#EPTA @EUROSHOP TRADEFAIR 2020: RECAP OF A SUCCESSFUL EVENT

20/03/2020

EuroShop 2020 has drawn to a close, and Epta is now taking stock of its stimulating experience at the trade fair. Our slow-motion analysis of each of the action-packed days at the fair shows there are lessons to be learned from the event, and successes to be celebrated. Now the future strategy and operational plan can be mapped out.  

The star of the Epta stand was The Epta System, a winning combination of products, services, technologies, ideas and people designed to accompany Retailers through their #storevolution. The system helps make stores even more attractive, efficient and sustainable, whilst transforming them into consumer destinations in their own right.

The Conference Arena proved a major draw. Designed specifically to offer insight into the first major goals achieved in the three-year Life-C4R project (developed by Epta and co-funded by the EU), it also placed environmental topics under the spotlight, and provided first-hand testimonies. In a meeting place designed to give visitors more information, each day saw international speakers alternate with big names from the sector. The Conference Arena also provided the perfect backdrop for showcasing the expertise of the EptaService and EptaConcept teams, whilst illustrating the Circular Grocerant concept conceived in conjunction with the Pollenzo University of Gastronomic Sciences. Not to mention the original projects submitted by companies and start-ups already looking to the future at the EptaInnoVillage.

I am delighted to be able to thank the Epta team, everyone from sales to marketing, the technical office and our external partners; all those involved worked tirelessly, with commitment and energy, on every single aspect of the organisation. Together they helped ensure that the end result was a resounding success,” commented William Pagani, Group Marketing Director at Epta, concluding that “We must also acknowledge the trust our Clients place in us, as this is the factor that has always driven us to do better.”

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SUSTAINABILITY, WITH AWARENESS: THE LIFE-C4R PLAN OF EPTA FOCUS OF THE CONFERENCE ARENA @EUROSHOP

14/02/2020

How much does the Retail world actually affect climate change? What technological and regulatory novelties will we see? What will the Store of the future be like? What new technologies are available to operators to make stores more sustainable?

The three-year LIFE C4R project of Epta, co-financed by the EU, was born precisely to raise awareness among the scientific community, the suppliers of components and all the players in the Retail world to use increasingly more efficient solutions and to accelerate the spread of transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems.

Awareness is essential to make sustainable choices” comments Francesco Mastrapasqua, Project Leader Life-C4R Epta, who adds “This is why Epta has organised the Conference Arena at its stand at EuroShop (Hall15, stand C24-C42): a conference area specifically designed to make known the updates on the first important milestones achieved by Life-C4R, and in-depth information on environmental themes and direct testimonies. We have devised a format with short and very authoritative speeches, which are part of a trade-fair context that also leaves room for questions and direct discussion”

A place for meeting and information, sponsored by Life-C4R, in which internationally acclaimed personalities and experts of the sector will alternate each day, with clear, precise and quickly accessed speeches. Worthy of note, for example, are the speeches on the current climate situation of Franziska Menten, Project Coordinator UNIDO and the in-depth information by Öko-Recherche on the new European policies to combat global warming.  

Experts from the Retail world, such as Frédéric Pérodeau, former General manager of IFM will be present and talk about how to realise a “phygital” strategy in the large-scale retail trade. Cristina Lazzati, Editor in chief of Mark Up Mark Up, Gdoweek, Fresh Point Magazine, Italian Food Excellence, will reflect on the role of Italy in Retail.

The Conference Arena will also be a showcase of excellence to illustrate the expertise of the EptaService and EptaConcept teams and proposes original and creative projects developed by companies and start-ups, already projected into the future, hosted within the EptaInnoVillage. An original but tangible way, to offer new business inspiration to Clients and work alongside them in tackling technological and regulatory changes to implement their #storerevolution.

An example of this is the Circular Bar & Grocerant: a revolutionary concept, on show at the Epta stand, result of the knowledgeable union between the skills and the creativity of EptaConcept, the scientific approach of the University Of Gastronomic Sciences Of Pollenzo and the collaboration of numerous companies. It is a space developed like a museum that will highlight several refrigeration solutions, recycled and recyclable furnishing materials and products made with a low environmental impact to offer tangible ways to adopt an approach within a circular economy.

