PV equipment supplier centrotherm is to cut 50 jobs from its headquarters in Blaubeuren, Germany as part of a restructuring process.
The company also confirmed that further jobs would be cut from international locations.
It cited poor recent performance and uncertainty among cell manufacturers created by the Solarworld trade case in the US as a contributing factors to the decision.
“These measures also reflect the response of centrotherm photovoltaics AG's management and supervisory boards to the uncertainty of Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers of solar cells prevailing since July owing to more stringent US anti-dumping duties on solar products from these countries and resulting in a shift of their investments and capacity expansions,” the company said in a statement.
A complaint filed in the US by Solarworld Americas sought to close a loophole that allowed Chinese manufacturers to sidestep tariffs from a 2012 trade case, by using Taiwanese cells.
Fresh preliminary tariffs have been lodged on Taiwanese cells and modules using Taiwanese cells.
Centrotherm told PV Tech that postponed decisions on upgrades and capacity expansions by manufacturers as a result, had affected the company's performance.
There will be no compulsory redundancies at this time. The company employs around 800 staff globally.