Author: Haitham Razagui

R134a refrigerant in a disposable cylinder

Amended regulations could restrict or ban oft-promoted environmentally friendly synthetic refrigerants There is concern surrounding proposed changes to EU regulations that could make it difficult or impossible to use synthetic refrigerants, which could impede or complicate the phasedown of older refrigerants with a high global warming potential (GWP). Proposed amendments to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation Continue reading Clarity needed over EU PFAS proposals

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association’s (AAAA) director of government relations and advocacy, Lesley Yates, will deliver a well-timed seminar at Wire & Gas 2022 about the mandatory repair information sharing law that will come into effect on July 1 next year – shortly before VASA’s flagship conference takes place. Lesley will talk about the unique Continue reading Repair info sharing law seminar confirmed for W&G as AASRA holds inaugural board meeting

Automotive Apprentices

This year’s top 20 young refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) apprentices have been announced by Climate Control News (CCN) and the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC).  Those highlighted in the CCN and ARC-sponsored NextGen awards scheme, which aims to promote and support technicians under the age of 25, included Nathan Aiken, Nicholas Baldi, Jayden Beasley, Dean Continue reading Rising stars in the RAC trade

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association has released information about the 225 square-metre Workshop of the Future Pavilion that is sure to be a highlight of the 2022 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo for visiting VASA members. Fully enclosed with a layout replicating a futuristic workshop, the pavilion will bring together state-of-the-art equipment and technology with regular Continue reading Workshop of the Future Pavilion at Aftermarket Expo shaping up as a must-see attraction

New integrated thermal management tech set to boost the capabilities and range of electric vehicles The Schaeffler Group has showcased a new thermal management system, designed for use in electric vehicles, which reputedly offers significant packaging and efficiency benefits.  As is the case with many existing thermal management systems, the Schaeffler set-up continuously regulates the Continue reading Thermal management market hots up

Latest environmental legislation could cut down on refrigerant emissions from end-of-life vehicles  The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of Victoria has welcomed the introduction of overhauled legislation that requires businesses to be more proactive about protecting the environment. In force from 1 July 2021, the new Environment Protection Act 2017 grants the EPA an array of Continue reading New regs could help clean up scrap cars

The European climate and refrigeration association Eurovent has questioned the validity of a European Commission (EC) report on the uptake and adoption of hydrocarbon-based refrigerants. The report, titled Evaluation and impact assessment for amending Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases – which was published on 6 May 2021 – explores the data, issues Continue reading Eurovent slates European HC forecasts

Workshops that don’t introduce the tools and training required for hybrids could miss a burgeoning opportunity in the marketplace Vehicles with alternative drive systems, such as pure electric and hybrid options, are becoming popular options that are selling in increasingly high numbers. Toyota Australia, for example, recently announced that it had sold a total of Continue reading Don’t miss the hybrid repair train