New green R&D; jobs for Galway


Industry in Galway just got greener as Thermo King announced that it will be designing new environmentally-friendly technology at its plant in the city.

Thermo King, which designs and manufactures transport refrigeration equipment, is to undertake research and design work on environmentally-friendly technology at its long-established Galway facility.

The project, which is being supported by IDA Ireland, will see the firm try to build the platform for the next generation of refrigeration units for the European, Africa and Middle East markets. New products will be designed to be both greener and more cost-efficient by consuming less energy than current alternatives.

"This development will have a strategic corporate impact and the Research and Design initiatives will play a very significant part in the Ingersoll-Rand strategy - ‘Progress is greener with Ingersoll-Rand’" - said the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin. "The Thermo King Galway facility will now lead its Corporation in this ‘green’ technology and this is a measure of the facility’s position within the parent company and recognition for its successes in R&D; over the years."

Thermo King became part of the Ingersoll-Rand Corporation in 1997 and is part of its Climate Control Technologies division. Based in Galway since 1976, Thermo King originally manufactured truck and trailer refrigeration units for the European market. However, its remit has grown considerably over the years and this latest move will see the Galway firm conducting R&D work on Trailer Cryogenics Products, for example. These products provide high-performance transport temperature control with zero emissions from refrigerant or engine sources.

The move also marks a jobs boost for the city. Thermo King's Galway operation already employs over 600 people and this new project will add a further 19 new positions.

Thermo King's Galway management said the city was succeeding on the jobs front because of the quality of staff available.

Cormac MacDonncha, Plant Manager and site leader stated - “These highly innovative leading-edge projects are critical to the success of the Galway site. Research and Design is an integral part of our business model in Galway. We have the opportunity to design and manufacture the next-generation environmentally-friendly products for our customer base in Europe, Africa and the Middle East."