Release Date: 11/08/2010
Location: Des Moines, IA
SSB SERVICE BECOMES AVAILON
Name Change Denotes Core Business Focus Differences with Related Companies
SSB Service Inc. is now Availon Inc. The new name derives itself from “Availability” and “On,” reflecting the company’s commitment to being available for its customers and keeping their turbines available.
“As a global market leader, our promise of availability demands that we are always poised for response. That means faster turnaround times, more maintenance services, greater availability of spare parts and components, more secure investments and new turbine upgrades,” says Availon CEO Ulrich Schomakers. “Our goal, as a global service provider, is to be more available to our clients in every way which, in turn, improves their wind turbine productivity.”
Availon Inc. remains a primary supplier of SSB Wind Systems and SSB Duradrive parts; however, the renaming denotes a clear separation from these companies. SSB Wind Systems provides electrical systems for wind turbines, and SSB Duradrive manufactures specific drive solutions. “Our new name provides better emphasis on our core offering, which is independent wind turbine maintenance services for the international market,” says Schomakers.
Availon Inc. specializes in parts and services for GE and Vestas® turbines, but can often service other turbine types. In addition to being a primary supplier for SSB and Duradrive parts, Availon Inc. is also an exclusive vendor for Bachmann, Leonard+Bauer, and Convertec parts. The Availon global portfolio includes spare parts supply and management, end of warranty inspections, individual turbine optimization, turbine upgrades, field services, remote monitoring, and operations and maintenance.
“Broadening the types of turbines we’re able to service is one more way we can help customers. With a more expansive network, we can continue to reduce response and traveling time. We can use worldwide synergies and resources for further rapid development, while maintaining a high level of customer service,” said Schomakers.
“Since our formation in 2007, we have grown rapidly, but thoughtfully. Our customers appreciate our commitment, our competence and, just as importantly, our independence,” says Schomakers.
Availon Inc. is a part of the Availon GmbH family. Availon has more than 170 employees worldwide, with business units in the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy. Currently Availon operates throughout North America and Europe, but is expanding into other regions as well
Availon is the first independent wind turbine service provider to be both ISO 9001 certified and fully certified by Germanischer Lloyd in staff training, troubleshooting and repair processes. By introducing new processes and developing innovative service strategies, the company has managed to consistently increase the availability of its maintained turbines.
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SSB is now Availon