Panasonic Malaysia plant at full tilt

Japan’s Panasonic has ramped up to full-scale production at its 300MW wafer, cell and module factory in the Malaysian state of Kedah.

The plant, in the town of Kulim, is producing Panasonic’s HIT monocrystalline PV modules in anticipation of “growing demand,” the Osaka-based company said in a statement. 

The factory in Malaysia opened in December and employs about 1,500 people.

In May, Panasonic announced plans to stop making wafers at a plant in the US state of Oregon, in favour of shifting production to the Southeast Asian country.

In July, it revealed plans to close a PV module plant in Hungary from September, as part of efforts to consolidate production at its factories in Japan and Malaysia. 

The company maintains a total PV module production capacity of about 900MW per year.