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Slovakia heat pump plant will double production

GERMANY: Vaillant is commissioning its new 100,000m2 mega factory dedicated to the production of heat pumps in Senica, Slovakia.

The new plant, which will commence production in May, is designed for an annual production output of 300,000 heat pumps. The company, which also manufactures heat pumps in Germany, France and the UK, will thus double its production capacity to well over half a million heat pumps per year.

Norbert Schiedeck, CEO of the Remscheid-based company which is one of Europe’s leading gas boiler manufacturers, said: “With the launch of the new mega factory, we are driving forward the transformation of the Vaillant Group into a leading manufacturer of heat pumps. 

“The company is contributing to successfully shaping the heating transition in Europe with the increased production capacities and achieving the EU target of ten million newly installed heat pumps by 2027,” he added.

The Vaillant Group has been focused on heat pump technology since 2016. Including the projects currently underway, the company’s investments in the expansion of its heat pump business amount to almost €1bn. 

Production capacities have been increased at the company’s headquarters in Remscheid as well as the production sites in France, the UK and Slovakia. During the same period, the company also significantly increased its R&D resources and broadened its product portfolio in the heat pump segment. An additional investment of up to another €1bn has been set aside for further growth in the future.

The Slovaki factory also includes a training centre, a visitor centre and a logistics centre. The new production facility is certified according to the highest international standard BREEAM for sustainable, environmentally friendly construction. The factory uses electricity from 100% renewable sources and is heated with heat pumps.

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