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Epta SpA announces the acquisition of Sofrico, New Caledonia's market leader in design, sales, service & contracting of systems, cabinets and coldrooms for commercial and industrial refrigeration. With this move, the Group is further expanding its operations in the Asia Pacific Region, where it already has a presence with manufacturing plants, sales branches, service centers and distributors in China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Australia.
The deal is in line with Epta's internationalisation strategy, which aims to strengthen its global presence with direct coverage in areas of high potential. New Caledonia, a dependent overseas territory of France, is a region where the refrigeration sector is particularly developed. The main French Retailers support the demand for turn-key projects, high quality and technologically advanced systems, with low environmental impact, favoring natural refrigerants.
Gennaro Gentile, General Manager of Epta Asia Pacific: “We are proud to welcome Sofrico to our Group. It confirms our desire to continue to strengthen our market share in strategic areas with high growth potential. This acquisition will make it possible to deliver to the Pacific Region the latest technology in Refrigeration and know-how in the use of natural refrigerants such as CO2. We are expanding our Group's ability to better serve our customers and we are contributing to the growth of natural refrigeration systems in Asia & Pacific."
Jérôme Lajouanie, Engineering Director of Sofrico:We are excited to join the Epta family. The combined strength of Epta portfolio and Sofrico engineering expertise will boost CO2 technology expansion in Polynesia, Vanuatu, Fiji islands, Samoas and the wide Pacific Region. Our presence and turn key approach can increase reliability of the refrigeration systems and consolidate long term partnership with our clients”.
The agreement was finalized and become effective as of 30th August 2019


Epta Asia Pacific will star in the 35th edition of Fine Food Australia, the annual appointment that celebrates the food industry, from 9 to 12 September in Sydney (Stand HT40). With more than 1,000 exhibitors and 23,000 visiting professionals every year, the event is the most important Australian meeting between experts of the food world: a launch pad for the products and the exchange of ideas and innovative techniques.
“#EptaExperience is the way” is the leitmotiv behind the participation of Epta Asia Pacific in Fine Food Australia, which confirms the Group’s ability to merge cutting-edge technology, professionalism and reliability in favour of excellence, to position itself on the market as a trusted partner and contribute to the success of the Clients in the Retail, Ho.Re.Ca. and Food&Bev market.   
Inside the stand, it will be possible to admire the Iarp Cool Emotions, a complete range of plug-ins ideal for every context of the hospitality segment, from bars, to ice cream parlours to pastry shops and restaurants. Featuring the right mix of innovation and design, the Iarp Cool Emotions cabinets are designed to create establishments of coordinated aesthetics, thanks to the numerous display solutions that stand out for high-tech shapes and LED lighting on the exterior profiles. The solutions on show include Passion, the new well for ice cream and frozen products that amazes for a larger sized Total Display Area and large windows. The elevated transparency, guaranteed by the cover with soft closing system and panoramic ends, gives a sensation of brightness, whilst promoting maximum product visibility. Worthy of note is the dual temperature top Amaze, a perfect solution for both beverages and frozen products, also available with side glasses. It can be positioned above Passion to create a combined cabinet able to further boost the display ratio.
The stand is completed by Glide and Melo both branded Bonnet Névé, specifically designed for the retail market in Oceania. Glide is a negative temperature well, featuring panoramic glass surfaces, also equipped with the soft closing system. In addition, the combination of original shapes and ergonomics has given birth to Melo the serve-over of Bonnet Névé. Thanks to the numerous versions that can be matched with each other, it is possible to furnish fresh and ultra-fresh departments of every kind of store, from traditional ateliers, to proximity stores, to hypermarkets. To conclude, the needs of the client and staff is ensured thanks to the positioning of the display level and of articles at the “right height”, to improve interaction with the consumer and facilitate greater product rotation.


