SCHOTT to dis­con­tinue wafer man­u­fac­tur­ing at Ger­man fa­cil­ity

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SCHOTT So­lar AG, an in­ter­na­tional sup­plier of high­per­for­mance so­lar mod­ules and key com­po­nents of of pho­to­voltaic (PV) sys­tems is plan­ning to dis­con­tinue wafer man­u­fac­tur­ing at its fa­cil­ity in Jena, Ger­many.

The move will con­clude the com­pany’s re­struc­tur­ing ef­forts and is ex­pected to af­fect 290 em­ploy­ees. SCHOTT re­port­edly stated that de­vel­op­ments in the global so­lar in­dus­try, in­clud­ing over­ca­pac­i­ties and se­vere price de­clines for wafers and cells, have made the ter­mi­na­tion of wafer pro­duc­tion nec­es­sary. The com­pany will open a tech­nol­ogy cen­ter for monocrys­talline wafers at the site in Jena, and will con­tinue man­u­fac­tur­ing thin-film so­lar PV mod­ules at the site as well.

“We will no longer be pur­su­ing up­stream stages of the value cre­ation chain that only gen­er­ate losses. In­stead, we will be con­cen­trat­ing on the fast-grow­ing mod­ule and project busi­ness,” Dr. Martin Heming, SCHOTT So­lar AG CEO was quoted as say­ing.

“With the help of this new strat­egy, out­stand­ing prod­ucts and the strong SCHOTT So­lar brand, we are in an ex­cel­lent po­si­tion to op­er­ate suc­cess­fully in the dif­fi­cult so­lar mar­ket,” he added.

Post this decision, SCHOTT is eval­u­at­ing the prospects of of­fer­ing fur­ther em­ploy­ment for the af­fected em­ploy­ees in other ar­eas of the com­pany. The com­pany also stated that it is en­gaged in an in­ten­sive di­a­logue with so­cial part­ners to come up with so­lu­tions other than dis­miss­ing staff for op­er­a­tional rea­sons.

SCHOTT also notes that it will launch its new SCHOTT PER­FORM MONO high­per­for­mance PV mod­ule in the first half of 2012, and that it is en­gaged in suc­cess­ful joint re­search ef­forts on var­i­ous tech­nolo­gies aimed at mak­ing so­lar en­ergy more pow­er­ful while low­er­ing prices.

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