Siliken announces Mexico PV plant closure

As part of the plan, launched at the start of this year and expected to conclude at the end of December, Siliken has already closed its photovoltaic module manufacturing plants in Casas Ibáñez, Spain and Ontario, Canada.

Most recently, the company has implemented a Labour Force Adjustment Plan at its factory in Rafelbuñol, Spain and will terminate activities at its Tijuana plant in Mexico. As such, all photovoltaic modules will now be produced in Spain and Romania.

"The current situation requires being more efficient regarding our strategic business lines, which are the production and sales of modules. In today’s market scenario, neither Tijuana nor the manual lines in Valencia, Spain, or in Canada previously, were economically viable. With the new structure Siliken will improve productivity and service level in our plants and guarantee, even better still, our response to the demand in all market segments: Residential, Commercial and Utility," commented president Carlos Navarro.

While Siliken would not respond to questions posed by pv magazine regarding job losses, a spokesperson did say that after the changes, photovoltaic module production capacity for 2012 is expected to be 280 MW.