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  • Creation of Arkema: a new global chemical player

    On October 1, 2004, Total put in place a new organization for its chemical business, marked by the creation of a new unit: Arkema, a new global chemical player. Hence, the chemical division is now divided into 3 business units. - Total...

    • Publication date : 2004/11/19
  • Global fluorochemicals market

    The global fluorochemicals industry was valued at USD 15.3 billion in 2011 and is expected to generate revenue of USD 21.5 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 5% from 2012 to 2018.

    • Publication date : 2014/04/07
    • Subjects: HFCs alternatives
  • Global fluorochemicals market expected to reach USD 25 billion by 2020

    HCFC refrigerants still account for over 60% of the total fluorocarbon market worldwide, according to a new report.

    • Publication date : 2014/04/30
    • Subjects: Figures, economy
  • Cryochemistry: chemical reactions accelerated by freezing

    Surprisingly, some chemical reactions can be accelerated by freezing. The possible applications of studying such cryoreactions include the food and pharmaceutical cold chain, as well...

    • Publication date : 2022/02/28
    • Subjects: Technology, Environment
  • World demand for fluorocarbons to rise annually by 3.4% through 2016

    According to a recent market report on fluorochemicals by Freedonia, global demand for fluorine containing chemicals is forecast to rise 3.9% per year to 3.5 million tonnes in 2016, valued at USD 19.7 million.

    • Publication date : 2012/06/08
    • Subjects: Figures, economy
  • Focus on the new refrigerant HCFO1224yd(z)

    The Japanese chemicals manufacturer Asashi Glass Chemicals developed a new refrigerant as an alternative to R245fa.

    • Publication date : 2017/11/06
  • New NIST screening method for refrigerants

    Researchers from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed a computational method to identify candidate low-GWP refrigerant fluids. The method identified 1234 promising low-GWP chemicals among 56 203 considered.

    • Publication date : 2012/11/20
  • China: a direct leap from HCFCs to natural refrigerants?

    Released for public consultation in June 2015 by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, the First Catalogue of Recommended Substitutes for HCFCs lists 12 substitutes for HCFC refrigerants, foaming agents and detergents, ten of which are...

    • Publication date : 2015/11/11
  • Assessing the effects of CO2 cryocapture

    According to Physicists at the University of Oregon, refrigerating coal plant emissions would reduce CO2 emissions by 90%, and reduce levels of other dangerous chemicals such as SO2 and Mercury, but would raise electricity costs by about 25%.

    • Publication date : 2013/01/11
  • US: EPA approves 3 hydrocarbon refrigerants for household and commercial uses

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added 3 hydrocarbons as acceptable alternatives in household refrigerators and freezers, combination refrigerator-freezers, and commercial stand-alone units through EPA’s Significant New...

    • Publication date : 2012/02/13
    • Subjects: Regulation
  • ICR2011 highlights: cooling particle detectors

    Cooling systems for particle detectors attracted interest at the IIR’s Congress in Prague in August 2011. These highly specific applications have very strict requirements compared with standard cooling systems: refrigerants should be resistant to...

    • Publication date : 2012/02/21
  • Incidents with fake refrigerants

    Incidents involving fake refrigerants have hit the headlines on various occasions recently. The incidents often involve R40 (methyl chloride), a hazardous chemical compound, or other substances.

    • Publication date : 2012/08/17
  • Brief: Creation of Arkema

    Creation of Arkema: a new global chemical player On October 1, 2004, Total reorganized its chemical business into 3 business units. These include Total Petrochemicals and Specialties (the chemistry branch) and implied the creation of a new unit:...

    • Publication date : 2005/02/11
  • Briefs: Record-breaking CDM deals in Asia

    The Clean Development Mechanism, established under the Kyoto Protocol, is a project and market-based mechanism that allows industrialized countries to invest in greenhouse-gas-mitigating activities in developing countries and earn certified...

    • Publication date : 2006/11/15
  • Ozone layer issues: China

    China Closes Ozone Depleting Chemical Plants. On July 1, China, the world's largest producer of CFCs and halon, shut down five of its six remaining plants, putting the country two and a half years ahead of the Montreal Protocol's 2010 deadline for...

    • Publication date : 2007/08/05
  • New publications: The French version of the Red Book

    The French version of the Red Book (Recommendations for the Processing and Handling of Frozen Foods) is on sale! The 4th edition of this IIR reference publication - prepared by Mr Leif Bøgh-Sørensen and several international experts - gives an...

    • Publication date : 2008/08/12
  • Red Book on sale!

    The Red Book (Recommendations for the Processing and Handling of Frozen Foods) is one of the IIR's reference publications and one of its best sellers. The 4th edition - prepared by Mr Leif Bøgh-Sørensen and several international experts - presents...