Epta Asia Pacific takes part for the first time in HOFEX, the most important biennial Food&Hospitality event in Asia, scheduled from 7 to 10 May in Hong Kong, with a stand that will star the Misa and Iarp brands (Hall 1E-Stand 214). In 32 years of history, HOFEX has established itself as the leading Asian fair for HO.RE.CA operators, attracting 39,000 operators in 2017 and recording a large increase in visitors from Southern China, Taiwan, Macao, Korea and the Philippines. 


The event will be the opportunity to present the latest innovations of the two Epta brands dedicated to the Asian market. Iarp will illustrate the products of the Iarp Cool Emotions family, a full range of plug-ins with a metropolitan and high tech style that sets itself apart for leds on the external profiles and is designed to contribute to creating establishments with coordinated aesthetics. Among the numerous solutions, HOFEX will star the negative temperature vertical Glee for packaged ice cream. The semi-vertical open Joy, ideal to enhance the beverages and the horizontal Delight cabinet, created for lovers of soft and creamy gelato and ice cream, are worthy of attention. On show, at HOFEX, will also be the ice cream tub Passion and the top Amaze, to ideally complete the Iarp Cool Emotions family. Specifically designed for the Asian world, these plug-ins can be matched to create a combination cabinet: an ingenious solution, which positions the second cabinet on top of the first, to take full advantage of the space and increase display ratio. 


The New York vending machine will also be on display, the flagship of the Iarp City Collection dedicated to the sale of ice cream, which stuns for its captivating design with the profile of the homonymous city on the sides. Finally, like all Iarp solutions, New York features the possibility of extreme customisation of aesthetics, thanks to the digital print directly on the sheet metal. 


The stand is completed by the Misa KLM cold room, a concentrate of convenience and flexibility, based on the combination of two factors: the infinite achievable configurations and the simplicity of assembly guarantee optimisation of space and fast installation in any kind of environment. Maximum functionality, without neglecting best food safety. KLM is equipped with the innovative anti-bacterial Epta Food Defence system, which, thanks to silver ion technology, prevents, combats and eliminates numerous species of bacteria to provide total protection, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 



Epta Asia Pacific participated in Food & Hotel Asia 2018 on 24-27 April at the Suntec Singapore (stand H6K1-01)! An opportunity to discover the novelties from its brands Costan, Bonnet Névé, Eurocryor, Misa and Iarp that were designed to improve the business of its customers operating in the Food&Bev, Ho.Re.Ca. and Retail sectors in the Asian market.
This trade fair is held every two years and aims to be a meeting place and point of exchange for international professionals. It comprises six events Bakery & Pastry, Food Asia, Hospitality Style Asia, Hospitality Technology, Hotel Asia and Speciality Coffee & Tea, making it the most complete event in the Food & Hospitality segment in Asia, thanks to the wide selection of products and services.
Epta Asia Pacific attended Hotel Asia, to present an extensive offer dedicated to the Asian market, which is focused on refrigerated solutions able to combine design, a green spirit and the highest level of attention to food safety.
The systems on display included Passion Iarp, a plug-in cabinet for ice cream, with high-tech forms and exclusive blue profiles. The cabinet is the ideal complement for the Cool Emotion Range, and is designed to satisfy the flexibility requirements of all premises and improve the image of Food & Beverage and Ho.Re.Ca operators.
Melody/Glide Costan & Bonnet Névé also featured, the highly transparent cabinets for drawing attention to frozen products and incentivising impulse purchases in stores by creating original islands, with a back to back combination of plug-ins.
Also on display was the Misa cold rooms, technologically advanced solutions combining the highest food safety and high flexibility and functionality. Available in an infinite variety of configurations, they are designed to optimise spaces and be easy to install in any type of environment.


The experience and the know-how of Epta Philippines were rewarded by Robinsons Supermarket, the second most important Retailer in the Philippines during the annual Trade Partners Night, at the Crowne Plaza Gallery of Manila. The event, addressed to the best Robinsons partners, was held in the presence of almost 1,000 participants and saw Epta Philippines arrive among Robinsons’ Top Ten Suppliers for 2017 out of more than 100 competitors between suppliers and contractors of different categories.


