Kyocera opens first solar module production facility in Europe
Kyocera Corporation with first European solar module production
29 August 2004
The Japanese technology corporation Kyocera will open its European production facility for solar modules in the Czech Republic. Kyocera, one of the largest manufacturers of solar cells and solar modules world-wide, will start production in the northern Czech city of Kadan from April, 2005.
“We believe that energy and environmental aspects go hand in hand. Kyocera’s achievements in research and development have produced high-performance ceramics which are recog-nised throughout the world today as an ecologically beneficial material,” says Isao Ike Yukawa, Managing Director of the So-lar Energy Division of Kyocera Corporation. “These ceramic materials enable us to manufacture components and accesso-ries for environmental applications such as solar energy pro-duction, for example,” he adds.
Mitsuru Imanaka, President of Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH com-mented that by creating a solar module assembly facility in Europe, Kyocera will be able to globally create four poles of production sites and can respond ideally to the local market’s needs. “The modules fitting to the European market can now be developed locally which corresponds to our goal to strengthen the local support,” he stated.
The new solar production plant is the Japanese corporation’s second facility in the Czech Republic. In 1992 the company opened a branch of its American subsidiary AVX - AVX Czech Republic - in Lanškroun. AVX is one of the leading suppliers of electronic components. In the Czech Republic the company manufactures condensers and plug connectors.