Case Study

Donation to Support Relief Efforts for the July 2020 Japan floods

  • Jul. 31, 2020
  • Other
  • Japan

July 31, 2020
Johnson Controls, K.K.
Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning, Inc.

 

Johnson Controls K.K. and Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning, Inc. will donate a total of two million yen, one million yen each, through the Central Community Chest of Japan to support flood relief efforts in the areas of northern Kyushu in Japan.

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to those in disaster areas and those who continue to suffer in the wake of the tragedy. We wish for an early recovery from the event.

Design panel for 4-way cassette indoor unit “Silent-Iconic” awarded iF DESIGN AWARD 2020

  • Feb. 26, 2020
  • Commercial Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Japan

February 26, 2020 | Written by Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning Communications Staff

Design panel “Silent-Iconic” designed by Hitachi, Ltd. and manufactured by Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning was awarded the iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 organized by iF International Forum Design GmbH.

The iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the world’s most prestigious design prizes over more than half a century since 1953, and is consisted of 7 disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication, Interior Architecture, Service Design, Professional Concept and Architecture. In this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD, 7,298 entries were submitted from 56 nations. The evaluation was comprehensively conducted based on the design features of uniqueness, innovation, functionality such as usability, and environmental friendliness as well as quality. This time, Hitachi and Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning’s Silent-Iconic was awarded in the discipline of Product.

The awarded Silent-Iconic panel is an option panel designed to be inconspicuous in architectural spaces. While architects prefers ducted indoor units which is invisible from architectural spaces, compromise tends to be made due to cost reasons, resulting in the often use of cassette-indoor units. Survey conducted to architects by Hitachi and Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning revealed that there is a hidden needs for visually silent cassette-type air conditioner design that harmonize with interiors.

Maintaining cost advantage, ease of installation and performance of cassette-type air conditioners, the Silent-Iconic panel offers unobtrusive design drawing near ducted indoor unit. By expressing the four louvers into one square slit-shaped panel, we reduced visual impact to secure harmonious design in interior space. Also, the central inlet is louvered to blend with architectural ceiling design.    


Silent-Iconic design panel
Dimensions: 950mm(width) x 950mm(depth) x 92mm(height)
Height from ceiling surface: 52mm

 

Contributing to reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

  • Jan. 17, 2020
  • Other
  • Japan

January 17, 2020 | Written by Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning Communications Staff

Recently, global interest about climate change has heightened and various initiatives are underway. In Japan, the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) is actively being implemented as a countermeasure to climate change by the government leadership.

In 2019, as a measure to contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan and the Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC), the executive body, called for proposals from the public concerning the “the Financing Programme for JCM Model Projects1” which aims to utilize excellent low-carbon technologies and lower GHG as well as to acquire JCM credit based on Japan’s contributions and five projects were selected in November. This project is implementing under the cooperation between the Government of Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and Japan.

Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning was selected as the representative company for the project to introduce highly efficient air conditioners and air-cooled chillers in hotels and offices in Viet Nam. The expected annual amount of GHG to be reduced in this project is 2,661 ton of CO2.

We will continue to contribute in help bringing about a sustainable society through our company’s technologies and highly efficient air conditioning systems.
 


1 Ministry of the Environment, Japan has been implementing the “JCM Model Projects,” which provides financial supports covering up to half of the initial investment costs. The purpose of this model projects is to financially support the implementation of projects which reduce GHG emissions by utilizing leading low carbon technologies in developing countries, and in return, to acquire JCM credits for achievement of Japan’s GHG emission reduction and the partner countries emission reduction target.

Hitachi room air conditioner “Shirokuma-kun” awarded “FY2019 Energy Conservation Grand Prize” of Japan

  • Dec. 23, 2019
  • Residential Air Conditioning
  • Japan

December 23, 2019 | Written by Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning Communications Staff

The Energy Conservation Center, Japan today revealed the winners of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Energy Conservation Grand Prize of Japan. We are honored to announce that our room air conditioner “Shirokuma-kun” Premium X Series, launched in the Japan market this autumn, received the FY2019 Energy Conservation Grand Prize, Product & Business Model Category, ECCJ Chairman’s Award (The Energy Conservation Center, Japan Chairman’s Award). 

The “Shirokuma-kun” Premium X Series room air conditioner comes with the following outstanding features: “Frost Wash” and “Fan Robo” features for the indoor unit, and the industry’s first “outdoor unit heat exchanger auto cleaning” feature.

