Firmly established in the solar industry – 20 years of Mounting Systems

Mounting Systems GmbH has established a strong position in the international solar power market.

Rangsdorf (Germany), October 11, 2013

This year, Mounting Systems GmbH, the global developer and manufacturer of mounting structures for photovoltaic and solar thermal systems celebrates its 20th anniversary. For two decades, the company has been contributing to the international success of clean solar energy. With five locations around the world and a broad portfolio of mounting systems and components for on-roof, in-roof and flat roof as well as open terrain solar installations, the company has established a strong position in the international solar power market. Although solar racking systems may comprise a relatively small percentage of the cost of a Photovoltaic installation, they are, nevertheless, essential in providing the necessary stability for the vital solar modules.

Company history

Mounting Systems was founded in Dahlewitz, Germany, just south of Berlin, in 1993. At that time, its first product was an on-roof solar racking system for installing modules on residential buildings. In 2004, the company moved to its current location in Rangsdorf, a short distance from Berlin, with good infrastructure connections thanks to its proximity to major highways and the Berlin-Schönefeld airport.

In its two decades, Mounting Systems has successfully weathered changes in the economy and varying political circumstances. Since its inception, Mounting Systems' production and warehouse space has grown from an original 10,760 square feet to its present 182,900 square feet. The number of employees has grown constantly. From only a few employees in 1993, the company now employs some 250 colleagues from nine nations in five locations. In September 2008, the company was established as an independent entity and has been operating under the name Mounting Systems GmbH and selling its products under its own brand names. In 2007, the TÜV Cert (Rhineland Association for Technical Inspection Group) certified the Rangsdorf site to DIN ISO 9001.

In 2010, the company opened Mounting Systems, Inc., a full-capability sales and manufacturing facility on the North American continent in West Sacramento, California. That facility was certified to ISO 9001 in 2013. The sales team now services the European, Asian, African and North American markets. Additional representative offices in France Great Britain and Japan demonstrate Mounting Systems' solid commitment to the worldwide photovoltaic business and enable it to respond to and service its customers locally.

"The establishment of Mounting Systems, Inc. is another indication of Mounting Systems' long-term commitment to the PV industry in general and to the North American and Pacific Basin markets in particular. We take great pride in our ability to meet local needs and provide responsive service to our customers throughout the region", says Kasim Ersoy, Managing Director of Mounting Systems, Inc.

The use of high-quality materials, a fully integrated production line and continuous quality control have also contributed to establishing the Mounting Systems brand in the international market.
Since July 2012, Mounting Systems has been among the first manufacturers of solar racking systems whose load-bearing components are permitted to carry CE labelling (Communautés Européennes) according to the EN1090 standard. In early 2013, the Rhineland Association for Technical Inspection also certified the West Sacramento site to ISO 9001. The company is committed to ensuring its products are certified to appropriate US and Canadian technical standards as well.

Management philosophy

Mounting Systems has become synonymous with quality, service and supplier reliability – crucial values for creating confidence in quality-conscious customers. Stefan Spork, graduate engineer (MBA), and Andreas Knaup, graduate in business studies, co-managers of Mounting Systems, fully embrace and promote advanced engineering, a broad range of products and a clear focus on the future. The basis of their corporate culture is fairness, efficiency and a spirit of partnership.

Mounting Systems also makes significant contributions to the communities where it operates in numerous practical ways. The company is highly involved in supporting children and young people and actively contributing to the communities where it is located.

Mounting Systems GmbH is among the leaders in the photovoltaic and solar thermal industry and it is here that the Rangsdorf company sets an example for entrepreneurial success. A capacity for innovation and an international outlook ensures great opportunities in the marketplace. That was why in 2010 Mounting Systems received the CAI Entrepreneur Award in the "Growth" category from the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK).

Responsibility

The entire management and staff of Mounting Systems share a strong sense of responsibility and pride in helping to provide a clean and sustainable energy supply. Stefan Spork, Managing Director of Mounting Systems, says, "Two decades ago, solar power generation was still a niche market. Since then, the sector has professionalized. The whole value chain is structured much more efficiently and cost-effectively. Over the last twenty years, we've significantly built up and expanded our regional, national and international marketability and have established ourselves as a major factor in the market. We're pleased with this development and convinced that we'll be in the front line of active contributors shaping the solar future in the next twenty years as well. We can say with certainty that Mounting Systems will continue on its course of international success. Our customers know they can rely on our mounting systems.

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