In May 2015, Danfoss, a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial and water systems, finalized the acquisition of global AC drives manufacturer Vacon. Danfoss, through its business segment Danfoss Drives, is the world’s second-largest manufacturer of variable speed drives, with more than 5,000 employees specializing in motor control, sales and service centers in more than 50 countries, and production and research and development operations in China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Italy and the United States.
The new organization blends the application expertise and product portfolios of both companies—enabling the company to provide an even larger and more competitive product and service portfolio for a variety of energy-intensive and high-performance industries relying on efficient and reliable motor control, including HVAC, refrigeration, food and beverage, water and wastewater, chemical, marine and mining applications.
In North America, Danfoss has eight locations serving the AC drives market, including three manufacturing facilities and three industry-specific competence and research and development centers:
- Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Research and development laboratory for high-power AC drives
- Chattanooga, Tenn. – Competence center dedicated to industrial sectors
- Houston, Texas – Competence center dedicated to the oil and gas industry
- Chambersburg, Pa. – Manufacturing
- Loves Park, Ill. - Manufacturing
- Milwaukee, Wis. - Manufacturing
“Variable speed drives continue to play an increasingly important role in the control of motor, fan, pump and gear applications across a variety of industry sectors,” said John Galyen, president of Danfoss North America. “This technology is becoming more integrated as part of an overall industry pursuit of reliability, performance optimization, and energy efficiency.”