19 January 2023
HVAC manufacturer Swegon has moved into a new 6,400m2 factory near Maidstone, Kent.
The plant will manufacture products adapted to the local needs of the UK market and will also feature a customer experience centre.
Swegon acquired Waterloo in 2020 and the new Vantage Point site started production in December 2022, with the migration of manufacturing from Waterloo’s traditional facility in nearby Aylesford. The Waterloo employees have now moved to the new site, which is in the process of scaling up to full capacity and will eventually house up to 160 people.
Swegon says it is investing heavily in the new manufacturing centre to improve lead times, handle greater capacity and increase production efficiency. The factory boasts a range of sustainable features including a solar roof, electric vehicle charging points and the latest energy efficiency measures.
“This is a major step change in our production capabilities and great news for our people,” said Swegon UK&I managing director Robin Vollert. “We are entering a new modern era for manufacturing while remaining close to one of our most important heartlands in Kent where we have a rich technical heritage.
“We are also practicing what we preach by creating our customer experience centre, which will demonstrate best practice and showcase a first-class indoor environment. These are exciting times and the latest demonstration of our deep commitment to manufacturing in the UK and Ireland, which are hugely important markets for our global group.”