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Danfoss Turbocor hosts grand opening ceremony for new Turbocor facility in Tallahassee

On May 29, 2024 Danfoss Turbocor celebrated the opening of its new 13,000 square foot manufacturing facility, driven by market growth and the introduction of oil-free magnetic bearing technology. The grand opening was attended by over 100 people, including customers, community members, Danfoss President and CEO Kim Fausing, and descendants of Danfoss founder Mads Clausen. The additional facility will house state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment for TTS/TG/TH lines for Danfoss Turbocor compressors and will double current capacity, with the opportunity to expand even further. The $62 million investment will also create jobs in the Tallahassee area.

In line with Danfoss's goal to become carbon neutral by 2030, the new factory will use low-carbon Turbocor compressors and a heat recovery system to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption.

“The increased production will help meet the growing market demand for high-efficiency refrigeration and heating compressors in North America, Europe and Asia,” said Fausing. “Oil-free, high-efficiency compressor technology is a key enabler for achieving the decarbonization goals of commercial buildings, cities and countries. Currently, North America is the largest market and region for Danfoss with 34 locations, and we couldn't be prouder of this latest chapter in Turbocor's growth.”

Turbocor compressors use magnetic bearing technology instead of oil, providing a low-carbon, ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) cooling option for commercial air conditioning and heat pumps. From innovation to market launch, Danfoss has been the leading pioneer and frontrunner of oil-free compressors in the HVAC/R industry and is committed to continuing the development of the technology to reduce the carbon footprint of critical infrastructure such as data centers, hospitals, hotels and airports. The development of the technology reflects Danfoss' commitment to decarbonization and green growth, with solutions that reduce CO2 emissions, lower energy consumption and enable electrification.

In November 2023, Turbocor celebrated its 10th anniversaryth anniversary as a wholly owned Danfoss company. The company was founded in 1994 and established as a joint venture with Danfoss in 2004. Since then, it has made a name for itself worldwide. Danfoss Turbocor continues to expand its presence. An expanded facility will open in Haiyan, China next year, and a configuration center will be established in Nordborg, Denmark, at Danfoss' headquarters. The Nordborg site currently handles sales and service for Turbocor's European customers. A new production facility is scheduled for completion in 2026.

“This investment is not only a commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our customers, but also underscores the importance of local manufacturing,” commented Ricardo Schneider, President of Danfoss Turbocor. “As part of Danfoss' green growth strategy, we are regionalizing our supply chains to produce products closer to our customers, improve service, and decarbonize our operations. Expanding our capacity in Tallahassee is key to our growth strategy in North America.”

Locally, Danfoss Turbocor provides scholarships, research support and continuing education to students at two- and four-year colleges in Tallahassee. The proximity to Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory further strengthens Turbocor's relationship with the community, allowing the company to benefit from ongoing research and provide students with internship and employment opportunities.

“The road to this moment has been paved with the hard work and dedication of our employees, leadership, customers and local community,” said Schneider. “By eliminating the need for oil, we are not only reducing maintenance costs, but we are also contributing to a cleaner, greener future. Turbocor compressors are not just a product; they are a commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible manufacturing.”

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