Korea: Kisco to start new module production line following deal with 3S Swiss Solar Systems

The production equipment, scheduled to be installed at the headquarters of Kisco’s Energy Division near Seoul, consists of an automated string soldering system from Somont, a laminating line from 3S Modultec and a module tester from Pasan. The entire capital equipment is set to be shipped before the end of this year.

Moreover, a gradual expansion of annual production capacity up to 240 MW is said to already be in the planning, with equipment from Swiss-based Lyss. Further investments are also expected to follow. The move is part of Kisco’s strategy to capture a growing share of the European and U.S. markets with its thin film ‘GETWATT’ branded modules.

According to 3S Swiss Solar Systems, a subsidiary of Meyer Burger Technology AG, the 65 MW production line is geared to the specific needs of the Korean client, and can be installed at relatively low cost and within a short time frame.

The production line was sold in conjunction with a range of services, including know-how transfer, an on-site training package for employees, and guaranteed certification of the modules made on the production line. One of the benefits to Kisco, says 3S Swiss, will be the 3S certification service in collaboration with TÜV Rheinland, which will reportedly allow Kisco to reduce its time-to-market "by many months".