EPTA AND FREDDO S.A., 30 YEARS OF SUCCESS

11/01/2021

The Epta Group is proud to celebrate thirty years of collaboration with FREDDO S.A., one of the largest distributors in the commercial refrigeration sector in Greece and Cyprus. The partnership goes back to 1990, when the CEO of FREDDO Mr. George Lionis, signed the agreement for the distribution of Costan brand in Greece.

Passion, far-sightedness, reliability: these are the pillars underlying the cooperation between FREDDO and the Epta Group. The two companies share the will to strive for excellence, offer cutting-edge technologies and the best support to its Customers, promoting turnkey projects and the diffusion of solutions that merge design, performance and sustainability.

A history of success and significant achievements. In 2010, Epta and FREDDO produced the first CO2 subcritical system in Greece and in 2016, together, they signed the first CO2 transcritical installation in Athens. Innovation is ongoing and, in 2019, they introduced the patented system FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency in five stores of the AB Vasilopoulos, Diamantis Masoutis and Sklavenitis Group chains.

 “In these first thirty years, we have achieved important results thanks to the close cooperation between our teams. Being able to rely on a team of 70 collaborators, Freddo is able to offer a complete range of products and services and follow the entire process, from the supply to the installation and technical support”, states Massimo Marcer, General Manager of Epta International, who continues: “We are delighted to celebrate thirty years together. We are sure that our partnership will be further strengthened under the guidance of Nikolas Lionis, son of the founder and current Operations Director of FREDDO”. He concludes: “Building on the technical expertise of FREDDO and on the cutting-edge technology of Costan solutions, we are ready to meet the challenges of a market which is increasingly competitive, promoting a green revolution”.

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UN SERVIZIO DI IGIENIZZAZIONE CHE FA LA DIFFERENZA

08/01/2021

In uno scenario in cui gli Operatori sono chiamati a rispettare standard igienici sempre più elevati e in cui viene rivolta maggiore attenzione alle tematiche di sicurezza e sostenibilità, EptaService, marchio Epta dedicato all’assistenza e alla consulenza after-sales è sempre più vicino ai Clienti del mondo Ho.Re.Ca. e arricchisce la propria offerta con nuovi programmi di igienizzazione e ricondizionamento delle vetrine refrigerate Iarp. Tale servizio è esteso a tutte le attrezzature all’interno del locale, come forni, porta brioches e granitori.

 

L’igienizzazione prevede una pulizia profonda che permette di eliminare il 99% di batteri, muffe e lieviti. L’utilizzo del vapore a 160° gradi scoglie la componente grassa dello sporco ed esercita un’azione microbiologica in grado di rimuovere i microorganismi. Per una disinfezione superiore, viene utilizzato un biocida registrato come Presidio Medico Chirurgico.

 

Il ricondizionamento prevede invece il controllo meccanico e strutturale delle attrezzature e, ove necessario, l’inserimento di parti di ricambio, oltre che una verifica per ottimizzare le performance delle soluzioni e ridurre i consumi. Il Team EptaService provvede anche alla rimessa a nuovo delle vetrine e alla ristampa di eventuali personalizzazioni.

 

Al fine di rispondere al meglio alle diverse esigenze dei Clienti, EptaService propone tre pacchetti. Silver è dedicato al beverage e ai prodotti confezionati, per i quali è sufficiente un primo livello di pulizia e igienizzazione. Gold, indicato per i banchi gelato, forni, granitori, coniuga al servizio di pulizia e igienizzazione full il rinnovamento estetico e funzionale, compreso anche nella soluzione Platinum, che è consigliata per la pulizia top level dei macchinari a diretto contatto con gli alimenti, come banchi per il gelato mantecato e per i cibi freschi.

 

Per garantire un servizio completo chiavi in mano, i mobili rientrano in negozio testati dal team EptaService, che rilascia schede descrittive di tutti gli interventi effettuati, e sono subito pronti all’uso.

