Sunfilm's 2nd PV Module production facility reaches its top

(PresseBox) (Großröhrsdorf, ) Sunfilm AG celebrated today, almost exactly one year after Sunfilm's first building, the "Topping-Out Ceremony" (Richtfest) for its 2nd photovoltaic module production facility.

Construction of the new 20.000 m2 plant will be finalized in early 2009 for production equipment to be moved-in early in 2009, as scheduled. This second line, which is situated next to Sunfilm's first production facility in Grossroehrsdorf, will also receive equipment from Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara. It will be able to produce thin film silicon modules based on the Tandem Junction technology with a nominal annual capacity of more than 60 MWp.

Beginning of pre-production is scheduled for mid 2009 whereas commercial production will start later that year. The two plants together will bring Sunfilm's annual capacity to over 120 MWp and set a benchmark for high efficiency thin film silicon modules in an ultra-large format of up to 5.7m².

Wolfgang Heinze, Sunfilm's Chairman of the Executive Board stated: "We are pleased to announce this important milestone and it is the right event to thank all contributors who made this happen. Among others we would like to thank the Saxonian and local authorities for their tremendous support. We also want to thank our design firms, general contractors and sub-contractors for maintaining the project schedule while providing high quality work. We continue to execute our vision and strategy at full speed even under these changing global market conditions. We are glad to be able to offer additional new jobs during these difficult economic times", Mr. Heinze added.

For the ceremony Sunfilm welcomed several officials, among those the former Saxonian Prime Minister Prof. Dr. Milbradt and other guests who were directly involved in the design and construction work, such as representatives of the general contractors: ib vogt GmbH, IPRO Dresden, Eurovia VBU GmbH, Goldbeck Ost GmbH and Wisag Service Holding GmbH & Co. KG, as well as Sunfilm's employees, neighbours and local residents.

The second production line will create up to 200 new workplaces for a wide variety of skill levels including ten additional apprenticeship positions.

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Sunfilm AG is a newly established company located in Grossroehrsdorf, Saxony, Germany. The company will produce ultra large format PV modules based on high efficiency thin film silicon technology. www.sunfilm.com

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