F-Gas News: Bitzer expands heat exchange portfolio after buying Alfa Laval’s shell-and-tube business

Compressors-to-condensers giant claims purchase will make it largest manufacturer of key component

Bitzer is to buy the Italian shell-and-tube heat exchanger business of Sweden’s Alfa Laval, making it the largest independent manufacturer of shell-and-tube worldwide. The contract between Bitzer Italia and Alfa Laval was signed in Milan yesterday (April 3). The products acquired from Alfa Laval are designed for air conditioning and refrigeration applications and will thus enlarge Bitzer’s product portfolio.

Gianni Parlanti, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, said: ”With this acquisition, we are expanding our portfolio, as the evaporator technology manufactured in Alonte complements our existing product range. Our aim is to become the technology leader in this segment offering the market the latest solutions. To do this, we are building up a state-of-the-art laboratory with highly skilled personnel.”

Mr Parlanti said it was an important step for Bitzer in its efforts to develop its heat exchanger and pressure vessel business: ”With the acquisition of Alfa Laval’s shell-and-tube heat exchangers, Bitzer is gaining more than 40 years of experience in the development of these components and is, at the same time, strategically complementing its own product lines. Alfa Laval’s key strengths include decades of experience in dry expansion evaporators, flooded evaporators and condensers for fresh- and seawater applications with a capacity of up to 2,000 kW. With this acquisition, Bitzer is able to offer its customers highly efficient, future-proof solutions.”

Source: RAC plus