Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Italian railcar air-conditioning systems manufacturer Klimat-Fer S.p.A, today announce an agreement that will see 80% of Klimat-Fer’s shares incorporated into Mitsubishi Electric’s railcar
business in Europe. From April 2014, the move will bolster the company’s market position as well as local sales, production, and after sales support.
The railcar air-conditioning systems market in Europe is the world’s largest with annual growth expected to be in the region of 2 to 3%. Additionally, the manufacturing bases of most of the world’s major car-builders are also based in Europe.
Klimat-Fer has had a presence in Italy for over half a century. Its railcar air-conditioning systems business has been ranked at the top of the market in Italy due to its cutting edge technology and product reliability. Mitsubishi Electric’s experience and advanced technological knowledge will leverage Klimat-Fer’s business in the areas
of innovation and sales, both enhancing its business structure in Europe and the
expansion of its global transportation systems business.
Klimat-Fer S.p.A, run by Chief Executive Matteo Todesco, was founded in 1963 and is based in Padua, Italy for sales, engineering, manufacturing, and support for railcar air-conditioning systems.
Takahiro Kikuchi, Executive Officer and President of the Public Utilities Systems Group at Mitsubishi Electric comments: “Klimat-Fer is a well established and respected business in this sector both in Italy and Europe. We are very pleased to be joining forces with them to strengthen our market share across Europe and enhance our
product development and sales offer.”
Matteo Todesco at Klimat-Fer’s comments: “All Klimat-Fer’s staff is proud to become part of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and confident that they will be able to play an important role for the expansion of Mitsubishi Electric’s transportation business in Europe.”