Bitzer Acquires Alfa Laval’s Product Group Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchanger
Bitzer is expanding its product portfolio and acquires the shell-and-tube heat exchanger segment of Alfa Laval SpA based in Alonte, Northern Italy.
Bitzer acquires Alfa Laval’s product group shell-and-tube heat exchanger (Image: Bitzer)
From the beginning of May, Bitzer will be the largest independent manufacturer in the shell-and-tube heat exchanger market worldwide. The contract between Bitzer Italia and Alfa Laval SpA was signed in Milan yesterday. ‘I am delighted to be able to welcome Alfa Laval’s shell-and-tube heat exchangers to the Bitzer family,’ says Gianni Parlanti, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. The products taken over from Alfa Laval are designed for air-conditioning and refrigeration applications and will thus enlarge Bitzer’s product portfolio. Bitzer has been producing condensers for fresh- and seawater applications since the 1950s. ‘With this acquisition, we are expanding our portfolio, as the evaporator technology manufactured in Alonte complements our existing product range. With this operation, Bitzer is becoming the largest independent manufacturer in the shell-and-tube heat exchanger market worldwide. 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.’
Perfect addition to the product range
‘This is an important step for Bitzer in its efforts to develop its heat exchanger and pressure vessel segment effectively,’ emphasises Parlanti. 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: BITZER Kühlmaschinenbau GmbH