After a successful installation of a single DEK PV1200 cell metallization line in Q308, Ningbo Solar has now purchased and installed a further seven lines to extend its solar cell capacity. The tools were purchased after an extensive evaluation period.
“Having looked at several options to support production expansion, our decision to purchase eight solar lines from DEK was based on a number of compelling factors,” noted Ningbo Solar President Zhou Jianhong. “Importantly, DEK was able to offer us a complete metallization solution backed by lead times of weeks, rather than months, a major productivity driver that obviously appealed to our team. Plus, offering six-sigma process capability at a resolution of ±12.5 micron, the lines were fully equipped to achieve the advanced repeatability and accuracy we needed – essential to uphold the quality production for which we are recognised worldwide.”
Earlier in May, China-based PV manufacturer Zhejiang Hongchen placed a follow-on order with DEK for a second PV1200 line.