Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies has signed an agreement with a key CIGS thin-film module customer, Avancis, which is part of China National Building Materials (CNBM) to develop the next generation of manufacturing equipment.
The production volume of solar PV panels based on thin-film deposition of semiconductor materials on large-area glass panels is set to hit a seven-year low in 2017, in spite of the end-market demand for solar panels increasing by a factor of three over the same time period.
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies said it had received the next contractually agreed pre-payment from the Chinese state-owned enterprise China National Building Materials (CNBM), owner of CIGS thin-film manufacturer, AVANCIS.
PV and electronics equipment manufacturing and automation specialist Manz AG has said that expected ‘CIGSfab’ purchase orders that would be the largest in the history of the company have been delayed and not expected to be signed in 2016.
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies has noted the delay in assembling and commissioning two previously shipped orders to customers that were expected to have been operational in 2016.
A major €110 million (US$123 million) tool order for Singulus Technologies CIGS thin-film production equipment with China National Building Materials (CNBM), owner of module manufacturer AVANCIS, could finally proceed, as the equipment supplier expects an unspecified ‘pre-payment’ was due in the next few day(s).
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies has said that it is close to closing a major contract after a customer signed an order late last year for a new advanced selenisation system, based on its ‘CISARIS’ platform for CIGS thin-film production.