Oerlikon Solar secures first ThinFab orders

A spokesperson for the Swiss company told pv magazine that two unnamed European customers have put in orders for its ThinFab equipment, which include two Kai systems – fully automated Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) systems for the mass production of solar modules. In total, the orders are worth around CHF 20 million (approximately USD$20.7 million; €15.7 million).

Peter Tinner, global head of sales and marketing of Oerlikon went on to say that the company is confident it can soon close a first order for an entire production line. "We are very pleased with the development of our sales pipeline. The likelihood that we can close a first order for a complete ThinFab production line in the first half of 2011 has risen significantly," he said.

Helmut Frankenberger, CEO of the company added: "The new equipment orders demonstrate the high interest of our customers and the entire solar market in our cost-leading and clean technology."

Currently, Oerlikon has built and put into operation 12 production lines worldwide.