Trina Solar to start European cell production from Dutch factory

Chinese PV group Trina Solar will start cell production in Europe after acquiring a plant in the Netherlands.

Trina said it will start operations in the next few weeks after buying the 200MW-capacity Heerlen plant from Solland Solar.

Trina – the world’s largest PV module supplier – said the acquisition is “one of the components of our ongoing global expansion strategy”.

The company has been adding to its production network outside China, notably with a new 500MW-module, 700MW-cell factory in Thailand.

Trina said: “In particular, this new cell facility in Europe, along with our in-house manufacturing capacity in Thailand and other overseas capacities allows us to leverage our global resources so that we can further expand our presence and enhance our competitive edge in overseas markets, especially the US and Europe.”

The Chinese group in late 2015 said it would exit a voluntary trade agreement governing PV imports from China into the EU, branding the deal unfair.

It said then that it would serve its customers from its “tariff-free” manufacturing facilities outside China.