Korean boiler firm creates 100 jobs

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A South Korean boiler maker is targeting Europe – and its first factory will be in Rotherham, creating 100 jobs.

KD Navien is set to open on Moorgate Crofts – before launching training centres in 2017 and a research and development facility in Sheffield City Region.

The Rotherham plant is set to build a new combi boiler that can be controlled by smartphone.

KD Navien is the heating technology arm of the multi-billion pound KD group.

Matthew Choi, European managing director, said: “This is our first step into launching throughout Europe and I am very excited about progressing our strategy in this market.”

Already, five employees are in post and five more are being advertised.

James Newman, chairman of Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “I am delighted to welcome an international company of the calibre of KD Navien to our City Region.

“I am confident the company will continue to grow their business in the UK and use it as a springboard for Eur ope.

“The ambitious plans for a heating technology R&D facility in the city region complement our strengths in innovating new advanced manufacturing techniques.”

Coun Dominic Beck, cabinet member for business growth at Rotherham Council, said: “It is great to see another multi-national manufacturing company located in Rotherham, helping to build the town’s growing reputation as a global centre for modern manufacturing and technology.

“With the world-class facilities we already have at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, the headquarters of KD Navien in Moorgate Crofts will join our growing community of global businesses in the town.”