Building low-carbon global manufacturing facility in Scotland

Friday, November 9, 2018

Danfoss to invest millions in Scotland to build a low-carbon global manufacturing facility

Work has begun on new manufacturing plant outside Edinburgh which will create new jobs. Additionally, enable Scotland to become a world-leader in a low-carbon technology. This will radically reduce fuel use and emissions in off-highway vehicles, trucks and trains.

In October month Danfoss Power Solutions took a majority share in Scots hydraulic specialists Artemis Intelligent Power. Today work starts on their new $multi-million facility, to be built alongside Artemis’s existing Loanhead base.

The new 1500 square meter plant will manufacture high-tech digital hydraulic pumps and motors for off-highway vehicles. As well as utilizing Artemis’s Digital Displacement® technology. It is estimated they will reduce vehicle emissions by more than half.

The project will create more than 30 skilled jobs initially. Danfoss predicts the export-led business will be worth £100 million annually within a decade. With up to 200 further jobs to come.

The team officially broke ground on the site using an excavator fitted with a Digital Displacement pump.

“Our first goal is for Artemis technology to be a key component in the $3.5 billion off-highway vehicle hydraulic machinery market,” says Eric Bretey, Director, Digital Displacement at Danfoss, who heads up the Danfoss Scotland business.

“Vehicle manufacturers are asking for reliable, cost-effective solutions to reduce environmental impact. At the same time, increase productivity, and Digital Displacement technology will provide just that.

“We estimate the emissions reduction of each Digital Displacement excavator will be the equivalent to taking 18 diesel family cars off the road. It is a technology which increases efficiency, reduces cost and pays for itself very quickly,” Bretey says.

Earlier this year, a consortium comprising Danfoss and Artemis secured £11 million from the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK. This is to help develop Digital Displacement technology, alongside Scottish firm Robbie Fluid Engineering.

“The support of the Advanced Propulsion Centre has been an important catalyst in our collaboration in the off-highway sector. And underscores our decision to make this major investment in the UK. In the years ahead, these pumps will become a core component in any off-highway machine. Which utilizes hydraulic power, and there is enormous potential in other sectors too,” Bretey concludes.

In the off-highway market, the impact of digital displacement could be significant. In Greater London, for example, off-highway mobile machinery currently contributes ten percent of all NOx emissions. As well as 11 percent of all PM10 emissions. Even with modest adoption rates, the technology is forecast to make CO2 savings of ten million tons globally over the first ten years of commercial operation.

Artemis Managing Director Niall Caldwell says:

“It's not enough to invent new technologies in the UK – we also need to manufacture here and export around the world. This is what this Danfoss investment will enable. We are also very grateful to the Advanced Propulsion Centre for their support. As well as to Scottish Enterprise for their backing over many years.