Bergstrom Inc. announced a partnership with SEA SRL, the Italy-based specialist designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty mobile air-conditioning systems.

This partnership will give Bergstrom access to a range of "off-the-shelf" heating and air-conditioning products to compliment its existing range of custom-built OEM systems.

"The design and specifications of the SEA products means they can be used for universal applications," says Graham Cook, managing director of Bergstrom Europe. "The products are particularly suited for low- and medium-volume applications where the cost of tooling for custom solutions would be prohibitive."

The exclusive agreement means the SEA range of products will be available from all of Bergstrom's global facilities, including its global partners and dealer networks in the following territories: Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, India, Japan, Middle East, New Zealand, North America, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South America, Sweden and Turkey.

Excluding existing SEA customers, this agreement also allows Bergstrom to sell the full range of SEA products to both existing and new potential customers in the following territories: France, Germany, Finland, Austria, Israel, Greece and the UK.

In addition, this partnership will provide Bergstrom with a sales and technical support facility in Italy. This will increase local support for Italian customers and allow competition for new business throughout mainland Europe. It will also enhance warehousing, design and development including rapid prototyping, complete system development and climatic testing in the in-house environmental chamber.