Citing the fast pace of material developments for PV manufacturing, Heraeus' Photovoltaics Business Unit is expanding its silver paste R&D capabilities at its site in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
The company said that it would be hiring more R&D specialists, while expanding the lab infrastructure at Conshohocken. However, this would be undertaken in tandem with the relocation of R&D members of other Heraeus sites to Conshohocken.
Dr. Weiming Zhang, vice president of technology at Heraeus' Photovoltaics Business Unit said: “The PV industry is highly dynamic, so our rapid development and launching of new innovative paste products is a critical element for the success of our customers. By enlarging the team and performing core research activities in one site we will be able to continuously launch two to three new products every year.”
The collaboration with its Application and Technical Service Centers located in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Germany are unaffected by the consolidation of R&D activities and were said to benefit from the faster product cycle-times planned.