EPTA WINS THE INDUSTRIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

18/07/2019

Epta wins the Industrial Excellence Award (IEA) an initiative, which, since 1995, has been a benchmark for the Management of Quality and for the competitiveness of European businesses operating in the industrial and service sectors. The award was set up to enhance businesses, which, better than others, are able to translate strategic choices into tangible and successful actions, establishing themselves as the benchmark in their sector. Several best practices have been explored over the years: from Lean Management, to collaboration in the Supply Chain & Integration, to Operational Excellence, to Digital Business Strategy, which has been the focus of the 2019 edition.

The international jury composed of teachers of Operations Management from the SDA Bocconi School of Management, selected the winners and finalists. The national winner will take part in the European event and compete in the Industrial Excellence Award Europe.

Epta participated with the Business Unit of Limana that stood out for the heavy investments in technological innovation and attention to the environment, and for training activities. The Group is committed to the continuous improvement of its production sites and the one in Limana is tangible evidence of this. In favour of reducing the environmental impact, Epta has realised cogeneration and photovoltaic plants and brought improvements to reduce the KOE (Kilograms of Oil Equivalent) /product.

Epta also promotes integration between digital technologies and automated lines through the adoption of 4.0 intelligent and cyber-physical solutions that they put into machine communication, storage systems and business processes, guaranteeing optimisation of production processes and improved data management to offer increasingly intelligent and hyper-connected products.

The jury particularly appreciated the creation of the glass factory plant, realised thanks to a strategic plan worth close to 10 million Euro which has allowed the Group to equip itself with new technologies and expertise, generating 100 new jobs in the Belluno area.

Innovation is also in projects that increase the knowledge of its collaborators and the of young people on in the territory community, such as EPTAcademy developed with SDA Bocconi School of Management and the Veneto Region Dolomites HUB that Luiss Business School Hub and Dolomiti Confindustria is creating with the contribution of Epta and other local realities establishments.

Two other initiatives are also worthy of note: #24EptaTraining, the new learning path dedicated to all Epta Italia employees, to enhance their expertise in the technical, digital, linguistic, information technology and behavioural area. This is alongside the School of Operation: targeted at the employees of the Operations area, it is designed to be extended to employees of other departments, who can benefit from these lessons. The School of Operations is part of a wider project that includes the creation of “Schools” related to different business departments of Epta Italia with the goal of strengthening the expertise related to their specific sectors.

Finally, Epta supports the FabLab Belluno association, confirming its desire to continue to invest in the new generations and in their abilities, making the most of talents and promoting the digital culture, to encourage the development of the territory area.

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EPTA SILVER SPONSOR OF THE ICR CONGRESS, PROMOTES THE LIFE C4R PROJECT IN CANADA

08/07/2019

The Epta Group is among the stars of the 25th International Congress of Refrigeration IIR, which will take place in the exceptional setting of Montreal, the city where the historical protocol was signed in 1987 that has contributed to determining the central environmental policies worldwide.

The event is organised every four years and brings together industrial realities, scientific communities and international researchers, to discuss and exchange ideas on the more recent technological developments and product innovations in refrigeration, air conditioning and sustainable construction.

"Refrigeration for wellness and future prosperity": this is the guiding thread of the ICR  Congress 2019, which proposes to focus on several of the “hottest” themes of recent years, namely energy saving and efficiency, food supply and wellbeing, reduction in global warming and protection of the ozone layer.

Maurizio Orlandi, IC Manager, Stefano Trabucchi and Rosmery Serrao Mendes, IC Engineer in Epta, will take part in the event where the Group, Silver Sponsor of the event, will promote the project Life C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration, funded by the European Union in accordance with grant agreement n° LIFE 17 CCM/IT/000120.

The goal of this initiative is to define a new standard for natural refrigeration in Retail, thanks to the FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency technology, showing that it is possible to completely replace HCFC and HFC with CO2 transcritical, in any climate or market condition.

