An Encore Like No Other: The MAGNUM PLUS®

Belgium (December 2, 2008) - As the founder of transport refrigeration, Thermo King has always been committed to engineering products and technologies to new levels, providing efficiencies and performance capabilities for customers across the globe. When the company introduced the MAGNUM® reefer in 2002, new science was introduced. It was ground-breaking. Energy consumption was reduced by 28%, compared to the then-leading reefer system, without compromising cargo care. It took five years for anything else on the market to even come close to MAGNUM's performance. But it's too late. Thermo King has once again raised the bar. And this time, it is to staggering heights with the MAGNUM PLUS® reefer.


The design specification for the original MAGNUM reefer was written in 1998. It was clear, albeit with apparently conflicting goals.

  • It would be the most efficient, yet the most powerful reefer available.
  • It would offer the lowest environmental impact.
  • It would be the lightest reefer available.
  • It would offer the most advanced technology, yet be the simplest design.
  • It would provide the lowest box temperature.
  • It would provide the fastest pull-down.
  • It would have the tightest floor spread.
  • It would provide the finest temperature control available.

Thermo King engineers met the design challenges, and the MAGNUM® was launched in 2002. The rest, as they say, is history. MAGNUM's performance became the target for every manufacturer to emulate. It was not always so clear, even to the copiers.

"There were, for instance, those who felt that energy consumption of reefers was irrelevant to the total cost of operation (TCO). That, apparently, has changed," said Dermott Crombie, Vice President, Global Marine Solutions, Thermo King. "There were those who thought emissions were not an issue. Everybody has a responsibility for emissions, but it took some a little more time to recognise it."

To allow accurate performance comparisons, Thermo King surveyed the market and determined an energy matrix which could be used to allow objective comparisons of competing reefers under identical conditions.

"That was done 10 years ago, and even that matrix has been copied," continued Crombie. "Back in 2002, we knew the MAGNUM would change how the shipping industry viewed refrigerated container performance. And as the market recognised the advantages of MAGNUM, customers have flocked to it."


The obvious advantages of MAGNUM caused a challenge for Thermo King. How could it be topped? The appropriate encore seemed to lie in taking the industry-leading - and proven - technology, and making it better. And so, over the past four years, Thermo King engineers once again looked at the original performance goals and worked to make the next generation of MAGNUM 'more of the same.'

  • The most efficient, yet the most powerful reefer.
  • The lowest environmental impact.
  • The lightest reefer.
  • The most advanced technology, yet the simplest design.
  • The lowest box temperature.
  • The fastest pull-down.
  • The tightest floor spread.
  • The finest temperature control.

The result is MAGNUM PLUS, a reefer that surpasses all reefers in the market today, INCLUDING the MAGNUM. Remember, in 2002 MAGNUM reduced the average energy consumption in the industry by 28%, compared to the then-market leader, across a mix of ALL cargo categories.

Through the application of new technology, and again WITHOUT cargo care compromise, MAGNUM PLUS achieves the seemingly impossible, putting it comfortably ahead of all new designs, and any 'solutions' offered for new or old equipment. MAGNUM PLUS retains Thermo King's lead in the industry, by improving the proven technology to perform at new levels that will meet the reefer industry's needs well into the future.

Thermo King is the global leader in solutions for temperature-controlled transport, supplying the world market from 11 production facilities and over 800 distributors world-wide. The company offers a wide range of refrigeration and heating units for vehicles of all sizes, from small vans to large trailers, as well as airborne and ocean-going containers. In addition Thermo King provides heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment for passenger buses and railcars.

Thermo King also offers service maintenance programmes and finance solutions, as well as a range of accessories, temperature monitoring, and tracking equipment. For more information on Thermo King's products and services please visit

Thermo King is a business unit of leading diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand, a global provider of products, services, and integrated solutions to industries as diverse as transportation, manufacturing, construction and agriculture. Further information on Ingersoll Rand can be found on the company's website at

Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.

Amaya Beroiz, Thermo King

Amaya Beroiz

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