Germany: Centrosolar expands module production26. September 2011 | Industry & Suppliers | By: Becky Stuart/Jonathan Gifford
Centrosolar is building a new 500 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic module production plant. The news comes as the company celebrates its 10th year of operation.
The German-based manufacturer has said it will ramp up its annual production capacity from the current 300 MWp to 350 MWp by the end of the year. Approximately 20 million euros is being invested in the expansion.
Centrosolar explains that when live, the plant will be capable of producing 7,000 modules daily. Nameplate capacity will be 500 MWp.
A Centrosolar spokesperson told pv magazine, "In the first phase, we will ramp up to a capacity of 350 MWp. We are currently at 300 MWp, and will have reached the full capacity by the end of the year. With the new factory building we could even reach a total capacity of 500 MWp. Depending on the development of demand in Europe we expect to scale to this level within the next 2 years."
When fully utilized (150 MWp capacity), the new factory will also employ approximately 300 employees.
Centrosolar goes on to say that it has introduced manufacturing practices from more mature industries like the automotive industry (continuous improvement processes and so on). "We have installed Centrosolar Production System which intregrates SPC, KPI, 5S, CIP," the spokesperson stated.
By building the second manufacturing facility in Wismar, the company says its is showing its commitment to Germany as a technological hub. "Uncompromising quality is our number one priority. To deliver on this promise, we only manufacture in Germany," concluded Josef Wrobel, head of sales at Centrosolar.
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