Microgroove Coils Span the Globe: Asia Leads the Way

Microgroove Coils Span the Globe: Asia Leads the Way

The ACR Industry is truly global with respect to supply and demand for every product category. One can find cold-vending machines, refrigerated display cases, heat pumps and air conditioners practically anyplace there are electric outlets available. This issue provides a broad overview of the status of MicroGroove in China and Japan with particular attention to the manufacture of coils from smaller diameter copper tubes. MicroGroove activities in India will be described in a separate issue.

Latest headlines

Honeywell and 7-Eleven Collaborate to Reduce Carbon Footprint

On July 24, 2019, Honeywell and 7-Eleven announced the adoption of Honeywell Solstice N40 (R448A) refrigerant as 7-Eleven’s standard for remote condensers supporting their refrigeration cases installed across the United States and Canada.

Heat Waves Trigger Rush for Refigeration System Repairs

According to Larpf.fr., France has been hit by two severe heat waves this summer, and refrigeration systems designed to operate at moderate ambient temperatures are struggling to operate under very hot conditions. With the mercury hitting 40℃ or more in some parts of the country, compressor breakdowns, refrigerant leakage, and high power consumption are causing problems.

AHRI Releases June 2019 Shipment Data Residential Storage Water Heaters

U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for June 2019 decreased 14.5%, to 350,053 units, down from 409,525 units shipped in June 2018. Residential electric storage water heater shipments decreased 11.4% in June 2019 to 334,995 units, down from 378,239 units shipped in June 2018.

Daikin Launches Training Center in Brazil

On July 11, Daikin launched the Daikin Training Center located in the city of Sao Paulo, with an investment of US$ 2 million, Daikin Brasil expects to train around 3,000 professionals every year.

AC Market Special-Indonesia

Entering 2019, the countries of Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) have seen their gross domestic product (GDP) dip due to the impact of the U.S.-China trade dispute. Under this severe circumstance, Indonesia has maintained a stable economic condition thanks to its huge domestic demand, which is shown by continuously increasing retail sales from 2017.

AC Market Special-Brazil

The Brazilian economy is still fragile because it has not yet completely overcome the crisis triggered in 2015. Economists in general forecast that this year would herald the beginning of a period of strong recovery, mainly driven by the approval of much-needed reforms, which would put the Brazilian macroeconomy on course again.

AC Market Special-Italy

The Italian air conditioning market reached approximately €1.51 billion (US$ 1.68 billion) in 2018, up from around €1.36 billion (US$ 1.51 billion) in 2017, with an average growth rate of 11%. In 2019, the market seems to be positive again, according to the first quarter results compared with the same quarter of 2018.

Cover Story

Sizzling Heat Wave Has Little Impact on Global AC Demand

As in previous years, JARN recently interviewed major air conditioner manufacturers and related associations around the world. Based on these interviews, we prepared this report on the global air conditioner market in the first half of 2019 and are proud to share it with our global readers. First of all, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the professional stakeholders who have given great support and selfless dedication. We ask our readers to kindly point out any errors.

France Struck by Heat Wave and RAC Sales Surge in Europe

In recent years, Europe has been frequently experiencing scorching days in summer. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Europe has been suffering from consecutive scorching hot days since the end of this June, and many parts of Europe have been struck by heat waves. On June 28, the temperature in town of Gallargues-le-Montueux in the Gard area in southern France hit 45.9℃, the hottest temperature ever recorded in France. Moreover, Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic experienced temperatures reaching 40℃ for several days in some areas, hitting record high temperatures in June for these regions.

Trade War Accelerates and Supply Chain Heads South

The intensifying trade war between the United States and China not only casts a shadow over the global economy, but also seriously impacts both the supply and demand sides of the air conditioning industry. Manufacturers, retailers, and consumers face pressure to share the 25% tariff increase. At the same time, the air conditioner supply chain has begun or is about to start changing.


Mitsubishi Electric Grabs Opportunities Created by Evolving Compressor Business Environments

JARN interviewed Taro Kato, managing director and president of Siam Compressor Industry (SCI), a Thai-based compressor specialist within the Mitsubishi Electric group, to hear about its highlights at Bangkok RHVAC 2019 and Mitsubishi Electric group’s compressor business strategy.

JRAIA Promoting Safe Use and Recovery of Refrigerants

Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA) is marking its 70th anniversary. On this anniversary, JARN interviewed Tetsuji Okada, president, JRAIA, to hear about its activities focusing on refrigerants.

Johnson Controls Expanded Water-cooled Screw Chiller Portfolio Perfectly Matches Customers’ Needs

JARN interviewed Helen Zhao, global product line manager – water-cooled screw chillers, Johnson Controls (JCI), to hear about its new water-cooled screw chillers and their features in detail.


OMS to Display Automatic Line of Shrinkless Tube Expanding Machine

OMS Machinery based in China has developed a new series of fully automatic shrinkless tube expanding machines for heat exchangers.

Asada Expanding in Thailand

Established in 1941 in Japan, Asada is specialized in the manufacturing and sales of plumbing machines/tools and environmental equipment.

Bitzer to Display Innovative Product Lineup

At Bangkok RHVAC 2019, Bitzer is exhibiting various refrigeration and air conditioning technology components: visitors will be able to find Ecoline reciprocating compressors adopting explosion-proof, screw compressors of the HS, OS, and CSW series, as well as Orbit scroll compressors.


Ithaca’s Example

The HOLT Architects office is a recent gut-rehab, designed as a zero energy building, in the City of Ithaca. It features air source heat pumps and a rooftop photovoltaic system. Imagine an energy code that measurably reduces energy use and carbon emissions in new buildings, without increasing construction cost. Imagine an energy code with a simple point system: six points and you pass. Imagine an energy code that does not require energy modeling. Imagine an energy code that broadly follows the goals of Architecture 2030, taking us to zero carbon buildings that are free of fossil fuels by 2030.

British brewers decrease CO2 emissions by 42% in ten years

Total CO2 emissions from the UK’s brewing industry have fallen by 42% in the last decade, according to new research from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).
The study found that the energy used to brew a pint of beer in the UK is now 20% less than it was in 2008. The water required to brew one hectolitre of beer has also reduced to an average of just 3.5 hectolitres.

CAREL Adriatic honoured by City of Labin

Saturday 17 August saw celebrations in the town of Labin, Croatia, as the local authorities celebrated Labin Town Day together with a wide range of guests from nearby towns and Labin’s twinned cities. The illustrious guestlist included Member of the European Parliament Valter Flego, Mayor of Pula Boris Miletić, various Istrian political figures and representatives from Italy.

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CRH Expo 2019 in Shanghai—Continued from May Issue

CAREL—received an Innovation Product Award in the Refrigeration category at CHR 2019 for Hecu CO2. Hecu sistema is the CAREL high-efficiency solution for condensing units with BLDC compressors and natural refrigerants. The use of Hecu CO2 is expected to expand in China.

Japan IT Week Showcases Cutting-edge Technologies in 11 Fields

From May 8 to 10, Japan IT Week Spring was held at the Tokyo Big Sight. Japan IT Week Spring is Japan’s largest IT exposition consisting of 11 special expositions such as Data Center Expo, Software & Apps Development Expo, Big Data Management Expo, Data Storage Expo, Information Security Expo, and Cloud Computing Expo.

Pursuit of High-Quality Life with Energy Saving and Environmental Stewardship--Photo Report

Gree—released several new products such as an independently developed high-efficiency and energy saving magnetic-bearing centrifugal compressor featuring a permanent magnet synchronous motor. Other exhibits included GMV series VRFs, heat pumps, etc.

U.S. VRF Report