Continue to follow us and visit the Epta blog to discover further details and information on all the guests involved: https://blog.eptarefrigeration.com/it/euroshop2020

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Epta nominated for the German Innovation Award, thanks to the FTE system

07/02/2020

Epta Deutschland is one of the 22 finalists of the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment (IKU), chosen from another 131 candidate companies, eight research institutes and one governing authority. It is the seventh time that the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety BMU assign this award, dedicated to products and services that promote climate and environmental protection. The jury, chaired by Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, made his evaluations based on scientific criteria. Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister of the Environment, declares “The strong heterogeneity of the applications bears witness to the will and the ability of numerous companies to put their technical and creative potential at the service of environment and climate protection and the conservation of biological diversity.”

Epta was nominated in the “eco-compatible technologies” category with its patented Full Transcritical Efficiency (FTE) system, which contributes to improving the energy efficiency of CO2 powered commercial refrigeration systems, with positive and negative temperature, in any context.

In addition to innovation of process, product and service for climate protection, the other categories of the IKU Innovation Award are: products and services that respect the environment, innovation and biological diversity, digital change as leverage to promote innovations that respect the climate and the environment and the transfer of technologies for climate and environmental protection to Developing Countries, Recently industrialised Countries and Western European Countries.

The award ceremony will take place in Berlin on 26 March 2020.

For further information, visit the website: www.iku-innovationspreis.de

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Epta presents its seventh Corporate Social Responsibility Report

07/02/2020

“For Epta, creating shared value is a daily commitment which is exhibited along the entire chain, with the ambitious goal of promoting the success of a circular economydeclares Marco Nocivelli, President and CEO of Gruppo Epta and continues, “We are proud to present our seventh Corporate Social Responsibility Report this year. It clearly illustrates the numerous initiatives and tangible activities undertaken by Epta in favour of a development which puts people, local communities and the environment first, allowing us to monitor the progress made and to have a benchmark of comparison with other realities.”

To ensure maximum transparency and objectivity, the Report has been validated by the Institute TÜV Austria Cert GmbH according to the GRI Core Option standards and, in line with the route undertaken in the previous edition, the KPI considered most important by external and internal stakeholders have been investigated. Furthermore, as a family-owned and operated company and not listed in the stock exchange, in this document Epta announced its voluntary adherence to the self-regulation code defined by the Bocconi University and AIDAF (Italian Family Business Association), to ensure best governance within the Group.

Tangible evidence of Epta’s interest in pursuing sustainable corporate development is Life C4R – Carbon for Retail Refrigeration – promoted by the Group and co-financed by the European Union under grant agreement n° LIFE 17 CCM/IT/000120. The Plan, part of the EU LIFE Programme, was launched to raise awareness among the scientific community, the suppliers of components and of all the players of the Retail world in the use of environment friendly systems and to demonstrate that it is possible to fully replace HCFC and HFC refrigerants with transcritical COat any latitude and temperature, guaranteeing 10% energy saving in the refrigeration system (compared to traditional solutions), a significant reduction of consumption and lower installation and maintenance costs by up to 20%. At the heart of the initiative is the FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency patented by Epta, which will be installed within the three Italian pilot projects and the four replica prototypes in Romania and Spain, together with Epta Iberia and DAAS, Societies of the Group.

The challenge met by Epta in promoting sustainability is twofold. On one side, it consists of proposing innovative systems able to merge design, performance and reduced consumption to support Clients in adopting eco-friendly solutions and, on the other, of guaranteeing greater efficiency in its factories. Epta aims at the highest levels of excellence also within its production sites, as shown by their transformation into smart factories, by the installation of cogeneration and photovoltaic systems and by the introduction of technological improvements to protect the resources and reduce the carbon footprint. A constant commitment thanks to which Epta has achieved and exceeded the goals set in 2015, for -8% energy consumption/unit and 93% recycling of waste.

