The strategic collaboration announced today is said to be designed to expand the heating and cooling product portfolios for both companies in the face of growing US interest in “ductless” air conditioning.
As part of this agreement, Rheem will begin offering ductless mini-split systems manufactured by Fujitsu General to its US customers under its Rheem and Ruud brands.
It is said that the relationship will expand to other product categories in the future and will further include joint development of products, as well as collaborative operational opportunities. Additionally, Fujitsu General will introduce a portfolio of ducted HVAC products, manufactured by Rheem.
“In recent years, the demand for ductless mini-split and commercial VRF systems has risen dramatically in North America,” acknowledged Mike Branson, vice president and general manager, Rheem Air Conditioning Division. “Our businesses are extremely complementary. We are excited about the potential of this relationship to develop and deliver new and expand HVAC solutions to the market.”
The companies expect to begin introducing new products in early 2017 and will showcase some of these products at the 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas.
Founded in 1925, Rheem has an international presence in 14 countries. Its brands include Rheem, Raypak, Ruud, Eemax, Richmond and Splendid, as well as commercial refrigeration brands Russell, Witt, ColdZone and Kramer, which are part of the company’s Heat Transfer Products Group (HTPG) division.