A clean energy-tech company specialising in heat pumps has officially opened its new North West hub in Trafford.

Swedish company Aira's new centre of operations will create hundreds of highly skilled jobs in the North West, contributing to the company's target of hiring 8,000 clean energy expert roles across the UK over the next decade.  

The company opened its new Trafford base with Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham in attendance.

Aira specialises in installing heat pumps into homes and claims that its market research has found that 39 per cent of people in the North West are likely to install a heat pump in their home when renovating their home or replacing their heating system.

Messenger Newspapers: From left to right: Marc Clarke, Andy Burnham, Service operations Director Matt Isherwood and Cllr Liz PatelFrom left to right: Marc Clarke, Andy Burnham, Service operations Director Matt Isherwood and Cllr Liz Patel (Image: The 10 Group)

Both the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's are targeting net zero targets for 2038 and 2040 respectively, while Aira is aiming to take Europe off gas by accelerating the electrification of residential heating. 

Aira acquired Yorkshire-based company All Seasons Energy in 2023 the North West hub is the next step in Aira's expansion across the North of England, serving households in key cities and surrounding areas of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and more. 

Marc Clarke, Aira Head of Region, North-West said: “The opening of our North-West hub marks a crucial step toward Aira’s ambition to serve one million homes across the UK with clean energy-tech solutions.

“We’re excited to help people across the region transition to low-carbon heat pumps, helping them save money on their heating costs, while reducing CO2 emissions.” 

Messenger Newspapers: Members of the Aira North West teamMembers of the Aira North West team (Image: The 10 Group)

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “It’s fantastic news that Aira has chosen Greater Manchester as its centre of operations in the North-West.

“The company has exciting plans to grow in the UK and the investment in their new base in Trafford will generate many high-quality jobs for people across the city-region.

“Retrofitting homes and buildings is a critical part of our net zero journey, both locally and nationally, and so we welcome the contribution of innovative, clean energy technology companies like Aira.”