Northfield Automation Systems, Inc. and German-based Solarcoating Machinery GmbH have formed a strategic partnership to offer turnkey roll-to-roll thin film production solutions. Start-up Solarcoating Machinery, offers roll-to-roll equipment needed for coating, printing, laminating, packaging and encapsulation of flexible solar cells, while Northfield Automation Systems designs, engineers and fabricates automation equipment for OEMs at all levels of manufacturing.
“We are each highly experienced in our corners of the world and plan to support and learn from each other,” noted Brett Reese, President and CEO of Northfield Automation Systems. “We share a common business philosophy of excellent customer service and highly reliable, cost-effective manufacturing solutions that will bring true value to customers.”
“We are always seeking innovative ways to meet the needs of the solar energy business community. Establishing a partnership for automation products and services in the United States was our next logical step,” commented Thomas Kolbusch, Managing Director, Solarcoating Machinery GmbH.
The companies said that the partnership would create a one point of contact for potential customers, eliminating the need to engage with multiple vendors. The companies also plan to offer on-site technical support and spare parts distribution services.