Emerson Climate Technologies Announces Market Expansion Plan for China
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Emerson Climate Technologies Announces Market Expansion Plan for China

Company executive reinforces the company’s commitment to China at celebration to commemorate production of 100 million Copeland Scroll™ compressors worldwide

Suzhou, CHINA, Oct 19, 2012 - Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson, today announced plans to expand its market presence in China at an event celebrating the production of the company’s 100 millionth Copeland Scroll™ compressor worldwide.

Ed Purvis, business leader of Emerson Climate Technologies, hosted the celebrations at the company’s Suzhou facility with local customers and employees to mark the global production milestone.

Emerson ushered in a new phase of energy efficiency for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning & refrigeration (HVACR) industry 25 years ago with the launch of its Copeland Scroll™ compressor technology. Emerson’s technology transformed the global HVACR industry and now serves as the foundation for the company’s initiatives to develop indigenous innovation capabilities to serve a broader segment of the HVACR market in China.

Mr. Purvis also took the opportunity to outline Emerson Climate Technologies’ immediate future plans for the China market.

“China is a very important market for Emerson and we are excited about our long-term growth opportunities here,” he said.  “As the Chinese domestic market develops and grows, we see a great opportunity to apply Emerson’s technology and our employee’s talent to serving the unique needs of this growing market.
 
“Through our investments in facilities, people and technology development for indigenous innovation here in China, we are creating relevant new products and solutions designed in China for the unique needs of the China market. We are expanding and enhancing our marketing and sales networks and services to reach a broader set of customers in China.”

In China, the HVACR industry continues to improve energy efficiency and transition to more environmental friendly refrigerants. To support the industry development, Emerson has introduced compressors with built-in intelligence features to help lower maintenance costs and adopted an “In China, For China” strategy to be better serve customers in the local market.

Emerson Climate Technologies’ market expansion plan not only focuses on depth of solutions offerings but also the reach to customers and partners.

Solution expansion supported by strong R&D capability
Emerson Climate Technologies will develop a wider range of localized HVACR products and solutions to meet diverse needs in China. The company’s customized and integrated technologies will be in line with the market needs, especially for western China where infrastructure is less developed. Among them are modulation technologies for residential air-conditioning, Copeland Scroll™ digital compressors for commercial air-conditioning and new compressors for refrigeration.
 
Emerson Climate Technologies has a strong engineering presence in Suzhou and Xian that enables the company to respond to local market demands more swiftly. Emerson Climate Technologies invests four percent of its sales in engineering and development (E&D) globally. The Suzhou R&D Center alone has received 55 invention disclosures, filed 48 new patent applications and was granted 26 patents by the Chinese government in fiscal year 2012. New product sales are expected to exceed 60 percent of Emerson Climate Technologies’ total sales in Asia in 2017.

To support this technology development, the company plans to increase the number of employees in its Suzhou R&D team by 50 percent, to around 540 people, over the next five years.

Coverage and service expansion
Emerson Climate Technologies is investing to expand its organization presence, partner networks and market segments to support its market expansion in China. To provide increased and enhanced services to customers, the company plans to establish more offices in second-tier and third-tier cities and double the number of its distributors to 60 by 2015.

Applying its technologies to new market segments is another key focus. Emerson Climate Technologies will use the Copeland Scroll™ compressor technology as a foundation to develop air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions for vertical markets including, amongst others, restaurants, pharmacy, convenience store, tobacco curing, bulk milk, sea/truck refrigeration, container application, freezer dryer, and lubricant coolers.

The market expansion strategy reinforces Emerson Climate Technologies’ commitment to the China market. It also enables the company to address the growing and varied needs of customers in China.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments:  Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.  Sales in fiscal 2011 were $24.2 billion.  For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. Emerson Climate Technologies’ innovative solutions, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll and White-Rodgers, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment.