Heraeus to open R&D centers in China, Taiwan

German engineering group Heraeus is expanding operations to China and Taiwan, where the company’s Photovoltaics Global Business Unit will open new regional research and development centers in China and Taiwan.

The new facilities will focus on the development and modification of front-side and back-side metallization pastes.

Announcing the plans at the SNEC trade show in Shanghai on Tuesday, Andreas Liebheit, head of Heraeus Photovoltaics Global Business Unit, said the company’s core research and development took place in the United States and the company had "already realized the great benefits with faster innovation using this strategy."

Liebheit pointed out that Heraeus had a strong reputation for product customizations to meet a customer’s specific product needs. "This can be best achieved by having our resources closer to our customers’ facilities. We will be able to reduce the time it takes to modify products for key customers."

Heraeus will hire personnel in China and Taiwan to fill newly created regional positions at the new facilities. To best support its customers, the company must also have a strong local presence in its key markets, Liebheit added.

The announcement follows Heraeus’ relocation of its photovoltaics business unit headquarters to Shanghai and the initiation of front-side paste production in China in 2014.