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Bosch preps 150MW photovoltaics module manufacturing facility in France

Bosch is expanding its photovoltaics production internationally, locating a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for crystalline solar modules in Vénissieux, France. The plant will co-locate with other Bosch operations.

May 6, 2011 — Bosch is expanding its photovoltaics production internationally, locating a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for crystalline solar modules in Vénissieux, France.

The production lines will reach an annual capacity of 150MW peak.

Bosch is investing a low eight-figure amount in this facility, which will be build at an existing Bosch location. The start of production is planned for January 2012, with at least 200 jobs.

In recent months, the company has been examining the options for its automotive diesel-pump plant in Vénissieux, since demand for the common-rail injection pumps manufactured there has fallen significantly. As a result of these deliberations, this production will be discontinued by the end of 2011, while the production of in-line pump elements will remain. An adjacent plant, which makes hydraulics components for mobile machinery, especially construction machinery, will remain. With photovoltaics production now being added, the two plants are to be merged to form one organizational unit, with one plant manager. Altogether, the Bosch Group currently employs some 1,200 associates in Vénissieux. Bringing the PV plant into this location will secure existing jobs and the future viability of the location, said Guy Maugis, the president of Robert Bosch France.

Bosch has a goal of internationalizing its photovoltaics business, which it is advancing by setting up local manufacturing sites in its various markets. “This French site brings us closer to our French and southern European customers,” said Holger von Hebel, the chairman of the board of management of Bosch Solar Energy AG.

The Bosch Group provides technology and services for automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology applications. The Bosch Group’s Solar Energy division, headquartered in Erfurt, Germany, is a leading supplier of photovoltaic products. Solar Energy offers high-quality solar cells and modules for photovoltaic power generation. The division also supervises the construction of solar power plants, from initial planning to construction work and turnkey handover. For more information please visit www.bosch-solarenergy.com

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