LDK Solar has placed a $220 million order with Applied Materials for its precision wafering systems as the company aggressively ramps c-Si wafer production as part of its plan to reach 3.2GW capacity in 2010. The systems are scheduled to begin shipping to LDK Solar’s facility in Xinyu, China, in early 2009. According to Applied Materials, this is the largest single wafering order ever placed.
“We believe that Applied’s state-of-the-art wafering systems, including its HCT wire saws and squarers, are the best choice to help us scale up capacity to meet the expanding global demand for wafers,” stated Mr. Xiaofeng Peng, Chairman and CEO of LDK Solar. “We have used HCT wire saws since the beginning of our manufacturing operations in 2006, and they have continued to demonstrate the performance necessary to deliver high-quality, cost-effective wafers to our customers.”