Refrigeration wholesaler Beijer Ref and German compressor manufacturer Bitzer have extended their long-term partnership agreement for a further three years.
Bitzer board member a chief sales and marketing officer Gianni Parlanti said: “This cooperation is beneficial for both companies due to the Beijer Ref distribution network in Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand. Our partnership improves the availability and choice of Bitzer products for Beijer Ref customers beyond European borders.”
The new contract agreement covers 44 associated Beijer Ref companies, six of which are outside of the EU. In the future, Beijer Ref will continue to offer the complete and full range of Bitzer products and will present them with through a variety of media channels as well as trade fairs.
One of the leading refrigeration wholesalers in the world, Beijer Ref has reported growth of approximately 12% in the first quarter of 2018. This is part of the company’s streak that comes from its increasing focus and investment into manufacturing activities. More specifically Beijer Ref has focused on making more environmentally friendly products that have led them to launch a new CO2 condensing unit and establishing a purpose-built CO2 training facility.
Beijer Ref CEO and president Per Bertland recently remarked about this: “Building an international platform for our eco-friendly technology is of major strategic importance and something on which we will continue to focus,”.
Built at the SCM Frigo Facility, the Beijer Ref Academy near Padua, Italy, formally started operations in March and focuses only on CO2 technology. The training facility has its own fully functional CO2 transcritical rack which comes with state of the art technologies along with a CUBO2 Plus and CUBO2 Smart, making it the most modern training facility in the industry.
“This initiative is our way of showing how seriously we view environmental issues, and I hope that the centre will contribute to increased knowledge in the market in general,” said Per Bertland.
With courses in CO2 tech available in Italian, French and English, the academy is open to everyone and will also be used to train the Beijer Ref’s own after-sales staff. It is projected that almost 100 engineers will undergo training at the academy by the end of 2018.
The SCM Frigo which became a Beijer Ref company in 2011 has been involved in creating and developing the CO2 refrigeration technology. It started with its first CO2 subcritical rack system installation in Switzerland in 2005. It then installed its first-ever transcritical rack in Luxemburg in 2006. Both are still operational today.
Being pioneers of CO2 technology, SCM Frigo has a strong relationship with Danfoss. Together both have worked on creating the first ever ICMTS motor-operated high-pressure valve for a CO2 system. This collaboration led SCM Frigo to work with other major players in the industry like Dixell, Carel and RDM.
In fact, at the Academy, the rack features a number of different technologies like the electromagnetic compressor and variety of ejectors (gas and liquid) which have been provided by Danfoss and Carel.
Currently, the demand for CO2 expertise has been spiking and continues to grow. SCM Frigo which was listed on Sainsbury back in 2009 and was subsequently listed on Carrefour in 2015 and was listed by Morrisons and Aldi in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Right now work the company is working in fulfilling the largest contract of its history for a logistics facility in Italy – 2.4 MW and involving 48 compressors which will include three medium and two low-temperature chillers along with two transcritical ones, all due for June.
SCM Frigo was founded back in 1979 to produce ammonia and HFC systems but its current pioneering expertise in CO2 technology is responsible for more than 90% of its sales.
Beijer Ref acquired equity first in SCM Frigo in 2011 but completed 100% purchase by 2014. By then the SCM Frigo’s turnover was formidable 23 million euros. However last year its turnover amounted to 31 million euros which came from 87% of the exports and almost 99% of it was CO2 technology. Considering current track of sales, the company is poised to hit 35 million euros in sales this year.
Innovative AC marketing product Air-Clear has been launched by award-winning company Gel-clear Ltd
Gel-clear Ltd, a company known for its award-winning condensate drain tablets, has launched a brand new, all-in-one antibacterial surface cleanser for air conditioning units. As a multi-purpose, multi-surface, non-hazardous spray, Air-Clear looks to bring in a new breath to the AC industry.
A safe non-hazardous water-based spray, it is non-flammable, non-corrosive, solvent and alcohol-free and produces no noxious fumes. With it’s less than 1% active ingredient, it is EU BPR compliant, NSF Registered, with no COSHH compliance requirements for its carriage, storage and use.
Air-clear is a highly effective antibacterial cleaning spray that eliminates bacteria such as MRSA, Salmonella, Listeria, C-Diff, E-Coli on all surfaces, preventing odours fast, up to 300 times faster than conventional antibacterials. Air-clear prevents and controls the biofilms that allow bacteria and odours to survive on surfaces. According to the independent performance test results, Air-clear eliminates 99.999% of germs and offers long-lasting protection for weeks after use. As a multi-surface product, it can be used on all the AC units surfaces.
