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?
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.
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 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 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.