On Tuesday 4 June the president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Patrick Kniveton, officially opened the new research and development centre at Hamworthy Heating in Poole.
As part of its commitment to new product development and innovation Hamworthy invested £500,000 in the 150 square metre facility at its factory in Dorset.
Thanking Hamworthy for the invitation, Patrick Kniveton said: “It is a real pleasure to take part in the opening of this centre. From my tour of the factory, it is evident that the work Hamworthy Heating is doing here is pretty impressive and very promising for the future of British manufacturing.”
After cutting the ribbon, the president was taken on a tour of the new purpose built facilities which provide a controlled environment for the development and approvals testing of boilers, in accordance with the European Standards on product safety and performance.
Andy Moore, managing director of Hamworthy Heating, says: “On behalf of Hamworthy, we are honoured to welcome the president of one of the most prestigious institutions to officially open our research and development centre. We wish to thank Patrick for taking the time to come to Dorset for his first visit as the newly elected president, and see our contribution to the advancement of engineering.”
The purpose built centre has the ability to fire up to 3 boilers with a combined capacity of 1MW, consuming 50m³/hr of cooling water, with the availability of specialist gases for performance and accelerated life testing. State of the art equipment is used to determine thermal and emissions performance of the products.