Japan’s Kaneka Corporation has been reported by the Nikkei business daily to be investing approximately US$1.1 billion in expanding its a-Si thin film production through 2015 to reach capacity of approximately 1GW. As part of the production ramp, a new plant could be built in Belgium by 2011 at a cost of approximately US$224 million, though an exact location had not been finalized according to the report.
Kaneka Solartech, the thin film division of Kaneka Corporation had a thin film capacity of 23MW in 2005 and claimed expansions in 2007, reached capacity of 55MW. Plans were also announced for capacity to reach 70MW in 2008, at its Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture, plant in Japan. At its c-Si module facility in the Czech Republic, Kaneka had plans to expand production from 20MW to 30MW in 2008.