Our world class engineers have consistently been focusing on how to maintain cleanliness in the interior of our air conditioner units. This has led them to develop unique features within the industry, including the indoor unit heat exchanger auto clean “Frost Wash” which rapidly removing dirt and grease from the indoor unit heat exchanger by automatically freezing the exchanger and then rapidly melting the frozen layer which is formed, and the fan auto clean “Fan Robo.” The “outdoor unit heat exchanger auto cleaning feature” blows dust out and away from the unit’s interior by reversing fan rotation and follows with a “Frost Wash” clean. These cleaning feature innovations contribute to the suppression of airflow reduction and reduction of wasted electricity. In addition, the indoor unit comes in a compact size, less than 800 millimeters in total width, while achieving greater energy-saving performance. It was these innovations that led the “Shirokuma-kun” Primium X Series to be awarded the prize.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning continues to pursue energy efficiency for the further advancement of air conditioning technology.

We are looking forward to The Energy Conservation Award ceremony to be held at Tokyo Big Sight on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

The award winning room air conditioner “Shirokuma-kun” Premium X Series will be displayed on panels at the award corner of the ENEX2020 energy and environment exhibition in Tokyo. In addition, we will exhibit the award-winning product at the Hitachi booth during the HVAC&R Japan 2020 heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigerating expo, to be held from March 3, 2020 in Japan. 

Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning employee Koichiro Toyoda awarded Medal of Honor

  • Nov. 05, 2019
  • Other
  • Japan

November 5, 2019 | Written by Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning Communications Staff

The Government of Japan awarded the 2019 Medal of Honor with Yellow Ribbon to our employee Koichiro Toyoda for his outstanding diligent contributions over the years in the field of machinery and equipment engineering.

The Medal of Honor with Yellow Ribbon is awarded to individuals who became public role models through their diligence and perseverance in technological accomplishments.

Koichiro has worked for decades in the field of room air conditioning since he joined Hitachi’s Tochigi Factory in 1978 (currently the Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning’s Tochigi Factory). Over the years, he made significant improvements in stamping process precision for heat exchangers while significantly enhancing both production facilities and efficiency. In addition, his diligent efforts to raise technical talent in Japan as well as overseas led him to build comprehensive structured training programs while also providing mentoring and coaching. Backed by Monozukuri expertise and technical skill, today Koichiro is demonstrating his leadership fostering young engineers. 

In recognition of his remarkable technical expertise, Koichiro has received several major awards including the Tochigi Governor’s excellent engineer award in 2015 and the Health, Labour and Welfare Minister’s award for outstanding skilled workers (contemporary master craftsman) in 2018.   

The Medal of Honor recipients will be presented their awards at a conferment ceremony on December 17, after which they will be admitted to the presence of His Majesty the Emperor at the Imperial Palace.

Koichiro Toyoda.

 

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning opens Global Development Center in India

New facility will collaborate with centers in Japan and China to drive global product innovation
  • Oct. 04, 2019
  • Other
  • India and Asia

Ahmedabad, India, October 4, 2019 – Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning today announced the opening of a new Global Development Center in Kadi, Gujarat State, India. The result of a US$22.5 million (approximately 157 Crore India Rupee) investment, the state-of-the-art facility will drive the company’s world class innovation capabilities with a strong focus on developing residential air conditioners and commercial packaged air conditioners for India as well as the Southeast Asia, Middle East and European markets.

Staffed at launch with over 150 engineers and with capacity to accommodate up to 300 in total, the new center is equipped with state-of-the-art research and testing laboratories, including Reliability Labs, Annual Performance Factor Labs, Electromagnetic Compatibility Labs, Electronics Labs and Semi-anechoic Labs to maximize the potential of the local engineering talent. The center also offers a wide range of capabilities, including user experience design, industrial design, simulation, controls, design quality, project management and engineering information systems. It also features an experience zone that will give customers hands-on experience of the latest air conditioning innovations and technologies.

“This is a crucial step for Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning to further strengthen our global position. We have already seen our India-made products being well accepted in West Asia, Sri Lanka, Africa and other South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries. Now this new Global Development Center will play a critical role in developing new and exciting products, particularly for Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe to enhance our ability to meet diverse market needs in these regions,” said Franz Cerwinka, Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning.