The reasons behind this success include the high quality of the refrigerated solutions offered by Epta brands and its exclusive services, which have contributed to the creation and to the strengthening of the long-lasting business relationship between Epta Philippines and Robinsons Supermarket – traditional stores dedicated to family shopping – and Robinsons Selections - a new concept dedicated to a more sophisticated and urban clientele. Robinsons has also been able to benefit from the support of Epta Service, which has offered maintenance and after-sales services for turn-key installations throughout the Philippines for more than 15 years. It has recently been strengthened by Customer Service dedicated to this region. 



Epta is ready to take part as Gold Sponsor in the first edition of ATMOsphere China 2018, which will be held on 11th and 12th April in Beijing. A unique opportunity for the experts of the HVAC&R sector to share best practice and expertise, with a focus on the new opportunities open to natural refrigerants in the Asian markets. China, to respect the restrictions introduced by the Kigali Amendment, has recently begun phasing out R22 refrigerant ; trials of systems that are more energy efficient, and using low GWP refrigerants such as  CO2 system are underway.


John Austin-Davies, Marketing Project Director of Epta will take part in the event. He comments:”The Group, which has always been committed to manufacturing high-performing systems with a minimal environmental impact, has developed solutions and technologies able to respond effectively to the European F-gas regulation and to the conditions imposed by the Kigali Amendment." and continues "The transition of the Chinese market towards more sustainable refrigeration is a great opportunity for Epta to establish itself on this market as quality partner for , Food Retail Multiples, also in the Ho.Re.Ca. and Food&Beverage sectors”.


The exclusive FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency system, is one of the most innovative Epta products, with which the company paves the way to a new standard in natural CO2 refrigeration, and will be presented at ATMOsphere China. A simple system which is available worldwide on an industrial scale, that extends the current limits of transcritical technology, guarantees best performance in any climatic condition; typically an energy saving of 10% compared with a simple transcritical system and lower installation and maintenance costs.


Epta Asia participated with its Bonnet Névé, Misa and Iarp brands at Fine Food Australia, the country’s biggest trade fair devoted to the Food & Beverage and Ho.Re.Ca. sectors, which was held in Sidney from 11 to 14 September (stand HN10). An event conceived to celebrate the trends of the future and to present new concepts and technological innovations. Among the products that were presented the Iarp Cool Emotions Range, Iarp-branded Svaba promotional island and Stylix by Bonnet Névé stand out.
The protagonist was the Iarp Cool Emotions Range: JOY, GLEE and DELIGHT are incorporated group cabinets that stand out for their coordinated design with elegant forms, to make impulse buying irresistible in cafés and ice-cream shops. Specifically, the Joy 30 semi-verticals are ideal for the display of beverages, the Glee verticals are devoted to beverages and ice cream, and finally Delight is the scooping appliance for unpackaged ice cream. A strong point of the range is its extreme customization, ensured by the introduction of digital printing directly on sheet metal.
The Iarp-branded Svaba promotional island was also presented, in a trail-blazing release designed ad hoc for the Asia Pacific market. New technical characteristics have been added to the exclusive design that is already its hallmark: with its modern, spare lines, this plug-in combines quality, technology and outstanding performances. Finally, the utmost flexibility is ensured thanks to the “smart switch” function that makes it possible to pass from BT to TN mode and vice versa and to adapt to the needs of Ho.Re.Ca. operators at any time.
Among the new developments that it will be possible to discover at the stand are also Stylixby Bonnet Névé, an ultra-thin refrigerated plug-in table with patented ThinTech technology. The bold aesthetics, the result of hi-tech minimalism, combine with visual merchandising and functionalities for a surprising force of attraction. In detail, Stylix offers multiple configurations and is available in various models to respond to the necessities of every type of small sales outlet, from confectioneries to butchers’ shops. It is available in both self-service and assisted service, in both semi-vertical and steam-warmer versions.


