Panasonic updated UK distributors on upcoming products and the company's ambition to be number three in the world by 2021.
The manufacturer hosted its 2019 UK distributor briefing for heating and cooling solutions at The Belfry, with representatives from AMP, DYSK, EasyAir, ESS, ICG, Logicool, Oceanair, Secon Solar, Heat Orkney and Thermsaver.
Enrique Vilamitjana, managing director of Panasonic AC and Heating Europe, said: “Our aim is to become one supplier that can fulfil all our customer needs in heating and cooling. We now offer efficient and attractive solutions in CO2, GHP, A2A and A2W – our target is to become number three in the world by 2021.”
With the growth for renewable energy solutions across Europe and heat pump demand increasing, Mr Vilamitjana added: “The Panasonic Aquarea air to water range has seen 151% growth over the last few years, hence the opening of our Czech factory in October 2018, and further growth is anticipated over the coming years.”
The factory in Pilsen, Czech Republic, has started with one production line, that will see an increase in manufacturing to reach 40,000 Aquarea units yearly, according to Panasonic’s mid-term plan. The Pilsen operation will become one of the main factories for the Aquarea range in Europe. Trips to the new factory, along with further training for installers in air to water heating and cooling solutions, have already begun.
Paul Aitchison, CAC product & planning manager (Europe) advised distributors on some of the new products due to be available in the UK later this year.
The new J Generation All-In-One Air to Water Aquarea range boasts a new chiller function that provides cooling down to 10˚C, hot water of 60˚C plus uses R32 refrigerant. The new range has a COP of 5.33 on the WH-UD03JE5 model and a domestic hot water (DHW) COP of up to 3.3. From September, models will be rated A+++ in low temperature operation, which is the highest energy class, according to the new Energy Labelling Directive 2010/30/EC.
The launch of a new virtual personal assistant (VPA) for air conditioning, due to be launched in July, will be compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Panasonic solutions that are compatible with the Comfort Cloud app, including all its domestic air-conditioners and PACi systems, can now be voice-activated to provide simple and convenient, smart control. In addition, a new Touch hotel room control will add to Panasonic’s offering to its hospitality portfolio.
Distributors heard about the launch of the new high-performance range of PRO-HT Tank, available in a variety of capacities to suit commercial applications. The PRO-HT Tank DHW is optimised when used with the ECOi 3 PIPE VRF solution thanks to an innovative heat recovery system which produces hot water without a booster.
The range includes the PRO-HT Tank DHW which is compatible with ECOi units and comes in three capacities: 1000, 500 and 200 litres (PAW-VP1000/500/200LDHW). When used in conjunction with ECOi 3 PIPE units, the 1000 litre tank can produce free DHW up to 65˚C via a heat recovery system, with a COP rating of up to 6.70.
Distributors were also reminded of the new collaborative partnership with Systemair and the forthcoming launch of the ECOi-W heat pump chiller series, featuring Systemair’s air source reversible chiller technology.
James Chaplen, specification sales manager for Panasonic UK, advised delegates on five new CPD presentations that have been created and are accredited by CIBSE. The CPDs cover GHP technology, F-Gas Regulation and R32, Principles of air conditioning, Air to water principles and VRF technology.