[Photo courtesy of Grundfos Group]
BJERRINGBRO, Denmark, Nov. 9, 2009 -- Just before the day shift at Grundfos
left work on Nov. 3, ALPHA2 pump
number one million was produced on the fully automatic ALPHA2 line at the Grundfos Group's world headquarters. There will be no time for resting on laurels, though. In light of the climate change
issues and the political initiatives in the European Union, Group President Carsten Bjerg, is sure that Grundfos will soon be producing and selling more than one million ALPHA2 pumps a year.
The ALPHA2 pump, the first A-rated pump in the world, revolutionised the market for circulator pumps. With its plug-and-pump feature and the greenest profile on the market, the ALPHA2 pump is an obvious part of the solution to the climate problems. If all circulator pumps in the European Union
were replaced by A-rated pumps, 35 billion kWh and 14m metric tons of CO2
could be saved.
It is common knowledge that the first million is the hardest to obtain. Although this saying usually applies to money, it may also be used for pumps. The ALPHA2 line was started in November 2007. Since then staff have built up a large amount of experience in operating the line as productivity increased steadily. The productivity will continue to increase as the European countries adapt to the EuP directive of minimum efficiency requirements, which imply that only A-rated circulator pumps are allowed to be sold in the EU starting from 2013.
Founded in 1945 in Bjerringbro, Denmark, The Grundfos Group (www.grundfos.com
) is a global pumps and pumping systems leader serving the residential, commercial-building and process-industry markets, as well as being a major supplier to the water-supply and water-treatment industries. It employs more than 18,000 people in 81 countries. Aside from Grundfos, brands include Alldos
, Hilge, PACO Pumps
, Peerless Pumps
and Yeomans Chicago Corp. Producing over 10 million pumps each year, the company strives to improve reliability and energy savings, and to exceed customer needs wherever water moves. It's focused on innovative, sustainable solutions while maintaining the highest ethical standards.