Not a takeover
"We were approached by ABB Spain last year and signed the deal in December," he adds. Fuhrländer believes ABB was attracted to a smaller company because of its flexibility. The company markets a 1 MW turbine. "The co-operation is not the first step to being acquired by ABB Spain," Fuhrländer stresses. "This was made clear in the preliminary talks. We stay independent." The company is owned 80% by the Fuhrländer family and 20% is shared among Independent Capital AG, AHAG AG, Schnigge AG and SolarWorld.
ABB and Fuhrländer are testing the waters with the co-operation, says Fuhrländer. If these stay warm, ABB Spain, ABB Sweden and the turbine manufacturer may co-operate on technical developments perhaps connected with ABB's Windformer concept (page 47).