With a floor space of 21,042 square meters, the Global Development Center is located adjacent to the Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India factory to maximize synergy with the manufacturing teams. It is Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning’s fourth Global Development Center, alongside two centers in Japan and one in China. It represents an important step towards the company’s goal of globalizing its product development process in order to leverage its global talent pool and develop products suited to the needs of diverse markets.

Gurmeet Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India Ltd. said, “Since we signed a memorandum of understanding in 2009 to invest in Gujarat State, our manufacturing facilities at Kadi have become one of the largest air conditioner manufacturing facilities in India. It was an outcome of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor’s Summit 2009 and inaugurated by Narendra Modi, India’s current Prime Minister, who was at the time Chief Minister of Gujarat. The launch of the new Global Development Center is yet another milestone for investment in Gujarat State, India. This engineering and innovation hub will put Gujarat State on the world map for industrial research, product development and skill enhancement. With the launch of the new Global Development Center, we have created additional opportunities for the local talent to demonstrate their skills and capabilities to respond to the dynamic global market needs.”  

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning continues to pursue energy efficiency and comfort for the further advancement of air conditioning technology.


A photo of the new Global Development Center can be downloaded here

 
 
About Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning is a global air conditioning manufacturer, established in October 2015 as a joint venture of Johnson Controls International plc and Hitachi Appliances, Inc. (now Hitachi Global Life Solutions, Inc.). Our 15,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions for residential and commercial buildings throughout the world. We exceed customer expectations with the most diverse range of HVAC products in the world – from ductless solutions to chillers to HVAC room air conditioning systems, fueled by our industry-leading technology and innovation.

About Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India Limited

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning India Limited, the India unit of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, headquartered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat State and with a manufacturing plant in Kadi, Gujarat State, manufactures a wide range of products, from room air conditioners to commercial air conditioners and other customized air conditioning solutions.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning to relocate and expand factory in Wuhu, China

  • Oct. 01, 2019
  • Other
  • China

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, a leading global air conditioning manufacturer, today announced plans to invest $US135 million towards the relocation and expansion of its factory in Wuhu, Anhui Province, China.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning’s Wuhu factory, located in the Wuhu Economic and Technological Development Area, currently specializes in manufacturing residential air conditioners for the China and Japanese markets. It was first opened by Hitachi, Ltd. in 2002. The opening of new areas in the east of the Wuhu Economic and Technological Development Area have now created an opportunity to relocate the facility to a larger site and significantly expand its capabilities.

With the support of the Administrative Committee of the Wuhu Economic & Technological Development Area, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning will invest $US135 million in the construction of a brand new manufacturing facility capable of producing residential air conditioners and also commercial air conditioning products and components. The investment will commence in 2020 and continue for three to four years. The new factory is scheduled to be completed in May 2021 with production commencing January 2022.

“Our Wuhu factory has long served as a key manufacturing facility in our global residential air conditioner business. We are now very excited to further invest in Wuhu as we relocate and expand the facility’s capabilities to cover commercial products,” commented Franz Cerwinka, Chief Executive Officer, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning continues to pursue energy efficiency and comfort for the further advancement of air conditioning technology.

 

About Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning is a global air conditioning manufacturer, established in October 2015 as a joint venture of Johnson Controls International plc and Hitachi Appliances, Inc. (now Hitachi Global Life Solutions, Inc.). Our 15,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions for residential and commercial buildings throughout the world. We exceed customer expectations with the most diverse range of HVAC products in the world – from ductless solutions to chillers to HVAC room air conditioning systems, fueled by our industry-leading technology and innovation.

PAM Room Air Conditioner registered as an Essential Historical Material for Science and Technology

  • Sep. 04, 2019
  • Residential Air Conditioning
  • Japan

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning is honored to announce that the PAM Inverter Room Air Conditioner (RAS-501HX2), originally released by Hitachi in 1997, has been registered as an Essential Historical Material for Science and Technology by Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science as of September 10, 2019.

The Essential Historical Materials for Science and Technology is a registration system launched in 2008 by the National Museum of Nature and Science to preserve, recognize, and make the best use of prominent scientific and technological achievements worthy of being passed onto future generations and materials that have had significant impact on Japan’s lifestyles, economy, society and culture.

