In late January, Bitzer Nigeria and the Institute for Industrial Technology, a local refrigeration and air-conditioning training center in Lagos, Nigeria, celebrated a new partnership. Bitzer donated its Ecostar condensing units and other accessories to the institute.

According to the institute, future collaboration will include the enhancement of the IIT’s refrigeration and air-conditioning curriculum. Also, IIT's facility will be used to provide training for external HVAC industry stakeholders with Bitzer equipment.

The Institute for Industrial Technology is a project of the nonprofit organization African Development Foundation. It addresses the problems of youth unemployment and poverty in Nigeria by offering technical vocational education and training to young locals. To be able to do so, it also offers technical services to the industry.

Bitzer has had an office in Lagos since early 2017 and is building a service center and warehouse in Lagos.