Leader Perspectives: Innovating for a Sustainable World is Part of Thermo King’s DNA

March 04, 2021

With the backdrop of World Engineering Day on March 4, Thermo King Americas Vice President Engineering & Technology George Wan, honors the engineering success of Thermo King’s professionals who are committed to innovating for a better, more sustainable world.

56 U.S. Patents in two years… that type of innovation represents a dedication that has been at the heart of Thermo King since its very beginnings. Innovative success like this is no accident. Our talent pool is the best of the best.

It started with Frederick McKinley Jones, Thermo King’s first electrical engineer, and Founder Joe Numero when they received a patent for the first refrigeration unit for vehicles. An invention that launched an entire industry and connected our world through the safe transport of perishable products. Since then, Thermo King has obtained more than 500 U.S. patents.

That is evidence of the best minds not only collaborating but truly moving our industry forward with advanced thinking – many of the patents are directly impacting our sustainability and electrification efforts within our product lines.

With the theme of World Engineering Day 2021 being Engineering for A Healthy Planet, I could not be more proud to be part of an organization committed to doing just that – developing products that create a more sustainable world and deliver efficiencies to our customers. Many of our advancements are helping us meet our company-wide commitment to reduce customers’ carbon footprint by one gigaton of carbon dioxide by 2030.

Thermo King’s commitment to innovation is a time-honored tradition and part of our culture. To help us celebrate the best of the best, we have established a club of inventors at Thermo King known as Frederick M. Jones Master InnovatorsLearn about our latest inductee who joins 26 current or former colleagues who grace this prestigious innovator list. It’s an impressive group that is continually growing as our team strives to develop, improve and innovate our offerings to ensure a more sustainable world for all future generations.