By the 1990’s, inverter room air conditioners, in which it was possible to control the speed of the compressor motor, had appeared on the market. But as demand for heating functionality in air conditioning units grew, it became necessary to equip them with high-power heating capabilities, which at the time could only be achieved by operating compressor motors with high-speed. This meant that when the compressor motor was operated at a low speed, especially when the room temperature was stable, the energy-saving capability was reduced. The PAM (Pulse Amplitude Modulation) inverter solved this problem by making it possible to control the compressor’s rotation across a wide range of speeds. With a PAM inverter, the voltage delivered to the compressor could be increased as needed, resulting in increased rotation speed. Once the temperature stabilized, the voltage could be lowered and the compressor could be operated efficiently at low speeds. The PAM inverter also made it possible to control the waveform of the input current so that it approximated a sine wave, increasing the maximum power factor to 99 percent and allowing more effective use of the electric current drawn from the outlet.

The PAM inverter room air conditioner was an epoch-making product in air conditioning technology history that made it possible to achieve both high power and low energy consumption. Its high power heating capabilities won it acclaim even in cold climate regions, where the heating function of conventional inverter air conditioners had been considered insufficient. It also contributed to the wide-spread use of heat pump heating.

 

[PAM Inverter Room Air Conditioner RAS-501HX2]

 

PAM inverter technology is still being used in air conditioning systems that offer comfort year-round. The technology has also been implemented in other home appliances, including refrigerators, providing a significant contribution to their increased energy saving performance and efficiency.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning continues to pursue energy efficiency and comfort for the further advancement of air conditioning technology.
 
 
About Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science

Founded in 1877, the National Museum of Nature and Science boasts one of the richest histories of any museum in Japan. It is Japan’s only nationally administered comprehensive science museum, and is a central institute for research in natural history and history of science and technology. It also serves as a guardian of a valuable collection of over four million specimens.
 
 
About Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning is a global air conditioning manufacturer, established in October 2015 as a joint venture of Johnson Controls International plc and Hitachi Appliances, Inc. (now Hitachi Global Life Solutions, Inc.). Our 15,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions for residential and commercial buildings throughout the world. We exceed customer expectations with the most diverse range of HVAC products in the world – from ductless solutions to chillers to HVAC room air conditioning systems, fueled by our industry-leading technology and innovation. 

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning Announces Scholarship Program to Support Women’s Education in Asia

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning has donated US$50,000 to establish a scholarship program at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  • Sep. 25, 2018
  • Sustainability
  • India and Asia

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh – September 25, 2018 – Asian University for Women (“AUW”) and Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, Inc. announced today that Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning has donated US$50,000 to support full scholarships for students of Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. AUW is a leading international, independent university for women in South Asia that is committed to making world-class liberal arts and sciences education accessible to women who aim to become leaders in their communities. Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning is a leading provider of air conditioning solutions headquartered in Japan.

The Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning Scholarship will be granted to highly-motivated young Asian women who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership ability as they develop their skills, expertise, and professional networks to solve the most pressing issues of the day with innovative and bold solutions. The scholarships will cover their tuition, room and board, healthcare, textbooks, school supplies, and all other educational expenses.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning and its family of companies carry out a wide range of social responsibility activities, guided by our five values of Integrity First, Purpose Led, Customer Driven, Future Focused and One Team. We are committed to doing well by doing good and holding ourselves accountable to make the world a better place through the solutions we provide, our engagement in society, the way we do business, and our commitment to protect people and the environment.

“Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning is very excited to have the opportunity to support the Asian University for Women. We sympathize deeply with school’s philosophy, spirit and aspiration to promote women’s empowerment and status improvement. Being ‘future focused’ is one of our core values, and we see this as a unique opportunity to support the next generation of female leaders and businesspeople in Asia,” says Franz Cerwinka, Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning.

“Asian University for Women is delighted to have the commitment of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning to increase access to higher education for highly talented young women in Asia. Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning recognizes the untapped potential of women to become business leaders and social innovators who will engage all strata of society and promote the positive and sustainable development of the region. By investing in students of the Asian University for Women, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning has become a model of local capacity building and regional collaboration,” says Professor Nirmala Rao, Vice Chancellor of AUW.