Air-clear’s non-hazardous, water-based, ready to use powerful formula is safe to use in live operational environments. With it’s less than 1% active ingredient, it is EU BPR compliant, NSF Registered, solvent and alcohol-free. There are no noxious fumes or corrosive acids, and no COSHH compliance requirements for the carriage, storage and use.
It’s gentle formula as a non-corrosive spray, does not damage coil efficiency coatings. It’s simple to use, spray and wipe, ready to use, no mixing or dilution is required. Air-clear is a very cost-effective product, enables saving on the need to use multiple cleaning products on AC cleaning.
Announcing the new product, Gel-clear director Paurick Gaughan said: “We think our innovative and user friendly product has been considerately developed, its a context-specific solution, we wanted to simplify things, our spray appeals to the AC units user, owner, manufacturer and service engineer bringing operational efficiency with a powerful, long-lasting, sustained antibacterial coating, yet water-based, so it is safe to use in all environments.”
There are huge growing concerns the UK is being a hub for the sales of refrigerant in disposable cylinders, an illegal container that has been banned for use within Europe for over 10 years. With growing evidence of contractors and engineers being contacted with offers of refrigerant, including R410A and R404A in illegal disposable cylinders, a quick search on eBay reveals vendors offering R404A in disposables. Some of which are also the source of listings on other sites including Ireland & France.
Since pressure from the industry, eBay has deleted some of the items insisting that any listings that don’t comply with its policies will be removed.
All the suspect listings are using images of disposable cylinders and others clearly state in the product descriptions that the refrigerant will be provided within these illegal disposables. It is still not known whether the product is being imported from outside of the quota system, however, it is clearly avoiding UK customs inspections and policing by the Environmental Agency.
With the huge increases in the price of high GWP refrigerants in the UK and Europe, the market has seen some individuals seeking alternative sources for the gas, and with the lack of policing of the F-gas regulations is presenting them with the opportunity to make large profits.
Established refrigerant suppliers are raising concerns about the purity of some of this refrigerant and its effects on both system efficiencies and reliability. Of much greater concern is that the current high refrigerant prices might encourage a reappearance of dangerous counterfeits with caused a number of deaths in 2011. Some of the illegal refrigerants now removed from eBays UK marketplace also included the CFC’s R12 and R502 from a source in the USA.
“The UK and Ireland markets are important to us and we continuously look at different ways of growing our market share with key partners,” commented Beijer Ref CEO Per Bertland. “The technical expertise of MHI, and the distribution expertise of Beijer Ref, will be integrated to have a broader and more complete offering to the customers through this joint venture.”
The 3D Plus name recalls the former MHI distributor 3D Air Conditioning, which became part of the HRP group in 2004. In 2017 MHI spilt from it's UK distributor AMP following the purchase by Panasonic, a rival air conditioning manufacturer, which left Beijer Ref company HRP as the sole UK distributor for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
“Partnering with MHI on an exclusive basis will strengthen HRP’s position whilst 3D Plus will complement it by opening new doors,” commented Beijer Ref UK and Ireland MD John Billson.
Billson confirmed that 3D Plus will be run as a separate company from the South of England. Personnel have yet to be confirmed, but B Ref is currently in the process of appointing a general manager.
“MHIAE and Beijer Ref have had a successful relationship collaborating in the Scandinavian market for many years,” revealed MHIAE managing director Masayuki Fujinami. “Through the formation of this joint venture, we are happy to be moving beyond a traditional manufacturer and distributor relationship and to joining our two companies together in a way that will allow us to harness our respective expertise and experience jointly.”
“It is our intention that 3D Plus will quickly become a similar size business to other Beijer Ref distribution channels in the UK,” added Per Bertrand. The MHI brand already has a strong market position which is a great platform for future growth. This joint venture further strengthens our partnership and we look forward to seeing the progress of 3D Plus.”
Bitzer has announced details of a new high-efficiency scroll compressor for air conditioning and HVAC applications.
At last month's Mostra Convego exhibition, Bitzer showcase the new Orbit+ models based on Bitzer’s currently available Orbit 6 and 8 series. These new units are equipped with a line start permanent magnet motor and improve the seasonal performance (SEER/IPLV) by up to 8% while also increasing cooling capacity by up to 5%.
The Orbit+ compressors can replace or be combined with standard Orbit models without redesigning the system significantly. The tandem and trio combinations are easily tailored towards system capacity and efficiency targets according to annual load characteristics and the customers’ specific needs. For even better capacity modulation, customers can add a frequency inverter like the Bitzer Varipack.
