Euroklimat’s factory in Sizano, Italy
Hydrocarbons making inroads into supermarket sector
Italian family company Euroklimat S.p.A. is eyeing the commercial refrigeration market as a potential growth area for its wide range of propane chillers. — By Charlotte McLaughlin
In our opinion the most interesting sector is commercial refrigeration, but potentially many other sectors could use hydrocarbons too,” Matteo Gaggianese, marketing manager at Euroklimat, told Accelerate Europe.
Old history, bold new future During most of Euroklimat’s fifty years of activity, it has been located in Siziano, Pavia province, in the industrial heart of the Lombardy region in Italy.
Euroklimat’s range of EKO propane chillers and refrigerated units are commonly used in cold storage or to refrigerate food in supermarkets at a controlled temperature. These machines cover medium (-8°C) and low (-25°C) temperature applications.
In Siziano, the firm still produces many of the chillers destined for the European market. Its technical design, research and development teams for its chillers are located there.
Currently, the company has seen great success with large retail chains, installing systems throughout Europe. In Italy, Romania and the UK, Euroklimat has installed its EKO chillers in stores belonging to multinational retailers METRO AG and Carrefour, along with UK supermarket chain Waitrose.
Euroklimat is also becoming increasingly active in the Middle East, opening up a regional office in Dubai last year. Located in the High Bay Complex in Dubai Silicon Oasis, the office will support the Italian company’s customers and distribution network across the region.
Gaggianese applauds the retail industry’s forward-thinking resolve to use natural refrigerants. “The sector of large retail chains is certainly one of the most attentive to natural refrigerant solutions. We believe that there may be many opportunities for development in this area.”
The company reports growing demand for consultancy work and assistance from customers and partners in the Middle East. “Euroklimat strongly believes that its presence in such a dynamic area will allow [it] to better support […] growth and the acquisition of new business opportunities,” the Italian manufacturer said.
In addition to air-cooled water chillers, Euroklimat manufactures air conditioners and heat pumps for comfort as well as process applications. The company has resolved to invest more in getting the technology out there. “We definitely plan other installations in this market, where we can consider ourselves the leader in terms of number of installed units and by offering the more complete product range,” Gaggianese argues.
Exciting times for commercial refrigeration At the moment HFCs represent more than 90% of Euroklimat’s portfolio, with hydrocarbons accounting for approximately 10%. The company expects this to change in a big way, particularly once HFCs in centralised commercial refrigeration systems above 40 kW are phased down under the new EU F-Gas Regulation in 2020 (with the exception of the primary refrigerant circuit of cascade systems, where f-gases with a GWP of less than 1,500 may be used).