Adopting a responsible approach to create value: an orientation born in a natural manner and which has evolved over the years, becoming a common thread reflected in every sector of business life. The initiatives launched by Epta include the many worthy projects to enhance the talents and increase the knowledge of its resources. The EPTAcademy, developed with SDA Bocconi School of Management and which sees the participation of approximately 100 employees of the Group, has been joined by #24EptaTraining, the new learning route dedicated to all the collaborators of Epta Italy and the training cycle at ESTIA (École Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées) for the managers of Epta France, Iarp France and Epta Iberia. Finally, Epta supports the FabLab Belluno association, is a partner of the Refrigeration Technician Training Centre, the first school lab for refrigeration in Italy, and of Cantau-Epta School 4.0 in France, confirming its will to continue to invest in the new generations and in their abilities, to promote a shared culture and thereby encourage territorial development.

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EPTA ACQUIRES THE STATUS OF AUTHORIZED ECONOMIC OPERATOR (A.E.O.)

23/01/2020

2020 opens with the achievement of a new milestone for Epta, which acquires the status of Authorized Economic Operator A.E.O. at the highest level (Full A.E.O.) of reliability (IT AEOF 201673). A qualification of great strategic importance, issued by the Customs Agency, which certifies Epta as a reliable operator in customs operations (AEOC) and secure in the international supply chain (AEOS).

This is an innovative programme, founded on the principles of reciprocal transparency, correctness and accountability; introduced by the World Customs Organisation to facilitate legitimate trade and strengthen its security at international level. The Customs Code provides that this status is given exclusively to operators able to demonstrate their compliance with stringent criteria, appropriately verified during the audit phase. These parameters are assessed keeping account of the single requesting operator, the role it covers in the international supply chain, the dimensions, the complexity of the activities carried out and the types of goods handled.

Thanks to the new status, Epta enjoys mutual recognition with Third States benefitting from a series of advantages which include, for example privileged access to customs simplifications, more streamlined security checks and priority treatment during customs clearance. The certification is unlimited in time and besides the EU, it is also recognised in Switzerland, Japan, Andorra, United States and China. Attainment of the AEO qualification is a prestigious recognition for the Group, essential to implementing better customs planning and optimising its business strategy.

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EPTA ITALIAN WINNER OF THE INDUSTRIAL EXCELLENCE AWARD IT WINS SILVER MEDAL IN EUROPE

18/12/2019

Silver medal at the 23rd edition of the European Industrial Excellence Award 2019: Epta was recently awarded second best Company among the winners of the national editions. The ceremony, held in Barcelona on 4 December at the IESE Business School University campus of Navarra, saw the participation of more than 200 leading figures of the academic and industrial world to share best practices and underline the centrality of themes like sustainability, digital transformation and Industry 4.0.

The Industrial Excellence Award, of which Epta won the Italian edition in July 2019, is 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 jury composed of teachers of Operations Management from the SDA Bocconi School of Management, selected Epta as winner of the Italian edition and, together with professors of WHU (Otto Beisheim School of Management) and of INSEAD (The Business School for the World) as finalist for the European competition thanks to the Business Unit of Limana. It 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 in the 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 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 area.

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EPTA ACQUIRES LINUS ECO AND STRENGTHENS ITS POSITION IN POLAND

05/12/2019

Milan, 5th December 2019 - Epta SpAa multinational group specialised in commercial refrigeration – has announced that it has aquired Linus Eco sp.z.o.o. in Poland. The Group’s partner in Poland designs, installs and provides after-sales assistance for refrigeration systems, including those with natural refrigerant CO2, for the Food Retail segment. Based in Bosutów in the Krakow area, Linus Eco has made a name for itself in the area as a reliable partner for the biggest local and foreign players in Retail.

In line with Epta’s strategy for international development, this agreement aims to consolidate the Group’s direct presence in high-potential countries such as Poland, ranked the sixth-largest country in terms of inhabitants, and the seventh-largest economy in the European Union. This agreement comes in the wake of establishing Epta Polska; a company formed simultaneous to the acquisition of Libre Sp.z.o.o.Sp.K in August 2017, with the aim of boosting market penetration.

