be necessary for companies who import equipment containing HFCs from 2018.
The EU Commission was keen to state that the paper is only guidance and that companies don not have to follow the approach set out in the paper as long as they meet F-Gas regulation requirements.
Download the EU Paper for free here: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/f-gas/docs/guidance_to_verifiers_en.pdf