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Free “Life After R134a” seminars at Aftermarket Expo

Publish Date: 24/1/2017

Two free seminars will take place at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo to provide an overview of the new industry standard air-conditioning refrigerant R1234yf, which is now replacing R134a globally.

Delivered by VASA, a supporting association of the Expo and peak body for the Australasian automotive air-conditioning, electrical and engine cooling industry, the hour-long information session will take place at 10.30am on Saturday April 8 and be repeated at 2.30pm the same day.

Topics covered will include the history and evolution of automotive refrigerants, the drivers of change including ozone depletion and global warming potential, how industry has responded to overseas legislation controlling HFCs, a comparison of current and new refrigerant characteristics including flammability, changes to equipment, components and working procedures brought about by new refrigerants and the related standards, licensing and legislation.

Included in the sessions will be the opportunity for questions and answers.

The information provided in these free seminars is intended to help prepare automotive repair businesses, including smash repairers, for refrigerant changes under the title: “Life After R134a”.

If you service, repair or recommission automotive air-conditioning systems, now is the time to act.

VASA member workshops report that a growing number of brands are already importing vehicles using R1234yf and insurance companies are interested in building a database of businesses equipped and trained to handle the new refrigerants.

Session times and location: 10.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday April 8 in Hospitality Suite 1 at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo, accessed via the organiser’s office within the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Last October almost 200 countries, including Australia, forged a historic agreement for the global phase down of R134a refrigerant used in automotive air conditioners, along with a number of other hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) products.

In response to overseas legislation, R1234yf has already been adopted by global carmakers as the new industry standard and the first vehicles using this new gas started arriving on the Australian market in 2014.

Mercedes-Benz has also announced it will use R744 (pure carbon dioxide) as a refrigerant in its high-end S-Class and E-Class models from this year. In the European Union, the use of R134a in all new cars has been banned since the start of this year and the United States also has similar plans in place, with incentives for manufacturers to adopt new refrigerants under emissions legislation.

This means more and more cars imported into Australia will use R1234yf and possibly R744 in their air-conditioning systems. The Australian government has also indicated its intention to follow Europe and the US in banning the use of R134a in new vehicles.

Unlike the R12 ban of 1996, R134a will continue to be available for the servicing of existing vehicles and there will be no legislation forcing the retrofit of existing R134a systems to R1234yf or any other refrigerant.

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