The solar mounting manufacturer Schletter Group has appointed a new managing director for its subsidiary Schletter Japan K.K. As of December, Junichiro Furukawa will be in charge of the company that exclusively markets the products of the Schletter Group in Japan.
“Japan is an absolute key market for us, especially with regards to our versatile and extremely durable mounting solutions,” Florian Roos, CEO of the Schletter Group, said. “Junichiro Furukawa will continue to position us as a quality leader in the industry and further develop our growing Japanese business.” Roos also thanked the parting MD Eric Roujolle who successfully steered the company through a period of reorganization over the last seven months. Roujolle will continue to be working for Schletter Japan as an advisor.
Mr. Furukawa has worked for over 18 years in various expert and leadership positions at the Honda corporation. During that time he held assignments in Great Britain, the U.S., as well as Austria and France where he was president of one of Honda’s subsidiaries. After his return to Japan he was involved in promoting Honda’s new Thin-film Solar panel business. “With his strategic know-how and excellent knowledge of the local market, he is ideally suited to continue driving our business in Japan forward”, Roos said.
The Schletter group is one of the leading non-domestic suppliers of PV mounting systems in Asia. Schletter Japan K.K. was established in 2012 and has installed over 1.8 gigawatts of PV capacity since then. This includes projects for major customers such as Sharp, Kyocera, Toshiba, Hitachi and Toyota, some of which were large-scale open area installations with particularly demanding topographies or ground conditions, for instance in volcanic areas. The sales company in Japan employs a staff of 25. It is mainly supplied by Schletter’s production facilities in Shanghai – merely a two-hour flight away – with 450 employees. The Schletter Group as a whole employs around 750 staff and is headquartered in Kirchdorf, Germany.
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