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MHI Thermal Systems to Launch 274 Models in "EXCEEDHYPER" and "HyperInverter" Series of Packaged Air-Conditioners in May
-- Expanding Lineups of Models Adopting R32 Refrigerant and Units Accommodating "AirFlex" Panels --

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Tokyo, February 15, 2017 - Starting In May Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd., a Group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), will progressively launch a total of 274 new models in its two packaged air-conditioner series: the ultra-energy-efficient "EXCEEDHYPER" series and the high-efficiency "HyperInverter" series. All models adopt the environmentally compatible R32 refrigerant, and the lineup of models featuring "AirFlex," the industry's first function suppressing the unpleasant draftiness typically felt when air from the room unit blows directly on a person, has been significantly expanded. The highly acclaimed "eco-touch" remote control unit has also been enhanced to deliver even higher performance.

In the EXCEEDHYPER series, a lineup of 109 models in the 1.5-6 horsepower (HP) range will be offered, excluding the single-unit 3-6 HP models launched in May 2016. All models adopt the R32 refrigerant, which has an ozone depletion potential (ODP) of 0 and only about one-third the global warming potential (GWP) of the earlier R410A*. The 16 models in the "FDT Series" of indoor ceiling-mounted units with 4-way air outlets can now accommodate AirFlex panels; when these innovative panels go into operation, wings emerge to prevent air from directly blowing on the people in the room, thereby elevating the level of comfort. In addition, when the air-conditioner is operating, integrity between the panels and the indoor unit is maintained, easing any oppressive sensation; and when the air-conditioner is turned off, the panels retract into the indoor unit, to maintain a beautiful appearance.

The HyperInverter series will consist of 165 models, spanning a range from 1.5 to 6 HP and all newly featuring the R32 refrigerant. All ceiling-mounted units with 4-way air outlets can be equipped with AirFlex panels. The 5 and 6 HP outdoor units have been scaled down to the same dimensions as the Company's 4 HP models (W970×H1300×D370 mm).

The "eco-touch" remote control unit offers display in 12 different languages. Performance has also been enhanced to accommodate the forthcoming new models in the FDK Series of wall-mounted units.

Going forward, MHI Thermal Systems will continue to vigorously pursue the development of air-conditioning products offering superior energy efficiency and operating ease.

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* Source: "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4)," according to which the 100-year GWP values (CO2 = 1) of the R32 and R410A were respectively 675 and 2090.