As China becomes the center of activity for the solar industry, more and more PV businesses are starting operations in the country to have direct access to the market, with Samsung the latest in a long line to do so. The new Samsung SDI facility, located in the Chinese city of Wuxi, will first begin producing PV paste and then eventually polarized film as well.
Samsung SDI announced on Tuesday that it will start operations for production of PV paste at the Wuxi plant in June 2016. It will initially produce an estimated 40 tons of PV paste a month, with the view of increasing operations to 100 tons a month in the future. The facility also has a polarized film production line currently under construction, but it is not finished yet, so will not begin operations at the same time as the paste production line.
The announcement from Samsung SDI came on the same day that it unveiled its new PV paste product at the SNEC 2016 tradeshow in Shanghai, the worlds largest solar tradeshow. The new 8800 Series is the latest PV paste product from the company and has improved sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency.
The biggest PV market
With the most installed solar PV and the majority of PV manufacturing, China is now by far the biggest PV market. Last year, Samsung SDI recorded the largest market share of PV paste in China, and now wants to consolidate its position by creating a production base within the country, which will also be used to expand into other Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Malaysia and India.
We have improved market responsiveness by starting Wuxi Plant operation and releasing new products that are applied to high-efficiency solar cells, said Song Chang Lyong, Vice President of Samsung SDI Electronic Materials Business Division. With this, we will advance to a true leader in the global photovoltaic market.
It is the second day in a row that the Chinese city of Wuxi has found itself in the solar news, as on Monday German laser micromachining systems specialist 3D-Micromac announced the establishment of a subsidiary in the city. This particular subsidiary will focus on sales and production of the companys microcell laser systems for PV, but highlights further the strategic importance of the location.