Carrier Officially Opens New Addition to its Montluel Lead Design Research & Development Center

June 21, 2011

LYON, France

Carrier, the world’s leader in high technology heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions and business unit of United Technologies Corp. (UTX), today officially opened an addition to its Lead Design Research & Development Center in Montluel, France. The addition increases the size of the research laboratory by 400 square meters and will bring together more than 90 Carrier scientists, engineers and technicians to develop innovative products for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning market.

Carrier President Geraud Darnis officially opened the expanded facility, and stressed the importance of this site for the company in his remarks.

“This expansion reaffirms Carrier’s commitment to research and development and to Montluel. The new energy efficient and environmental technologies and products developed here will benefit customers worldwide,” he said. Darnis also noted that Carrier’s Montluel facility was the first industrial site in France to use 100 percent renewable energy.

The Montluel laboratory was erected in 1985 and is a major component of the Lead Design Center. It was certified by the Comité Français d'Accréditation (COFRAC) in 1989 and is focused on developing new chiller products that cool large commercial buildings for Carrier globally. Testing capabilities include product performance functionality across a broad range of ambient conditions, reliability and acoustical and vibration levels. The center also includes 16 individual test stations with 11 individual test rooms with ability for ambient control from -25 ° C to 55 ° C, humidity conditions of 5 to 95 percent and individual unit test capacity of 3.000 kilowatts.

“We are proud of the dedicated work by the more than 500 Carrier men and women from Montluel,” said Darnis.  “We are proud to be a long-standing company in France.  And, we are proud to call Montluel and the Lyon region as home for such an important part of our company.”

For more information about Carrier and its products and services, visit its Web site at www.carrier.com.

About Carrier Corp.
Carrier Corp. is the world’s leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy efficient products, building controls, and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier improves the world around us through engineered innovation and environmental stewardship. Carrier is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit www.carrier.com for more information.

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