Another success for the FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency of Epta which wins first prize in the "Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Innovation” category at the German Refrigeration Award 2018. The acknowledgement, presented by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Svenja Schulze is geared to promote the development of innovative and energetically efficient technologies in HVACR. The competition, held for the first time in 2008, is part of the Climate Initiative of the German Government, and is organised by the cooperative co2online GmbH and by the Association Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kälte.

FTE of Epta is the result of a new approach to natural refrigeration. It adds simplicity, reliability, functionality, efficiency and better performance, in any climate condition, if compared with a standard traditional CO2 booster plant. It is designed to guarantee Retailers a solution available on a wide scale, offering 10% energy saving and 20% lower installation and maintenance costs.

At the award ceremony, held during the Energy Conference of Berlin, Dr. Reiner Tillner-Roth, General Manager of Epta Deutschland GmbH, commented: “We are proud to receive the German Refrigeration Award 2018, which confirms our ongoing commitment to present the market with systems that anticipate the times, synonymous with cutting-edge technology and respect for the environment. In accordance with the path followed to date, our goal for the future is to be ever closer to our clients and provide solutions able to satisfy the highest standards." He concludes "The award, which amounts to €10,000, will be invested to further implement the FTE."


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Epta Asia Pacific participated in Food & Hotel Asia 2018 on 24-27 April at the Suntec Singapore (stand H6K1-01)! An opportunity to discover the novelties from its brands Costan, Bonnet Névé, Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp that were designed to improve the business of its customers operating in the Food&Bev, Ho.Re.Ca. andRetail sectors in the Asian market.

This trade fair is held every two years and aims to be a meeting place and point of exchange for international professionals. It comprises six events Bakery & Pastry, Food Asia, Hospitality Style Asia, Hospitality Technology, Hotel Asia and Speciality Coffee & Tea, making it the most complete event in the Food & Hospitality segment in Asia, thanks to the wide selection of products and services.

Epta Asia Pacific attended Hotel Asia, to present an extensive offer dedicated to the Asian market, which is focused on refrigerated solutions able to combine design, a green spirit and the highest level of attention to food safety.

The systems on display included Passion Iarp, a plug-in cabinet for ice cream, with high-tech forms and exclusive blue profiles. The cabinet is the ideal complement for the Cool Emotion Range, and is designed to satisfy the flexibility requirements of all premises and improve the image of Food & Beverage and Ho.Re.Ca operators.

Melody/Glide Costan & Bonnet Névé also featured, the highly transparent cabinets for drawing attention to frozen products and incentivising impulse purchases in stores by creating original islands, with a back to back combination of plug-ins.

Also on display was the Misa cold rooms, technologically advanced solutions combining the highest food safety and high flexibility and functionality. Available in an infinite variety of configurations, they are designed to optimise spaces and be easy to install in any type of environment.

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Innovation never stops at the Limana production plant


Limana, 9 April 2018Epta, the multinational group specialising in commercial refrigeration, today unveiled its Multi-Purpose Exhibition Space in its Limana production plant. The event was attended by the press and Local Authorities, represented by the Mayor of Limana Milena de Zanet, and the Chairman of Confindustria Belluno Dolomiti, Luca Barbini.

The development of this Space is part of wide-ranging strategy involving major investments for the company with the aim of improving its presence in the market. By positioning itself as a benchmark for Customers, Suppliers and Employees, the new showroom will be a showcase for “touching by hand”, discovering and appreciating the technology and quality that have always characterised products from Epta’s brands.

Today’s event will be an opportunity to look back at all the recent accomplishments. The plant has continued to receive major investments, totalling approximately 10 million euro in the last two years, with the aim of adopting Industry 4.0 technologies and improving the production processes. The new Glassware Department, which opened in 2016, generated 80 new workplaces and will help us to achieve a further increase in production capacity by the end of 2018. The aim of the plan is to achieve a continual improvement in both environmental terms through maximising the safeguarding of resources and energy efficiency, as demonstrated by the 50% reduction in energy consumption per unit produced, and in terms of the development of our staff. Indeed, it is through the commitment and desire of all our employees and co-workers that we can now celebrate this important result: the production of one and a half million units since the opening of the Limana premises in 1972.

