The REAL Alternatives 4 LIFE project's alternative refrigerants e-learning platform is now live in 15 languages.
The free tool focuses on safety, efficiency, reliability and containment of low GWP alternative refrigerants – carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrocarbon and low flammables (HFOs and R32).
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.
Carel's full c.pCO range of controllers has received BACnet B-BC certification, covering equipment and control devices for BMS systems made by different manufacturers.
Francesco Pesce, Programmable Controllers Platform Manager, said: "In recent years we have seen increasingly rapid progress towards network-connected high-efficiency systems to improve management and save energy. The BACnet protocol has been supported for many years on our optional cards and monitoring solutions, ensuring integration of Carel's products into the building's systems.
"Now we have decided to make further investments so as to integrate our controllers with BACnet as standard, making it the main connectivity reference for our high-efficiency solutions. Having the entire c.pCO range of programmable controllers B-BC certified is an important achievement. This certification means we can guarantee our customers the highest reliability in efficient, high-performance and technologically-advanced connected systems.”
“We work very closely with BACnet International, whose activities are fundamental in the areas of building automation and integration. Indeed, starting this year we have decided to become a Gold Member, further underlining Carel's commitment to a sector we have been leaders in for more than 40years.''
Ingersoll-Rand has announced its intention to acquire Thermocold Costruzioni, a privately-held Italian company that manufactures and distributes heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and solutions for residential, commercial and industrial buildings in Europe.
Dave Regnery, president, Commercial HVAC North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “This announcement is the next step in strengthening our portfolios to take advantage of the large market opportunity in Europe, and expanding distribution of Thermocold technologies to other parts of the world where demand is growing rapidly.”
One of Thermocold’s signature solutions includes the innovative multi-pipe HVAC system for high efficiency, simultaneous heating and cooling. This system recovers energy by shifting use from a separate boiler and chiller to one single, simplified multi-pipe unit that simultaneously delivers hot and chilled water. The system repurposes rejected energy, or uses renewable energy, for heating the facility delivering a more sustainable solution that reduces the amount of investment costs, use of floor space and total operating expenses. The multi-pipe system further contributes to lower the environmental footprint due to significant lower energy use.
Daikin has bought the Italian commercial refrigeration and freezer manufacturer, Zanotti, for €98 million (circa £76.5 million), the company announced this week.
The deal will be completed in June 2016. Daikin plans to use the purchase to grow its market share of the commercial refrigeration and freezer market in Europe while enhancing its existing air conditioning and refrigeration business.
Zanotti products are used in the food chain from production to transportation and in retail applications. The company has factories in Italy, the UK and Spain.
By buying Zanotti, Daikin moves its business from providing solutions to part of the refrigeration and air conditioning sector to a wider market. Daikin plans to grow its business in Asia, the USA and China where the markets are expected to rapidly grow.