Order Focus: Amtech secures US$10 million in diffusion, PECVD and ion implant orders

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PV manufacturing equipment specialist Amtech Systems has received orders from China and Japan worth US$10 million. 

The systems orders cover diffusion, PECVD, and ion implant systems, which are expected to be shipped within the next three to nine months. 

Amtech noted that one of the orders included multiple Tempress PECVD systems for a leading solar cell and module manufacturer in Japan. 

Fokko Pentinga, Chief Executive Officer of Amtech said: “We are very pleased to announce these orders early in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. This progress adds to the healthy bookings we had in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 and further demonstrates our successful participation in selective capacity expansion opportunities in the current solar market. We are particularly pleased this order book includes multiple Tempress PECVD systems for a leading Japanese cell and module manufacturer which is known for its high standards of quality and it also increases our foothold in the important Japanese solar market. Our PECVD system is an important strategic product we developed during the solar down cycle to aggressively support the solar growth opportunity during the next recovery cycle and provides us the opportunity to double the size of our served available market.”  

However, PV Tech had previously exclusively reported that Yingli Green was planning to use ion implant technology for its N-type monocrystalline solar cells, known as ‘Panda,’ which is technology developed by Dutch research house, ECN. 

Amtech has been an industrial partner with ECN for many years and developed the ‘IonSolar’ ion implant tool via its subsidiary, Kingstone Semiconductor. 

Recently, PV Tech exclusively reported that Applied Materials had seen an uptake in ion implant tools from customers in Taiwan and Korea, specifically for N-Type mono bifacial solar cells and expected over 500MW of new capacity to come on stream using ion implant technology for high-end solar cells. 

High-technology manufacturing equipment specialist, Intevac also recently noted that it was planning on starting joint development programs with potential PV customers in respect to its ‘ENERGi’ ion implantation production system, after its first customer in Asia qualified the tool for production in mid-2013.

Amtech has received orders valued at US$31 million for PV equipment in the last four months, confirming both a technology and capacity buy cycle is underway from leading tier 1 PV manufacturers.  

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