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Carrier targets whole-building solutions as it centralises its UK HVAC operations

HVACR giant Carrier is looking to use leverage its wide portfolio of operations to target integrated building solutions

HVACR giant Carrier is looking to use its wide portfolio of operations to target whole building solutions. The company is also promising to launch a raft of new products throughout the year.  

The move follows the centralising of its businesses in the UK, which means its Toshiba Carrier AC operation, its chiller and rental businesses and its controls operations are all brought under one umbrella.

Overseeing the combined Carrier UK operations will be new managing director Richard Jones, who has served various parts of the parent United Technologies Corporation for over 20 years, most recently running the Carrier rental operations across Europe.

He said: “Carrier has moved from a series of vertical businesses to much more of a sector-focused approach, so we can really target solutions for customers in different applications with the whole portfolio.”

Mr Jones added that the additional benefits of the approach would be the ability to integrate the HVAC solutions with the security and lift engineering portfolios of sister companies Chubb and Otis respectively.

He said: “Combining our HVAC products and services, from equipment to controls to rental, allows us to offer our customers a ‘total’ HVAC solution. Our markets are at a very exciting stage and we are very well placed to attack them in new ways and with renewed vigour. I believe Carrier working in synergy with our colleagues in Otis and Chubb, for the first time in a long while, will enable us to share important echnologies that will result in significant developments across our whole UK building and industrial systems business.”

He added that electronics would play a key role in the integration of whole building solutions, leaving Carrier well-placed to benefit: “Effective electronic management of technology within buildings will be an essential part of a new comprehensive service offering that only market-leading businesses like Carrier and its sister companies of Otis and Chubb are in a position to deliver.”

“If you imagine in a hotel for instance the energy savings that could be made by  the AC being switched on or off by the guest pressing the lift button, you can see the benefits of integrating all the services. And we can deliver it as one solution - the customer is not relying on lots of different suppliers, and then a different company to make it all work together.”

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