One of the most forward-looking operators within the PV industry, Multi-Contact is nevertheless built upon decades of innovation and experience across a broad sweep of industries. PES caught up with CEO, Rainer Isenrich, who is currently steering the company into previously-untapped global markets.
PES: Welcome back to PES. For the benefit of any new readers who perhaps might not be acquainted with Multi-Contact, would you be able to outline how your company benefits the solar industry?
Rainer Isenrich: MC has been among the leaders in the PV industry for more than 10 years. We supply global top module companies, system integrators, inverter manufacturers and installers with our MC3 and MC4 connector lines and other products out of our PV portfolio.
Founded in Basle, Switzerland, in 1962, Multi-Contact develops and manufactures connector systems for various industries such as power distribution, automation, photovoltaic, medical and test & measurement. In addition to our broad standard product range, we are specialised in designing customised solutions, based on our unique MC Multilam Technology.
PES: As a company with many areas of focus, how has your business adapted to demand from the solar industry?
RI: PV business has strongly increased over the last years and it now represents an important part of our business areas and turnover. Multi-Contact will continue to focus on this strong growing market. In 2009 we set up a new factory in Essen, Germany, exclusively dedicated to the development and production of products for the PV market.
PES: What are your strategic plans for 2010?
RI: 2010 will be a very important year for MC since we will introduce some new products for several customer groups. However, it is still too early to provide more detailed information.