Andrzej Zabiegaj and Grzegorz Brak from Linus declared: “Epta Polska and Linus have benefited from a collaboration spanning a number of years. Now we will be consolidating our reciprocal skills in a single team. Joining Epta will give us an opportunity to deliver turnkey projects with outstanding added value, featuring solutions with unrivalled design, quality, technology and low environmental impact, not to mention excellent after-sales services.”

Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and Managing Director of Epta commented: “We are proud to welcome Linus Eco into the Group. This strategic deal will allow us to be more competitive together and help us to stay closer to our customer base in Poland. He continues:The agreement also confirms Epta’s intention to increase its presence in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2011, the company has been working in Hungary with Epta International technical and commercial coordination centre. It has since developed further with the acquisitions of Libre in 2017 in Poland, followed by DAAS in 2018 in Romania. Thanks to Linus’s capabilities, Epta expects to further consolidate its market share in these areas, which are set to yield considerable growth.”

The Advisors which supported Epta in the acquisition were MDDP for the tax and financial due diligence, and Schönherr for legal matters.

The closing has already been completed with validity effective from December 4th 2019.

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PRIX DE L’ECONOMIE NEO AQUITAINS: EPTA FRANCE AMONG THE SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES OF THE NEW AQUITAINE

27/11/2019

Epta France is among the winners of the Prix de l’Economie Néo Aquitains – Department of the Atlantic Pyrenees. This event, which is now in its 14th edition, was established to reward successful companies and entrepreneurs in the area that actively contribute to the development of the Region and present them as virtuous examples, enhancing the routes and results achieved in terms of growth, export, innovation etc. The ceremony was held on 26 November in Biarritz at the Municipal Casino and political and economic authorities of the Department also attended.

Organised by the daily Sud Ouest, the Banque Populaire and the New Aquitaine Region, in association with Kedge BS and Pouey International, the Prix de l’Economie Néo Aquitains envisages the selection of a shortlist of 200 Companies, assessed by a jury which this year is chaired by Guillaume De Seynes, general manager of Hermès International and composed of 11 members chosen from the most important entrepreneurs of the region.

Marco Nocivelli, President and CEO of Epta Group received the Prix Performance: We are proud to have received this prestigious award, which encourages us to continue along the path of growth we have undertaken, and bears witness to our willingness to actively contribute to local development. In the last ten years, our turnover in France has doubled to reach 210 million Euro last year. Our workforce has also grown, and we now employ 600+ employees in France. This success is thanks to the trust that clients place in us, our continuous investment policy - equal to 5 million Euro a year in the Hendaye site - and above all to our collaborators, especially those who work in the Basque Country.”

 

 

 

 

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Epta on the podium of the German Design Awards 2020 for OutFit and Mozaïk

25/11/2019

Epta wins the prestigious German Design Award for the second time, the award given to projects that merge functionality and utility, aesthetics and quality. The OutFit family under the Costan brand and Mozaïk under the Bonnet Névé brand, which debuted with serve-overs Velvet and Shape, was awarded in the category Excellent Product Design-Retail.

The award is assigned by the German Design Council, set up by the Deutsche bundestag of the German Government in 1953 to highlight the innovations that generate added value for brands in terms of design. The competition contributes to dictating the trends on the German and international stage, thanks to the participation of companies that see design as a key factor to develop their business and an international jury of experts from the industry and academic sector.

In 2016, Epta had already won the prize for the RevUP family of Costan and Bonnet Névé. This year, the commission awarded the line OutFit Costan and Mozaïk Bonnet Névé for the elevated modularity of the Velvet and Shape ranges, a guarantee of extremely versatile configurations and maximum personalisation in every kind of store, thanks to the multiple versions and finishes available for 480 modules. The serve-overs present themselves as a solution able to make the store unique and distinguishable and improve the shopping experience, transforming the store into a reference point for Consumers.          

The prize-giving ceremony will be on 7 February in Frankfurt at the Ambiente international trade fair.

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