This success deserves to be celebrated, thanks also to the Multi-Purpose Exhibition Space: this is a modern and dynamic environment of 600 m2 that is broken down into a main building, which serves as a showcase for new releases from the brands Costan, Bonnet Névé, Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp, a Training Centre & Test Space and a Conference Hall. It also has an area for the presentation of the most recent technical and technological innovations and Epta Service, the Group’s brand that specialises in post-sales services, to offer Customers a fully comprehensive service.

Marco Nocivelli, the Chairman and CEO of the Epta Group commented: “We are proud to share this important production target and our new project with our guests. With this multi-purpose space we wanted to create an environment that would reflect the identity and values of the Company.” and he concluded “Our objective is to contribute to transforming Limana into an internationally renowned hub, in which to meet Customers and professionals from the sector and discuss the latest technological targets and success stories.”

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Quality and excellence have always been at the forefront for Epta, on a par with its commitment to responsible social progress and environmental protection: concrete values that have underpinned its participation, since 2015, in the membership programme Corporate Golden Donor of FAI Italian Environment Fund – to protect the national heritage.

A virtuous initiative which finds new expression in supporting the three-year plan 2018-2020 of Villa dei Vescovi, an elegant early 16th century building donated by Maria Teresa Olcese Valoti and Pierpoalo Olcese to FAI in 2005. Inspired by classical themes and surrounded by the landscape of the Euganean Hills, it communicates with the frescoes of the rooms to create harmonious fusion between nature, art and architecture.

Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of Epta declares: “I am proud of our new collaboration with FAI which contributes to preserving our cultural heritage. The choice of Villa dei Vescovi is based on the desire to strengthen the bond between Epta and these areas, where the Group is historically present with the production facilities of Solesino in the province of Padova and Limana in the province of Belluno”. He concludes “In this way, we confirm our commitment by participating with FAI in the multidisciplinary research project which awards scholarships for the University of Padua".

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F-gas Regulation, Epta is ready to beat the challenge


January 1st 2018 marked the second step to reduce fluorinated gases (HFC) by reducing availability – leading to significant reduction within Europe compared to 2014 levels, as established by EU regulation 517/2014 of the European Commission (F-gas Regulation). This measure has effectively decreed the progressive elimination of HFC with the highest GWP, including R404a, used throughout  the refrigeration sector. The F-gas Regulation, as well as scheduling the next phase down dates for the final overall 80% emission reduction by 2030, states additional requirements to drive significant reductions  in the number of  gas leaks and  suitable treatment when the systems reach the end of their useful operating life.

The exclusive FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency, with which the company opens the way to a new standard in natural CO2 refrigeration, stands out among the most innovative solutions offered by Epta, a multinational group specialised in commercial refrigeration. This is a simple system, available on a large scale, which extends the current limits of transcritical technology, ensuring the best performance in any climatic condition  FTE can lead to upto  10% energy saving when compared to a traditional booster systems and up to 20% reduction in maintenance costs.

To further confirm the sustainable approach of Epta and its commitment in supporting Customers in adopting HFC free solutions, 100% of the remote cabinets of the Group’s brands are already available in CO2, a natural refrigerant with minimal global warming potential (GWP) of 1. Epta has also renewed the ranges of plug-ins of all its brands with versions powered by R290 propane, or other refrigerants with low GWP.

To update the systems already installed and to respond to the European F-gas directives, Epta  offers professional retrofitting with the replacement of old pollutant refrigerant gases in favour of modern lower environmental impact refrigerants, entrusting themselves to the EptaService brand. Epta Service boasts the best support teams: expert technicians that offer all-round consulting, proposing remote monitoring programmes and maintenance, an e-commerce platform for spare parts and a high value-added Customer Service.

The brand presents a package of targeted interventions to extend the life of the systems and supports Customers in all stages of the process. Following an accurate assessment of user needs and the choice of the most suitable solution, Epta Servicesets up the new system and relative hardware and software updates on the store, fills it up and switches it on again, with specially developed low GWP blends to best match the systems,  as well as recovering and safely disposing of the old HFC used.

