Wright Williams & Kelly has entered into a strategic agreement with Spire to provide the solar manufacturing company’s clients with what the partners call an “unprecedented view” of production costs and return on investment through the use of the cost modeling firm’s Factory Commander analysis toolset.
“We offer our customers cost-effective solar technology at both the cell and module level,” said Spire chairman/CEO Roger Little. “By adding Factory Commander, we now have a world-class tool for performing sophisticated business analyses with our customers. Factory Commander allows Spire to address real-world business complexities more accurately and quickly than ever before.”
“Rapid changes in the solar business, coupled with increased investments, have made the environment too complex for companies to adequately analyze their business opportunities and risks using homegrown spreadsheets,” noted David Jimenez, WWK’s president. “Spire’s move to integrate Factory Commander into their business practices will provide their customers with the most realistic view of projected operating costs and profitability, providing Spire and their clients a distinct competitive advantage.”
Although more widely known for its deep client base in the semiconductor and related microelectronics/thin films industries, WWK has become more active in the solar PV sector. Earlier this year, the company announced a partnership with Despatch Industries, which uses WWK’s software system to perform reliability calculations and create cost of ownership models for the equipment firm’s furnace and inline diffusion systems.
— Tom Cheyney