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Stäubli Corporation Announces 40,000 Square Foot Facility Expansion for the Production of Solar Connector Systems

Stäubli Robotics

Duncan, SC -- Stäubli Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial robots, quick disconnects for fluids, gases and electrical connection systems, and textile machinery announces the expansion of its Duncan, SC facility. In the new facility, Stäubli Corporation will manufacture electrical connector systems for the rapidly expanding international solar power market for its Stäubli Group Company Multi-Contact (http://www.multi-contact.com). In addition, Stäubli will start the assembly of tool changers for the automation industry as well as electromagnetic quick mold clamping systems for the North American plastic market.

The Solar Product line of connectors and junction boxes will deliver a flexible system solution for time-saving, dependable series cabling of solar panels which are integrated into buildings or are stand alone arrays. The Multi-Contact connector system will allow for the PV arrays to be pre-assembled and pre-wired in the shop or on site. The cable couplers are fully touch-protected and designed for high voltage and high current-carrying capacity. They are equipped with the company’s MultilamTM contact band and meet the IP 67 protection requirement in the photovoltaic industry.
Renewable energies such as solar are becoming increasingly important in today’s economic climate. According to Solar Buzz LLC, a leading Solar Power Market Research /Firm, world solar photovoltaic (PV) market installations reached a record high of 2,826 megawatts (MW) in 2007, representing growth of 62% in 2007 over the previous year. European, China and US demand for Photovoltaic modules will more than triple by 2010, driven by innovations, economies of manufacturing, cost of alternate energy sources and government regulations and subsidies.
Stäubli Corporation will add 40,000 square feet to its existing 62,000 square feet facility in Duncan, SC, near Greenville, for the manufacturing of the new solar product line, tool changers for automation and electromagnetic quick mold clamping systems with the addition of 30 to 50 new jobs. Long-term expectations are that more positions will be created as production capacity increases. The new facility is scheduled to be in operation by mid 2009.
“We are glad to expand our investments and workforce in the upstate of South Carolina. With this $5 Mio investment, we invest in our future, the local community as well as the future of industrial technology and our environment,” said Yves A. Stäubli, CEO of Stäubli Corporation.
For additional information contact:
Operations Manager - Assistant Division Manager
Stäubli Group: ­Textile Machinery, Connectors and Robotics
Stäubli is a Swiss based mechatronics solution provider with three dedicated divisions: textile machinery, connectors, and robotics. With a workforce of over 3300, Stäubli has a presence in 24 countries and agents in 50 countries around the world with its North American headquarters in Duncan, SC.
Visit http://www.Stäubli.com for more information on the company and products.

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