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FormerlyGlen Electric
TypePrivate company
  • August 23, 1973; 48 years ago (1973-08-23) in Newry, Northern Ireland (Glen Electric)
  • June 7, 1978; 44 years ago (1978-06-07) (GlenDimplex)
FounderMartin Naughton
HeadquartersDublin, Ireland
Key people
Fergal Leamy (CEO)
ProductsHeating, cooling
radio and cooking equipment, etc.
RevenueIncrease€1.5 billion (2004)
Number of employees
8,500 (2004)

GlenDimplex (formerly known as Glen Electric) is an Irish based consumer electrical goods firm headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. The company is privately held, with manufacturing and development centres in the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, China and many other locations around the world.[1]

The company also has branches in North America, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Poland, Belgium, France, Australia and Scandinavia.[2][3] The company was founded by Martin Naughton, and is wholly owned by him after he bought out the other shareholders in 2003.[citation needed] Sean O'Driscoll became CEO of Glen Dimplex in 2011. Fergal Naughton was later appointed as Group CEO.[4] Fergal Leamy assumed the role of CEO in 2021. [5]


The company was incorporated on August 23, 1973 (1973-08-23), as Glen Electric in Newry, Northern Ireland, an electric heater manufacturer with ten employees, and it was founded as Glen Dimplex due to a merger with Dimplex, a large electric heating appliance manufacturer, on May 6, 1977 (1977-05-06).[6][7][8][9][10]

Morphy Richards and Burco Dean Appliances were acquired by the Glen Dimplex Group in 1985, and were based in Mexborough near Doncaster, England.

Creda was acquired by the group in 1987.[11] Belling was acquired in July 1992,[12] Roberts Radio in November 1994,[13] Goblin Vacuum Cleaners in June 1998,[14] LEC Refrigeration in March 2005,[15] Robinson Willey in August 2010,[16] Valor in September 2011,[17] and Real Flame Australia in February 2016.[18] Dimplex was the shirt sponsor of Southampton Football Club from 1993 until 1995.[19]

In 2018 the Merseyside-based home appliances division, which makes cookers and refrigerators under the Britannia, Lec, New World and Stoves brands, announced a "streamlining" of operations, resulting in up to 300 of its 1,000 permanent staff at its Knowsley plant being made redundant.[20][21]

Brands and acquisitions[edit]

Name of brand (or company) Industry and/or centered products Year acquired or merged (if applicable)

Glen Electric

Electric fireplaces, heating

Electric heating

Morphy Richards

Burco Dean

Domestic appliances 1985[22][23]
Creda Cooking appliances


Belling Cooking appliances 1992[12]
Roberts Radio Radio 1994[13]
Goblin Vacuum Cleaners Vacuum cleaners 1998[14]
EWT Elektrogerate Electric panel heaters, fireplaces 1999[24]

Stoves Group

Gas heaters


New World Cooking appliances 2001[27]
NOBØ Heating 2002[28]
Galaxy Showers Showers 2003[29]
LEC Refrigeration Refrigeration 2005[15]
RXG Redring Xpelair

Koolant Koolers

Schrieber Engineering

(Koolant and Schrieber merged to

form Dimplex Thermal Solutions)

Electric water heating solutions[buzzword]

Industrial liquid insulated coolers

Masport Heating Wood and gas burning cast iron stoves 2008[32]
Robinson Willey



Gas heaters

Valor Heating 2011[17]
Britannia Living Appliances Cooking appliances 2013[34][35][36][37]
Real Flame Australia

Walker Technology

Technika Australia

Cadet Heat

Electric and gas fireplaces

Set-top box and television distributor

Domestic appliances

Electric Heat

Carmen Personal Care Personal care Not applicable
Ability Projects Air Conditioning 2017


Arc Appliances

IAG Appliances



Domestic appliances

Cooking appliances


Smarter Data Management Limited Software 2022[42]


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  17. ^ a b "Spare parts deal delivers more power to showers - Builders' Merchants News".
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  20. ^ Tovey, Alan (27 April 2018). "Historic cooker manufacturer behind Belling ovens to shed 300 jobs". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  21. ^ Houghton, Alistair (27 April 2018). "Hundreds of jobs could go at Prescot cooker factory Glen Dimplex Home Appliances". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
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  28. ^ "Glen Dimplex moves into Scandinavian market with NOBO Electro purchase". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  29. ^ "Dimplex taps into bathroom by buying Galaxy Showers -". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  30. ^ "Redring Xpelair Group Ltd | About Us". Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  31. ^ "Glen Dimplex Acquires Koolant Koolers & Schreiber Engineering to form DIMPLEX THERM". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  32. ^ "Masport Heating Wood Fires available from Glen Dimplex Australia | Architecture And Design". Architecture And Design. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  33. ^ "Glen Dimplex Group integrates three brands into new division". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  34. ^ Ltd, Insider Media. "Rescue deal saves Britannia Living jobs". Insider Media Ltd. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  35. ^ Ltd, Insider Media. "More details emerge of Britannia administration". Insider Media Ltd. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
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  38. ^ "Glen Dimplex acquires a new flame - Appliance Retailer". Appliance Retailer. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  39. ^ "Walker". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
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  41. ^ "Glen Dimplex Group acquires Home Appliances, Australia | Glen Dimplex".
  42. ^ Paul, Mark. "Glen Dimplex acquires UK software business that helps hotels cut energy". The Irish Times. Retrieved 15 March 2022.


  1. ^ Gleeson, Colin. "Glen Dimplex appoints Fergal Leamy as chief executive". The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 July 2021.