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Thermo King opens new European R&D centre in Galway

Transport refrigeration firm Thermo King has opened a new research and development centre adjacent to its sustainable manufacturing operations in Galway.

The R&D centre, with capacity for up to 70 engineers, adds to the company’s electrification design and engineering capabilities in Europe, which includes an R&D centre in Essen, Germany.

It is part of the company’s more than $100 million investment to deliver fully electric products in every segment of the cold chain in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) by 2023 and in the Americas by 2025.

“Our new R&D centre generates another space for innovation, creativity and learning,” said Francesco Incalza, president of Thermo King EMEA at Trane Technologies.

“The technologies developed on-site will add to the more than 40,000-strong fleet of Thermo King electric and fuel-efficient transport refrigeration units delivering food, vaccines, medicines and other critical goods across Europe and beyond.”

The new Galway centre will also help advance Trane Technologies’ 2030 Sustainability Commitments, including its Gigaton Challenge to reduce customer greenhouse gas emissions by one billion metric tons, while aligning with the EU’s latest nearly zero-emission building (nZEB) standards.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, commented: “Yet again Galway is leading the way in technology research and development.

“The unveiling of this new dedicated electrification lab is symbolic of Thermo King’s confidence in Galway, and the West of Ireland, as a good place in which to expand and lead the charge in the development of zero emission technology solutions.”

Pictured l-r are: Ken Gleeson, engineering leader, Thermo King; Ray O’Connor, head of regions, IDA; Cormac Mac Donncha, VP Integrated supply chain, Thermo King; Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgns; Bernd Lipp, VP engineering & technology, Thermo King; and Mike Stratford, Thermo King operations leader Ireland.