    • Publication date : 2007/02/12
  • New IIR members

    The IIR welcomes the following new members: Corporate members JBT FoodTech AB, Helsingborg, Sweden Playcube SARL, Paris, France Air Products & Chemicals Inc, Allentown PA, USA Private members Mr Michael Aarup, Denmark Dr Maria...

    • Publication date : 2008/10/25
  • News from IIR members: IIAR

    The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) recently published an updated Introduction to Ammonia Refrigeration encompassing a background section and information on management and responsibilities, chemical safety, protective...

    • Publication date : 2009/08/13
  • Briefs: Prof. Geoffrey Haselden

    Prof. Geoffrey Haselden, past President of the IOR and Honorary Member of the IIR, died on February 2007, at the age of 82. He had been Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds, UK, and President of IIR Commission...

    • Publication date : 2007/05/04
  • Corporate Members: news

    - Danfoss has experienced booming sales 18% growth over the first three quarters of 2007. Sales reached 2.2 billion €. Growth in China and Latin America was particularly positive and end of year sales are expected to top 3 billion €.

    • Publication date : 2008/02/12
  • Editorial by Mrs. Sylvie Lemmet

    The refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) industry is remarkable for its contribution to sustainable development and indeed to the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Preservation of perishable food and medicines has resulted in...

    • Publication date : 2007/08/05
  • News from IIR members: Air Liquide: fast expansion in Turkey

    Turkey has a dynamic economy with a growth rate of 9% in 2010. Its industries are developing and diversifying, and the petrochemical sector is expanding.Air Liquide recently signed a long-term contract with the Turkish petrochemical Group...

    • Publication date : 2012/02/28
  • The essential role of refrigeration in the combat against COVID-19

    Statement of the International Institute of Refrigeration calling governments to consider refrigeration-related services as “essential services” in the context of the current health crisis due to COVID-19.

    • Publication date : 2020/04/14
    • Subjects: Regulation, Developing country, Environment, General information, Figures, economy, Technology
  • IIR Working Group on the Cold Chain in Warm Countries appoints a new chairperson

    Newly appointed chairperson, Halima Thraya, will oversee and coordinate the various efforts and projects carried out by the Working Group.

    • Publication date : 2015/06/03
  • The long awaited ICR2015 is underway!

    Held every four years, this year ICR2015 welcomes 1,011 conference delegates from 55 countries, making it a truly global refrigeration event.

    • Publication date : 2015/08/19
  • CRH 2015 - China Refrigeration 2015

    Continued focus on providing persistent improvement and innovation in the HVAC&R industry. Highlights included a Demonstration Pavilion for cold chain solutions, Ozone2Climate Roadshow & Roundtable, and a side-event covering EU F-gas...

    • Publication date : 2015/04/15
  • New in our Encyclopedia. Ice cream manufacturing and its environmental impact.

    A comprehensive review of the freezing process, market data and environmental impact of ice cream manufacturing. 

    • Publication date : 2022/10/27
    • Subjects: Figures, economy, Technology
  • New IIR Informatory Note on high-temperature heat pumps

    IRR’s latest Informatory Note demonstrates that high-temperature heat pumps are a key technology in the decarbonisation of process industries. 

    • Publication date : 2021/10/22
  • Student Competition at Conference on the Application of HFO Refrigerants

    The organising committee of the IIR International Conference on the Application of HFO Refrigerants is delighted to announce the introduction of an award for the best paper by a student author at the 2018 event.

    • Publication date : 2017/11/20
  • For IIR members only

    Ice cream manufacturing, environmental impact and market data

    From a physico-chemical point of view, ice cream is a complex, frozen multiphase mixture. The manufacturing process includes several stages of freezing which are described in this...

    • Last update : 2022/10/12
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : Ice creams
  • Cryogenics in the pharmaceutical industry: drug design and bioavailability improvement

    Research activities in the pharmaceutical sector focus primarily on developing novel drug formulations which can elicit the desired response upon being administered to the patient...

    • Last update : 2022/11/21
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : Freeze-drying in biology and medicine, Cryobiology, cryomedicine: general information
  • Liquefied Natural Gas: production process and cold energy recovery

    Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas that has been cooled to about -160 °C and turned into a liquid to facilitate transportation and storage. A typical LNG supply chain...

    • Last update : 2022/06/20
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : LNG and LPG
  • Hydrocarbon refrigerants

    Hydrocarbons such as R290 (propane), R600a (isobutane) or R1270 (propene/propylene) are low GWP non-toxic natural refrigerants with excellent thermodynamic properties. They offer an...

    • Last update : 2022/06/22
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : Hydrocarbons, Containment, refrigerant charge reduction
  • Additive manufacturing of heat exchangers

    In the refrigeration industry, additive manufacturing (colloquially referred to as “3D printing”) makes it possible to fabricate novel, complex and potentially more energy efficient...

    • Last update : 2022/09/07
    • Langues : French, English
    • Themes : Evaporators, condensers and other heat exchangers