Thermo King opens European Electrification Innovation Development Centre in Galway

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The newly opened Thermo King R&D Center in Galway

*New R&D facility in the West of Ireland employs top engineering talent and accelerates the company’s commitment to providing all-electric solutions across the cold chain in Europe by 2023

Thermo King has opened a  new research and development (R&D) center adjacent to its long-established sustainable manufacturing operations in Galway. The new facility investment, with capacity for up to 70 engineers, adds to the company’s electrification design and engineering capabilities in Europe, which includes an R&D center in Essen, Germany.

“Our new R&D center 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.”

“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,” said Hildegarde Naughton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport. “I would like to congratulate the entire team behind today’s announcement, and I look forward to seeing the fruits of Galway’s newest specialized Research and Development center.”

“The announcement from Trane Technologies follows the opening of its automation and robotics center in Galway City last year, further aligning with IDA Ireland’s continued focus on sustainability and transformation” said Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland. “I wish Trane Technologies and Thermo King every success with this expansion.”

Pictured at the opening were Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgns with (l-r) Ken Gleeson, Engineering Leader Thermo King; Ray O’Connor, Head of Regions – IDA; Cormac Mac Donncha VP Integrated Supply Chain, Thermo King; Bernd Lipp VP Engineering & Technology, Thermo King and Mike Stratford, Thermo King Operations Leader Ireland.