Amazon is set to usher in the next generation of “smart” convenience stores with the launch of its Amazon Go concept, replacing traditional checkouts with smart technology. The store concept works by automatically logging purchases to the user’s Amazon account when a product is removed from the shelf.
The European collaborative Poseidon project says it has developed a scanner that can detect Legionella bacteria in under one hour, rather than the 10 days of cultivation and analysis normally required.
Nortek Global has announced that the Eaton Williams business it acquired last year will close for good on November 30, following disappointing profitability. The company closed its doors and ceased production on September 30 and all employees will leave the business on November 30.
The 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol, meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, have struck a global agreement which will see HFC refrigerant consumption and production phased down from 2019. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the deal 'a monumental step forward.'
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has issued a new resolution for refrigeration, which includes a call for inclusion of HFCs in the Montreal Protocol and a call for members to deploy low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in “all commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment.”
Adande played host to two Members of Parliament (MPs) at its new test facility. Liz Truss, the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, was joined by local MP Peter Aldous to celebrate the technology specialist’s £4.2 million investment in R&D and its £0.5 million labs.
Countries across the world have taken what has been described as “critical steps” toward their goal to agree on a global phasedown of HFCs. The parties to the Montreal Protocol meeting in Vienna have reached agreement on solutions to all the identified challenges, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported.
Chinese a/c manufacturer Midea has become the latest to target Europe, by taking an 80 percent stake in Italian firm Clivet. The current shareholders of Clivet, the Bellò family, will retain a 20 percent stake.
In this issue, we cover ductless products for the commercial market. We also look at alternative refrigerants and trends in R-22 reclamation. Other topics include a summer forecast, business franchises, and more.
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