At the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, all the newly constructed ice venues adopted MAYEKAWA's state of the art refrigeration systems. Making use of natural refrigerants and working fluids, MAYEKAWA created the perfect ice conditions for each sporting event while keeping the facilities ecologically friendly. When building the bobsled/luge tracks, which first employed the same artificial ice used for ice rinks in Asia at that time, MAYEKAWA joined the project from the design stage and established a safe and efficient cooling system for the tracks using an indirect cooling system, thus playing an important role in the games' success.

Ice rinks

Since their inception, MAYEKAWA's compressors have been employed by many ice facilities around the world.
The required ice quality differs in its use from sport to sport, such as speed skating, ice hockey, figure skating, curling rinks and bobsled/luge tracks. MAYEKAWA not only provides compressors but also helps make the best ice quality for each individual sport. We achieve the preferable ice conditions by controlling ice temperature with a feedback-controlled system using ice temperature, ice surface temperature or brine. Taking advantage of our extensive experience in designing refrigeration systems for ice rinks we are working towards creating an environmentally friendly "Eco Arena" which includes buildings, refrigeration systems, lighting and air conditioning systems. "Eco Arena" is an ice arena which not only provides the best quality ice for individual competition but also considers the design and installation of ice-rinks, buildings, and the maintenance and management of refrigeration systems with a comprehensive view toward energy-savings and the environment.

Ski slopes

At ski slopes we create artificial snow slopes by dispersing crushed ice before snow season and utilizing our ice making knowhow. This technology also contributed to the creation of the world's first indoor ski slope with artificial snow.