centrotherm looks to expand its Blaubeuren manufacturing site to bolster production capacity



In direct response to its high order volumes, centrotherm photovoltaics is investing in an expansion of its Blaubeuren, Germany headquarters. The current 247,569-square-foot facility’s area will be increased to 333,681 square feet with a double-digit million euro price tag. Production at Blaubeuren includes the manufacturing of tube furnaces for phosphorous diffusion and batch-type systems for anti-reflective coating of solar cells.

“By expanding our production area we will be able to produce over 100 systems a month, thereby meeting the high level of customer demand for our key equipment – both promptly and in excellent quality”, said Dr. Dirk Stenkamp, COO and board member of centrotherm photovoltaics. “At the same time, this expansion in Blaubeuren is a clear commitment to Germany as a manufacturing location, as well as the region of Baden-Württemberg.”

centrotherm  has already increased its production capacity over the past few months with optimized structures and processes. In 2010, the company’s manufacturing output reached 60 systems per month, triple its original production. In addition to boosting its production capacity, the sites enlargement will create new training and job opportunities for centrotherm photovoltaics.

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