Hanwha Q CELLS has provided greater transparency over previously announced plans to add an additional solar cell production line to meet growing demand.
The company said in a statement today that it started building a new solar cell plant at its Cyberjaya, Malaysia manufacturing complex in December 2013 that would house a 204MW solar cell production line. The company had not previously disclosed the additional line's capacity.
Hanwha Q CELLS noted that the new line, which would focus on producing high-efficiency solar cells for its Q.PRO G3 multicrystalline PV modules, would be in production by early autumn 2014, creating 70 new jobs.
With the addition of the 204MW solar cell production line, Hanwha Q CELLS said the nameplate capacity of its Malaysian facilities would surpass 1GW with 1.1GW of integrated production capacity and a total production capacity of 1.3GW.
Charles Kim, CEO of Hanwha Q CELLS, said: “More and more customers in the international PV markets demand the unique combination that we have to offer: best quality products ‘Engineered in Germany’, complete solutions and services for PV systems and power plants and all that based on the reliable partnership with a financially stable company. With regards to this heightened demand we increase our capacity in order to fulfil our customers’ requirements.”
The company also reiterated that it was expanding its business in the residential and commercial and industrial rooftop segments in Europe and in Japan, while addressing market share gains in the PV power plant sector in Europe, Asia and North America.
“We are very confident to reach positive full-year figures in 2014,” added Kim.