25 February 2020
A group of installers from the UK and Ireland visited Panasonic’s factory in the Czech Republic to see the company’s heat pump production facility. The factory began production of Aquarea air source heat pumps in October 2018 to help meet the growing demand within Europe for renewable heating technologies.
The facility in Pilsen currently has one Aquarea production line, with manufacturing set to progressively increase to reach an annual output of 40,000 units to meet demand. According to Panasonic’s mid-term plan, it is set to become one of the main factories for the production of the Aquarea range in Europe.
Panasonic previously exported air-to-water heat pumps to Europe from its Malaysian factory. The company says the Pilsen facility means a more localised and agile approach to product design,with reduced lead times for customers.
Gary O'Neill of Mimram Services said: “The visit to the factory was very informative. I especially enjoyed the showroom visit, and the sharing of product knowledge was second to none.”
Warren Davies of Dysk Air Conditioning said: “A thoroughly enjoyable trip with exceptional people. The technical knowledge and passion from Panasonic is admirable, particularly on the air to water products.”
Sean Graham, Area Sales Manager for Panasonic UK, said: “We are very proud of this new facility and the capabilities it gives us, with delivery of just one day to most destinations in Europe.”