March 2, 2007 – Advanced Energy Industries Inc. says it is closing its RF components operation in Stolberg, Germany, and will transfer manufacturing operations to facilities in China and the US by the beginning of 4Q07.
The Stolberg location, acquired with the March 2002 purchase of Dressler HF Technik GmbH, focuses on RF power products including power generators that are sold primarily to semiconductor capital equipment and solar cell manufacturing customers. Other RF products manufactured in Stolberg include matching networks, high-power generators, and linear amplifiers. The site currently contributes approximately 5% of the AE’s total annual revenue (roughly $20 million, based on the company’s reported $410 million in total 2006 revenues).
Hans Betz, Advanced Energy president/CEO, explained that the decision came down to a choice of investing in expansion of its Stolberg factory or further utilizing the infrastructure the company has built up in China.
“While the Stolberg facility has contributed to our success over the years, our strategy to drive operational efficiencies on a global scale is clear,” he said, in a statement. “As a result of this decision, we will narrow our focus in operations and achieve greater efficiencies in the long term.”
Betz noted that the move will impact about 65 positions over the course of the next several months. Work will be transferred to the company’s high-volume manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China, and its advanced manufacturing site in Fort Collins, CO. Some design, sales, and service functions also will be moved to Fort Collins, as well as to another site in Filderstadt, Germany.
AE says it will file a report with the SEC within the next week, detailing anticipated restructuring charges.