To trace the origins of the,trade mark FRIGERA, one,would have to go back more,than 90 years. As early as in,1924, a Prague company,,Vobořil and Co., became,general agent for „General,Motors New York”, the car,manufacturer. Apart from,automobiles, this industrial,group also produced,refrigerating systems, and,that is why in 1926 the Prague,company became general,agent for these products,under the trade mark,„FRIGIDAIRE“.
Their activity in the feld of refrigerating systems,consisted in assembling refrigeration units and imported,components. Due to the mounting interest in refrigerating,systems, the original company was divided in 1929 into,the original general automobile agency and into a new,plant for producing technical and refrigeration equipment,FRIGERA, a.s. At this time, also other companies were,established in Lužec, Beroun, Hořice and Hronov. Thanks,to its experience, Frigera was able to maintain its exclusive,position. It produced its own line of commercial refrigerating,cabinets, but continued to import basic refrigerating units.,As results of the experience and expertise it had gained, in,1934 Frigera was granted the licence by General Motors,to manufacture refrigeration compressors and refrigerating,units. The subsequent years were years of great expansion,of refrigeration equipment which began to penetrate into,other industries. The frst refrigeration systems, capable of,producing temperatures down to -60 °C and designed for,laboratory purposes, were manufactured in 1939.,After the second world war, the production-batch volumes,of refrigerating equipment and cooling plants increased,considerably.,In 1949, the company assumed the name Frigera, N.C.,,(National Corporation), Kolín. After several reorganizations.,The base factory in Kolín with a subsidiary in Beroun,continued the production.,Since then and until 1989, the production programme,for the health service consisted mostly of the following,product groups:
- a) Freeze-drying equipment for dehydrating blood,plasma, blood plasma fractionation products, vitamins,,penicillin, vaccination products, virures, mother‘s milk,,various products of animal and vegetal origin, etc. The,most produced equipment types were the KS 30, LZ 9,,and later the LZ 45 and LZ 45.27 U.
- b) Fractionation systems FS 50 for the fractionation and,concentration of blood proteins and animal blood,plasma.
- c) Equipment for freezing liquid materials or suspensions,of solid particies in a liquid to be freeze-dried by,sublimation under deep vacuum in freeze-drying,machines. The best known types were ZZ 150/50, ZA,650/40 and later the HZ 12/50 and HC 700/50.
- d) Deep-freezing laboratory cases and cabinets for the,storing of substances at temperatures down to –80 °C,,used in laboratories, and for preserving highly sensitive,and precious materials. The best known types were the,HC 150/35, HCL 250/70, HC 280/70, HC 300/70, NZ,280/75 and the NZ 350/75.
Since 1989 Friqera has been manufacturing an innovated,product line of deep-freezing laboratory cases and cabinets,(types NS 600, NS 500/20, NS 400/40 and NS 300/80 BD,,NP 200/40, NP 400/40, NP 150/80, NP 400/80, NZKP 18/80,,NZKP 20/40).,
The new product line for the health service has been,designed in accordance with the global development,trends in this feld. The new products are ftted with,hermetic refrigerating systems, using chlorine-free and,environmentally safe refrige-rants (R 134a, R 404a, R 508B),and heat-insulating foams. The controlling elements for,the refrigerating systems are purchased from the world’s,foremost manufacturers.