Air Liquide has further strengthened its position in the global PV market with its announcement of over 10 new long-term contracts with Asian customers. The contracts are for the supply of gases and precursors to several cell and module manufacturers in China, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan, and elevate Air Liquide to the status of supplier of customers that between them have a manufacturing capacity greater than 13GW per annum, or close to 50% of the worldwide production capacity.
The company’s recent deals include a long-term agreement for the turnkey supply of gases, precursors, equipment, installation and on-site services to Guodian Solar in Yixing, Jiangsu Province, China. In Shanghai, Air Liquide has built on its existing agreement with Suntech for the long-term supply of nitrogen, equipment and on-site services to its new production fab.
An unnamed thin-film cell manufacturer in Kansai, Japan – most likely Sanyo, but this was not confirmed – has also signed with Air Liquide for the supply of silane gas. This particular customer is said to have ramp plans to double its current capacity.
Francisco Martins, VP of world business line electronics for the company, said, “Air Liquide continues to reinforce its number one position as supplier of photovoltaic industry leaders, through innovative, cost-efficient and reliable gases supply solutions. These recent contracts in Asia confirm the competitiveness of Air Liquide’s offer and its permanent alignment with customer’s cost reduction road maps.”