Rohwedder, Inc. has entered in to a new exclusive contract with First Solar LLC to build a semiconductor layer coating and heat strengthening system for the manufacture of thin-film photovoltaic solar modules.Oviedo, Florida – September 26, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “We are pleased to be working with the entire First Solar team on this important project. Our collaboration with First Solar continues our aggressive development of leading-edge technology products and will no doubt result in a first-class system to serve the long-term needs of the solar industry,” said Birgit (Bee) R. Westphal, Chief Executive Officer, Rohwedder, Inc. “This contract furthers our corporate commitment to the Renewable Energy industry and the continuing relationship between our organizations will serve to reinforce our strategic direction in this sector,” said Joachim Rohwedder, Chairman of the Board – Rohwedder AG. “This deposition equipment is the heart of our next generation manufacturing line, which will position First Solar as the preeminent player in the high quality, low cost thin-film solar market. We are excited about teaming with Rohwedder to produce this very unique and robust piece of manufacturing equipment”, states Chip Hambro, Vice President of Engineering for First Solar. Rohwedder’s role will be to build and install the critical semiconductor coating system and to work with First Solar on future process and equipment development in order to improve product pricing and product performance attributes. First Solar is a supplier of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules using several patented production processes at its Perrsyburg, Ohio facility. First Solar has developed technology capable of manufacturing efficient, high quality solar modules at throughput rates and costs previously unequaled in the PV industry, according to the company.