Following record demand for heat pumps, Vaillant is extending its UK manufacturing facility in Belper, Derbyshire, to produce its aroTHERM plus heat pumps alongside its range of high efficiency boilers, from 2022.
The move marks a £3 million investment in the factory’s production line capabilities and makes Vaillant one of the only heating appliance manufacturers to produce both high efficiency gas boilers and heat pumps in the UK.
With the annual heat pump market expected to increase over 300% by the end of 2022 and continuing to climb to meet the government target of installing 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028, this will not only secure existing jobs at the site for the future but will also bring the opportunity for this to grow by up to 45% as demand for the technology increases in the coming years.
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.”
Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone, said: “This Government is committed to decarbonisation and Vaillant’s facility expansion will make an important contribution to efforts to build back greener.
“The UK has a long-standing history in the manufacture of heating appliances and Vaillant’s further investment is an endorsement of the UK’s competitiveness in the sector. This will not only help to meet the demand in a growing heat pump market, but also drive the creation of highly-skilled green jobs, future growth opportunities and exports.”