FTE, a new approach to natural refrigeration


Multiple prize-winner at international level,  part of the Life-C4R project


200 installations around the world and numerous awards are confirmation of the reliability of FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency by Epta. The system is already highly appreciated all over Europe, winning the RAC Cooling Award 2017 – Refrigeration Innovation of the Year, key English event for the HVAC&R sector, the German Refrigeration Award 2018, which rewards the development of innovative and energy-efficient technologies, the Italian award Sustainable Development 2018, which celebrates success in the green economy and, finally, the Perifem Award 2018, organised by the French association of Retail technical producers.

FTE is an innovative technology and available on a large scale, the result of a new approach to natural refrigeration, which merges simplicity, reliability, functionality, energy saving and better performance, in any climate condition.

Analysis of the results recorded in South America, Europe and Australia, is evidence of the excellence of the system and confirms a 15% energy saving (compared to a standard CO2 booster plant) and up to 20% lower installation and maintenance costs.

For the important and positive contribution it makes to lowering the greenhouse effect by reducing consumption and the exclusive use of CO2 as refrigerant, FTE has been identified as the key technology to protect the environment and the climate. It has been inserted into the prestigious three-year project entitled LIFE17 C4R –Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration financed by the European Union, which aims to define the new standards and the technologies of the future for natural refrigeration in the Retail sector.

Presented at Chillventa 2018, the LIFE C4R project is a 3-year long initiative (2018-2021), which is aimed at developing a management protocol in the technical, marketing and communications sector. The strategic plan includes two special projects in Italy, four in Romania, Spain and subsequently in Nordic Countries, to verify the performance in different climatic conditions and conduct a comprehensive analysis of the lifecycle of the systems. A great opportunity for Epta, which thanks to LIFE C4R can propose FTE technology as a standard industrial solution throughout the European Union.

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The best Ho.Re.Ca solutions of the Epta brands, showcased at Sirha 2019


Sirha, a key event in the Ho.Re.Ca. world, returns from 26 to 30 January 2019 in Lyon, at the Eurexpo exhibition park. The event will be the ideal opportunity for Epta to present new Iarp-brand products (stand 5C102) to the French market. In the wake of the 2017 edition, which recorded 208,000 visitors, from 132 countries, the 2019 edition already promises to be a success with 2,984 exhibitors, 7 halls and 12 sectors.

Innovative ability, maximum flexibility and elevated reliability: these are the strong points of the Iarp Cool Emotions on show. A full range of plug-ins with a coordinated and high-tech design composed of the semi-vertical Joy, the vertical Glee, the scooping Delight, and the new compact Excite for countertops. Other products, featuring minimalist aesthetics, high performance and attention to sustainability, will also be on show at Sirha. Rugiada Wine&Beer, designed for lovers of wine and beer, EKO42 ideal for beverages, dairy products, fruit and vegetables and, finally, New York of the Iarp City Collection, a vending machine designed for the sale of ice cream, fully customizable thanks to the ability to digital print directly on the sheet metal, all stand out among the vertical cabinets. Iarp also presents the promotional island Svaba Glass 150, a combination of transparency, efficiency and reduced consumption.

The event will be the opportunity to illustrate the characteristics of Iarp’s “Fleet management” service dedicated to the French market for all-round management of refrigerated cabinets on behalf of third parties. The numerous services offered include the supply and storage of multibrand solutions, delivery to shops, preventive maintenance, on-site intervention, withdrawal at end of service life and reconditioning.

#EPTABricks, the refrigerated lockers that enable customers to conveniently pick up 24/7 the shopping purchased online on the shop’s website during the day, will also be presented and complete the offer for Sirha 2019.

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#EptaExperience is the way for your 2019: Epta supports Treedom for the reforestation of Veneto


A gift for the community under this year’s Christmas tree, which will start bearing fruits in late 2019. In line with its policy of social responsibility, implemented with the Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Epta is committed to creating a business forest to support the planting of woods in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. The Group is historically present in the area with the Costan and Eurocryor brands and the production sites of Limana in the province of Belluno and Solesino in the province of Padova.

The region was struck by a violent storm in November, which damaged 100,000 hectares and brought down millions of trees. The project is implemented in association with Treedom, an Italian platform set up to finance small-scale agro forestry systems with native trees, respecting biodiversity and responding to ten of the Sustainable Development Goals promoted by the UN.


Epta joined the Treedom initiative creating a business forest of 100 indigenous plants. Upon conclusion of the site verifications, in association with Veneto Agricoltura to cover the areas of greater priority, the planting process will begin.


With the reforestation of woods in Veneto, Epta invests in the protection of biodiversity and in the contrast of soil erosion, safeguarding the ecosystem and landscape heritage, inheritance for the generations to come.


