GEA explores possible sale of compressor supplier GEA Bock

GEA explores possible sale of compressor supplier GEA Bock

Düsseldorf-based technology group GEA is exploring a possible sale of GEA Bock as part of the Group’s continued focus on its strategic core markets – the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. As announced at the Capital Markets Day in September, GEA plans to divest selected activities of the future Farm Technologies and Refrigeration Technologies divisions in this connection.

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Last week, the first sign of progress in trade talks in quite some time sent equity markets higher, with the S&P 500 closing at 2,970 on Friday, just 56 points shy of its record high 3,025.86 set on July 26th.

Fi Europe 2019: GEA to showcase its technology strengths in food processing and safety

At the leading trade show for food ingredients, Fi Europe, taking place in Paris, France, December 3-5, GEA will showcase its solutions for the manufacture of food and dairy ingredients, freeze-dried foods and instant coffee at booth 6F141 in hall H6

Breezeless and Breathless Midea @IFA2019 in Berlin, Germanyerlin

Berlin, Germany – Midea, since July 2019 #312 of the Fortune Global 500 list is the world’s largest major home appliance producer and world’s #1 air-treatment company. At IFA Berlin 2019 the company has doubled its booth size and exhibits more than 200 products across 49 product categories.

Panasonic to Team up with IBM Japan in Improving Semiconductor Manufacturing Processes

IBM Japan, Ltd. and Panasonic Corporation's subsidiary, Panasonic Smart Factory Solutions Co., Ltd. (hereafter "Panasonic"), announced today that the companies have agreed to collaborate to develop and market a new high-value-added system to optimize the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of customers' semiconductor manufacturing processes and to realize high-quality manufacturing.

VELUX Days in Paris

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Paving the way towards sustainable cooling – EPEE joins forces with AREA

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Midea: IFA Enters COLMO Time, The World's First Whole-Scene AI Household Appliances Brand Showcases Brilliantly

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Chinese AC Manufacturers Accelerate Factory Construction in Southeast Asia

Recently, two well-known Chinese air conditioner manufacturers announced that they have built new production bases in Southeast Asia to speed up their development in overseas markets. TCL, a large air conditioner brand located in southern China, recently built a production base with its partner in Indonesia. The new factory will have an annual production capacity of 1.5 million air conditioners in Phase 1 and officially begin mass production at the end of September 2019. In addition, TCL plans to build production bases in other foreign countries in the near future. See page 18.

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.


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In this May, Kuniaki Kawamura was appointed as new president of Japan Society of Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (JSRAE). JARN interviewed Mr. Kawamura to hear about his views on JSRAE activities including conferences, a partnership with the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), and new refrigerants.

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Mitsubishi Electric Grabs Opportunities Created by Evolving Compressor Business Environments

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“Are we ready for Digital Indonesia 2020 ?”

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SWEP Systems and Enclean Technology agree on Strategic Cooperation in Embassy of Sweden

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

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CRH Expo 2019 in Shanghai—Continued from May Issue

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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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