The Heraeus Photovoltaic Business Unit has begun construction in Singapore of a new facility for the production of silver metallization paste used in crystalline solar cell applications.
The site, which will include Manufacturing, R&D, Sales and Technical Service, will begin operations in the second half of 2011.
“This new factory will add significant capacity to our growing global PV paste business, and supplements our existing technical support capabilities in order to meet the needs of our customers in this fast moving industry” said Andy London, Vice President of Heraeus Materials Technology LLC in West Conshohocken.
London continues: “Management of this facility will be the responsibility of Pete Horan, currently Operations Manager of the West Conshohocken factory. Pete will move to Singapore midyear as construction is completed. We already began hiring individuals who have commenced training in the United States.” Heraeus produces paste for the PV industry in the US, Germany and China, making the Singapore facility its fourth manufacturing site.
Worldwide, Heraeus has more than doubled its technical staff, but aims to continue this expansion into 2011 as they look to hire additional employees this year.