ASE Americas, manufacturer and marketer of high-performing solar electric wafers, cells and modules, plans to build a state-of-the-art, fully-automated solar electric cell manufacturing line at its facility in Billerica, Massachusetts.BILLERICA, Massachusetts – May 21, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] This project is the third phase of a planned four-phase strategic expansion for the company. The first two phases, which increased solar wafer manufacturing to 20 MW per year using the proprietary edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG) system, were completed in March. EFG is considered the most efficient commercial solar wafer production technology in the world. “This new cell line, using World Class manufacturing methods, will continue to set ASE Americas apart from our competition,” said Tom Zarrella, Chief Operating Officer for ASE Americas. “The new line will be totally automated, with no batch processes. Our new technology is good business and good for the overall Solar Electric industry.” The first equipment for the automated solar cell line, which will use 10 MW of the wafers grown at ASE Americas, will arrive in December. The expansion, which will utilize equipment from both Germany and the United States, will create 30 new jobs at the facility.