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Dometic Eliminates Chromate and Sets a New Standard for Minibars

Chromate has been the established industry standard as the corrosion inhibitor for absorption minibars. A new EU legislation stipulates the phase-out of this substance for environmental reasons by 2021 at the latest. Dometic invested in R&D and is now in the unique position to offer a sustainable alternative.


What are the most common denominators between Dometic noiseless hotel minibars and Dometic medical fridges in hospitals? They are completely silent and operate vibration-free so that they will not disturb hotel guests nor patients in healthcare. This is thanks to the absorption cooling technology which ensures reliability and durability as well as reduced maintenance and a longer product life span. 

For the past decades, the minibar industry has been using chromate as a corrosion inhibitor. However, the EU authorities have now decided to prohibit the use of chromate in production within Europe from January 1, 2020, and for importation to Europe during 2021.

Well ahead of the new legislation, Dometic proactively initiated research & development in this area more than two decades ago in order to develop a new corrosion inhibitor to replace chromate and to guarantee the long-term reliability and sustainability of its absorption minibars.

“The absorption technology, with the absence of moving parts, offers unique advantages compared to compressor technology in terms of noise, longevity and lack of maintenance need. We are very happy to be able to secure the continued supply of Dometic absorption minibars to our customers, complementing our thermoelectric and compressor ranges for hotels and healthcare,” says Peter Kruk, President of Dometic EMEA. 

Dometic’s new inhibitor is an environmentally sound substance that has the same anti-corrosive effect as the well-proven chromate. It has been thoroughly tested in-housefor over ten years and is now substituting chromate in Dometic’s minibar and minicools factory in Hungary. 

Anton Lundqvist, Chief Technology Officer at Dometic says, “Based on the extensive tests performed in our own European factories as well as in external research institutes, we are confident that the new inhibitor will offer the same reliability and guarantee an equally long service life for our minibars as chromate did until now.”

“We are very proud of this achievement and welcome the decision of the European Union stepping up further into this ambitious Sustainable plan. Farsighted thinking combined with strategic investment has ensured a future for absorption minibars. Dometic has, once again, lived up to its promise to be a sustainable company and a product leader.”

The new filling stations have been put in place in Hungary, and Dometic is now in the unique position to offer a sustainable alternative. The legislation for the ban of chromate in minibars makes Dometic the sole supplier of European-produced absorption minibars.

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О компании Dometic
Dometic, являясь лидером мирового рынка, предлагает фирменные решения для мобильной жизни в таких сферах, как еда и напитки, кондиционирование воздуха, питание и управление, гигиена и санитария, безопасность и защита. Компания Dometic работает в Северной и Южной Америке, Европе, России, Африке, Ближнем Востоке и Азиатско-Тихоокеанском регионе, создавая продукты, подходящие для использования в автодомах, грузовиках и автомобилях премиум-класса, на прогулочных и коммерческих судах, а также для множества других областей применения. Наша цель — создавать продуманную, надежную и незаурядную продукцию. Наша продукция доступна в 100 странах мира. Мы создали глобальную сеть дилеров и дистрибьюторов, предоставляющих также и послепродажное обслуживание. В компании Dometic работает около 8000 человек по всему миру; чистый объем продаж в 2018 году составил 18 млрд шв. крон (2 млрд долларов США). Штаб-квартира компании расположена в Стокгольме (Швеция).

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