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August 6, 2007
SunPower’s Global Quality and Customer Satisfaction division hasreceived a new Vice President in the form of Surinder Bedi, announcedcompany CEO Tom Werner (pictured).  This role will see him implementand drive the company’s improvement and quality programs and overseeingcustomer services.
August 3, 2007
Surfect Technologies has announced its move to start selling itssingle-cell electroplating tool and processes to the solar cellmanufacturing industry, following other semiconductor equipmentsuppliers into this rapidly expanding market.
August 2, 2007
WACKER CHEMIE AG and SCHOTT Solar have announced plans to jointlyinvest €370 million through 2012 in expanding multicrystalline siliconwafer production at facilities in Jena and Alzenau, Germany for solarcell production that is planned to generate one gigawatt/year by 2012. The joint venture would become one of the world´s five largestsolar-wafer manufacturers, according to the companies
August 2, 2007
Former operations consultant at Teradyne Rodolfo Archbold (pictured) has stepped in to fill the newly created post of Vice President of Operations for Evergreen Solar, Inc.  The new role will see Mr. Archbold supervising the company’s factory operations and carrying out the company’s manufacturing expansion strategy.
July 31, 2007
NorSun AS of Norway has placed a $40 million dollar order with Kayex, asubsidiary of SPX Corporation for new crystal growing machines to beinstalled at NorSun's new mono crystalline ingots and solar waferfacility in Ardal, Norway. Once fully operational this facility will beamong the largest of its kind in the world, according to SPX. Shipmentof equipment is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2007.
July 30, 2007
A recently acquired new solar industry customer based in Asia hasplaced a follow-on order with Amtech Systems valued at $4.9 million forits diffusion processing systems for solar cell manufacturing. Amtechexpects the $4.9 million order to ship in fiscal 2008.
July 26, 2007
Taiwan's CMC Magnetics Corp has contracted with Oerlikon Solar toprovide a turnkey 40-MWp thin-film solar cell production plant. Thedeal includes end-to- production process from glass purification totesting of the finished solar modules with an entire metrology systemintegrated into the lines. The first components will be shipped to CMCthis year and production is planned for mid-2008.
July 12, 2007
WIN Semiconductors has placed an order with AIXTRON for its AIX 2600G3IC epitaxy reactor that will be used for the development andmanufacture of triple junction solar cells on germanium wafers forterrestrial Solar Cell applications. It will be installed in WINSemiconductors’ facility in Kuei Shan Hsiang, Taiwan.
June 26, 2007
Green Energy Technology has awarded Applied Materials with a contract to supply a complete production line for thin film solar modules using ultra-large 5.7m2 glass panels. Applied will deliver the fully integrated line of equipment for the new facility being built in TaoYuan, Taiwan in the first half of 2008 with production expected later that year. The facility will have a nominal rated capacity of 40 megawatts per year.
June 26, 2007
Continuing its strategic focus on the solar cell manufacturing market, Applied Materials has made another major acquisition in the solar equipment sector with the purchase of Switzerland-based HCT Shaping Systems SA, the largest specialist in wafer sawing tools for both solar and semiconductor wafer markets.

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