HVAC Breaking News / News

Aug. 16, 2011: Smardt Chiller Group Expands Into Europe

August 16, 2011
KEYWORDS chiller / energy
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
STUTTGART, Germany — Smardt Chiller Group Inc. has acquired Stuttgart’s OPK Klimatechnik AG. OPK has an array of patent properties that cover advances in heat exchange, variable-speed drives, free-cooling chiller controls and compressor optimization. OPK equipment has been installed across the world, from Asia to Africa, but has been focused on the German, Swiss, and Austrian markets, especially in industrial process and data center applications.

Smardt Chiller Group started with its PowerPax operations in Melbourne, Australia in 1999, then in Montreal, Canada in 2004, and since then has established facilities in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Singapore. The group was established to optimize the energy efficiency benefits of the Turbocor oil-free centrifugal compressor technology to produce high-efficiency chillers.

“Smardt’s growth is driven by climate change and energy costs — and our oil-free centrifugal technology makes a major impact on both,” said Roger Richmond-Smith, Turbocor founder and Smardt group CEO. “This is not surprising when buildings account for 40 percent of the world’s total energy consumption, and in big buildings it’s the old chillers which eat up most of that. When we save 30-50 percent of annual energy costs, building owners across the world start to take notice,” he said.

“This is especially true in Europe, where the OPK Stuttgart factory gives us an initial footprint, OPK technologies give us some real product enhancements, and OPK’s people fit into our global team incredibly well,” Richmond-Smith added.

“We at OPK are delighted to join the fast-growing world of Smardt Chiller,” said OPK founder Erwin Ott, “because the move gives our people more opportunities and joining this global group adds impact and momentum to our HVAC technology innovations, which have been a well-kept secret so far.”

For more information, visit www.smardt.com.

Publication date: 08/15/2011

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

2014 MCAA Annual Convention

Scenes from the 2014 MCAA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Podcasts

Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of The NEWS, hosted the 2014 ACCA CEO Forum. At the event, six well-known, highly respected company executives, Gary Michel, Ingersoll Rand/Trane; Chris Nelson, Carrier Corp.; Chris Peel, Rheem Mfg. Co.; Rod Rushing, Johnson Controls; Brent Schroeder, Emerson Climate Technologies; and Doug Young, Lennox; provided individual industry outlooks and fielded questions directly from attending contractors. Listen to the entire event on the NEWSMakers podcast. Posted on April 14.

More Podcasts

THE MAGAZINE

ACHRNEWS

NEWS 04-14-14 cover

2014 April 14

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

SERVICE CALLS POLL

Which statement on service calls best applies to your business?
View Results Poll Archive

HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

plumbing-hvac.gif
2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research

 

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

DON'T MISS A THING

Magazine image
 
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con