Honeywell is working with Chinese controls and components manufacturer Sanhua to commercialise the use of its Solstice N41 (R466A) non-flammable lower GWP refrigerant in new and exisiting air conditioning equipment.
Due to be launched later this year, R466A is designed to replace R410A in stationary systems and has been heralded by Honeywell as a 'remarkable breakthrough'.
Sales of VRF systems and chillers grew in Europe in 2018, while there was also increased demand for air handling units, cooling towers, heat exchangers and IT cooling.
The latest study of HVAC equipment sales across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region by Eurovent Market Intelligence, based on data collected from manufacturers, also shows that rooftop unit sales were down 12% and chilled beams 6%, while the market for fan coil units is described as 'stagnant' across the region, despite a 13.1% increase in UK sales.
The sector was said to worth close to 7.5billion euros last year, with 2.3bn spent on split systems, 1.67bn on air handling units, 1.38bn on VRF systems and 1.03bn on chillers with a capacity greater than 50kW.
CAREL Group has opened its new 15,000 square metre production plant in Suzhou, China.
The plant at the CAREL Electronic Suzhou subsidiary has been created with the aim of strengthening production for the Chinese market and consolidating the group’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region.