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Epta expertise awarded at the UK-Italy Business Boost Awards


 Thanks to the work of Epta UK, Epta group is among the winners of the UK-Italy Business Boost Awards, established by the British Consulate General of Milan and by the Department for International Trade (DIT). The prize pays tribute to outstanding Italian entrepreneurial activities that have chosen the UK as a strategic base for their international development and celebrates the success of British companies established in Italy.

The event, in its 12th edition, was held on 29 November at Palazzo Mezzanotte, situated in Piazza Affari. The gala evening was organised in association with the Italian Stock Exchange – London Stock Exchange Group and ELITE. Illustrious guests attended, including the British Ambassador in Italy and San Marino, Jill Morris, the City of London Council Deputy Leader, Tom Sleigh, the CEO of the Italian Stock Exchange, Raffaele Jerusalmi and the British Minister for Investments, Graham Stuart.

“We are proud of this success, which is the result of the passion and teamwork of our 400 collaborators in the United Kingdom” comments Luca Lastella, General Manager UK and Nordic Countries Epta, who received the crystal flame from the British Ambassador in Italy and San Marino, Jill MorrisAn award achieved in the year that celebrates our 90 years in commercial refrigeration in the UK. We have boosted investments in the production centre of Bradford and this has allowed us to consolidate ourselves as the ideal partner in Great Britain for refrigeration in the Retail sector. Furthermore, thanks to the acquisition of Cold Service, we are now able to offer a complete service nationwide proposing tailor made solutions and all-round assistance, in contracting and in after-sales service. We also boast a permanent training centre, a benchmark in Europe in the natural and sustainable refrigeration sector.”


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Epta receives a CFO Award: Massimo Albertario winner of the Elite company category


The Epta Group has received a prestigious new award for the work of Massimo Albertario and his department, which was given a CFO Award at the ceremony organised by ANDAF (National Association of Financial and Administrative Directors) and Accuracy (independent international consulting firm), in conjunction with the Italian Stock Exchange and Elite. The event, now in its third edition, is dedicated to Administrative and Financial Directors whose quality, intuition, professionalism and team spirit have made them stand out.

The ceremony took place on 22 November at Milan’s Palazzo Mezzanotte, the premises of the Italian Stock Exchange. It also provided the opportunity to exchange views on the current role of CFOs. The role is one which is constantly evolving, in an increasing shift from financial professional to that of a business partner who gives strategic consultancy to create value for the Company, thanks to active, ongoing exchanges with other departments.

Massimo Albertario, CFO of Epta, received an award “for the role performed as business supporter, as well as CFO, participating first-hand in the Executive Committee. He also stands out for the way he has handled complex operations of extraordinary finance, defining and implementing a Group-level strategic planning model which has made it possible to steer measures in order mid-to-long term objectives. Last but not least, thanks to his work to align finance & controlling processes, he has managed to bring the policies of the subsidiaries into line with Corporate strategy whilst at the same time enhancing the particular features of the companies on a local level.

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Further success for Epta thanks to FTE at the 2018 Sustainable Development Award


Epta has received recognition for Sustainable Development in 2018, which is awarded to the most deserving Italian companies in the green economy field. The award ceremony of the tenth edition of this event was held on 8 November at the 2018 Ecomondo fair in Rimini.


The Group, which was selected in the Energy from Renewable Sources category, stood out for the innovative drive of its FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency, which has wholly responded to the assessment criteria: effectiveness of the environmental results attained, with particular reference to the mitigation of the climate crisis; technological content; economic and employment results achieved; and the possibility of diffusion in Italy and abroad.


With more than 70 installations in Italy and 140 around the world, energy savings of up to 10% compared to a traditional CO2 booster plant and installation and maintenance costs reduced by as much as 20%, FTE combines simplicity, reliability, functionality and performance, and takes a new approach to natural refrigeration. Available on a large scale, it is ideal in all climate conditions and is a valid solution for retailers who are obliged to comply with the guidelines imposed by the F-Gas Regulation in Europe and by the Kigali Agreement at international level.


Furthermore, by increasing the number of transcritical CO2 systems and accelerating their adoption, FTE allows Epta to make a significant contribution towards sharing specific skills and knowledge and to the specialisation of technical staff.


Lastly, as further confirmation of its validity, FTE has been included in the prestigious Life C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration project. This is an initiative funded by the European Union with the aim of defining new standards and technologies for natural refrigeration in the Retail sphere and is contemplated in the European LIFE17 programme, which is intended to encourage the protection of the environment and the climate, through the promotion of more than 35 projects.

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