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AC TION magazine introduces digital edition The staff of AC TION magazine are proud to announce a new affiliation with Nxtbook Media LLC, to produce a digital edition of MACS award-winning magazine. The digital edition of AC TION will be introduced with this issue and the link will be e-mailed to over 30,000 mobile A/C and engine cooling professionals worldwide. “The digital edition will be an additional media resource to the MACS print edition of AC TION , and will add significantly to our circulation. It will also benefit the reader by providing portability for today’s busy professional”, remarked Elvis L. Hoffpauir, MACS president and COO. “Digital AC TION is one more way for the Mobile Air Conditioning Society to leverage technology to serve the informational needs of our service industry.” In Memoriam Eric Brooker Eric G. Brooker, died July 19th in Grapevine, Texas, at age 86. A memorial service was held July 22nd. A native of Reading, Berkshire, England, he was preceded in death by his wife Margaret and is survived by their son, Guy N. Brooker and his wife, Julie; granddaughter, Stacey Louise Brooker; and great-grandson, Leon Buckley of County Cork Ireland. Eric entered the vehicle climate control industry in the early 1960s with the York Commercial Equipment division of BorgWarner Ltd. In those days mobile air conditioning in Europe was almost a novelty item, and York was promoting their twocylinder compressors. Eric spent long weeks traveling through Europe assisting customers with the technical aspects of not only the York compressor but the entire air conditioning system. He quickly built a reputation as a reliable and helpful industry consultant and he increased the company’s sales significantly. He spent 1974 on assignment at York’s offices in Decatur, Illinois to enhance his technical knowledge and improve his management skills, and then returned to his homeland as manager of sales and technical service for Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. Over the next six years he developed his market for the “two-cylinder” and introduced the newly designed York rotary. British Leyland, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Volvo, Behr of Germany and many aftermarket companies were soon daily accounts, and sales again increased dramatically. In 1980, Eric was promoted to Managing Director of the York Automotive Division of Borg-Warner Europe. A 1982 joint venture with Diesel Kiki, gave Eric another compressor to promote, and had him globe-trotting between the UK, Japan, the U.S.and Sweden where he oversaw a large contract with Volvo. Two years later, York introduced their variable displacement compressor in Europe, and Eric was the technical kingpin. By now, he was managing a fourteen million dollar market share. In 1986, the York-Diesel Kiki contract expired and parent Borg-Warner decided to close the Illinois facility. Eric remained as a consultant to wind down the European operations as well. When Climate Control Company acquired the York two-cylinder program, Eric joined them as a consultant. After that, he joined Signet Systems as their European consultant, developing new accounts and remaining with the company for over ten years. 2008 saw Eric join his son and daughter-in-law as partners in Climate Control Partners, a small automotive export company at which he worked right up until his death. Eric Brooker received the Industry Pioneer Award from the International Mobile Air Conditioning Association (IMACA) in 1991. ACTION • September/October 2011 35

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACtion Magazine - September/October 2011

ACtion Magazine - September/October 2011
Table of Contents
Outlook
Expansion Valve
Techncally RELAY-ted
Under The Southern Cross
Leonard’s Law
News & Updates
Virtual View
Cooling Corner
Performance Always Needs More Cooling
ACDelco’s Guidelines for Replacing Engine Coolant
Worldwide Training
New Member Profile: Alex Original, Ltd
Association News
Obituary
Quick Check
New Products & Services
Last Watch

ACtion Magazine - September/October 2011

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