California-based NEXTracker, a Flex company, has formed a partnership with European steel manufacturer Metalogalva to accelerate production of its solar trackers for projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the eastern U.S.
Through this partnership, Portugal-based Metalogalva will manufacture essential steel torque tubes and foundations for NEXTracker’s trackers. NEXTracker says this collaboration will help meet growing global demand for its products and services, in addition to helping comply with local-content requirements for different regions.
“With this partnership, we can reduce material lead time up to 50 percent,” says NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar, who calls Metalogalva “an ideal partner.”
To help build NEXTracker’s global presence, the company recently hired Sandor Nagy as senior vice president of global supply chain; Nagy has extensive supply chain expertise, having worked all over the world during his time at McGraw-Hill and GE, the company adds.