GT Solar, a leading photovoltaic (PV) OEM equipment manufacturer, has delivered the first of its kind, fully-automated solar cell manufacturing equipment to ASE Americas, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of high-performing solar electric products.NASHUA, New Hampshire – May 30, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] ASE will use the newly designed GT-TSX100 Tabber/Stringer to interconnect solar cells with flat, copper wire, which are then assembled into solar PV modules. The GT Solar Tabber/Stringer, which can process both edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG) cells and saw-cut cells, has a high throughput and higher than 99.5 percent yield for EFG cells. “GT Solar built our EFG furnaces and laser cutters, helping to make us one of the most successful PV companies in the world,” said Tom Zarrella, COO of ASE. “We have a lot of confidence in GT Solar’s capabilities to generate leading-edge products. This new Tabber/Stringer will help us gain further ground and solidify our position as a market leader.” “We are a company with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and succeed by becoming a helpful partner to our customers,” said Kedar Gupta, CEO of GT Equipment Technologies, parent company of GT Solar. “With ASE, it is once again an honor to be selected as their technology and manufacturing partner for this revolutionary GT Tabber/Stringer concept.” The GT-TSX100 Tabber/Stringer, jointly developed by ASE Americas and GT, utilizes a unique cellnest transport system, rather than conventional conveyer transportation, to reduce cell breakage and increase yield. GT Equipment Technologies, parent company of GT Solar, has retained the rights to market this product worldwide.