Vending Paris: Blupura growing fast – with hydrocarbons
Italian water vending machine and water cooler manufacturer Blupura expects to grow by 43% in 2017 – largely thanks to its commitment to future-proof natural refrigerants.
Having recorded growth of 30-40% every year for the past four years, Italian water vending machine and water cooler manufacturer Blupura expects to grow by an even more impressive 43% in 2017 – largely thanks to its commitment to future-proof natural refrigerants.
“We’ve moving our entire production to propane (R290). Our strategy is 100% R290,” Massimiliano Santicchia, export manager at BLUPURA Srl, said today at the company’s booth at Paris Expo, taking place from 15-17 March in the Porte de Versailles area of the French capital.
Blupura – headquartered in Recanati, Italy – sees its use of natural refrigerants as a central pillar of its wider sustainability efforts. The company’s units are manufactured from stainless steel and aluminium and target the hospitality, office, and domestic markets. They are also popular in schools and hospitals.
In 2017, it intends to cease manufacturing water coolers based on isobutane (R600a) in favour of focusing 100% on propane. “R290 is better for water coolers,” Santicchia argued.
In Paris, Blupura is exhibiting its new stainless steel ‘COOL1’ water dispenser for canteens, schools, gyms and other self-service areas. The unit uses propane as the refrigerant and gives customers the option of topping up their water bottles with either still or sparkling water.