The moment of the truth

2010 arrived. I hope all of you, dear readers, have passed a happy holiday and wish you the best for this year. This letter, however, is not a simple congratulatory and is more a reflection on what will happen this year, now starting deadlines for replacement and removal of substances depleting refrigerants ozone layer.

An industry that breathes optimism

These days the industry HVAC / R American breathes optimism. We recently came the report that, according to a survey conducted by International Exposition Co., a firm that organizes and operates the AHR Expo show, the 72% of the more than 1.000 manufacturers of HVAC / R surveyed expected an improvement in the numbers industry for the first quarter of 2010, at which time a recovery is estimated at customer orders.

Partnerships serving

In early May it announced a fact that may have gone unnoticed for most people and that was the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the IIAR (International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration) and the GCCA (Global Alliance for Chain cold, for its acronym in English).

Latin Association of HVAC / R Are we ready?

Almost all industrial sectors that I have known have a Latin American association. I'm surprised, somehow, that being our one of the oldest segments of the engineering does not count with a fully identified unionization in the region to protect and defend the interests of professionals in the HVAC / R.

But before you say it's a good idea or already thought you had, which most certainly it is-the truth is that we must stop and think what should be the role of an entity of this type. The question arises because in many cases these organizations can end up becoming entities without a clearly defined north and in which adaptation to new times is an almost impossible task.

I think Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina, has very solid companies in the distribution sector, representation, but also in installation and consulting. This is quite positive because it implies that we have the most important asset: the raw material, that is people with experience and good reputation.

In the region we have very important initiatives at the local and regional order. FAIAR, in the Latin American context, it is an example of something that can consolidate all hand interest entity as ASHRAE is showing in Latin America.

One of the most important functions that can develop such entity is to become the political voice of this sector. It's nice to see the strength with which the AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute) comes out in defense when any of its members may be harmed by any standards. Such an institution has even right up to the United States Congress to make lobby to stop any harmful initiative for the industry. This, however, does not mean neglecting the training, which has been the flag of the guilds in Latin America.

This concludes for now dear readers. It was no more than an invitation to the possibility of having a pan-regional body help from another perspective with the improvement in the practices of the HVAC / R sector explore. I think we're on time.

A cold greeting.

And Latin America, what role it plays in the industry?

Asking this question is always complicated in Latin America. However, not much to philosophize and ask if you ever stop being followers to become demanding standards of compliance with them.

The discussion of the environment in which we are moving in recent days. On the one hand we are close to the entry into force of the regulation that will prohibit selling equipment HVAC / R preloaded with virgin R-22. In addition to the above, there are several regulations that are demanding, especially in California, manufacturers of cooling equipment and cooling must adhere to certain design parameters of its solutions, which ensure compliance with energy efficiency laws of the state.

On the above issues have emerged all sorts of comments denouncing that the above measures will have negative effects on both companies producing solutions that use this type of refrigerants, and manufacturers that comply with regulations designed to fit efficiency energy. The issue is that on the side of refrigerants is still no clear definition of the term "date of manufacture" and whether this relates to the production date of the solution or if you speak the date of installation. In any case the rule would have different implications. With regard to design solutions that meet energy laws, the problem lies in that not all meet the standards and that leaves the "obedient" at a disadvantage.

All this discussion presented in the United States must help us to wonder about the role of Latin America in all this mess. On the one hand, and at least we know that cyclical processes are occurring against these two important issues and we anticipate making the right decisions that favor the industry.

No less important it is that the industry must unite and consolidate to avoid August those who do not meet the standards, it is not at all fair that companies investing in research and development, for example, should lose competitiveness with those that do not they do. Again, everything is a question of costs and prices.

One issue to finish. We have an opportunity for associations to move from being educational actors to become political actors who defend the interests of its members before governments. Education can not be put aside, but the lobby either.

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