Recom, the German-headquartered developer of solar modules, has this week acquired French PV manufacturer Sillia VL, assuming ownership of the company’s Lannion, Brittany production facility in north-western France in the process.
Recom confirmed that it will maintain the employ of Sillia’s 44 staff at the factory, and revealed that it plans to increase the fab’s production capacity from 50 MW currently to 150 MW by the end of 2017.
The Lannion facility currently has three independent production lines, and Recom’s plans involve not just an expansion but also a modernization of the fab through the introduction of automated production tools and enhanced quality control procedures.
“The main priority for the next couple of weeks will be for us to achieve a deeper understanding of Sillia’s organizational culture and to match the administrative systems of both companies as to ensure the success of our recent acquisition” said Recom CEO, Hamlet Tunyan.
Sillia’s pipeline currently stands at 197 MW of solar projects that are scheduled to be delivered within eight months, Recom said, adding that its ultimate aim is to become the market-leading solar module manufacturer in France.
Following the acquisition, Recom now has production capacity in three EU countries – Italy, Poland and France – and a fourth facility in South Korea.