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Von Ardenne Recognized for Project Execution and Innovation

Posted 27 April 2015 5:42 PM by Steve Krum

First Solar, Inc. has recognized manufacturing equipment supplier Von Ardenne GmbH for its valued project execution and collaborative innovation. Von Ardenne has been instrumental in helping First Solar grow through technological advances of their glass coating equipment, which in turn enables First Solar to achieve production-scale solar module advancements. Following our “copy smart” process, Von Ardenne has worked with First Solar to maintain consistency in introduction of new technology to our production lines in Perrysburg, Ohio and Kulim, Malaysia.

A First Solar Supplier Recognition award was presented to Von Ardenne last week during a global manufacturing review attended by executives from R&D, Supply Chain, Manufacturing Engineering and Production.

"Von Ardenne’s experience in developing specialized coating and deposition equipment while executing to an aggressive timeline has aided First Solar in rapidly scaling the technology roadmap,” said Shellie Molina, First Solar Vice President, Global Supply Chain.

“Von Ardenne has demonstrated the highest levels of technical excellence and commitment to quality through the design and manufacture of core, process-critical equipment used in our CdTe manufacturing plants,” added Raffi Garabedian, First Solar’s Chief Technology Officer. “Our partnership remains an important element of our overall technology strategy."

Von Ardenne is a market leader in the manufacture of equipment for architectural glass coating. The company supplies advanced coating equipment for the solar industry (solar thermal, photovoltaics, and concentrated solar power).  Von Ardenne has expertise in plasma and electron beam technologies built over decades; the company’s in-depth R&D and innovative strength enables high-quality solutions.