CAREL has expanded its U.S. production plant as part of a wider global expansion strategy.
CAREL USA breaking ground in Manheim.
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On 5 December, Italian multinational CAREL broke ground on an expansion of its U.S. production facility in Manheim, Pennsylvania from 35,000 to 70,000 square feet (3,251.61 to 6503.21 m2), as part of its global expansion strategy.
With activities in the U.S., Europe and China, the Italian OEM has contributed to rolling out CO2 and hydrocarbon-based technology in these markets.
This year the firm debuted the CAREL/Carrier EmJ modulating ejector line on the North American market. It is working on bringing its CO2 condensing unit controller, the Hecu Sistema, to the United States.
“After the interest we got in Europe, this is another important market for CO2 transcritical,” said Brandon Marshall, application manager refrigeration, Carel USA, based in Manheim, said at the AHR 2018 Expo in Chicago this year. “The ejector should facilitate this.” Ejectors enable transcritical systems to run efficiently in warm climates.
CAREL also stated at AHR 2018 that it is “open to partnering” with OEMs in the U.S. to bring the Hecu to market. The company is “in talks with a few,” said Marshall in January. The Hecu is designed for condensing units used in convenience stores, small grocery stores and quick-service restaurants. CO2 condensing units, prevalent in Japan, are rare in the U.S. convenience store market.
The expansion work in Manheim should be complete by the end of the first semester of 2019.
"The extension of the plant of Manheim follows the implementation, in the same plant, of the first U.S. programmable controller production line, completed last summer, and shows the interest of the Group to the North American market,” said Francesco Nalini, the CAREL Group’s CEO. “We expect this country to represent a significant accelerator for CAREL’s growth, which will be based on innovation, energy efficiency and customer care.”