Northville, Michigan - Gentherm, an expert in thermal management technology, and Intercoil International, a Dubai-based bedding manufacturer, say they plan to launch a line of heated and cooled memory foam mattresses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) starting in 2013.
An exclusive agreement signed recently by the two companies will result in the first use of the technology outside the US.
The mattress products will feature Gentherm's Climate Control Sleep System (CCSS), which is a variation of the company's successful Climate Control Seat (CCS) technology for the automotive market.
Gentherm will supply Intercoil with CCSS thermal conditioning systems, to be installed in specially designed memory foam mattresses manufactured and sold by Intercoil International.
"The launch of CCSS in the UAE gives consumers the choice to adjust their personal sleeping climate to the temperature they desire without having to heat or cool the entire bedroom or home," said Hassan Al-Hazeem, Intercoil International managing director, in a joint statement.
"Intercoil International is a leading producer and retailer in the UAE mattress market. By combining strengths, we believe we can offer consumers in the UAE a new level of sleeping comfort that they have never experienced before," added Gentherm president and chief executive officer Daniel Coker.
"Since the launch of CCSS two years ago in the US, this technology has been well accepted and is increasing in demand as the rollout continues nationwide. We expect further launches in new markets in 2013."
CCSS is a highly-efficient, solid state thermoelectric device that thermally conditions ambient room air which is then distributed by high performance blowers to the surface of the mattress. Each side of the mattress can be operated remotely to 5 levels of heating or cooling comfort.
Gentherm claims to be the largest supplier of thermoelectric systems for cars, with more than 10 million thermoelectric-based seat systems sold
Dubai-based mattress maker Intercoil, set up in 1974, has subsidiaries across seven countries in the Middle East, exportings its products to 20 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Levant, and South Asia.
Intercoil is the licensee of the Therapedic for the GCC and has been the licensee for Simmons across ten countries in the Middle East since 2010.