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by Property Forum | Industrial

Panattoni Park Pilsen West II has a new tenant, Panasonic Heating & Ventilation Air-Conditioning Czech. The hall's premises with a total area of over 24,600 sqm will be used for the production and storage of control boards for air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured in the Czech Republic. 

Panasonic Heating & Ventilation Air-Conditioning has been dedicated exclusively to producing heat pumps since 2022. The new hall with a total area of 24,662 sqm completes the development of the Nýřany brownfield site, where together with the hall already completed this year, Panattoni Park Pilsen West II has over 60,000 sqm of lettable space. In line with Panasonic's values and vision, high demands were placed on the sustainability of the building during construction.

"As an environmentally friendly and economical heat source, air-to-water heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular in both new buildings and renovations of older buildings. Between 2019 and 2022, demand in the European market doubled to three million units sold annually. During this period, Panasonic grew fourfold in the heat pump segment. For this reason, we have decided to expand production capacity at our plant in Pilsen. And that is why we also need new storage space, which we found in nearby Nýřany in cooperation with our partner Panattoni," said Hiroshi Komatsubara, Managing Director of Panasonic Heating & Ventilation Air-Conditioning Czech, CEO, HVAC Business Division Europe.

"Panasonic has been a major manufacturer and employer in the Pilsen region since 1996 when it opened its first production hall here. At that time it was the first Japanese investment in the Czech Republic. The original production was dedicated to TV sets, but today there are specialists in the complete production of air-to-water heat pumps. Given that we also work with these technologies within our halls to reduce energy costs and minimise the CO2 footprint of buildings, it was fitting that we were the obvious choice for Panasonic," said Pavel Sovička, Panattoni's General Manager for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Solar panels have been installed on the building and can extend to the entire roof area. There is also an insect hotel and infrastructure for cycling, including cycle lanes and covered racks. This is also why the building aspires to one of the highest awards in BREEAM New Construction's sustainability certification, the Excellent grade. The entire project has revived a formerly dead brownfield site with a long industrial tradition.