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Pictured at the opening of the Thermo King R&D centre are (left to right) 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)

IRELAND: Transport refrigeration company Thermo King has opened a new R&D centre adjacent to its factory in Galway, adding to the company’s electrification design and engineering capabilities in Europe. 

The R&D centre, with capacity for up to 70 engineers, joins the existing R&D centre in Essen, Germany. It is part of parent company Trane’s more than $100m 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 at yesterday’s opening ceremony. “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.”

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