A month ahead of schedule, GCL-Poly has reached its aggressive wafer capacity expansion target of 3.5GW, making it potentially the largest solar wafer producer in the world. Actual annual production capacity reached 2GW in October 2010 with an annual production volume then, of approximately 1.3GW. The production ramp reflects the recent order GCL-Poly secured with JA Solar to supply 10GW of polycrystalline wafers and polysilicon products over a five year period.
“On 30 July 2010, the phase I of its 650MW silicon wafer slicing project in Xuzhou reached production capacity. Silicon wafer projects in Changzhou and Suzhou as well as the expansion project of Konca Solar which was controlled by GCL-Poly commenced operation and ramping up to full production capacity successively,” noted Shu Hua, the Executive Director and Executive President of GCL-Poly. “On 30 November 2010, with the announcement of attaining production capacity of the phase I 600MW silicon wafer project in Suzhou, it was then marked the full production capacity of 3.5GW silicon wafers a month ahead of schedule.”
GCL-Poly currently has four wafer production facilities, with the main plant operated by its subsidiary Konka Solar with a capacity of 1,020 MW, followed by a plant in Xuzhou with a capacity of 650MW and two facilities in Suzhou and Changzhou both with a capacity of 300MW.
The company employs a co-location manufacturing strategy with key customers such as JA Solar, Canadian Solar, Trina Solar and Suntech.