The official opening of the Vaillant Group’s new centre of excellence in Scotland took place last Tuesday.
The result of a £1 million investment, the facility was opened by group chief executive officer Dr Carsten Voigtländer and UK and Western Europe managing director Jim Moore.
Located within the Maxim Business Park at Eurocentral, alongside the M8 motorway, the centre is easily accessible from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
It is designed to serve as an information and education hub for installers and contractors.
In addition to the working examples of the company’s wide range of domestic and commercial products, equipment on display also includes fuel cell technology, currently in its developmental stage.
The centre is the company’s sixth and it has plans to open two more – one in southern England and another in Northern Ireland – before the end of the year.
The opening also included the launch of the company’s Renewables Technologies Division, the result of another £1m investment.
The initial 10 MCS-accredited engineers, within the 20-strong division, have received extensive additional training in all relevant areas of renewable energy technology.
A fleet of bespoke vehicles has been fitted with state-of-the-art equipment to allow prompt response to on-site problems.
“Many installers will be looking for reassurance and ‘on-site’ advice during first commissioning or hoping to pick up some best practices to help them grow this part of their business – having a resource like this will allow us to fulfill all those requirements,” said Mr Moore.
“This will certainly raise the bar for renewable technology support across the UK and we believe other companies will follow as installers begin to demand this level of service from all suppliers.”
He further stated that he expects the new division to grow in size in the future.
Mr Moore also announced his company’s support for the Tay Foundation, a charitable trust for the River Tay.