The Southeast Asian market is one of the most attractive VRF markets. Despite unsatisfactory weather and economic conditions, the VRF market maintained strong growth. Seven major countries in Southeast Asia, comprising Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar, have cumulatively seen total demand up to 61,800 units in 2018, indicating 6.6% growth year on year.

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Climeworks: Sustainability that everyone understands

With ALIGAL 2 airmade® gas bottles for sparkling water dispensers, companies can make their commitment to an ecologically sustainable world refreshingly understandable – for their employees and their customers.

Fujitsu General Releases AIRSTAGE J-III L Series for North American Market

Fujitsu General has released the AIRSTAGE J-III L series of multi air conditioners for shops and offices from April in order to expand the company’s air conditioner business in the North American market – one of the most important markets.

Hisense Hi-FLEXi S Series Heat Recovery Systems

The distinguishing feature of Hi-FLEXi S series heat recovery is that it can offer cooling and heating simultaneously using an indoor unit or a water module in one refrigerant system, which meets the different room temperature requirements of different zones in a layered building or transition season and achieves an optimal comfort level.

Trump Administration plans to restore credits for CO2 in MAC- article by Michael Garry

Automakers will get credits for installing low-GWP refrigerants in mobile air conditioners, in a reversal of plans to discard the credits along with other clean-car rules.


The World Bank estimates India’s GDP growth for the financial year April 2018 to March 2019 at 7.3%, against 6.7% in the previous financial year. India continues to be the fastest growing major economy in the world.


The United States is one of the largest air conditioner markets in the world, but its VRF market scale is still small. VRF technology was introduced into the United State early in the 2000s.


Japan is the birthplace of VRF systems and has the second-largest market scale in the world after China. The Japanese market is very mature with slight growth year on year. The market has been dominated by several giants.

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HARFKO 2019 Celebrates Its 30-year History with Great Success

HARFKO 2019, the Heating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Fluid Exhibition in Korea, was held from March 12 to 15 at KINTEX, with the theme of ‘The Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution! The Future of the Heating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Fluids Becomes a Reality’. Simultaneously held with promising industrial exhibitions such as InterMold Korea and KOPLAS, HARFKO offered a chance to gain an overarching insight and to achieve synergy with differentiated marketing.

Changing the Game with Heat Pumps

ISH, the world’s leading biennial trade fair focusing on the responsible management of water and energy in buildings, was held from March 11 to 15 at Messe Frankfurt in Germany. ISH 2019 attracted around 190,000 visitors from 161 countries. A total of 2,532 global leaders from 57 countries exhibited their product arrays including boilers as well as key components and parts. Large numbers of European manufacturers from Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe displayed their cutting-edge technology. In addition, several leading air conditioner manufacturers from Asia showcased their latest innovations at ISH.


ALP Aeroflex India Supplies EPDM Insulation on Exclusive Basis

During the ACREX India 2019 tradeshow held in March, JARN visited the ALP Aeroflex booth and interviewed Tejbir Singh Anand, managing director, and Shahab Ahmed, associate vice president, Sales and Marketing, Aero-flex, to hear about the company’s profile, business performance, and featured exhibits at ACREX India 2019.

SWEP AsyMatrix Technology Adds More Efficiency to Its Products

During ACREX India 2019 held in March, JARN visited SWEP’s booth and interviewed Peter Holloway, sales director APAC, and Girish Kulkarni, sales team manager India, SWEP, to hear about the company’s highlighted exhibits and business performances.


GE announces first solar+storage projects since renewable business restructuring

The New York project is General Electric's first hybrid solar+storage project since announcing its internal reorganization in late January.
Once completed, the project will provide the state with dispatchable renewable energy. The battery systems will store energy generated by the solar PV arrays during daylight hours, allowing the site to meet power requirements during other peak demand periods, according to a company statement.


Economic conditions in major European Union (EU) countries have entered a phase of steady recovery. Newly built apartments in Europe maintained stable growth, and the number of building retrofit projects is increasing, which has boosted growth of the VRF market.


World VRF Market--1 OVERVIEW

Despite the unfavorable global economic situation and weather conditions in 2018, the VRF market still achieved a relatively good performance compared with the air conditioning market as a whole. According to JARN statistics, based on outdoor units, the global VRF market has reached 1.77 million units, an increase of 5.7% over the previous year. China, Japan, and South Korea are the world’s three major VRF markets as well as global production bases.

LG Appoints Doug Bougher to Lead HVAC Sales for U.S. Residential, Light Commercial Market

LG Electronics named Doug Bougher as director of residential and light commercial (RLC) sales for the U.S. market. While executing LG’s vision for a superior customer experience, Bougher will be responsible for driving growth of the LG residential and light commercial HVAC portfolio.

Why Actuators for Connected Industry Run on Brushless DC Motors

With no need for compressed air, early electric actuators could operate with less sound and less maintenance than the predominant pneumatic actuator. Of course, the standard pneumatic option offered its own apparent benefits – performance in extreme temperatures, for example, and an elegant simplicity. As a result, the flow control industry has stubbornly clung to pneumatic actuators, specifically in the American market, for decades.

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HARFKO 2019 Celebrates Its 30-year History with Great Success--Photo Report

Carrier — displayed its products at a booth of CLK, its Korean JV with Autec. The exhibits included a smart grid inverter refrigerator unit for trucks, an inverter parking cooler/heater, an inverter plugin open refrigerated showcase, and a 10-hp inverter condensing unit. CLK’s AI Air Care floor-standing air conditioners and Air One air purifiers were also displayed.

Changing the Game with Heat Pumps--Photo Report

Panasonic—exhibited Ecoi series VRFs including the new Ecoi- W compact chilled and hot water production system and Ecoi EX. Aquarea ATW heat pumps were also featured and included a new all-in-one model with R32, a T-cap super quiet model, and a monobloc model. Its new PACi with R32 was also displayed.

Supermarket Trade Show Opens

The Supermarket Trade Show was held from February 13 to 15 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture. Intended to convey information on the latest trends to the food distribution industry centering on supermarkets, this exhibition was visited by many buyers from wholesalers, trading companies, the ready-made meal/ food service industry, and also from foreign countries.