Growing Demand Prompts DEK Solar to Introduce Manufacturing Capabilities in China

(Nanowerk News) Following the success of its PV1200 and Eclipse photovoltaic metallization platforms, DEK Solar has confirmed that it has added manufacturing capabilities in China. An expansion of the company's successful SMT manufacturing facilities in the region, the move extends DEK Solar's global footprint to service the growing demand for its PV platforms in Asia.
Located in Shenzhen, the new DEK Solar manufacturing facility will initially focus on building the PV1200 platform. A full metallization solution for commercial solar cell production, the PV1200 is a highly flexible platform based around the class-leading PVP1200 screen printer with purpose-designed loader/unloader, buffering, inspection and wafer flipping solutions. With a production capacity of 1200 wafers per hour, the PV1200 also benefits from six-sigma process capability at a resolution of 12.5 microns for maximum repeatability at advanced levels of accuracy.
Commenting on the new Chinese manufacturing resources, DEK Chairman John Knowles, who currently heads up the Solar Team, explains: "The introduction of a DEK Solar manufacturing presence in China is extremely good news for our customers in Asia. Moving production closer to them, customers can now expect even shorter lead times, already a major competitive differentiator for our team. This model is based on the success we've enjoyed with our SMT business in the region, where keeping manufacturing close to our customers worldwide has been an important strategy. Our extensive global footprint has enabled us to pioneer major advances in lead times, in addition to an award-winning approach to customer service and support. I'm delighted to extend this footprint even wider for solar customers in Asia and look forward to seeing the positive results this increased resource will have on their production challenges!"
As a technology leader in the SMT, Semiconductor and Alternative Energy industries, DEK's global logistics and application support network offers leading-edge resources from process and service support, to 24/7 spare parts availability. Worldwide technical centers in China, Germany, the UK and USA put hundreds of product and process specialists within close reach of DEK customers wherever they are in the world. The new, dedicated DEK Solar manufacturing capacity in China will evolve in line with customer demand, with further expansion scheduled for 2011 and beyond.
About DEK Solar
DEK is a global provider of next-generation technologies and process support to solar cell manufacturers with solutions that include modular metallization platforms, precision screens and materials applications used in back side field coating, current-collector pattern and termination deposition for photovoltaic substrate production. For more information, visit DEK Solar at
Source: DEK Solar (press release)
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