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Japanese refrigeration firm Mayekawa plans UK base

UK: Leading Japanese refrigeration firm Mayekawa, best known for its Mycom compressors, plans to set up a base in Glasgow.

Scotland’s external affairs secretary Fiona Hyslop is said to have met executives from Mayekawa in Japan to hear of their intention to come to Scotland. The company, founded in Tokyo, intends to set up a branch in Glasgow to support research and development as well as sales and administration for its UK/Europe division. It would create 20 jobs over five years.

“A number of Japanese companies have had a presence in Scotland for many years and have gone on to celebrate further growth, said Fiona Hyslop. “We offer a perfect environment for continuous research and ground-breaking technology development through an innovative company base, world-class universities and leading innovation centres.”

Mayekawa’s president Shin Maekawa revealed that the company had many projects to develop, including new refrigeration products. “We hope these can be progressed at our new base in Glasgow,” he said.

The company has been involved in the refrigeration industry for more than 80 years and is a world leader in gas compression and refrigeration equipment offering products for the industrial refrigeration, oil and gas, and chemical processing industries. This includes screw compressors, refrigeration and freezer systems and heat pumps.

In addition to three factories in Japan, Mayekawa operates plants in the USA, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Serbia, India, South Korea and India.

It is said that the company will initially employ around five staff in a Glasgow office and then increase its workforce, depending on the growth of business in Europe.

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