A unique aspect of Anwell's equipment is that it allows for the upgrading of its existing capabilities without purchasing a separate new line, representing substantial cost savings as it plans to increase its capacity to 120MW by the end of 2010. The added flexibility will also prove invaluable as the Group markets its turnkey solar equipment, offering companies that are keen to enter the solar industry the added benefit of tailoring their investment according to their available funds and customer demand.
'I am proud to announce that Anwell has again made the impossible possible with this latest development. The successful commencement of mass production is yet another affirmation of the Group's technical capabilities and places us in a position to benefit from the growing demand for solar panels across the globe,' said Franky Fan, Anwell ExecutiveChairman & CEO.
'This achievement is all the more memorable considering the fact that we entered the solar industry only 2 short years ago. Our unique vertically integrated business model, where we produce both the production line and thin filmsolar panels, also gives us a distinct advantage in terms of cost and quality control over our competitors.'
Positioned for growth
The global photovoltaic industry remains robust with solar installation increasing another 6% to reach a record high of 6.43GW in 2009, according to figures released by Solarbuzz, an international solar energy market research company. Demand for new installations was led by European countries, which accounted for 74% or 4.75GW of world demand.
'Given the strong governmental push for solar installations and heavy reliance on imports of European countries, we believe it is an ideal market for us to sell our solar panels. The German distribution centre we set up in late 2009, has already paved the way forthis growth,' said Fan. 'The marketing contacts and channels established over the last few months will allow us to immediately partake in this huge demand for solar panels in Europe market.'
According to Displaybank, a global market research and consulting company, thin film solar panels are also gaining in popularity against the more established crystalline silicon panels. Thin film solar panels made up 19.8% of globally produced solar panels in 2009, up from a 12.8% market share in 2008. This growth trend is expected to continue into 2010, where thin film solar panels are forecast to make up to 23.4% of the 12.1GW worth of total production.
Anwell Technologies Ltd. ('Anwell') is a global leader in providing turnkey production solutions for optical media replication business. The Group's activities include manufacturing and sales of optical media production lines and media products. With the various proprietary technologies developed since the Group was founded in year 2000, Anwell has continued to study the opportunities to tap into other industries, including OLED, solar industries and etc. The Group officially announced its entry into the solar business in 2008. The Group officially announced its entry into the solar business in 2008. The Group began mass production with its own proprietary equipments at its 40MW thin film solar production plant in Henan in March 2010. This capacity will be further expanded to over 120MW by end 2010. For more information, please refer to www.anwell.com.
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