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The history of Worcester Bosch Boilers

Worcester Bosch may not be the oldest brand of boiler manufacturer in the UK but it is one of the best known.

And that is down it a combination of quality, reliability and performance from one of the best makes of boiler available on the market.

But what about the history of Worcester Bosch?

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The company can trace its roots back to 1962 in Worcester in its first business premises at The Old Vinegar Works in St. Martins Gate.
They began their business by establishing themselves as a leading supplier in oil-fired central heating systems which allowed them to move to bigger and better premises in Diglis in 1968.

The 70s

With the introduction of the Combi Boiler, and Worcesters Firefly, Dynaflame and Heatslave heating systems, the Diglis factory was expanded in 1973 to effectively double the size.

Recognising that the demand for oil burning heating systems was reducing and gas central heating systems were the future, Worcester began putting more emphasis on this side of the market. As the company grew, they bought Delglo Appliances and the Danesmoor Heating brand from Delta Metals in Derbyshire.

The 80s

In the early 1980s, disaster struck and on the 8th July 1983, the Diglis factory was destroyed in a fire. However, just three weeks later, the company was making boilers again and an almost unbelievable 104 days later, the factory have been rebuilt.

By 1986, Worcester floated the company on the London Stock Market and as a perfect example of the companies growth, the share prices went from £1.10 to £13.00 in just 18 months.

By 1988, the company had grown so much that a new facility was required. An 11 acre site in Amersham was purchased that would allow the Worcester Heating Systems company (having been renamed from Worcester Engineering in 1987) to operate from just one site.

The 90s

The new headquarters ‘Phase 1’ was opened in 1990 at the same time that the company bought the Radson boiler brand which allowed them access to a good market share in Belgium and the Netherlands.

The new headquarters were completed in 1992 and after 2 years of negotiations, Worcester Heat Systems joined the Bosch Group.

In 1996, the Worcester Bosch 24 CDi was the first gas combi boiler of its kind.

2000 Onwards

From 2000 onwards, the new Environment 2000 award scheme set up by Worcester Bosch helped steer the company towards more efficient and eco friendly heating solutions and in 2001 the Greenstar HE Series was launched.

The Greenstar ranged continued to develop and evolve with new additions the Greenstar Ri in 2004, the Greenstar CDi in 2005 (which won the CORGI award for boiler of the year) and the Greenstar Heatslave in 2007.

In 2009, an official visit from His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent meant that Worcester Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd received the Royal Warrant.

Over the next decade, multiple awards including:

  • Gold Award – Chelsea Flower Show – 2011
  • Which Award – 2011
  • Which Best Buy – 2012
  • Oftec Award – 2012
  • Which Best Buy – 2013
  • Which Best Buy – 2014
  • Highly Commended Manufacturer of the Year – 2014
  • Build it Awards – Best Plumbing Product – 2014
  • Which Best Buy – 2015
  • Which Best Buy – 2016

In 2018, the 50,000th boiler is manufactured at the companies Clay Cross Site and as the company continues to grow and produce quality products, so to does its customer base.

At Wright Gas, we can provide a complete Worcester Bosch Install, Repair and Servicing Service for our customers across the West Coast of Scotland.

With a quality brand of boiler and a quality service from our boiler installers, you are sure to get the central heating system you deserve.

Call us today to get a quote for your new boiler install.

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