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Industry and policy-makers join forces to move Heating and Cooling to the top of the EU’s decarbonisation agenda

Industry and policy-makers join forces to move Heating and Cooling to the top of the EU’s decarbonisation agenda

Representatives from DG Energy, EU Commission, the Austrian Permanent Representation and Radboud University Nijmegen as well as representatives of the Decarb Heat Initiative  addressed the political framework of the decarbonisation of heating & cooling and provided industry insights to advance towards a fully decarbonised sector by 2050.

Latest headlines

Clean Energy Reports 85.1 Million Gallons Delivered and Revenue of $102.4 Million for First Quarter of 2018

The Company delivered 85.1 million gallons in the first quarter of 2018 and 2017. Growth in CNG volumes was offset principally by a reduction in LNG volumes due to the non-renewal of two contracts and RNG volumes for non-vehicle fuel that were included in contracts sold to BP, as noted below.


Solar Sightings in Harahan

Solar Supply in Harahan has customers who are committed to the LX Series Split System Air Conditioners, specifically the TF4 series. Jamal Mackey elaborated “Our dealers are sold on the TF4’s for a number of reasons. It has a great look, it has the proven tube-in-fin condenser coil, it even has a 1-year labor limited warranty.


Further Boost for Coal-to-Clean Energy Retrofits

The newly established Ministry of Ecology and Environment high-lighted that Coal-to-Gas and Coal-to-Electricity retrofits have made a significant contribution to haze governance, which is pertinent to bulk coal use in rural households, not for industrial applications.


UACJ Copper Tube Sales Releases Press Type Fireless Joint

In April 2018, UACJ Copper Tube Sales began selling ‘RG Press’, the press type fireless joint for refrigerant. Toyofitting, a subsidiary of UACJ Copper Tube Sales, produces this product and sales are undertaken by UACJ Copper Tube Sales.    

Mitsubishi Electric to Launch MISOP Surface-mount Package IPM

Techno-Frontier 2018 was held at Makuhari Messe from April 18 to 20. Techno-Frontier showcases the latest technologies and products in the fields of mechatronics/electronics.

R290 Refrigerant Begins to Be Applied in Light Commercial Freezers

At 2017 China Household Electrical Appliances Technology Conference, propane (R290) was recognized by manufacturers in the light commercial freezer segment. Currently, the industrialization of R290 light commercial freezers is in the initial stages and several compressor manufacturers have mastered R290 technology.

Danfoss Qualifies 19 Product Families for Lower GWP Refrigerants

The heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry acknowledges the need to use midterm alternatives for some applications until the long-term picture is clear. Based on this, Danfoss continues to explore the best options with 34 refrigerants globally and has just passed an important phase of qualification for 19 product families.

Cover Story

Vietnam, A New Star in the Southeast Asian Market

The air conditioner market in Southeast Asia has increased by 5.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), and this trend is attracting more and more attention in the global air conditioner industry. It is estimated that by 2020, the population of Southeast Asia will reach 700 million. Combined with the economic development, middle-class population has expanded rapidly, forming the basis for the promotion of the development of the air conditioner market in the region.

Qingdao Hisense Hitachi Kicks off Sales of YORK-brand VRFs in China

On April 11, a press conference on new YORK variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems was held in Beijing during the China Refrigeration expo (CRH 2018). JARN was honored to witness this historic moment. Johnson Controls (JCI) and Qingdao Hisense Hitachi Air Conditioning Systems (Qingdao Hisense Hitachi) jointly released an announcement on February 1 indicating that the two parties had finished a business transition of YORK VRFs in China, which would become the business of Qingdao Hisense Hitachi.

Interview

Daikin to Sweep European Market with R32 ACs

During Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) held in March in Italy, JARN interviewed Takayuki Kamekawa, president, Daikin Air Conditioning Italy (DACI), to hear about its featured exhibits and business strategies in Europe.
 

Mitsubishi Electric Strengthening Its Presence in Europe with Specializing Brand Strategy

In February 2018, Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems (MEHITS) announced its brand strategy of Climaveneta and RC: Climaveneta is specialized brand for comfort and process applications and RC is specialized brand for information technology (IT) cooling. During Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) 2018 held in March, JARN interviewed Carlo Grossi, CEO and general manager of MEHITS, Hidekazu Tani, vice president Technology and deputy chief operating officer of MEHITS, and Marcello Malavasi, executive director of Mitsubishi Electric Italian Branch.
 

SWEP BPHEs Generate Strong Business in Asia

During HVAC&R JAPAN 2018 held in February in Chiba Prefecture, JARN interviewed Tommy Simonsen, vice president marketing of SWEP International, and Joakim Fahlstedt, representative director of SWEP JAPAN, to gain an insight into SWEP’s business in Asia.

JARN (J): First of all, could you briefly introduce SWEP’s heat exchanger business?
SWEP (S): SWEP is a world-leading supplier of brazed plate heat exchangers (BPHEs) for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and industrial applications. Designed to make the most efficient use of energy, materials, and space, the technology is quickly gaining ground around the world, with SWEP at the forefront of developments.
 SWEP is known for providing market-leading technology within our core markets. This is the result of more than 30 years of close collaboration with customers around the world. They have played an essential part in driving our development and efficiency, and in building up the application expertise that has allowed us to achieve leadership.
 
