Roofing specialist, Redland, part of the Monier Group, has announced the acquisition of Schott Solar’s InDaX technology for the manufacture of roof-integrated PV following Schott Solar’s announcement in July this year that it will be ceasing production of crystalline photovoltaics.

The contract, signed on August 16, includes the rights to use the InDaX name as well as any patents related to the product.

“The acquisition is a strategic addition to our existing solar and roofing activities. We are planning to develop the InDaX system into a major part of our solar portfolio in future. We are confident that through the integration of this state-of-the-art technology we are well prepared for further growth in the promising in-roof segment along the lines of our strategic priorities”, says Pepyn Dinandt, CEO of the Monier Group.

Redland hopes that the roof tile system will be launched in the UK next January after Monier successfully rolled out the technology in Germany, Italy and South Eastern Europe.

“The InDaX allows Monier to tap into promising new distribution channels in the PV market. We are building on a technology that will allow us to more strongly benefit from a trend that sees solar systems becoming independent of feed-in tariffs and being increasingly used for decentralised own consumption”, explains Jens Milnikel, Director of the Business Line Solar Roof Systems.

The equipment required for framing and finishing will be taken over by Monier who has identified a company site north of Milan in Italy as an appropriate base. “By building on our proven model where we focus on leveraging our roofing expertise and partnering with quality PV-laminate manufacturers we will be able to offer a premium product.

“Experience from the markets shows that InDaX is the leading product in this segment. We are now able to also offer former Schott Solar customers who would have been forced to look elsewhere an attractive roof-integrated photovoltaic system”, concluded Dr Gerrit Sames, CTPO of the Monier Group.