Angela Merkel opens €50m Viessmann innovation centre
German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the Viessmann Group’s new technological research and development centre in Allendorf, Germany on 12 April. The €50 million investment by Viessmann, one of the leading international manufacturers of heating, industrial and refrigeration systems, sets a milestone in interdisciplinary development and innovation, the company said.
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The Viessmann Innovation Centre will employ 100 people and up to a further 60 additional colleagues in various teams. Here they will be tasked with developing prototypes and turning them into marketable products, as well as carrying out testing. The innovation centre is the biggest single investment in the hundred-year history of the family run business, which is represented in the UK by Viessmann Ltd and in Ireland by distributors Precision Heating.
“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 Prof Martin Viessman, CEO of the Viessman Group. “It is where we are bundling development activities across the entire product engineering process, from the initial idea stage up to the start of production.”
Meanwhile Chancellor Merkel said: “Today, you are demonstrating the great importance of research and development within your company. What began in a small workshop, is now a globally active group of companies; the development in those 100 years is something to admire.”