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Lenze invests €2.5m in French inverter factory

01 October, 2003

The German drives specialist, Lenze is building a factory in Northern France to assemble servo and frequency inverters. The company is investing around €2.5m in the 3,300m˛ factory, located near Béthune, which is due to be completed by March 2004, and is expected to be producing 100,000 drives a year by 2005.

The plant, in the Ruitz industrial area, will be Lenze`s only European electronics factory outside Germany. The company already produces geared motors in France. Lenze has obtained backing for the new plant from the local development agency and chamber of commerce, among others.

Lenze has also taken a controlling interest in an Austrian company, Deto Technology, which specialises in control systems for mechanical handling applications, especially for the automotive sector. A new joint venture company, Lenze Deto Drive Systems, has been formed to offer mechanical handling drives and controls for production lines and transport systems, including automatic guided vehicles.

The JV brings together Lenze`s drives experience with Deto`s industry experience with customers that include Audi, BMW, Ford, Opel and VW. Deto`s control systems have been used in monorail conveyors, and driverless transport systems controlled via radio, infrared or inductive in-floor systems. The technology has been applied in paper mills and hospitals, as well as in automotive plants.

Deta also designs and manufactures decentralised motor controls and variable speed drives rated up to 10kW with built-in safety systems. These products will be combined with Lenze`s own portfolio which includes IP54-rated, enclosed, decentralised drives for fixed and variable speed motors, with built-in PLC functions.

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