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INTRODUCTION

The establishment of an electrical repair shop for a copper mining company in Japan marked the birth of Hitachi in 1910. Today it is evident that Hitachi Ltd has grown tremendously; now being one of the largest industrial corporations worldwide. Over the past 100 years, Hitachi has remained committed to developing advanced technology solutions to allow society to evolve into the sophisticated community that we are all a part of today, whilst all the time looking to the future and investing in extensive research activities to ensure that Hitachi continues to lead the field.

Hitachi prides itself on providing high quality, efficient and reliable air conditioning solutions across the globe. By investing heavily in Research and Development Hitachi have been able to remain at the forefront of the industry, and with the opening of HAPE, a purpose built factory in Barcelona, manufacturing and delivery procedures have become more streamlined.


OUR PRODUCTS

Hitachi's Air Conditioning Range is one of the most extensive available in the market today. With unit capacities ranging from 2.0kW high wall split systems to the Hitachi screw compressor chillers of over 1000kW. With products and equipment suitable for a variety of applications, from the domestic conservatory to the modern multi-storey office environment, the versatility of the Hitachi range is second to none.


QUALITY ASSURANCE

As would be expected of an organisation such as Hitachi, quality and efficiency of our products is imperative and of the utmost importance. Significant investment has been undertaken in further production and testing capacities at the factories and Hitachi have also installed and commissioned a chiller performance test facility, together with all load generating ancillaries and PC based measurement, recording and reporting capabilities.

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals

REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals.  Implemented in June 2007 the purpose is to provide a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals. REACH requires companies manufacturing or importing substances into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year to register with EU Authorities.

Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe SAS and other Hitachi overseas air conditioning manufacturing companies have a system for the monitoring, communication and reporting of substances of very high concern (SVHC) and strive to procure products that have a low environmental impact. In the management of chemical substances contained in products, Hitachi  is working hard to reinforce its risk management systems whilst cooperating with suppliers. Hitachi is pleased to announce that all products fully comply with the REACH directive.

OUR DISTRIBUTORS

Hitachi is extremely proud of its successful distribution network throughout Europe. Each approved distributor is meticulously inspected and training carried out to the optimum before being appointed as exclusive or joint Hitachi representative within the agreed area. The service offered is unrivalled with the combination of experienced engineers, comprehensive spare parts stock, backed in turn by continuous technical support from Hitachi.

OUR FACTORIES

In 1992 Hitachi invested in a new purpose built factory, HAPE (Hitachi Air Conditioning Products Europe), in Barcelona, Spain, a location carefully selected with expansion possibilities in mind for the future. This expansion to European manufacturing facilities helps to reduce production costs and speed up delivery times. In addition to HAPE, Hitachi also manufacture in HAPM (Hitachi Air Conditioning Products Malaysia) based just outside Kuala Lumpur, with the benefits of the support and backing of Hitachi Tochigi and Shimizu Works in Japan.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Hitachi - which in Japanese, means sunrise - is constantly researching and developing new horizons of technology, ideas and innovations. Of its worldwide sales, over 6% is invested in research and development programmes. This vast investment has given Hitachi the opportunity to conceive many 'world firsts', for example the technologically advanced and acclaimed scroll and semi-hermetic Screw compressors. These have made possible the unique Hitachi air conditioning systems and water chillers which have revolutionised air conditioning worldwide.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Specifiers and users alike can rest assured that performance and cost efficiency are not the only parameters by which Hitachi products can be judged. Ecological thinking stems from the very first stages of new product design and continues throughout production and onto installation procedures, equipment and operation, with priority being given to the use of environmentally friendly refrigerants such as R407c and R410a.

To find out more about Hitachi and environment please visit: http://hitachi.com/environment

Hitachi, Helping you to Help the Environment

Since January 2007 the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive has been in force with the aim to reduce the amount of electrical waste being sent to landfill. Hitachi are committed to work within this directive. Whilst currently fixed air conditioning systems do not fall within this legislation we accept our responsibility to help the environment by offering to take away air conditioning systems that have reached the end of their life

With Hitachi's commitment to provide the highest level of service we now offer to collect air conditioning units, of any manufacturer, and remove them from site for disposal in line with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive (WEEE).

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Battery Producer Registration

Hitachi Europe Ltd is registered as a battery producer with the Environment Agency. Our Batteries Producer Registration Number (BPRN) is BPRN00319

ENERGY LABELLING

New Government regulations have come into force which requires EU A-G energy labels to be displayed on domestic air conditioning units.

Energy labels provides clear and easily recogonisable information for consumers about the energy consumption and perfomance of appliances.The most important part of a label is the energy efficiency rating scale, which provides a simple index of effiency from A(most efficiency) to G(least efficiency).

The extension of mandatory energy labelling to air conditioning equipment provides further evidence of the Government's commitment to continue making improvements to the UK's energy efficiency.

Information taken from  www.iema.net

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