In 1972, we laid the foundation of Sonkor Air Conditioning Co., a small factory in Taiwan dedicated to producing High Wall air conditioners. Little did we know that this humble beginning would pave the way for the formation of Polar Global Group, a renowned name in the industry, committed to creating ideal indoor spaces worldwide. Join us on an inspiring journey through time as we share the remarkable growth, innovation, and unwavering dedication to well-being and sustainability that have shaped our success.
1972-1999: Laying the Foundation
From 1972 to 1999, we focused on laying a solid foundation for our venture. Sonkor Air Conditioning Co. swiftly gained recognition for the quality of our products, and our operations expanded internationally. In 1990, a significant milestone occurred when Mr. Fred Reid joined forces with us, establishing Sonkor International Ltd. in Hong Kong as our international distribution company. This pivotal partnership laid the groundwork for future growth and collaboration.
1994-2006: Expansion and Adaptation
The period from 1994 to 2006 marked a phase of expansion and adaptation. In 1994, we entered into a production agreement with Firm Group Thailand, enabling us to manufacture non-high wall split systems. One of our notable achievements during this time was the collaboration with Firm Group to build the first EU-style cassettes in the Far East in 1995. Recognizing the need for diversification and growth, we formed SIL Purchasing Ltd (later renamed Polar Air Asia Ltd) in Hong Kong in 1998, with Fred Reid as the sole shareholder.
2002-2013: Collaborations and Global Reach
From 2002 to 2013, we embraced collaborations and expanded our global reach. We forged partnerships with Chinese factories, allowing us to engage in direct expansion product development, joint tooling investment, and exclusive distribution rights. As part of our continuous efforts to optimize production, we shifted the manufacturing of water cassettes and water high wall units to our partner factories in China. Additionally, we developed our engineering department to effectively manage overseas production and ensure stringent quality control.
2015-2023: Specialization and Global Integration
From 2015 to 2023, we specialized further and integrated globally. In 2013, we transformed into Sonkor Global HVAC Solutions, focusing on the specialized development of hydronic fan coil product ranges. During this period, we also aggressively promoted our Polar Air brand, expanding its reach to markets in Australia, South Africa, the Middle East, and North America.
In 2018, a significant milestone occurred as Felipe Portilla and Fred Reid became equal partners, solidifying our shared vision for Sonkor Global HVAC Solutions and Polar Air Asia. This partnership led to the merger of our businesses, resulting in the formation of Polar Global Asia HVAC Systems Ltd in 2019. To strengthen our presence in the European and North American markets, we established Polar Global Europe HVAC Systems SL and Polar Global HVAC Systems North America, respectively.
Recognizing the growing demand for ideal indoor spaces across various industries, including Controlled Environmental Agriculture, we established a dedicated business unit in 2022. Under the brand name Ceairtek, we specialize in designing HVAC solutions for indoor agricultural environments.
In 2023, the culmination of our years of hard work and expansion resulted in the formation of Polar Global Group. As a unified entity, we brought together our various companies and brand names, including Polar Air (Indoor climate solutions), Sonkor (HVAC Solutions), and Ceairtek (Indoor Agricultural Environment solutions), under one umbrella. This integration allows us to enhance efficiency and project a unified global presence.
Our journey from humble beginnings in Taiwan to becoming a global player in crafting ideal indoor spaces is a testament to our unwavering commitment to innovation, collaboration, and perseverance. With a strong focus on specialized products, international expansion, and adapting to market needs, we continue to push the boundaries of indoor space creation.
At Polar Global Group, our vision is to make every indoor space in the world ideal for the well-being and benefit of everyone, while contributing to environmental sustainability. We strive to achieve this by developing innovative solutions that meet the unique needs and requirements of our global partners. Our commitment to excellence, integrity, and environmental responsibility resonates deeply within our multicultural teams at Polar Air, Sonkor, and Ceairtek.
As we forge ahead, we remain dedicated to creating ideal indoor spaces that prioritize comfort, energy efficiency, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing lives and preserving our planet. With a firm belief in the power of collaboration and a relentless pursuit of innovation, we, at Polar Global Group, are poised to shape the future of the industry and inspire others to join us on this transformative journey towards creating ideal indoor spaces for people worldwide.