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Marco Nocivelli, guest at Edicola 2.0 Bistrot


Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of Epta, was a guest at Edicola 2.0 Bistrot, a new modern and multimedia format which offers a space dedicated to debates, meetings and cultural events, as well as information.

The mechanical industry as spokesperson for Made in Italy around the world: this was the heart of the round table moderated by the journalist Chiara Rizzo, which saw the presence of Marco Nocivelli, Alessandro Durante, external relations manager of ANIMA, and Daniela Mainini. The latter, a lawyer by profession, is outgoing regional councillor and candidate with the Gori list; she has more than thirty years experience in industrial law and was President of the Grande Milano Study Centre and the Anti-counterfeiting Study Centre and, from 2013 to 2016, head of the Anti-counterfeiting Council of Milan.

With exports worth 440 billion Euro, Italy is among the worldwide leaders: Made in Italy, generally associated to food, design and fashion, actually owes its major achievements to the mechanics sector, which presents the best results in terms of export.

Epta can be cited as an exemplary case: an Italian group which has always invested in Italy, considered strategic in terms of development, which boasts four production sites and a 1,800-strong workforce, exporting Italian expertise to 120 countries worldwide.

The Industry 4.0 Plan, a long-term plan which puts the business back at centre stage to revive the economy by focusing on entrepreneurship, is crucial for supporting Italian companies. The debate was the opportunity to explore the needs of the Industrial policy, and one of the key elements to emerge was the importance of making suitable infrastructure available, both physical and digital, necessary to ensure the best region-wide coverage. It is also essential to commit to education, to encourage initiatives like work-related learning programmes and the preferential choice of technical institutes, to guarantee companies professional figures that meet the needs of Smart Factories.

The focus of the round table then shifted to the protection of Made in Italy, and how it is able to bring extra added value to the national and international market. Patent copying and counterfeiting of spare parts or mechanical components have a very significant impact. For Companies like Epta it becomes crucial to protect themselves from counterfeiting and from the consequent unfair competition when operating internationally. This causes considerable image damage for those who see their brand or products exploited, and generates a high level of economic damage and loss in overall competitiveness for the country.

Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of Epta, concludes: “As entrepreneur of a family-run business it is crucial for me to maintain the cultural heritage and commit myself to continuing to let it be experienced. This is also closely related to the importance of giving back to the local area and the community what we have received.” He continues, “To do so, it is necessary to invest in logistic and digital infrastructure, as well as young people. We ask for concrete initiatives in favour of culture and education, so that Italian know-how remains in our country and that "4.0 young people, lifeblood of the manufacturing industry of the future, can be inserted into the workplace."

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Epta is ready to take part as Gold Sponsor in the first edition of ATMOsphere China 2018, which will be held on 11th and 12th April in Beijing. A unique opportunity for the experts of the HVAC&R sector to share best practice and expertise, with a focus on the new opportunities open to natural refrigerants in the Asian markets. China, to respect the restrictions introduced by the Kigali Amendment, has recently begun phasing out R22 refrigerant ; trials of systems that are more energy efficient, and using low GWP refrigerants such as  CO2 system are underway.

John Austin-Davies, Marketing Project Director of Epta will take part in the event. He comments:”The Group, which has always been committed to manufacturing high-performing systems with a minimal environmental impact, has developed solutions and technologies able to respond effectively to the European F-gas regulation and to the conditions imposed by the Kigali Amendment." and continues "The transition of the Chinese market towards more sustainable refrigeration is a great opportunity for Epta to establish itself on this market as quality partner for , Food Retail Multiples, also in the Ho.Re.Ca. and Food&Beverage sectors

The exclusive FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency system, is one of the most innovative Epta products, with which the company paves the way to a new standard in natural CO2 refrigeration, and will be presented at ATMOsphere China. A simple system which is available worldwide on an industrial scale, that extends the current limits of transcritical technology, guarantees best performance in any climatic condition; typically an energy saving of 10% compared with a simple transcritical system and lower installation and maintenance costs.

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