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Panasonic details plans for growth and innovation

Air conditioning and heat pump manufacturer Panasonic has outlined plans for UK growth as it looks to build on the fruits of its 2010 takeover of Sanyo.

The Panasonic Heating and Cooling Systems business said it has invested in new products, along with new personnel, new training facilities and more sales promotions and support activities in the UK. Enrique Vilamitjana, managing director of the European operation, said that investment in R&D was higher than ever as the company looked to give customers better energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions.

Mr Vilamitjana said 2010 was an “amazingly successful” year in the UK, with double-digit sales growth. “We are already up on last year’s growth by 17 per cent. This year we have appointed United Refrigeration to handle our air-to-air products while on the air-to-water side, our partnership with Burdens Energy is driving substantial progress. We will continue to build on this network and as the owners of Sanyo, we are also working hard with our sister brand to build on this period of substantial growth in the months and years ahead.”

He said that research efforts were also being stepped up. “We have more than 500 researchers working in European laboratories to design increasingly innovative products and a new R&D centre in Germany is open to develop new fuel cell heating systems.”

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