Rainer Große-Kracht, Chief Technical Officer of Bitzer, has pledged support to smaller OEMs and contractors after being elected elected Chairman of the Association of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers (ASERCOM).
Große-Kracht, who takes over from Stephane Nassau of Danfoss, has represented the compressor manufacturer at ASERCOM for six years. He said: "I am very happy and feel honoured that the association has entrusted me, as the chairman of ASERCOM, with leading the refrigeration and air conditioning sector in this time of far-reaching changes with which we are currently confronted.
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.