- October 18, 2023
- Fujitsu General Limited
Governor of New Jersey Visits Fujitsu General
On October 17, Fujitsu General Limited received a courtesy visit at its Kawasaki head office from Phil Murphy, current governor of the U.S. state of New Jersey. Governor Murphy, who is on a tour of East Asia to discuss investment and trade, took time out of his busy schedule to meet company president Etsuro Saito for almost an hour.
At the meeting, President Saito briefed Governor Murphy about the performance and reliability of Fujitsu General products, the state of the company’s business in the U.S., and its plans for the future. Governor Murphy spoke about the commitment to decarbonization in New Jersey and beyond, as well as its efforts to expand employment and foster excellent contractors in the state. He also looked back on his time as U.S. Ambassador to Germany, commenting on how much he liked the Fujitsu General air conditioners in his house there. He said that he found them very comfortable.
<Background to the visit>
Fujitsu General has been developing its business in North America for nearly 50 years, ever since it set up its first office there in 1976. In 1995, the company established a sales subsidiary, Fujitsu General America, Inc., in the state of New Jersey, which remains the center of the company’s air conditioner business in North America.
Since 2021, when it adopted sustainable management as a business policy, the company has worked to cut emissions of gases that cause global warming. It has done this by replacing fossil fuel-based heating equipment with heat pump equipment. Due to his commitment to decarbonization in New Jersey, Governor Murphy has shown interest in the company’s environmental initiatives. He is also pleased about Fujitsu General’s contribution to local employment. These were the two main reasons behind the governor’s visit.
<Fujitsu General’s recent initiatives in the U.S.>
To expand its air conditioner business using heat pump technology, Fujitsu General is currently extending its U.S. facilities and strengthening its collaborations with other companies.
- The AIRSTAGE Fujitsu General Solution Center opened in Manhattan, New York, to provide information on multi-split air conditioning systems for buildings, centered on variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology
- Fujitsu General began collaborating with Rheem, a major air conditioning and hot water equipment manufacturer, after signing a mutual product supply agreement
- Fujitsu General began collaborating on commercial air-conditioning systems with Ventacity Systems Inc., a ventilation equipment manufacturer
- Fujitsu General released its first products jointly developed with Rheem, multi-position whole-building air conditioning systems
- Fujitsu General participated in the Next Generation HVAC Innovation Challenges*1 sponsored by the New York State Energy Development and Research Authority (NYSERDA*2) It also commenced trial operation of its VRF systems at multiple facilities in and outside of the state
- Fujitsu General opened a new training facility, Airstage Innovation & Learning Center West (AILCW), in Martinez, California
To Fujitsu General, the visit by Governor Murphy served to stimulate the company’s efforts to expand its business in North America and accelerate development and decarbonization, both for the state of New Jersey and the company.
- A program to support the development of new air conditioning technology
- New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
- New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is an organization that promotes energy conservation and the use of renewable energy in the state of New York. Its goal is to reduce environmental impacts and ensure stable energy supplies to residents of the state. It was established in 1975.
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