“The decisions reflect in part market requirements,” said Ted Amyuni, Carrier's senior vice president of operations. “The global container market has become Asian-focused, with more than 80% of our container refrigeration products currently being shipped to Asia.”
The move, which will affect 1,200 jobs, will take manufacturing operations for the container refrigeration business to its existing facility in Singapore. The closure of compression operations reflect Carrier's 50% decline in demand over the last three years, according to Amyuni.
“Semi-hermetic reciprocating compression is converting to rotating compression and to specialist manufacturers serving the industry,” Amyuni said. “These vendors serve the HVAC markets and achieve manufacturing scale and costs not available to individual systems producers.”
The company's remaining compressor needs will be served from existing facilities in Georgia and China.
Carrier plans to further develop its technology and research initiatives focusing on environmental systems and indoor air quality technologies, in addition to existing HVAC and refrigeration engineering research, at its Syracuse site.