To ensure we continue to meet the demands of the solar market, we are investing heavily in expanding our production. In 2022, we put EUR 187 million into expanding and converting our production sites at Sattledt (Austria) and Český Krumlov (Czech Republic), and next year we will increase investment to more than EUR 230 million.
In Sattledt, the floor space has been expanded by more than 28,000 m2 to a total of 69,000 m2. Already in operation, the Fronius Tauro has been produced in the northern extension of the production plant since August. A further production line for the Fronius GEN24 Plus will also be built this year as part of the renovations of the existing production facilities. Two further production lines for hybrid inverters will be added in 2023.
» “The additional production lines help us to meet high demand.” «Martin Hackl, Global Director Marketing and Sales, Business Unit Solar Energy
Just recently, our competence centre for inductive components in Český Krumlov (Czech Republic) was also expanded, and the next stage of the expansion is already being planned: Over the next five years, not only will the production areas be substantially enlarged but also the number of employees doubled.
Overall, the Fronius workforce will see strong growth in the coming years, with around 1,300 new employees being welcomed into the company worldwide by the end of 2023.
Our products and solutions represent high quality and sustainability from Europe. With the expansion of our own production capacities and trust in our predominantly European suppliers, we can meet the demands on the solar market and still remain true to our standards and values. Maintaining and promoting the European value chain is particularly important to us: 95 percent of our contract partners are based in Europe.
We live and breathe real sustainability, consuming resources with care and using energy-saving and efficient technologies: Fronius can currently boast the largest ice storage system in Europe: two ice tanks are used at our production site in Sattledt for heating in winter and cooling in summer. The fully automatic high-bay warehouse on site provides space for 7,000 pallets and 12,500 containers for small parts.
Electric company vehicles and charging stations for field staff, solar power from the company’s own PV system on the roof, and much more: The coming year will also bring investment in a sustainable future to many of our 25 Fronius Solar Energy branches around the world. Fronius Italy is commissioning a new PV system and charging stations for electric vehicles, and our colleagues at Fronius Switzerland will provide twelve electric vehicles for field staff from 2023.
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