The Bitzer Orbit models recently introduced low-GWP A2L refrigerants, such as R454B and R452B and are designed to work with R410A. Similar to the Orbit 6 and 8 series that have already been introduced, the new Orbit+ models are able to operate with a frequency inverter at 35 to 75Hz while performing with a low sound level and low oil carry-over rate.
The compressors are interchangeable, which Bitzer says allows systems designers and manufacturers to simplify development work by using existing frameworks, footprints, piping layouts and manufacturing processes.
Bitzer has said they are easy to install, offer high energy efficiency when fully or partially loaded and have the lowest noise emissions in their capacity class. Energy consumption is extremely low, especially at low condensing temperatures, says Bitzer, where the Orbit Boreal series can be applied.
Following the success across the rest of Europe the popular Carrier air conditioning brand is launched in the UK and Ireland.
Carrier, being the inventors of air conditioning, has chosen Beijer Ref UK and Ireland as its distribution partner. The range of high walls and cassettes are now readily available for collection or delivery across the UK and Ireland from Dean & Wood, HRP, RW and DWG Ireland. Carrier Brand Manager Hayley Billson said “we have been working with Carrier for a long time now to make sure the products are just what the UK and Ireland markets want. This included a lot of customer feedback and I am convinced that this well established and reputable brand will quickly find its market position”.
Carrier manufacture efficient quality air-conditioning systems at an affordable price. The feature packed range covers split and multi-split systems suitable for residential and commercial applications supported by both a 5-year warranty and a satisfaction guarantee.
With the UK’s first installation of a CUBO Smart DX CO2 condensing unit system, DCI has helped Southern Co-op meet it’s aspired performance and efficiency while delivering on the business’s commitment to forward-thinking and green technology.
Currently serving the chiller cold room in one of Southern Co-op’s flagship stores at Abbotswood, Hampshire, the new CO2 system was designed and installed as part of a collaborative project between DCI, Southern Co-op and the distributors of SCM Frigo units HRP.
DCI used its considerable expertise and experience in CO2 refrigeration systems to create a solution that overcomes industry concerns over the uncertainty of higher GWP refrigerants and F-Gas legislation.
With it’s low GWP, just 1 on the scale, CO2 (R449A) is a natural refrigerant classed as future-proof for cooling applications. While the use of CO2 in the industry spans decades, DCI applies the latest technology and
techniques to achieve the best possible performance and efficiency. CUBO Smart DX CO condensing units from HRP/SCM Frigo boast a DC brushless rotary compressor, 25%-100% inverter modulation, Carel Hecu control systems, EC fans, floating suction, condensing pressure set point and BMS communication.
Source: DCI Group Case Study
Climate Center has completed a £500k investment to place an inventory of 185 essential bracketry products into every branch across the UK, to give off-the-shelf availability.
The rollout is one of a number of initiatives by one of the UK’s largest distributors of refrigeration and air conditioning products to provide customers with unrivalled stock availability and customer service.
Feedback from customers across both the domestic and commercial sectors revealed a growing demand for a one-stop-shop for installation parts and equipment. With the new rollout, installers can purchase every-day products including clips, cable trays and fixings from a single location and in one visit.
While the range serves Climate Center’s key air conditioning market, the products are suitable for general use across all sectors with broad applications such as split systems, cabling and ducting.
Meeting customers’ daily needs is at the forefront of Climate Center’s priorities and the new range, with off- the shelf availability, cements its position as the UK's leading supplier of refrigeration equipment, components and ancillaries.
Jon Wright, Product Manager at Pipe Center and Climate Center, said: “This is an important update to our branch network. Through the addition of these 185 bracketry products we can fulfil the needs of our customers and cater for every stage in the installation process. The nationwide rollout reflects our commitment to delivering excellent customer service and stock availability across the country
For more information on Climate Center’s bracketry range, visit: www.climatecenter.co.uk
From 1st June 2016, 11 models from the Danfoss Optyma™ Plus New Generation range of packaged units have been included on the ETL approval list, making them eligible for an ECA allowance.
Commenting on the news Paul Szyszczak, Business Director at Danfoss said: “The built features of Optyma™ Plus New Generation optimise its performance and efficiency. Adding this approval will attract end users to now claim the tax savings the ECA scheme offers”.
Contact your local Dean & Wood branch today and learn how your business can benefit from an ECA qualified condensing unit from Danfoss.