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30 December, 2021 - 02:30 By Tony Quested

Jobs created as new factory gives Ipswich sustainable cooling edge

One of Ipswich’s leading employers has announced the completion of its new 7,500m² factory at Futura Park – creating local jobs and driving progress on the sustainability agenda.

Part of the Daikin group of companies since 2017, Hubbard Products was founded in Suffolk in 1968 and has a well-earned reputation for innovation and design skill in commercial refrigeration.

Hubbard’s award-winning range of cooling solutions covers everything from breweries and shopping centres, to food processing, pharmaceutical sites and more, as well as refrigerated vehicles.

Across its new factory and adjacent research and development facility – due for completion early next year – there are plans to recruit 60 new team members by 2025 with a focus on refrigeration experience and electrical skills.

Daikin has invested £3.3 million in the fit-out of the new factory to increase production volumes and reduce lead times for customers.

Ilias Katsoulis, managing director of Hubbard Products, said: “This is an exciting milestone for our business and for the local area we call home. We look forward to growing our team in the years ahead giving more people the opportunity to develop their skills and further their careers with Hubbard, while making a positive contribution to the future of the planet.

“We’re proud of our strong customer relationships in industries from food retail to pharmaceuticals – not to mention the strength of our product portfolio and sustainability-led innovation pipeline. 

“These, combined with our new, larger factory and growing team, mean we can have a huge impact in making cooling cleaner and greener, in the UK and across Europe.”  

Innovation at Hubbard – in partnership with its parent company, Daikin, and together with academia – is centred on the development of energy-efficient cooling solutions, that reduce global warming and that help tackle other key sustainability issues like food waste.

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