January 13, 2011 -- Following the success of its PV1200 and Eclipse photovoltaic metallization platforms, DEK Solar has added manufacturing capabilities in China. An expansion of the company’s successful SMT manufacturing facilities in the region, the move extends DEK Solar’s global footprint to service the growing demand for its PV platforms in Asia.
Located in Shenzhen, the new DEK Solar manufacturing facility will initially focus on building the PV1200 platform. A full metallization solution for commercial solar cell production, the PV1200 is a highly flexible platform based around the class-leading PVP1200 screen printer with purpose-designed loader/unloader, buffering, inspection and wafer flipping solutions. With a production capacity of 1200 wafers per hour, the PV1200 also benefits from six-sigma process capability at a resolution of ±12.5µm for maximum repeatability at advanced levels of accuracy.
Commenting on the new Chinese manufacturing resources, DEK chairman John Knowles, who currently heads up the Solar Team, explains that moving production closer to Asia-based customers will enable shorter lead times. “This model is based on the success we’ve enjoyed with our SMT business in the region, where keeping manufacturing close to our customers worldwide has been an important strategy.”
DEK is a global provider of next-generation technologies and process support to solar cell manufacturers with solutions that include modular metallization platforms, precision screens and materials applications used in back side field coating, current-collector pattern and termination deposition for photovoltaic substrate production. For more information, visit DEK Solar at www.deksolar.com.