From Foundry to High-Tech PV Plant Engineering
How do you keep the ball rolling for 120 years? Well, that’s exactly what the DECKER plant engineering company in Berching (Bavaria, Germany) did. A keen sense of upcoming technology developments enabled the German company to stay in tune with changing demands in the global industrial markets. Today, the company produces silicon recycling plants for the photovoltaic (PV) industry – and once again shows that the company keeps the finger on the pulse of technology. Once the company was in the business of casting iron and steel, now its experts produce custom equipment for wet chemical surface treatments. The company history reads like a history book on modern industrial development.
Brilliant ideas do not just appear like magic. The DECKER Company keeps growing with the increasing demands of its customers, and the company leaders always smartly adjusted the production to the changing markets. The company started as a foundry in Nuremberg (Germany) and turned into a plant engineering company in the beginning of the 1960s. People who visit parks in and around Nuremberg may still rest on one of the many park benches, which the original foundry produced in the 1930s.
Today, DECKER installations are used in metal processing industries in procedures involving anodizing, black finishing, chromating and phosphatizing. For fifty years, the engineer Hans Schnyder maintained continuity in quickly changing times. He and his long-time chief executive Manfred Götz constantly searched for new markets using the development of their biggest customers as a yardstick. Among their large customers were such industry giants as Siemens and Wacker. The DECKER Company was among the first to build silicon cleaning plants for the semiconductor industry. In 2000, the company took up the high-tech development of contact-free bearings based on high-temperature superconductors for the IT industry.
Given this history, it cannot surprise anybody that the company got involved in the emerging photovoltaic industry in recent years. The DECKER Company under the guidance of the new CEO Kay Rehberg developed a recycling plant, which cleared the path to economical large-scale silicon recycling. In this development, the company was able to build on decades of experience in the wet chemical surface treatment. The DECKER Company is again among the first to recognize the emerging demand for efficient facilities, which can dispose of huge amounts of photovoltaic equipment. The system has received the innovation award for the recycling system at this year’s Intersolar Europe. The DECKER Company has good reason to be proud of this award.
The expanding global markets play a large role in the company plans. China is the largest and most important market for the DECKER Company. Stepping into new territories is part of the DECKER history. It is also the basis for a tradition of mapping out a successful path into the future.
For the anniversary celebration the company chose a rustic and traditional atmosphere: Company associates and partners are invited to join the Knight’s Feast in the Abenberg Castle.
A Short Profile of the Decker Anlagenbau GmbH:
The DECKER Anlagenbau GmbH employs 50 associates and is a global manufacturer of silicon cleaning plants, in which an important step in the recycling of silicon takes place. Among the new developments are wafer separation and absorber units. The company offers customized end-to-end solutions in the areas of plant engineering and wet chemical process engineering. The company domicile is Berching near Nuremberg (Germany). This year, the company looks back at 120 years of history.