 

 

 

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EPTA’S MODEL OF EFFICIENCY: THE GROUP INSTALLS A PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM AT THE SOLESINO PRODUCTION SITE

24/11/2020

Improve efficiency, reduce consumption and protect resources, in compliance with the principles of the Circular Economy, is a priority objective for the Epta Group. The recent technological investments to install a cutting-edge photovoltaic system at the production site of Solesino (PD), historic headquarters of the Eurocryor brand, are tangible evidence of the company’s desire to achieve the highest standards of excellence, eliminating waste. This initiative is part of a larger project that the Group is conducting with the introduction of technologies and sharing of best practice among all factories.

Thanks to 208 kW power, the energy produced by the solar panels installed will provide 35% of total site requirement, reducing CO2 emissions by 140 t/year. Electricity is supplied by renewable sources following several important projects to reduce the carbon footprint in 2019, such as the replacement of halogen lamps with latest-generation LED and of traditional boilers with new condensation models. Finally, to confirm the commitment of the Company in promoting the protection of the territory and sustainable growth, the introduction of a fleet of electrical vehicles is expected for business mobility and charging stations in the car park for electric or hybrid cars.

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KYSOR WARREN EPTA US: NEW INVESTMENTS IN GEORGIA

02/11/2020

Kysor Warren Epta US announces an investment plan of more than 27 million dollars and the added opportunity to generate more than 200 jobs by 2023. An ambitious programme destined to strengthen operations at the Columbus site in Georgia, optimise customer service, expand the range of products and implement cutting-edge solutions.  A new training centre is also planned for installers, contractors and service technicians dedicated to natural and sustainable refrigeration.

“The Epta Group is present in over 80 countries worldwide” says Marco Nocivelli, President and CEO of Epta, and continues, “We believe that the strong connection with local communities and the proactive collaboration with institutions are the solid foundations on which to build a successful business. This investment plan promises to be a valid tool for the development of technologically advanced systems that will have a low environmental impact within the United States”.

Following entry into the Epta Group, Kysor Warren has greatly enriched its portfolio, which now includes the range of propane and FTE Full Tanscritical Efficiency integrated group cabinets – a simple and reliable solution which guarantees 10% energy saving in any climate area. Furthermore, Kysor Warren has opened a new plant of over 32.500 m2 in the Corporate Ridge Business Park (Georgia) which will become the new North-American headquarters of the Group.

I am very satisfied with the plans for the future and proud of the recognition by the Group of local talents, fundamental resources to achieve our goals”, claims Damon Wyatt, Vice President and General Manager of Kysor Warren Epta US. “The area of Columbus is a strategic area for the presence of highly qualified personnel able to promote the spread of sustainable technologies in North America”.

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EPTA platinum sponsor of ATMOsphere America

16/10/2020

Epta, with its brand Kysor Warren, is Platinum Sponsor of the ninth edition of ATMOsphere America, the online conference dedicated to natural refrigeration, which will take place from 20 to 22 October. The event unites the voices of experts, policy makers and end users of the HVAC&R sector, to take stock of the latest innovations, update each other on the market trends and view the presentation of cutting-edge projects.

On the first day, Michael May of Livingstone Consulting will illustrate the advantages of using transcritical CO2 and the need to accelerate the adoption of sustainable technologies. For more insight on the topic, Daniele Mazzola, Invention Team Leader of FTE and Technical Marketing Manager of Epta will give a speech on the progressive use of CO2 transcritical systems in the United States and the evolution of the FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency developed by the Group, part of the Life-C4R project co-financed by the European Union. The FTE 2.0 solution, which combines simplicity, energy saving and reliability in any climate condition, is currently in the early stage of its implementation in the US market.

The third day, which provides a focus on Central and South America, also features the contribution of Germán Smitt, Director de Refrigeracion y Servicios of Epta Argentina. During his speech, he will illustrate the positive results of a CO2 transcritical installation realised by Epta and commissioned by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). In particular, this case study compares the data gathered at a supermarket located in a warm geographical area, during a year of operation of the new CO2 transcritical system, with the parameters of the previous year, when the store used Freon as a coolant.

