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AE shuts German site, transfers operations to China, U.S.

Posted: 06 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Advanced Energy Industries? subsystems? Mark LaPedus?

Advanced Energy Industries Inc. announced last week its plans to transfer manufacturing operations from the Stolberg, Germany site to the its manufacturing locations in Shenzhen, China, and Colorado, United States.

The supplier of subsystems will subsequently close its Stolberg facility. The site closure impacts approximately 65 employees, according to officials from the company. Product design, sales and service functions will be reassigned to the Filderstadt, Germany and Fort Collins locations. This transition is expected to be completed by Oct. 31.

"While the Stolberg facility has contributed to our success over the years, our strategy to drive operational efficiencies on a global scale is clear, and we faced a difficult decision whether to invest in an expansion of our factory in Germany or leverage the infrastructure that we have built in China," said Hans Betz, president and chief executive of Advanced Energy, in a statement.

"As result of this decision, we will narrow our focus in operations and achieve greater efficiencies in the long term by transferring these lines to our high volume manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China, and our advanced manufacturing facility in Fort Collins, Colorado," he said.

Advanced Energy acquired the Stolberg location through the acquisition of Dressler HF Technik GmbH in March 2002. Since that time, the location has continued design, manufacturing and support for the Dressler RF power product line, including the Cesar power generator, which is sold primarily to semiconductor capital equipment and solar cell manufacturing customers.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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