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Thermo King is a world leader in the manufacturing of temperature control transport systems for trucks, semi-trailers, buses, railway wagons and sea containers.

Brand potential

Reliable solutions support the efficient operation of our customers’ transport equipment.

Improved design provides lower cost of ownership and lower fuel consumption.

Wide dealer network coverage and impressing experience in providing customers with peaceful transportation.

Our solutions focus on positive environmental impacts.

  • Well-developed dealer network
  • Mobile service
  • European quality
  • Official dealer

Brand potential

Our solutions enhance the quality of life by protecting and preserving products that are important to people anywhere in the world.

Our reputation as a trusted global leader is due to the provision of high-quality, reliable and efficient solutions for transport refrigeration equipment, as well as expert services from our extensive, worldwide and growing dealer network.

History of the company

  • 1938

    Fred Jones invents car refrigerator
    Joe Numero founded Thermo King

  • 1939

    Joe Numero and engineer Fred Jones patent “Model A,” the first successful mechanical transport refrigeration unit. This introduces an alternative to the less effective use of salt and ice to preserve perishables during shipment, which ushers in the era of frozen foods, fresh produce delivery nationwide, large supermarkets and the restaurant industry.

  • 1941

    The first nose mount trailer unit, the Model C, is introduced to the market. Compared to the previous under mount units, the Model C is much less susceptible to mud, dirt and debris and is also significantly lighter. It is the first one-piece design, which results in improved system reliability. The new, lightweight nose mounted model proves so successful it is named "Thermo King."

  • 1942

    Thermo King develops the first portable refrigeration unit for troops overseas. During World War II, these portable units make a significant difference in the field, enabling soldiers to enjoy fresh foods, cold drinks, and most importantly, store temperature-sensitive drugs and blood plasma.

  • 1948

    The "Service School," opens at the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school evolves over the years into the Thermo King Education Center, offering state-of-the-art training and certification for technicians from around the world

  • 1953

    The first refrigerated container ships overseas to support the Korean War effort, opening the door for global transportation of temperature-sensitive goods and materials (by sea, truck or rail).

  • 1956

    Thermo King develops the first air conditioning unit for passenger buses, allowing patrons to travel with comfort even during the hottest months of the year.

  • 1959

    Thermo King introduces the UWD, with the first diesel engine in refrigerated units, extending engine life compared to gas-powered units.

  • 1962

    The invention of the NWD-62 introduces the first unit configured similarly to the modern Thermo King trailer units. Many of the refrigeration principles and physical design features of this unit are still incorporated in the current Thermo King trailer product line.

  • 1965

    Thermo King creates Thermo King Auto Air Conditioning, a separate division of the company, providing consumers with a low cost, simple-to-install automobile air conditioning system.

  • 1976

    Thermo King expands to Europe, opening a location in Galway, Ireland. This begins the production of refrigeration units sold throughout Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia and Asia.

  • 1977

    Thermo King introduces the MD, the first diesel powered truck unit. This development spawns a complete line of diesel powered truck products including the MD, KD, RD, and TD models.

  • 1984

    Concerned about fuel savings, Thermo King introduces Cycle Sentry™, a successful start-stop technology for diesel-powered units allowing the unit to control temperatures based on environmental changes. This provides significant cost-savings to customers compared to the former continuous run equipment.

  • 1985

    Thermo King institutes a joint venture in Spain that marks the establishment of the Barcelona facility where the company manufactures vehicle power and air solutions products.

  • 1992

    Thermo King launches the first successful microprocessor controller for trailer applications, the ThermoGard™. This allows the driver to more precisely manage the temperature of valuable loads with an easy-to-use interface. Drivers and owners also have the ability to track individual deliveries using data reporting and alarms.

  • 1997

    Looking to enter the climate control marketplace, Ingersoll Rand acquires Thermo King.

  • 2000

    Thermo King improves their network by integrating units with satellite communication and remote controls.

  • 2003

    Thermo King introduces the MAGNUM™ container unit, the only reefer unit on the market that maintains a -35 degrees C (-31 degrees F) set point. The MAGNUM™ unit guarantees that deep-frozen cargo will stay frozen even in 50 degree C ambient conditions.

  • 2007

    Thermo King launches the SLX trailer refrigeration, dubbed as being the most important event in the company’s European history. The SLX directly responds to customer needs for maximum performance, minimal environmental impact and low cost of ownership.

  • 2009

    Thermo King introduces the T-series, the new world standard in temperature control for trucks. The T-series contributes to greater fuel savings and lower lifecycle costs.

  • 2020

    Thermo king is part of Trane Technology.

  • 2020

    Thermo King launches a new line of A-Series trailer refrigeration units.

Dealers

Dealerships are companies owned and managed by various owners, strategically located around the world. They are the main sales and service channels for Thermo King.

• Pan-European Service Network
• 24 hours a day, seven days a week
• Direct dial telephone connection
• Immediate help in your language
• Optimized fleet maintenance
• Complete protection for your business