German manufacturer M10 Industries is to supply two of its ‘Kubus’ stringer tools to Indian module manufacturer Emmvee Photovoltaic Power.
The sale is M10’s first to India and will support the country’s ‘Make in India’ policy, under which it is looking to support sectors such its fast-growing solar market with domestically manufactured equipment.
In a statement M10 said the Kubus had been developed to reduce production costs through more efficient production processes. The Kubus is claimed to be able to solder three times as many cells, thereby replacing several stringers at once on a minimum surface area. The machine has the ability to process three, four and five-busbar cells.
The two Kubus MTS 5000 machines supplied to Emmvee will boost its module manufacturing capacity by 300MW, according to M10.
The sale to India comes only shortly after M10 began pilot module production using its prototype stringer.
“The order from India has now been placed merely 12 months after the first prototype kicked off with production in our subsidiary SI Module in Germany,” said M10 CEO Gregor Reddemann.
The fortunes of PV tool suppliers appears to be improving after several difficult years. Industry body SEMI's latest book-to-bill analysis, which tracks competed orders in the PV tool segment, showed the book-to-bill ratio to be above parity, meaning an improvement in sales. Asia was the strongest market, according to SEMI.
Further information on the Kubus stringer can be found in the latest issue of Photovoltaics International. Click here to access the journal online.