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First Solar Vietnam welcomes Series 6 manufacturing equipment

Released at: 10:28, 31/01/2018

First Solar Vietnam welcomes Series 6 manufacturing equipment

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Leading US photovoltaic provider to double investment in two production facilities in HCMC.

by Hong Nhung

First Solar Vietnam held a welcoming ceremony on January 30 as it took delivery of the initial equipment for manufacturing its latest, high-technology Series 6 photovoltaic (PV) modules in Ho Chi Minh City’s Dong Nam Industrial Park.

Setting a new industry benchmark for reliability, design, and environmental performance, the highly-anticipated Series 6 product will debut with an anticipated 445-watt generation capacity and 18 per cent conversion efficiency, making First Solar the leading PV technology manufacturer globally.

The delivery was of a primary component for a Vapor Transport Deposition (VTD) coater, the machine that applies semiconductor material to glass. The component arrived in one of the largest of ten crates that contained sections of the coater. Once fully assembled, the equipment’s dimensions will be 60.4m (length) x 10.2m (width) x 5.1m (height) and will weigh almost 29 tons.

First Solar Vietnam’s Managing Director, Mr. Chan See Chong, emphasized the Dong Nam facility’s role in the company’s future plans. “As First Solar launches its new Series 6 module, we are proud to have the two newest manufacturing facilities here in Vietnam,” he said. “This demonstrates our company’s confidence that Vietnam will be instrumental in meeting our goals, thanks in part to the local workforce and by working with local authorities. The arrival of this key piece of equipment here in Dong Nam marks the beginning of a new era for First Solar’s manufacturing.”

The recent injection of an additional $360 million investment into the construction of the second 1.2 GW high-tech factory brought First Solar’s total investment capital in Vietnam to $830 million. With preliminary module production expected to start in the fourth quarter of this year, the two factories will produce 2.4 GW of First Solar’s Series 6 modules annually when fully operational.

Mr. Mike Koralewski, Senior Vice President of Global Module Manufacturing, expressed the company’s commitment to manufacturing in Vietnam. “First Solar has pulled forward our manufacturing plans for the initial factory and recently committed to a second factory here in Dong Nam,” he said. “We have strong customer demand for our new Series 6 product and our investment in Vietnam is a critical component of our future success. We have full confidence in our local team’s ability to bring these factories to life and make an immediate contribution as we strive to lead the world’s sustainable energy future.”

In support of the manufacturing expansion, First Solar Vietnam successfully held the first Careers Day in Binh Duong province earlier this month. A second event is planned for March as the company increases the total number of its associates to 950 in the country.

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