ao link

Vaillant expands UK production for heat pumps

Heating appliance manufacturer Vaillant has announced plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Derbyshire, investing £3 million to expand production line capability in its aroTHERM plus heat pump range, as it prepares for a surge in demand for electric heat pumps to support the UK’s decarbonisation programme.

Unlock Net Zero LinkedInTwitter
Air Heat Pumps - Vaillant increase production
Air Heat Pumps - Vaillant increase production

With the annual heat pump market expected to increase over 300% by the end of 2022 and continuing to climb to meet the projected target of installing 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028. The plans will secure existing jobs at the site for the future and will provide the opportunity for growth by up to 45% as demand for the technology increases.

Vaillant is one of the only heating appliance manufacturers to produce both high efficiency gas boilers and heat pumps in the UK. Drawing on its vast experience in developing innovative, industry leading heating technologies, Vaillant has invested in significant research and development into heat pumps over the last decade and is unique in its contribution to the UK Government’s strategy for the reduction of carbon emissions from heat and hot water demands.

This diversification in the market brings new opportunities as well as challenges for installers and consumers. Vaillant believes there must be an urgent increase of support for installers in the industry to expand their skills to accommodate heat pumps if the Government’s target of 600,000 heat pumps sold per annum by 2028 is to be met.

Supporting this need for training and upskilling on heat pump technology Vaillant offers vocational courses to support the transition to new heating technologies as well as industry leading product training and CPD with its blended learning approach to knowledge about the decarbonisation of heat. This can be carried out online and in one of their six Centres of Excellence and other partner training locations across the UK.

Klaus Jesse, managing director for Vaillant Group UK and Ireland commented,

“As a leading heating manufacturer, we take our responsibility to support the decarbonisation challenge very seriously. Having been at the forefront of research and development of high efficiency gas appliances as well as heat pumps, Vaillant is also investing heavily in future hydrogen and green gas technology. There will not be one technology which singularly addresses the climate challenge, and it’s important that both the Government and the heating industry recognise and educate the market on the benefits of each technology, based on the needs of the customer and the property.”

Joe Dunn, plant director of Vaillant Industrial UK, said:

“This is a huge step forward for Vaillant in the UK. We currently manufacture an extensive range of highly efficient boilers at our award-winning factory in Belper, Derbyshire. This is a fantastic opportunity for our existing team to develop our skill sets ready for our product diversification and create new roles for the local area.

“As the demand for renewable heating technologies grows at an unprecedented rate in the UK, the Vaillant manufacturing facility will be well placed to meet the demands of the market, contributing to Government targets for the decarbonisation of heat.”

Business & Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said:

“With home heating contributing around a third of all UK emissions, we need to support people to replace their appliances with lower carbon, more efficient technologies, such as heat pumps. Doing so will not only help the UK eliminate its contribution to climate change, but ensure our homes are warmer, more energy efficient and cheaper to run.

“Today’s announcement from Vaillant is a significant boost to our plans to kick-start a heat pump manufacturing base in the UK so we can develop a range of new low-carbon technologies, create jobs and meet our all-important target of installing 600,000 heat pumps each year by 2028.”

Related Content

Whitetail Clean Energy is poised to be UK’s first net zero emissions power plant

Whitetail Clean Energy is poised to be UK’s first net zero emissions power plant

SGN & Vital Energi join forces to develop, own and operate low and zero carbon heat networks

SGN & Vital Energi join forces to develop, own and operate low and zero carbon heat networks

Ocean Winds and Aker combine experience and heritage in offshore wind bid

Ocean Winds and Aker combine experience and heritage in offshore wind bid