Panasonic Starts Operating Its New R&D Building in Malaysia Responsible for Developing Air Conditioning Equipment for ASEAN and Europe

Panasonic Starts Operating Its New R&D Building in Malaysia Responsible for Developing Air Conditioning Equipment for ASEAN and Europe

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation today announced that its Heating & Ventilation A/C Company has recently started the operation of a new building, constructed at Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning R&D Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (hereinafter referred to as PAPARADMY) in Malaysia. This new building is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including the Company's first multi-purpose laboratory for simultaneously testing water heaters and air conditioning equipment, designed to shorten the lead time for developing air conditioning equipment for the global market, mainly in ASEAN and Europe, and allowing it to accelerate development that meets local needs.

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Thermo King® Named Recipient of 2023 Top Software & Tech Award

Minneapolis, December 7, 2023 — Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global cold food supply chain, and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain, named Thermo King as one of the winners of this year’s Top Software & Tech award for its newly released TracKing® Pro telematics solution.

Kaltra introduces the new generation of its Delta CRAC units

The new generation of precision air conditioners includes Delta DX II lineup equipped with fixed-speed scroll compressors and Delta DXi II with inverter-driven compressors. The range with fixed-speed scrolls consists of 28 models from 35 to 135kW in downflow or upflow configurations. Inverter-driven units are available in a capacity range of 30-140kW.

UK Government and Manchester City Council delegates visit the Daikin Technology and Innovation Center in Osaka, Japan

Brussels, December 7th, 2023 – the Greater Manchester Japan Steering Group including UK Government and Manchester City Council delegates visited Daikin Industries, Ltd.  headquarters as well as Daikin’s global research and development hotspot, the Daikin Technology and Innovation Center (TIC), in Osaka, Japan.

COP28 and IEA High-Level Dialogues conclude with strong consensus on energy transition

The COP28 and International Energy Agency (IEA) High-Level Dialogues concluded with strong consensus on the key elements of the energy transition. The conclusion marks a significant achievement for the co-Chairs, COP28 President Dr Sultan Al Jaber and Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA.

ebm‑papst invests in Singapore and India as future Asia headquarters

ebm‑papst, a leading manufacturer of fans and motors headquartered in Mulfingen, Germany, is investing approximately one million EUR in the expansion and conversion of its Singapore location. The original headquarters of the Southeast Asia region will assume greater importance within the ebm‑papst Group and manage the entire Asia-Pacific and Middle East Asia region. The expansion of IT and production capacities in India is also planned. Within the context of the "Decoupling China Strategy,” ebm‑papst is thus strengthening its global presence in the rest of Asia and increasing the resilience of its supply chains. In China, ebm‑papst and its nearly 2,000 employees are focusing even more strongly on the Chinese market and its local customers.

Adveco: Innovation In Water Heating

Adveco has been awarded a Buildings & Facilities Management Innovation Award for its work in water heating for commercial buildings during 2023. To celebrate, we take a look at our approach that continues to deliver award-winning innovation more than 50 years after the company was first founded…

Bosch to use generative AI in manufacturing

Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is piloting generative AI and foundation models in manufacturing. In initial projects in two Bosch plants in Germany, generative AI creates synthetic images in order to develop and scale AI solutions for optical inspection and optimize existing AI models. Bosch expects that this will reduce the time needed for planning, launching, and ramping up AI applications from the current six to twelve months to just a few weeks. Following successful piloting, this service for generating synthetic data is to be offered to all Bosch locations.

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European Heat Pump Summit — A Lighthouse for the Heat Pump Industry

Heat pumps are widely regarded as a key technology for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. However, the heat pump sector faces many challenges, such as the instability of subsidy policies, the F-gas Regulation, the shortage of installation and service technicians, and social acceptance. To address these issues and share the latest developments and innovations in the field, the European Heat Pump Summit (EHPS) was held in Nuremberg, Germany, on October 24 to 25, 2023.

German New Buildings Energy Act to Be a Heat Pump Market Driver

This year, the European heat pump market, which has grown rapidly over the past few years, particularly in the air-to-water (ATW) segment, has lost its growth momentum, partly due to the reduction in or termination of government subsidies in several countries including Italy. In this context, Germany decided to start new funding as of 2024 in order to accelerate a shift to renewable energy heating, and this policy is expected to be a new strong market driver for heat pumps.

Heat Waves Fail to Become a Powerful AC Market Booster

As JARN reported in the August regular issue, the global room air conditioner (RAC) market in the first half of 2023 grew less than expected, with a slight 4% increase compared with the same period of 2022. Regarding the second half of the year, JARN forecast that the market would expand, mainly due to the heat waves that hit many areas in the Northern Hemisphere during the summer. In order to verify this prediction, JARN recently conducted market trend surveys using questionnaires sent to global air conditioner manufacturers.


Daikin Targets Top Position in European Heat Pump Heating Market

Daikin’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) business sales in Europe for fiscal year 2022 ending March 31, 2023, ranked second after the Americas among the group’s regional HVAC&R business sales. Daikin Europe, which is responsible for business in Europe, an important market for Daikin, and also the Middle East and Africa, held a grand 50th anniversary celebration in October 2023 in Belgium, where its headquarters is located. JARN was invited to attend a joint media interview, which was held in conjunction with the event, with Noriyuki Inoue, chairman of the Board and chief global group officer, and Masatsugu Minaka, member of the Board and senior executive officer, to hear about Daikin Europe’s achievements over the past 50 years and future strategies focusing on the heat pump heating business.

