Hotstart Expands Manufacturing in Europe

Sep 29, 2021

Spokane, Wash. September 29, 2021 – Hotstart Europe GmbH (HEG), a subsidiary of Hotstart, recently shipped the first locally manufactured HOTflow® CSM Euro Engine Heaters to customers in Europe. The Köln, Germany based operation is the first international manufacturing location for the company. Hotstart is headquartered in Spokane, Washington, USA.

The HEG facility was opened in Köln, Germany in April 2018 with the goal to be a local resource for sales, service, and manufacturing for the European market. “We saw an opportunity to better connect with our customers in Europe by manufacturing products locally,” said Mits Nakamura, Managing Director – Europe and Asia Pacific. “We’ve worked the last three years to hire staff, establish supply chain contacts, and refine the assembly process to produce product that meets our quality standards.” In 2019, the Köln facility was ISO 9001:2015 certified, the same standard in place at the main manufacturing facility in Spokane.  

The HOTflow CSM Euro Engine Heater is a CE-compliant system designed to meet the specific needs of the European market. The compact design provides energy efficient engine heating for backup generators. The pump-driven operation heats the engine water jacket more evenly, eliminating hotspots and the need to overheat the coolant to maintain optimal engine temperature. Hotstart HOTflow heaters use less power to operate than standard convection heaters, resulting in immediate costs savings from the reduced energy draw.  

Additionally, the HEG facility has the capabilities to manufacture engine heating systems for marine applications. Hotstart’s large engine coolant and oil heating systems allow large displacement propulsion engines to start clean and deliver full-power right away without a warm-up delay or costly idling.

Customers in Europe can contact HEG at or +49-2203-98137-30 to learn more about ordering the HOTflow CSM Euro Engine Heater or marine heating systems for their diesel, natural gas, duel fuel, ammonia, or hydrogen engines. 

Two Hotstart employees stand next to an engine heater they assembled and are preparing for shipment.

Hotstart's European facility designed, manufactured and shipped the first HOTflow CSM Euro Engine Heaters from Köln, Germany in September 2021.