Von Ardenne inks 700 MW thin-film coatings deal with China National Building Materials

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Germany’s Von Ardenne has announced today that it has signed a lucrative supply deal with China National Building Materials (CNBM) for the delivery of several of its thin-film PV coating systems.

The deposition equipment provider from Dresden signed a deal at last week’s SNEC exhibition, and will gradually deliver its machinery to CNBM over the next two years.

Von Ardenne’s coating systems will be installed at two 300 MW plants in the Chinese provinces of Anhui and Jiangsu. A third deliver will wing its way to Chengdu, in the province of Sichuan, where CNBM has a 100 MW CdTe solar module fab.

This deal comes on the heels of a similarly large supply agreement between CNBM and German tooling producer Singulus, which earlier this week finalized a €110 million CIGS module production machine supply deal with the company.

CNBM is a state-owned enterprise that has recently announced plans to build PV module factories in China with more than 15 GW of annual production capacity. Born as a building materials company, CNBM in 2014 acquired German CIGS manufacturer Avancis, which has brought its expertise to the Anhui CIGS fab, which will cover a total of 55,000 square meters once first phase is completed in 2017.

Eventually, CNBM hopes to expand its CIGS production facility in Anhui to 1.5 GW of capacity. The firm has also enlisted the supply expertise of German thin film laser systems developer LPKF in the past.