Rheem and Fujitsu General Limited Announce Strategic
Companies will collaborate to expand their
U.S.-focused HVAC businesses.
Fujitsu General Limited and Rheem today announced a
strategic collaboration that will expand the heating and
cooling product portfolios for both companies.
Ducted central air conditioning systems account for
approximately 90 percent of the U.S. residential HVAC
market (source: AHRI). However, in recent years, the
demand for ductless cooling systems—pioneered by
Japanese manufacturers—has grown in the United States
due to consumers’ interests in systems that provide
comfort and energy savings, and meet special add-on
installation requirements, such as sites where duct-work
is not feasible.
As part of this agreement, Rheem will begin offering
ductless mini-split systems manufactured by Fujitsu
General to its U.S. customers under the Rheem and Ruud
brands. 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 its channel.
“In recent years, the demand for ductless mini-split and
commercial VRF systems has risen dramatically in North
America. Rheem is pleased to partner with Fujitsu
General a global leader in these categories,” said 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.”.
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