PRESS RELEASE PRESSEINFORMATION MONIER GROUP AND SOLAR SPECIALIST F.E.E. AGREE ON COOPERATION Collaboration commences in Germany and gradually more countries will be added Oberursel/Ipsheim, 3 April 2012 – The Monier Group, one of the world’s leading providers of building materials for pitched roofs, and F.E.E. GmbH, a solar system integrator specialising in photovoltaic installations on roofs, have entered into an extensive cooperation agreement. As part of the cooperation the two companies intend to pool their extensive roof and solar knowhow, and to strengthen Monier’s competence as a systems supplier. While Monier brings decades of experience in pitched roofs and its international presence to the partnership, F.E.E. continues to focus on its high-professional service competence in the areas of system planning, logistics and after-sales service. The customers of the Monier Group will be able to access these services in the future. The companies are also planning to collaborate in the development and market launch of new products. “We have identified the area of roof-integrated solar systems as a medium-term growth driver for the Monier Group. With this cooperation we strengthen our existing solar portfolio and benefit from even closer proximity to the end customer and the associated professional range of services of F.E.E.. We will continue to place our main focus on the roofing trade, while F.E.E. will use its established distribution channels to installers“, says Pepyn Dinandt, CEO of the Monier Group. F.E.E. was founded as a start-up in 2006 in Ipsheim in Central Franconia, Germany. F.E.E. plans, constructs and installs primarily solar systems and heat pumps. In addition to schematic drawings and technical data, the company’s services include profitability calculations, return and shading calculations. “F.E.E. has shown strong growth rates over the past five years. Given the current market situation, which is also influenced by political changes, the cooperation with the Monier Group strengthens our market position and also opens up further growth opportunities outside Germany”, explains F.E.E. managing director Peter Hardung. The cooperation will also strengthen F.E.E.’s existing sites in Ipsheim and Gallmersgarten (Steinach), Germany, which will be closely connected to Monier’s worldwide network.
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Start of cooperation in Germany, other markets to follow Initially, the cooperation will focus on Germany. Other European markets will gradually follow. While F.E.E. has so far been concentrating on the German market, Monier is marketing its solar systems in various countries under its established product brands: Braas in Germany, Polandand Turkey, Redland in the UK, Monier in France, Benelux and Scandinavia and Bramac in Southeastern Europe as well as other brands and countries. â€œIn a first step Monier Braas in Germany will particularly benefit from the cooperation with F.E.E.. Braas now adds the established PV services of F.E.E. to its roof competence. We expect that business with roof-integrated photovoltaic systems will grow significantly and we see the cooperation as an important milestone in helping us benefit from this development together with F.E.E.â€œ, explains Jens Milnikel, who is heading the worldwide solar activities of the Monier Group. The Monier Group already has a wide range of high quality solar products in many markets which are complemented by a number of important products that help make solar systems safer and more reliable. These include roof-integrated PV systems, PV tiles and modules, in-roof and on-roof mounting systems as well as accessories.
About Monier The Monier Group is a leading global supplier of building materials for pitched roofs with operations in 40 countries. Based on decades of experience, the company offers its customers a wide range of products including roof, chimney, ventilation and residential energy systems. We are continuously developing pioneering innovations for sustainable building such as roofintegrated solar systems. That way, the Monier Group utilises the full potential of roofs in the interest of sustainability â€“ for the benefit of its customers as well as todayâ€™s and future generations. In 2010, 8,900 employees generated revenues of 1.281 billion euros. For more information, please visit: www.monier.com About F.E.E. F.E.E. GmbH is a European systems company for renewable energies headquartered in Ipsheim (Germany) and with a representation in Switzerland as well as sales offices mainly in Southern Germany. F.E.E. constructs, delivers and installs photovoltaic and solathermal systems as well as heat pumps. In due course, the company will present and subsequently implement its concept for a self-supply energy system completely independent from heating oil and power. Over the previous years, F.E.E. GmbH was able to generate significant growth with such concept solutions that combine different renewable energies. F.E.E. GmbH was founded six years ago and generates revenues of more than 20 million euros (2010). The company is already present in the whole of Germany, in Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. For more information, please visit: www.fee-europa.de
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