The Association of the Aegean Industrialists and Businessmen of Refrigeration (ESSIAD) was founded by the leading businessmen and enterprises of the HVAC-R sector in 1990. The main purpose of the Association is to keep the rights and the legal ethics of the people and the companies playing role in the HVAC-R sector, to support their market improvement plans and besides to deliver the high quality products to the end-user.
The leading projects under operation by ESSIAD in 2016 can be summarized as follows;
· Development of International Competitiveness Project for Industrial Ventilation, Air Conditioning And Refrigeration Industry,
· HVAC-R Accredited Test and Analysis Laboratory Project,
· Adding Value to the Future – EU Project
· ESSIAD Continuous Training Center Project,
· ESSIAD From School To Profession Project.
EHIS LAB International HVAC-R Accredited Test and Analysis Laboratory has been planned to be established with the purposes of development of the sector in the national and international markets; the increment of the employment level, the improvement of competition and the innovation capacity.
Izmir Development Agency has identified the HVAC-R sector with the highest potential in clustering within the scope of the Development of Clustering Strategy Project in Izmir. In parallel to this project, the roadmap of HVAC-R sector has been set with the field study and workshops performed and it is published as a book. Along this document the need for a National Accredited Test and Analysis Laboratory is clearly defined. The Project of HVAC-R Accredited Test and Analysis Laboratory, prepared by ESSIAD, has been found worthy of support by Izmir Development Agency. Besides laboratory governance model has been set by UR-GE Notification support of T.R. Ministry of Economy. ESSIAD undertook the leadership of the project which was realized in partnership with Aegean Region Industrial Chamber (EBSO), Aegean University and Izmir Institude of Technology (IYTE).
Capacity/performance, electrical safety and acoustic tests of Fan Coils, Air Handling Units, Cold Room Units, Split type Air-Conditioners, Visicoolers&Refrigerated Display Cabinets will be performed in the laboratory which will be established at the Technopark Izmir, Institute of Technology (IYTE). Besides, the laboratory will also serve as on-site Test and Measurement, and Consultancy and Training Center.
EHIS LAB, which is supported by the whole Turkish HVAC-R sector, will be the first and only in Turkey and one of the limited accredited labs in the world which can realize capacity/performance, noise and electrical safety tests integrated under one roof.
HVAC-R cluster ESSIAD, continues the activities of the project approved within the scope of International Competitiveness Improvement Notification, in other words UR-GE Notification code 2010/8, of T.R. Ministry of Economy. Thanks to trainings, consultancy activities (i.e.:«Laboratory Consultancy Management» which is important for the sustainability of the lab), overseas business trips, visits, pre-trade delegation organizations and benchmarking studies, organized within the scope of UR-GE Project, opportunities are caught to meet and assess the domestic and international clusters, besides the following activities are being carried out for the sector and cluster companies to be more competitive with the aim to increase the export volume of HVAC-R cluster:
· Training Organizations inline with the needs of our Cluster
· Market Research
· Overseas trade visits
· Purchasing Trade Delegations
In accordance with the International Competitiveness Improvement Notification of T.R. Ministry of Economy, companies who form a cluster through facilitators such as ESSIAD, find the opportunity to take the necessary concrete steps, by identifying their needs, in the presence of experts and consultants, to take part in the international markets and to increase their competitiveness. Through this Notification, companies that operate in the same sector, find common solutions to common problems and create a regional power in the international arena by acting together.
The structure, with the feature of being the first enterprise cluster of the sector, in the center of the region where a considerable quantity of the Turkish Industrial Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Sector is located, establish the competitive advantages in the international arena by putting forward the innovation and quality elements via the development of the members capacity both in commercial and technical basis. The technical and commercial training and consultancy activities carried out within UR-GE project, aim the development of the technical capacity of the companies, ensuring the penetration to the new markets and managing the common infrastructure.
Increasing the Export Capacity Project for Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Cluster of ESSIAD is approved by TC Ministry of Economy, UR-GE Notification.