The Panasonic Corporation has opened a production site and R&D facility in Malaysia.
Known as the Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning R&D Malaysia (PAPARADMY) the new building is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including the company's first multi-purpose laboratory for simultaneously testing water heaters and air conditioning equipment.
The goal is shorten the lead time for developing air conditioning equipment for the global market, mainly in ASEAN and Europe, and allowing it to accelerate development that meets local needs.
The company possesses two subsidiaries in Malaysia: This includes Panasonic Appliances Air-Conditioning Malaysia (PAPAMY), which is a production and sales site for room air conditioners, commercial air conditioners, air-to-water heat pumps (A2W),and PAPARADMY, which is a research and development site. PAPAMY was founded in 1973 and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
In ASEAN, as the population increases, the construction of large structures, including buildings is progressing, and demand for commercial air conditioners remains strong. Global market expansion also continues in the product fields of air conditioners that use highly energy-saving heat pump technology, A2W, and hydronic systems for commercial use, Panasonic said in a statement.
The new building is adjacent to the current PAPARADMY building that accommodates laboratories and offices. It has three floors and a gross floor area of 10,900 square metres.
Offices are located on the third floor in preparation for future increases in staff members, and a range of laboratories are provided on the first and second floors. Below is a brief description of the building.
Normally, one outdoor unit is required for each air conditioner and heat pump system. However, if there is limited space for the installation of outdoor units, Aquarea EcoFleX can be used to operate both functions with one outdoor unit.
Panasonic is expanding the sales of this product in regions such as Southern Europe. Since it was launched in 2022, the company has been strengthening sales of Aquarea EcoFleX as a new category product.
“The first multi-purpose laboratory in the new building enables the simultaneous measurement of the operating efficiency of air conditioners and heat pump systems. Previously, it was necessary to conduct separate experiments for each type of equipment. However, conducting both types of measurement simultaneously reduces the development lead time,” Panasonic said.
“Advances are also being made in air conditioning equipment to improve the management efficiency and reduce energy consumption by using the IoT.”
To confirm legal compliance in terms of electromagnetic waves emitted by such types of equipment during communication, a "semi-anechoic chamber" is used, in which radio wave absorbers are attached to the surfaces of the inner walls.
Measurements of equipment that uses water, such as A2W and hydronic systems, have up to now been carried out by external organizations. By installing its first semi-anechoic chamber equipped with water supply and drainage equipment, Panasonic will build a system for conducting rapid in-house verification and accelerate the speed of product development.
In addition to these efforts, the number of laboratories in the current and new buildings has been expanded by 60 per cent to enhance research and development capabilities.
In addition to the broadening of the lineup of multi air conditioners for buildings to reflect local living environments and needs, Panasonic will also enhance the incorporation of inverters into air conditioners for offices and stores, as well as develop a variety of indoor units, including duct-type, cassette-type, and wall-mounted units. For the European market, Panasonic will also develop fan coil units, which are indoor units for commercial hydronic air conditioners.
Panasonic will set up laboratories that enable the verification of R290-based equipment in actual usage environments to ramp up product development in collaboration with the company's new R&D centre established in Milan, Italy.