The new CIAT Centre of Excellence includes two research and development facilities and test laboratories, which focus on product innovation to shorten new product development time scales and improve energy performance and user comfort. The R&D investment is part of more than $40m that UTC has invested at Culoz and Montluel, since the acquisition in 2015. The factory in Montluel houses a Centre of Excellence for chillers and heat pumps. It supports chiller innovation and production, with a focus on new generation, environmentally-responsible refrigerants, with Culoz supporting further development of the new AHU range introduced during 2016.
The strategic move allows them to strengthen the heating, ventilating and air conditioning range, as well as their competitiveness and ability to innovate. The significant investment in the Culoz and Montluel sites complement each other and support production and design, allowing further improvement of their products and their ability to serve their customers.
Sustainability at the heart of what they do
Both Centre of Excellence sites recently underwent industrial transformations to support the company’s focus on sustainable innovation. “The environmental impact was an important consideration of the site transformation, as we no longer use fossil energy thanks to a biomass-boiler heating system with advanced filters. The site also reduced water consumption by 40% while achieving a waste recycling rate of 75%.”