German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the Viessmann Group’s new €50 million technological research and development centre in Allendorf.
The Viessmann Innovation Centre is the single biggest investment in the family company’s 100-year history. It will employ more than more than 100 people, who will develop prototypes and turn them into marketable products, as well as carry out long-term testing.
Martin Viessmann, the third generation of his family to head the business, said: “In the future, the Viessmann Innovation Centre will be our breeding ground for innovations related to the energy transition and in the area of digitalisation. It is where we are bundling development activities across the entire product engineering process – from the initial idea stage up to the start of production.”
Chancellor Merkel said: “Today, you are demonstrating the great importance of research and development within your company. What began in a small workshop is now a globally active group of companies; the development in those 100 years is something to admire.”
Tarek Al-Wazir, Minister of Economics, Energy, Transportation and Regional Development for the state of Hesse, said: “As far as energy efficiency in the heating sector is concerned, Viessmann products are leading the way. What is more, the company is committed to energy efficiency in the production process and is actively involved as a co-operation partner of several universities. Viessmann represents an important economic factor for the state of Hesse. With the new innovation centre, this location is once again strengthened.”