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The Basque cooperative, a specialist in manufacturing PV modules assembly lines, adds a new project in North Africa.

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Mondragon Assembly, with its extensive experience in manufacturing and automation of assembly lines for the solar energy sector, has supplied and commissioned a 100 MW photovoltaic module production front line in Cairo, Egypt. The project was launched in the last quarter of 2019.

This turnkey project will provide the company with a large production capacity for various solar modules, from bifacial half-cut glass-glass modules to standard high efficiency Mono PERC panels. Teriak Industrial Group aims to play a key role in Africa in the production of clean energy, with a power capacity of 100 MW per year.

Mondragon Assembly and its presence in MENA

Haythem Zhioua, International Sales Manager for the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) has stated that “this is not our first project in Egypt, as we previously carried out the development of a 50 MW PV modules assembly line to Arab International Optronics.”

Similarly, Zhioua noted that “one of our main objectives at Mondragon Assembly is to stay alongside our clients and partners, offering them direct support when they need it most. For this reason, we have a local technical team composed of highly trained project managers and technicians who provide support across the MENA region.”

Thanks to its 40 years in business, Mondragon Assembly has become a leading company in the solar energy sector, supplying turnkey production lines for the manufacture of photovoltaic modules worldwide.

Igor Herrarte, International Sales Manager for the EMEA region, notes that “Mondragon Assembly has been supplying innovative solutions to the solar sector with high technological content for more than 20 years, and it should continue in this line for decades to come. We are a long-term-oriented company, and our goal is not limited to selling equipment and lines, but rather to collaborate with our clients in ensuring the serial manufacture of PV solar modules with the highest possible quality. We believe that service is our greatest added value. This line for Teriak Industrial Group is the eighth line that we installed in the MENA region.”

Herrarte also stressed that “we have a complete knowledge transfer programme that is adaptable to the needs of our clients, including the design and certification of modules, raw materials, training, and maintenance programmes, among others.”

Mondragon Assembly has become a benchmark company in the solar energy sector by supplying turnkey production lines for the manufacture of photovoltaic modules worldwide.

About the MONDRAGON Assembly Group

Mondragon Assembly is an international group specialising in the development of automation and assembly solutions. It currently has six production plants:

Its head office in Aretxabaleta (Gipuzkoa, Spain), Mexico, France, Germany, China, and Brazil, as well as a subsidiary in India. It operates in sectors such as solar power, the automotive industry, appliance components, cosmetics, medical devices, and electronics.

About Teriak Group

Teriak Group is a private Egyptian company specialising in the manufacture of parts for the automotive sector for Egypt and the Middle East.

The group was founded in 1975 and has carried out the expansion of its operations over the last four decades, with six plants located in Cairo, Egypt and nearly 700 employees.

This is the first direct financing operation of the Official Credit Institute with a cooperative integrated at MONDRAGON.

This Monday, 29 June, the first loan was signed with Spain’s ICO (Official Credit Institute) as a direct financier in a cooperative of the Corporation, Mondragon Assembly.

In the current Social and Business Policy 2017/2020, in the Financing strategy, the importance of achieving robust financing, ensuring an optimal balance between the short and long term, was detailed.

Financial diversification

With this first signature with the ICO, a financing of €5 million at a fixed cost for 7 years manages to leverage the company in the long term and prepare it for the uncertain outlook of the coming years.

Mondragon Assembly has diversified its sources of financing by including a new entity in its banking pool and has strengthened the financing share with institutional entities, as it has also received new financing from the IVF (Basque Financing Institute) in the amount of €5 million.

In the photo, from left to right, Ana Sáez, Head of the Treasury Unit of the Corporation’s Financial Department; Isabel Martín, Chief Financial Officer of Mondragon Assembly; Juan Carlos Obregón, from the Corporate Financing area of ICO; and Luis Mari Imaz, CEO of Mondragon Assembly.


The official opening of the Bexen Medical production plant took place yesterday, 4 June, with 6 mask production lines, manufactured by Mondragon Assembly, already in place.

The official opening ceremony of the Bexen Medical plant took place yesterday in Etxebarria (Bizkaia). The event, held in strict compliance with all the prevention measures and safety protocols, was attended by the Basque Government Minister for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Arantxa Tapia, and the government’s delegate in the Basque Country, Denis Itxaso, and was hosted by Carlos Arsuaga, manager of Bexen Medical, the President of MONDRAGON, Iñigo Ucin, and the Vice-President of the Corporation’s Equipment Division, Juan Ángel García. The General Managers of Mondragon Assembly and Cikautxo, Luis Maria Imaz and Iñigo Laskurain, also took part in the event.

