German PV manufacturer Heckert Solar is expanding production capacity from its current 240 MW a year to around 300 MW a year.
The capacity expansion, expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year, also marks the beginning of the manufacturers move to 4 and 5-busbar cell technology and a further increase in the efficiency of its modules.
The Chemnitz-based company stressed that its production expansion would improve competitiveness and reduce costs, better equipping it against the impact of a possible expiration of the European Commissions anti-dumping measures against Chinese PV manufacturers in December.
At the same time, the company called for greater political and legal support for the PV industry.
Heckert sales manager Michael Bönisch said the group had "fewer concerns about the unfair competition from some Chinese manufacturers compared to legal and political uncertainties. Should the latter be dispelled, we are ready to rapidly invest in the further expansion of our production capacity."