ONE of Worcester's largest employers had a special guest visitor this month.

As the 60th anniversary of Worcester Bosch draws closer, Lord Callanan, minister for Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility, visited the historic company to learn more about its recent developments in low-carbon heating.

Lord Callanan was joined by city MP Robin Walker, being shown round the plant by CEO Carl Arntzen to find out about innovations including heat pumps and hybrid technology.

The visit was a direct result of the manufacturer’s written response to the Government publication, the Heat and Buildings Strategy, released last October.

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The day included a tour of the company’s headquarters, visiting manufacturing operations, research and development department, and the training department. 

The visit came as Worcester Bosch is developing a hydrogen heating system and hydrogen-powered cars along with buses and refuse trucks.

Mr Arntzen said: "I was delighted to show Lord Callanan around the factory and present to him some of the ground-breaking technology we have developed to support the move towards a low carbon future."

September 2022 sees the 60th anniversary of Worcester Bosch being established in the city.

The company employs more than 1,800 people and has launched a special campaign to celebrate the milestone.

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Throughout this year, the “More than 60” campaign seeks to recognise people who have gone the extra mile in the pandemic and reward them for their dedication.

Worcester Bosch was founded by Cecil Duckworth in 1962.

Since then, the company has grown to one of the country’s largest heating system and boiler providers.

Its first headquarters was at the Old Vinegar Works in St Martin’s Gate.

By 1963, Worcester Engineering was established as a leading heating supplier.

The company then moved to Diglis in 1968, before introducing the combi boiler to the UK in 1971.

1973 saw 15,000 sq.ft of floor space at the Diglis factory officially opened by Peter Walker MP.

In 1983 a devastating fire destroyed the Diglis factory, though it was rebuilt shortly after.

In 1990, the new Worcester Bosch HQ in Warndon was completed, with all work transferring to the site by 1992.