Component Manufacturer IBP Group Becomes Hydrocarbons21 Bronze Partner

U.K.-based IBP Group, owner of the Conex Bänninger brand, has become a bronze partner on shecco’s platform, joining some of the world’s leading natural refrigerant companies. (shecco, the publisher of, is also the publisher of

IBP Group designs and manufactures plumbing fittings and valves, with Conex Bänninger specializing in fittings for domestic, commercial and industrial HVAC&R

One of Conex Bänninger’s product lines is the >B< MaxiPro press system for pipe joining. The >B< MaxiPro fittings are suitable for refrigeration, heat pumps and air conditioning applications using hydrocarbons like R290 (propane) and R600A (isobutane). The fittings are also suitable for systems using water (R718) as the refrigerant. They have a maximum operating pressure of 48bar.

The >B< MaxiPro fittings provide “secure” and permanent three-point press and a flame-free connection, with no hot works required, according to the company’s website.

The fittings are constructed from a refrigerant grade copper alloy (UNS C12200), which is a minimum of 99.9% pure, and they come in both imperial and metric sizes from 1/4in to 1 3/8in (6mm to 28mm). They are equipped with a black HNBR O-ring, which has a temperature range of -40°C to 140°C (-40°F to 284°F).

One of the benefits to the >B< MaxiPro series is a 10-year warranty, which is subject to the customer completing a free online course.

IBP Group is also a bronze partner on shecco’s platform.

IBP Group, which can trace its history back to 1873, is headquartered in the U.K., with production facilities in Europe, and offices around the globe. The company employs around 850 people.