The Heraeus Photovoltaic Business Unit has started building work on a new factory in Singapore to manufacture silver metallization paste for crystalline solar cells. The site, which will also house some the company’s R&D, sales and technical service divisions, is scheduled to begin production in the second half of 2011.
“This new factory will add significant capacity to our growing global PV paste business, and supplements our existing technical support capabilities in order to meet the needs of our customers in this fast-moving industry,” said Andy London, vice president of Heraeus Materials.
“Management of this facility will be the responsibility of Pete Horan, currently Operations Manager of the West Conshohocken factory. Pete will move to Singapore midyear as construction is completed. We already began hiring individuals who have commenced training in the United States,” London added.
The Singapore facility will further expand Heraeus global reach – it already has plants in the U.S. Germany and China – and add to its burgeoning workforce.
Heraeus is showcasing its entire range of photovoltaic products at the upcoming SNEC conference in Shanghai, China. The event runs from February 22-24 and Heraeus can be found at booth 325, hall W3.