 

 

 

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Epta participates in Chillventa eSpecial

07/10/2020

From 13 to 15 October Epta participates in Chillventa eSpecial, the digital edition of the most important biennial fair dedicated to the refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pump sectors. The three-day event will be the opportunity for experts from the global HVAC&R sector to share the latest innovations that will mark the future, with a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability and natural refrigerants.

 

The Epta team will welcome visitors around a virtual stand where it will illustrate the most recent technologies developed by the Group and be available to guests for technical insights on their solutions and on the evolution of the regulatory framework. For example, presentations are scheduled on the vast range of Misa cold rooms, of the patented system FTE 2.0 Full Transcritical Efficiency system, now pre-installed inside the ECO2SMALL+ CO2 transcritical medium and low power pack and of the ETE Extreme Temperature Efficiency System. Furthermore, David Wirth, Product Manager of Epta, will host a round table meeting on 14 October with a talk focused on the Life-C4R - Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration project by Epta, co-financed by the European Union.

 

The FTE 2.0 and ETE systems are the backbone of the Life-C4R previewed at the last edition of Chillventa. This three-year plan, which will conclude in 2021, was born with the purpose of raising awareness within the scientific community, component supply chain and  players within the Retail world to the use of increasingly efficient solutions, to show how it is possible to completely replace old HCFC and HFC refrigerants with modern transcritical CO2, anywhere in the world. Thanks to the Life-C4R Plan, a process of verification and validation of the performance of the FTE and of the ETE in various climatic conditions is underway that will enable them to be certified as comprehensive and reliable solutions for the future of commercial CO2 refrigeration worldwide.

 

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EPTA IBERIA GOLDEN SPONSOR, WITH THE LIFE-C4R, OF #TECNOFRÍO20

30/09/2020

Epta Iberia with the Life-C4R project is golden sponsor of the fifth edition of #Tecnofrío20, the Congress dedicated to refrigeration technologies, promoted by the Community of Madrid, with ATECYR (Asociación Técnica Española de Climatización y Refrigeración) and the Energy Foundation. An important on-line appointment scheduled from 30 September to 01 October that will see a public of experts take turns in conferences and round tables in a “virtual auditorium”, which can be easily accessed from the dedicated portal.

Each debate will be focused on the refrigeration sector, both commercial and industrial: to share the best practices and the novelties on cutting-edge technologies, in order to promote a cultural and structural change of the entire sector, towards the use of increasingly efficient and sustainable solutions. Among the main themes on the programme, the following stand out: evolution and trends of refrigerants, energy efficiency of refrigeration systems and Industry 4.0 in refrigeration.                                  

A virtual place for meeting and information, which will represent a showcase of excellence for Epta Iberia to present the important goals achieved with the Life-C4R-Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration: a three-year plan, which will end in 2021, conceived to raise awareness among all the players of the sector to use increasingly efficient solutions and show how it is possible to completely replace the HCFC and HFC refrigerants with transcritical CO2, anywhere in the world.

As demonstration of this, updated data will be illustrated from one of the pilot projects of Life-C4R, realised by Epta Iberia for the Consum store of Bencasim. The selected store, located in the area of Valencia with a Mediterranean climate, is a clear demonstration of the excellent performance and reduced environmental impact of the FTE

2.0 Full Transcritical Efficiency and of the ETE Extreme Temperature Efficiency. These two innovative patented systems developed by Epta, heart of the Life-C4R project, have been identified by the European Union as deserving special attention, thanks to their efficiency combined with their simplicity.

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EPTA RECONFIRMED AS BEST MANAGED COMPANY

15/09/2020

For the second year running, Epta is ranked among the winners of the Best Managed Companies, the prestigious award promoted by Deloitte that enhances the excellence of Italian businesses. An innovative format that is an opportunity for companies to differentiate themselves by the results obtained as well as their resilience in dealing with the difficult situation caused by this unprecedented period of uncertainty.

