Groupe Atlantic makes major investment in Clade Engineering Systems


23 March 2023
Darren Finley of Groupe Atlantic and Dean Frost of Clade

Clade Engineering Systems (Clade), the UK’s leading manufacturer of natural refrigerant CO2 heat pumps, is partnering with Groupe Atlantic’s UK, ROI & North America Division.


Clade manufactures natural refrigerant CO2 heating and refrigeration solutions for the UK, offering a turnkey solution from design and manufacture through to aftercare.

Shaun Edwards – CEO, Groupe Atlantic, UK, ROI & North America Division:As part of our strategy and commitment to offer the most advanced technologies for all our customers, we are delighted to be investing in Clade. By strengthening our expertise and portfolio in CO2 heat pumps, Groupe Atlantic will be able to give its commercial customers even more choice when it comes to paving the way for a sustainable and greener future.”


Growing Groupe Atlantic’s thermal solution offerings

As the number one in commercial and domestic heating across Europe, this partnership reinforces Groupe Atlantic’s strategy to be at the forefront of low carbon heating solutions, offering the largest portfolio of heating products in the UK. Clade will join forces with the market-leading commercial brands from Groupe Atlantic, including Ideal Commercial Heating, Hamworthy, ACV and Keston.

Founded in 1985 as a refrigeration services company, Clade has deployed over 500 natural refrigerant appliances and since expanded into manufacturing refrigerant appliances and CO2 heat pump technologies. A specialist in helping customers reduce carbon emissions, their range of energy-efficient heat pumps can generate from 50kW to >1MW, offering extensive choice for customers in the retail, commercial, industrial and public sectors. With their expertise in natural refrigerant technology and heat pumps, Clade substantially upscales Groupe Atlantic’s commercial offering, providing customers with even more choice on an industrial scale.

Going beyond the manufacturing of heat pumps and refrigeration, Clade provides a complete end-to-end solution to maximise performance and energy efficiency of their innovative and cutting-edge technology. This includes maintenance, aftercare and digital services to optimise performance and energy efficiency through condition monitoring, remote diagnostics and analytics.

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Helping customers with their journey to net zero

Designed and manufactured in the UK, specifically for the UK market, Clade understands the needs and environment of its customers. Working with customers to comply with the latest legislative changes around the decarbonisation of heating, Clade’s in-house research and development team offers thermal solutions to future-proof against the increasing costs of energy whilst reducing carbon footprint. As a result, this investment reinforces Groupe Atlantic’s position as leaders in the development and production of low carbon heating solutions and strengthens the expertise Groupe Atlantic can offer its customers in the UK with decarbonisation.


Combining local expertise

Headquartered in Bristol, Clade manufactures all of their products at their Technology Hub in Leeds, which is located near Groupe Atlantic’s commercial offices. Together, with Groupe Atlantic’s portfolio of commercial brands, Clade will benefit from Groupe Atlantic’s experience as UK market leaders with in-depth knowledge of their customers and each stage of the building services supply chain. Groupe Atlantic’s investment in Clade will ultimately expand both businesses’ offerings and customer reach across the UK, not only in CO2 heat pump technology, but also with green energy solutions.

Darren Finley – Managing Director of Commercial Products, Groupe Atlantic, UK & ROI Division: Clade is a market leader in natural refrigerant CO2 heat pumps and this investment enriches the range we can offer to our customers providing the strongest offering to the UK market. Designed in the UK specifically for the UK market, their use of CO2 refrigerants and R290 propane aligns with our strategy to decarbonising our heating solutions and helping customers with their path to net zero.

Dean Frost – Managing Director, Clade: We are excited to partner with Groupe Atlantic and benefit from the expansive support and knowledge that comes from partnering with a Group that has a collective history of over 100 years of expertise in UK domestic and commercial heating. We look forward to the opportunities working together will bring and being able to offer our cutting-edge technologies to even more commercial customers.”