Participation in ICR2019 is an important opportunity for Epta to show world famous experts, including many European representatives, the key features of the C4R project. The plan, which covers the 2018-2021 period, involves two pilot installations in Italy and replicas in Romania, Spain and in the rest of the EU, with the goal of validating the theoretical data relating to the performance of the FTE. For further information, visit the website www.carbon4retail.eu

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Inauguration of the “refrigeration school” Cantau - EptaSchool 4.0

28/06/2019

A new initiative that confirms the commitment of the Epta Group to promote training: Epta France and the multifunctional high school of Cantau, together with SEPCO Association of installers-refrigeration technicians of Bayonne and DANFOSS, will inaugurate the Cantau EptaSchool 4.0. on 1 July in Anglet, a town in the south-west of France. The Regional Council of Nouvelle Aquitaine has contributed to financing the project by allocating funds worth €110,000 in favour of this centre of excellence for training, which aims to become a reference point, throughout France, for the commercial and industrial refrigeration chain.

 

The debut of EptaSchool 4.0 comes a few months after the opening of the Training Center for Refrigeration Technicians Luigi Nocivelli, the only professional school in Italy to train future refrigeration technicians according to UNI EN 13313 and the first school in Europe which reproduces an entire store equipped with the innovative CO2 transcritical technology, made available by Epta. Two initiatives with the purpose of enhancing refrigeration technicians, essential figures for the sector, through specific bespoke courses for young people and professionals of the refrigeration sector.

 

Continuous training is synonymous with a high degree of professionalism and driving force for the introduction of best practice, in favour of greater competitivity on the market. For this reason, some years ago, Epta set up the EPTAcademy in association with the SDA Bocconi School of Management. It is a medium-long term course dedicated to the management of the Epta Group, to increase managerial skills and team leadership.

 

The further strategic initiatives promoted by Epta feature the #24EptaTraining dedicated to all Epta Italia employees for an in-depth examination of knowledge in the technical, digital, linguistic, information technology and behavioural areas. Worthy of note is the School of Operation: dedicated to employees of the Operations area, it is projected to be opened to all Epta Italia employees. The School of Operation falls within a wider project aimed at creating different “School of” dedicated to all business departments of Epta Italy with the goal of strengthening the skills related to their specific areas.

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EPTA CELEBRATES THE FIRST WORLD REFRIGERATION DAY

26/06/2019

The first edition of World Refrigeration Day is scheduled to take place on 26 June 2019 to celebrate the success and technological progress of the refrigeration sector. The initiative is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and numerous associations and leading companies of the sector have assured their participation.

The date was chosen to honour the birth of William Thomson, also known as Lord Kelvin, who, besides creating the temperature scale, also proposed the first heat pump refrigeration cycle. The 26 June of each year will be the opportunity to reflect and contribute to a greater responsibility for the public on the essential role of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, in multiple aspects of daily life.

Epta contributes to celebrating this special day by participating in two initiatives, in Italy and Spain.  

Francesco Mastrapasqua, Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs Manager of Epta, will talk at the meeting promoted by the Centro Studi Galileo and by the Associazione dei Tecnici Italiani del Freddo. He will present the state of the art tecnologies in Europe providing an update on the measures imposed by the F-Gas Regulation and on community environmental policies. He will also chart the route of future refrigeration, with a focus on the Ecodesign energy classification, which the European Commission will introduce in 2021. The conference will also be the opportunity for an in-depth examination on the solutions offered by Epta Group in favour of sustainability, and the FTE system stands out among these. This innovative technology is part of the Life C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration funded by the EU, which aims to demonstrate that it is possible to completely replace HCFC and HFC with CO2 refrigerant, in any climate or market condition.

In Spain, the meeting is in Madrid with Día Mundial de la Refrigeración. Epta Iberia will sponsor this event organised by Asociación de Empresas de Frío y sus Tecnologías (AEFYT), by Asociación de Fabricantes de Equipos de Climatización (AFAC) and by Asociación de Fabricantes Andaluces de Refrigeración. The event includes the participation of leading representatives of the Iberian sector who will discuss themes like the centrality of refrigeration in society, the challenges and the goals posed by the environmentally friendly turning point of the sector.

