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Haier Committed to Developing High-end Air Conditioners

Haier Committed to Developing High-end Air Conditioners

Haier, founded in 1984, has been at the forefront of the technological revolution of the Chinese home appliance industry for 36 years. Entering the fifth-generation (5G) era, are there any changes in Haier products? JARN interviewed Ms. Wang Li, vice president of Haier Smart Home, to gain an insight into this question. JARN (J): How was your domestic sales performance in the first half of 2020?  

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Scroll Compressor Sales Decline by 24% in the First Half of 2020

According to ChinaIOL, 1.28 million units of scroll compressors were sold in China in the first half of 2020, indicating a 24% year-on-year drop. In June alone, scroll compressor sales were 290,600 units, dropping by 5% year on year. Of these, 249,500 units were for domestic sales, declining by 2.7% year on year, while 41,100 units were for export, decreasing by 17.8% year on year. The domestic market slowed its falling pace, thanks to rising demand in the downstream air conditioner market. On the other hand, the export market continued to decrease due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. Top exporters of scroll compressors all suffered declines of different levels in June.


TICA Helps Air-side Market Overcome Gloomy Situation

China’s commercial air conditioner industry ended the first half of 2020 with a 22.2% drop due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. Only hospital retrofit and medical purifying projects were carried out normally, and those presented huge demand. As a professional brand owning variable energy and purifying solutions in the medical segment, TICA achieved growth in a gloomy market during the first half of 2020, and has had a strong performance in the construction and retrofit projects for more than 700 hospitals including the Fire God Mountain and Thunder God Mountain Hospitals.


China’s Absorption Chiller Market Offers New Opportunities

According to statistics from aircon. com, absorption chillers in China declined by 11.1% year on year in the first half of 2020, showing a relatively stable condition under COVID-19, compared with other commercial air conditioner segments. Their market scale is still small, accounting for approximately 1.9% of the overall market.


Drying Market Sees Growth under Falling ATW Demands

In the first half of 2020, air-to-water (ATW) heat pump demand in China was impacted by COVID-19. However, the drying market, an application of ATW heat pumps, became the only segment seeing growth thanks to a great support from the administration. Due to the impact of the epidemic, grain drying and storage became a focus in the agricultural sector.

Frascold Combats Climate Change with Its Low-GWP Compressors

Frascold, a leading player in the development, production, and marketing of semi-hermetic piston and screw compressors for the air conditioning and refrigeration (AC&R) industry, highlights the importance of identifying alternative technologies to hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, considering numerous aspects including energy consumption, one of the priority issues within the scope of the Montreal Protocol and a factor which has an exceptional impact on the refrigeration sector.

Aucma Launches – 60ºC Freezer

To ensure long-term preservation of seafood, Aucma developed the DW/ BD-56W302HE –60ºC freezer model that can quickly freeze seafood to store and preserve its nutritional value and freshness.

Midea Aspires Digitized and Intelligent Way

At the 2020 Science and Technology Innovation Conference in Shunde District, Foshan City, Midea was honored with the award of Benchmark Enterprise of Scientific and Technological Innovation, along with a RMB 5 million (about US$ 730,000) prize, as a technology group developing from Shunde to the world.

Cover Story

Magnetic Bearing Centrifugal Chillers Boosted by Rapidly Growing Data Center Sector

This year’s global economy has been hit hard by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this difficult context, the information technology (IT) industry is one of the few areas that remains strong. Investments in the fifth generation (5G) infrastructure around the globe combined with prolonged remote working as a measure implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19, investments in infrastructure by IT companies are gaining momentum. In particular, demand for data centers is growing in order to respond to the rapidly increasing amount of information handled. In Japan, for example, IDC Japan has predicted that domestic data center construction investment in 2020 will increase by 55.7% year on year to ¥183 billion (US$ 1.7 billion).

Global RAC Market Shrinks by 27%

As in previous years, JARN recently conducted interviews and questionnaires with major air conditioner manufacturers and related associations around the world. Based on these interviews and questionnaires, we prepared this report on the global air conditioner market in the first half of 2020 and are proud to share it with our global readers. First of all, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the professional stakeholders who have given great support and selfless dedication.

Interview

Panasonic to Further Grow Its Business with Its Broad Range and Balanced Products

JARN interviewed Tsutomu Ishihara, director of the Commercial Air-Conditioning Business Unit, Heating and Cooling Solutions Business Division, Panasonic Appliances Company, to mainly hear about its gas heat pump (GHP), air handling units (AHUs), and absorption chiller businesses.

