Future-oriented: Printing plate manufacturer COE is one third energy self-sufficient thanks to photovoltaics

Stuttgart/Bremen, 16/08/2017. Carl Ostermann Erben GmbH (COE), one of the few high-end suppliers of printing plates in Germany, is taking stock four years after putting a photovoltaic plant into operation. The desire to be less dependent on the energy companies as well as the ecological approach provided the incentive for this decision in 2012.

"In 2012 we intensively considered the idea of generating the electricity requirement at the company ourselves," says Managing Director, Andreas Segelken. "As an environmentally-friendly family business, the ecological approach underpinned our decision to invest 125,000 euro in this." After intensive planning, COE installed a 94.7-KWp photovoltaic system in April 2013, which was put into operation two months later.

For the above-mentioned plant size, the family-owned company installed 386 modules supplied by a German brand manufacturer. In addition it put in power inverters from SMA. After four years as an energy producer, Segelken takes stock: "With the existing areas we are able to generate around 35 per cent of our own energy demand throughout the year on average. At the weekends and on public holidays, we feed the excess electricity into the public grid. We receive a payment from the grid operator for this."

Segelken summarises: "With the investment in the photovoltaic plant, we have made a very good decision from a business management point of view, which we would recommend to any company that would like to become more energy self-sufficient. What is more, we meet the customer requirement of producing in an environmentally-friendly manner."

About Carl Ostermann Erben GmbH
COE is one of the leading German companies for providing a pre-press full service which manufactures high quality plates, sleeves and screens. At the locations in Bremen and Stuttgart, 60 employees produce printing plates just-in-time, mainly for flexographic and letterpress printing. National and international customers are quality-conscious label printing shops, packaging printers and producers of branded articles. Other main customers of COE are producers of flexible packaging, pharmaceutical and tissue products. Carl Ostermann Erben GmbH celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2016. The managing directors are Andreas Segelken and Holger Ostermann.


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