Gree enters UK air-conditioning market
Gree, the Chinese air-conditioning manufacturer that produces some 60 million residential air conditioners and 5.5 million commercial systems a year, has set up a UK operation — Gree UK Ltd. Part of the Calibre Services Group (alongside established ACR specialists Klima-Therm, LH Plc and Next Controls), Gree UK wil supply the manufacturer’s full range of splits, VRF, heat pumps, chillers and award-winning solarPV-powered systems across the UK.
Gree is the world’s largest air-conditioning manufacturer. It has nine factories and annual sales of £16 billion, representing one in three of the air-conditioning systems produced in the world. There are 8000 R&D engineers in 570 laboratories and five research institutes across the world. The company has over 20 000 technology patents, nearly 7000 invention patents and some 300 million users of its air-conditioning systems worldwide.
Roberto Mallozzi, managing director of Gree UK (pictured) and well known as managing director of Klima-Therm, said, ‘In a lifetime of experience of this industry, Gree is one of the most impressive and innovative air-conditioning manufacturers I have ever encountered. The name may not be well known in the UK at present, but that is something we intend to change.
‘The fact that Gree manufactures for most of the world’s premium air-conditioning brands says a lot about its quality credentials and approach, and its high standing — even among competitors.’
The product range covers all main air-conditioning and heat-pump technologies — from mobiles and small splits for domestic and light-commercial applications, through VRF heat pumps and up to large centrifugal chillers with several megawatts of cooling capacity.
The company has developed an inverter-driven chiller that is directly powered by solarPV. There is also a range of VRF equipment that is powered by solarPV.
Gree UK is backing the launch with substantial investment in stocks for immediate availability, a comprehensive spare-parts service and a a generous warranty scheme. The company has its own dedicated sales, technical and administration headquarters near London. It includes a showroom and full training facility to demonstrate equipment and train engineers to install and commission Gree technology.