Suntech cuts US output and staff, cites tariffs and supply glut

Suntech is reducing three production shifts to one and cutting the workforce at its Goodyear, Arizona, solar panel manufacturing facility, blaming the move on global oversupply and higher production costs tied to recent import tariffs imposed by the US government.

"We will continue to produce solar panels in Arizona to meet the needs of our customers, particularly those who are willing to pay a premium for US-manufactured products," says EL "Mick" McDaniel, managing director of Suntech America.

"Our employees in Goodyear have done a tremendous job. However, all PV manufacturers globally are facing challenging market and political conditions, and rationalizing production is necessary to maintain a competitive cost structure," he adds.

The Goodyear facility's annual production throughput will decrease from about 45MW to 15MW, and roughly fifty positions will be eliminated. The decision Log in to read complete article.

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