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Danfoss acquires AAIM Controls

November 19, 2018  

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Danfoss today announced the acquisition of AAIM Controls Inc., a major player in the North American industrial refrigeration market that specializes in custom-designed regulation and control automation solutions

“We consistently look to strengthen our core businesses by partnering with other successful companies and acquiring technology that complements the solutions we offer our customers,” says Jürgen Fischer, president of Danfoss Cooling. “By adding electronic regulation and control automation to our already-extensive portfolio of components for industrial refrigeration applications, we strengthen our global position by becoming a systems provider in the industrial refrigeration market.”

Located in Waynesboro, Pa., AAIM Controls is a supplier of everything from motor starters to complete PLC systems for the industrial refrigeration market.

With global megatrends like digitalization and combatting climate change driving the industrial refrigeration market forward, the demand is increasing for bundled solutions of products, as well as intelligent control and automation, that increase energy efficiency, ensure food safety, and help in the transition to alternative, climate-friendly refrigerants.

“In the industrial refrigeration market, controllers are often seen as the central part of a system offering,” says Kristian Strand, president – refrigeration and A/C controls, Danfoss Cooling.“With the addition of AAIM’s strong knowledge base and their highly specialized solutions, we gain a unique competitive advantage where we can better address these customer requirements.”

One of the founders of AAIM Controls, Arthur Marshall, said, “Becoming part of the Danfoss family will give us great options for expanding into new areas, and I’m confident that the partnership with Danfoss will open up new business opportunities. Not only do we share the same ideas of how to develop the business, but we also have the same values when it comes to our people and how to drive growth.”

Front row (left to right): Brian Davis, senior director, sales development – industrial automation, North America, Danfoss Cooling; Kristian Strand, president – refrigeration and A/C controls, Danfoss Cooling; Arthur Marshall, co-founder and president, AAIM Controls.
Back row (left to right): Henrik Moller Henriksen, director of strategic programs – refrigeration and A/C controls, Danfoss Cooling; Pat Ocker, power engineering manager, AAIM Controls; Craig Cordell, PLC engineering manager, AAIM Controls; Alan Izer, co-founder and vice president of operations, AAIM Controls.

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