Epta is preparing for one important event with the future of natural refrigerants as the Group will be the Gold sponsor of ATMOsphere Asia  in September.
This is acknowledged internationally as being the most influential event Europe and will represent an opportunity for meeting all of the operators of the HVAC&R sector, as well as Representatives of the Governments of numerous countries to discuss the latest technological targets and smart-green success stories. 
William Pagani, Group Marketing Director of Epta declares: “Guaranteeing for Retailers complete solutions, that are 100% natural and able to combine high performances, maximum energy saving and the best promotion of products is the challenge that commercial refrigeration has to overcome in order to establish itself as the “invisible and integrated partner”. Retailers need to continue to be competitive.” He added: “It is a challenge for the market, but an opportunity which Epta has been able to seize. The Group offers a wide range of CO2 solutions that were designed to surpass the current limitations of transcritical systems, sized for any store format and suitable for use in any climate. After its launch at Euroshop 2017, (ATMOsphere Asia) will be another chance to present the advantages of our exclusive transcritical CO2 FTE (Full transcritical Efficiency) - that is patent pending in Italy and Australia - which combines simplicity, reliability, availability on a large-scale and the highest performance levels, all over the world.”
Read the news dedicated to the FTE for more details


EPTAcademy is the training project developed in conjunction with the SDA Bocconi School of Management – the world’s sixth-ranking Business School in the Executive Education: Custom Programs category, according to the league table drafted by the Financial Times in 2016. It is a mid-to-long-term process focusing on management of the Epta Group, to increase the team’s managerial and leadership skills.
In detail, EPTAcademy involves two approaches: the Epta Leadership Program and Talent Development, respectively dedicated to more senior profiles and potential talent. The aim is to share academic best practices teamed with work on a business case devised purposely for Epta. The Academy will be a centre for skills which will be developed thanks to training sessions provided by SDA Bocconi lecturers and players from the international stage.
It is a strategic initiative aimed at tackling the challenges posed by the global refrigeration market. The Epta Leadership Program is divided into four (or 3+1) modules, and offers participants a strategic model geared towards leadership of markets and organisations within highly competitive global contexts. The Talent Development, on the other hand, is developed in five modules, each of which focuses on a primary role within a complex organisation.
Following the approach used in a condensed MBA, the programme sets out to give participants the chance to enhance their skills all-round in the various areas of the business process. It also aims to help them develop their talent, including the possibility of taking part in a group project task aimed at consolidating what they have learned.
Marco Nocivelli, President and Managing Director of the Epta Group, on the inauguration day of the EPTAcademy, declared: “Pursuing a strategy geared towards guaranteeing the Group’s success is a challenge constantly tackled by Epta, which views leadership of its Team as its most important competitive lever. In fact, people are the pillars our future must be built upon. As a result, I am pleased to present to you the EptAcademy project, developed in conjunction with SDA Bocconi. The course will boost the skills of the Team as key elements that will allow us to reach our ambitious growth targets.
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Epta SpA announces the acquisition of King Richard Shop System Inc., the Group’s longstanding distributor in the Philippines. King Richard Shop System Inc. is well known in the country for service & contracting in commercial refrigeration thanks to its twenty years of experience and a staff of over 100 people.
With this operation the Epta Group will expand its direct presence in East Asia, where it is already active in China, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Epta is combining its know-how and expertise in the production and supply of technologically advanced systems with all-round service for both Retailers and the Food&Bev segment.
Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of Epta declares: “We are very proud to welcome to our Group all the staff of King Richard Shop System Inc. This operation is perfectly in line with the growth objectives through acquisitions that we set ourselves for the year to consolidate our presence in emerging countries, where we are growing in line with expectations.
Gennaro Gentile, General Manager of Epta Asia, concludes: “This in an opportunity for both parties which enables us to be more competitive together and emerge as one of the strongest player in the Philippines able to offer a complete service throughout the country. It is an acquisition that enhances our mutual know-how: the quality that characterises the cutting edge solutions of the Epta brands and the significant experience of King Richard Shop System Inc. in offering unrivalled pre and post sales assistance.
The agreement has been finalised and will become effective as of 1st July 2017.