Kaco ramps up production capacity by 4 GW

"Plant five", located in Neckarsulm, Germany, is the company’s fifth production plant.

A spokesperson tells pv magazine that with the new addition, Kaco’s annual production capacity now sits at 10 GW. This includes two GW produced at existing plants in Germany, 2.2 GW, produced in the U.S. and Canada, and two GW in Korea.

The 12,000 square meter facility was constructed in nine months and will primarily be used to produce three-phase inverters for Kaco’s TL3 series.

Currently, 30 new employees have been hired. However, the manufacturer says it hopes this will increase to 150 "if the positive development continues apace".

It adds that the facility enables flexible production, so as to stay in line with market conditions. It is also said to be climate neutral and almost fully automated. A new testing plant has been added, where Kaco’s inverters will undergo endurance tests.

In a statement, it explains, "A reserve area concept makes it possible to expand the production inside the plant if there is a sudden increase in demand and more inverters must be brought to market."

When asked when Kaco expects to reach nameplate capacity at its new facility, the spokesperson added, "As the new flexible production allows to adjust the output to the market developments, the capacity will be in line with market growth and demand in the coming future."