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At home on three continents.

Location Ireland

Europe / Ireland / Leinster / Dublin

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How long has Glen Dimplex been in Ireland?

When Martin Naughton founded Glen Electric in 1973 he was just an engineer with a great business idea. By the time he bought Dimplex in 1977 – a company eight times the size of Glen Electric – he was already a businessman with a truly international vision. Since then, the Glen Dimplex Group has grown steadily and enjoyed great international success. The headquarters in Dublin has a staff of 200. The average age of the employees is 42.

What customers and markets does the Glen Dimplex Group serve?

What began with a handful of people more than forty years ago is now the world’s largest manufacturer of electric heaters and generates an annual turnover of EUR 2 billion. To this day, the Glen Dimplex Group is owned and run by the Naughton family. Some 10,000 employees around the world are busy making the planet cleaner and more environmentally friendly – with intelligent electric heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

What else is Dublin famous for?

Dublin is not just the capital of Ireland, it’s the capital of Irish stout. In 1759 Arthur Guinness founded the brewery that bears his name and which to this day is an important part of the Irish way of life, just like the game of rugby. James Joyce and Samuel Beckett also belong to Dublin, as does the limerick. And for the past few years, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo have also been part of the city; their European headquarters are all located nearby.

“In all the decisions we make, our long-term objectives take centre stage.„

Fergal Naughton, CEO Glen Dimplex Group

You can’t develop without changing. The new strategic alignment with Glen Dimplex Thermal Solutions helps us be more responsive to the needs of our customers.

Fergal Naughton, CEO Glen Dimplex Group

“Running a family business gives us great freedom to think long term.„

Neil Naughton, Deputy Chairman
Glen Dimplex Group

Location Germany

Europe / Germany / Bavaria / Kulmbach + Sonneberg

How long has the company been in Germany?

In 1860 Christian Weiss founded the forerunner of the firm ASK Kulmbach; in 1973 Kulmbacher Klimageräte-Werk GmbH (KKW) was formed as a joint venture with Siemens. Since 1990 KKW has belonged to the Glen Dimplex Group. The nearby plant in Sonneberg was added in 1996. About 700 employees work in Kulmbach and another 100 in Sonneberg. The average age of the employees is 44.

What customers and markets does GDTS serve in Germany?

For more than 40 years the plant in Kulmbach has been developing and manufacturing highly efficient cooling and heating systems, keeping homes cosy and ensuring vital hightech medical devices stay cool even when running at full power. Every year more than 50,000 systems leave the production halls – including cooling units with a capacity of 1 to 226 kW and heat pumps with a capacity of 4 to 180 kW. The switchboxes and control units are manufactured at Sonneberg. In Kulmbach they are coupled with the cooling circuits then exported all round the world.

What else are Kulmbach and Sonneberg famous for?

Kulmbach is a town of almost 30,000 people in Upper Franconia – the heartland of German Romanticism, at least in terms of the scenery. In the nineteenth century the rugged rock formations, winding river valleys and ruined castles attracted painters, poets and composers such as Wagner, who wished to experience nature in its authentic, unadulterated form. Kulmbach itself is famous for its beer and also for its collection of tin soldiers, housed in the historic castle. Sonneberg, about 40 kilometres away, was known for many years as the “world’s toy town”. Nowadays it is famous for its German Toy Museum.

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“What makes us different? Our ability to innovate. We exploit all the technical options to meet the demands of the market„

Uwe Michel – Sales

“We are breaking new ground and combining technologies in ways that have not been seen before on the market.„

Sven Schomers – Quality manager

Location US

North America / US / Michigan / Kalamazoo

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How long has the company been in the US?

The company was founded in 1952 by the engineer Hermann Hill under the name Koolant Koolers. After acquisition by the Glen Dimplex Group in 2006, it was renamed Dimplex Thermal Solutions. Some 200 employees currently work for GDTS in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The average age of the employees is 42.

What customers and markets does GDTS serve in the US?

At the 10,000-m² plant on the southern outskirts of Kalamazoo, cooling systems are planned and manufactured for industrial clients across North America. The highly efficient cooling units are used in laser systems, medical imaging and the production of plastics and foodstuffs, for example in breweries. In fact, wherever powerful, energy-saving process cooling is called for.

What else is Kalamazoo famous for?

Kalamazoo is located between Chicago and Detroit and has a population of around 75,000. Before the European newcomers settled on the Kalamazoo River, two Indian tribes, the Potawatomi and the Ottawa, lived in this area. They gave their name to the river and thus indirectly to the city. The exotic-sounding name Kalamazoo – like Timbuktu – has come to mean any exotic, faraway place.

“We have a lot of people here with bold ideas.„

Laine Basset, Sales representative

“We have a lot of people here with bold ideas.„

Laine Bassett – Sales representative

“I love coming to work each day because it’s still about craftsmanship. Especially when we’re building prototypes.„

Tom Fenwick – Final assembly engineer

Location China

Asia / China / Liaoning / Shenyang & Shanghai

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How long has the company been in China?

Founded in 2003 as a joint venture with a local energy company, the firm was taken over by the Glen Dimplex Group in 2010. The factory in Shenyang, formerly known as SDE (Shenyang Dimplex Electronics), today employs 46 people. Some 1,700 kilometres further south in the industrial metropolis of Shanghai, a further five employees deal with services and sales. The average age of the employees is 35.

What customers and markets does GDTS serve in China?

Originally the Chinese plant manufactured heating systems for private customers. Since 2012, however, their focus has been on high-performance cooling systems for the industrial and medical technology industries. Every year more than 2,000 system solutions are developed and built for the local market. Key clients include General Electric, Siemens, TRUMPF and Toshiba.

What else is Shenyang famous for?

In the seventeenth century Shenyang was the capital of the Chinese emperors. In 1644 the government was then relocated to Beijing. Since 2014 the magnificent imperial palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province, is the most important business location in the northeast of China. Some 4.7 million people live and work there. Numerous European companies such as BMW have sites in Shenyang where they manufacture for the Asian market.

“For me, GDTS means we have a common vision, we share resources and we can support each other across different sites.„

David Li – Head of Supplier Management

“Quality, customer orientation, efficiency and teamwork – that is what our corporate culture is about.„

Yandi Wu – Human Resources