Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd is investing £15.3m into its Livingston manufacturing facility to increase its productivity, efficiency and R&D capabilities and meet increasing demand for heat pumps.
The investment, which includes a package of support from Scottish Enterprise, will also see the Livingston facility becoming a ‘smart factory’ – helping to reduce manufacturing emissions while driving productivity gains.
The heating products manufactured at Livingston incorporate air and ground source heat pump technology. The company’s R&D activity will support the development of next generation heat pump technology in Scotland, including investigating new ‘low global warming potential’ refrigerants and materials.
Earlier this week at COP26 in Glasgow, Mitsubishi signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Scottish Enterprise to formalise their alliance. The MOU will enable exploration of a low carbon heat pump centre of excellence in Scotland, as well as help the company extend its Scottish supply chain and innovation partners, leading to more high-quality, green jobs in this critical sector.
Scottish Enterprise is contributing to Mitsubishi Electric’s investment project with a wide package of support, including £1.8m of grant funding, creating 55 new jobs and protecting 324 existing jobs. These jobs are well-paid technical and engineering roles which will be required to manage and operate the new processes delivered during the project.
Mitsubishi says reducing manufacturing emissions with ‘smart factories’ is possible because as productivity increases, time and energy to manufacture reduces, which creates a net reduction in CO2 and delivers a more sustainable high value manufacturing facility.
Tatsuya Ishikawa, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric Europe BV, commented: “We believe it is our corporate responsibility to conduct business in a way that contributes to creating new values, a sustainable society and that further supports other businesses that contribute to the environment. In this sense the MoU we just signed with Scottish Enterprise is an important step towards fulfilling these responsibilities.”
Scottish net zero and energy secretary Michael Matheson said: “Scotland is wholly committed to ending its contribution to climate change and we recently set out our vision for more than 1 million homes to convert to zero emissions heat by 2030 in order to help achieve this ambition. Heat pumps are a vital part of our strategy for making this transformation happen and it is magnificent to see Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd investing to expand their heat pump manufacturing capacity in Scotland.”