German Chancellor Angela Merkel opens € 50 million Viessmann Innovation Centre
18th April 2017
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Research and development centre is the biggest single investment in the company’s 100-year history

Allendorf (Eder), April 12, 2017 – German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Tarek Al-Wazir, Minister of Economics, Energy, Transportation and Regional Development of the state of Hesse, have opened the Viessmann Innovation Centre (“Technikum”), the Viessmann Group’s new technological research and development centre. 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 innovations.

Necessary new paths to successful energy transition

“In the future, the Viessmann Innovation Centre will be our breeding ground for innovations related to the energy transition and in the area of digitalization. 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,” says Prof. Dr. Martin Viessmann.

The Viessmann Innovation Centre is an interdisciplinary research and development centre that will employ 100 people and up to a further 60 additional colleagues in various teams. They will develop prototypes and turn them into marketable products, as well as carry out admission and long-term tests. The innovation centre is the biggest single investment in the hundred-year history of this family enterprise.

Innovation will remain a key competence in the future

During the inauguration ceremony at Viessmann company headquarters, the Chancellor emphasised the innovative strength of the manufacturer of heating, industrial and refrigeration systems. With reference to the Innovation Centre, the Chancellor said to Professor Viessmann: “Today, you are demonstrating the great importance of research and development within your company.” Looking back at 100 years of Viessmann and the company’s internationalisation in the past 25 years, she added: “What began in a small workshop, is now a globally active group of companies; the development in those 100 years is something to admire.”

In the light of the increasing digitalisation of the economy and industry 4.0, Chancellor Merkel said: “What is really exciting is that one can build a completely new relationship to the customers. Consumers want individual products, they want to know how to use a product best.” And she was confident that Viessmann will be offering these products.

Hessian Economics Minister Tarek Al-Wazir pointed out Viessmann’s role as a highly innovative company and an active partner in the energy transition. “As far as energy efficiency in the heating sector is concerned, Viessmann products are leading the way. What is more, the company is committed to energy efficiency in the production process and is actively involved as a cooperation partner of several universities. Viessmann represents an important economic factor for the state of Hesse. With the new innovation centre, this location is once again strengthened.”

Cross-company collaboration within 11,000 square meters of floor space

“One key concern when we were designing the Viessmann Innovation Centre was to include all departments that could contribute to the development process of successful and innovative products. Among others, this included research and development, product management, quality management, production engineering and series production,” explained Dr. Klaus-Peter Kegel, CEO of Viessmann’s Heating Systems Division.

High res image of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Tarek Al-Wazir, Minister of Economics, Energy, Transportation and Regional Development of the state of Hesse, opening the Viessmann Innovation Center (“Technikum”).

High res image of Viessmann Innovation Center (“Technikum”), the Viessmann Group’s new technological research and development center.

High res image of Viessmann Innovation Center (“Technikum”), the Viessmann Group’s new technological research and development center.

About Viessmann

Viessmann Limited is part of the Viessmann Group of companies, which is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating, industrial and refrigeration systems. Founded in 1917, the family business, headquartered in Allendorf, Germany, is overseen by president of the executive board, Prof. Martin Viessmann. The Group has annual turnover of EUR 2.26 billion and employs a staff of approximately 12,000. With 23 production companies in 12 countries, distribution companies and representative offices in 74 countries and 120 sales offices throughout the world, 54 percent of turnover is generated internationally.

Viessmann’s comprehensive product range of domestic and commercial heating systems has an output range of 1.5 to 120,000 kW. It offers oil and gas-fired boilers, solar thermal and photovoltaics, combined heat and power modules (CHP), ground, air and water sourced heat pumps, biomass boilers and fuel cell heating systems.