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future:gas is back in 2023!

In the six years since the first future:gas refrigerant roadshow took place, there have been changes of government on both sides of the Tasman, escalating uptake of electrified vehicles and unprecedented use of the word ‘unprecedented’ caused by a seemingly relentless barrage of plague, fire and flood. While all that has been going on, a Continue reading future:gas is back in 2023!

Shirley (left) and JB Senior

Shirley Blanchard, who with the late John Blanchard Senior founded what is today Australia’s largest family-owned importer and wholesaler of automotive parts, has passed away. In a statement, CoolDrive Auto Parts said: “With Senior’s attention to detail and entrepreneurial spirit, combined with Shirley’s business sense and organisational skills, the CoolDrive business grew exponentially, setting the Continue reading Vale Shirley Blanchard

Six decades separate the launch of the two rockets pictured below. They look similar and both have the task of escaping Earth’s gravity so their payloads – sometimes including humans – can enter orbit. The NASA Saturn and SpaceX Falcon are technical marvels of their time. It is a similar story with the cold air Continue reading Air Conditioning History Book project a chance for your name to (literally) be in the history books

Excerpts from the Air Conditioning History Book

The Air Conditioning History Book project first announced at Wire & Gas 2015 is nearing completion and to support the production and printing of what is a significant record of Australasia’s technical and industrial development, VASA launched a crowdfunding campaign at Wire & Gas 2022. During a presentation by former VASA CEO Ken Newton and Continue reading VASA’s Air Conditioning History Book project crowdfunding campaign launched at Wire & Gas 2022

Redarc MD Anthony Kittel at Wire & Gas 2022

A surprise announcement at Wire & Gas 2022 was that Redarc Electronics will sponsor the VASA Industry High Achiever Award at every Wire & Gas for 10 years, the winner recognised with a prize pack of Redarc products valued at $5000 as well as the usual commemorative trophy. VASA vice-president Brett Meads revealed the initiative at the Wire Continue reading Redarc to sponsor biannual VASA Industry High Achiever Award, worth $25,000 over 10 years

Michael Bennett at Wire & Gas 2022

Chair of the Australian Refrigeration Council board and former Refrigerant Reclaim Australia general manager, Michael Bennett, was presented with the prestigious VASA Legend Award at the Wire & Gas 2022 Gala Dinner. The Legend Award was joined as a VASA awards category more than 20 years ago when the VASA board decided it should pay special recognition to Continue reading Michael Bennett receives VASA Legend Award

Greg Thomas (right) receives the VASA Pioneer Award from VASA president Ian Stangroome

For the second Pioneer Award of Wire & Gas 2022, the theme shifted to another equally important sector of the early car air conditioning industry, the workshops and the technical entrepreneurs who were at the front end of mobile air conditioning installations. Among the most significant of Australia’s installers was Greg Thomas, whose Sydney workshop, Continue reading VASA Pioneer Award presented to Greg Thomas at Wire & Gas 2022

Ken Newton (left) at the Wire & Gas 2022 VASA Pioneer Award ceremony playing a video interview he did with Rick Pickering

In the history of mobile air conditioning in Australia, there are two trade names that dominate early system design, manufacture and distribution. The most famous, worldwide, was Mark IV, and the other was AMC, or originally AMC-AIR. These companies dominated the Australian market through most of the 1970s and 1980s, and their destinies were mostly Continue reading Rick Pickering honoured with VASA Pioneer Award for Wire & Gas 2022

With just two weeks to go until Wire & Gas 2022 opens its doors, some serious generosity from Wire & Gas sponsors has resulted in an amazing haul for some lucky winners in this year’s prize draw, as you can see from the list below. There is still time to book if you do not yet Continue reading Thousands of dollars worth of prizes up for grabs at Wire & Gas!

VASA is proud to announce that Peter Coll, the President of VASA’s North American counterpart Mobile Air Climate Systems Association (MACS), will be travelling from the United States to attend Wire & Gas 2022. Peter Coll will be participating in the industry panel session with MAC Partners Europe President Michael Ingvardsen (from Denmark) and VASA Continue reading More Wire & Gas speakers announced as final countdown commences!

VASA can confirm more speakers for Wire & Gas 2022 as the attendee list soars well into triple digits thanks to a successful Early Bird ticket offer and broad industry support that promises to make this year’s convention at least as big as the 25th Anniversary Wire & Gas event of 2018. Don’t have your ticket Continue reading Wire & Gas filling up fast, more speakers announced