REFRION STABILISES IN EUROPE AND GETS UNDERWAY IN THE JAPANESE MARKET THE 'GRAND EAST' OPERATION
THE FRIULIAN GROUP IS AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INNOVATIVE EUROPEAN PLAYERS IN THE AIR CONDITIONING SECTOR: A 25% GROWTH IS EXPECTED IN 2014
No reference to Masonic sects but simply to large industrial and commercial opportunities that may derive from the Far East market.
In fact, after having established its presence in the European market, the Friulian Refrion group has just completed its first Eastern supply, providing industrial heat exchangers for the Tokyo-based headquarters of the Japanese telephone company, NTT.
"This proves that the East should not only be seen as a land that is to be feared, but as an opportunity" says CEO Daniel Stolfo. "It also demonstrates that despite all the internal difficulties, the Italian industry remains competitive in the world as long as there is a constant commitment to innovation, something which we've always done at Refrion."
In addition to the air conditioning sector, the industrial sector is proving to be an attractive market that is to be taken over, so much so that Refrion has included new machinery in its catalogue having power and size that are appropriate to the requests of major Eastern customers. Last December, a Japanese delegation was visiting the factory in Flumignano to test the 6 units that have passed the test brilliantly and are currently being transferred to the final destination: the roof of the Japanese telephone company.
"The success of our company - adds Stolfo - is the result of team spirit and adaptation that we were able to build within the group. Being proactive and creating custom solutions have always been our trump cards."
Even before the crisis, the company strategy focused on product development, thereby increasing the supply of equipment to the industrial sector and data centres, as well as market diversification. In addition to landing in the East, Refrion is gaining strength in Europe. A new commercial company has been set up, based in Andover in England, which is an addition to those in Switzerland and Russia, and which will also operate at an international level thanks to its particular industrial purpose.
In London, the Friulian company has already signed prestigious facilities such as the energy centre of the Olympic Park and that of Sea Containers House, one of the most impressive buildings located on the south bank of the Thames.
The Refrion group has been in operation since 2002, having started with the brand X-Change and currently has manufacturing facilities in Friuli, specifically in Flumignano di Talmassons and Villa Santina, and Carinthia in Hermagor, having a total of 95 employees. It ended 2013 with a turnover close to 21 million Euro, while the goal for the coming year is to reach 26 million, an increase of 25%.