Angela Merkel at the inauguration with Viessmann CEO Martin Viessmann (far right)

GERMANY: Viessmann’s €50m innovation centre in Allendorf has been officially opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The largest single investment in the 100-year history of the family business, the 11,000m² facility will be the technological research and development centre for the company’s heating and refrigeration systems.

During the inauguration ceremony, Angela Merkel paid tribute to the company’s history of developments. “What began in a small workshop, is now a globally active group of companies; the development in those 100 years is something to admire,” she said.

“In the future, the Viessmann Innovation Centre will be our breeding ground for innovations related to the energy transition and in the area of digitalisation,” said Viessmann CEO Martin Viessmann. “It is where we are bundling development activities across the entire product engineering process – from the initial idea up to the start of production.”