Belper MP Pauline Latham has spoken of her pride in heating technology firm Vaillant after it joined some of the world’s most recognisable and reputable brands - including British Airways, Google and Apple - in achieving “Superbrand” status.
The politician was speaking during an official visit to Vaillant’s Nottingham Road, Belper plant where she was given a tour of the production warehouse, where the company’s research and development takes place.
Her visit came after Vaillant was named as one of the UK’s leading business brands in the 2014 Superbrands Business index in February.The annual league table is based on independent research to identify the UK’s strongest brands, as voted for by marketing experts, business professionals and thousands of British consumers.
The recognition came as the firm celebrated a record-breaking month in which the Belper plant manufactured more boilers than ever before.
Mrs Latham, MP for Mid-Derbyshire said:“Vaillant are a market leader in providing environmentally friendly, energy-saving heating, cooling and hot water solutions that are simple to operate and I am proud to have such an innovative, successful and employee- friendly business based in my constituency.”
Mrs Latham saw the manufacturing process in action after visiting Vaillant’s call centre and meeting some of its call handlers, before chatting to one of the company’s engineers. At the end of the day, Mrs Latham visited Vaillant’s training centre, where their range of boilers is displayed.
Jim Moore, UK Country Director and Western Europe Region Director for Vaillant said: “I was delighted to meet Pauline and to have the opportunity to discuss topical matters such as energy and the environment, both on a national and local scale, as well as, of course, show her our Western Region Headquarters at Belper. As the largest employer in Belper, Vaillant Group prides itself on our award-winning manufacturing processes and our service division. We couldn’t achieve this without our employees, many of whom are local residents, so it was a pleasure to be able to show Pauline the work that is done here.”
Vaillant employs more than 500 people around Belper.
The firm’s Belper plant now manufactures every boiler using less energy and water and creating less waste and carbon emissions than ever before as part of its SEEDS (Sustainability in Environment, Employees, Development & Products and Society) programme.