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The Granite Group is the new LPG Products Distributor in New Hampshire

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May 10, 2016 — May 6, 2016 – Concord, NH – The Granite Group announced today that they have launched a new division focused on Propane Gas Products and Accessories.

“The propane business is a natural fit for The Granite Group. We already service Propane customers with equipment and we have excellent people that do an extraordinary job in moving material. Partnering with the best in class manufacturers will only solidify our position and our 33 stores and 48 salespeople in all New England states and will give us a presence unprecedented in the industry. We look forward to serving this market entirely and are very excited about the reception from the customers who have demanded more.” says Stephen Murphy, The Granite Group’s Director of Propane Sales

Beginning this month, The Granite Group will begin receiving and delivering Propane Tanks and Cylinders from Trinity Containers as well as LPG Valve and Tank Equipment from the Cavagna Group. Both companies feature best-in-class product offerings and are excited about their new partnerships with The Granite Group.

“Both Cavagna and The Granite Group share the same values that are unique to family owned companies; integrity, accountability, innovation, and a drive to lead the market with new ideas and products. The Granite Group’s focus on providing personalized service to help build their customers’ sales in a changing market collaborates well with Cavagna’s own philosophy. We have confidence that The Granite Group’s professional sales force, solid operation, and experience in inventory management paired with the Cavagna’s quality manufacturing will provide great opportunities for the LP trade in New England.”says Peter Dwyer, LPG Sales Manager, Cavagna North America

“Trinity Containers is extremely pleased with our decision to team up with The Granite Group. We think The Granite Group, together with Trinity, represents the best opportunity to provide unmatched service to the New England propane market.” says Brent T. Baty, Director, Sales & Marketing, Trinity Containers

Murphy is also excited about the new partnerships and believes The Granite Group is the perfect company to help everyone involved benefit.“The Granite Group has scale that appeals to our customers and manufacturer’s. We look at the changing marketplace and feel that we can offer the material benefits of a large distributor but with a concentrated focus that seems to fit with Propane dealers. We listen to our customers, and this model really fits their needs. We look forward to truly partnering with them in every way.”

DA STUDIO ENEA L’ALLARME SULLE BIOMASSE LEGNOSE

ENEA_logo_nl_17_11_504x284L’utilizzo delle biomasse per il riscaldamento residenziale non porta i benefici sperati e anzi, a causa delle emissioni di particolato (PM 2.5), incrementa l’inquinamento atmosferico e provoca danni alla salute. Per questo motivo, le politiche di sostegno alle biomasse per uso residenziale vanno condizionate all’uso delle più efficienti tecnologie disponibili, gli standard emissivi delle tecnologie incentivabili devono diventare più rigorosi e le politiche di incentivi vanno rimodulate tenendo conto degli impatti negativi sulla salute provocati dalle emissioni di inquinanti atmosferici come il particolato. E’ quanto emerge dallo studio Enea “Gli impatti energetici e ambientali dei combustibili nel settore residenziale”, presentato l’11 novembre in un evento promosso a Roma da Assogasliquidi e Anigas. Gli aspetti sanitari sono stati evidenziati dallo Studio del Centro Controllo Malattie del Ministero della Salute, VIIAS (Valutazione Integrata dell’Impatto dell’Inquinamento atmosferico sull’Ambiente e sulla Salute). Lo Studio ENEA parte da recenti analisi sulla qualità dell’aria che, in alcune zone del Paese, evidenziano una presenza di inquinanti atmosferici e composti tossici elevata, nonostante l’adozione di norme europee sulle emissioni di impianti industriali e autoveicoli. Inoltre, a differenza degli altri prodotti petroliferi, del gas naturale e dell’energia elettrica – soggetti ad accise o imposte di fabbricazione e all’aliquota Iva al 22% – le biomasse godono di una fiscalità agevolata. Tale trattamento preferenziale accordato alle biomasse dovrebbe quindi esser riequilibrato, per tener conto degli impatti negativi sulla salute umana e sull’ambiente. I dati presentati anche dalle ARPA regionali intervenute all’evento e da INSERM (Institut National de la santè et de la recerche medicale) confermano gli impatti ambientali e sanitari derivanti dall’impiego delle biomasse nel settore del riscaldamento.

