Ventilation specialist Halton Group is set to open a 10th global product development center.
The Halton Innovation Hub, which will be located at its Lahti plant in Finland, will focus on the solutions for the company’s marine business, as well as energy production and industrial environments.
It will house physical demo facilities and use VR technology to model solutions.
The first section of the premises, with a focus on galleys, was completed earlier this year. It is being used to test patented galley hoods, energy-saving ventilation solutions adjustable lighting for kitchen environments.
Towards the end of the year, a demonstration space specializing in ship cabins and air-conditioning beams, cabin ventilation, replacement air solutions and user-friendly air conditioning control systems will be introduced.
The third and final phase will be completed in the first half of 2021, with a specialist area for fire dampers for air conditioning ducts in industrial and marine environments.
In addition to product development and demonstrations, the facility will enable the testing of shutoff dampers and fire dampers, including combustion tests, and the functional testing of conformity with CE standards.
Sami Piirainen, director of Halton Marine, said: “Our customer-oriented, innovative product development has provided us with global market leadership in our marine business.
“Together with our other international product development centers, the new Halton Innovation Hub in Lahti will help us further strengthen our position and ability to produce efficient, safe solutions that best meet the specific needs of customer environments.”
Halton Group now operates 10 innovation hubs in eight countries.