Avantha Group Co. CG will be opening a new facility in Grenoble, France to produce, test and calibrate over 2 million ZIV smart meters per year. CG has chosen Grenoble to open this new facility, so as to cover the demand for Linky meters in France, and thereby provide local support to ERDF.
The company recently won an order from ERDF to participate in the supply of three million Linky smart meters, in the first phase of its 35 million unit rollout plan for 2021.
This facility will house the Centre of Excellence for G3-PLC technology, will be fully equipped to manufacture ZIV single and three phase Linky G1 and G3 meters, and will be ready to produce the first units by the second quarter of 2015. CG will also contribute to the creation of sustainable local employment, as this center will make available around 200 direct and indirect jobs in the area, once full production capacity is reached.
The Grenoble manufacturing facility, together with the existing facilities in Spain, will enable CG to face new challenges from large-scale deployments in France, UK, Spain, the Netherlands and other countries in the area with greater agility. Europe’s smart metering market is expected to grow sharply and hit 180 million units by 2020. The overall distribution automation market in Europe is expected to reach more than $800 million by 2018. CG’s ZIV smart meters are gaining a strategic position in the Smart Grid European market where it has achieved key wins in 2014.
According to ERDF, the Linky program is a major industrial program that will create 10,000 jobs in France. By modernizing the distribution grid, this program will be beneficial to consumers by enabling them to better understand their electricity bills and reduce consumption, thereby preserve the environment by means of a more efficient grid management.