New R2 Compressors Are Energy Efficient, Reliable



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PANASONIC ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION ROTARY COMPRESSORS
  FOR 13 SEER RESIDENTIAL AIR CONDITIONING SOLUTIONS
       
New R2 Compressors Are Energy Efficient, Reliable

Secaucus, NJ (June 23, 2006)   Panasonic Industrial Company, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, announced the launch of its R2 next generation Rotary Compressors for Unitary applications. Built upon 28 years of rotary design and production experience, the R2 compressors introduce a new level of performance and economy for residential central air conditioning.  Panasonic R2 compressors deliver excellent reliability, low noise levels and cost benefits for 13 SEER and higher solutions. This product is currently available for installation through select original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

New technology improvements, enhanced materials and simple design differentiate R2 next generation rotary compressors. Significant focus was given to improving reliability and ensuring the compressor design supports efficiency requirements for years to come.  

"With recent product improvements, the result is a compressor with a low applied cost and performance very similar to a scroll compressor," said Sam Piccarreta, Director, Panasonic Industrial Company.

Several OEMs are currently using the product, one for its primary 13 SEER product and another for its flagship model providing the highest efficiency air conditioning solution available on the market today.

Rotary compression technology is the dominant residential air conditioning technology globally, used in more than 80% of the world's residential applications. The R2 rotary design, life-tested in the Middle East by more than 1 million new users every year, ensures dependable cooling and peace of mind to installers and consumers alike. R2 rotary compressors replaced reciprocating compressors in this region because of their superior value, excellent reliability, performance, and low defect rate. Approximately 40% of the OEMs, contractors, and homeowners in one of the hottest regions of the world prefer Panasonic's R2 rotary design for their residential air conditioning solutions.

"Panasonic's R2 compressors provide homeowners not only the comfort of dependable, quiet and efficient air conditioning, but also the comfort that comes from a trustworthy and well known manufacturer like Panasonic," Piccarreta explains. "Homeowner and customer satisfaction is assured with air conditioning delivered by an R2 rotary compressor."

The new R2 rotary compressors range from 1 to 4 Ton and support the use of R-410A and R-22 refrigerants.

Panasonic is the world's largest manufacturer of residential air conditioning compressors, with more than 100 million residential installations worldwide. Panasonic stands for a commitment to quality, value and innovation, bringing you "ideas for life."

To promote this new technology, Panasonic is launching the R2 compressor website   www.panasonic.com/R2.

About Panasonic


Panasonic Industrial Company, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, markets a broad line of industrial components and products in the United States. Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Corporation of North America is the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Additional information on Panasonic Corporation of North America is available at www.panasonic.com.

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Editorial Contact:

Will Safer     


Panasonic     
201-392-6124     
saferw@us.panasonic.com


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