07 May 2010
07 May 2010
MAG Industrial Automation Systems is forming a new Renewable Energy Business unit to design/build automated manufacturing systems for solar panels and wind turbine components.
The new business's operations are based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and Hebron, Kentucky, and are headed by Dr. Siegfried Schmalzried in Europe/Asia and Joe Jones in the Americas. According to Jones, the renewable energy business is off to a strong start. ""In recent months, we have secured $30 million in contracts, which represents an approximate 30 percent share of our targeted market, putting us on track for our goal to produce 10 percent of MAG's annual revenue,"" he stated.
""While our business unit is new, MAG itself is already firmly established in the renewable energy sector, having quietly built a worldwide leadership position in automated manufacturing systems for solar panels, not to mention composites processing,"" Jones added. ""MAG has supplied more than 30 automated production lines for solar panels in all regions of the world in the last five years, and our systems have reduced manufacturing costs for solar panels to record lows."" The company has supplied solutions ranging from semiautomatic modules to complete turnkey factories in all corners of the world for panels that utilize the latest materials technology.
MAG is currently sharing in a $7 million grant from the state of Michigan to develop a wind hub machining cell for high-volume manufacturing, and pursue development of carbon-fiber turbine blades. ""This unique hub machining cell will increase production rates from the current standard of one per day to as many as five per day, cutting machining times from 20-24 hours per part to just over four hours,"" Jones stressed.
MAG is actively focused on expansion to serve customers in emerging sectors in key markets, Jones added. ""We opened a new Composites Technical Center in Göppingen, Germany, in 2009, and a new plant in Changchun, China, earlier this year, so now have 24 worldwide facilities, 15 of them in Europe and Asia.""
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