GT Solar International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOLR), a global provider of polysilicon production technology, crystalline ingot growth systems and related PV manufacturing services for the solar industry, today announced that it has begun installation of its new DSS450HP™ crystalline growth systems at GCL’s new wafer manufacturing facility. The new high performance crystalline growth systems are part of a large GCL purchase agreement reflected in the company’s FY2010 year-ending backlog.
“GCL is a significantly important customer for us as we are working with both their polysilicon production and PV manufacturing businesses,” said Tom Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of GT Solar. “We are pleased that GCL has selected our new high performance DSS450HP crystalline growth system for their new wafer production line. We have put together an aggressive installation schedule and have allocated the necessary resources to meet GCL’s timeline for bringing all the units on line demonstrating that we have the experience and depth of resources capable of handling a project of this magnitude and in meeting GCL’s installation timeframe.”
GT Solar is leveraging its depth of service personnel located in China and its flexible manufacturing model to ramp production, ship and install the DSS450HP systems in GCL’s new wafer manufacturing facility. A dedicated team of field service personnel will rotate through GCL’s facility to ensure that installation and acceptance of the systems goes smoothly.