Toshiba Carrier Gains Customers’ Confidence with Its Chillers

Toshiba Carrier became a part of Carrier last summer. About a year later, JARN interviewed Toru Kubo, president, HVAC Japan, Carrier, to hear about the company’s chiller business and positive changes during that time.
JARN ( J): How do you see the trends in the 2023 chiller market in Japan? Also, please tell us about the forecast for Toshiba Carrier’s modular chiller sales in 2023 compared with 2022.

Hitachi air365 Hybrid Is a Powerful Drawcard for Flexible Clean Heating

In September, Johnson Controls–Hitachi Air Conditioning launched Hitachi air365 Hybrid, an emissions-reducing residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) dual fuel heat pump system. On this occasion, JARN interviewed Manuel de la Fuente, vice president (VP) and general manager (GM), Johnson Controls–Hitachi Air Conditioning, to hear about this innovative product.
JARN (J): Could you give us a brief introduction to Hitachi air365 Hybrid dual fuel residential HVAC systems?


From European legislation to local implementation: navigating the EU’s heating and cooling landscape

Earlier this year the EU agreed on higher renewable energy and energy savings targets for 2030. Decarbonising heating and cooling through heat pumps is crucial to achieving both targets and must be part of local and regional energy planning.
To explore the issue, the EU-funded REDI4HEAT project hosted the webinar “What’s EUp: new European heating and cooling legislation impacting local and regional authorities”  on 6 December, where 112 registered participants had the opportunity to exchange on the topic with a panel of experts.

Alfa Laval to provide the fuel supply system to Maersk in industry’s first methanol retrofit project for a container vessel

Alfa Laval fuel supply system FCM Methanol has been selected by Maersk for their pioneering methanol retrofit project to enable the container vessel Maersk Halifax to operate on methanol fuel. This project stands as a significant achievement for both Alfa Laval and Maersk, underscoring the feasibility of retrofitting ships with the necessary equipment for methanol-based propulsion.

Children’s Wisconsin Healthcare Expansion Leverages Carrier to Enhance Efficiency, Reduce Operating Costs

When Milwaukee-based Children’s Wisconsin expanded its flagship healthcare campus, hospital leaders had peace of mind knowing the facility housing the new, expanded emergency department has all the tools it needs to run at peak performance. The enhanced, energy-efficient system features Automated Logic’s WebCTRL® building automation system, the EnergyReports™ platform and new Carrier HVAC equipment. The hospital chose to expand its relationship with Automated Logic after success following WebCTRL’s use in a 2020 expansion, the Craig Yabuki Tower, a six-story addition with pediatric specialty care and surgical services. Automated Logic, a leading provider of innovative building management solutions, and Carrier are a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions.


Secop: new KL-Series Compressors for Harsh and Challenging Environments

Secop has developed a robust series for commercial refrigeration that integrates various technical innovations to provide better performance, noise, and reliability.
The KL-Series also includes an innovative patented hermetic terminal plug that prevents root causes for electrical arcs better. It also sets a benchmark in the industry when it comes to designing reliable systems with flammable refrigerants.

Aermec: heat pumps can help meet net zero ambitions

ST NEWSThe announcement that five green energy projects are being backed by £65million in government to repurpose waste heat is good news and not just for domestic users.
Heat pumps have a key role to play, and this latest announcement comes on top of other heat network projects across the country under the government’s Green Heat Network Fund. They are a proven route for decarbonisation and can offer businesses an economical solution that cuts carbon emissions as well as energy costs.

CoolSys Acquires Georgia Air Solutions

BREA, Calif.–CoolSys™, the market-leading provider of sustainable refrigeration, HVAC, energy, and engineering solutions, has acquired Georgia Air Solutions, a provider of commercial refrigeration and HVAC services. Through this acquisition, CoolSys will reinforce its market density and diversify its customer base in Georgia.

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Refcold India 2023 Showcases a Promising Industry

As the Indian economy is racing towards the US$ 5 billion mark, the future of the refrigeration industry looks very promising. It is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% during the next few years.
The fifth edition of Refcold India – the fourth physical edition – was organized at Chennai Trade Center, Chennai – the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu – from October 12 to 14. Chennai was selected as the venue as it is the largest seafood exporting port in India. Spread over an area of 3,153 m2, which makes it the largest refrigeration expo held in India so far, it had over 200 exhibitors and attracted over 12,000 visitors. In addition, the three days were packed with non-stop knowledge sharing sessions in the form of workshops and conferences.

AHR Expo Coming to Chicago at the Beginning of 2024

The next edition of AHR Expo will be held on January 22 to 24, 2024, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, the United States. For this edition, more than 1,600 exhibitors, over 50,000 attendees, and more than 370 speakers are expected.
AHR Expo brings together manufacturers and suppliers of all sizes and specialties to share ideas and showcase the future of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) technology. AHR Expo is co-sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.

134th Canton Fair Expands Its Scale and Reaches a New High

The 134th Canton Fair, China Import and Export Fair, was held in three phases: the first phase was on October 15 to 19, the second phase was on October 23 to 27, and the third phase was on October 31 to November 4, 2023.

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