Epta will be a Gold Sponsor at the sixth edition of ATMOsphere Europe 2015. This event, a meeting place for opinion leaders and experts in the HVAC&R industry (Heat Ventilation Air conditioning Cooling & Refrigeration), will be held in Bruxelles on March 16th to 17th. It is the place where the latest technological news in terms of natural refrigerants, market trends and reference standards are shared and discussed.

This is a challenge but also an opportunity for the guest speakers, who will be called to present their successes in the European market, through projects selected  for their innovational content and the expertise developed in the field on the use of natural refrigerant like CO2, ammonia, hydrocarbons, air and/or water.

Sustainability, originality and measurability: these are the criteria used in project selection. Preferred projects will be endorsed by the results of tests performed on actual installations and will contain best practice tips for future applications. Also, preferred case histories will be those providing data about the effect of refrigerants on the systems' Coefficient of Performance (COP) compared to traditional set-ups as well as energy cost, planning, implementation and life cycle data. Special focus will be given to examples located in Southern Europe, a warmer region presenting interesting challenges.

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Epta takes up the social challenge and opens its own Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube channels: the desire to be more transparent and sharing motivated the Group to extend its communications into Social Media. The aim is to use quality contents to create engagement in the users and to offer inspiration for interesting interaction between clients and stakeholders.  

Numerous and varied posts are published. Among them the important weekly #eptaroundtheworld appointment, a selection of the most important installations by the group's brands around the world. Appealing tutorials, international  awards, tips and the foremost features in the Italian and foreign press definitely add value to the Epta brand online, in line with the Eptology philosophy: the Epta Way Up and its four Evidences, is the fil rouge of the social contents and will contribute to a more effective representation of the Group and brand's strength.

The goals of the project are, on the one hand, to support the company in boosting its position as a leading opinion maker in the industry; on the other hand, to further strengthen its brand reputation online, through ethical and sustainable communication so social networks become one more source of traffic for the corporate site and for the various brands.

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The appointment with Costan, Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp's excellence is at Gulfood 2015, one of the most important International trade fairs for the catering and hospitality business, to be held in Dubai, from February 8th through 12th, 2015. The focus of the event as scheduled is on sharing the latest Ho.Re.Ca trends.
An excellent showcase for these Epta brands: Costan will present its latest solutions created to join the elegance of contemporary style with the highest energy saving. Eurocryor will present brand-new high-end serve-over refrigerated counters designed to customise prestige stores. Misa will show its range of cold rooms providing unsurpassed food safety and preservation. Then Iarp will demonstrate how its expertise in plug-in cabinets can bring together the three basic factors: innovation, design and quality.

With more than 4,500 exhibitors, 82,000 visitors from 170 countries and an exhibition area covering 114,000 m² and 110 pavilions, the event will be staged in the city known as one of the 10 greatest port trade centres in the world, the Dubai World Trade Center, a venue with over 30 years of experience in managing world-scale events.

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Together Edeka Schubert and Epta have written a new chapter in their long-standing co-operation which began in 2005. A leader in its region, when the German chain opened their sixth point of sale in the Rostock area, they decided to do it in style: creating an extremely energy-efficient store with an exclusive design.

In this innovational point of sale covering an area of 1200 m2, Bistrot and Gemini Kristal by Eurocryor - suitable for the display of meat, sausages, sushi and pre-packed fish - stand out, as well as Proxima and Viseo ECO4 cabinets by Bonnet Névé. The latter are positive-temperature multidecks with double-glazed doors developed to provide high thermal insulation and low energy consumption. The light structure of these cabinets ensures an excellent display ratio and a streamlined and minimalist design. The installation is completed by other items from the Cosmos 3 ECO low-temperature line, also branded Bonnet Névé, which provide excellent frozen food preservation.

Choosing energy efficiency has never been this easy: LED lighting on cabinets and Epta's transcritical CO2 refrigeration system installed with a system to reclaim excess heat, improve the store's eco-sustainable features while fully complying with UE emissions standards.

The photogallery is available here 

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On August 29th,  2014, in Paris, the closing event of the FRISBEE research project was held.

FRISBEE (Food Refrigeration Innovations for Safety, consumers’ Benefit, Environmental impact and Energy optimisation along the cold chain in Europe) is a four-year European research project, focusing on innovation for the refrigeration industry. The foremost goal of this program is to develop solutions to reduce energy consumption while guaranteeing the utmost food quality and safety.

In this context, and as a FRISBEE partner, Epta presented the world's first prototype of a Superchilling cabinet for the Food Retail and Catering business, a process that of extends the shelf life of fresh products, keeping their nutritional and organoleptic properties intact.

Finally, many other solutions were presented, the work of the 25 operators that participated in the project from 12 companies, 11 Research Centres and Universities and 2 NGOs. Among the most interesting first-time proposals from the workgroup that Epta belongs to include QEEAT , a software which can provide Energy consumption and GWI index predicting estimates for individual cold chains. Also a magnetic refrigerator prototype for household applications.

