IRELAND: Ingersoll-Rand, owners of HVAC manufacturer Trane, is set to acquire Italian manufacturer Thermocold.

Established in 1995, Thermocold produces a wide range of conventional chillers and heat pumps as well as special units for Atex and marine cooling applications, along with close control, free cooling and inverter screw chillers.

“Trane and Thermocold have been innovating new products and serving customers together for several years,” said Dave Regnery, president, Commercial HVAC North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “This announcement is the next step in strengthening our portfolios to take advantage of the large market opportunity in Europe, and expanding distribution of Thermocold technologies to other parts of the world where demand is growing rapidly.”

One of Thermocold’s signature solutions includes the innovative multi-pipe HVAC system for high efficiency, simultaneous heating and cooling. This system recovers energy by shifting use from a separate boiler and chiller to one single, simplified multi-pipe unit that simultaneously delivers hot and chilled water. This system repurposes rejected energy, or uses renewable energy, for heating the facility delivering a more sustainable solution that reduces the amount of investment costs, use of floor space and total operating expenses. The multi-pipe system further contributes to lower the environmental footprint due to significant lower energy use.

“Thermocold is pleased at the idea of being part of Ingersoll Rand,” said Giovanni Renna, president, Thermocold. “We know that with the support and investments from Trane and Ingersoll Rand, Thermocold can serve new and existing customers and distributors better than ever before.”

Thermocold operates from one location in Bari, Italy. The acquisition is expected to close subject to certain closing conditions and third party approvals.