Deutsche Cell, the German subsidiary of SolarWorld, has logged 10 years of cell production in Freiberg and Saxony. Founded in 2001, the company’s multicrystalline solar cell production capacity has increased tenfold since the company’s inception, currently standing at 260MW per annum.
“The basis for this success is provided by highly qualified staff, economies of scale and a maximum of innovation. That is at the same time the recipe by which to stand up to worldwide competition at the production location of Germany,” commented Frank Asbeck, SolarWorld AG’s CEO.
Deutsche Cell’s 10-year celebration will be closely followed by companies such as Suntech with its own celebrations. However, it remains to be seen how many of these cell manufacturers will survive another 10-year milestone, given the economic uncertainty, oversupply situation and trade disputes currently dominating the PV news airwaves.