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AUO Crystal breaks ground on solar wafer fab in Taiwan, plans hub

February 13, 2011 -- AU Optronics Corp. (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) subsidiary AUO Crystal Corp. (ACC) will establish a solar wafer plant in Taiwan's Chungkang Export Processing Zone, under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), to strengthen its strategic position for solar materials in the upstream and enhance technological developments. The groundbreaking ceremony of the first-phase construction was held recently.

The equipments are expected to be moved in this August, with mass production planned in the fourth quarter. In the future, ACC will play a critical role in providing stable supplies of upstream solar materials to secure its proprietary R&D and smelting technologies of polysilicon, and offer high-quality and high-efficiency materials to solar cell makers.

The first phase construction of the ACC facility in Chungkang Export Processing Zone is around three hectares, and the total area after expansion will be 8.5 hectares. The equipment move-in is scheduled to take place this August with mass production planned in the fourth quarter. The initial capacity of multicrystalline ingots and wafers is estimated to reach 300MW and will be increased gradually based on market demands. ACC will integrate R&D resources and technologies in the upstream of the solar industry to provide stable solar materials. It will also devise mid- to long-term marketing strategies to meet the demands of the global solar market. Through the vertical integration of the solar supply chain, ACC will be able to provide customers with a full line of products and better services and support.

Photo: ACC's groundbreaking ceremony was celebrated by AUO Chairman K.Y. Lee (Second to the Right), ACC Chairman Max Cheng (Third to the Right), Director Mau-Shin Hsiu (Right) of MOEA's Chungkang Export Processing Zone Administration. 

AUO Chairman K.Y. Lee and ACC Chairman Max Cheng attended ACC's groundbreaking ceremony with Director Mau-Shin Hsiu of MOEA's Chungkang Export Processing Zone Administration. ACC is equipped with M.Setek's high-quality polysilicon manufacturing technology, which can provide the total solution including polysilicon, ingot, and wafer to customers. Incorporating M.Setek's high-quality technology and solar talents from the upstream in Taiwan, ACC secures the high-end technology of producing monocrystalline ingots and wafers and develops high-quality multicrystalline ingots and wafers with its own technologies. ACC will provide customers with even more diverse products and better services in the coming future, said Chairman Lee.

Lee also pointed out, while establishing its global presence, AUO also commits itself to long-term investment in Taiwan. In addition to its plan of building Taichung to become AUO's solar business operation center, with continuous investments in new facilities, the Company focuses even more on the cultivation of local talents and local industry development. ACC's presence in the Chungkang Export Processing Zone is estimated to create 1,000 job opportunities in the next three years.

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