JRAIA International Symposium Provides Guidance on Optimal Refrigerants

JRAIA International Symposium Provides Guidance on Optimal Refrigerants

The JRAIA International Symposium, known as the Kobe Symposium, is organized by the Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA) and has been held every other year since 1994. This symposium is attracting international attention as a place for governments, organizations, research institutes, universities, companies, etc. to present the latest information on the environment and refrigerants. Prior to the online event held on October 14 and 15 this year, JARN interviewed Tetsuji Okada, president, and Kazuhiro Hasegawa, senior manager of the Engineering Department, JRAIA, and asked about the main themes of the symposium and refrigerant trends.

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Global AC Market Struggling to Recover

As in previous years, JARN recently conducted interviews and questionnaires with major air conditioner manufacturers and related associations around the world. Based on these interviews and questionnaires these stakeholders filled in, we prepared this comprehensive report on the global air conditioner market in the first half of 2021 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 for their great support and selfless dedication. We ask our readers to kindly point out any errors. Due to the length of the report, it will be published in two issues.


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JARN (J): In the Samsung Electronics, what is the position of Air Solution Biz Group? Please tell us about the group structure, business category, and territory.


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The IIR and UNEP release a Cold Chain Technology Brief on Vaccines

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CR Expo 2021, Shanghai

–Continued from May Issue

Heat Pump Area—acted at CR 2021 as an interactive and centralized display platform for residential AC&R manufacturers. In the area, leading Chinese manufacturers such as Midea, Gree, Haier, and New Energy displayed their heat pumps, and CRAA promoted its certification program for heat pumps. Conferences on heat pumps were also held in the conference area.

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