Abandoned last year due to falling demand, Bosch has reopened its factory near Lyon, in Vénissieux, making it the largest crystalline silicon module plant in France. Completed in only eight months, it has a peak capacity of 150MW. It should reach full capacity by July producing 2000 units daily, culminating in 600,000 units per year. The plant will produce five different types of mono- and multi-crystalline PV modules daily.
Bosch has managed to retain the 200 employees of the previous diesel site. “The successful redevelopment in Vénissieux is the result of an exemplary and unique social dialogue,” said Guy Maugis, president of Robert Bosch France. “The joint efforts of the factory management, the corporate management of Bosch France, employees, Bosch managers in Germany and all staff representatives in collaboration with the Agence de Développment Économique de la Région Lyonnais and the local authorities helped the site maintain all jobs.”