A-Gas has bought Hamburg-based refrigerant business Arthur Friedrichs Kaeltemittel.
The company has supplied refrigerants for more than 60 years and the acquisition gives A-Gas a foothold in the European automotive market. A-Gas also plans to further invest in the company by building a refrigerant reclamation facility.
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.
A significant number of European retail professionals who responded to a survey by Emerson said they were unaware of upcoming regulatory changes related to the phase down of HFCs as refrigerants.
The study showed that the retail industry was lagging behind schedule due to a lack of clarity in regulatory changes and replacement technologies available, with 40 per cent of respondents unaware of the changes and nearly half (44 per cent) either yet to make the shift, or unsure. However, 81 per cent of respondents viewed the shift from HFCs to natural refrigerants as a positive change.