Johnson Controls expands Nantes operations


21 March 2024

Johnson Controls has expanded its chiller and heat pump plant in Nantes, France. The company’s primary manufacturing hub for the design, engineering and production of York-branded chillers and heat pumps in Europe has been doubled in size and recently began operations.

"The electrification of heating and cooling is an imperative in the energy transition and in helping to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Benthe Klokkerholm, vice president, Manufacturing Operations HVAC/R, EMEA. “This expansion in Nantes is a significant milestone for Johnson Controls, enabling us to meet the growing demand for our market-leading technologies while paving the way toward a more sustainable and energy-efficient future. 

The expansion includes two buildings, each serving a specific purpose. The first building spans over 500 square metres and houses a paint booth and a new electrical trolley with 70T capacity and autorotation. This equipment will enhance production efficiency and ensure high-quality finishes for the manufactured products.

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The second building, 20m height and 1000 square metres, is dedicated to the assembly of “extra extra large” heat pumps such as Turbo M-Heat Pumps units (from 6-20 MW) typically used in district heating. It is designed to accommodate new cranes weighing 100T and spanning 24 metres.

In line with Johnson Controls' commitment to environmental responsibility, part of the plant is equipped with a white roof and large roof lights to harness clean energy and reduce the plant's carbon footprint. It also offers best practice thermal and acoustic performance with openings designed to allow maximum natural light.

Johnson Controls’ industrial chiller and heat pump technologies are typically utilised in district heating and cooling, industrial processes, data centres, commercial as well as marine and navy applications. The facility in Nantes was set up in 1964 and incorporates design, purchasing, process, production, logistics, project management and more. It is now the company’s third largest industrial heat pump plant worldwide after Wuxi, China, and San Antonio, Texas, USA.