In October 2016 MP participants from Vietnam, India and Mongolia attending a management training programme focussing on “Energy Efficiency in Industry” visited the Viessmann plant in Allendorf (Eder), to learn about innovative heating technologies from the management practices of the German pioneer in this field and to find out more about the latest technologies in the heating and cooling industry. The executives were able to get a behind-the-scenes peek at this family business that was founded in 1917 and now is amongst the global market leaders in the areas of heating, cooling and industrial technology.
The one-day visit had the theme of “Efficiency Plus”, a campaign which the company is already using to implement the energy and climate policies the Federal Republic of Germany has envisioned for 2050 today. By taking this best practice as a starting point, the participants learned the measures used by the company to achieve the following results: a significant increase in the company’s energy efficiency by raising the percentage of renewable energy to 60 percent, by reducing the company’s use of oil and gas by 70 percent and lowering CO2 emissions by 80 percent.
At the Viessmann Energy Centre participants learned not only how the technologies of the future can be efficiently combined (e.g. through the use of highly efficient condensing technology with combined heat and power), but also how fossil fuels can be increasingly replaced by renewable energies. The primary focus was on the use of solid biomass and biogas, the use of solar energy from thermal solar or photovoltaic systems, and aerothermal and geothermal energy from heat pump technology.
In addition to the practical technological input in the area of energy efficiency, a wide ranging transfer of knowledge on the topics of innovation and product development also took place. The Viessmann Information Centre demonstrated how this strongly traditional family-run business in its third and soon-to-be fourth generation faces challenges of the future. During a tour of the exhibits and the plant the core market factors and the technological milestones were explained.
A visit to the Viessmann Academy made the participants aware of how important continuing education is in an industry in which the range of of heating technologies is becoming increasingly complex and the diversity of products is steadily growing. Flexibility and up-to-date specialist knowledge are necessary to meet the day-to-day work challenges and maintain high levels of customer satisfaction over the long term.
That was the conclusion to a long and rewarding day that managed to successfully combine elements of pioneering technology and business. This intensive exchange also proved to be an exciting opportunity for Viessmann to gain information about market requirements in India, Vietnam and Mongolia from people with first-hand knowledge and discover new ideas for their export business.
By Rimma Kadyrbayeva
TÜV Rheinland Academy, Cologne