The Schletter Group announced in a press release that it has moved its North American headquarters from Shelby, North Carolina, to the Charlotte metropolitan area, just 50 minutes east. The company also announced a new 15-member sales and distribution team to expand North American sales of its mounting and tracking systems while ending its manufacturing presence in the United States.
“North America is definitely a key market for our products,” said Oliver Renzow, head of Schletter’s North American operations. “With our new offices, which are conveniently located near transport routes, and an expanded, highly motivated sales team, we are ideally positioned to further develop our market position.”
Schletter Group, a global manufacturer with facilities in Germany and China, filed for bankruptcy in 2018 and Golden Square Capital took over ownership of the company, including the North American division. The company had previously assembled mounting products out of the Shelby location, but this new announcement confirms that manufacturing will only be in Europe and Asia.
“Our global supply chain allows us to react flexibly to peak demand in the project business,” Renzow said. “With our global footprint, we also have various options when it comes to import duties in order to find the most cost-effective solution for our customers.”
Last year at Solar Power International, Schletter released a new tracker with a mechanical self-locking mechanism that allowed the system to not need hydraulic dampers. The solution has already been installed in Europe and Africa, and the company said the tracker is currently working on UL certification for the U.S. market. Schletter will also present another new ground-mount solution at Solar Power International 2019 in September.