Panasonic Leads Global Cold Chain Industries with Its CO2 Refrigeration and IoT/AI Technologies

Panasonic Leads Global Cold Chain Industries with Its CO2 Refrigeration and IoT/AI Technologies

JARN interviewed Hiroyuki Tominaga, director, Cold Chain Business Division, Appliances Company, Panasonic, to hear about its featured products and business strategies. JARN (J): In fiscal year 2019, Panasonic reorganized its previous four-company system into a sevencompany system. Has this reorganization changed anything for the cold chain business?  

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SCI Presents BLDC Inverter Scroll Compressor for Multi-refrigerated Display Cases

In the refrigeration business, convenience stores are among the most crucial facilities catering to our lifestyles. They need to operate 24/7 and consume huge amounts of energy. Refrigerated display cases account for the greatest energy consumption in these stores.

Serbia Plant Starts Operation as Mayekawa’s Second Plant in Europe

In May 2019, Mayekawa established and started operation of a plant in Smederevo, Serbia, less than an hour by car from Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, and situated along the River Donau, as the second production facility next to the Brussels plant in Belgium.  

Hoshizaki America Announces New Steelheart Refrigeration Series

Hoshizaki America has launched a new refrigeration line and is showcasing select models at NAFEM in Orlando. Hoshizaki’s Steelheart series is a commercial line engineered for durability, performance and efficiency.

ebm-papst AxiBlade Sets Benchmark-Expansion of the Product Range

ebm-papst presents additional fans of the successful AxiBlade axial fan range in smaller sizes for use in air-conditioning and AC&R systems such as evaporators, condensers, and heat pumps.


The cold chain market in Southeast Asia is attracting more and more attention, a trend which is mainly attributed to a rapidly expanding middle class and fast-rising numbers of high-income families. According to certain statistics, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam had 80 million middle-income families with annual per capita disposable income amounting to US$ 5,000 to 35,000 in 2014, and 10 million high-income families with annual per capita disposable income higher than US$ 35,000.


Although the food hygiene law is still being upgraded, Japan seems to have gone through the stage of refining food hygiene and food safety. Japan has stayed at the forefront in research on food delicacy and freshness. As an industrial power, Japan has started to build up high-tier food brands.


Developed countries in Europe are facing the issue of shrinking and aging populations to different degrees. With a sharp decrease in population, most of the 27 countries in the EU will see a large decrease in potential growth rates, and the market will present a shrinking trend.

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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.


TICA Accelerates International Strategy with Oil-free Technology from Smardt

TICA Climate Solutions is a China-based specialist in the clean environment and thermal energy sectors. In October 2018, TICA set up a joint venture (JV) company with Smardt, a Canada-based global leading oil-free centrifugal chiller manufacturer. JARN interviewed Jiang Li, president of TICA, and Roger Richmond-Smith, founder of Smardt, to hear about their strengths and synergies.

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.


Embraco’s Bioma Provides Silence, Easy Maintenance and Capacity Expansion

Embraco develops solutions that revolutionize the domestic, commercial, distribution and after-sales refrigeration segments. Over the past five years, 59% of revenue came from solutions launched during this period, including Bioma, a tailormade solution that meets food retailer’s needs, providing easy maintenance, fast installation and addressing space restrictions.


According to 2019 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count the total number of convenience stores generally and supermarkets were 153,237 and 38,307 respectively in the United States in 2018. e-commerce will embrace accelerated development. Retail shops in the United States are showing a declining trend. The United States is the world’s largest refrigeration and freezing market, boasting mature technologies and a concentration of global mainstream brands.

Güntner Hygiene-certified Air Coolers

High quality is the key requirement in the field of food logistics – be it with regard to sensitive and packaged goods, the processing or the storage of frozen goods. With an extensive air cooler portfolio, Güntner offers customers precise solutions for all specific cooling requirements.


HXSim Simulates Microgroove Coils

HXSim ‘Small Diameter Copper Tube Air Conditioning Heat Exchanger Simulation Tool’ Version 3.0 allows one to design a MicroGroove coil from basic elements and predict its performance. Simulations can be run on a desktop computer.

Keynote Speakers and Partnership Announcements to Take Center Stage at the Samsung Developer Conference 2019

Samsung Electronics announced its keynote speakers for the Samsung Developer Conference 2019 (SDC19). The annual conference brings together thousands of developers and creators to learn about the latest development tools and explore new technologies that drive forward next-generation experiences.

Danfoss Editron shines during the T50 Summit of World Construction Machinery Industry 2019

At the Awards Ceremony of the T50 Summit of World Construction Machinery Industry 2019, the Danfoss Editron Electrical Controlled Road Roller Solutions and the Danfoss SIFS System Solutions won the award of Parts and Components - Solution of the Year 2019. At the Awards Dinner of the T50 Summit of World Construction Machinery Industry, Zhou Shiping, President of Danfoss Editron China who has been selected as one of the Top 100 influential people in China’s construction machinery industry, was awarded the “Multinational Corporation Executive of the Year” by the Organizing Committee.

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Fooma Japan 2019 Showcases Japan’s Technology for Japanese Visitors and Visitors from Abroad

From July 9 to 12, 2019 the International Food Machinery & Technology Exhibition (Fooma Japan 2019) was held at the Tokyo Big Sight. In all, 688 companies exhibited, and the four-day event attracted 100,680 visitors. Fooma Japan is Asia’s largest class comprehensive food trade show covering all food manufacturing processes centering on food machinery, ranging from raw material processing to manufacture and distribution.

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.

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