German solar giant selects Wodonga manufacturing partner
Kiewa Valley Engineering Pty Limited (KVE), a regional Victorian steel fabrication firm, has signed an exclusive deal to locally manufacture world leading solar tracking systems for German energy giant DEGERenergie.
With more than 45,000 systems installed worldwide, DEGERenergie as a global market leader for solar tracking systems was keen to expand its global footprint and tap into the growing Australian market. KVE with support from the Industry Capability Network (ICN) was able to offer a competitive local manufacturing solution to support the needs of this global expansion program. KVE has recently completed fabrication of the first batch of solar tracking systems at their Moloney Drive facility in Wodonga.
KVE’s CEO Andrew Robin recently travelled to Germany to exchange ideas around manufacturing techniques and discuss ways that KVE could further innovate and tailor the product for the specific needs of the local Australian marketplace and as a result noted the DEGERenergie business alliance would likely lead to expansion of his facility and result in the employment of additional staff.
Mr Robin cited support and assistance from ICN as playing a vital role in the company’s recent successes which has seen KVE on a growth curve and having the ability to invest in modern day manufacturing techniques, as well as advanced automated plant and equipment.
“ICN was able to endorse our manufacturing capabilities for DEGERenergie and provide them with examples of clients and types of complex manufacturing works we had undertaken. ICN was also able to promote the benefits of a Wodonga production base and were able to connected DEGERenergie with the Victorian Government’s Business Office in Frankfurt.”
“For the past ten years our alignment with the ICN has assisted us secure Projects and has certainly helped with the generation of leads. With their help KVE has secured the West Gate Bridge Strengthening Project, Barrick Gold in West Wyalong and another project in New Guinea. The ICN network is expansive and created opportunities for us to leverage with other companies creating opportunity to tender for work we might not otherwise know about.“
“We will continue to draw on the ICN’s knowledge of local suppliers and opportunities with major projects and are grateful for their ongoing support.”