Jonas & Redmann celebrates its 30-year anniversary
When the Berlin Wall fell in the historic year of 1989, two engineers, Stefan Jonas and Lutz Redmann, decided to create their first company in Neukölln – Jonas & Redmann Automationstechnik GmbH.
Jonas & Redmann has been developing and producing machines and systems for research and development-intensive sectors such as medical technology, photovoltaics (since 1999) and energy storage (since 2009). The company also operates in the cross-sector field of assembly automation. Thanks to a pioneering spirit in technology, this mechanical engineering firm was able to drive innovation in high-tech areas through numerous collaborations and open up new markets.
In 1989 the fledgling company received its first orders from the medical technology and textile industry. Jonas & Redmann applied for its first patent in 1991. Ten years after its founding, in 1999, the company entered the crystalline photovoltaic business and established its photovoltaics division. In 2001, for example, Jonas & Redmann automated complicated handling steps in the production of solar cells for the first time, setting standards worldwide. In 2002 the company created the first automated assembly lines, which enabled integration of the entire value chain in the crystalline silicon solar cell sector, and in 2005 it interlinked an entire solar cell factory, which is considered a milestone in intelligent material logistics. In 2008 JRT Photovoltaics was founded as part of the Jonas & Redmann Group, and the JRT metallization line was introduced to the market. In 2009 Jonas & Redmann created subsidiaries in Taiwan and the United States before entering the energy storage sector in 2010 and founding the Jonas & Redmann China Co. Ltd in 2011. In 2015 Jonas & Redmann built a fully-automated manufacturing line for the mass production of lithium-ion batteries – an important step in the electromobility industry of the future. The company also got involved in the automotive sector and has built several fully-automated manufacturing lines for leading automotive suppliers since 2016. In 2019, the company developed an assembly line for the production of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).
In the future Jonas & Redmann would like to harness further potential in technological development and views Berlin and Germany as an excellent environment for this. Jonas & Redmann remains fully committed to Berlin and is currently building its new headquarters in the Adlershof Technology Park in the German capital. The new building marks a milestone in our company’s history. When we move into the building in 2020, we will be much better equipped to meet the production engineering challenges of tomorrow, especially in large-scale projects, and the demands of modern production. The relocation plan was based on close cooperation between the development and manufacturing divisions.