Brussels, 7 March 2018: The designers and architects of the Memphis Group, founded by Ettore Sottsass and working out of Milan in the 1980s, produced post-modern furniture, fabrics, ceramics and other objects featuring colourful decoration and asymmetrical shapes. The group’s highly acclaimed work made its debut at the 1981 Salone del Mobile in Milan, the world’s most prestigious furniture fair.
Similarly, Italians based in the Milan-Turin-Venice corridor have played an influential role in bringing natural refrigerant technologies to market worldwide. And likewise, they will seize the opportunity to shine at crucial events in their native Italy: Mostra Convegno Expocomfort in Milan (13-16 March) – one of the world’s biggest comfort technology tradeshows – and our ATMOsphere Europe conference on natural refrigerants, on the shores of Lake Garda (19-21 November).
Accelerate Italy, a special edition of our Accelerate magazine series, celebrates the passion of these visionaries in revolutionising their respective fields in this most exciting of years for natural refrigerants in Italy, a country which looms large in the history of refrigeration.
“I hope you enjoy reading about the cast of fascinating individuals and companies who are doing – and indeed have already done – so much to make the business case for natural refrigerants in Italy and beyond,” said Accelerate Italy Editor Andrew Williams.
“Our cover story focuses on some of the Italian movers and shakers whose innovations are helping to broaden the market for natural refrigerants around the world,” Williams said.
Sergio Girotto is one of those movers and shakers. Since designing the first CO2 transcritical supermarket in 1997, Girotto has continued to push the boundaries of what natural refrigerants can achieve. We spoke to the Enex founder and president about what’s next.
Officine Mario Dorin, an Italian compressor manufacturer, is celebrating its centenary this year. 71-year-old Mario Dorin, who has held just about every position in the company in his long career there, tells us why the future is bright for natural refrigerants.
Rewind to the 1970s, and training on natural refrigerant systems was difficult to come by. We investigate how numerous Italian institutes and manufacturers are today working hard to train new generations to use these climate-friendly technologies.
While refrigeration continues to make big strides towards natural refrigerants, air conditioning still lags behind. Our special Technology Focus looks at what Italian companies are doing to close this gap.
Features on a host of end users – from hypermarkets to wineries – are among the other stories waiting for you in this special edition of Accelerate. Enjoy the issue!
Click here to read Accelerate Italy online.