What is the state of the mobile A/C industry?


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State-of-the MAC Industry on Saturday, February 7, 2015

One of the programs during the 2015 MACS Training Event and Trade Show will feature  a luncheon presentation on Saturday,  February 7 with MACS technical advisor Ward Atkinson, who will explore the potential impact of multiple refrigerants and new regulations on the mobile A/C vehicle manufacturer and service industry, and ask the question “will history repeat itself?” Atkinson points out that, “Many replacement refrigerants were offered for use in the transition from R-12, causing many concerns, but history records that less than 10 percent of the R-12 fleet was ever retrofitted to use another refrigerant.”

EPA has recently proposed a rule which would phase out many of the currently listed SNAP refrigerants, and most significantly, would prohibit the use of R-134a in new, light-duty vehicles starting with model year 2021. Under the proposed rule, production and service use of R-134a is not restricted.

Under the EPA rules new vehicle MAC system use requirements for R-1234yf, R-744 (carbon dioxide), R-152a, and possibly new blend refrigerants, could all play a role in the transition.

The phase down of R-134a is occurring more slowly than the previous transition from R-12, and given there is more time, the industry should take advantage of this opportunity to plan better for the changes to come.

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Mobile A/C professionals should plan to attend 35th annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Training Conference and Trade Show, Meet me at MACS Make Connections that Matter, February 5-7, 2015 at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, FL. Registration is now open at this link or call the MACS office at 215/6331-7020.

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be! Become a member and receive a technical newsletter with information like what you’ve just read in this blog post visit http://bit.ly/10zvMYg for more information.

You can E-mail us at macsworldwide@macsw.org . To locate a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Click here to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

 

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About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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