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EPTA NAMED AMONG THE OUTSTANDING ITALIAN COMPANIES AND RECEIVES BEST MANAGED COMPANIES AWARD

28/05/2019

 

Epta is among the winners of the prestigious award promoted by Deloitte dedicated to companies, which in 2018 have achieved outstanding financial and leadership performance in their sector. In its second Italian edition, the Best Managed Companies was set up in Canada in 1993 and since then more than 1,200 companies have been awarded, making it a real “quality brand” exported in more than 10 countries worldwide. The initiative was carried out with the scientific support of ALTIS Catholic University and the support of Assolombarda and ELITE, the London Stock Exchange Group programme.

The Award, presented during a closed-doors ceremony on Tuesday 28 May in Palazzo Mezzanotte, the prestigious headquarters of the Italian Stock Exchange, is open to all Companies with registered office in Italy and a turnover that exceeds €10 million. After a first screening, the applications considered suitable were assessed by an independent jury of leading representatives of the academic, entrepreneurial and corporate sector, who analysed the 2018 performance and declared Epta one of the Best Managed Companies of Italy 2019.

The purpose of the initiative is to create a stimulation process to foster the continuous improvement of winners and, at the same time, gather best practices which are an example for all Companies of Italy. Entrepreneurial passion, flexibility and ability in managing all areas are what drives the Italian economic system and Epta is perfectly in line with the four success factors identified by Deloitte: Strategy, Expertise and Innovation, Commitment and business culture, Governance and Performance Measurement.

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Kysor Warren Epta US Corp at its first ATMOsphere America

27/05/2019

Kysor Warren Epta US Corp will debut as Platinum Sponsor at ATMOsphere America, now in its 8th edition, which will be held from 17 to 18 June in Atlanta, Georgia. A prestigious setting to share the latest technologies dedicated to natural refrigeration and explore the global trends with experts, policy makers and end users.

 

The first day will see the interview with Damon Wayatt, General Manager of Kysor Warren that will be the opportunity to present Kysor Warren Epta US Corp, resulting from the union of Epta and Kysor Warren. This new business merges the reliability and experience of Kysor Warren on the North American market, gained in over 135 years of history, with the innovative drive of Epta. The know-how capitalised by the Group in the development of natural refrigeration systems, will further strengthen the Kysor Warren brand, whilst promoting an even greater sustainable approach.

 

On the second day, Ignacio Chaparro, Mechanical Engineer of Kysor Warren will present Mexico's first transcritical system at Casa Ley grocery store chain and John Austin-Davies, a leading expert in the world of natural refrigeration and former Marketing Project Director of Epta Group, will introduce the FTE (Full Transcritical Efficiency) technology to the American public, with a speech entitled: “FTE in the US, who wants to be the first?” This system, already highly appreciated throughout Europe and in other areas of the world, for its simplicity and elevated performance in any climatic condition, presents itself as the transition engine towards natural CO2 systems in the vast North American territory.

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Epta at TUTTOFOOD: excellence is served

29/04/2019

Epta, with its Iarp brand, is participating at the TUTTOFOOD trade fair (Pavilion 4 TUTTODRINK – Stand T26-T28), an international Food&Bev event organised in conjunction with Seeds&Chips from 6 to 9 May at Rho Fiera Milan. With visitors from 141 countries, in only six editions TUTTOFOOD has established itself as a landmark event in the sector, and as the fastest-growing exhibition on the European scene.

 

There are two souls in the Epta stand, corresponding to the same number of themed areas, which are enhanced by ad hoc settings: the first is dedicated to the Ho.Re.Ca. and Food&Bev world, and the second to wine bars and pubs. The starring role goes to the Iarp Cool Emotions family, a complete range of plug-in cabinets with high tech shapes that stand out for their LED lighting on the outer profiles and, thanks to the large number of solutions that make up the collection, guarantee the creation of venues with coordinated aesthetics.

