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Meyer Burger to lay off 100 workers and relocate most of PV business to Asia

There may be a much-vaunted ‘solar renaissance’ in the offing for Europe, but it hasn’t come quickly enough for the Swiss PV equipment supplier, which wants to handle most of its sales and services from China.

Japan’s NPC posts 35.3% revenue growth for fiscal 2018

The Japanese equipment provider said its machinery business for the PV industry accounted for almost all of its sales in the latest fiscal year. It expects an increase in both revenue and profits in current fiscal year.

Centrotherm order intake from PV industry remains below expectations

The German PV equipment provider has improved sales and results in the first half of the year. The company, however, received more orders from the semiconductor and microelectronics industries. In the next 12 months, centrotherm expects new orders from the Chinese solar industry.

Singulus to develop next gen CIGS production system for Avancis

Both solar companies are closely linked with the Chinese state-owned company, CNBM and they now want to work together to develop the next generation of CIGS manufacturing facilities.

Strong sales for Germany’s equipment makers in Q4 2017 – VDMA

According to the latest report published by the German Engineering Association (Verbandes Deutsches Maschinenbau Anlagen, or VDMA), solar equipment sales for German tool makers increased by 117% in Q4 2017, compared with the previous quarter.

Meyer Burger goes to Chinese court for patent infringement

The Swiss PV equipment manufacturer has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in China against Wuxi Shangji Automation Co, Ltd for the protection of its patented wire winding system for the cutting of solar wafers, the Diamond Wire Management System (DWMS).

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SoLayTec receives follow on order for ALD equipment

SoLayTec B.V, a subsidiary of U.S. based equipment provider Amtech Systems, has announced a follow-on order from an unnamed customer for its atomic layer deposition systems, to be used in PERC cell production.

Singulus bags another HJT order

The new order comes from an unspecified customer from China, and includes the shipment of Singulus’ new sputtering system.

Singulus gets new CIGS order

The German PV equipment provider will supply several CIGS production systems of the type TENUIS II for wet-chemical coating processes to an unnamed Chinese manufacturer.

Meyer Burger to end manufacturing in Switzerland

Equipment manufacturer Meyer Burger plans to end production at its headquarters site in Thun, Switzerland, as part of an updated cost efficiency program. All production activities in Thun will be discontinued by the end of 2018, though the site will continue to serve as Meyer Burger’s headquarters.

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