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2 minute read - 8th May 2024

Modine to open new UK site to meet growing demand

Modine has purchased a 14.6 acre manufacturing site in Bradford to support increased production of its Airedale precision cooling equipment used in the data centre industry. The purchase follows a recent expansion in Calgary, Canada, to manufacture cooling equipment for hyperscale customers in North America, and a new facility in Allen, Texas, to develop liquid immersion cooling technologies.

The Bradford purchase includes 29,000m² of existing manufacturing space that will be used for manufacturing and testing computer room air handlers and fan walls, as well as offices and warehouses. The first Airedale by Modine units are expected to be manufactured in Bradford by the end of 2024. Its existing facility in Leeds will focus on chiller production. Between the two sites, overall production capability is expected to increase 150%.

In addition to increased production capability, the development of a state-of-the-art, 2MW test centre at Bradford will be a centerpiece of the new site. This investment in R&D will expand Airedale by Modine’s world-class testing capabilities and increase overall capacity for R&D testing and customer witness tests.

Cooling equipment manufacturer Modine is to open a new production site in Bradford for its Airedale data centre cooling products / Picture: Modine

Adrian Trevelyan, managing director for data centres EMEA, said: “We are excited to expand our manufacturing operations in the UK to serve our key customers in Europe and beyond. The market for data centre cooling equipment is experiencing rapid growth. Having available plant capacity is crucial as data centre operators look to secure production slots in advance to support their growth. We are pleased with the positive signals from our customers about our expanded capacity.”

With the new site in Bradford, Modine says it can serve global customers with precision cooling equipment, systems and technologies from Leeds and Consett in the UK; Rockbridge, VA, Grenada, MS and Allen, TX, in the US; Calgary, Canada; and Guadalajara, Spain.

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