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European and Italian energy policies pursue  several objectives including energy dependence reduction, greater energy efficiency and climate change mitigation.

The EU “20-20-20 Package” in 2009 set objectives for 2020. As a result:

  • Directive EC/2009/28 on renewables transposed in the Italian legislation.
  • National Action Plans for Renewable energies (PAN) and Energy Efficiency (PAEE).
  • Elaboration of specific policy measures in support of renewables.

The 2013 National Energy Strategy for 2020 identifies renewable energy sources (RES) among the main priorities for action, setting for the power sector more ambitious targets than those set in the PAN and promoting thermal renewables.

  • Cover with RES a 19-20% share of gross final energy consumption by 2020.
  • Part of this contribution could be provided by thermal renewables (about 11 Mtoe/yr) including, besides solar thermal and heat pumps, a portion supplied by biomass as a fuel for boilers, closed fireplaces and stoves.

In home heating, the replacement of fossil fuels with biomass (conventionally considered as carbon neutral) is encouraged.

In Italy we use much more biomass in home heating than previously thought.

  • A survey by ISTAT on Households energy consumption (2014), estimates the amount of biomass used in the residential sector in 2013 at about 19 Mt (of which 17.5 Mt consisting of wood and 1.5 Mt of pellets). About half of the wood use is unrecorded as it escapes market transactions.
    A more favorable fiscal treatment is accorded to wood biomass and pellets.
  • Atmospheric pollutants concentrations (including PM) are still too high in some areas of Italy, despite the adoption of fairly stringent European and national regulations on emissions from industrial plants and vehicles.
  • The impact of air pollutants concentrations on the diffusion of respiratory diseases in humans is recognized by several epidemiological surveys and studies conducted worldwide by the WHO.
  • The VIIAS study estimates about 30 000 premature deaths in Italy to be due solely to fine particulate (PM2.5).

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Bigas has become 100% Cavagna Group

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Last November the Cavagna Group finalized the acquisition of 100% of Bigas, a company specialized in the production of fuel system technologies (reducers, injectors, control units) for engines powered by LPG and CNG. The Cavagna Group had already held 45% of the Florence-based company’s shares

– Ponte San Marco (BS), 21/12/2015 – The decision to take over Bigas is coherent with the development strategies of the Cavagna Group, as it is increasingly interested in having more direct involvement in the field of engine conversion to LPG/CNG fuel.

The Cavagna Group offers the broadest and most reliable range of products in the field of technologies and systems for the control, regulation and storage of compressed gases. It employs over 900 people worldwide and it is made up of nine vertically integrated production companies in Italy, and nine other companies spread out across five continents. Thanks to its distribution network, the Cavagna Group is now selling its products in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Bigas was founded in 1968 by the Biagiotti family, and it designs, develops and manufactures fuel components and complete systems for engines powered by LPG and CNG. Bigas-branded products are renowned for their quality and reliability worldwide, ensuring an innovative approach to optimizing the use of these fuels in the automotive market.  In addition, they are cost-competitive and environmentally friendly.

There has always been synergy between the engineering and production divisions at Bigas and those at the Cavagna Group, in terms of both technology and marketing. The Florence-based plant is specialized in designing and manufacturing the entire front kit for converting vehicles with direct or sequential fuel injection systems and naturally aspirated engines.

Bigas is also a strategic partner of Greengear Global Ltd. (a British subsidiary of the Cavagna Group) for the supply of the Enerkit product line for the LPG conversion of small engines for the outdoor industry (examples include ride-on mowers, forklifts, snow blowers and sweepers).

Miriam Cavagna — Cavagna Group Marketing and Communication Manager

miriamcavagna@cavagnagroup.com – +390309663250

About the Cavagna Group

The Cavagna Group has been supplying industries and consumers worldwide since 1949, and it is today’s leading manufacturer of equipment and fittings for compressed gases, gas storage and gas control. The Cavagna Group offers the most complete and reliable line of products in the sector, as well as the most dynamic services.

