Decreased environmental impact
Zhu adds that the service lifetime of the new products will be double that of existing, conventional MPE condensers. Previously, service lifetimes of this length were only possible by using a chemical coating – a costly and environmentally unfriendly solution. “With this folded tube technology combined with Gränges’ patented MULTICLAD alloy, we will eliminate the need for this chemical process and help our customers to reduce costs and decrease overall environmental impacts,” he says.
Increased market share within HVACR
Zhu believes the stationary heat exchanger market holds great potential for Gränges, with many large manufacturers located in China and North America and a few smaller operations in Europe.
“We expect our new machine to help us to increase our market share within HVAC&R and to contribute to a faster transition to brazed aluminium heat exchangers,” Zhu says. “Today, stationary heat exchangers account for about five percent of Gränges’ total sales. Our hope is to increase that share in the coming years.”