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Johnson Controls Hitachi Air Conditioning Launches New Market-Leading VRF

Johnson Controls Hitachi Air Conditioning launches new market-leading VRF under the Hitachi brand

Johnson Controls Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe is launching an innovative new range of modular VRF units for 2018 under the Hitachi brand. Called Set Free Sigma, the outdoor units for 2-pipe Heat Pump and 3-pipe Heat Recovery will replace the existing Set Free VRF units and will be produced in the company’s European manufacturing facility in Spain.

New and extended line up

Available from 5 to 24HP in a single unit module and up to 96HP with combinations, the outdoor unit casing has been completely redesigned and offers a total of seven new capacity models - 18, 20, 22 and 24HP (Standard) and 14,16 and 18HP (High Efficiency). This extended lineup achieves higher power combinations from fewer units, requiring fewer connections and delivering improved installation flexibility - meeting the needs of specifiers, installers and end users.

150% combinability

All units are compatible with Hitachi’s System Free indoor range, with comfort (cold draught) protection available as standard across the range. The High Efficiency FSXNPE model combinability ratio has been extended to 150% with up to 64 connectable 0.4HP or 0.6HP indoor units.

Low environmental footprint

Using R410A refrigerant, the full Hitachi Sigma VRF range benefits from a new high efficiency DC inverter compressor for precise control by 0.1Hz increments which achieves a 4.6% increase in seasonal efficiency over previous models. Combined with a new fan design, bell-mouth fan housing and sigma-shape heat exchanger, the Set Free Sigma VRF range achieves improved efficiency even at low or partial load in cooling operation, with performances increased to achieve SEER up to 8.33 and SCOP up to 5.06.

“Perfect for the UK market, the new Hitachi Sigma VRF models deliver increased installation flexibility and, when combined with our changeover boxes and valves, enables both 2-pipe heat pump and 3-pipe heat recovery from a single unit for buildings where heating and cooling are required simultaneously,” commented Gboyega Obafemi, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Johnson Controls Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe SAS.

Hitachi’s new Set Free Sigma VRF range is available from Hitachi Direct Sales in the UK and Ireland and its approved distribution network.

For more information about Hitachi products, please contact the direct sales team:

Call + 44 (0) 20 3901 0913 (UK)                             Call +353 (0) 87 914 9703 (Ireland)

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About Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning in Europe

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe SAS, a subsidiary of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, incorporates all activities for air conditioning products, including sales, manufacture and service operations across the European market. Our 14,000 employees worldwide create quality products, services and solutions for residential and commercial buildings throughout the world.

About Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning was established on October 1st, 2015 as a joint venture between Hitachi Appliances, Inc. and Johnson Controls, Inc. Hitachi Appliances carved out and contributed its air conditioning business to the Joint Venture. Johnson Controls acquired a 60% stake of the carved-out business and Hitachi Appliances continues as a 40% shareholder of this venture.

With this joint venture, two rich, 100-year-old cultures and histories have come together to create one exciting new company, serving our combined customers with the most diverse product portfolio in the air conditioning industry.

For more information on Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, please visit

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