Both the experience and reliability of the Group’s product range have led to long-lasting partnerships with virtually all major oil/gas companies, in addition to producers of compressed gas containers and gas appliance OEMs. The Cavagna Group employs approximately 900 people worldwide. The Group is made up of nine vertically integrated production companies in Italy and nine other companies spread out across five continents. With a distribution network consisting of an additional fifteen fully-owned distribution companies, the Cavagna Group now sells its products in more than 140 countries worldwide. For more info, please visit: cgturkey.wpengine.com

Cavagna Group adopts Biomaster antibacterial technology

 

Thanks to the Cavagna Group’s Viproxy Biomaster antibacterial technology, it is now possible to protect handles on medical gas cylinder from the risks of bacterial surface contamination

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Ponte San Marco (Brescia – Italy), November 9th, 2015 – Did you know that medical gas cylinders are particularly exposed to the risk of bacterial contamination, especially oxygen tanks? Indeed, they are among the most touched, handled and transported of all medical instruments. In particular, the handle is exposed to the hazards of bacterial cross-contamination. Most of the time, cleaning and disinfecting is simply not enough. There are many dangerous situations that can occur in health care facilities and during the performance of paramedical services, be it in hospital wards, emergency rooms, hospices, pharmacies or cylinder handling. Yet at the same time, even the patient’s own home presents numerous occasions for bacterial contamination to build up, such as contact with nurses providing home care to the chronically ill and the elderly, family members who personally tend to their loved ones, assistive personnel providing services at home, or people who are merely paying a visit to a sick person.

For all these reasons, the handle on the Cavagna Group’s Viproxy valve has adopted the innovative protection that only Biomaster antibacterial technology can provide; yet another first for the Cavagna Group, which has reaffirmed its leading role as a manufacturer of technological solutions for the regulation and control of gas worldwide. The application of Biomaster protection technology to the Viproxy handle is the result of a partnership between the Cavagna Group and Biomaster ADD UK, a British company that specializes in incorporating silver ions into all kinds of materials and products in order to make them antibacterial. Biomaster ADD has pioneered the development of permanent antibacterial protection around the world, and it is a recognized leader in antimicrobial additives for polymers and coatings.

By incorporating this special silver ion technology into its polymers, the Viproxy Biomaster inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and makes the plastic parts of its handle completely safe to contact. Whether in health care facilities or at the patient’s home, it provides permanent, around-the-clock antibacterial protection for the lifetime of the product, no matter how the cylinder is handled.

For thousands of years, silver has been known and appreciated for its natural antimicrobial properties; indeed, it has been used and developed to prevent the growth of bacteria, while presenting no toxic effects on humans.

Biomaster provides rigorously tested protection: in fact, silver and nanoparticles are successfully used as antimicrobial protection in a wide range of industrial applications.

Biomaster silver ion technology is even effective against several species of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), as well as E.coli and Legionella. Biomaster antimicrobial protection acts by binding itself to the cell wall and disrupting DNA replication in the bacteria; yet while it is merciless to bacteria, it remains harmless to human beings. Biomaster protection complies with the latest ISO standards and is frequently subject to strict quality control. In addition, this antimicrobial system has been approved by the FDA and the EPA. Biomaster protection is incredibly durable, long lasting and highly active for the entire lifetime of the product.

Biomaster Protection acts in the following places:

  1. on the cell surface – The silver ions bind themselves to the cell surface of the bacteria, destroying the cell wall and preventing its regeneration;
  1. in the enzymes – The silver ions are attracted to the bacteria’s enzyme cells, where they inhibit the energy produced by the bacterium itself.
  1. in the DNA chain – The silver ions disrupt the DNA of the bacterium’s cell; in this way they prevent DNA replication and the creation of new cells.

The Cavagna Group’s Viproxy incorporates a shut-off valve and pressure regulator into a single block.

Miriam Cavagna — Cavagna Group Marketing and Communication Manager

miriamcavagna@cavagnagroup.com – +390309663250

About the Cavagna Group

The Cavagna Group has been supplying industries and consumers worldwide since 1949, and it is today’s leading manufacturer of equipment and fittings for compressed gases, gas storage and gas control. The Cavagna Group offers the most complete and reliable line of products in the sector, as well as the most dynamic services.

