Solarworld to lay off 400 employes until 2019

German Solarworld AG will concentrate entirely on the production and sale of high-efficiency products based on monocrystalline silicon technology and PERC (passivated emitter rear cell). The production of multicrystalline wafers, cells and modules are going to be shut down in the course of 2017. The group's R&D subsidiary Solarworld Innovations GmbH will focus on efficiency-enhancing processes that can be combined with PERC.
Measures include plans to bundle steps of the value chain at individual sites: crystal growing and cell manufacturing in Arnstadt, Thuringia, wafering and module manufacturing in Freiberg, Saxony. The smaller production entities for modules in Arnstadt and for cells in Freiberg will be relocated. At the U.S. site in Hillsboro, Solarworld is already exclusively producing PERC cells and modules. Overall, this will »lead to lower expenses for production, sales and overhead and a staff reduction of about 400 by 2019,« says the company.

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