Inter-cooperation project

Several MONDRAGON cooperatives were involved in the venture. Bexen Medical, which led the project and is responsible for manufacturing the masks. In addition, Mondragon Assembly, the cooperative responsible for the manufacture of the automated production lines. The equipment was designed and assembled in China (the Chinese subsidiary specialises in this type of machinery and its network of suppliers was 100% functional, which was not the case in Spain). The production lines comply with the most demanding European standards and the legislation on CE marking and arrived in Madrid in the third week of April. Cikautxo, a cooperative from Bizkaia, was the third partner in this inter-cooperation, providing its premises equipped with a room of 500 square metres.


3 more lines that will double the production of masks per month

In addition to these three production lines, which are already operational, there will be three more that have already arrived at the plant and which are currently being commissioned and will shortly become operational.

Mondragon Assembly, manufacturer of machinery for the production of masks

Mondragon Assembly, has extensive experience and state-of-the-art technology in the medical sector in general and in the manufacture of masks in particular, both in the simplest models, such as surgical masks, and in the most advanced, self-filtering, FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 types, with or without exhalation valve.

Distributed generation with battery storage can revolutionize solar development in India in the shortest time period with minimal investment.

Distributed, grid-connected solar PV with battery storage systems offers a unique set of benefits without the challenges as seen with mega-scale execution. In distributed solar applications, small PV systems (500 kW to 2-3 MW scale) generate electricity for on-site local centralized consumption and interconnect with low-voltage to high-voltage grid sub-station transformers on the electric utility system.

With falling PV system and battery storage prices, coupled with declining trends in solar EPC turnkey cost, deploying distributed PV with a storage system and evacuating solar energy at 11 kV/33 kV level is an attractive proposition.

This will reduce transmission line losses, increase grid resilience to rural feeders, avoid transmission distribution loss, reduce generation costs, and reduce investment cost in new utility generation capacity.

Mondragon Assembly provide their clients with solutions and services throughout the entire value chain.

With proper selection of equipment, installation of the well-engineered system and long-term operation and maintenance (O&M), distributed PV with appropriate battery storage systems at each sub-station will mitigate reliability issues by providing standby capacity during electric utility disturbances, grid outages, and load shedding.

Solar energy source is available all across the country for almost 300 days in a year. Therefore it is the most suited and reliable source for distributed solar energy generation. Increasing amounts of distributed solar generation (DG) connected to distribution networks of Discoms with a virtual energy storage system will provide reliable power through proper voltage control in the distribution network.

Mondragon Assembly lithium-ion module turnkey line

Our lithium-ion turnkey lines meet the production needs of each customer, providing solutions aimed at small and large producers and combining different levels of automation. These lines are equipped with the most innovative technology, allowing us to reach a final product of excellent quality.

The flexibility of our lines allow the manufacture of lithium-ion modules of different technologies and sizes.

Germany installed 367.8 MW of new PV capacity in March, according to new figures from the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur).

This shows that, despite the country’s coronavirus lockdown measures, PV deployment held steady from last year. In March alone, 350 MW of new solar was installed.

PV systems installed under the nation’s tenant electricity scheme hit 1.08 MW in March. Developers also completed 15 MW of capacity across four sites under the tender scheme for large-scale PV plants, Bundesnetzagentur said.

In the first three months of this year, new additions hit 1.1 GW, versus 1.27 GW in the same period a year earlier. PV systems with capacities of up to 750 kW under the feed-in tariff regime continued to drive demand, with around 326 MW of new capacity registered in March. Ground-mounted PV plants built outside of the tender scheme accounted for 28 MW of the total.

Turnkey solar manufacturing line

The 100-200MW manufacturing line is a high capacity automatic solution for the assembly of photovoltaic modules.

  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Fully automated industrial solution
  • High quality, efficiency and capacity
  • Quality control system: cells, strings, modules
  • Rapid return on investment

With this project, the Basque cooperative will reach the mark of 15 lines developed in recent weeks, becoming a relevant agent at the national level in this type of equipment.

Mondragon Assembly is working to offer its customers the best solutions in the production of masks, and as a result, in the last two months, it has obtained 15 orders for mask production machines, 13 of which are intended for manufacturing surgical masks, with another 2 for the FFP2 type.

Thus, Mondragon Assembly is demonstrating in this complicated situation its great capacity for development and adaptation to respond to a collective need, such as the current supply of masks.

Mondragon Assembly, a manufacturer specialising in machinery for the production of masks

The cooperative has extensive experience and high technology in the medical sector in general and in mask manufacturing in particular.

Its offer includes a line for the manufacture of high-protection masks (filtering, FFP2 and FFP3), as well as another for the manufacture of simpler models, such as surgical masks. These machines, in addition to offering high productivity, reaching up to 1,800 units per hour in the case of FFP2/FFP3 and 4,000 units per hour in the case of surgical masks, comply with the most demanding European standards and the CE marking legislation.

For more information, download the FFP2
and FFP3 mask line data sheet:

For more information, download
the surgical mask line data sheet:

The “Atamo” module was developed by Atacama Module and System Technology (Atamostec) a private-public initiative supported by Corfo and a range of industrial partners, including Mondragon Assembly.

