Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Solar News - Q-Cells Selects Camstar for New Malaysian Mega-Factory and Upgrade of German Production

Q-Cells Selects Camstar for New Malaysian Mega-Factory and Upgrade of German Production

Lines Largest Global Solar Cell Manufacturer Selects Camstar’s SolarSuite™ to Lower Cost per Watt and Drive Quality Output

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Camstar Systems, Inc. announced today that Q-Cells SE (QCE; ISIN DE0005558662), the world’s largest solar cell manufacturer, has selected Camstar’s SolarSuite™, configured for the Solar industry on the Camstar Enterprise Platform, to drive down cost per watt through improved process quality and cell efficiency. Q-Cells will deploy the solution in two new production lines in Bitterfeld-Thalheim, Germany, and in its new factory in Malaysia where production will exceed 300MW (peak) by the end of 2010.
Q-Cells selected SolarSuite over competing options for its strong “out-of-the-box” functionality that is designed specifically for and widely used by Camstar’s global customers in the Solar and Semiconductor industries. In addition, in Q-Cells’ environment of rapid process improvement and frequent tool upgrades, the unique flexibility of Camstar’s platform enables rapid adaptation, global control and change enforcement – all critical to support Q-Cells’ growth and quality goals.

“We are very pleased to be a strategic partner for Q-Cells as they create the most modern, fully automated solar cell production lines in the world,” said Robert Rudder, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Camstar. “We have made significant investment in our enterprise platform as a seamless foundation for manufacturing execution, quality management, and manufacturing intelligence. That technology is delivering the ability not only to collect large volumes of data from automated tools, but to quickly analyze and immediately act upon that data for process improvement and increased equipment efficiency – driving real, measurable quality improvements faster.”

About Q-Cells SE
Founded in 1999, Q-Cells SE is today one of the world's biggest manufacturers of solar cells. In 2008 the company, which currently employs around 2,400 staff, produced mono- and multicrystalline solar cells with expected total power of 570 Megawatt peak (MWp) and supplied them to solar module producers around the world. More than 250 scientists and engineers at Q-Cells are working on further developing the technology in order to attain the company's objective of rapidly and permanently reducing the cost of photovoltaic and making the technology affordable and competitive. As well as core business activities, since mid-2008 several Q-Cells SE subsidiaries have been producing photovoltaic modules on the basis of various thin-film technologies. Q-Cells SE is building a production plant in Malaysia, has branches in Hong Kong, China and Japan, is quoted on the Frankfurt stock exchange (QCE; WKN 555866) and is listed in the German technology index, TecDAX. www.q-cells.com
About Camstar Systems, Inc.

Camstar software solutions include manufacturing execution, process planning, enterprise quality management, and manufacturing intelligence. Camstar has served customers worldwide, including Abbott, AMD, Amkor, Arcelor, Beijing SE PMC, BIOTRONIK, Boston Scientific, Canadian Solar, Emcore, Hitachi, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, Life Technologies, MiaSole, NXP, Pacific Biosciences, Q-Cells, Roche, SanDisk, Xilinx and Zeiss. www.camstar.com
Contacts Camstar Systems, Inc.Dana Saylors, 704-227-6673, dsaylors@camstar.com

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