The traditions of the Refrigeration R&D Center date back to 1946, when the Central Office of Chemical Apparatus and Refrigerating Equipment CEBEA was established in Krakow. For the next several dozen years, refrigeration was dealt with continuously in Krakow, albeit in various organizational forms. An important moment was the creation in November 1960 – from the Refrigeration Equipment Department separated from CEBEA – an independent unit under the name of the Refrigeration R&D Center COCH.
Temporarily, in 1975, COCH was administratively merged with CEBEA, and in 1990 it regained full independence as a Research and Development Center. In the nearly 60-year period of its existence, the scope of activities of the Center, started in 1946 with design and construction works, has expanded and now includes research and development works, as well as model and pilot tests of new generations of machines and devices for refrigeration, heat pumps and air conditioners. The accredited laboratory conducts tests of new products implemented in the domestic industry, certification tests of refrigerated transport means, and tests related to the certification of products in the field of refrigeration, heat pumps and air conditioning.
The experimental plant carries out prototype constructions of machines and devices, with particular emphasis on small-size freezing tunnels, specialized alternating-temperature and low-temperature research chambers, test stands, etc.
With modern equipment, highly qualified staff and many years of experience, the COCH Refrigeration R&D Center is perfectly prepared to solve the most complex problems of Polish refrigeration. The COCH Refrigeration R&D Center constantly cooperates with academic centers, research and industrial organizations, including international ones, such as the International Refrigeration Institute.