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The new Epta corporate site with completely new graphics, content structure and available information, has been online since September 18th, 2014. Accessed at www.eptarefrigeration.com, its modern and striking layout has great impact, which reflects THE EPTA WAY UP concept and highlights the concept's strengths:  Experience, Efficiency, Excellence and Evolution.

The menu is readily accessible and user-friendly, guiding the user easily towards the desired content. A selection of the most recent and most important news regarding the Group's activities is on the homepage, just a click away.

The website now features a new GROUP area, where Epta's identity is clearly expressed, clarifying the Company's Mission and Vision, introducing the 6 brands which make up the Group and also some of the Epta businesses around the world. The latest events and news are available in the HIGHLIGHTS area, where it is possible to browse press releases and clippings, as well as the most recent videos shot for advertising campaigns. The PRODUCTS and SERVICE areas portray the Group's extensive range, comprising refrigerated cabinets, systems and cold-rooms, installation assistance, after-sales service and maintenance.

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Epta achieves the silver medal in the 2014 ECOCARE, an event promoted by the German magazine “Lebensmittel Praxis” to award the best sustainability concepts offered by retailers, food producers and suppliers of the supermarket business.

Epta, the only refrigeration equipment supplier winner, was awarded the ‘Project’ category second prize, for environmental friendly production of cabinets in the Limana production site (North of Italy).
Specifically, through the installation of a cogeneration plant and photovoltaic technology Epta are able to support 37% of the entire facility’s needs for thermal and electrical energy.
Moreover, further reductions in consumption are also achieved as the hot air produced by the thermoelectric equipment is reused by the painting ovens.
In addition the new painting line that has doubled productivity, allowing a substantial decrease in energy and water consumption.

The jury also appreciated Epta’s proactive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy. The Group has set long-term sustainability goals reflected in its environmentally friendly manufacturing process, using natural refrigerants and in the ongoing development of sustainable technical solutions for food retailers.

Epta 2nd Corporate Social Responsability Report

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Temperature drops, visibility is on the rise: thanks to the new Costan and Bonnet Névé Frozen Ranges


The Frozen food range becomes richer with the new Elephant UP/Ampleo UP multidecks and the Cayman UP/Coliseum UP combined cabinets. These are negative-temperature cabinets suitable for the display of pre-packed ice cream and frozen food in supermarkets, hypermarkets and cash & carry stores. Great visibility of the displayed product and high energy efficiency at frozen food temperatures are the two big plusses created by RevUP Technology: best visual display to boost profitability in the department.

These cabinets also feature LED lighting from the IntensLIGHT Advance range, which is perfectly integrated into the cabinet uprights, providing uniform light distribution (4.100K) and minimising shadows while intensifying the colour of packaging to highlight the products on display. Finally, the energy efficiency requirements retailers are faced with inspired the Company to develop the innovative BTH wiring architecture. Offered in two versions, this can reduce energy consumption by between 30 and 50%. The cabinet becomes intelligent: the BTH system fine-tunes the cabinets electrical operation to match store conditions, including seasonal and attendance factors, the cabinet meets the most stringent energy conservation requirements in stores

As Joachim Dallinger, Product & Marketing Manager di Epta Deutschland puts it: “The creation of a welcoming atmosphere in the frozen food area is crucial in the process of gaining customer loyalty. The installation of the new cabinets Ampleo UP (Bonnet Névé) in the Rewe store, in Germany, has actually generated very flattering comments from consumers as it improves their shopping experience”.

Watch the video for the new Frozen Range

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Epta are proud to announce their success in winning the “Convenience Retail project of the Year” award at the tenth annual RAC Cooling Industry Awards in London, where leaders in the cooling industry compete to win awards for the most innovative, imaginative and environmentally friendly products and developments.

This award-winning solution was created for the Cooperative Group who have over 2800 convenience stores in the UK and wanted to include a store within their new head office in Angel Square, Manchester, one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in Europe with a BREEAM score of 95.32%.  The Cooperative Group are a leader in the introduction of door cabinets in the UK, with over three thousand George Barker sliding door cabinets installed in the UK. These cabinets were used in the new store, reducing energy consumption by 50%. For the refrigeration system Epta designed a dual temperature booster system with CO2 as the operating fluid and a COP of 5.56 which avoided operating the food chiller pack transcritically. The location in the centre of Manchester meant an external heat exchanger to air could not be used, so the innovative solution to reject heat to the building’s cold water system was used.

The Cooperative Group’s Refrigeration Manager, Mr Bill Watson, said “We are very pleased with this installation which meets all our expectations and perfectly complements the high environmental objectives set for the development of Angel Square”

In Luca Lastella words, George Barker General Manager, We are delighted to have been awarded this important prize and to have been a part of the construction of this world class environmentally sustainable building”.  

For more info see also www.coolingindustryawards.com

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"Quality, creativity and a touch of genius": Marco Nocivelli, Managing Director of EPTA, reveals the Group formula for success on RTL 102.5 "L'Azienda Italia, una Grande Azienda", the new radio program that every Tuesday morning presents the story of a leading Italian Company.

See the complete interview https://vimeo.com/106940163


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