Lithuanian OEM Freor’s move to a new 16,300m2 (175,450ft2) headquarters facility near Vilnius will enable a “substantially” increased production to better meet growing global demand, the company says.
The new facility includes the consolidation of production facilities and administration.
Freor’s signature product is its propane (R290) Hydroloop system, which employs a water loop to remove heat from R290 display cases. It is installed in many countries throughout Europe, including at a COOP in the Netherlands, which opened in July 2020. Freor has been producing R290 equipment since 2015.
Around 90% of Freor’s production has already been moved, without disrupting the manufacturing process, according to Freor’s website. The factory is expected to operate at full capacity by spring of next year, and will produce refrigerated cabinets, showcases and freezers.
The new facility, located near Vilnius airport, is equipped with “state-of-the-art” robotic machinery and will apply process automation to increase production efficiency.
The new facility is also expected to “raise our product quality level, reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions,” Freor said, adding that “it will also improve working conditions for company employees.”
The facility, which will be equipped with an ISO 23953-certified laboratory, has an A+ energy efficiency certification, and features heat reclaim from the 350m (1,150ft) powder coating line to heat the facility during the cold season.
Freor celebrated its 20th anniversary last month. The company says it is the only producer of commercial refrigeration equipment in the Baltic states, and exports 90% of its products. Western and Northern Europe are its largest markets, with former Soviet republics, the Middle East, Asia and South Africa also taking significant shares of the output.