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Panasonic announces alliance with Systemair

SPAIN: Air conditioning manufacturer Panasonic has announced the launch of a heat pump chiller series as part of a new “strategic partnership” announced with Swedish ventilation company Systemair.

The alliance with Systemair was announced today at the Climatización y Refrigeración exhibition in Madrid.

Dubbed the ECOi-W, the chiller is the first product of a collaboration which the two companies say will extend into ventilation and heat recovery for both the commercial and residential sectors. The Systemair-designed ECOi-W is due for launch in the second half of this year. Its spec includes cooling capacities from 20kW to 210kW, with an operating range of -17ºC (heating) to 50ºC (cooling).

Announcing the partnership (l to r): Enrique Vilamitjana, MD of Panasonic AC & Heating Europe, Systemair chairman Gerald Engström and Toshiyuki Takagi, executive officer of Panasonic Corporation and president of Panasonic Air Conditioner

The chillers are being manufactured by Systemair in the former Airwell factories in France and Italy. These new integrated solutions are described as being fully customisable and can be made-to-order to create bespoke solutions for specific projects.

The companies say they aim to create even more highly efficient, environmentally friendly chiller/heat pumps in the future. These will also utilise the companies’ Smart Cloud remote control and maintenance interface.

Going forward, both parties say they also intend to align Systemair’s indoor air quality ventilation expertise with Panasonic’s residential and commercial heat pumps, control technology and connectivity.

“We see this as a great synergistic opportunity to develop, deliver and meet the higher level of environmental demands of our customers, in addition to providing long-term business prospects across an evolving European market,” said Toshiyuki Takagi, executive officer of Panasonic Corporation and president of Panasonic Air Conditioner. 

“We are very excited for this partnership and the new opportunity that this will create for new innovative and seamless solutions,” added Roland Kasper, CEO of Systemair. Together, we aim to enhance building operations, optimise energy efficiency, lower their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs. Through this partnership, we will be able to provide enhanced solutions that will play a leading role in the development of buildings of the future.”

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