At home on three continents.

Location Ireland

Europe / Ireland / Leinster / Dublin

How long has Glen Dimplex been in Ireland?

When Martin Naughton founded Glen Electric in 1973 he was just an engineer with a great business idea. By the time he bought Dimplex in 1977 – a company eight times the size of Glen Electric – he was already a businessman with a truly international vision. Since then, the Glen Dimplex Group has grown steadily and enjoyed great international success. The headquarters in Dublin has a staff of 200. The average age of the employees is 42.

What customers and markets does the Glen Dimplex Group serve?

What began with a handful of people more than forty years ago is now the world’s largest manufacturer of electric heaters and generates an annual turnover of EUR 2 billion. To this day, the Glen Dimplex Group is owned and run by the Naughton family. Some 10,000 employees around the world are busy making the planet cleaner and more environmentally friendly – with intelligent electric heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

What else is Dublin famous for?

Dublin is not just the capital of Ireland, it’s the capital of Irish stout. In 1759 Arthur Guinness founded the brewery that bears his name and which to this day is an important part of the Irish way of life, just like the game of rugby. James Joyce and Samuel Beckett also belong to Dublin, as does the limerick. And for the past few years, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo have also been part of the city; their European headquarters are all located nearby.

“In all the decisions we make, our long-term objectives take centre stage.„

Fergal Naughton, CEO Glen Dimplex Group

You can’t develop without changing. The new strategic alignment helps us be more responsive to the needs of our customers.

Fergal Naughton, CEO Glen Dimplex Group

“Running a family business gives us great freedom to think long term.„

Neil Naughton, Deputy Chairman
Glen Dimplex Group

Location Germany

Europe / Germany / Bavaria / Kulmbach

How long has the company been in Germany?

In 1860 Christian Weiss founded the forerunner of the firm ASK Kulmbach; in 1973 Kulmbacher Klimageräte-Werk GmbH (KKW) was formed as a joint venture with Siemens. Since 1990 KKW has belonged to the Glen Dimplex Group. About 700 employees work in Kulmbach. The average age of the employees is 44.

What customers and markets does Glen Dimplex serve in Germany?

For more than 40 years the plant in Kulmbach has been developing and manufacturing highly efficient cooling and heating systems, keeping homes cosy and ensuring vital hightech medical devices stay cool even when running at full power. Every year more than 50,000 systems leave the production halls – including cooling units with a capacity of 1 to 226 kW and heat pumps with a capacity of 4 to 180 kW. 

What else is Kulmbach famous for?

Kulmbach is a town of almost 30,000 people in Upper Franconia – the heartland of German Romanticism, at least in terms of the scenery. In the nineteenth century the rugged rock formations, winding river valleys and ruined castles attracted painters, poets and composers such as Wagner, who wished to experience nature in its authentic, unadulterated form. Kulmbach itself is famous for its beer and also for its collection of tin soldiers, housed in the historic castle.


“What makes us different?
Our ability to innovate. We exploit all the technical options to meet the demands of the market.„

Uwe Michel – Sales

Location US

North America / US / Michigan / Kalamazoo

How long has the company been in the US?

The company was founded in 1952 by the engineer Hermann Hill under the name Koolant Koolers. After acquisition by the Glen Dimplex Group in 2006, it was renamed Dimplex Thermal Solutions (DTS). Some 200 employees currently work for Glen Dimplex Group in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The average age of the employees is 42.

What customers and markets does DTS serve in the US?

At the 10,000-m² plant on the southern outskirts of Kalamazoo, cooling systems are planned and manufactured for industrial clients across North America. The highly efficient cooling units are used in laser systems, medical imaging and the production of plastics and foodstuffs, for example in breweries. In fact, wherever powerful, energy-saving process cooling is called for.

What else is Kalamazoo famous for?

Kalamazoo is located between Chicago and Detroit and has a population of around 75,000. Before the European newcomers settled on the Kalamazoo River, two Indian tribes, the Potawatomi and the Ottawa, lived in this area. They gave their name to the river and thus indirectly to the city. The exotic-sounding name Kalamazoo – like Timbuktu – has come to mean any exotic, faraway place.

“We have a lot of people here with bold ideas.„

Laine Coplin, Sales representative

“We have a lot of people here with bold ideas.„

Laine Coplin – Sales representative

“I love coming to work each day because it’s still about craftsmanship. Especially when we’re building prototypes.„

Tom Fenwick – Final assembly engineer

Location China

Asia / China / Liaoning / Shenyang & Shanghai

“Quality, customer orientation, efficiency and teamwork –
that is what our corporate culture is about.„

Yandi Wu – Human Resources