Rheem and Fujitsu General Announce Heating and Cooling Collaboration

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Published: 20 September 2016


Fujitsu General and Rheem announced last week that they have agreed a 'strategic collaboration' which will help each company to grow its heating and cooling solutions product range.
I​n the USA, ducted, central air conditioning systems make up about 90 per cent of the residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market, according to figures from the AHRI. But, demand for ductless air conditioning systems has grown because of consumer demand for cooling which uses less energy and where it is not possible to fit ductwork. 
​In the collaboration, Rheem will now offer Fujitsu's ductless mini-split systems to its North American customers through its Rheem and Ruud brands. In future, the companies will widen their collaboration to other products, including joint product development.

In return, Fujitsu General will distribute a range of Rheem ducted HVAC products.

Mike Branson, Rheem Air Conditioning Division's vice president and general manager stated:
​"In recent years, the demand for ductless mini-split and commercial VRF systems has risen dramatically in North America. We are excited about the potential of this relationship to develop and deliver new and expand HVAC solutions to the market."
​Hiroyuki Yokoyama, corporate senior vice president, of Fujitsu General, said:
​"This relationship between Fujitsu General and Rheem makes perfect sense. Both Fujitsu General and Rheem are known for market leading, innovative HVAC solutions."
​The companies expect to begin distributing their products in the collaboration in early 2017 in the USA.