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Oerlikon Solar Receives Order for 40 MW Turnkey Production Line From China
Oerlikon Solar Announces Next Key Customer Win in China
Oerlikon Solar's customer contract with Gongchuang, which was signed in August at a Sino- Swiss conference in Beijing as part of a commemoration of 60 years of commercial ties between China and Switzerland, has now gone into effect. In attendance at the signing in August were Swiss Confederation President Doris Leuthard and Chen Deming, minister of commerce of the People's Republic of China. "We are very proud to bring Swiss engineering excellence from Oerlikon Solar to Hunan Province," said Xie Hui, president of Gongchuang.
Gongchuang ordered the turnkey line "FAB 1200", which won an award by the prestigious VLSI Research Inc. in 2009. With upgrade packages for better performance, higher output and improved efficiencies customers such as Gongchuang can also benefit from the brand new "ThinFab" production line, which Oerlikon Solar just recently launched at the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Valencia.
"The combination of our ThinFab launch last month and our latest order from Gongchuang is very encouraging for the future development of our company," said Dr. Juerg Henz, CEO of Oerlikon Solar. "It is a clear sign that Oerlikon Solar's thin film silicon technology is seen as a highly competitive, clean and sustainable solution for the PV industry."
Oerlikon (SIX: OERL) is a leading high-tech industrial group specializing in machine and plant engineering. The Company is a provider of innovative industrial solutions and cutting-edge technologies for textile manufacturing, thinfilm coating, drive, vacuum, solar energy systems and advanced nanotechnology. A Swiss company with a tradition going back 150 years, Oerlikon is a global player with around 16,000 employees at over 150 locations in 36 countries and sales of CHF 2.9 billion in 2009. The Company invests more than CHF 200 million annually in R&D, with over 1,200 specialists working on future products and services. The operative businesses rank either first or second in their respective global markets.
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