Sanyo has officially opened its 150MW module manufacturing facility in Dorog, Hungary. This is the third production line Sanyo has built in Hungary and it will concentrate on increasing the output of the company’s HIT series modules.
Production at the 14,000 square-metre site started in January and its completion has nearly doubled the annual capacity of Sanyo’s Hungarian production arm – from 165MW to 315MW – and increased global output to 680MW. Investment in the plant totalled €16.5 million, with around €3.3 million coming in the form of government subsidies.
“We are aiming to provide a stable and just-in-time product supply to the European solar market,” Sanyo division head Tetsuhiro Maeda said of the expansion. “Dorog will concentrate on our new HIT N Series 240W crystalline-based module and the new line will be fitted with latest production equipment.
The Dorog plant was first opened in 1999 and started manufacturing solar cells in 2005; it currently employs 1,170 people, with 300 of these jobs created by the recent expansion.