Germany's Schüco to close uncompetitive PV factories

Schüco, among the largest remaining producers of thin-film PV panels in Europe, has announced it will permanently shutter its PV factories as they can no longer compete on the marketplace.

The move represents another heavy blow to the flagging amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film sector, and further underscores the challenges facing German PV manufacturers.

Although Schüco has been offering PV and solar-thermal products since the late 1990s as part of its broader sustainable construction materials business, it substantially deepened its bet on PV only a few years ago as the building-integrated PV market began to blossom.

In 2009 Schüco opened its 40MW “Malibu” module factory near Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt in conjunction with E.ON, using production equipment supplied by Applied Materials.

The following year it acquired a Log in to read complete article.

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