Condair centralises European manufacturing


30 June 2017
Global humidifier specialist Condair has opened its new production, logistics and sales facility in Hamburg.

The 13,000m² building, next to Hamburg airport, centralises Condair’s European manufacturing operations, which were previously carried out in four regions across the continent.
Oliver Zimmermann, Condair’s CEO, said, “Norderstedt in Hamburg offered us the perfect logistical location. Placing our production facility close to our core central European markets, with such convenient transport links, shortens our delivery channels and results in quicker delivery times. The consolidation of four different European production centres into a new high-tech facility not only makes Condair more streamlined and cost-effective but also enables us to improve our processes and quality.

“The excellent opportunities offered by the new location are essential for the far-reaching restructuring of the company and it is with great pride that we open this new chapter in the Condair success story.”

Geothermal power is harnessed through the use of two 28m high-performance energy piles, and roof-mounted photovoltaic panels generate nearly all the required electrical energy for the site. A hybrid ceiling system, from the sister company Barcol-Air, provides cooling and heating, as well as acting as a thermal storage system in combination with the building shell.

As a leading humidification specialist, maintaining a healthy indoor climate of 40-60% relative humidity at 22-26°C was key to the project. Humidity control is primarily delivered using a Condair GS, gas-fired steam humidification system, with energy being transferred from its flue gases to the incoming fresh air via a heat recovery system for improved efficiency. A Condair ME evaporative humidifier is providing indirect evaporative cooling by humidifying the exhaust air and pre-cooling the incoming fresh air by several degrees with a heat recovery system. Other direct room humidifiers are also providing localised humidity control and evaporative cooling around the building.

The current internal conditions are presented on a digital wall display, which also shows the atmospheric conditions at Condair’s 16 other offices around the world. This is part of the “learning zone“ at the facility that allows visitors to explore the complex nature and importance of humidity control within the modern indoor environment. Alongside video walls and demonstration areas there is a full size air handling unit with internal holographic representations, showing how each type of humidifier technology operates and conditions the air stream in various HVAC scenarios.
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