AHRI Certification Program Contributes to Healthy Global HVAC&R Industry Growth

JARN interviewed Stephen Yurek, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), to hear about recent AHRI activities. JARN (J): AHRI has opened an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to further the interests of its members and certification program participants. This is its second office outside North America after the China Office which was opened a few years ago. Could you please tell us how you plan to promote AHRI’s certification program in this region?

Snowman Builds up First-class Refrigeration Brand

JARN interviewed Lin Rujie, the founder of Snowman, to gain an insight into the company’s strength in the refrigeration business. After 20 years’ development from the foundation in March 2000, Snowman has grown into a high-tech company with compressors as its core business, and conducts related research and development (R&D), design, manufacturing, sales, installation, and aftersales service in the fields of industrial and commercial refrigeration systems, waste heat recovery power generation, and new energy.

Market

MHI R&D High Tower for Commercial ACs Completed in Qingdao

On August 28, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Research and Development (R&D) High Tower was completed at Qingdao Mitsubishi Heavy-Haier’s new factory, and a grand ribbon cutting ceremony was organized. This event demonstrated that Mitsubishi Heavy-Haier has become not only MHI’s largest commercial air conditioner production base worldwide, but also its largest commercial air conditioner R&D base. MHI has completed the setting up its global R&D structure for commercial air conditioners, with Nagoya in Japan and Qingdao in China as core technology research and transformation centers.

JD.com Acquires Five Star Appliance

As an important step in its channel strategy, JD.com acquired Five Star Appliance. The two companies will reportedly set up a new home electronics company named JD Five Star Appliance Group, which will operate independently.

Stable Exports of Refrigerators and Freezers to Europe

Trailing Asia, Europe is the second-largest refrigerator and freezer market in the world, and has the largest import scale from China, accounting for about one-third of the global market. According to ChinaIOL.com, China exported 9 million units of refrigerators and freezers to Europe in the first half of 2020, indicating a slight decrease of 0.7% year on year.

Product

Mitsubishi Heavy-Haier to Supply ACs for a Mansion Project in Chengdu

Mitsubishi Heavy-Haier has signed a supplier strategic cooperation agreement with Toshare Group for the Toshare Jingyi Mansion project.
 

Haier Magnetic-bearing Chillers Running Smoothly in a Guinea Hotel

Haier magnetic-bearing centrifugal chillers have been operating smoothly for two years at the Guinea Karum Hotel, earning recognition from hotel customers.

Guinea is known for its high average annual temperature with a long cooling season. Haier recommended its magnetic-bearing centrifugal chiller solution which was recognized by the project owner as filling the gap of magnetic-bearing centrifugal chiller development in Africa.

METUS kumo touch Wireless Controller Makes Comfort Control Easy

On September 8, 2020, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS) announced the introduction of kumo touch, a wall-mounted wireless remote controller with touchscreen operation designed to provide complete control of personal comfort.

Photo Report

CRH 2020 Seeks Innovative Development in Post-Pandemic Era -- Photo Report

McQuay—displayed its products with various technologies such as magnetic bearing, new refrigerants, air purification, composite evaporative cooling, fresh air, and building automation. McQuay had three products on the Innovation Product award list, namely the WMTC magnetic-bearing centrifugal chiller, the MAC150ER5LH air-cooled inverter heat pump chiller for floor heating and air conditioning of high-end villas, and a water-cooled heat pump modular chiller featuring composite evaporative cooling.

CRH 2020 Seeks Innovative Development in Post-Pandemic Era

With ‘Making steady progress, tiding over difficulties, leading by quality and seeking innovative development’ as theme this year, under the difficult global situation impacted by COVID-19, China Refrigeration Expo (CRH) was successfully held at Chongqing International Expo Center from August 19 to 21 in 2020. CRH, the 31st International Exhibition for Refrigeration, Air-conditioning, Heating and Ventilation, Frozen Food Processing, Packaging and Storage, was jointly sponsored by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Beijing Sub-council (CCPIT), Chinese Association of Refrigeration (CAR), and China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA), organized by Beijing International Exhibition Center, and co-organized by Chongqing Association of Refrigeration and Hubei Association of Refrigeration.

Fooma Japan Becomes First Web Exhibition

Impacted by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Osaka International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition ( Fooma Japan), which was to be held from the end of June was cancelled, but  is being held online instead. Now, the Web Exhibition is taking place from June 23 until the end of August. Fooma Japan proposes an ‘affluent future explored through food technology’ through exhibition/ demonstrations of state-of-the-art food machinery technology, products and services.

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