Compressor manufacturer BITZER has officially opened its new HQ in Sindelfingen, Germany, as it celebrates its 85th anniversary.
The new building is the tallest in the region at 75 metres and provides around 20,000 sq m of workspace. BITZER will use nine floors itself, with the remaining six floors leased as office space.
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.