Jean-Marc Gilson has been appointed as Avantor Performance Materials’ new chief executive officer. Gilson will work alongside the company’s executive chairman, Raj Gupta, and core leadership team, and be responsible for managing the company’s strategic development and future global direction.
H.B. Fuller is to build an innovation centre of excellence for the solar panel and window industries at its world headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. The centre will centralise application and product development with the aim of providing manufacturing solutions to the company’s customers more quickly and efficiently.
Several new bulk gas contracts have recently be signed by Praxair Electronics with three China-based PV manufacturers. Key contracts, primarily for silane were signed with Trina Solar, ShanXi LuAn Solar Energy and Realforce Solar, a subsidiary of Realforce Group.
Despite a short and chequered history, Hoku Materials polysilicon plant in Pocatello, Idaho could be in line for further funding, according to a strategic cooperation agreement signed between Baoding Tianwei Group and U.S. bank, Wells Fargo.
South Korea-based OCI Company is set to enter into the LED market, after it announced the purchase of US$33.3 million worth of sapphire crystallization furnaces from GT Solar. The order will be included in GT Solar's backlog for its current Q4 FY11, which ends on April 2, 2011.
Just three years after starting production of its high-purity ceramic crucibles, Ceradyne has opened its second factory in Tianjin, China. The 218,000-square-foot site cost an estimated US$34 million and will help meet increased wafer demand from China and Asia-based PV manufacturers.
GCL-Poly Energy has signed a long-term supplementary contract with CSI Cells, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, for the supply of wafer and polysilicon products. GCL-Poly will provide Canadian Solar with a total of 5.2GW of wafer and polysilicon products over the next five years.
ReneSola said it has developed a multi-crystalline wafer process that achieves an average cell conversion efficiency rate of 17.5%, more than 1% above standard cell conversion efficiency rates and comparable in performance to mono-crystalline wafers but at lower cost. ReneSola intends to start pilot production of the ‘Virtus Wafer’ in the first half of 2011.