Several innovations will be presented, among which the Glee 45 IoT vertical freezer cabinet for packaged ice cream stands out, enhanced as it is by IoT functionality to monitor the cabinet remotely. IoT technology is based on the analysis of the parameters of the cabinets and is used for managing alarms and ensuring predictive diagnostics and timely interventions for maximum energy efficiency and optimal operation. It also provides tailor-made reports and interesting data regarding the sales performance of the counter.

 

Also worthy of note is the brand-new semi-vertical Joy open 30 Smart Screen, which is equipped with a frontal eye-level LCD screen to display advertising contents and captivating, effective campaigns, making it an extremely interactive plug-in that is able to engage customers actively and improve their shopping experience.

Also proudly on the stand are Excite and Super Excite, compact counters for ice cream that can be positioned on top of the shop counter, and the horizontal glass unit for bulk ice cream, Delight 13, designed to guarantee shops the opportunity to display an even broader offer, with no fewer than 13 trays.

 

In the section dedicated to pubs and wine bars, the references are showcased by the Iarp Rugiada Wine&Beer solution, a vertical glass plug-in unit with a sleek and compact design that ensures the greatest visibility of wine bottles and craft beers, which can be displayed either vertically or horizontally, and excellent preservation. A solution that combines attention to detail with the greatest customisation, as is evidenced by the choice of the Wood aesthetic.

Customisation is the watchword for all the cabinets on display in the stand: thanks to innovative digital printing directly onto sheet metal, Iarp is able to respond rapidly to all needs, and make every shop unique and original.

 

Epta will also be present at Seeds&Chips together with its partner Sirap, to present a new project that has arisen from the collaboration between the two brands.

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EPTA AND SIRAP TOGETHER AT SEEDS & CHIPS, TO PROMOTE HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD

19/04/2019

Epta and Sirapone of the most qualified producers of containers for fresh food in Europe – are renewing their collaboration and participating in the 5th Italian edition of Seeds & Chips, The Global Food Innovation Summit to present a project aimed at promoting a healthy, balanced and sustainable diet.

 

The event, which is scheduled from 6 to 9 May in Milan in conjunction with TUTTOFOOD, takes up the legacy of Expo 2015 and is proposed as a privileged stage for an international encounter on themes such as food security, food safety and the struggle against food waste, and to reflect on the future of the agri-food system. These are the main themes that will stimulate the debate and will see the involvement of authoritative representatives from around the world. The keynote speakers include the actor Alec Baldwin, who is actively involved in campaigns in favour of the environment, Kerry Kennedy President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, José Graziano da Silva Director General of the FAO and SAR Principessa Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme, supporter of young farmers in developing countries.

 

In the Forum, Epta and Sirap will propose a speech by Victor Lopes Mascarenhas, Product Innovation Manager of Sirap Group, who will address those present on Wednesday 8 May with a contribution dedicated to the centrality of innovation and research as fundamental levers for the development of sustainable solutions that contribute towards improving food quality, taking the new system that arose from the collaboration between Epta and Sirap as an example.

 

The combination of reducing the carbon footprint and conscious nutrition will be the fil-rouge within the exhibition section, which will see the spotlights trained on the London Meal vending machine from the Iarp City Collection. This solution has been especially studied by Epta and Sirap to offer customers of shopping centres and users of public facilities, hospitals and common areas a balanced, tasty meal, complete with the beverage of their choice. The strong point of the new distributor is the maximum attention paid to the environment, thanks to the choice of propane - a natural, low-impact refrigerant - and Sirap Meal8 packaging, which consists of different modules to optimise expiry dates according to the type of food, and hence reduce food waste.

 

Seeds & Chips will also feature other leading Iarp brand solutions, such as the New York Chef vending machine from the Iarp City Collection designed to promote the sale of single-portion frozen ready meals, from soups to baked pasta, to be eaten during lunch breaks. Lastly, the plug-in semi-vertical Joy open for beverages from the Iarp Cool Emotions range, which combines high-tech aesthetics characterised by square shapes and special LED lighting on the outer profiles with the extreme customisation guaranteed by innovative digital printing directly onto the sheet metal, a distinguishing feature of all Iarp solutions.

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