A significant number of European retail professionals who responded to a survey by Emerson said they were unaware of upcoming regulatory changes related to the phase down of HFCs as refrigerants.
The study showed that the retail industry was lagging behind schedule due to a lack of clarity in regulatory changes and replacement technologies available, with 40 per cent of respondents unaware of the changes and nearly half (44 per cent) either yet to make the shift, or unsure. However, 81 per cent of respondents viewed the shift from HFCs to natural refrigerants as a positive change.
From left: Gianni Parlanti (BITZER CSMO), Andrea Zocche (Managing Director, BITZER Italia), Fabio Fogliani (Managing Director, ECR Italy), Marco Curato (Purchasing Director, Beijer Ref), Christiane Schaufler-Münch (Chairwoman of the Administrative Board of BITZER SE and Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of THE SCHAUFLER FOUNDATION), Christian Wehrle (BITZER COO), Rainer Große-Kracht (BITZER CTO), Frank Hartmann (BITZER CFO)
ECR Italy won the top prize at the annual BITZER EMEA distribution conference in Leipzig, Germany.
Gianni Parlanti, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at BITZER, said: "ECR Italy consistently has a lot of BITZER products in its range and supports the development of our Green Point service and maintenance network. This year, we are also carrying out a unique project all across Italy with our ECOSTAR Roadshow. Stops include Milan, Brescia, Florence, Rome and Turin. I would like to thank ECR Italy for its magnificent collaboration.''
Greek company Tairis Aeve was named as the New Product Top Performer 2017, having worked successfully with BITZER since 1981.
A special prize went to RSL Ireland, which has been a wholesaler for BITZER UK since 1967.
FC Red Bull Salzburg won the international under-17 football tournament sponsored by refrigeration compressor specialist Bitzer.
Eight teams from five European countries contested the Bitzer Cup, held this year in Rottenburg-Ergenzingen, with Salzburg beating Espanyol de Barcelona 1-0 in the final.
Other teams taking part were FC Basel, IFK Göteborg, VfB Stuttgart, SC Freiburg and FSV Mainz 05, plus host side TuS Ergenzingen.
Visitors to the Ziehl-Abegg stand at ISH in Frankfurt had a whale of a time as the fan and motor manufacturing specialist shared the inspiration for a new development.
The main focus of interest was the ZAbluefin fan for central air conditioning control units and industrial ventilation, which increases efficiency by up to 15%.
Ziehl-Abegg’s development engineers studied the physical structure and characteristics of the humpback whale in order to transfer elements to the new fan. And the company’s stand reflected that input with a small cinema devoted to whale-watching, an opening speech from whale researcher Dr Karsten Brensing and giveaways in the form of large inflatable whales!