MONTREAL, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter Gibson joins Smardt Chiller Group's fast-growing Asia-Pacific business as Managing Director, based in Melbourne, effective November 21, 2016. Chief executive of German-owned manufacturing group Bitzer Australia since 2013, Gibson's global experience includes several years building sales and a new customer base for ebm-pabst in North America. His initial training as a refrigeration mechanic in Melbourne was followed by an MBA from Swinburne University. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161111/438229 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161111/438230 "Peter's skill set is ideal for accelerating our growth in Asia-Pacific markets," says Roger Richmond-Smith, Smardt founder and CEO. "He will be working closely with our Australian regional team in Melbourne, with Asia VP Sam Ringwaldt and his team in Singapore and with China GM Jeff He and his team in Guangzhou. He reports to Global COO Vince Canino." Canino adds: "As global no 1 in oil-free centrifugal chillers and the world's largest user of Turbocor technology, Smardt has come a long way since building the world's first oil-free centrifugal chiller in 2002. Our factories in Stuttgart, Montreal, Melbourne, Plattsburgh, Sao Paulo and Guangzhou are proving a very exciting force for growth in our global customer base, now with over 6000 chillers installed. Smardt's product range- from 60 tons to 2500 tons capacity- includes cutting-edge water cooled, air cooled, modular and evaporatively cooled chiller technologies."