Having seen record demand for heat pumps, Vaillant is to extend its UK manufacturing facility. Based in Belper, Derbyshire, Vaillant Industrial UK will begin manufacturing heat pumps alongside its UK range of high efficiency boilers from 2022.

Vaillant Group UK currently manufactures around half a million natural gas and liquified petroleum gas (LPG) appliances at its Belper plant for the UK market. From 2022, the capacity will be increased to include the aroTHERM plus air-to-water heat pump.

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.

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.”