German thin-film module manufacturer Avancis is planning to convert part of its module production line in Torgau, Germany, into a research and development (R&D) centre.
Photon reports that the conversion will take place at the company’s 20MW manufacturing facility in Torgau where the company also operates a 100MW module production line.
As part of the conversion, its small production plant, known as Fab 1, will begin operating as a R&D centre on 1 June while some of the company’s research department from Munich will also transfer to the new centre. The R&D facility will focus on lowering production costs while generating high efficiencies.
As a result of the decision to reduce the facility’s production capacity, an undisclosed number of factory workers will not be offered extensions on their fixed term contracts.