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  Posted by: electime      25th January 2019

Drayton, one of the leading brands in the UK domestic heating market, is celebrating 70 years of manufacturing intelligent heating controls.

Founded in 1949, Drayton has developed some of the most recognisable products in the heating industry that are used everyday by installers, including the iconic TRV4; Digistat room thermostats; Lifestyle programmers and timeswitches; and most recently, Wiser, which has seen the company successfully move into the smart heating controls market.

Over 78 million products have been designed and built by Drayton in the last 15 years alone, from its 348,000 sq ft production plant in Plymouth. The business employs over 240 skilled and experienced employees, including an R&D team of more than 40, which continually delivers new innovations and product enhancements, including 13 new product introductions over the past five years.

Today, over 250,000 Drayton controls are fitted each month, from nearly 30 product ranges. Total installations of industry favourites including Drayton Digistats, Lifestyle programmers and motorised valves, have topped 4.5million, 7.5million and 9million since their respective launches in the 1980s and 1990s.

A continual cycle of product improvement will see new features added to key lines in the next 12 months, as well as further expansion of Wiser, Drayton’s newest innovation.

Launched in 2017, the smart multi-room control system combines Drayton’s decades of heating expertise with the latest connected home technology, and has been well-received by installers and homeowners, who have praised its zoning capability and ease of installation. Recent Wiser updates have included the introduction of a user-oriented Comfort Mode, data-driven Heat Report and the launch of a complementary Smart Plug, with significant investment already underway in 2019 into installer training and the expansion of Drayton’s Wiser Approved network of engineers.

Remi Volpe, Vice President & General Manager, Residential Temperature Controls (RTC) at Schneider Electric, said: “Key to Drayton’s position as one of the leading brands in the UK domestic heating market is our ongoing commitment to extensive research and development, and product innovation. By having a constant dialogue with our customers and installer network, we understand their requirements and we ensure this fuels our future product development, both in terms of bringing new products to market and the evolution of existing ranges.

“This approach led to the launch of Wiser in 2017, providing a smart solution that not only meets the needs of today’s inquisitive homeowners who are looking for more control over their heating system and its performance, but one that’s also easy for installers to sell, fit and commission.

“Smart is a continual journey of development and, as we move forward, we will be continually enhancing our Wiser offering, giving homeowners more functionality to maximise heating efficiency, as well as enabling installers to offer their customers more benefits.

Drayton is part of Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management with 144,000 employees and operations in more than 100 countries. Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications.

For more information on Drayton visit www.draytoncontrols.co.ukor follow @DraytonHeating on Twitter.

See more about Drayton’s history here: Drayton 70 Year Timeline