Recom plots European manufacturing expansion after Sillia site acquisition

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European PV firm Recom will expand the facilities of recently acquired fellow manufacturer Sillia.

Sillia’s 50MW production site in north west France will be expanded to 150MW, according to Recom. The expansion will in part enable the company to fulfil any outstanding requirements for Sillia’s 197MW project development portfolio.

Sillia went into administration in March this year and was acquired by Recom in June. Recom has guaranteed the existing commitments made to the Brittany factory’s 44 employees for the next two years. Recom will not operate Sillia’s 150MW facility in eastern France that was previously acquired from Bosch. Employees there are eligible for payments from Bosch of between €23,000-€150,000, according to court documents concerning the sale.

A Recom spokesperson told PV Tech: “Currently, the factory has a production capacity of 50MW/year with three independent production lines, for both poly and monocrystalline solar modules. The lines have benefited from continuous investment in modern equipment. Our commitment is to upgrade it to 150MW by end the end of the year.”

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