Glen Dimplex

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Glen Dimplex
Private company
Industry Electrical goods
Founded 1973; 43 years ago (1973) in Newry, Northern Ireland
Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Key people
Martin Naughton
Sean O Driscoll
Products Heating, cooling
radio and cooking equipment, etc.
Revenue Increase€1.5 billion (2004)
Owner Martin Naughton (100%)
Number of employees
8,500 (2004)

Glen Dimplex is an Irish-based consumer electrical goods firm. It is the world's largest electrical heating business and holds significant market positions in the domestic appliance industry worldwide.[1] With an annual turnover of €1.5 billion, the group employs 8,500 people.[2]

The company is privately held, and bases most of its manufacturing and development in Ireland and the United Kingdom. However, the company also has branches in North America, Germany, Holland, Japan, Poland, Belgium, France, China (Shenyang), Australia and Scandinavia.[3][4]

Glen Dimplex is wholly owned by Martin Naughton after buying out other shareholders in 2003.


Founded in 1973 in Northern Ireland as an electric heater manufacturer, the company has expanded by numerous acquisitions.

Morphy Richards and Burco Dean Appliances were acquired by the Glen Dimplex Group in 1985 and were based in Mexborough near Doncaster, England. Belling was acquired in 1992,[5] Roberts Radio in 1994,[6] Goblin Vacuum Cleaners 1998,[7] LEC Refrigeration in 2005,[8] Robinson Willey in 2010,[9] and Valor in 2011.[10]

Dimplex was the shirt sponsor of Southampton Football Club from 1993 until 1995.[11]


Research and innovation[edit]

Glen Dimplex has a track record in developing breakthrough technologies in space and water heating. With its own design teams and R&D facilities, Glen Dimplex ensures the company remains at the forefront of product development and innovation to meet the needs of the ever changing global heating market.[13] The Group is actively involved in numerous major demonstration projects around the world including:

RealValue is a €15.5m Horizon 2020 European Project which is using a combination of physical demonstrations in Ireland, Germany and Latvia along with innovative modelling techniques, in order to demonstrate how local small-scale energy storage, optimised across the whole EU energy system, with advanced ICT, could bring benefits to all market participants.[14]

ACCESS (Assisting Communities to Connect to Electrical Sustainable Sources) is an innovative project which will enable the real time matching of local renewable electricity generation to local electricity demand in off-gas-grid properties in order to use renewable energy to heat homes efficiently and affordably.

NINES (Northern Isles New Energy Solutions ) aims to address some of the most pressing energy challenges in Shetland by using large and small scale energy storage solutions combined with an active network management (ANM) system to create a smart grid and allow small scale renewable generation to play a much more significant role in meeting the islands’ energy needs.

PowerShift Atlantic demonstrated one of the world’s first fully grid-integrated virtual power plants designed to allow for more effective integration of wind power, using load and wind forecasting and aggregation capabilities to perform near real-time load shifting and provide new ancillary services to the grid.[15]

The Greenway is a collaborative venture established in 2010 by industry, academic institutions and public/semi-state players in the Dublin region, whose vision is to create jobs and trade opportunities by activating and developing an internationally recognised cleantech cluster.[16]


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