World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom


Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology


General articles, applications and industry analysis

UTC invests in Ciat r&d centre


FRANCE: UTC has invested over €7m in a new r&d centre at the Culoz site of Ciat, the French manufacturer it acquired last year.

The new Centre of Excellence, opened last week, includes two research and development facilities and a test laboratory, which focus on product innovation to shorten new product development and improve energy performance and user comfort.

The r&d investment is part of more than $40m that UTC has invested at Culoz and its Carrier site in Montluel, since the acquisition in 2015.

The Carrier factory in Montluel houses a Centre of Excellence for chillers and heat pumps. It supports chiller innovation and production, with a focus on new generation, environmentally responsible refrigerants. With two factories, two research and development centres and a test facility between the two sites, UTC Climate, Controls & Security is now Ain’s largest private employer.


“Acquiring Ciat was a strategic move and allowed us to strengthen our heating, ventilating and air conditioning range, as well as our competitiveness and ability to innovate,” said Didier Da Costa, president, HVAC Europe, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. “We have invested significantly in the Culoz and Montluel sites and they have become complementary production and design sites, allowing further improvement of our products and our ability to serve our customers.”


Both Centre of Excellence sites recently underwent industrial transformations to support the company’s focus on sustainable innovation. “The environmental impact was an important consideration of the site transformation, as we no longer use fossil energy thanks to a biomass-boiler heating system with advanced filters,” said Da Costa. “The site also reduced water consumption by 40% while achieving a waste recycling rate of 75%.”

Latest News

22nd February 2024

Large capacity ULT chiller using neon refrigerant

SOUTH KOREA: Researchers claim to have developed a large capacity ultra-low temperature industrial chiller which, in tests, has achieved a 10kW cooling performance at -100℃.
21st February 2024

CCF publishes election manifesto

UK: In a new manifesto ahead of this year’s general election, the Cold Chain Federation (CCF) is calling for future government’s to take action to recognise the industry’s crucial contributions.
21st February 2024

Sanhua extends expansion valve applications

SPAIN: Sanhua’s SEC HD electric expansion valve controller is now compatible for a variety of applications with 29 commonly used refrigerants, including CO2, hydrocarbons and HFCs. 
20th February 2024

F-gas regulation published in Official Journal

EUROPE: The new F-gas regulation has now been published in the EU’s Official Journal, making it legally binding and entering into force in 20 days.
20th February 2024

Carrier Germany increases heat pump training

GERMANY: Carrier Germany is offering new hydraulics training courses  at its training centre on the IKKE campus in Duisburg to support the growing demand for heat pump expertise. 
20th February 2024

Oceanair acquired by builders’ merchant MKM

UK: Air conditioning and heat pump distributor Oceanair UK has been acquired by MKM, the independent builders’ merchant.