The breadth of the Best Managed Companies award is that it does not just limit itself to recognising the goals achieved. It also activates a growth programme, guiding companies along a path of continuous improvement, testifying to the commitment and the ability of companies through the analysis of six critical success factors, namely strategy, skills and innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility, commitment and corporate culture, governance, performance measurement and internationalisation.

Epta has distinguished itself in several ways, including investments in the growth of talents and focus on innovation. The jury particularly appreciated the second edition of EPTAcademy, the training programme developed in association with SDA Bocconi School of Management dedicated to refining middle management skills. Worthy of note is also our innovative FTE technology at the heart of the Life-C4R project, co-funded by the European Union, created to raise awareness within the scientific community and component supply chain as well as all players within the Retail world to choose increasingly sustainable solutions, accelerating the spread of highly efficient CO2 refrigeration units.

Marco Nocivelli, President and CEO of the Epta Group said, “I am very proud to have received this award for the second year running. It confirms our work and bodes well for the future, as evidence of the solid foundations that we have laid and of the continuous improvement, which we are always striving to achieve. I would like to thank all those who, with their commitment, have enabled us to obtain this important award.”

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EPTA PRESENTS THE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REPORT 2020

11/09/2020

Epta presents the Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2020, a document that illustrates the Group’s orientation in creating shared value. The company undertakes this commitment every day towards people, local communities and the environment.

To guarantee maximum transparency and objectivity, the Report has been validated by the TÜV Austria Cert GmbH Institute according to GRI Core Option standards. Moreover, in line with the path undertaken in previous editions, the Group has reviewed the material aspects of the Report thanks to a survey involving a sample of both internal and external stakeholders. The risks, opportunities and aspects most important to the business have been identified and the most relevant KIPs investigated. This is a more structured and accurate process that gives the new edition of Epta’s CSR a greater solidity.

Seven years ago, we undertook a path on the way to sustainability, consecrating the CSR report as central element of the Group’s philosophy. With the 2020 edition we want to strengthen our commitment to continuous improvement, following sustainable values which can be of inspiration to us”. Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of the Epta Group comments and adds, “In the last three years we have achieved and even exceeded the challenging goals we had set ourselves by offering, for example, products which ensure 50% more energy saving compared to previous versions.” He concludes, “Aiming to further reduce the impact on the planet’s resources will be one of our priority goals, also in the near future, in line with the principles of the Circular Economy. We will undertake to adapt our products and processes to this model, founded on the “reduce, reuse and recycle” paradigm, in line with the Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), to guarantee greater sustainability of the entire business system.”

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EPTA PRESENTS THE ITALIAN 2019 REPORT ON WEEE MANAGEMENT

08/09/2020

Epta presents the data of the Italian 2019 report on WEEE management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), prepared by the Remedia Consortium to which the Group adheres in order to comply with the regulatory obligations of Legislative Decree 49/2014, in the application of the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).   

 

This provision, in the implementation of Directive 2012/19/EU, specifies the measures to protect the environment and health, to prevent and reduce the negative impacts caused by both the production of technological equipment and the management of waste produced by it. Techniques are then defined on the reuse and recycling of WEEE, to offer an intelligent alternative so as not to saturate the receptive capacity of landfills and to promote, at the same time, the recovery of solutions arrived to the end of their life and their reintegration into the production process.

 

The Report highlights three key indicators: first and foremost, the nominal quantity of WEEE, collected and treated for Epta, equal to 621,406 Kg. The Carbon Footprint avoided of 10,087t CO2eq, achieved thanks to the recovery of matter and energy over the entire life cycle. An efficiency that will guarantee a benefit equal to the downtime of 3,100 cars which travel 20,000 km a year. Finally, the Material Footprint of 1,118t of resources saved, again thanks to the recovery of raw materials and energy. A value that expresses the balance between mineral and fossil resources extracted and those saved/not extracted, is equivalent to the weight of 222 locomotives fully loaded.

 

These results are clear evidence of Epta’s commitment to an increasingly sustainable and responsible approach to the environment. A daily commitment, which is reflected along the entire supply chain with the ambitious objective of promoting a circular economy, in perfect synergy with the aims of the current regulations.

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