Manz AG has awarded Centrotherm’s subsidiary FHR Anlagenbau GmbH an order for sputtering systems for the production of CIGS thin-film solar modules. Manz has scheduled the delivery of the systems in 2018 and plans to commission them in two fully integrated factories in China.
Centrotherm Subsidiary Wants Partnership with Manz on CIGs Production Development
Two leading Chinese energy industry companies made major orders from Manz for CIGS thin-film solar modules in January. At the same time, the Centrotherm Group through its FHR Anlagenbau GmbH subsidiary is targeting a strategic partnership with Manz to further develop the CIGS thin-film technology.
Torsten Winkler, general manager of FHR, stated, “Since our founding in 1991 we have considered ourselves as pioneers in vacuum process technology for the deposition of a wide range of functional thin films. The special electrical, optical or other functional coatings are used today in many different sectors. We can contribute our core competence into the development partnership with Manz. Together we intend to further enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of thin-film solar technology in the photovoltaic market.”
“In concluding this agreement, Centrotherm has achieved an important milestone in its corporate strategy of further diversifying its range of services. As a leading technology provider of production solutions for the manufacture of standard p-type crystalline and high-efficiency PERC solar cells, we have again delivered proof throughout the group with FHR of our strong competence in thin-film vacuum coating,” said Gunter Fauth, COO of Centrotherm International AG.