Manz: PV division not affected by Taiwan plant fire

The Germany-based equipment manufacturer, which also operates in the solar PV industry, today reported that a cable fire broke out at its Taiwan manufacturing facility in Taoyuan City earlier this week.

A spokesperson confirmed to pv magazine that its PV operations were not affected.

“No one was injured in the fire, which was brought under control and extinguished quickly by the local fire department,” Manz said in a statement, adding, “In addition to some parts of the building, equipment used for wet chemical production processes and for the semiconductor industry was partially severely damaged.”

Recently, Manz released its 2017 financial results. Turnover increased by almost 41% to €325 million, which is a new record performance.

The company’s PV division accounted for 32.1% of sales last year, with the Contract Manufacturing and Electronics segments close behind, with 28.2% and 27.1%, respectively. The Energy Storage business unit, meanwhile, contributed just 7.3% in 2017.

The implementation of large CIGS orders from China is still going according to plan, Manz added at the time. Order intake in the Energy Storage and Electronics divisions was “significantly higher than in the previous year” it said.