J: Could you please tell us the result for SWEP’s Position in Asia including China, India, Japan, and South Korea in 2017?
S: SWEP is in the leading position in these markets and some recent surveys verify such a leading position in China. In 2017, SWEP had growth in line with or above the market and industries it serves, such as in the HVAC sector’s air conditioning and heat pump markets in China. Both Japan and South Korea were showing double -digit growth in 2017 and especially in South Korea the results were outstanding among our major global accounts.


SWEP representatives at its booth during HVAC&R JAPAN 2018

J: How do you see market growth in Asia in 2018?
S: Asia is expecting moderately slower growth than in 2017 from the softening demand in China driven by Coalto-Electricity and air conditioning products. However, India is expected to grow faster after 2017, a year negatively impacted by demonetization and new Goods and Services Tax. Japan and South Korea are expected to grow at the same or at a faster pace than in 2017 thanks to the continuing positive general development in their economies. Above all, our export-driven accounts will lead the growth path.

J: SWEP has operations around the world. What percentage of your business does Asia account for?
S: Over a quarter of our total business is located in Asia, in which the biggest markets are in China followed by Japan, South Korea, and India.

J: What shares of your business in Asia do refrigeration and air conditioning account for?
S: Over 50% of SWEP’s Asia business is dedicated to these two segments.

J: BPHEs are a key part of your business. Northern European manufacturers are very strong in the heat exchanger industry. Are there any special reasons?
S: It is difficult to mention any particular reason. However, it could be fair to note that Nordic countries are focused on energy efficiency since they have strong demand for heating residences in long winters combined with increased costs of energy. This forms the basis of developing ever more efficient systems, of which heat exchangers are an integral part of.
 

Market

CAREL’s Innovations Hailed around the World

During Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) held in Italy in March 2018, JARN interviewed Luigi Nalini, chief executive officer (CEO) of CAREL. Receiving JARN’s interview, Luigi Nalini emphasized that CAREL is promoting its capability to use natural refrigerants, especially in Europe where there is strong demand for these refrigerants.

ASERCOM Names Wolfgang Zaremski New President

ASERCOM’s top management position has been filled, Wolfgang Zaremski has been serving as the new president of the Association of  European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers (ASERCOM) since the March 1, 2018. He is succeeding Claude Blanc who stepped down from this position at the end of 2017.

Spanish HVAC Market in 2017

AFEC has collected statistical data concerning the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) market in 2017. The statistical data were compiled by grouping the equipment and components into five major groups: equipment, regulation and control, air handling units (AHUs) and heat recovery ventilation units, air distribution and diffusion, and fans.

Product

The Global R32 AC Market – 2017 Overview

All types of R22 air conditioners were prohibited from January 2015, and the room air conditioner (RAC) and packaged air conditioner (PAC) markets have already shifted to R410A. Daikin’s sole distributor, Ho Tai Development, started imports and sales of R32 splits from 2015, and Fujitsu General and major local manufacturers Heran and TECO followed Daikin.

CIAT Launches Full Lineup of DX Inverter Split Systems

CIAT UK has launched a full range of high-performance direct expansion (DX) air conditioners for residential and light commercial applications. It comprises portables, wall-mounted splits, floor-standing consoles, ceiling-suspended units, cassettes, ducted units, and multi-split outdoor units.

The 13th International Symposium on New Refrigerants and Environmental Technology 2018

Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA) will host the 13th International Symposium on New Refrigerants and Environmental Technology at the International Conference Center, Kobe, Japan, on December 6–7, 2018.

Photo Report

ARBS 2018 Brings Vitality to HVAC&R Industry in Southern Hemisphere

ARBS is Australia’s only international trade exhibition for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) and building services industries. ARBS 2018 was held from May 8 to 10 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, Sydney. The event hosted over 350 exhibitors and attracted more than 8,000 visitors from all over the world.

Chinese Manufacturers Exhibit Their Capability to Foreign Buyers at Canton Fair

From April 15 to 19, 2018, Phase 1 of the 123rd Canton Fair for electronics household appliances etc. was held in Guangzhou, China. Covering an exhibition area of about 1.2 million m2, more than 25,000 Chinese and foreign enterprises set up nearly 60,500 booths. Chinese manufacturers displayed their latest products focusing on intelligent functions designed to grab global business opportunities.

Heat Pump Is the Key Word--Photo Report

Midea—introduced its central air conditioner’s booth using big banners at the several places in the venue. At the booth, it splendidly introduced design of MDV VRFs for 2018. Other exhibits included a high efficiency inverter direct drive centrifugal chiller and ATW heat pumps for cold climates. The air-cooled heat pump adopting R32 refrigerant received Innovation Product Award.

Toshiba ACRA Climaveneta JCI HEPA GMCC

Exhibition & Event

ACRA 2018 helds in Sapporo, Japan

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