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Engie strengthens position on heat pumps with strategic acquisition

Engie Refrigeration has acquired the CO2 high temperature heat pump activities from the insolvency assets of Hafner-Muschler Kälte- und Klimatechnik, including all patents and rights to all trademarks and names.

Engie chief executive Jochen Hornung.

The activities previously performed for Dürr thermea GmbH at the Ottendorf-Okrilla site in Dresden comprise the construction, production, sale and servicing of CO2-based heat pumps and compressed air refrigeration dryers.

All employees will be kept on and integrated into the Engie Refrigeration organisation, and will become a new branch of the business.

Ideal addition to product and service portfolio

With the acquisition, Engie Refrigeration has expanded its product and service portfolio in the fields of high temperature heat pumps and drying technology with CO2 technology, and further strengthened its position in the area of natural refrigerants.

By using R744, it is possible to achieve temperatures of up to 110 degrees Celsius, opening up applications in the fields of heating, heat supply in communal and industrial heating networks, and drying technology. The machines that have already been sold under the thermea brand around the world will be looked after by the international Engie Refrigeration service network.

Strong basis for future business growth

Engie Refrigeration specialises in products, solutions and services for economical and energy efficient refrigeration and heat recovery. Chief executive Jochen Hornung said: “The high temperature heat pumps are an excellent addition to our existing product and service portfolio. By using CO2, a natural refrigerant, we will also be creating a strong starting point for further growth – in Germany and abroad. Hafner-Mutschler’s high temperature heat pumps therefore fit perfectly into the Engie Refrigeration business strategy.”

3 July 2018

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