About Asian University for Women
Founded in 2008 and located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Asian University for Women is the first of its kind: a regional institution dedicated to women’s education and leadership development – international in outlook, but rooted in the contexts and aspirations of the people of Asia. Students from 15 countries attend AUW. This University exists solely to support a rising network of women leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers from across the region. It seeks out women who have significant academic potential and demonstrate courage and a sense of outrage at injustice and are empathic to the woes of other people. A majority of AUW’s students are first in their family to enter university; 98% of AUW’s students are on full or near-full scholarship funded by private donors from around the world. A majority of AUW graduates find employment in the private sector in their home countries while about 25% go on to pursue graduate studies. AUW graduates or former students have been admitted to Stanford, Oxford, Columbia, Brandeis, Surrey and a host of other leading universities in the world. For more information, please visit www.asian-university.org.

About Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning, Inc
Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning is a global air conditioning manufacturer, established in October 2015 as a joint venture of Johnson Controls Inc. and Hitachi Appliances, Inc. Our 16,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions for residential and commercial buildings throughout the world. We exceed customer expectations with the most diverse range of HVAC products in the world – from ductless solutions to chillers to HVAC room air conditioning systems, fueled by our industry-leading technology and innovation. Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning’s wide range of social responsibility activities reflect the diversity of communities that we serve – ranging from building schools and toilet blocks in India and supporting orphanages in Thailand to providing disaster relief in our home country of Japan. For more information, visit tiestest.com/_stg.

Support for people and communities affected by the July 2018 Japan floods

  • Aug. 30, 2018
  • Sustainability
  • Japan
August 30, 2018
Johnson Controls K.K.
Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning, Inc.

 

Tokyo, Japan – We would like to offer our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones in the Japan floods of July 2018. Our thoughts are also with those who suffered other injuries and loss.

Johnson Controls K.K. and Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning, Inc. will donate 2 million yen – 1 million yen each – through the Central Community Chest of Japan to support those affected by the floods. Central Community Chest of Japan is a partner of United Way Worldwide (UWW), an international non-profit organization operating in over 40 countries and regions. Johnson Controls is known as one of a largest contributor to UWW in Wisconsin State, United States.

In addition to that, both companies will raise a charity donation by employees and their labor unions.

We most sincerely hope the affected regions will be able to rebuild and recover as rapidly as possible.

Employees volunteer to help keep Watarase Reservoir for the birds

  • May. 16, 2018
  • Sustainability
  • Japan

 

May 16, 2018 – Visitors to the expansive Watarase Reservoir, two hours north of Tokyo, can expect to find extensive birdlife and fish – those are, after all, what helped earn it registration under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in 2012.

What visitors probably wouldn’t expect to find are teams of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning and Hitachi Reftechno employees picking up litter. But that was the spectacle on April 21, when more than 100 employees, family and friends from the nearby Tochigi factory participated in a reservoir cleanup operation as part of their regular “Blue Sky Involve” program.

Under clear spring skies, participants were provided with gloves and trash bags before setting to work picking up garbage from their allotted section on the northern side of the 3,300 ha reservoir, which straddles the borders of Tochigi, Gunma, Ibaraki and Saitama prefectures.

Employees volunteer to help keep Watarase Reservoir for the birds

Pleasingly, participants reported that there was less trash than expected, although they still managed to find dozens of empty cans, plastic bottles and even an old televisions. By the end of the day, a significant volume had been collected.

The clean up operation has been held annually since 2001 and is supported by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. This year more than 5,000 people participated in total, with the group from Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning and Hitachi Reftechno being the largest.

Blue Sky Involve is a part of the sustainability activities of Johnson Controls, the majority shareholder in Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning. It encourages company employees to volunteer with local non-profit organizations in support of the arts, education, environment.

After a morning of litter-collecting, participants had a relaxing picnic with boxed lunches, giving them the opportunity to get to know each other and enjoy the natural environment they had helped preserve.

Support for People and Communities Affected by the Recent Earthquake in Eastern Taiwan

  • Feb. 15, 2018
  • Sustainability
  • India and Asia
Press Release
February 15, 2018
Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning

 
 We at Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning would like to offer our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones in the earthquake that struck Hualien County Eastern Taiwan on February 6. Our thoughts are also with those who suffered other injury and loss.

Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning Taiwan Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning (Headquarters: Minato Ward, Tokyo, CEO Franz Cerwinka), on February 9, 2018 made a donation of 2 million Taiwanese dollars (approximately ¥7.2 million) to the authorities of Hualien County to help provide relief for those affected by the earthquake and to fund efforts towards reconstruction.

It is our heartfelt wish that the region will be able to rebuild and recover as rapidly as possible.