SMA Solar Technology
- Urbon, CEO
- Günther Cramer, Chairman of the Board
SMA Solar Technology AG (originally for " system, measuring and installation engineering ") is the world's largest producer and Germany's best-known manufacturer of inverters for photovoltaic systems with power supply, mains-independent power supply and backup operations.
The headquarters is in the northern Hessian Niestetal near Kassel, the company has offices in 21 countries. SMA Solar Technology AG was formed - as well as the SMA Railway Technology GmbH - from the former SMA Technologie AG. End of December 2012 were employed 5584 employees. Revenues in 2012 reached 1.463 billion euros.
SMA was founded in 1981 by Werner Klein purchase and the board members Günther Cramer, Peter Drews and Reiner Wettlaufer under the name of SMA Control Systems GmbH as an independent company from the University of Kassel out and renamed 2004 SMA Technologie AG to. In 2006 Urbon has expanded the Board. In June 2008, the name was changed to the present, in order to underline the strong focus on solar technology and to become the internationalization of the company. At the same time, the division railway technology was spun off in the SMA Railway Technology GmbH.
Larger changes in the Board became effective after the AGM on 10 June 2009. The founder Reiner Wettlaufer joined the Supervisory Board. From the company came as Chief Technology Officer Roland Grebe and as Chief Marketing & Sales Marko Werner added, each with over twenty years of service. From April 2010, the Management Board was Jürgen Dolle in Human Resources and Uwe Hertel supplemented Operations in the department. Since the 2011 Annual General Meeting Urbon CEO and for the strategic direction of the company and the continuation of internationalization is responsible. The two founders Drews and Cramer changed the Supervisory Board. Uwe Hertel retired in 2011 from the Board. In November 2012 Advanced Lydia summer the board and took over the Finance and law of Urbon, who previously held this portfolio in a dual role as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Since May 2013 Lydia summer is also responsible for Human Resources and Labour Relations Director, after Jürgen Dolle resigned from the board. The operating business has taken CEO Urbon.
SMA is involved in the deENet, a company founded in early 2003 club " Competence Network for decentralized energy technologies northern Hesse ," which is to pool existing in the region of expertise in this area. In March 2009, SMA has built with the solar plant 1 a CO2-neutral production facility, which has already been recognized for their energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.
The company has more than 5000 employees and achieved in 2012 global sales of 1.5 billion euros. The company has focused on the development and manufacture of technology for photovoltaics. Formerly SMA comprised nor the divisions rail technology, industrial computers and Innovative Energy Systems. SMA leads sales and service offices in the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, China, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, Belgium, India, Japan, the Czech Republic and the UK and service offices in Portugal and the United Arab Emirates. As the first foreign production location for a work about 700 employees in Denver, Colorado has been established. In the Canadian province of Ontario SMA maintains a manufacturing and service location. The sales and service location in South Africa will also be expanded to a production site.
In 2011, acquired SMA one of his long-standing major supplier of electronic components, the Polish company dtw Sp.z oo. 2012 acquired SMA majority stake in the Chinese company Jiangsu Zeversolar New Energy Co., Ltd.. , Which is one of the leading Chinese solar inverter manufacturers.
SMA sells solar technology inverter as product families "Sunny Boy" ( for small and home systems and solar trees), "Sunny Mini Central" or "Sunny Tripower " ( for medium-sized systems from 5 kW up to the megawatt range ) and "Sunny Central" ( for open space systems and solar parks from 100 kW up to the megawatt range, such as the solar system in the energy Waldpolenz with 40 MW) to be fed into the grid as well as "Sunny Iceland " for independent grid systems. The inverter products are complemented by components for system monitoring and data evaluation. The subsidiary SMA Railway Technology develops and manufactures power electronic components and systems, in particular for rail-based local and long distance traffic.
As of December 31, 2012
The Company's shares are listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 27 June 2008. The company's stock has qualified on September 22 for the technology index TecDax. Since 22 September 2008, the shares are listed in ÖkoDAX and were taken over 30 index in 2009, the Photovoltaic Global. 29 percent of the shares are in free float.
SMA has received in recent years a number of awards from various institutions. In 2000, SMA has received Grand Prix of the middle class of the Oskar- Patzelt - Foundation award winner and 2004 as Premier - finalist in the competition. Both in 2011 and 2012 honored Great Place to Work SMA as " Germany's Best Employer " in the category "Companies over 5001 employees ." SMA is also considered a "Top Employer for Engineers 2011". Already in 2010 reached SMA Germany far second place in the category "Companies 2001-5000 employees " and third place in Europe "Companies with more than 500 employees ." In 2008, SMA was presented with the German Fairness Prize.
In addition, the SMA Solar Plant 1 was due to its CO2 - neutral production with the Energy Efficiency Award 2010 of the German Energy Agency and also from Germany 2011 - named the Land of Ideas.