Bifacial module offers an additional annual average gain of 11% compared to monofacial PERC modules with the same cell technology. “This means that if the data is extrapolated to a 100 MW large-scale plant, the ‘Atamo’ panel could generate up to 27 GWh/year of additional energy and, combined with a monitoring system, up to 112 GWh/year of extra energy compared to a fixed monofacial photovoltaic plant during a normal year,” explained Atamostec CTO Elias Urrejola.

The bifacial modules were not developed for desert conditions only. Therefore, these first data make this option possible for Chile and for the entire high radiation solar belt in the world,” added María Jose Riquelme, Atamostec’s business development manager.

Iberdrola has commissioned the largest PV plant in Europe – the 500 MW Núñez de Balboa project

The project began into operation last week. Located in southern Spain’s Extremadura region. It features 1,430,000 solar panels, 115 central inverters, and two substations.

Iberdrola managed to secure green financing from the European Investment Bank and Spain’s Official Credit Institute. Covering 391 MW of the project’s total capacity in November 2018, following the finalization of an initial signed with financial services provider Kutxabank in July, in addition to another one signed in mid-October with telecoms service provider Euskaltel, which is based in Basque Country.

Iberdrola plans to install 3 GW of solar by 2022, of which 2 GW will be located in Extremadura. By 2030, the company aims to deploy approximately 10 GW. In June, it revealed plans to build two installations with a total capacity of 800 MW of solar near Cuenca, in Spain’s central-southern region of Castilla-La Mancha.

The Covid-19 global pandemic has created unprecedented worldwide health and economic crisis. The energy sector, as a critical enabler of modern life, is uniquely affected by this crisis but is also essential for global and national response and recovery efforts.

The impact caused by the coronavirus crisis has highlighted how much modern societies rely on energy sources like electricity. Electricity is critical for operating the ventilators and other medical equipment in the hospitals treating the soaring numbers of critical patients. Billions of people are now confined to their homes, resorting to teleworking to do their jobs, e-commerce sites to do their shopping, and streaming video platforms to find entertainment.

A reliable energy supply underpins all of these services, as well as powering the devices most of us take for granted, such as microwaves, home water pumps, and light bulbs. 

Further, many countries have imposed lockdowns. India is amongst them. In a lockdown situation, the government machinery has put up all its efforts to ensure access to clean cooking fuels apart from providing 24×7 electricity. 

Due to restriction in movements and lockdown of many industries, the demand for transportation and electricity has gone down substantially. Economic activities have nearly come to a standstill. The oil refiners have slanted down crude processing due to demand crush in the transport sector. The electricity generators are bound to reduce their plant load factor (PLF), which ultimately impacts operational costs. Coal India Limited, which is the dominant thermal coal supplier to power generators, is facing challenges in their coal offtake.    

Given the close links between energy and economy, an impact analysis is needed to evaluate the sector and initiate suitable measures against unusual circumstances. 

Face mask production lines arrive at Etxebarria (Bizkaia)

Three mask production machines, manufactured at Mondragon Assembly’s Chinese subsidiary plant, were sent by road and reached the Cikautxo factory in Etxebarria.

The machines were requested by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (Mincotur) in mid-March. The Mondragon Corporation welcomed the inter-cooperation between its businesses and its industrial capacity and accepted the proposal, putting the cooperatives Bexen Medical and Mondragon Assembly in contact so that the work could commence

The lines will now be assembled and mass production of masks is expected to start in mid-May

Three mask production machines, manufactured at Mondragon Assembly’s Chinese subsidiary plant, were sent by road and reached the Cikautxo factory in Etxebarria, Bizkaia province yesterday (April 20). The Spanish Government representative in the Basque Country, Denis Itxaso, and the Managing Director of the MONDRAGON Equipment Division, Juan Ángel Garcia, were at the factory to receive the three machines together with Luis Mari Imaz, Iñigo Laskurain and Carlos Arsuaga, the respective Managing Directors of Mondragon Assembly, Cikautxo and Bexen Medical.

In addition to the three lines received at Etxebarria a fourth line has also been sent to the Military Pharmacy in Burgos.

Challenge accomplished in record time

The Mondragon Assembly workers, including four from the Chinese subsidiary, will continue their race against time to assemble and adjust the four lines in the shortest possible time so that production can begin. If all goes according to plan, the three mask machines will all be working at full capacity by mid-May with a view to producing the target amount of 10 million masks per month.

The machines were requested by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (Mincotur) in mid-March. The Mondragon Corporation welcomed the inter-cooperation between its businesses and its industrial capacity and accepted the proposal, putting the cooperatives Bexen Medical and Mondragon Assembly in contact so that the work could commence. A month later the machines have arrived, and the challenge is now to set them up and start production without delay.

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