In a move that could increase natural refrigerant-based heat pump use in China, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Thermal Systems on 20 February announced the launch of a new joint venture with a Chinese company.

“MHI Thermal Systems, by providing high-efficiency products and products with exceptional environmental loading reduction performance utilising the natural refrigerant CO2, now coupled with the installation and engineering capabilities of its new [joint venture], stands to strengthen its competitive position in China’s increasingly environment-conscious market,” the statement said.

MHI Thermal Systems makes the Q-ton CO2 heat pump, which is an air-to-water heat pump used in commercial hot water supply applications such as hotels, hospitals, and recreational facilities.

The Chinese company, named Nantong Hualong Construction Engineering, is a general contractor based in Jiangsu Province.

The new joint venture is named Jiangsu Lingte Construction & Technology and is based in the city of Haimen, Jiangsu Province, close to Shanghai.

The joint venture was founded through Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-conditioners (Shanghai), a wholly owned subsidiary of MHI Thermal Systems based in Shanghai.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-conditioners (Shanghai) oversees the marketing and servicing of centrifugal chillers, air-conditioners and heat pump water heaters in China.

With the new joint venture, the company hopes to expand its sales by strengthening its installation and engineering services for “centrifugal chillers, air-conditioners and heat pump water heaters throughout China,” the statement said.

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