April 19, 2017
The 2018 AHRI National Advocacy Conference, which will
be held June 4-6 in Washington, D.C., is the HVACR and water heating industry’s
annual opportunity to communicate the positive impact of our industry on
American jobs, comfort, and productivity to key policy makers on Capitol Hill
and in federal agencies. This is an interactive event at which AHRI members are
invited learn strategies for communicating industry positions to elected
officials, and hear directly from policy makers in Congress and key federal
agencies on how to most effectively shape your message. AHRI will coordinate
lobbying visits, and will provide briefing materials and talking points. Registration
is now open and hotel
rooms are going quickly. Contact: Joe
On April 13, AHRI opened its first office outside North America in Hefei, China. The office will allow AHRI to engage directly with all members and certification program participants in Asia and the Middle East and position AHRI to provide timely service in those rapidly growing markets for AHRI standards and certification programs.
More than 60 industry representatives,
including member companies and certification program participants, attended the
grand opening of the office. Government officials from the Professional
Supervisory Unit of Anhui Province (PSU-AHQI) and the NGO Office attended the
opening, as did senior representatives from the China Refrigeration and
Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA), and the General Machinery Product
Inspection Institute (GMPI). Bridge Xue will head the new office.
right: Henry Hwong (AHRI), Li Jiang (GMPI), Stephen Yurek (AHRI), Fan Gaoding
(CRAA), Zhang Wenjing (AHQI), and Song Hongbo (NGO office).
Contact: Bridge Xue.
The 2018 China Refrigeration Expo was
held from April 9-11 in Beijing. Founded in 1987, the expo has grown into one
of the largest HVACR exhibitions in the world, showcasing related products and
serving as a venue for industry meetings and technical seminars. AHRI has
participated in the expo continuously for over 20 years and, this year again
partnered with ASHRAE in a shared booth to leverage the synergy and cooperation
of both organizations. AHRI’s delegation to the exhibition included President
and CEO Stephen Yurek, Senior Vice President Henry Hwong, and Chief China
Representative Bridge Xue. The AHRI team met many AHRI certification program
participants and industry partners, and partcipated in side events, including
the Ozone Climate Industry Roundtable Meeting. The 2019 China Refrigeration
Expo will be held between April 9-11, 2018 in Shanghai. Contact: Henry Hwong.
AHRI is pleased to
welcome ECOER INC. as an international member in the Unitary Small Equipment
product section. Contact: Freshta Rosario.
3, The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced a proposed list of Chinese imports that could be subject
to an additional 25 percent tariff once the list becomes final. The list, which
includes various HVACR and water heating products, covers approximately 1,300
tariff lines – approximately $50 billion worth of goods – according
to the USTR. AHRI created a list of member products affected and important
Contact: Nick Harbeck.
AHRI is pleased to welcome Petra Engineering
Industries Co. to the Datacom Cooling (DCOM) Certification Program.
ASHRAE has released the following calls for comments:
Public Review/Deadline: May 28, 2018
On April 13, AHRI Senior
Vice President Joe Trauger and International/Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Anita Chan attended an off-the-record Trade Forum hosted by the National
Association of Manufacturers. The forum featured Brendan Dunn, Policy Advisor
and Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The discussion
centered around Dunn’s perspective on U.S. trade policy, including NAFTA. Contact: Anita Chan.
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