Manz AG based in Reutlingen, Germany, is a world-leading high-tech engineering company. Founded in 1987, in recent years the company has grown from an automation specialist into a supplier of production lines. Manz AG has amassed expertise in six areas of technology, including automation, laser processes, vacuum coating, printing, metrology and wet chemical processes. The technologies are deployed in three strategic fields, the “Display”, “Solar” and “Battery” segments and continuously further developed.
The company, led by founder Dieter Manz, has been listed on the stock exchange in Germany since 2006, and currently operates production facilities in Germany, China, Taiwan, Slovakia, and Hungary. Manz AG also has sales and service branches in the USA, South Korea and India. At the beginning of 2014, Manz AG had approximately 1,850 employees, 900 of which work in Asia. Revenue in the past financial year amounted to more than EUR 184 million.
With its slogan “passion for efficiency”, Manz is making a promise to offer its customers – all companies active in important future markets – increasingly efficient production equipment. Like this, the company contributes significantly to reduce the production costs of end products and thereby making them available for a broad range of buyers worldwide. Therefore, Manz is continuously optimising its product portfolio. The aim is to achieve highly reliable production processes on the customer side while steadily improving performance parameters for products manufactured on Manz equipment. This makes the Manz Group an important driver of innovation, helping to achieve breakthroughs in key technologies of our times, such as sustainable power generation, displays for global communication needs and e-mobility.
In the summer of 2010, Manz signed a cooperation agreement with Würth Solar, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, that gives Manz access to exclusive know-how in CIGS thin-film technology. After the acquisition of the CIGS modules innovation line of Würth Solar in January 2012, technology licenses were also transferred to the company on an unrestricted basis. Thanks to this agreement, Manz is the first manufacturer in the world offering a turnkey production line for CIGS solar modules that can be operated profitably today. Furthermore, Manz has the largest team of CIGS experts of the complete industry at its disposal.
CIGS modules are currently considered the most efficient on the market.
Manz AG has its roots in Baden-Württemberg in Germany, historically one of the cradle regions of German engineering and today one of the world’s leading high-tech regions. Manz employs people from 27 countries and is active in all the important growth markets around the world. With the opening of a new production facility in Suzhou, China, in May 2012, Manz is able to meet current market trends even more effectively.
As part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility, Manz supports a project called “Providing a future – metal workshop in Ethiopia”. This initiative offers vocational training to young people in Ethiopia.