BITZER has established a joint venture in the Province of Jiangsu in eastern China, to produce rotary compressors for smaller capacities.
The compressors will be sold exclusively to the Chinese market.
BITZER’s chief technology officer, Rainer Große-Kracht, said demand for air conditioning is growing in China especially the decarbonisation of heating.
He said demand for small- and large-capacity heat pumps is set to grow enormously.
BITZER is currently building a new plant with a total of 90,000 square metres of production space on around 160,000 square metres. Work is scheduled to start in the first half of 2022: around 1,000 employees are expected to then produce up to three million rotary compressors per year in a start-up curve.
In the long term, the independent refrigeration and air conditioning specialist plans to have up to six million rotary compressors a year coming off the production line in China.
“More than 85 per cent of the world’s demand for rotary compressors is in China,” Große-Kracht said.
Chief sales & marketing officer at BITZER, Martin Büchsel, said the joint venture is a win-win situation for the compressor manufacturer.
With the rotary compressors, BITZER now has four different compressor technologies available for its Chinese customers.