Wurth Solar transitions CIS fab to innovation line under Manz

Manz AG will take over the Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, copper/indium/selenide (CIS) photovoltaics fab of Würth Solar. Under Manz, the line will be used for innovation and process development. Wurth Solar will concentrate on PV sales.

November 15, 2011 — Mechanical engineering company Manz AG will take over the Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, copper/indium/selenide (CIS) photovoltaics fab of Würth Solar. The existing solar module production line is to be rededicated as an “innovation line” for advancing CIS/CIGS production and process technologies under Manz’s direction.

Würth Solar will reduce the output in Schwäbisch Hall from the current 30MW to a maximum of 6MW immediately. The innovation line will require 118 on-site operators, a reduction in workstaff of 32 people. These staffers will be offered alternative jobs within Würth Group, said Jörg Murawski, member of the Executive Board.

Wurth Solar’s Bernd Sprecher calls the transition at Schwäbisch Hall a “good response to the developments in the global PV market.” The former CIS production site will now be used to develop production technologies. Würth Solar will sell the modules produced in the innovation line.

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Würth Solar will exclusively focus on sales of photovoltaic systems, complete plants and turnkey solar power stations. Manz and Wurth Solar have collaborated for more than a year on photovoltaics products. “We plan to generate a sales boost to more than 350 million Euros,” said Karl-Heinz Groß, managing director at Würth Solar. The annual revenue forecast for the current year 2011 is about 270 million Euros. “After the innovation line?s transfer to Manz AG, we and our then remaining about 250 employees at Würth Solar, SolarMarkt and Creotecc will strictly focus on sales – in Germany as well as in the US, France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Switzerland.”

Manz expects the concentration on an “innovation line” for CIGS technology and production workflows will speed implementation and development of process technologies and technology generations.

The transition will occur by early 2012, according to the companies.

Würth Solar is a company of the Würth Group, providing photovoltaic system solutions worldwide. Find more details at www.wuerth-solar.de.

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