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Expertise for mass production

Solarion AG appoints Dr. Ottmar Koeder as COO

(PresseBox) (Leipzig, ) With effect from 1 November 2011, Solarion AG based in Leipzig, has appointed Dr. Ottmar Koeder as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to the management board of the company. The main focus of Dr. Koeder's tasks is the successful transition into mass production. At Solarion he will be responsible for production, procurement and engineering. Solarion is currently undergoing the change from pure research and development to produce marketable products with the construction and commissioning of its first production site in Leipzig-Zwenkau. The company currently employs approximately 80 people. With full production capacity in 2012 this number will increase to 140 employees.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Koeder as our new COO," states Dr. Karsten Otte, CEO of Solarion. "His extensive management expertise and a proven track record in the semiconductor industry and in photovoltaic thin-film manufacturing make him an ideal addition to the Solarion team. The position of COO is very important to our further business development as we are striving for technological leadership in the manufacturing of CIGS thin-film solar cells and modules on flexible plastic substrate."

After receiving his doctorate in the field of electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Dr. Ottmar Koeder worked as a group leader in the D-RAM production of Siemens AG where he was responsible for yield improvement and for product and process analysis. After a series of several leadership positions he later worked for Infineon AG as Senior Director of Yield Management and Methodology. In 2006 Dr. Koeder joined PDF Solutions GmbH as their Accounts General Manager, Europe. Most recently he was Chief Operating Officer and later CEO at CSG Solar AG.

Solarion AG / Photovoltaik

Leipzig-based Solarion AG specialises in the development, production and marketing of highly-efficient and at the same time cost-effective thin-film solar modules using copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) technology.

Solarion's technology is based on the patented ion-beam deposition of the CIGS absorber in a roll-to-roll process. The advantages of this technology are its low deposition temperature, improved solar cell efficiency, higher process speed as well as lower energy and material costs. The utilization of a flexible carrier enables completely new applications in the area of solar energy production.

Solarion AG was founded in 2000 and has opened the first European industrial pilot-line for the manufacture of highly-flexible and ultra-lightweight CIGS thin-film solar cells on a polymer substrate in 2002.

The company is currently setting up a 20 MW production facility for solar cells and solar modules at its Leipzig site.