FIMER completes acquisition of ABB’s solar inverter enterprise – Solar Energy World
FIMER has completed the acquisition of ABB’s solar inverter business that was announced on July 9, 2019. The Italian company is now the 4th largest solar inverter manufacturer in the world.
The takeover of ABB’s solar inverter business, which registered revenues of approximately $340 million in 2019, includes 800 employees in 26 countries as well as two manufacturing plants, in Italy and in India, and a R&D facility in Finland. The former ABB business line includes a comprehensive, innovative and fully complementary portfolio of products, systems and services addressing different segments and types of solar installations. During the last eight months, both FIMER and ABB have worked closely to ensure a smooth transition for customers and employees and to safeguard the business continuity.
Through this acquisition, FIMER will boost its presence on a global scale, from Latin America where the company is already present to key strategic geographic regions including Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia-Pacific in particular Japan and North America. As of today, FIMER can count on three manufacturing plants and two R&D hubs with expected shipments by the end of 2020, considering the combined business, of over 7 GW.
FIMER’s commitment is to continue to create value and maintain existing facilities as well as employment levels. Investment in research and development are of key importance. As a result, FIMER decided to maintain both the R&D hub in Finland and manufacturing plants in Italy and India. Looking to the future, FIMER’s key growth drivers will include the development of advanced technologies, including the use of blockchain and cutting-edge miniaturized products, and a strong effort in digitalization. Another key driver will be the distributed generation of solar power to connect millions of renewable energy sources and help to support clean, reliable power with a strong impact on the entire transmission and distribution system. Last but not least, FIMER will also focus on microgrids, systems that interconnect electrical loads and distributed power generation sources, with the ability to operate both in connection with the national electricity system and independently, and storage solutions.
“I am very pleased to announce the closing of this acquisition,” said Filippo Carzaniga, CEO of FIMER. “During the last few years, the solar industry has played a core role in the clean energy transition, outperforming traditional energy generation technologies. Our next level strategy is therefore focused around expansion opportunities into promising growth markets. We strongly believe this significant enlargement of our offering will represent a further step to serve all customers in all PV market segments and it will boost our position in a very competitive arena. The size and importance of the solar business has rapidly increased in the last few years and we believe this is a tremendous opportunity for us to create customer value and business growth. I am confident the combination of having one of the strongest product portfolios together with our knowledge, expertise and passion will be a key element of success.”
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