Both the experience and reliability of the Group’s product range have led to long-lasting partnerships with virtually all major oil/gas companies, in addition to producers of compressed gas containers and gas appliance OEMs. The Cavagna Group employs approximately 1,000 people worldwide. The Group is made up of nine vertically integrated production companies in Italy and nine other companies spread out across five continents. With a distribution network consisting of an additional fifteen fully-owned distribution companies, the Cavagna Group now sells its products in more than 135 countries worldwide. For more info, please visit: cgturkey.wpengine.com

AT A GLANCE

Each year there are over 3 million cases of hospital-acquired infections in Europe.

Research conducted by the Stockholm-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) found that on any given day, one in 18 patients acquires an infection in a health care facility, amounting to about 3.2 million cases a year.

Infections represent an increasing threat to health care environments, especially those stemming from antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA. However, the majority of these infections could be avoided, if only hospitals would implement some additional measures of prevention and control. For this reason, the European Centre for Prevention and Disease Control has urged hospital administrations to strengthen the fight against bacterial contamination.

The above-mentioned survey involved 1,000 health care facilities in 30 European countries, and the number of hospital-acquired infections was estimated to be 15 thousand. The main causes of the infections were found to be Klebsiella pneumoniae, a gram-negative bacterium that causes pneumonia, and fecal bacteria, such as Escherichia coli (or E. coli). Another bacterium found in the survey was Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA because of its acquired resistance to the antibiotic Methicillin.

It is believed that MRSA is the cause of infection for about 53 million people worldwide every year. According to a research made by Royal College of Physicians every case of MRSA costs the National Health Service an extra £9,000. It is estimated that the total cost to the NHS has exceeded £1billion.

Hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA are the most common complications during hospital stays, as well as one of the most serious problems for patient safety.

 

New SNAP-FILL product video

We uploaded the New SNAP-FILL product video in our Videogallery
SNAP-FILL is a 3/4” M NPT Forklift \ Lawn Mower Cylinders Filler Valve, built with the proven technology used in today’s propane vehicle filling systems. It brings those benefits to the forklift cylinder market.
SNAP-FILL’s direct connect feature eliminates propane bypass caused by worn or improperly threaded connections and eliminates propane fuel line discharge.
Ergonomic features with enhanced ease and speed of connection to minimize filler fatigue while increasing productivity. SNAP-FILL also dramatically reduces emissions and is compatible with new automated carousel-style filling systems.

Greengear: environmental sustainability meets art

Villa Carlotta, the most popular historic villa and museum on Lake Como, has chosen Greengear outdoor equipment for the care of its more than 70,000 square meters of gardens, among the most beautiful in Europe. And that’s not all: from now on, Villa Carlotta’s greenhouses and museum will be heated using Cavagna’s LPG technology.


The agreement between Villa Carlotta’s management team and Greengear Global was officially signed on September 10th, during an event organized to honor this prestigious partnership. The Villa served as a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony, where important guests were in attendance. The ceremony was attended by representatives from cultural and environmental institutions, as well as managers who were interested in Greengear LPG-powered products for lawn care. It is important to remember that LPG is an environmentally friendly fuel, and is the best alternative to traditional (and polluting) gasoline. As pointed out by the managers of Villa Carlotta, the decision to adopt Greengear equipment for the care of their beautiful gardens (among the rarest and most beautiful in Europe) fits perfectly with their commitment as a world-class historic site. In fact, the Villa and its artistic treasures (including many famous masterpieces by the sculptor Antonio Canova) are located within a green area of great environmental value, and the extremely well-kept gardens are an integral part of any visit. Thanks to Greengear LPG-powered products, Villa Carlotta is carrying out yet another concrete initiative in favor of environmental sustainability. The Cavagna Group is very pleased with such a prestigious partnership. Davide Cavagna, CEO of the Group, made that clear during his speech: “It is truly an honor to link the Greengear brand name with that of Villa Carlotta. It is the most significant way to support the launch of these innovative outdoor products on the international market.” Villa Carlotta has also decided to adopt Cavagna and Autogas Nord’s LPG technology in order to transform the heating system of the museum and the greenhouses, which will use LPG fuel from now on.